Enjoy a live nativity, pictures with Santa and horse drawn carriage rides at Holly Jolly Christmas.

Updated: Dec 12, 2020


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its most festive event of the year – the annual Holly Jolly Christmas festival - taking place from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Downtown Square & Plaza.

The Chamber and city partner each year for the family-friendly event that celebrates all things Christmas.


“As always, community members can look forward to our annual Christmas tree lighting followed by an evening of fun,” Chamber president July Danley told Beneath the Surface News. “Bring the kids to take pictures with Santa while you listen to your favorite holiday hits on the plaza. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown, then stop at the library to write a letter to Santa.”


The festivities will also include a petting zoo, live nativity, crafts, games, face painting and lots of photo ops.


There will be performances at the plaza by Studio 6:14 Dance, the Stephenville High School Band and Tuba Christmas, and ‘In the Mix’ choir will sing carols inside the Erath County Courthouse.

Come hungry and enjoy chili, hot dogs, tamales, funnel cakes, s’mores, popcorn, hot chocolate, wassail, cider, hot Dr Pepper, and, of course, milk and cookies (Santa’s favorite!).

Many of the activities are free, but some serve as fundraisers for local non-profit organizations, so bring a little cash with you.


Still need to do a holiday shopping? No problem.


There will be a variety of vendors and downtown retailers open for business.


SAFETY MEASURES


Portions of Washington, Graham, Belknap, Mason, College and Columbia streets will be closed to thru-traffic and hand sanitizing stations will be set up across the downtown area.


It’s going to be a wonderful Hallmark movie-ish kind of night you don’t want to miss.


So bundle up and bring the family downtown on Monday for more holiday fun than you can handle.