New attraction adds to holiday traditions

The annual parade of lights will be held next Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown, and hopes to add “Hallmark movie” feel with the inaugural tree lighting in Heritage Square. 

For the first time, Taylor has a 30-foot Christmas tree in the middle of the park, and Santa is expected to flip the switch after the parade. 

"Everyone watches the Hallmark shows," said Tammy Eulenfeld, who helps coordinate the parade. "We thought, 'wouldn't it be great to have something like that in our town?'"

The tree was purchased through donations from local organizations, donors and citizens. She said donations are still being accepted to help cover the cost. 

On Monday, Nov. 25, city crews began to assemble the tree on the splash pad in Heritage Square. The tree was completely finished within eight hours. 

In a unique style of putting up the tree, workers first assembled the metal frame, then added the star at the top of the tree. Once the star was placed, individual sections of the tree were added from the top to the bottom. 

The tree arrived pre-decorated with ornaments and lights. A cover was added to the splash pad to prevent any damage, and a white fence was installed around the tree. 

The lights will remain off until after the parade Saturday, Dec. 7. On that day at 8 p.m., the city will have an official tree lighting featuring local dignitaries and Santa. 

"We hope everyone will stay around after the parade and stay for the event," Eulenfeld said. 

The plan is also to have Santa’s House in Heritage Square near the tree for people to come and visit and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Similar to previous years, lights and decorations will be added to Heritage Square for the holiday season. The plan is to have the tree lighting every year. 

Christmas Tree donations:

Anyone who wants to donate, can send checks to the Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance at PO Box 1363, Taylor, TX 76574, or drop them off at Eulenfeld Construction and Interiors, 604 E. Lake Drive or the Taylor Press, 211 W. Third St. All checks must be made payable to the Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance. For more information, call Craig or Tammy Eulenfeld at 512-365-7174 or 512-801-2262.

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