The Sealy Community Foundation kicks off the holiday season with Sealy’s 33rd Annual Fantasy of Lights festival Dec. 6-7.
The weekend’s theme celebrates Christmas in the Caribbean and is packed with activities for people of all ages including live entertainment, specialty booths, a 5K and 1K fun run benefitting the Sealy PTA, the Snowball Classic softball tournament, pageants and the annual Kids Fantasy in the park with crafts, live snowfall and a visit from Santa himself. It’s all capped off with a lighted parade Saturday evening.
“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. We are very excited to announce that we are featuring a zipline for the first time. This year’s new zip line was proudly brought to you by Balcon Builders. Another addition will be an Exotic Bird Show, a show you don’t want to miss! We are grateful for Cliff Jones RV/Tractor sponsoring this other new addition. This festival continues to improve year after year due to our amazing volunteers and generous sponsors. We hope to see everyone at Fantasy of Lights as we celebrate the 33rd year of this special festival!”
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 14th Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run will be donated to the Sealy and Selman Elementary PTA organizations.
Early Saturday morning there will be children, adults, athletes and entire families who have made a tradition of lining up for the Jingle Bell 1K and 5K fun runs which benefit the local PTA programs and for several years now have given thousands of dollars in proceeds. This year, kids 12 and under, can participate in the Blizzard Blitz where they can race in both the 1K and 5K for a special prize and bragging rights.
The Kids Fantasy event is $10 per child for all activities or $5 per child (without access to snow and zipline). Those events will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Levine Park. They will be able to play in real snow with a large slide for kids and adults alike, ride a zip line, make arts and crafts and much more. Santa will also make an appearance in Levine Park’s Gazebo at 11 a.m. 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. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Throughout the day, local live entertainment will be featured on Main Street including dance recitals, Tiger Stage Company performers, Exotic Bird Show, 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 the Christmas in the Caribbean themed lighted parade makes its way through town starting at 6 p.m.
Fantasy of Lights is sponsored by the Sealy Community Foundation, a local non-profit organization whose mission is serving as a voice for all non-profits, with intent to advance education and charity. For registration forms and a detailed schedule of the Fantasy of Lights festivities visit www.sealycommunityfoundation.org. Also, like “Sealy Community Foundation” on Facebook for updated information and contests.
(The Sealy News is a proud sponsor of the Sealy Community Foundation and the Fantasy of Lights.)