Area cities offer holiday fun

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Christmas trees, Santa’s arrival, food, fun and live entertainment await festival goers this holiday season with several area events planned.

In Keller on Dec. 6, Holly Days at Keller Town Center kicks off at 6 p.m. at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.

The event includes The Very Merry Light Parade, Christmas tree lighting, Santa's arrival, live entertainment, a snow hill, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a trackless train, concessions and activities at the Jingle Bell Zone.

At 9 p.m., the fun will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

Also at the event, Punch Buggy productions and Keller Parks and Recreation present the 5th Annual Santa Scurry 5K Run/Walk beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Keller Town Hall. For information or to register, go to

From 9 to 11 p.m., an after party will be held at FnG Eats, 201 Town Center Lane with an outdoor concert featuring Derek Anthony, chestnuts really roasting on an open fire, contests and more.

Dec. 7, Breakfast with Santa will be held at The Keller Pointe, 405 Rufe Snow Drive. Three sessions will be held on the hour beginning at 8 a.m. Children can enjoy breakfast, arts and crafts and spend some quality time with Santa and Mrs. Clause. Cost is $10, pre-registration is required.

Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road, also has holiday activities lined up.

Dec. 9 includes a cookie swap beginning at 10:30 a.m., where bakers of all levels can swap cookies and baking stories while enjoying a cup coffee and go home with a variety of cookies, new ideas and recipes.

Attendees should bring one copy of the recipe, 60 unwrapped cookies on a tray and extra containers for the cookies to be picked up at the swap. Pre-register by Dec. 8 by sending an email to Carolyn Booker at or by calling 817-743-4820.

Also on Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the library, children can have their picture taken with a real reindeer and his sleigh after a family story-time.

Dec. 10, the Keller Public Library will present the community with a special gift from the North Central Ballet Company with a presentation of The Nutcracker. Tickets for the full performance at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium average $30, but the ballet company will donate their time to offer two free short performances, at 6 and 7 p.m.

On Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. another live performance will be held at the library. Rudolph and the Misfit Toys, presented by Story Time Theater, will focus on sharing the joy and excitement of live theater with children in an atmosphere where they can participate and play. The performance will begin immediately following Family Storytime in the library's large meeting room.

In Westlake on Dec. 5, the town kicks off the holiday season with the lighting of the campus and trees from from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westlake Academy Campus on the Town Green at 2600 J.T. Ottinger Road.

The event will include holiday songs from Westlake Academy’s student choir, hot beverages from the Marriott Solana hotel, cookie decorating with cookies from Viandas Foods and face-painting elves from Simply Westlake.

Santa will stop by the event for photo opportunities and RadioDisney will be on hand to keep the celebration going with music, games and prizes.

On Dec. 7 in Roanoke, the Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas Event & Parade is from 5 to 9 p.m. at 221 N. Oak Street. The event includes holiday concerts, caroling, carriage rides, free treats from Oak Street businesses and a storyteller. A Victorian Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Visitor Center & Museum followed by a 7 p.m. family event at Roanoke Recreation Center, 501 Roanoke Road.

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