ChristmasVille arrives Saturday. Here’s what you need to know about the fun-filled day of events.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Stephenville’s second annual lighted Christmas parade happens Saturday along with an amazing day of fun-filled activities for the entire family.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be centered in downtown Stephenville. City councilman Ricky Thurman will serve as the emcee again this year.

Immediately following the parade, there will be fireworks followed by the official lighting of the city’s Christmas tree on the downtown plaza.


And speaking of the downtown plaza; that’s definitely where you’ll want to be on Saturday afternoon.

There will face painting, a lighted toy vendor, fun photo opportunities and a harpist and guitarist.


Beans and Franks will be there to keep you warm with its famous hot chocolate and coffee and food trucks will be on hand selling funnel cakes, cotton candy and soda.

There will even be a singing Santa!


The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council will host ornament decorating from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. followed by an ugly Christmas sweater contest at 2 p.m. (and I get to be a judge)!

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING


Local businesses will also be celebrating Small Business Saturday with a host of great specials of their own.


GREER’S RANCH CAFE - Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 9 a.m.-noon


FRAMES ETC - Mimosas from 10 a.m.-noon, letters to Santa from noon-5 p.m.

WILLOW’S SCARLET RIBBON – Poinsettia (cocktails) and mimosas


JULIANNE’S – Snacks and drinks, sale on fall and holiday decor


HEARSAY WINE BAR - Live music, $20 bottles of Fields of Gold

SCOTT’S FLOWERS – Live music


BLUE-EYED BUFFALO - Hot chocolate bar, drawings for giveaways


THOUSAND MILES – Snacks and drawings


SLIM PICKINS – S'mores


BRUSH & BLUSH SALON – Hair tinsel station, $15 Christmas tee’s, candy cane discount drawing

Saturday is shaping up to be a true community event full of the sights and sounds that make the holiday season special.


I can’t wait to see you there.