Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will swoop into Hallettsville at noon Saturday marking the start of the 17th annual Festival of Lights. The couple will be on hand until 4 p.m. to visit with children and for photo opportunities. Between 5:45 and 6 p.m., the switch will be flipped as the lighting extravaganza makes the Lavaca County courthouse dazzle with lights.

Santa's kiddie parade is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. followed by a lighted Christmas parade at 6:15 p.m. Gary Moses will serve as master of ceremonies. A Christmas pageant will be performed at 7:30 p.m. The pageant will be repeated at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The lights will remain lit on the courthouse through Jan. 6.

For more information, call 361-798-2662 or 361-798-5818.