Baytown Parks and Recreation employees have begun the process of turning Town Square into a Christmas wonderland. The department is also working on the ice rink in preparation for another holiday season. 

Baytown will soon be looking a lot like Christmas. 

The Baytown Parks and Recreation Department is already preparing for the yuletide season and hopes to have the Christmas tree at Town Square up soon. 

Kyle Kelley, Baytown Parks and Recreation Superintendent of Parks, said the Christmas tree is coming together. Once the crane arrives on Monday, they’ll finish setting up the tree. 

“It will take on a different look by the end of the day on Monday, a little more festive,” Kelley said.   

The parks department is also working on setting up the ice rink. Kelley said sand is in place at Town Square and tubes will soon be set. Once the chiller arrives they will begin to make ice. 

Weather permitting, Kelley hopes to have the rink up and going by opening day, which is the day after Thanksgiving, on Black Friday, Nov. 29. 

“If we get too much rain or if we have too many warm days it will be difficult, but we’ll do what we can to get it open on time,” Kelley said. 

Once the rink is open it will cost skaters over 48-inches $10, which includes skate rentals. For anyone 48-inches and below, the cost is $8. 

Hours for the rink have slightly changed but will remain open seven days a week. 

The rink will be open 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. 

It’s a bit of a risk to have the rink open during daylight hours but the parks department said it wants to give it a try to see how it goes. 

In addition to the festive feel, the parks department is also preparing for its annual Christmas Parade, which is themed Christmas Movie Memories. 

“We’re hoping everyone will decorate to that theme, and we’re really excited to see what everyone comes up with,” Tara Barton, Parks and Recreation spokeswoman, said. 

Parade registration is currently open until Nov. 25. Anyone interested in being part of the parade can register at the Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market St. A limited number of entries are available. 

For more information, call 281-420-6597 or email pard@baytown.org

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