Celebrate a country Christmas ‘down on the farm’ at Burlingame

Burlingame’s 24th Annual Country Christmas on Saturday is celebrating rural holiday traditions with a theme of “Down on the Farm”, and the traditional lighted Christmas parade starts at 6:30 p.m.

The day full of events also has another theme of “plenty to eat” beginning at 8 a.m. with a biscuits and gravy breakfast with cocoa and coffee at the USD 454 bus barn. At 8:30 a.m. the Girl Scout lunch counter opens at Schuyler Community Center; at 11 a.m. a turkey dinner hosted by the Burlingame Lions Club will begin at the Lions Club building on west Santa Fe Avenue. The Lions will also host a chili feed at 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Pie will be provided by local Grange members. For anyone who wants more holiday treats, the Burlingame Friends of the Library have added cookies to its book sale at the Burlingame Community Library; sale starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until sold out.

Also at the library will be a book signing by June Hilbert, the author of From High Heels to Gumboots, One Cow Pie at a Time. (See story here.) Be sure to check out the library mitten tree, for which donations will be accepted in the next few weeks.

Country Christmas vendors will open for business at 10 a.m. also at the bus barn. At 10 a.m., Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at the Santa Fe Café to check Christmas lists and for photos with kids. The café will also be the site of a Winter Wonderland, and Santa’s workshop where kids can work on crafts.

Also at 10 a.m., the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society holiday home tour begins. (See featured homes here.) The historical society is also hosting the Festival of Trees at the Burlingame Schuyler Museum. Next door at the Schuyler Community Center a craft fair will run from 11 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

At noon, registration opens for the 5K Lighted Jingle Run, with line-up at 5:40 p.m. and the run beginning at 6 p.m.

Grandma’s Story Time will be at the library, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Merchant drawings will be held and contest winners announced at 4:30 p.m. around the downtown Christmas tree, along with a performance by Jandi’s Dancers.

The highlight of the day’s festivities will be the Parade of Lights, with line-up beginning at 5:30 p.m. near Burlingame schools. The parade is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. downtown.

At a past Country Christmas, the Burlingame Bearcat Band joins the parade after performing during the downtown Christmas tree lighting.

At a past Country Christmas, the Burlingame Bearcat Band joins the parade after performing during the downtown Christmas tree lighting.

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