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The Ellis County Courthouse is shown here with the city’s Christmas tree. Keep up with all the Christmas events this year by referencing the “Everything Under The Sun: Things to do in Ellis County” calendar item listing on page 5 each issue.

Preparations are under way to welcome the Christmas season and Santa Claus to downtown Waxahachie for the lighted holiday parade and tree lighting. Downtown events kick off at 6 p.m., with the parade under way at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The city’s downtown development director, Anita Simpson, describes the parade and tree lighting event as “a great way” for the whole family to kick off their holiday celebration.

“Santa will make his grand entry into downtown riding upon a fire truck,” Simpson said. “He will be in the first part of the parade. He and Mrs. Claus and, I believe, Buddy the Elf will be back.

“We will light the tree as soon as the parade is over,” she said. “Santa will come up and light the tree with the mayor. That really kicks off the holiday season here in Waxahachie.”

The parade starts at Getzendaner Park and travels down Main Street before turning south onto Rogers Street and ending at the trailhead across from the MKT Train Depot.

Along with the tree lighting, there will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy and take part in around the downtown square, including a petting zoo and pony rides. The Citizens National Bank kiddy train returns to offer up rides while Remedy Church will have bounce houses available. Students with Danceworks of Waxahachie will hold a dance recital while wives of local firefighters will sell hot chocolate, coffee and cider to downtown visitors.

Following the tree lighting, Santa will be available for photos, Simpson said, noting the cost is $5 each, with proceeds used by the Waxahachie Partnership Board for projects in the downtown area.

For more information about the event, visit the Waxahachie Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.waxahachiecvb.com and search for holiday/seasonal under the events tab. Simpson can also be reached at city hall at 469-309-4000.

For a comprehensive listing of local and countywide holiday season events, visit the Sun’s website at www.waxahachiesun.com under the arts and entertainment tab or pick up a copy to read the “Everything Under The Sun: Things to do in Ellis County” calendar item listing on page 5 each issue.

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