Discover the charm of Christmas in downtown Abilene at the 32nd Annual City Sidewalks celebration.
It will be a time to celebrate beloved old traditions and start a few new ones. 

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

Vote for your favorite storefront in our holiday window decorating contest on the Abilene Downtown Facebook page!

Generously underwritten by two anonymous angels, First Baptist Church, Black Plumbing, Maverick Saw Cutting & Core Drilling,  AEP-Texas, Christmas Decor by Lone Star Electric,  and  Atmos Energy. 

Watch this page for the 2021 schedule!
Tree lighting will be Nov. 27 & Christmas Lights Parade will be Nov. 30. 
Meanwhile, here's how we celebrated in 2020: 
Saturday, Nov 28
Small Business Saturday & Community Tree Lighting

The Abilene Downtown Association kicks off a month of fun with the 32nd annual celebration of City Sidewalks with specials and sidewalk sales all day and an evening with the lighting of downtown Abilene. ​Buy local!


Downtown retailers are creating unique promotions or extending shopping hours today to encourage people to support locally owned businesses.

Download a handy map and complete business listings here.


  • 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum Gift Shop -- Open 10 am to 4 pm with unique gifts.

  • The Antique Station, 703 N. 3rd St. Collectibles. Enjoy Open House treats and peruse new holiday inventory.

  • Board and Brush Creative Studio1031 N. 6th St., Grand Opening, 10 am-1 pm  -- Giving out 50+ swag bags.
  • The Arrangement & The Warehouse, 357 Walnut St. Boutique, floral and events.

  • Betty & June, 189 Pine St. Boutique:  Expanded hours 9 am -8 p.m to shop.

  • Bible Hardware, 333 Walnut St. Hardware, gifts and knives.

    • Buy one house key, get one free!

  • Candies by Vletas, handmade chocolates and gifts from an Abilene legacy. Abilene Christmas ornaments for sale. 

  • Cypress Street Station, 158 Cypress St. Indoor and patio dining.

  • Frontier Texas! Exhibits and Gift Shop open with Texas-themed merchandise. 

  • K. Ellis, 202 Pine St., Ste. 102. Women's clothing and accessories.

  • The Kings Barbers, 173 Walnut St. Gift cards and men’s grooming. Haircuts and shaves by appointment.

  • The Leaf, 1166 N. 2nd St. Cigars, coffee, pipes, lighters and large, walk-in humidor.

  • The Local, 250 Cypress St. Fine tacos with locally grown ingredients.

  • Lone Star Dry Goods, 173 Walnut St. Classic American clothing/gifts. 

  • McKay’s Bakery, 266 Cypress St. Dining & treats.

  • Motis Building, 202 Pine St.

    • Karson’s, women's clothing and accessories, K. Ellis Boutique, and Linen Boutique are expanding hours and inviting food trucks to their corner of Pine and N. 2nd Street. Pop-up vendors are joining the fun with a small business vendor fair along Pine Street.

    • Make a Christmas ornament at Karson’s DIY Bar.

    • Karson's is giving free one-of-a-kind totes to the first 25 people with purchases over $30.

  • Monk's Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress St. Coffee, hot and iced espresso drinks, bottled soda, snacks and gifts.

  • National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature: Gallery closed but they will be open 12-4 pm (T,W,F,S) for drive-thru pick ups from the bookstore AND for their free "Take and Make" art projects you can do at home. 

  • Texas Star Trading Co., 174 Cypress St. Texas books, gifts, edibles and souvenirs. 

    • 10 am-5:30 pm Texas Star Trading Co. will give away a free gift with each purchase.​

  • Quilt Shop in the Oaks - Open for Small Business Saturday

  • Under One Roof, 244 Pine St. Unique clothing, gifts and accessories. 

    • Free cookie with purchase on Small Business Saturday.

  • Vagabond Pizza, 1056 N. 2nd, open for lunch and dinner. 

  • See Abilene Downtown's Facebook page for daily shopping and dining updates!

The lighting of the community tree and downtown parks will kick off the season:

Mayor Anthony Williams will light the 62-foot-tall Community Christmas tree in front of the Abilene Convention Center on the south side at 6 p.m. A Cappella Fellas (formerly known as Memory Men) will perform Christmas music. Minter and Everman parks will also be lit up and decorated for the holidays. Pick up a colorful triple-layer Abilene mask by the community tree. They're free while they last! Grab a socially distanced spot outside and get in the spirit.


































More fun for kids: 

Nov. 12 - Dec. 18, noon to 4 pm. National Center for Children's Illustrated LiteratureDrop off a letter to Santa Claus

in the North Pole mailbox or write one at the Santa Calls Letter Writing Station. For a small fee, children can also

receive a phone call from Santa!

Dec. 8-12, at The Grace Museum, children can pick up a reindeer ornament craft bag to make at home for the tree. Free with museum admission.

Dec 15-22: at The Grace Museum, children can pick up a Santa card activity bag to make at home. Free with museum admission.

Tuesday, Dec. 1
The FOX West Texas Christmas Lights Parade sponsored by Coca-Cola has been canceled this year for safety. 
Print out the complete event calendar as a handy reminder and December refrigerator art!

Throughout December

Visit the Garden: The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council has decorated the sculptures in the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden at the Abilene Convention Center for Christmas with decorations and lights! Bring your family downtown to

take photos and explore the garden. For more information, visit 


Join the hunt: Download the free goosechase app, grab the kids, and head downtown to play A Storybook Christmas Adventure Game through Jan. 2. When you complete six missions using your most creative photos, your team will be entered to win. Use hashtag: #StorybookChristmasAdventure2020

Check out the app here:

Saturday, Dec. 5

Junior League of Abilene Reindeer Run 5K:  9 a.m. virtual event.  Register here

Paw Pics & Food for Pets at Frontier Texas! 1 pm to 3:30 pm. The Abilene Kennel Club is partnering with Re/Max to provide pet food for dogs and cats who need a little more this year. Donated bags of pet food (minimum 5 lbs) will go to Meals on Wheels for clients with pets. Donate one and get a complimentary photo of your pet with Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Christmas Concert:  Abilene Philharmonic, Pops 1 Christmas Collage. First Baptist Church. 

Join in an Abilene holiday tradition, as 17 musicians take the stage to perform holiday favorites. Special guest vocalist Sara Kennedy will make her Abilene debut with Maestro Itkin accompanying on piano. Corporate Sponsors: Rentech Boilers, Abilene Regional Medical Center, and Radiology Associates of Abilene.

  • Child-friendly matinee at 3 pm

  • Full concert at 7:30 pm.

Bible Hardware, 333 Walnut St. Hardware, gifts, and knives. Will be giving out 50+ Christmas swag bags.

The Mill Winery and Event Venue will host a “Shop Local Holiday Market” from 2 to 8 p.m. to support local small businesses. Enjoy shopping, community gathering, and good wine.


Saturday, Dec. 12


Downtown Abilene Walking Tour: Meet at Monk's Coffee shop at 10 am to join cowboy poet Gus McDusty for an informative tour of downtown buildings and businesses. Ticketed event. 


Karson's, 202 Pine St., Ste. 103, women's clothing and accessories, is giving free one-of-a-kind totes to the first 25 people with purchases over $30.​  Enjoy hot cocoa and in-store specials while shopping for the perfect Christmas sweater.

Thursday, Dec. 17
Las Posadas & Fiesta Navidena


Las Posadas and Fiesta Navideña: Cultura Local ABI has organized a vehicle procession version of Las Posadas, which commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph made before the birth of Jesus.


  • Vehicles can line up at 6 p.m. on N. 1st at the corner of Cedar Street to begin the pilgrimage around downtown.

  • At each stop, tune into La Voz 93.3 FM to hear the traditional posadas song sung as the pilgrims ask for lodging.

  • The first 300 vehicles will receive posada treats and Fiesta Navideña bags at a drive-through fiesta with lights, music, danzas, and Mary and Joseph.

​Las Posadas, (Spanish for “lodging”) is a tradition celebrated in Mexico, Latin America, Spain, Cuba, Guatemala and some parts of the United States between Dec. 16-24 24. The ritual commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus.

 The pilgrims, Mary and Joseph, angels, children, Mariachis, community members, go to different places searching for an inn. At each stop they sing the traditional “posadas” song and ask for lodging, but are sent away until they are finally given posada (shelter). People along the route decorate their home entrances and use farolitos to light the way.

The community joins in a Fiesta Navideña at the end with traditional foods like Tamales, bunuelos, ponche, and festivities.

Friday, Dec. 18

"It's a Wonderful Life" on the silver screen under the stars at the historic Paramount Theatre, 7:30 pm. Get tickets


Saturday, Dec. 19

Comedian William Lee Martin presents "The Nutcracker" at the historic Paramount Theatre, 7 pm. Get tickets


Thursday, Dec. 31
New Year's Eve Blowout


Book dinner or drinks at a favorite downtown venue.


Family Classic Film: Historic Paramount  Theatre Film Series presents “E.T. The Extraterrestrial," 7:30 p.m.​ Get tickets.


Download a handy map and complete business listings here.  




Other holiday fun in Abilene:
  • United Way Winter Lightfest: Tour an outdoor garden of lights, Thanksgiving Day to Dec. 29.

  • The Abilene Zoo will have a light tunnel and fun holiday activities at its Christmas Celebrations, Dec. 17-23. 

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