UPDATE: Local cities plan holiday fun

Downtown Temple will soon be aglow for the holidays. The city will hit its “holiday switch” at 6:15 p.m. on Dec. 5 to light the big City Hall Christmas Tree and other decorations in the area. Then, it’s parade time featuring bands, floats, holiday music and Santa Claus. David Stone photo

Annual Santa parade, tree-lighting Dec. 5 in Temple

The 76th annual Temple Christmas Parade will be Monday, Dec. 5, with more then 100 illuminated entries ready to participate.

This year’s theme is “It’s a Groovy Christmas.”

The evening will begin with Mayor Tim Davis flipping the switch to light the giant Christmas tree just west of City Hall at 6:15 p.m., followed by the parade.

A small seated viewing area near the city tree will open at 5 p.m., but most people park and line the street of Adams Avenue from North 8th to the Temple High School parking lot. Many residents bring lawn chairs for parade viewing.

The parade is set to officially begin at 6:30 p.m. and Santa will begin his journey through town at 7:20 p.m. The parade is expected to last about an hour and a half.

“This is an event that we as a city and a community look forward to every year,” said Kevin Beavers, Temple’s Parks & Recreation director. “The lights, parade displays and feel of the holiday season always brings us together as a community, and we are all excited for a Groovy Christmas celebration.”

The 1.4-mile parade route will start at the intersection of E. Adams Ave. and N. 8 th St. The route  will proceed west along Adams Ave., in front of City Hall, to N. 23 rd St. The route will then turn  north, ending at Temple High School, located at 415 N. 31 st St. See attached map.

Roads closures are scheduled for the event. N. 6 th St. and N. 8 th St. will close at 4 p.m., and E.  Adams Ave. will close at 5:45 p.m. All roads will reopen immediately following the parade. Detours will be implemented in the area, and access will be maintained to residents of the area and businesses.

A decorated City Hall Christmas Tree is shown shortly before last year’s tree-lighting ceremony in Temple. David Stone photo

Belton festivities include parade, movie and tree lighting

Two days of Christmas on the Chisholm Trail festivities are coming to Belton early next month, including a tree-lighting ceremony, a popular holiday movie, a parade and an opportunity for local shopping.

According to Paul Romer, a spokesman for the city of Belton, the fun starts Dec. 2 with a movie and the city tree-lighting. The movie — How the Grinch Stole Christmas — will be at 6 p.m. outside the Historic Bell County Courthouse, 101 E. Central Ave.

The tree-lighting ceremony will be held in front of the courthouse immediately after the movie.

“Local stores will be staying open late,” Romer said. “The event is hosted by the city of Belton and the Downtown Belton Business Alliance.”

Vendors, food trucks and a visit by Santa Claus are on the agenda for Day 2 of Christmas on the Chisholm Trail. The market begins at noon with booths lining downtown streets, a Kid’s Zone with inflatables, food trucks, live holiday music and a parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the courthouse to visit with kids and for photos.

The Christmas on the Chisholm Trail Parade will start at 6 p.m. and travel down Penelope Street from the Nolan Creek Bridge to 2nd Avenue.

Morgan’s Point Resort to hold Dec. 2 parade

Morgan’s Point Resort will have a Christmas parade and celebration on Dec. 2.

According to Katrice Jackson, MPR’s administrative services director, the parade will leave the Morgan’s Point Fire Station at 5:45 pm and go to the Garrett & Mic Hill Event Center.

“We will have activities for the kids and pictures with Santa,” Jackson said.

The Salado Starlets dance team struts down Main Street during last year’s Salado Lighted Christmas Parade. This year’s parade begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the intersection of Royal and Main.

Take a holiday ‘Stroll’ in Salado this Christmas season

Holiday cheer will be piled high in Salado during the first two weeks in December.

The merriment begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1 with the 2022 Salado Lighted Christmas Parade. This is the kickoff event for the Christmas Stroll.

The parade will start at the intersection of Royal and Main, runs north along Main and ends at the Salado Civic Center, 671 N. Main. Sidewalks will be lit for the entire route — just bring a chair and a smile. Parking will be available at First Baptist Church, Brookshires and along side streets.

The Salado Christmas Stroll kicks into high gear on Dec. 2 with late-night shopping, crafts, carriage rides, photos with Santa and live music. Be sure to roast your own S’mores at 5 p.m. at Salado Church of Christ. There will be live music and more throughout Salado. For details, visit www.business.salado.com.

Dec. 2 also marks the opening performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The production will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Tablerock.

The Salado Christmas Stroll will run Dec. 2-4 and 9-11. A Christmas Carol will be featured Dec. 2-3 and 9-10.

Here’s a detailed look at each day of the Christmas Stroll: Dec. 2 , Dec. 3 , ; Dec. 4 , Dec. 9 , ; Dec. 10 , ; Dec. 11 .

Christmas Joy in Troy is Dec. 10

There’s going to be a whole lot of Christmas Joy in Troy on Dec. 10 as the community celebrates with a parade, vendor fair and food.

Shop with local vendors at the sixth annual Holiday Extravaganza, a craft and gift market held at Troy Community Center, 201 E. Main, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a wide selection of quality holiday gifts available.

The city’s annual Christmas Parade starts at the Old Middle School around 4:15 p.m., travels along College and Austin streets, and ends at 5 p.m. at Trojan Park with more vendors and festivities.

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