Even though it wasn’t cold enough for coats, gloves and scarves, young and old still turned out in droves to enjoy a winter tradition this past Saturday (Dec. 2) as the annual Lindale Christmas Celebration took place.
Youngsters were thrilled by an appearance from the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa Claus, riding a horse in the annual Lindale Rotary Club Parade.
The parade, which featured several decorated and lighted floats, entertained a large contingent lining Highway 69.
Three floats were deemed the best decoraed of the parade by the Rotary Club, with the Smith County4-H winning first place, the Pentecostals of Lindale winning second and KDF Dance and Gym winning third place.
Lindale High School’s Pride of Lindale Marching Band and the LHS Star Steppers were also featured.
Following the parade, festival goers made their way to Picker’s Pavilion in The Cannery district where the city’s officials Christmas Tree was lighted.
Santa was there to hear gift requests from the young and young at heart.
Local dance studios performed as well.
There was an abundance of food items, games and prizes inside the pavilion.
Just to the north of the pavilion was Santa’s Bake Shop inside the Lillie Russell Memorial Library, which featured homemade cookies and treats. Proceeds from this bake sale benefit the library.