Families, friends, neighbors, and visitors to Waxahachie are invited downtown Waxahachie to take part in a little bit of holiday magic.

On Nov. 27, the annual lighted Christmas parade and community tree lighting will kick off the holiday season in a lively and festive manner.

Downtown Development Director Anita Brown stated this event is a magical night and will create a lifetime of memories.

“This is a gift to the community to kick off our holiday season and to celebrate all the wonderful things that Waxahachie is known for like beauty, gingerbread, fun, and community. It is a great night,” Brown said. “I hope that everyone in the community will come down and join us. It is just a wonderful way to kick off the holidays with your family.”

The lighted parade is set to start at 6:30 p.m. at Getzendaner Park on Grand Avenue. The parade will travel north on Grand Avenue and turn onto Main Street toward downtown. It will then make a turn onto Rogers Street. Viewership of parade will end just past the MKT train depot.

Participants in the parade will continue around the depot and exit downtown on the gravel road between the jail and old freight depot on College Street. More than 75 floats have signed up to take part in this year’s event.

“Instead of lining up over at the Optimist Park we are going to be lining up at Getzendaner because that is going to give us more room,” Brown said. “That neighborhood was not accommodating the number of floats and entries that we had any more. It was taking up too many streets.”

Brown feels that the new route will provide the space they need to get the floats lined up but will also offer people will a few additional blocks from which to watch.

Another change this year is that Santa Claus will be at the front of the parade. As soon as he makes it to downtown, he will head over to the pocket park on the corner of Franklin and College Street for pictures. Pictures will be paused, briefly, when it comes time for Santa and Mayor Kevin Strength to light the tree. Mrs. Claus and Buddy the Elf will join Santa in downtown.

The activities in downtown will start at 6 p.m. Some of the events include pony rides, miniature train rides and a petting zoo. Hot Chocolate will be available for purchase, and MyTee Sweet Snow Cones will be on site. Several merchants will be open in downtown with extended hours for people to get a start on their holiday shopping.

People who have questions about the lighted parade and the community tree lighting can contact Brown at city hall at 469-309-4000.