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There's Nothing Better Than a Hillsboro Christmas!

Downtown is gearing up for “Christmas Under the Stars” on Saturday, December 2, 2023.  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, turning east on Elm Street, north on Pleasant Street, west on Franklin Street, and then ending 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 lights on your entry.  Entries are asked to arrive at the starting point no later than 6:00 pm and the parade starts at 6:30 pm concluding at the courthouse square around 7:00 pm.  Entry forms may be picked up at the offices of KHBR/The Reporter Newspaper or the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce after November 10th.  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, and shopping, or better yet, come early and enjoy all that downtown has to offer.  


Be sure to follow the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Facebook pages to find out where the numerous other Holiday Celebrations around the city will be taking place. Along with a schedule of where Santa Claus will be greeting kids and getting the Christmas spirit going


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


Downtown Hillsboro will be your holiday destination on Saturday, December 2nd, and throughout the holiday season!  Make your plans now to be a part of everything we have to offer.

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