The Sealy Community Foundation kicks off the holiday season with Sealy’s 34th Annual Fantasy of Lights festival Dec. 4-6.
The weekend’s theme is displaying all that happened in 2020. Called “A 2020 Christmas” its is packed with activities for people of all ages including live entertainment, specialty booths, a virtual 5K and 1K fun run benefitting the Sealy PTA, the Snowball Classic softball tournament, and a modified Kids Fantasy in the park with crafts and topped off with a visit from Santa, sponsored by Austin County State Bank. It’s all capped off with a lighted parade Saturday evening which is sponsored by Citizens State Bank.
“The Fantasy of Lights festival has become a tradition to many Sealy residents who look forward to kicking off the Christmas season at this fun event,” said Melanie Willingham, president of the Sealy Community Foundation. “It’s a weekend with something for everyone and many opportunities to share in the Christmas spirit with family and friends. While this year will look different than in years past, we hope to still bring in the holiday season to everyone that attends all while practicing social distancing and having plenty of opportunities to sanitize your hands to protect everyone as much as possible.
“In keeping with 2020, we will have a blood drive bus at the park. If you are able, we hope that you will give. We are very hopeful for the participation of our IBCA sanctioned barbecue cookoff. We feel this may be the biggest one yet. This festival continues to improve year after year due to our amazing volunteers and generous sponsors.
“Things will look a little different. This year, we will not have inflatables, a petting zoo, and snow. We had to make the tough decision to cancel this aspect of Fantasy, but we feel it is more important for everyone’s safety that we cancel that part. We hope to see everyone at Fantasy of Lights as we celebrate the 34rd year of this special, although slightly different, festival,” Willingham said.
Many of the events directly benefit local youth and non-profit organizations. The Snowball Classic Softball Tournament asks for donations of toys with entry fees to be donated to the Sealy Christian Food Pantry. The proceeds from the Jingle Bell Fun Run will be donated to the Sealy and Selman Elementary PTA organizations.
There will be no snow this year, but Santa will make his entrance at noon at the Levine Park. Come give Santa your wish list, then head over to pavilion for some arts and crafts. There will also be a gingerbread house contest. Gingerbread kits are available for pick up at City Hall and the Sealy Chamber of Commerce for $10. They can be turned in that day and then attendees will be able to vote on their favorite. While the kids play, parents can cruise around the square to shop and enjoy some tasty food and hot chocolate as the specialty booths set up shop around Levine Park on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Throughout the day local live entertainment will be featured on Main Street including dance recitals, singers and the Christian City Band. After a day of fun, it’ll be time to wind down and enjoy the festive tree lighting of the park after dark and sit back to marvel as A 2020 Christmas lighted parade makes its way through town starting at 6 p.m.
Fantasy of Lights is sponsored by the Sealy Community Foundation, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is serving as a voice for all nonprofits, with intent to advance education and charity. For registration forms and a detailed schedule of the Fantasy of Lights festivities visit www.fantastyoflights.sealycommunityfoundation.com Also, like “Sealy Community Foundation” on Facebook for updated information and contests.