Holiday activities have been scheduled throughout November and December in a coordinated effort between the Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Hillsboro Main Street, Hillsboro Department of Public Safety, and Hillsboro Independent School District. Events and promotions are also being planned by local businesses.

"With the COVID pandemic still active, we’re having to be more creative about how we celebrate Christmas this year, but we are determined to have a full slate of socially-distanced activities to ring in the season and find ways to encourage shopping local and supporting our business community," said Chamber Executive Director Wendy Ellis.

This week, organizers announced that the annual downtown tree lighting will be virtual this year and held earlier than usual, with lights going live on the evening of Thanksgiving.

To avoid large crowds gathering, a "reverse parade" has been scheduled instead of the traditional Christmas parade. Parade entrants will line up in the parking lot of the Outlets at Hillsboro, and spectators will drive through to view the decorations and receive treats beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5.

Also on December 5, the Hillsboro High School Student Council will be in downtown Hillsboro during the day in Whoville costumes.

There will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate during other upcoming events as part of the "Christmas From A Distance" schedule.

This weekend, a holiday open house will be held downtown in the Hillsboro Main Street District Saturday, November 7. Participating businesses will place red and green bows on their doors and offer discounts, refreshments and prize drawings.

On Saturday, November 14, a wine and cheese paint party is scheduled downtown. More information will be released by organizers before the event.

Organizers are also planning to release information about special promotions and activities on Small Business Saturday, which is scheduled for November 28.

Also 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

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