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Santa really is coming to town and he is starring in the city’s first-ever lighted Christmas parade.

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

Stephenville is gearing up for what might just be the most festive holiday season it has ever had.

There’s the trail of lights happening the first three weekends in December at Stephenville City Park; Holly Jolly on the square on Dec. 14, and of course, the first-ever lighted Christmas parade.

It’s enough to make me want to bake a big batch of gingerbread cookies.

I love Christmas!

But to keep my waistline in check, I’m going to skip the holiday baking for now, and instead, give you the latest deets on the parade.

First things first: It now has an official name - ChristmasVille Light up Stephenville Parade – and it’s happening at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.

That’s two days after Thanksgiving.

The two Julies – Julie Lowrance and Julie Crouch Smith – are heading up the parade, which will center around the downtown area, Erath County Courthouse and City Park.

Stephenville city councilman Ricky Thurman will serve as the official emcee, announcing the lighted parade entries as they “float” by.

“And we got some great news late last week,” Julie Lowrance told Beneath the Surface News. “Santa Claus will be in Stephenville that day and he will be riding in the parade.”

He will also have the honor of lighting the city’s official Christmas tree on the plaza following the parade.

“I love Christmas and I have always wanted to have an event like this to bring joy to our community and spread the true meaning of the holiday,” Lowrance said.

To enter the parade or become a volunteer, email Julie Lowrance at or call 254-592-7404 or call Julie Crouch Smith at 254-552-1222.


The parade isn’t the only holiday fun happening Nov. 28.

Breakfast with Santa will take place at Greer’s Ranch Café. (More details on that are coming soon.)

And the Grinch will pay a special visit to Frames Etc.

So mark your calendars.

Stephenville is shaping up as the place to be for all things Christmas.

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