Area residents braved the cold Saturday night to watch the Somervell County Courthouse light up for the holidays and were treated to homemade cookies and hot cider.

Parents snapped pictures of the children standing on the courthouse steps under a giant wreath.

Everyone present received small, white candles and they formed a circle on the courthouse lawn leading to the decorated Christmas tree. One candle was lit, and the flame was passed from candle to candle until the last candle, held by Larry Higgins, was lit.

Higgins then lit a candle placed in the branches of the tree and the Christmas lights magically came on and lit up the square.

Or at least that’s how it was supposed to work.

Everyone did turn out for the cookies and cider; everyone got their own little candles and the flame even made it all the way around the circle without getting blown out. But when it came time to magically light the tree, a few technical difficulties were encountered.

After some finagling and frantic tweaking, the lights came on and illuminated a gorgeous traditional Christmas tree.

The lighting of the Christmas tree is only the first of many upcoming holiday events in Glen Rose.

Santa will visit the square starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. For $8, you can have your picture taken with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick. But, as you know, he is a busy guy this time of year, so get there early. Santa can only stay until 5 p.m.

An open invitation has been extended to everyone in Somervell County to get ready for the Lighted Christmas Parade.

The parade is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. Floats need to be at the high school parking lot by 5:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”

Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 897-2286 with any questions.

The annual Glen Rose Tour of Homes starts at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7. Homes will be on display until 6 p.m. Contact Jo Hawkins at (817) 219-2482 for tickets.

Last minute shoppers will have a chance to squeeze in one more Girl’s Night Out on the Square before Christmas.

Shops on the square will be open until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 for a very special Christmas addition of the monthly event.