Holiday cheer will continue over the next couple of weeks with a variety of family fun at local Christmas events.
The Weatherford Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 33rd annual Christmas on the Square event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Historic Downtown Weatherford.
“Christmas on the Square started with a handful of downtown businesses that wanted to encourage people to come downtown for the holidays,” Weatherford Chamber of Commerce President Tammy Gazzola said. “They gave out holiday treats and used it as a way to say thank you for supporting them all year.”
The event will kick off with the annual Christmas Parade starting at the Weatherford Ninth Grade Center and making its way down South Main Street, around the courthouse and then head west on Palo Pinto Street over to Cherry Park.
“There will be over 75 vendors from the community providing an opportunity to shop as well as activities and treats for people of all ages. This year’s celebration will include live carolers, an entertainment stage, ice sculpting, Santa Claus and lots of free family activities,” Gazzola said. “Thanks to the North Texas Chevy Dealers, there will be a carousel for the entire family to enjoy. Also, children can drop off their Letters to Santa at the Jerry’s booth.”
Admission and parking are free for Christmas on the Square.
“We love seeing the downtown filled with holiday cheer — watching the little ones get excited about seeing the Grinch and Santa and small things like seeing local businesses hand out free hot cocoa and candy canes to spread joy,” Gazzola said. “And there’s nothing better than seeing the Christmas parade come around the courthouse. This parade is huge and so much fun.”
For more information about Christmas on the Square call 817-596-3801 or visit www.weatherford-chamber.com.
On Dec. 14, the city of Springtown is bringing holiday joy to residents with Old-Fashion Christmas, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the downtown square.
The event will feature holiday foods, crafted unique gifts and live entertainment with Springtown ISD choirs and dance teams.
“We’re excited about this event because it’s a great way for us to continue to build upon the true sense of community that we have here in Springtown,” Springtown City Administrator David Miller said. “It will be our first year to unveil our new 30-foot Christmas tree that we have and it will be our first year that the entire roof outline of the square is going to be lit.”
A children’s area will also be set up with bounce houses, a coloring station, cookie decorating, reindeer food, ornament making, a petting zoo and Santa Claus for photo opportunities.
Christmas at the Castle
Another favorite holiday event in the area is the 3rd annual Christmas at the Castle where folks can take a tour of the famous Texas Pythian Home from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 14.
Pythian Home Marketing Coordinator Kristin Watson said the walls in the main hallway are still painted from the recent filming of “12 Mighty Orphans” football movie. The Pythian Home will also have more Christmas trees, three of them open for the ornament station. The event will also feature Santa and Mrs. Claus for photo ops and many vendors.
“This is a great experience for everyone, who doesn’t want to see a castle that has decked the halls? Plus, this is also a great Christmas tradition for local families. Since we normally do not offer tours on the weekends, we felt a Saturday open house at Christmas time was a great idea,” Watson said. “This is a totally free event, we do not expect donations — they are greatly appreciated, but do not feel obligated. This is our one big way of sharing our Christmas cheer with the community. Everything we have to decorate for Christmas at the Castle was donated and we hope to grow more and more each year.”
The Pythian Home is also on the 38th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, which is also taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 all around Weatherford. The event is put on by the Parker County Heritage Society and tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under the age of 12 and seniors 65 or older.
Around the county
Other events taking place for the holidays around Parker County include the first annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Fair for the Brock Hometown Christmas from 12-6 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Silverstar Shopping Center. The event will feature vendors, Santa, a kids zone, food trucks, live music and the tree lighting ceremony.
The proceeds from Brock Hometown Christmas will be donated to the Brock-Dennis Volunteer Fire Department.
Weatherford Parks and Recreation and Experience Weatherford will host Holiday in the Park from 6-10 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Heritage Park. The event will feature SnowZilla Jr., Everest Slide, snow hills, synthetic ice skating, photos with Santa as well as Elsa and Anna, pony rides, a hayride, petting zoo, bounce houses and food. A free shuttle service will be running from Weatherford College to the event.