The Christmas season will be in full swing in Winters this weekend as activities are planned both Friday and Saturday sponsored by the Winters Chamber of Commerce.

The Christmas season will be in full swing Dec. 9-10 in Winters as activities are planned both Friday and Saturday sponsored by the Winters Chamber of Commerce. A special shopping event begins Friday night, and on Saturday the Winters Christmas Parade gets underway at 10 a.m.. Events Saturday also include the selection of the Snow royalty and a tamale contest at the Rock Hotel.  

Sandee Schneider, who is organizing the parade, said the theme this year is "Wintersville," in keeping with "Whoville" in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," by Dr. Seuss.  

"We want everyone to get their stuff together and create," Schneider said. "And the more the merrier."  

So Schneider is calling everyone to participate - old classic cars, tractors, floats, riders, walkers and horses - everyone is welcome.  

"There are no fees for the parade," she said. "And there will be a contest and the winners get cash prizes."  

First place is $100, second is $75 and third is $50.  

In addition, the annual Snow Queen Contest will be held. The deadline to enter the contest is 5 p.m. Friday at Bee's Quilting. There will be three categories, Snow Flake for girls in grades 3-5; Snow Princess, for girls grades 6-8 and Snow Queen, for girls in grades 9-12. The Snow Queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the others will receive Winters bucks, which are good at all merchants that are members of the Winters Chamber of Commerce.  

The cost to enter the Snow Queen contest is a $25 sponsorship by a business that is a member of the chamber. Applications are available at Bee's Quilting, Hatler Insurance and at the school offices in Winters.  

The Snow Queen Court will be featured in the parade, and then following the parade, they will be interviewed at the Rock Hotel. The winners will be announced at 6 p.m. said Maegan Schwartz, director of the Winters Chamber.  

Meanwhile, there is also a Tamale Cook Off planned at the Rock Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m.  

On Friday, take the family to the Winters Public Library, where the Grinch himself will be on hand for photos from 5-7 p.m.  

Schwartz said businesses will be open until 7 p.m. and the Winters Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a hamburger fundraiser at the fire department. Plus, the Winters Chamber will be hosting Bingo from 7 to 11 p.m. at the fire department.  

"We are going to have a lot of things for everyone," Schwartz said.    

For more information on the parade call Schneider at 325-977-1036 or Schwartz at 325-754-4624.