Athens Christmas Parade Slated for December 7

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The annual lighted Christmas Parade, sponsored by the City of Athens, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Athens.

Athens Mayor, Jerry Don Vaught waves to the crowd at the annual Christmas Parade, Christmas Around the Square. The Christmas Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. on December 7 in downtown Athens.

Plans are in full swing for the annual lighted Christmas Parade, Christmas Around the Square, sponsored by the City of Athens.

The annual lighted Christmas Parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Athens on Saturday, December 7.

Parade winners will be announced downtown at the judges' staging area 30 minutes after the parade. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners, sponsored by Republic Services and Kevin Lilly's McDonald's. The first place winner will receive $500, second place $300 and third place $200.

The fun doesn't end yet; stick around for the After Parade Party, sponsored by local churches, which will be bigger and better this year. The After Parade Party will feature 17 inflatables including slides and bounce houses, booths and music in downtown Athens.

Come early for Holiday on the Square, sponsored by the Light Up Athens committee, that will take place downtown on the Courthouse Square from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature a Holiday Market, arts and crafts for children, visits with Santa, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Keep Athens Beautiful will have a food booth with pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, and Frito pie, while supplies last.

Other holiday events that will take place in Athens the day of the Christmas Parade include the Cain Center's Breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m. and there will be a special showing of the "Polar Express" at 3 p.m. at the Henderson County Library.

Bring the entire family and join us downtown for Christmas Around the Square.

For more information about Athens including accommodations and other upcoming events, please visit us online at or call us at 888-294-2847 to request a free visitor's guide.

About the City of Athens:
The City of Athens, Texas is a scenic, idyllic town offering relaxation and a break from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life. With its nature trails, fall foliage, fishing sites, scuba diving facilities, rodeos, and vineyard, it appeals to adventure enthusiasts and casual travelers alike. Athens is also the nationally acclaimed "home of the original hamburger." For more information about Athens, including hotel accommodations, visit

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