The cities of Hudson Oaks and Aledo are gearing up to celebrate the holidays with the events Christmas in CoHo and Christmas Tyme in Aledo.
Christmas in CoHo will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 in Gene Voyles Park featuring pictures with Santa, rides on the Texas Bank Express, a snow hill, hot chocolate and live entertainment.
“Christmas in CoHo is an event that is sponsored by First Baptist Church of Weatherford, the city of Hudson Oaks and 30 other local businesses,” Povero said. “Santa Claus will be there to take pictures with the kids and there will be a real snow hill that kids can slide down. Carolers will entertain the crowd and kids can do activities in Santa’s workshop or ride on the Texas Bank Express, a mini holiday train. There will be plenty of food trucks and free hot chocolate as well.”
Hudson Oaks also hosted its tree lighting and movie in the park on Tuesday, moved from Friday because of inclement weather.
“Cohoho has been such a successful, annual event that we wanted to expand the activities in Gene Voyles Park during the holiday season,” Povero said. “Providing more scheduled events like our Cohoho Opening Night and Christmas in CoHo allows our community to gather at the same time and fellowship together in a fun, safe environment.”
Parking will be available in the lot between H-E-B and Hudson Oaks City Hall and the event is free to attend.
“I just enjoy watching families celebrating Christmas together and seeing the children’s faces light up when they see Santa Claus,” Povero said. “That is worth every dollar spent and man-hour labored to put on this event.”
For more information visit the city of Hudson Oaks Facebook page or hudsonoaks.com.
On Dec. 7 from 5-9 p.m., the city of Aledo will celebrate the holidays with Christmas Tyme in Aledo.
“Christmas Tyme in Aledo began 19 years ago in 2000. At that time, there was a combined Aledo and Willow Park Chamber of Commerce, and it was decided to use funds from Aledo to put on this festival to celebrate the Christmas season,” Aledo Parks Director Toni Fisher said. “Today, this event is proudly our biggest and most attended, now encompassing our entire downtown area. Mayor Kit Marshall is always striving to help our businesses by involving all that will participate, and she loves bringing our entire community together for Christmas.”
Fisher said the event brings in anywhere from 5,000 to 8,000 visitors and each year they try to change things up a little.
“New this year are the 35-feet dual-lane inflatable slide, Art-on-the-Go mobile art activity and the ‘Magic Mirror’ photo booth,” Fisher said. “The Christmas joy will be prevalent throughout the city with Christmas-themed pole banners and the sparkling ambiance of white lights throughout Aledo’s civic district.”
The annual tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. with Marshall followed by photos with Santa from 6:15-8:30 p.m., live musical performances and various city businesses.
“Christmas Tyme in Aledo is a wonderful tradition and it’s a great opportunity to have the greater community come out and just enjoy being together. It’s just a fun evening and I’ve actually had people tell me that they’ve come from all over — more than 50 miles away — because they had been visiting a family friend and it just became a tradition for them. I even had someone tell me they moved here because they attended Christmas Tyme in Aledo, so it just resonates with everybody,” Marshall said. “It also draws in a larger crowd of people who then become exposed to our businesses and that’s really why it was started, to help promote economic development and give people an opportunity to see what we have here.”
The event will also feature 51 vendors in the 42nd annual Arts and Crafts Fair at the Church at the Crossing’s gymnasium.
“As with all of our events, I most enjoy seeing the smiles of families having fun and creating memories together. I enjoy being a part of that magic, and helping to enable those opportunities with the attractions we have,” Fisher said. “This event, above all, gives me pause to be especially grateful for the wonderful country we live in, our generous city who still prioritizes and celebrates its community and our businesses who sponsor and support us. Aledo is a special place to be and I’m proud to represent that.”
For more information visit the city of Aledo Facebook page or aledo-texas.com.