Get ready for Smithville’s annual Festival of Lights and Illuminated Parade

It’s time for the Festival of Lights and the Illuminated Parade this Saturday!

We are actively preparing for the 30th Annual Festival of Lights and Illuminated Parade from 10am to 9pm. This event has grown every year and we had a record crowd of nearly 6,000 at the 2019 parade and a total of over 8,000 for the duration of the event. Many thanks to the sponsors of this year’s daytime event: Tom and Debi Etheredge.

This year, in addition to live music all day, we will also have live music from the Bucksnort Boogie Boys from 5-7pm as we all line up for the illuminated parade (sponsored by Lost Pines Toyota) and prepare for Mayor Joanna Morgan to light the Railroad Park gazebo. There will also be free live screenings of “Christmas in Smithville: A Gingerbread Tale” at Playhouse Smithville. All day there will be food vendors, activities for children (including a fun cornhole contest, train rides, bouncy houses, a clown, photos with Santa by Friends of the veterans at 100 Main Street and a mini golf course), an indoor and outdoor holiday market and live music in the gazebo.

The gazebo lighting is at 6:45 p.m. with Morgan and peace poster design winner Allison Reed. And don’t forget the illuminated parade at 7 p.m.

This event is free for everyone, so come downtown and enjoy Smithville’s annual party. The parade is a rain or shine event, as are the photos with Santa, which will be inside at 100 Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, of course, the indoor market. parties at the Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will also be celebrating Smitty’s 15th birthday with a large celebratory cake and ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. at Smitty’s Corner, next to the House building.

Here is the program of the Festival of Lights and Illuminated Parade:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Photos with Santa, 100 Main Street – $5 per photo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Indoor Holiday Market, Smithville Recreation Center

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Outdoor market on Main Street

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kid’s Fest, including a train, bouncy houses, clown, mini golf, junior cornhole tournament and basketball hoop (junior cornhole is 10 a.m. to noon.)

6:00 p.m.: Celebrate Smitty’s 15th Anniversary at Smitty’s Corner and cut a ribbon for the unveiling of (next to the House Building)

6:45 p.m.: Gazebo Lighting with Peace Poster Winner Allison Reed

7 p.m.: Illuminated Parade, registration in person at 1er & Olive.

The musical program in the belvedere is:

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Matt Torrez Music

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Envy of Them All

5 to 7 p.m.: Bucksnort Boogie Boys

Along with the Festival of Lights, there are beautiful decorations throughout the central business district, from over 140 life-size gingerbread men to lights on Main, 1st, 2nd and Olive streets, as well as garlands, holiday banners and more. Discover the festive decor of the windows of many shops in the city.

Smithville Playhouse

Playhouse Smithville presents “Christmas in Smithville: A Gingerbread Tale,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. and right after the parade at 110 Main Street. All shows are free.

Thursday: Front Room Wine Bar & Golden Girls Boutique Extravaganza & Style & Style Show. Kick off the holiday season with an amazing style show featuring Golden Girls Boutique holiday arrivals and great gift ideas. December 2, 6-7 p.m. at the Front Room Wine Bar, 116 Main St.

December 11: Maker’s & Merchant’s Fair at EH Mercantile, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up freebies and more at this quarterly event, 1509 Dorothy Nichols

Chamber Holly Jolly Mixer: Thursday, Dec. 16, 5-7 p.m. at Milton’s Home of Fine Furniture, co-sponsored by Pease Custom Floors. Join us to celebrate the season.

what is hot

Submit your photos of a hot drink at a local store or restaurant. Whoever gets the most “Likes” will win a $25 gift certificate for that store or restaurant. Winners are chosen by the Chamber and will be announced via Facebook @smithvilleareachamberofcommerce. Don’t forget that many local places offer hot drinks, so go there and explore the possibilities and shop Small Y’all in Smithville.

We had such a great time last year with our Let It Glow holiday lighting event that we’re bringing it back again this year. Sure to light up your home or business with holiday cheer. Judging will be done by the Smithville Garden Club and we will have lots of prizes for the winners. Be sure to register your home or business by calling 512-237-2313 so we know you are participating. Many thanks to our title sponsor: Aqua Water Supply Corp.

Sip and buy a wine walk

Many downtown businesses will partner with local wineries to showcase their wine while you stroll and shop for the holidays. Enjoy live music and culinary specialties along the way. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., $25, including a souvenir cup of wine ($30 the day of the event). Sign up at or call 512-237-2313. A big thank you to our sponsors, including title sponsor WJC Constructors and our title event sponsor Independence Title.

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