There's Nothing Better Than a Hillsboro Christmas!
Downtown is gearing up for “Christmas Under the Stars” on Saturday, December 4th. 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 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, axe throwing, karaoke, 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.
Downtown Hillsboro will be your holiday destination on Saturday, December 4th and throughout the holiday season! Make your plans now to be a part of everything we have to offer.
The annual Rogers Farm drive-in Christmas light show will begin around Thanksgiving this year (check their Facebook page for exact dates and times) and will continue nightly through the New Year. The annual musical light show is organized at the Rogers Farm, located at 1554 FM 309 in Hillsboro, near Woodbury.
Throughout the month of November, children can drop off a letter to Santa at the Hillsboro City Library to receive a reply by mail from the North Pole in time for Christmas. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
The Hillsboro Department of Public Safety and Hillsboro Recreation Department partner each season for some great activities for families. Be sure to follow their Facebook pages for the latest happenings, including the Christmas Drive-In Movies at Wallace Park on December 4th and 11th.
Central Baptist Church, located at 1100 Old Bynum Road in Hillsboro, has scheduled its Living Nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 10, and Saturday, December 11.
Gingerbread Lane Christmas will be on December 11th this year. They will be offering pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, chili, s'mores, a Christmas Light Display synchronized to music, along with a walkthrough inflatable display that is walkable and great for pictures. All proceeds go to "Love Initiative" to benefit children who may not get a Christmas.
On December 18th, Bible Baptist Church will be turning the west side of the courthouse square (where the Farmers Market usually sets up) into a traditional Bethlehem market to relive the night of Jesus's birth. There will be activities for children in the many tents that will be set up along with a live Nativity.
Santa will be returning to downtown Hillsboro for his annual visit with the kids in our community. We will update this page with the location, dates, and times soon.
Christmas decorating contests are also being scheduled for businesses and homes. All commercial and residential entries will be placed on a map so they can be easily located, and the community can vote for People's Choice Award winners throughout the season. Check back on this website in December for a map and list of outstanding displays in the area.
More details about the individual events will be released by organizers throughout the coming weeks.