Candlelight Tour of Homes

Waxahachie’s celebration of the holiday season continues this weekend with several events, including the Candlelight Tour of Homes and the Downtown Victorian Christmas Festival.

Saturday and Sunday, the home tour features the Barnard home at 103 Sumner Lane, the Deemy home at 613 E. Marvin Ave., the Miles home at 212 Spring Grove Drive and the Rogers home at 608 W. Marvin Ave.

Tour hours are from 2-8 p.m. each day.

Tour-goers are reminded to enter a drawing for an overnight stay by depositing their ticket stub at the last home they visit.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, the Ellis County Museum or at any of the homes.

Christmas Parade

The annual Waxahachie Christmas Parade, co-sponsored by the Waxahachie Optimist Club and Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on College Street.

The parade will proceed south on College, turning right on Main Street, right on U.S. Highway 77, right on Marvin Avenue and ending back on College Street.

Bethlehem Revisited

Bethlehem Revisited will run from 6-9 p.m. today through Sunday behind Central Presbyterian Church, 402 W. College.

The event allows visitors to step back into time 2,000 years and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem, with up to 200 cast members participating during any given season. Admission is free; donations are welcomed.

Victorian Christmas

Special downtown activities hosted by the Downtown Merchants Association this weekend include the annual Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, plus carriage rides, carolers, choirs and costumed characters Saturday and Sunday.

An outdoor Christmas-themed movie will be shown downtown at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with photographs with Santa available in Toyland Park on the Square from noon-4 p.m.

The city’s E-Z Glide outdoor ice skating rink is located at the corner of South Rogers and Madison, across from City Hall.

Hours are from noon-10 p.m. Saturday and from 1-8 p.m. Sunday. Rental skates are available; discount coupons for $1 off are available at the Daily Light.

Holiday shoppers are encouraged to patronize businesses - including the Daily Light - that are participating in the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and city of Waxahachie’s “Shop Waxahachie” program. No purchase is necessary to enter weekly drawings for a chance at $250 of “Waxahachie Bucks.”

For more information on upcoming Waxahachie holiday events, visit www.waxahachiechamber.com or call 972-937-2390.

Christmas Market

The Waxahachie Junior Service League is holding its annual Christmas Market from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The event offers unique gifts, photographs with Santa, door prizes and more. Admission is $5, with children ages 10 and younger admitted free.

For more information, call Jennifer Pope at 972-935-0255.

Jewelry show

Looking for that perfect gift? Just in time for Christmas, the employees of Citizens National Bank of Texas are hosting a jewelry show from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 109 S. College. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Special Olympics.

For more information, call 972-938-4300.

Photos with Santa Claus

Again this year, the Waxahachie Mother’s Club will offer photographs for all ages with Santa Claus.

Santa will be available at the Christmas Market in the Waxahachie Civic Center from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa also will be at the Kids Store at JCPenney from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, and from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and 16.

The money raised through this project benefits children in the Waxahachie area.

Santa at the library

Santa will be at Nicholas P. Sims Library from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 1, to visit and read with children. All library events are free admission.

‘My Favorite Christmas’

The Ennis Public Theatre presents the comedy drama, “My Favorite Christmas,” by Bill Rhoten in performance at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec. 15. A Sunday matinee will be held at 2:30 Dec. 9 and 16, with a Monday show at 8 p.m. Dec. 17.

The storyline relates how the Osborn family gets a visit from Santa, but who’s really in that suit? Young Ben’s doubts about Santa are dispelled, while little sister Angela learns the real meaning of giving. Both experience a Christmas they will never forget.

The theatre is located at 2705C N. Kaufman St., Ennis.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $6 for student rush.

For more information, call 972-878-PLAY or visit online at www.ennispublictheatre.com.

Avalon VFD

fund-raiser

The Avalon Volunteer Fire Department is holding a barbecue meal fund-raiser from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at its facility on State Highway 55.

Christmas on the Square

The annual Christmas on the Square, sponsored by the Venus Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa arrives at 2 p.m. for photographs. Activities include food along with arts and crafts vendors and entertainment.

For booth information, call Shirley Hedgepeth at 972-366-3110.

Angel pancake breakfast

First Steps, the children’s ministry of First Baptist Church under the direction of Lea Sullivan, will have an angel pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the church’s Epton Hall.

“Angels will show up during the breakfast at 9:30 a.m.,” a spokesman said. “The public is invited to stop by for pancakes prior to the Christmas parade.”

Parents shopping night out

First Baptist Ovilla is providing safe childcare from 5-10 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15.

“We will offer dinner and entertainment for your children while you get your shopping done,” a spokesman said, noting the charge is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child.

For more information, call 972-617-5717 or e-mail sean@fbovilla.org.