The Brownwood Area Commerce’s 10th annual Christmas Under the Stars festival Dec. 7-8 will be a “winter wonderland” with artificial snow and other offerings including food, crafts, holiday games, Santa’s workshop, inflatable snow slides and Big Wheel races for adults and younger racers.

That’s the prediction of Sunni Modawell, executive director of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event. The festival, which will be at Depot Plaza and Lehnis Railroad Museum in Brownwood, is sponsored by Brownwood Regional Medical Center. 

“I feel excited. This year is going to be our 10th anniversary and it’s going to be a winter wonderland," Modawell said. “It’ll be a little bit different. We’re making a change or two. For one, there is going to be snow everywhere. That’s going to be different. It’s going to snow.

“ … Did I mention snow everywhere? I’m hoping for a snowball fight. Come over and we’ll see.”

Santa’s Workshop will once again feature McCoy’s Building Supply representatives who will help children make small crosses that can be decorated, and Weakley-Watson employees will offer children the opportunity to build toys, Modawell said.

A company from Dallas will spray the artificial snow.

“It’s going to be great. It’s going to be magical,” Modawell said.

Santa will be present with an entourage that does not include Mrs. Claus this year. “Mrs. Claus is busy at the North Pole and can’t make it this year,” Modawell said.

Big Wheel races, operated by the Heartland Cruisers car club, are sponsored by Matthew Williams of State Farm and Sonic Drive-In. Riders can race head-to-head and big wheels will be available for adults and children.

The annual lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6i:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

Call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 for more information or visit