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Magical Candlelight Christmas-Town 2022

Date: Dec 02, 2022
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Several homes on Garland's 11th Street and in nearby historic Embree will be decorated for Christmas and open to the public during "Magical Candlelight Christmas-town 2022" from 5-9 p.m. Friday, December 2.

Carolers and other performing groups will fill the air with Christmas music on two performing stages as people stroll outdoors. The event also features horse-drawn carriage rides, costumed interpreters, photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live nativity, a crafts booth, and hot cocoa.

Tickets are $20 per person or $10 for students. (Carriage rides involve a separate fee.) Tickets are available in advance on and also will be available the evening of the tour.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Garland's Historic Magic 11th Street, "Magical Candlelight Christmas-town" will help ring in the holiday in a memorable way.

Metalwork Sculpture Commemorating Garland's COVID Casualties to be Unveiled

An original metalwork sculpture commemorating the 790-plus Garlandites that have perished due to COVID will be unveiled on Garland's 11th Street at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, corner of 11th and Avenue B in the Travis College Hill National Register Historic District.

The small, informal ceremony will take place immediately before the Magical Candlelight Christmas-town 2022 kickoff from 5-9 p.m. in Travis College Hill and in Embree.

Persons who have lost loved ones due to COVID are invited to attend and be recognized as this memorial to Garland's deceased is unveiled.

The original metalwork sculpture of powder-coated aluminum has been designed by Garland Plan Commissioner Christopher Ott, vice president of Friends of Garland's Historic Magic 11th Street nonprofit, sponsor of the event. It stands about 5 feet tall and features the sculpture of a flower, a butterfly, and an inscription into the aluminum curved stem of the plant. All work on the sculpture was done by Garland small businesses. Sponsored by the Friends nonprofit, the work was commissioned so that families of these deceased will know their loved ones have not been forgotten.

The memorial will sit at the edge of 11th Street at Avenue B North Entryway Garden and Monarch Butterfly Waystation, installed in November 2021. A large commemorative sign there recognizes the 109-year-old Travis College Hill neighborhood for surviving two pandemics, two world wars, the Great Depression, the deadly 1927 Garland tornado, and other challenges.

The Magical Candlelight Christmas-town 2022 event that follows features a tour of historic homes, costumed interpreters, a photo-op with Santa, a live nativity, carriage rides, craft booth, and hot cocoa. More information on

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