Fantasy of Lights kicks off Thursday


Candy Land is coming to life.

There may not be snow in Sealy, but there will be an ice-skating rink, beauty queens, live entertainment, a parade, a fun run, a barbecue cook-off and most importantly, bright lights.

The annual Fantasy of Lights event, hosted by Sealy Community Foundation, is scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Abe & Ira Levine Family Park. The theme is “A Candy Land Christmas.”

The 32nd annual event is hosted by the Sealy Community Foundation and gets bigger and better each year, organizers say.

“We’re so excited for the 32nd annual Fantasy of Lights and each year we strive to bring something new to the table,” said SCF board member Angela Schmidt. “This year Bal-Con Builders partnered with the Sealy Community Foundation to bring the first-ever outdoor ice-skating rink to our small town which means you can enjoy ice skating and a live snowfall.”

SCF, according to its website, was established in 2009 “to serve as a voice for all non-profit organizations in Austin County, focusing on raising donations for charities and education.

Board members include president Melanie Willingham, Stephen Cryan, Kristin Hidusek, Keith Novicke, Leslie Ellis, Aaron Ward and Schmidt.

“The true inspiration for the heart of Fantasy of Lights is watching our town come together to transform into the theme of the event to truly kick off the Christmas season,” Schmidt said. “This is a family event enjoyed by everyone.”

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