The annual downtown lighting event will take place at the Main Plaza in New Braunfels on Friday, Nov. 18, beginning at 6 p.m. Thousands of twinkling lights will be turned on, and Santa will make his arrival in New Braunfels.

Streets around the main plaza will close at 5 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. with holiday music performed by the New Braunfels Community Band. Mayor Rusty Brockman will address the crowd at 6:30 p.m. and countdown to the lighting of downtown, according to the city.

“It really is the most wonderful time of the year! The Downtown Holiday Lighting marks the official start of the holiday season in New Braunfels,” Parks and Recreation Director Stacey Dicke said. “This event is truly a community tradition, made possible by the generous contributions from our longstanding event partners, like Comal County, New Braunfels Utilities, the New Braunfels Downtown Association and H-E-B.”

After the lights are turned on, Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive on a New Braunfels Fire Department fire truck. Families will have a chance to have their photo taken with Santa at the Main Plaza bandstand until 8:30 p.m. Photos are $10 each and must be paid for in cash, with the proceeds going toward the New Braunfels Downtown Association, according to the city.

The New Braunfels Community Band and the Canyon High School Steel Drum Band will provide entertainment until 8 p.m., when the streets around the Main Plaza will be reopened to traffic, according to the city.

Additional information about the Downtown Holiday Lighting event can be found by contacting the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Office at 830-221-4350.