Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – On Saturday, December 2, the Christmas holiday season for San Angeloans got underway with a full plate menu of four festivity events to attend.

Up first early in the morning was the San Angelo Lions Club’s annual Pancakes with Santa, on the grounds of Fort Concho. From 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., eight Lions Clubs combined forces to feed thousands of people who were treated to butter milk pancakes, sausage, along with juice and coffee. The pancake breakfast was served in the Fort Concho Stables.

The second Christmas holiday festivity took place on the grounds of Fort Concho's National Historic Landmark, as the property comprised of 42 acres and 27 buildings, was occupied by 51 vendors, artillery demonstrations, Gunfight at Old Santa Angela, etc as a community turned out for one of the largest Winter Rendezvous holiday events: the 36th annual, Christmas at Old Fort Concho.

The final two holiday events were double-billed as the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by the annual Christmas Parade. The 24th CTL ceremony, featured the Twin Mountain Tonesmen and the San Angelo Community Band. The ceremony took place at the corner of Concho and Chadbourne, and began at 5:30 p.m. 

Among the plethora of parade entries was In The Spirit of Christmas

Thirty minutes later, the community gathered together to enjoy the Christmas Parade, which began at the Shannon employee parking lot and traveled through the downtown area. This year's Grand Marshall was Eltha Joyce McAfee.

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