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There's Nothing Better Than a Hillsboro Christmas!

Downtown is gearing up for “Christmas Under the Stars” on Saturday, December 3, 2022.  This year’s event will kick off with the annual Optimist Club Christmas parade starting in the Hill County parking lot directly behind Brookshire’s on Covington Street, turn east on Elm Street, north on Pleasant Street, west on Franklin Street, and then end up on the west side of the Hill County Courthouse along Covington Street. 


All local businesses and organizations are encouraged to enter the parade, just be sure to include some kind of lights on your entry.  Entries are asked to arrive at the starting point no later than 6:00pm and the parade starts at 6:30pm concluding at the courthouse square around 7:00pm.  Entry forms may be picked up at the offices of KHBR/The Reporter Newspaper or the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce after November 1st.  Entry forms may also be submitted online at the link near the top of this page.  All entries are asked to submit a new, unopened toy for the Optimist Club’s “Toys for Kids” drive when they turn in their forms. 


Following the parade will be the lighting of the Hill County Courthouse Square.  Many stores and restaurants downtown will be open late, so be sure to stick around for a cup of hot cocoa, some great food, karaoke, and shopping, or better yet, come early and enjoy all that downtown has to offer.  The Hill College Choir will also be performing favorite Christmas Carols on the square and 18 local businesses will have decorated storefronts based upon their favorite Christmas carols and the theme, "Here We Come A-Caroling."


Be sure to follow us on Facebook and our website to find out where Santa Claus will be at this year greeting kids and getting the Christmas spirit going.


The lights in downtown this year will include the rooflines of historic properties downtown along with decorations around the courthouse lawn and square. 


There will be numerous other Holiday Celebrations around town, so be sure to follow the Hillsboro Main Street and Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Facebook pages for up to date event information.


Downtown Hillsboro will be your holiday destination on Saturday, December 3rd and throughout the holiday season!  Make your plans now to be a part of everything we have to offer.

Other 2022 Holiday Events

  • Nov 1 – 30 - Letters to Santa, Letters From Santa @ the Hillsboro City Library

  • November 25th – January 8th: Rogers Farms Christmas Light Show (1554 FM 309) – Showing nightly at the top of each hour from 6-10pm.

  • November 26th – January 1st – “Here We Come A-Caroling” in Downtown Hillsboro.  17 businesses will be decorated based on their favorite Christmas Carols.  Great photo ops for everyone!

  • November 26th – Small Business Saturday – Support local owned small businesses by choosing to shop locally for your Christmas gifts.  Many local businesses will be offering specials and sales to celebrate.

  • November 29th @ 10am – Preschool Storytime @ the Hillsboro City Library

  • December 1-3 – Hill College Players Holiday Show

  • Dec 2 from 7pm to 9pm - Friends of the Library Holiday Gala @ the Hillsboro City Library

  • December 3rd from 1pm to 4pm – Pictures with Santa and a Dinosaur @ Texas Through Time (110 N Waco St) - $10 cost includes professional photos and one printed 5” x 9” photo.

  • December 3rd @ 6:30pm – Christmas Under the Stars in downtown Hillsboro featuring the 2022 Lighted Christmas Parade and Courthouse Tree Lighting.

  • Dec 5 - 16: Kids Gift Wrapping Station @ the Hillsboro City Library

  • December 6th @ 10am – Preschool Storytime @ the Hillsboro City Library

  • December 8th @ 6pm – Winter Wonderland @ Hillsboro Elementary School

  • December 9th @ 6:30pm – Home for Christmas Pre-Party presented by the Hillsboro Heritage League at Historic City Hall.  Holiday cocktail attire required.  Tickets limited and can be purchased at

  • December 10th from 10am to 3pm – Christmas Market from the Hillsboro Farmers Market on the Courthouse Square

  • December 10th from Noon to 4pm – The Hillsboro Heritage League Tour of Homes returns.  Tickets may be bought on  Tickets may also be purchased in person at Rustic Manor Creations located at 408 W Elm St.

  • December 10th @ Sundown – Drive-In Movies in the Park - The Hillsboro Department of Public Safety will be showing a Christmas Double-Feature of Jack Frost and Elf at Hillsboro City Park.  Park your cars in the grass and watch inside the warmth of your car.  Concessions will be available.

  • December 10th from 6pm to 9pm – Gingerbread Lane (1018 Park Drive) Pictures with Santa – Proceeds go to the “Love Initiative” that provides for kids that may not be able to have a Christmas.

  • December 13th @ 10am – Preschool Storytime @ the Hillsboro City Library

  • Dec 15 from 3pm to 6pm - Family Game Night @ the Hillsboro Public Library

  • Dec 19 @ 2pm - Toddler Playdate @ the Hillsboro Public Library

  • Dec 19- 22: Christmas Crafts for Kids @ the Hillsboro Public Library

  • December 20th @ 10am – Preschool Storytime @ the Hillsboro City Library

  • December 27 – 30: Winter Crafts for Kids @ the Hillsboro City Library

  • Jan 3 – 6: Games for Kids @ the Hillsboro Public Library

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