Hardin lights up for Christmas

Fourth-grade students at Hardin Elementary sing Christmas songs following Hardin's lighted Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 10.

A Christmas celebration in Hardin appears to be growing in participation each year with hundreds turning out this year to watch a lighted parade and performances from school choirs and bands before the official lighting of the Christmas tree.

In recent years, the celebration has moved from county roads and streets to Hardin Elementary where there is plenty of room for the parade to simply loop the school. This year, there were approximately 18 entries in the parade with Santa Claus and The Grinch ending the parade together.

Hardin Mayor Harry Johnson said the Christmas parade is a cooperative effort between Hardin ISD, the City of Hardin and the local businesses, churches and organizations that sponsor floats and booths.

“I think it’s good for our community to get together for the holidays because we are growing so much,” Johnson said.

Here are photos from the event:

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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