Community welcomes the season at Holiday in the Park

(Heath) The much-needed rain showers held off long enough for community members  to welcome Santa and the holiday season at the annual Heath Holiday in the Park on Dec. 2.

After hosting the Holiday in the Park festivities, Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe and his family joined other families for photos with Santa.

Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe hosted the festivities that began with flipping the switch on the Christmas tree and the beautiful lighted vignettes placed throughout Towne CenterPark behind City Hall.

The Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary Honor Choir is directed by Chris Ghormley, who accompanied the children on guitar.

Residents were then treated to performances by the Honor choirs of Dorothy Smith Pullen and AmyParks-Heath Elementary Schools.

The mayor and a crowd of excited children welcome Santa to Heath.

After arriving to a joyful greeting and singing a round of Jingle Bells with the choirs, Santa made his way to the Heath Community Room where he read a story, visited with all of the eager children and posed for family photos.

Everyone enjoyed the hot cocoa, wassail and home-baked Christmas cookies provided by Rockwall Women’s League, National Charity League and Kroger’s grocery store.

National Charity League members enjoy a train ride.
The Amy Parks-Heath Elementary Honor choir, directed by Jan Stonestreet, concluded its performance with the tradition of all alumni choir members in the audience joining in the singing of Super Santa.

The NCL Ticktocker Class of 2015 graciously served refreshments for the evening. Children also enjoyed rides around Towne Center Park on a miniature train.



Story and photos submitted by Kim Dobbs, Assistant City Manager, City of Heath.













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