The weather was mucky on Monday, but that didn't stop city workers and volunteers from spreading holiday cheer in preparation for Holiday in the Garden.

The daylong event is scheduled for Saturday at the Tyler Rose Garden. There's a full lineup of activities, including train rides, crafts, carolers, a live carving of an ice sculpture and more.

The event is traditionally in Bergfeld Park, but with construction crews preparing to renovate its historic theater, the event was moved to a new venue.

That means there's a lot of prep work to do in the garden to get it ready to greet holiday guests.

And while Monday was gray, Saturday is merely forecast to be cloudy, with a 20 percent chance of rain.

As rain drizzled outside, workers concentrated on things that could be done indoors - including making bright red and green wreaths and adding finishing touches to holiday yard art.

There was still a waist-high pile of lights yet to be hung - 16,875 individual bulbs.

The garden will be transformed into a holiday oasis with lights, wreaths and garland.

There will be 30 wreaths in the garden - one for each lamppost in sight.

Roughly 30 large wooden lawn art pieces are in the final stages of completion. The assortment of candy canes, gingerbread men and snow figures will add character to the garden for daytime visitors.

Those were painted with the help of volunteers at the Tyler Senior Center.

In addition to Holiday in the Garden, the Rose Garden will remain "dressed for the holidays" through the end of December, according to a news release from the city.

The Rose Park Drive entrance gate into the garden will be locked through Jan. 3. Access to the garden will be permitted through the Rose Garden Center building between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. There are special evening times scheduled for visitors to see the garden after 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. through the month of December. Those include: Dec. 14 to 17, Dec. 19 to 22 and Dec. 28 to 31.

EVENT DETAILS

The 11th Annual Holiday in the Garden and Bazaar on will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive.

The event will not include live snow, which has been a big draw in previous years, but there are many new activities to fill the gap.

There will be a train ride on the north side of the garden from noon to 5 p.m.

Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories, and an ice sculpture demonstration will take place on the garden's balcony.

A "North Pole workshop" also will be set up, where children can make a craft and write letters to Santa or to overseas troops. More than 50 bazaar vendors are scheduled, providing holiday shopping for men, women and children. A mobile ATM will also be brought in.

There will be concessions and a Kid's Zone available for a fee, according to the news release.

Live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day and the event will wrap up inside with the holiday movie, "The Polar Express," at 5:45 p.m. The movie is free to view, and children are encouraged to wear pajamas, bring a blanket and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.

The Rose Museum will stay open until 8 p.m. for the event for those who want to view Tyler's floral history.

The Parks Department will collect unwrapped gifts for The Salvation Army's Angel Tree during the event, the release states. Eventgoers are invited to bring gifts for children as well as senior adults. There will be a drop-off box inside the Rose Garden Center.

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IF YOU GO

Holiday in the Garden

The 11th Annual Holiday in the Garden and Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive.

 

 

 

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