Discover the charm of Christmas in downtown Abilene at the 33rd 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.

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


Christmas Lights Parade will be Nov. 30, 2021
Saturday, Nov 27
Small Business Saturday

The Abilene Downtown Association kicks off a month of fun with the 33rd 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.

  • 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!

Tuesday, Nov 30
Parade Night
The FOX West Texas Christmas Lights Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. with a new route from Pine to North 4th to Cypress Street.

Throughout December

Letters to Santa: Now through Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and write your letter to Santa Claus at the letter writing station and place it in the North Pole mailbox. For a small fee, children can also receive a phone call from Santa!




























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 


Friday, Dec. 3
Saturday, Dec. 4

Junior League of Abilene Reindeer Run 5K:  9 a.m. Details at

Movie Music Christmas Concert:  Abilene Philharmonic

Join in an Abilene holiday tradition at the Abilene Convention Center. Details at

  • Child-friendly matinee at 3 pm

  • Full concert at 7:30 pm.

Home Alone at Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

An 8-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas.

1990 | Comedy/Family | 1 hour and 43 minutes | Rated PG

Thursday, Dec. 9

December ArtWalk

ArtWalk Artist Vendor Market at Nora Hall (202 Cypress)

  • seven and one books will be having a pop-up book shop from 5-8pm and live storytimes at 5, 6, and 7pm.

  • Mary K and Anthony Huff will be doing live art pieces on stage from 5-8pm.

  • Artist vendors will be selling their art pieces from 5-8pm and are as follows: Felt + Whim, Ra Roots, Christi Kuppin, Chimeric Creations, Rifenburgh Gourmet Caramels,  Makenzie Bierma Art, and more to come!

McKay's Bakery (266 Cypress)

  • Sergio Hernandez will be doing live paintings inspired by Wayne Thiebaud from 5-8pm with violin performances by McGlaun Violin students.

Center for Contemporary Arts (220 Cypress)

  • Frush Music Studio will have piano players playing music from 5:30-8pm

Family Christmas Event from 5:30-8pm: The Grace Museum (102 Cypress)

  • Enjoy a FREE holiday project-making event for the whole family during December ArtWalk!

  • Visit and take photos with Santa in The Grace Museum Lobby 6-8 PM

  • Participate in various handmade craft projects designed for families and children of all ages in the Education Classroom

  •  Enjoy a special living history event in our 3rd floor History Galleries

Free Fine Art Activities from 5-8pm at the following Locations:

  • The NCCIL (102 Cedar)

  • The Abilene Public Library (202 Cedar)

  • Center for Contemporary Arts (220 Cypress)

Live Music in Minter Park

  • Musician Taylor Ochs

Saturday, Dec. 11

Tuesday, Dec. 14


The Abilene Community Band will perform a variety of Christmas music on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Admission is free and donations will be accepted for the Joe Stephens Community Band Endowment Fund.


Friday, Dec. 31



Paramount Film Series presents a special New Year's Eve film, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

Everyone in the Portokalos family worries about Toula (Nia Vardalos). Still unmarried at 30 years old, she works at Dancing Zorba's, the Greek restaurant owned by her parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan). After taking a job at her aunt's travel agency, she falls in love with Ian Miller (John Corbett), a teacher who is tall, handsome and definitely not Greek. Toula isn't sure which will be more upsetting to her father, that Ian is a foreigner or that he's a vegetarian.

2002 | Romance/Comedy | 1 hour and 36 minutes | Rated PG




























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