One of the annual highlights for local residents, both young and old, the Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting staged by the Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. that day. The bulk of the crowd will gather on or near the downtown square to get the best view of the parade, to be followed by the tree lighting in front of the old courthouse, located at 101 E. Barnard St.
Glen Rose City Events Director Kristen Gibson said the annual Hometown Christmas events will kick off the day after Thanksgiving with Dino Friday (aka Black Friday) on Nov. 24 on the square.
Activities on the square Saturday leading up to the parade will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. They will include performances that morning by the Glen Rose High School Band, the GRHS Dazzlers dance group, and music performances provided by The Glen Rose Bluegrass Association.
Kelly Harris, director of the Glen Rose Convention and Visitors Bureau, will once again be on hand on the square to provide some additional fun, with her face painting craft at no charge.
Also this Saturday will mark the start of a new event at Oakdale Park in Glen Rose — a drive-through Christmas light display, open to everyone free of charge. Cabins have been adopted by various individuals, who are decorating them with Christmas lights. The drive-through Christmas light displays on the cabins there will be available for viewing through Dec. 25.
“This is the kickoff to the holiday season, when people are finishing up Thanksgiving dinner and family and friends are around,” Gibson said. “Everybody’s a kid at heart.”
On Dec. 2 there will be a Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for shoppers on the Glen Rose square, followed by an Old Fashioned Street Dance and Block Party from 6-9 p.m. Admission to the dance and block party is free. Multiple vendors will be on hand.
To accommodate those activities on Dec. 2, three of the streets around the courthouse square in downtown Glen Rose will be shut down from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. that Saturday. The closures will include Walnut Street between Barnard Street and Vine Street, Elm Street between Barnard and Vine, and Vernon Street between Elm and Walnut.
On Dec. 9 there will be a breakfast and sing-a-long with Santa Claus from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Oakdale Park. The admission price is $10 per adult (includes up to two children), available at the CVB.
“The street dance is going to be super fun,” Gibson said. “I cant wait for that.”
The Glen Rose Tour of Homes will be from 2-8 p.m.
For more information on the Hometown Christmas events, call Kristen Gibson at 254-897-3081.