Discover the charm of Christmas in downtown Abilene at the 31st Annual City Sidewalks celebration.

Merchants, museums and galleries will open their decorated doors for a full week of holiday cheer, fun activities and shopping. Highlights include a parade of lights, lighting of a 62-foot Christmas tree, musical performances and free goodies. 

Monday, Dec. 2

Opening Festivities: Abilene Downtown Association kicks off the 31st annual celebration of City Sidewalks week with the lighting of downtown Abilene! Generously underwritten by the Dian Graves Owen Foundation, JAR Land & Investments, Lone Star Electric, H-E-B, First Baptist Church and two anonymous angels. 

  • Create Rudolph ornaments at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St. 4:30-5:30 p.m.

  • Music from Abilene Star Chorus (Sweet Adelines), Tony Barker. 5:30 p.m.

  • Holiday line dancing with the Texas Tornadoes. 6:15 p.m.

  • Lighting of a 62-foot-tall Christmas tree on the south steps of Abilene Convention Center at 6 p.m.

  • Minter Park and Everman Park will light up with holiday lights and decorations.

Media Sponsor:  KTAB/KRBC/Telemundo/Big Country Home Page

Chair:  Mari Cockerell

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Catch the holiday spirit at the 31st Annual FOX West Texas Christmas Lights Parade sponsored by Coca-Cola.

More than 100 festive floats travel through Downtown Abilene starting at 6:30 p.m. 

Route: North on Pine Street, left on N. 6th and south on Cypress Street.

  • Downtown Fun: Restaurants, cultural venues and shops are open late.

  • Holiday Happy Hour, 5:30-6:30 pm, Snack on light hors d'oeuvres and listen to a string quartet in the lovely setting at Jody Klotz Fine Art, Co-Hosted by the Abilene Philharmonic and  Natural Food Restaurant.  Must RSVP to programs@thegracemuseum.org.

  • Food trucks on N. 2nd between Pine & Cypress and N. 6th between Cypress and Cedar streets.

Music of the season from these performers:

  • Abilene ISD Entertainment: More than 20 music groups in 20 locations downtown will perform. 

  • LUNDI at Monks, 233 Cypress St., 5-7:30 p.m.

  • The Memory Men at Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St., 5:30-6 p.m.

  • Abilene Community Band at Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress St., 5:30-6 p.m.

  • Celebration Singers at First Financial Bank, 400 Pine St., 6:30-7 p.m.

  • Festive Face Painting: 5-7 p.m. at the Abilene Public Library. Free.

  • Free Treats: The Hotel Wooten lobby

  • Community Tree Lighting: At 7:30 p.m., the Abilene mayor will perform the official duty of lighting the Christmas tree inside the Abilene Convention Center foyer. Abilene ISD students will perform and refreshments will be served.

Media Sponsor: Fox West Texas

Christmas Lights Parade Chair: Susan Acuna
Please visit here for Fox West Texas Parade Information and Forms

Parade Street Volunteers are needed, sponsored by D.R.I.V.E. Safe Coalition

 
Wednesday, Dec. 4

Holiday PetPawlooza: Bring your well-behaved dog or cat downtown to enjoy holiday-themed entertainment.  

  • Pet Pop-Up Christmas Market, contests and pet specialty items.

  • Make a Dog Toy: The downtown Abilene Public Library will offer a do-it-yourself dog tug toy craft activity from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

  • All day, The Grace Museum will have a pet-friendly photo booth outside and make-and-take art activity for kids to enjoy in the Rock 'n' Roll Diner on the second floor from 9 am to 5 pm.

  • Pet photos with Santa on the Convention Center southside steps, 4 - 6 pm.

  • Abilene Animal Services will have pets needing a home for the holidays, 4 pm- 6 pm. Adopt a Pet! 

  • McKay's Bakery will have dog treats for all the good boys. 

  • "It’s a Wonderful Life" At 7 p.m., KACU 89.5 Abilene Public Radio presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” live radio play at the Paramount Theatre. Fun for the whole family. Tickets: $15; children 12 and younger are free. KACU.org.

Media Sponsor: KTXS-TV

Chair: Molly Moser

Thursday, Dec. 5
  • Caroling All the Way: Fill the downtown sidewalks with the music of the season at 6 p.m.

  • Vocal groups, musicians and handbell choirs are invited. At 6:30 p.m., sing “Joy to the World” in Minter Park followed by a Las Posadas procession.

  • Carols & Ales: Get into the spirit(s) at Cypress Street Station,158 Cypress St., with draft beer and Christmas carols from 6-8 p.m. Red Gap Brewing Co. at $3 each; Abilene Bible and Brew. Come festively dressed! Prize for winner.

  • Design a new sleigh for Santa with the LEGO Club at the library from 4-6 p.m.

  • Watch excerpts from “Once Upon A Christmas Eve,”  performers from Patty Harper Dance Studio, in front of United Way of Abilene, 240 Cypress Street, 6:30 pm. Free.

  • Polymer Clay Pattern Class - Christmas Ornaments and Gift Tags 6-8 p.m., The Grace Museum

Media Sponsor: LaVoz 93.3FM

Chair: Abbie Randolph

Friday, Dec. 6

Shop downtown’s sparkly sidewalks: Retailers and businesses will make you merry with special festivities and extended hours Friday and Saturday. See social media for daily shopping and dining updates!

Chairs: Allison Carroll and Tom Craig

Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Junior League of Abilene Reindeer Run 5K  9 a.m. at the Abilene Convention Center.  jrleagueabilene.com.

  • Family Fun Day: Bring the kids to the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St., to meet Santa Claus from 1-2 pm.  All-day art activity, “Santa Calls” book reading and more!

  • Christmas Concert:  Abilene Philharmonic, A Hometown Christmas, ​featuring Bruce Ewing, vocalist, Abilene High School Drum Line, Abilene Christian School Children’s Choir, and a seven-congregation choir. Family Friendly Matinee at 3 pm; full concert at 7:30 pm. Abilene Convention Center. www.abilenephilharmonic.org.

  • Action Christmas Movie: Paramount Film Series presents “Die Hard” starring Bruce Willis. Terrorists take hostages at a Christmas Eve party. 7:30 p.m.​

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