Happy Holidays from the WBNA!

The holidays are HERE!  We hope you’ll join us in celebrating these wonderful Wells Branch traditions.  Take time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbors.  We look forward to seeing each of you at the festivities!

Light Up the Night at Luminary Fest
Friday & Saturday, December 14 & 15
6-9pm • KF Park • 2106 Klattenhoff

Sponsored by WB MUD Parks & Rec. Dept.

Experience the glow of the holidays as our trails light up with luminaries around Katherine Fleischer Park on December 14 & 15.  Santa will be visiting the Homestead Cabin both nights from 6-9pm with FREE photos provided by WB Community Church and digital copies available the next day on the WBNA Facebook page.

Warm up inside the Community Center with hot cocoa and cookies provided by the WB MUD Parks & Rec. Dept.  WBNA sponsored craft tables will be set up both nights and children will have the opportunity to create ornaments and keepsakes.  Volunteers will be on hand to assist with crafts and MUD staff will keep the refreshments flowing.

Join us outdoors for a caroling hayride or a trip around the trails on the Holiday Express Train to see the luminaries up close.  We’re changing up the route this year for the hayride.  On Friday night, we’ll be traveling up Klattenhoff to Alpha Collier and all the way down to Wells Port, then Cervin to Fronia Woodward and back up Alpha Collier to the park.  This should give us an amazing view of the luminaries!  Saturday night, we’ll be doing our original route and visiting the beautifully decorated homes on Oceanna, Sandy Side, and Crystal Shore.  We’ll be starting the hayride around 5:30pm both nights so bring the little ones and come early.  As a special treat, Cafe Chowtown in Bratton Square will extend their hours on Friday and Saturday to 5:15pm.  Stop by and meet the owners and warm up with a FREE Peppermint Mocha and kids’ hot chocolates before heading over to Luminary Fest!

St. Andrew’s Chorale and the McNeil Choir will be caroling throughout the park Friday night and the Wells Branch Community Church Band will perform outside the Buffalo House on Saturday.  Visit Scout Troop 1409 around the campfire for toasted marshmallows.  Jessica Shepherd will host the kids’ karaoke inside the Community Center on Saturday night with continued crafts and refreshments for all to enjoy.

Join in helping to light the luminary candles on Friday and Saturday at 3:30pm.  The MUD will have lighters on hand but feel free to bring your own long lighter and meet in the courtyard at the Community Center.  Wagons are encouraged Saturday to help carry the replacement candles along the trail.  We hope to see you there!

Polar Express Pajamarama
Saturday, December 15 • 6:00 & 7:00pm
WB Library • 15001 Wells Port Drive

All aboard, for Wells Branch Community Library’s yearly Polar Express Pajamarama!  Enjoy holiday crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, a bedtime reading of The Polar Express and a special visit from Santa Saturday, December 15 at 6:00pm & 7:00pm!  Register at wblibrary.eventbrite.com.

Holiday Home Decorating Contest
Judging begins Sunday, December 16!

Break out the tinsel and holly!  Deck the halls, yard, trees, cars, dogs, cats… Let’s show some good ole WB spirit!  The WBNA is sponsoring the Holiday Home Decorating Contest again this year!  Judging will begin on Sunday, December 16 with winners announced on Saturday, December 22 so you still have time to decorate!   If you’d like to help judge or nominate a home, email lights@wbna.us.  Be sure and watch for the “Winners” as we post signs in their yards and feature the homes on Facebook and wbna.us!  Categories include:  Most Original, Most Traditional, Most Elaborate, Best Use of Lights, Most Energy Efficient, Visible from Space and Most Patriotic.

St. Andrews Presents an Evening of Holiday Music
with The Austin Handbell Ensemble
Monday, December 17 • 7:30-8:30pm

Join friends and neighbors for a holiday handbell concert at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 14311 Wells Port Drive as they present “We Need a Little Christmas!”

For ticket information, please visit their website at austinhandbells.org/events/.

Christmas Eve Services • December 24

Shoreline Church • 15201 Burnet Road
2:00pm, 4:00pm, & 6:00pm

Join us for a special 1-hour family service!  This amazing illustrated sermon is filled with Christmas spirit, Jesus’ miraculous birth story, and a few surprises!!!

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church • 14311 Wells Port
4:30pm Family Oriented • 7:00pm Candlelight Service

Join the St. Andrew’s congregation in a joyous celebration full of music and love this Christmas Eve.  Their 4:30pm service is child and family oriented and at 7:00pm, they’ll hold a candlelight service.  From WB neighbor and St. A’s member, Yvette Shelton, “Singing ‘Silent Night’ while the church is darkened and each person holds a candle is a truly a blessed way to celebrate Christmas.”  Visit St. A’s Christmas Eve and find out for yourself.

Wells Branch Community Church • 2113 Wells Branch Pkwy
3:00 & 4:30pm Services

On Monday, December 24, Wells Branch Community Church invites you to their new location on Wells Branch Parkway for a Christmas Eve candle light service that the whole family can enjoy.  There will be two services this year that are open for anyone to attend, one at 3:00pm and the other at 4:30pm.  Come join WBCC in the celebration of the true meaning of Christmas as they sing Carols and Creatively remember the Christmas story.

For more information about Wells Branch Community Church or their Christmas Eve service, please visit wellsbranchchurch.com.  Childcare available for Pre-K and under.

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