Christmas will be in full swing across the county this weekend, with multiple parades, wagon rides, concerts, dances and more scheduled.
• The Quinlan ISD and the Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce have scheduled Friday night’s Christmas Tree Lighting and “Christmas Around The World” event. The tree lighting begins at 6:15 p.m. at the North Pole, 301 Clardy Drive, with activities starting at 6:30 p.m.
The evening will include visits with Santa; a petting zoo; pony, train and wagon rides; face painting, hot cocoa, cookies and more and everything is free. The only cost is for families that can contribute to bring toiletries — tooth paste and brushes, shampoo, soaps, toilet paper — for the Lake Area Shared Ministries.
• The Christmas on Park Street Wagon Rides are scheduled starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again Dec. 20-21.
Tickets are $10 per person and free for children who are sitting on laps. Ticket sales are limited and are dependent on wagon capacity for the evening.
The wagons will proceed east from the parking lot of Park Street Baptist Church to the turn around at the east end of Park Street and then west to the Biblical Garden at Kavanaugh United Methodist Church, turn around and then return to the starting point. The time for each ride is about 40 minutes.
Residents are also planning to host a Christmas caroling walk on the night of Dec. 20. Volunteer singers are being asked to meet at the home of Derek and Beverly Price, 2208 Park St. at 7 p.m. and anyone who wants to sing, including children, are welcome to come.
The caroling route is expected to follow roughly the same route as the wagons and sheet music will be available.
• The Celeste Christmas Parade, presented by the city of Celeste, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate. Those wanting additional information can call city hall at 903-568-4512.
• Royse City residents can visit with Santa starting at 10 a.m. at Cookston Court. Live entertainment is planned along Main Street later in the evening. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and will leave from Ruth Cherry Intermediate School , then head west on Highway 66 toward downtown.Main Street parking will be barricaded at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Uptown Forum in Greenville will be hosting Dance Prodigy Studios as the dancers present excerpts from the Sixth Annual charity ballet “Alice in a Winter Wonderland” and other holiday favorites, starting at 11 a.m.
• The Quinlan Christmas Around The World Parade is hosted by the Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce. Registration is limited to 60 entries and the deadline to sign up was Thursday, Dec. 5. Line-ups begin at 11 a.m. on the day of the parade and enter through Cannon Elementary School.
The parade begins at 2 p.m., leaving the A. E. Butler campus, turns left onto Clardy Drive/College Street, left onto Richmond Avenue, right on Picadilly Street, left on Main Street and through downtown on old Highway 34.
The parade winners will be announced between 3:45 and 4 p.m. at the Quinlan Police Department.
Those needing additional information can call Parade Chairwoman Tiffony Upchurch Chapman at 903-356-1222
• The Lone Oak Christmas Parade & Fair is scheduled starting at 6 p.m. Events are scheduled at 115 Town Square in Lone Oak and will include an appearance by Santa, hay rides, a DJ, dancing, vendors, food and more.
There will also be prizes for the first, second and third place floats in the parade. Additional information and vendor registration is available by calling the Lone Oak City Hall at 903-662-5116.
• The city of West Tawakoni’s Christmas in the Park celebration, hosted by West Tawakoni Friends of the Park, is acheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with the theme of “Christmas in Candy Land.”.
The City Park will be decorated with sugary treats and children can bring their letters to Santa and place them in the special mailbox. Frosty, Rudolph and Clarice will be on hand and there will be a Peppermint Forest and free hot chocolate provided by the Tawakoni Volunteer Fire Department. The evening will be topped with the official lighting of the city Christmas Tree.