The Cleburne Chamber of Commerce today announced plans for this year’s Whistle Stop Christmas festivities. The dazzling display, whose 2020 theme is “The Magic of Christmas,” will kick off with a virtual tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 23.
The pre-filmed “reveal” will be shown on the Whistle Stop Christmas Facebook page. Other beloved Cleburne holiday traditions, including the Dec. 4 lighted parade and post-parade family activities in Hulen Park are scheduled to proceed in person, with strict social distancing measures in place.
“Over the years our Whistle Stop lighting ceremony has grown to attract over a thousand attendees within one area. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must modify the lighting ceremony per CDC guidelines and Governor's orders to ensure the safety of the community, staff and volunteers,” said Tara Janszen, Cleburne Chamber of Commerce president. “However, families will still have numerous in-person opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit, Cleburne-style.”
These include the lighted Christmas parade in downtown Cleburne at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Following the parade, there will be food and gift vendors, children’s train rides ($3 per rider), photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more at Hulen Park.
The train rides will also be offered from 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Dec. 4-19, and the million-light display will remain up in Hulen Park and downtown Cleburne through Dec. 31. The schedule of events are subject to cancellation because of weather or the pandemic.
“Christmas will look a little different everywhere this year, but we’re excited with this year’s Whistle Stop Christmas and the many ways it provides for our community to safely enjoy the holiday season,” said Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain.
For more information, visit whistlestopchristmas.com.