The Port Arthur News
Groves is revving up for an old fashioned holiday celebration set for Friday.
The two-fold festive event begins with the lighting of the city Christmas tree presented by the Groves Beautification Committee. Celebration Park, located at Lincoln and Coolidge, will be decked out for the holidays with the ceremony to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.
Groves Tree Lighting
• Tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, in Celebration Park.
• Santa will be at the park and school choirs will sing carols
• Candle lighting and caroling will move down the street to a live Nativity scene
• Old fashioned Christmas starts at 6:15 p.m.
• Bring lawn chairs
Santa will be at the park to visit with children and pose for photos and Mayor Brad Bailey will flip the switch on the 25-foot tall Balsam fir tree. The tree was ordered through the Orangefield FFA Booster Club by a local veterinarian, Dr. Tillman Richey, and was shipped from Medford, Wis., Marty Godwin, a member of the Beautification Committee, said.
The GBC was assisted with the placement and lighting of the tree by a City of Groves work crew and the star that adorns the top of the tree was crafted of fiberglass and donated to the Groves Beautification Committee by Paul Oliver, a local businessman, she added.
Groves Elementary Treble Tribe Choir will provide musical entertainment and caroling and candle lighting will also be included in the holiday fun.
After the tree lighting ceremony the festivities will move down the road to a live Nativity scene at Immaculate Conception Church on Lincoln where the Old Fashioned Christmas in Downtown Groves will begin at about 6:15 p.m.
The second half of the family fun is organized by the Groves Chamber of Commerce with a committee comprised of Groves merchants and business people and members of the Beautification Committee.
Participants can take in some Christmas shopping, food vendors will be on site and Courtyard Cafe will offer a buffet. There will also be North Pole kids activities including crafts, face painting, games, ornament making, jingle bell bracelets and more.
Entertainment will be provided by Port Neches Elementary Chime Choir, Abundant Life Sanctuary Choir, Debbie’s Dance Cloggers and Handel’s Messiah for Young Voices.
To make Christmas a bit merrier for others, the Boy Scouts will be collecting canned food for the Southeast Texas Food Bank.