With the cancellation of the Christmas Town Parade that was to be held last weekend — made mandatory due to the chance of rain and cold weather — and the cancellation of the traditional “Santa and The Kids” photo session that follows the parade each year, Santa was just as disappointed as everyone else. So he said he’ll be at the Railcar Stage Saturday evening in advance of the first-ever Railcar Stage movie night.


The Railcar Stage is at the T-Intersection of East Marshall Street at South Main Street.


The activities start at 5 p.m. with Santa and Santa’s beautiful bride, Mrs. Claus, will hear kids’ wish lists and having their photo taken with him. That will be on the stage.


The Van Alstyne Is Christmas Town committee has been hosting an event each weekend in December, and the movie night will be the final one for 2018.


Santa and the Mrs. say they look forward to seeing the kids each year. They give and get hugs, and sometimes the younger ones show a little bit of “I’d rather be somewhere else,” by shedding a few tears. But somehow, Santa brings them around and most of those even those more-reluctant youngsters seem to end up having just as much fun.


The photos, 10 inches by 8 inches in size, will be placed in an Online file for the families to download, free of charge.


Then at 6 p.m., everyone can enjoy the classic movie, “The Polar Express,” on a large movie screen. For this, lawn chairs, quilts, blankets, whatever it takes for individual comfort, are suggested. Temperatures are predicted to be chilly, between 39-58 degrees, with no rain in the forecast.


The Van Alstyne Public Library is providing hot chocolate, and Texas Haircut Co. is providing popcorn. And this is all free.


The Van Alstyne Is Christmas Town committee consists of a member from the Van Alstyne Community Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Keep Van Alstyne Beautiful organization, and the City of Van Alstyne. They are already beginning work on the 2019 special activities.


Keep a watch on the page, http://www.Facebook.com/VanAlstyneIsChristmasTown for any changes that could be made, the committee suggested.