Published December 11, 2014
By Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
It was a party at the park Saturday afternoon as Christmas on the Chisholm Trail was in full swing celebrating the season. Passersby from the streets, seeing the booths, carnival rides and flashing lights from the Belton Police Department and Fire Department, stopped by to join in on the family-friendly fun.
Christmas on the Chisholm Trail is a special event for the community to get together, enjoy each other’s company, have some fun and celebrate the holiday season.
There were several vendors selling their homemade goods and wares, which provided customers the perfect opportunity to find that special and unique gift for someone special. There was even a booth giving out free Scholastic books to every child who passed by.
As people walked around the different vendor’s booths, they could enjoy the typical fair food, like funnel cakes, kettle corn or even fried Oreos, along with some hot coffee or hot chocolate to suit the holiday atmosphere.
Kids were able to enjoy carnival rides, bouncy houses, slides and various carnival games where they had the opportunity to win prizes.
The green Tap Tap Art School bus was at the park and available for kids and their parents to come in and design their own canvas Christmas trees.
The BPD and BFD were on site with their trucks, a crime scene unit and an ambulance that the kids could climb through and explore. Curious children asked the firefighters and EMTs questions about their job and the vehicles. Perhaps there were even a few future firefighters or paramedics after talking with the BFD.
Every now and then, you could see Badge the Police Dog posing with the kids. The Sonic Tater Tot was not far behind.
Faucet Drop Productions, a small independent film company, was on the scene to film a recruiting commercial for the BPD.
All the while, through all the sights and sounds of everything going on, there were various live performances being held at the gazebo. Performers included Kirk Baxley, Lake Belton Middle School, Holy Trinity-Bella Sona, North Belton Middle School and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
The culmination of the celebration was when Santa and his reindeer showed up, much to the delight of all the children and families present at the event.
Overall, a wonderful crowd showed up to the celebration in the park and made for a great start of the Christmas season.