The Waxahachie Rodeo Complex will be hosting its first Christmas event, the Arena of Lights, on Dec. 15.

Residents will have the opportunity to create a lighted display to celebrate the holiday.

“The Waxahachie Rodeo Board was looking to do an event to market the arena. They thought a good public event would be something good at Christmas time. We picked Dec. 15 because there is nothing on that weekend. Bethlehem Revised, the Christmas Parade and the Christmas Tree lighting will all be over,” Parks and Recreation Director John Smith said. “We thought why not a lighting contest and make it a stationary parade.  Everybody could bring his or her Christmas floats out decorated and lit up. Then we have people drive by on a hay ride to look a them.”

Smith said the event would start out at Boyce Feed and Grain in downtown Waxahachie.

The event would start at Boyce Feed and Grain where people would purchase tickets for the hayride.

After loading up the tractor would travel up Mathew Street to the Rodeo Complex. The tractor would take them through the displays and then back to Boyce. The Arena of Lights will be from 6-9 p.m.

“The entry into the stationary parade is $25 or $20 and an unopened toy to be donated. The hayride is $1 per person or a free entry with a donation of canned goods. The toys will be delivered to the Waxahachie Fire Department as part of its toy drive and the canned goods will be delivered to Waxahachie Care,” Smith said. “Our arena of lights is for anyone who wants to decorate a truck, trailer, tractor and anything you might see in a parade that is worth of being lit up and displayed in a Christmas theme.”

Smith said if people wish to have animals as a part of their displays remember to bring food and water for the animal.

Also lights need to be attached to the saddle of the animal and not the animal itself.  

Funds collected from this event will be used for improvements at the rodeo complex. This event is a family friendly event and alcohol is prohibited on the hayride or at the arena of lights. The set up for stationary parade floats will start at 1 p.m.

Smith said he is looking forward to the event and what it will bring the city. He hopes that it will add to the Christmas atmosphere that Waxahachie is already famous for.

For more information about the event Smith can be contacted at city hall at 972-937-7330 ext. 181 or by email at jsmith@waxahachie.com. Boyce Feed and Grain is located at 441 S. College St.

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