If you have, know, or love a child, television, radio and all media outlets have announced that Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday is past, Small Business Saturday is gone, Cyber-Monday was great but: let’s get ready for Christmas! The city of Bryan invites the public to gather for the 14th annual Holiday Magic on Thursday, November 29 at Bryan’s Sue Haswell Park from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The family-friendly event is once again “completely free to the public,” Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski said today.
This is the city’s premiere lighting extravaganza in honor of the upcoming holiday season. It’s always a joy to drive down the familiar path lining Sue Haswell Park to see what the city engineers, BTU wiring wizards and all the elves have cooked up for the annual displays. Live music will be going on the entire evening.
Santa will be on-hand to pose for pictures (please bring your own camera), and check your holiday Christmas card photo off the list. The popular Arctic snow hill returns, so all the kids (and those grownups who want to “show them how”) can sled down a snow-covered hill. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to ride the snow hill. As we know, this is the only way children will be able to see snow in Bryan, Texas, this season, so don’t miss the chance to have fun.
Holiday Magic also features Frosty’s Funland, where kids can enjoy games, ride the Polar Express, build crafts and much more. There’s a holiday mural to color, a rock wall to climb, bouncing houses, and bucket and bean bag tosses. Your child can write a letter to Santa and make an ornament for your tree in the areas set up in the Horseshoe Pavillion, tennis courts and playground.
Hot chocolate and cookies will also be distributed at the park’s pavilion courtesy of the Bryan Wal-Mart Supercenter. Larry Beavers and his team continue their philanthropy for children and city of Bryan events, and it’s a great partnership that is really appreciated, particularly by the children who deserve to enjoy any reason to celebrate.
The Bryan Police Officers Association will be accepting cash donations as part of their Blue Angel drive. Their Blue Angel Christmas tree project is available for families that need assistance during the holidays; you can chose a family that you’d like to help and purchase special gifts for, and enjoy the spirit of the season.Their BPO collection location will be at the large pavilion in Haswell Park.
The Bryan Animal Center will be on location with cats and dogs for adoption. The Bryan community is fortunate that the city staff and offices includes such devoted staffers to all come together for one special evening for families.
Need to know where to park? Free parking at Blinn College is a solution from driving around looking for a spot. Free shuttles will run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. between Blinn College (2423 Blinn Blvd) and Haswell Park.
The event is sponsored by City of Bryan Parks and Recreation, Clear Channel Radio, Bryan Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and RSC Equipment Rental. The city of Bryan is fortunate to have such generous sponsors, who support events for families each year, making it more than just a slogan: Bryan, the good life, Texas-style.
Oh yes, we need a little Christmas, just like the song in the movie “Mame” Get into the holiday spirit and come see Santa in downtown Bryan this Thursday. You’ll be glad you did.