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November 2022 Message

The most wonderful (and busiest!) time of the year in Seguin is upon us – the holidays – and the spirit of giving is abundant in our community. I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some holiday happenings that you don’t want to miss.

Thanksgiving is a time for people to gather, count blessings and be thankful.  I’d like to extend an invitation to the community to join us for a FREE Thanksgiving gathering on Sunday, November 27. “The Table – A Community Thanksgiving Meal” is being hosted by local and area churches from 1 to 3 pm at the Seguin Coliseum, 950 S. Austin Street.  This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a nice, warm meal, as we bring people together to celebrate community and count our blessings.  Many local businesses, organizations and citizens in our community have partnered to make this possible.  We plan to continue this tradition in bringing us all together. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

If you’re looking to get an early start on holiday shopping, please remember to support our local businesses on Small Business Saturday! The Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) is always Small Business Saturday, a day of shopping and supporting the small businesses that make our community unique. During Small Business Saturday, you can participate in a fun, new activity – the Small Business Marathon. Download the Visit Seguin, TX app on your phone to join the fun. As you visit the various downtown businesses, check in on the app at each store and run the shopping marathon for a chance to win some great prizes!

The first full weekend of December officially kicks off the holiday season in Seguin with the Holiday Parade, Sip 'n Stroll, and the North Pole Stroll.

You won’t want to miss the annual Lighted Holiday Parade on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 pm. I’m so happy to announce that this year’s Parade Marshals will be the Guadalupe County Teachers of the Year! Teachers face many challenges today and continue to put our children first, knowing that education changes lives.  Help me honor our teachers - as you watch our Parade Marshals in the parade, please take a moment of gratitude for the teachers who make daily impacts on our kids. Teachers made an impact on my life in many ways, and I want all teachers celebrated.  At the conclusion of the parade, I will hit the switch to turn on the lights in downtown and Santa will be in the park as well – a great photo opportunity! 

The fun continues with Sip n’ Stroll from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, Dec. 2 throughout the downtown business district. There will be over 25 chocolatiers throughout downtown so sip and shop, enjoy live entertainment in Central Park, photos with Santa and enjoy a variety of food vendors. A signature Sip n’ Stroll mug is available for purchase at downtown businesses to use and many of us collect them every year.  This year’s mug features St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Seguin, TX created by Lydia Shanafelt, a senior at Navarro High School.

The 5K Holiday Stroll Jingle Bell Run takes place Saturday morning, Dec. 3 at 8:30 in Central Park.  The Downtown Business Alliance wants all to have fun, dress up, show your holiday spirit and get a bit of exercise. 

After the Jingle Bell Run, join us in Central Park for the North Pole Stroll from 10 am to 2pm. A variety of nonprofit organizations will be hosting activities for children in Central Park, including cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and much more. For all the detail on all these events, be sure to visit

The weekend wraps up on Sunday, Dec. 4 with Yulefest from 10 am to 4 pm at the Seguin Coliseum. Brought to you by the Seguin Art League, this free event has been a gift to our community for a decade. It’s an arts and crafts show of handmade items, gifts and decorations. There will be over 70 vendor booths, door prizes, food and crafts for children.

Oh, what fun! So many more holiday activities and events are also coming up between now and Christmas. Many of these activities are listed on the Visit Seguin mobile app. 

Please remember to Shop Locally throughout the holiday season, be thankful for each other, grateful that we live in Seguin and make our home in a community that knows We Can Do It…. Together! 

Happiest of Holidays!


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