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The Fort Hood Family Housing Children's Choir sings traditional holiday music at the III Corps Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Fort Hood lights annual holiday tree


III Armored Corps and Fort Hood rang in the holiday season with a ceremony to light the III Corps Christmas tree in front of the headquarters building Dec. 1.

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, III Corps and Fort Hood commander, was joined by two Fort Hood Families to help him flip the candy cane switch to light the tree, and the Fort Hood Family Housing Children's Choir sang traditional holiday and Christmas music.

Before deputy garrison chaplain Chap. (Lt. Col.) Jose Herrara gave the opening invocation, he shared a few words on what this event means.

"This is the perfect time for us to be lighting that tree because the sun is giving way to the darkness," he said as the sun began to set below the horizon. "And when we light that tree, we're going to affirm to the world that the darkness cannot overcome the light, that evil cannot overcome what is good."


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HANUKAH SERVICE

Fort Hood will host a Hanukah service at 6 p.m., Dec. 28 at the 19th Street Chapel. For more information, call the Garrison Chaplain Office at 288-6554.

HOLIDAY DASH 5K

A Holiday Dash 5K Run is set for 8 a.m., Dec. 10, at the Abrams Physical Fitness Center. Runners can pre-register at one of the following locations: Leisure Travel Services, Apache Arts and Crafts Center, Sprocket Auto Crafts, Sportsmen's Center and the Recreation Equipment Checkout Center. Online pre-registration is also available at http://bit.ly/2fkYnKb. Registration for the race will also be offered the day of the race from 7-7:30 a.m. For more information, call 285-5459 or go to Fort Hood MWR.

A JUBILANT CHRISTMAS

The Williamson County Symphony Orchestra performs its annual free holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Fort Hood's Howze Auditorium. The theme for this year's concert is "A Jubilant Christmas." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 288-7835.

HUNTING, FISHING LICENSES

Hunting and fishing licenses and permits are now available for purchase at Sportsmen's Center Pro Shop, Bldg. 1937, Rod and Gun Loop. The pro shop is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays or 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 532-4552.

NATURE IN LIGHTS

Nature in Lights is celebrating its 20th season. The holiday tradition features more than 120 light displays nightly from 5:30-11 p.m., now through Jan. 8, at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Center. BLORA is open nightly to the public and during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.
Gate fees:
• Car, minivan and pickup - $15
• Limos, RV and 15-passenger van - $30
• 24-passenger van - $50
• 47-passenger van or larger bus - $75

In addition to the holiday light show, stop by Santa's Village. The operation hours are 5:30-11 p.m. (closes at 10 p.m. Christmas Eve):
• open Thursday-Sunday now through
Dec. 11
• open nightly Dec. 15-Dec. 24 Santa's Village is located at the Live Oak Pavilion, part way through the park, featuring a Christmas Café, homemade cookies, hot chocolate, seasonal crafts for sale and photos with Santa.

Santa's Depot, which is also open 5:30-11 p.m., offers concessions, glow-in-the-dark toys and pony rides. It is located in the parking lot of the marina cove, for a special trail of lights not seen by vehicular traffic. The train runs:
- Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 11
- nightly Dec. 15-Dec. 26

For more information about Nature in Lights or other activities and events happening on Fort Hood, go to Fort Hood MWR.

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