Nothing makes the season bright quite like a festive holiday parade. Luckily for folks in the Big Country, there's no shortage of parades large and small across the Abilene area this year.

Don't miss any of these charming, lighted, festive Christmas parades in the Abilene area:

NOVEMBER 27, 2021

ChristmasVILLE Light Parade (Stephenville)

Downtown Stephenville, Texas serves as the backdrop for this lighted Christmas parade, starting at 6:30 PM. A community tree lighting and fireworks display will follow directly after the parade.

The parade will begin on Belknap St, then on Tarleton St, and then Barton St. Fireworks will be shot from Stephenville City Hall (289 W Washington St, Stephenville, TX) and Rexall on Washington St.

The parade will end the family-friendly ChristmasVILLE festivities. You can find the full day's events in the Facebook post below:

Christmas in Olde Ballinger Parade (Ballinger)

The lighted Christmas parade through downtown Ballinger, Texas will begin at 6 PM. A community tree lighting at Ballinger City Hall (700 Railroad Ave, Ballinger, TX) will immediately follow the parade.

Olde Ballinger will also have downtown merchant stores and sidewalk showcase vendors on display that day.

NOVEMBER 29, 2021

"Christmas Movie" Lighted Christmas Parade & One Starry Night (Eastland)

The Eastland Chamber of Commerce will host its Lighted Christmas Parade & One Starry Night at 6 PM on Main Street.

Once the parade reaches the Eastland County Courthouse, the Eastland Centre for the Arts will host the Lighting of the Square Ceremony, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos in the Grimes Memorial Garden.

NOVEMBER 30, 2021

33rd Annual FOX West Texas Christmas Lights Parade (Abilene)

Formerly known as the Abilene Christmas Parade and now sponsored by FOX West Texas and Coca-Cola, the Christmas Lights Parade will make its way through downtown Abilene at 6:30 PM.

This year, the parade's theme is "Christmas Memories." Abilene ISD music groups will perform throughout the area leading up to the parade, and FOX West Texas will broadcast the parade live.

For more information, you can view the parade rules and regulations online, or find more details on the event's Facebook page.

DECEMBER 2, 2021

Cisco Christmas Parade (Cisco)

The Cisco Chamber of Commerce is hosting its lighted Christmas parade at 6 PM in downtown Cisco.

Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade (Graham)

Graham's "Christmas in Hollywood"-themed festivities begin with the Christmas Stroll at 5 PM and the Lighted Parade at 7 PM.

For parade route information, click here. Check the Facebook post below to see the full Christmas Stroll & Lighted Parade schedule.

DECEMBER 3, 2021

Light The Night Christmas Parade & Afterglow (Fredericksburg)

Starting at 6:30 PM, Fredericksburg's Light The Night Christmas Parade will take place along Main Street between Washington and Bowie Streets.

In honor of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Fredericksburg, parade entries will be judged additionally based on local and historical categories and CBS Austin will televise the first half-hour of the parade. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos after the parade.

You can find more information about the parade here.

39th Annual Sweetwater Christmas Parade (Sweetwater)

Sponsored by the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club, Sweetwater's lighted Christmas parade will begin at 7 PM.

The parade will wind through downtown Sweetwater starting at Mayes Ave and ending at Plaza 68 Shopping Center on Highway 68. Click here for information.

DECEMBER 4, 2021

Christmas on Commercial Night Parade (Coleman)

Coleman's lighted Christmas parade will cap off a full day of activities downtown at "Christmas on Commercial". The parade begins directly after the community tree light, which will be at 6:30 PM. (You'll note the flyer below lists the parade time at 6:33 PM.)

"Christmas on Commercial" is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done, too.


Merkel Christmas Club's 32nd Annual Nighttime Christmas Parade (Merkel)

The Merkel Christmas Club is a nonprofit organization in Merkel that decorates downtown Merkel and hosts the Nighttime Christmas Parade, now in its 32nd year. The parade will begin at 6:30 PM, with the theme of "Disney Christmas Parade."

DECEMBER 8, 2021

2021 Christmas Parade (Breckenridge)

The 2021 Christmas Parade in Downtown Breckenridge, with the theme "What Christmas Means To Me", will be held at 6:30 PM. You can find more information about the event here.

DECEMBER 11, 2021

Anson Parade of Lights (Anson)

Anson's Parade of Lights will take place at 6:30 PM. The Hardin-Simmons Six White Horses, the Texas Tech Masked Rider, and the 2021 West Texas Fair & Rodeo Queen will all make appearances in this parade.

Baird Christmas Parade and Festivities (Baird)

Join the Baird Chamber of Commerce and the Baird PTO for the Christmas Parade and Festivities at 6:30 PM in downtown Baird.

The Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at the T&P Railroad Depot Museum (100 Market St, Baird, TX) directly after the parade, and Santa Claus will be available for photos. Hot chocolate, popcorn, and hayrides will be available free of charge. The Baird PTO will also hold a silent auction, and Sip-n-Stroll vendors will be set up in downtown Baird for post-parade shopping.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

And if you're in the mood to cross some holiday gifts off your list, shop local and check out some holly jolly Christmas markets in the Abilene Area.

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