A nice stroll at night in cool brisk weather while glancing upon Christmas carolers, lights, bells and bows is something Virginia Sevier hopes will attract community participants.

The downtown Waxahachie Victorian Christmas Festival presents its inaugural ‘Victorian Christmas Stroll’ at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

“We think this is a nice fit in keeping with the Victorian Christmas Festival,” Sevier said. “Plus it’s a nice way to end our three-week festival. This is the first time we are having it and we hope it becomes a tradition we do year after year.”

Individuals interested are asked to meet at 6:45 p.m. on College Street in the College Street Pub and Singleton Park area. Participants will start at Singleton Plaza (on the College Street side) and make a full circle around the downtown area while looking at all of the Christmas decorations.

The stroll will not include any vehicles or animals due to safety issues since the parade will be at night. Participants are encouraged to carry battery-powered lights.

“Although we don’t require people to wear Victorian clothes, we feel it would add to the spirit of the holidays,” Sevier said. “We really want to generate a community spirit for the holiday.”

This community spirit is something Sevier wants to re-ignite after hearing countless tales of what the downtown area used to be like during the holiday season.

“People have said the downtown area used to be a wonderful place to walk around and shop, before uptown,” Sevier said. “They thought how great would it be to have that community spirit again.”

Sevier credits the success of other holiday events across the state of Texas for providing the inspiration to create events here.

“Several historical events across Texas have been successful,” Sevier said. “We just wanted that for our community. We model our stroll from other cities who have had night parades.”

The second annual Victorian Christmas Festival will be a three-weekend event Nov. 23-25, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9.

E-mail Anthony at anthony.davila@wninews.com