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Elgin to 'Shine' Saturday

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  • Photo by Fernando Castro
    Photo by Fernando Castro

History and holiday sprirt are being hosted by Elgin on Saturday.

The city's Time to Sihine event will be Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 11 a.m. Activities are scheduled throughout the day and into the evening until 10 p.m.  The new event is being held in conjunction with the Hot Cocoa Stroll and Elgin Lighted Christmas Parade and features the official dedication of the #ETX150 time capsule at 1:50 p.m. at the library.

Time to Shine day events

Residents are invited to bring their families and friends to experience Elgin's free activities, including pictures with Santa.

"Tis the season for FREE holiday themed children’s activities," said city staff in regards to Santa's reindeer games, Christmas carols, and festive food trucks.

Free children's activities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Hot Cocoa Stroll, sponsored by the Elgin Chamber of Commerce, will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and kicks off at Independent Title Company, 22 N. Main St. Residents can purchase a limited edition souvenir mug and enjoy hot cocoa samples from participating businesses throughout the downtown area. Mugs and s’more kits will be available for purchase at Independence Title Company.

Time Capsule

The official Sesquicentennial Time Capsule will be dedicated at 1:50 p.m. at the Elgin Public Library, 404 N. Main St. During the dedication, people can discover what items will be included in the time capsule that is slated to be opened in the year 2072 for the Bicentennial of Elgin.

Lighted Parade

The Elgin Lighted Parade is sponsored by City of Elgin, Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, & Bastrop Travis Counties ESD#1 starts at 6 p.m., with parade entrants lining up at 4 p.m. at Elgin Memorial Park. Parade route will go start at Main and 11th streets and travel south through downtown. Applications available at Immediately after the parade join us for a special showing of the Polar Express and more festive food trucks in the City Hall parking lot, 310 N. Main St.

After the Parade

More food trucks will be available at the City Hall parking lot.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church will provide a live nativity after the parade at approximately 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 109 Depot St.

As a finale, there will be a free showing of The Polar Express at 8 p.m. at City Hall.

Time to Shine is sponsored by the City of Elgin, Elgin Main Street program, Parks & Recreation and the Public Library.

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