'Lights on the Lake' returns to Ascarate Park


    The holidays are upon us. If you're looking for something to do, here's another place to visit with your loved ones,

    The El Paso County Parks and Recreation is hosting its "Lights on the Lake at Ascarate Park."

    The one-night event is free and open to the public. It'll feature a "Jingle Bell Jog", lighting ceremony, music, food trucks and family-friendly entertainment.

    A free showing of the movie "The Santa Clause" will be on a big screen. The public is asked to bring blankets and chairs for the viewing.

    Santa is expected to arrive in the park on a float provided by the El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department and will be available for photos with visitors.

    There will be organizations will have booths with information and activities for everyone to enjoy in the Winter Candyland Fun Zone. Jumping balloons will be free and visitors can make a snow angel in a snow patch.

    Festivities begin with the Jingle Bell Jog at 3 p.m. Open to all ages and abilities, as well as pets, participants can run, walk or stroll in their craziest holiday outfits. The Jog begins at 4 p.m. and follows the 1.5-mile path around Ascarate Lake. Participants in the Jingle Bell Jog are encouraged to stay for the evening activities.

    The evening program begins at 4 p.m. with performances by Riverside H.S. Rangerettes, Champion studio Dances, Hornedo Middle school Choir, Burleson Elementary Choir, Sparkling Diamond Dancers, Henderson Elementary Choir and Cheer team and other local artist. Following a welcome by County officials, the lights will be switched on throughout the park. Following the lighting, the movie will begin. The lights will be lit nightly in the park through Jan. 6 and hours have been extended to 11 p.m. for the public to continue to enjoy. $2 park entry fee on Saturday and Sunday, however this fee will be waived for Dec. 1.

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