(Seguin) -- The Big Red Barn will be opening its doors this weekend for a Country Christmas. The public is invited to the Texas Agricultural Education & Heritage Center for its annual County Christmas celebration. The event will be held Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m.
David Reiley, of the Big Red Barn says Country Christmas is one of the most favorite times for the Ag Center.
"One of the reasons why it was created, Mr. (Wilfred) Bartoskewitz and the board wanted to have something that was a little bit more laid back and brought the people out to see what Christmas was like before all the hype was created with Black Friday, Cyber Monday -- to see how our ancestors did Christmas. I think the Red Barn is an excellent facility to do that with the barn and the antique village that we have out there. It kind of takes you back a couple of years and is a little bit slower pace than what we're accustomed to nowadays," said Reiley.
Ali Wilkinson, director of operations and development for the Big Red Barn, says the two day event will be complete with fun activities for the entire family.
"On both nights, we will have choirs in the church on Friday and Saturday night. We have two different choirs on each evening. We will have Santa out there. You can bring your own camera and take your own pictures. We're going to have hay rides and train rides, camp fire, you can roast marshmallows out by the side barns, visit our Country Village and do some activities in some of those buildings. You can also visit the Pecan Museum. We will have that open. It's been decorated as well. It's quite beautiful in there. We will also be doing tours to the Krueger Snow Village in Geronimo so you can come see Country Christmas and also take a van over to Geronimo and see the Snow Village and come back and enjoy the rest of the evening at Country Christmas," said Wilkinson.
Wilkinson says the group has also chosen to include its new Country Christmas & Kids/5K Dash into this year's schedule. She says the 5K is scheduled for Saturday morning at the Max Starcke Park Pecan Bottom.
"This is something new to Country Christmas. It's called the Country Christmas Dash. We were generously sponsored by GRMC, Alamo Industrial, Alligator Dental, Minigrip, Dragon T's, Team Beef and David Leal DJ. We thought this would be a great opportunity to get families together early in the morning. To just get out there and get healthy and as a family and come and do this dash. We will have a kid's dash at nine o'clock, that's $10 and at 9:15, the 5K begins. It is at Starcke Park at the pavilion behind the Wave Pool. So if you're interested in signing up, you can sign up online or you can call me at the barn for more information," said Wilkinson.
Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Concession stands will also be available on site. The Big Red Barn and Texas Pecan Museum are located at 390 Cordova Rd.