Christmas Tree Lighting Marks Start of Christmas Season in Katy

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree was lit Thursday in front of City Hall – George Slaughter photo

CITY OF KATY (Covering Katy News)—Santa Claus brought an early Christmas gift to the city Thursday evening—he stopped the rain and drizzle so those attending the lighting of the 46th annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree could enjoy the ceremony without getting wet.

The lighting of the tree is an annual Katy tradition and occurred in front of City Hall, 901 Avenue C.

A choir from Katy Elementary School sings at the 46th annual lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree – George Slaughter photo

The event included performances by a choir from Katy Elementary School, 5728 George Bush Dr., and a dance team from Juleigh Holley’s School of Dance, 27025 Highway Blvd.

Santa Claus helped Mayor Chuck Brawner and wife Marcy with the lighting of the tree. He arrived to the event in style, courtesy of a Katy Fire Department truck with lights flashing and siren blaring.

Santa Claus remained to visit with youngsters (and not so youngsters) and pose for photos.

A dance performance from the Juleigh Holley’s School of Dance at the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree – George Slaughter photo

He will also be making two local appearances Saturday. The first is at the Pancakes with Santa breakfast, which is being put on by the Katy Professional Fire Fighters Association. That event is set for 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Katy Fire Station, 1417 Avenue D. Cost is $5. Funds raised will support the association in sending a Katy Independent School District student to the fire academy/EMT school or to paramedic school.

The second event is the Ninth Annual Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Katy. The event is free and features food trucks, a snow park, and a beer garden. The event is organized by Katy market Day and No Label Brewing Co. Canned goods will be donated to a local food pantry. Proceeds from the event will benefit a local charity. For more information, see

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