Christmas Under the Stars

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An Old Fashioned Hometown Christmas

Downtown is gearing up for “Christmas Under the Stars” on Saturday, December 7th.  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.  Entry forms may also be submitted online at  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 some great food and shopping, or better yet, come early and enjoy all that downtown has to offer.


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.  In addition, there will be a special Christmas display at the Hill County Cell Block Museum at 116 N Waco St.


Downtown will also host the Hillsboro Holiday Happening Christmas Bazaar in Historic City Hall at 127 E Franklin St on Saturday, December 7th from 10am to 7pm.  The event will host dozens of holiday vendors to help you find unique and handmade items for everyone on your list.


Downtown Hillsboro will be your holiday destination on Saturday, December 7th and throughout the holiday season!  Make your plans now to be a part of everything we have to offer.

Parade Route

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