Candlelight Tour of Homes

Waxahachie’s celebration of the holiday season wraps up 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 Blyth home, 307 Brown St.; the Davison-Yeager home, 208 Oldham Ave.; the Montejano-Mikula home, 412 W. Marvin Ave.; and the Sanders home, 707 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.

Bethlehem Revisited

This is the last weekend to visit Bethlehem Revisited, which 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.

‘Picture Perfect’ book

signing event Saturday

A special book signing event for “Picture Perfect Waxahachie” will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Hastings Entertainment in Waxahachie.

Publisher/photographer Kevin Haislip, along with many of the contributing photographers and writers will be on hand to sign autographs of the “Picture Perfect Waxahachie” photo book released this fall.

Victorian Christmas

Special downtown activities hosted by the Downtown Merchants Association this weekend include 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.

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 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.

‘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, through 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.

Cookbook tasting

The Waxahachie Junior Service League will have a cookbook tasting during the Candlelight Home Tour at the Sanders Home, 707 W. Marvin St., from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9.

“Cookbooks make great gifts,” a spokesman said.

Angel Tree

An Angel Tree is also located inside Bealls department store, where residents can choose a child in need to shop for this Christmas season. Angels will be available for adoption through Dec. 8.

For more information, call Bealls at 972-937-9074.

Historic Waxahachie workday

As part of an ongoing project to restore the Wyatt building and calaboose, Historic Waxahachie will hold a workday from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 8. The buildings are located on College Street across from the Waxahachie Police Department. All ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, call Carole Forkowitz at 972-938-8432.

Teen Movie Saturday

Teen Movie Saturday at Nicholas P. Sims Library is from 2:30-5:20 p.m. Dec. 8. This month’s feature movie stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly.

“When Captain Jack gets taken literally to the end of the world, Will, Elizabeth and Captain Barbossa band together to bring him back in this fun filled adventure,” a spokesman said. “Come enjoy popcorn and a movie at the library. This movie is rated PG-13.”

Parents shopping night out

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

Hidden Miracles seminar

Hidden Miracles is hosting a free seminar entitled, “The Day After: Planning for the Future of a Person with Lifetime Special Needs,” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Cowboy Church of Ellis Church. This seminar will focus on financial, estate and family/legal needs for special needs families with guest speaker Steven C. Rhatigan.

Topics will include planning protocol, Social Security and waiver programs, care plan, financial plan, letter of intent, transition plan and legal.

For more information, call 972-937-6255 or hiddenmiracles@sbcglobal.net.

First-time homebuyer’s

seminar

Realtor Kristi Abraham will host a free first-time homebuyer’s seminar at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Parks and Recreation building in downtown Waxahachie. The public is invited.

Breakfast with Santa

Dunaway Elementary will have its annual Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. A full breakfast will be served. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children, with total family costs not to exceed $10. Photographs with Santa will be available for $2. All proceeds will benefit needy families in the Waxahachie area. Canned food donations will be accepted and the school’s holiday store and book fair will also be open. The school is located at 600 U.S. Highway 77 South.

Pancake breakfast with Santa

Ferris Avenue Baptist Church will host a pancake breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1401 Ferris Ave. Tickets are $5 per child, with all proceeds going toward a mission trip.

For more information, call 972-937-5301.

Junior Master Gardener winter craft class

Junior Master Gardeners of Johnson County invite the community to a winter craft class at the McGregor house in the Winston Patrick McGregor Park, 1628 W. Henderson, Cleburne (next to the Wal-Mart), from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 8.

All of the projects will use recycled materials and things out of nature.

Projects include:

Holiday Wrapping Paper

Bring one large paper grocery sack to use as your paper.

Bring many things from your yard such as: flowers, sticks, leaves, rocks, fossils, feathers, seeds and grass. We will use these items to decorate the wrapping paper

Bird Feeder

Bring one 2-liter bottle and two wooden spoons.

Grow Cards for Christmas

Learn to make cards with recycled materials, natural dyes and seeds. The card can be planted in the garden for the seeds to grow.

Bring one paper grocery sack, seeds provided or you can bring seeds of your choice.

Egg Head Sprouts

Learn how to grow your own bean sprouts

Bring three eggshells and a section from an egg carton to hold your egg shells. Seeds are provided.

To register, call Pat Kriener at 817-793-4625.

Dance and Elvis impersonator

VFW Post 3894 in Waxahachie will host a dance with Gold River at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. There will be an Elvis impersonator at intermission.

There is no cover charge, but donations will be accepted for the post’s building fund.

The VFW is located at 1405 Interstate 35E, between U.S. Highway 287 and Business U.S. Highway 287 on the interstate’s west side.

Toy run

The 23rd annual Gryphon Motorcycle Club's Ellis County toy run will be held Sunday, Dec. 9. The parade starts in Midlothian and runs on U.S. Highway 287 to Sokol Activity Center in Ennis. The cyclists should go through Ennis at about at 11:30 a.m.

The toy run benefits many organizations in Ellis County.

For more information, call Bob Gerlich at 469-337-1028.