By Patrick J. Kennedy
Executive Director, Cuero Development Corporation
What started in the year 2000 with the wrapping of several trees at the entrance, placing lights and placing a Christmas tree in the gazebo at the Cuero Municipal Park, has evolved into a free self-guided driving tour featuring almost 300 lighted displays and several hundred snowflakes/trees.
This year Cuero’s Christmas in the Park will be celebrating the 20th year running nightly from 6:00 – 10:00 PM Monday, November 25, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.
Voted Victoria Advocate’s Best of the Best Holiday Event for the eighth (8th) consecutive year, this holiday event is witnessed by almost 100,000 visitors in over 19,000 vehicles annually.
Like all major undertakings, there is a great deal of planning and coordination to make the event occur. The December Events Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Cuero Development Corporation sponsors the event. However, without the untiring work of the Community Squad of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Stevenson Unit, the City of Cuero, and the numerous volunteers, this family tradition would not be as successful.
As part of the continuous support of TrustTexas Bank, Cuero’s Christmas in the Park offers Free Hot Chocolate Nights on each Thursday in December. Hosted by: McDonald’s of Cuero – December 5th, H-E-B – December 12th, Joe Adams & Family – December 19th, and DeWitt County Farm Bureau – December 26th. A Live Nativity sponsored by The First United Methodist Church of Cuero will again be scheduled in December.
We are so pleased that last year was the first year of all LED bulbs that really not only brightened the displays, but really helped cut down on our energy bill. A good problem to have is that there will be several new displays added this year and we are running out of space.
For more information on Cuero’s Christmas in the Park, contact the Cuero Development Corporation at 361-275-8178; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit their website at www.cuerochristmasinthepark.org