Statement on Parade Cancellation
Shortly after our video was shared on Monday detailing our upcoming Christmas events, Judge Justin Lewis informed us that Hill County has exceeded the 15% hospitalization rate causing a rollback of business openings. We have tried to put every precaution in place to make sure our events are safe and socially distanced, but even having a small chance of spreading COVID-19 while some of our businesses are forced to operate at less than capacity (or be closed altogether) is something we cannot continue with.
Based on advice of medical and government officials who have been working tirelessly for nine months to help us navigate this pandemic, effective immediately, our Reverse Christmas Parade scheduled for this Saturday, December 5th, and the Whoville characters downtown from the HHS Student Council will be cancelled. While we want to have fun and enjoy the season, the most important thing for our community right now is coming together to slow the spread of this illness so that our businesses can return to regular operation, and we can protect and support the health of our neighbors.
As of now, some events will continue as planned, including the Nutcracker Rides Again and the Drive-In Christmas movies at Wallace Park. If any other schedule changes are necessary, we will notify you as quickly as possible, so please continue to follow for updates. Please always wear your masks and socially distance when you are with those that are not part of your household. We want to return to hosting events and seeing our businesses unhindered by this illness. Every one of us has a part to play in making that happen. Let’s resolve to do all we can to be heroes for our neighbors and businesses during this season.
On November 28, the annual Rogers Farm drive-in Christmas light show will begin and will continue nightly through January 3. 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.
Other activities continue in December, when the Hillsboro Department of Public Safety will show drive-in movies at Wallace Park. A double feature is planned for Saturday, December 12, and a single movie will be shown Saturday, December 19. More information will be available as the dates approach.
Central Baptist Church, located at 1100 Old Bynum Road in Hillsboro, has scheduled its Living Nativity from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 10, and Friday, December 11.
Nutcracker characters will visit downtown Hillsboro Saturday, December 19, offering another opportunity for holiday photos downtown.
Texas Through Time, at 110 North Waco Street, will host pictures with Santa Claus from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 19, and Sunday, December 20.
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.
More details about the individual events will be released by organizers throughout the coming weeks.
-Article from The Reporter Newspaper