Glen Rose is bursting with unforgettable activity during this holiday season. Santa Claus, parade participants and vendors are preparing for a hometown celebration, which will include the annual tree lighting ceremony. It's all part of the Historic Downtown Glen Rose Christmas Celebration scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8.  

The event promises something for everyone.

Skip Black Friday at crowded Metroplex shopping centers and save holiday shopping for the event. The city's unique downtown shops will offer something for everyone on your list and vendors will offer an array of gifts on the courthouse square 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

At the same time, children are invited to make holiday crafts at  Elf Camp and have their picture taken with Santa from 1-4 p.m. in the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. Proceeds from the photos will benefit Kyle’s Care, a local charity.  

Christmas music will fill the air throughout the day, including live performances by talented singers like the McClelen Family who perform at 1 p.m.  

Meanwhile, a unique event at First United Methodist Church, “Come to the Stable,”  will display a collection of nativity scenes and sweet treats will be on sale at the church's family center 12-5 p.m. 

At 4:30 p.m,. the Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for the Glen Rose Bird Club, dedicating the new platform at the Downtown Bird Sanctuary. 

Then at 6 p.m., the annual Downtown Christmas Parade will begin followed by the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  

It is free to participate in the parade and more information and parade applications are available at the Glen Rose Visitors Center or Pie Peddlers.  

Following the tree lighting, everyone is invited to Paluxy Heritage Park for the opening of Christmas in the Park. Opening night activities include live music, pictures with Santa and the Teddy Bear Express, a massive teddy bear giveaway.  

The park will also open for free family fun 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22.

For more information on the Glen Rose Christmas Celebration, visit GlenRoseEvents.com or call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at (254) 897-3081.