Waxahachie: The Small Town With The Big Holiday Heart
Waxahachie, Texas, really does have a place in everyone’s heart, especially during the holidays. Once the sticky heat of the summer starts to fade into the cooler winter months, the city begins to turn into a holiday wonderland full of lights, sights, and family fun. Waxahachie residents love their community, and it shows in the way they celebrate the season. While we at Frank Kent Chevrolet might be from Ennis, TX, we are a proud supporter of this wonderful local community.
This year’s kick-off for Waxahachie’s holiday season starts at the beginning of November with the brand-new launch of the Winter Farmer’s Market on Rogers Street downtown. That’s just the start, though. The holiday celebrations and events go clear through the end of December with tree lightings, lighted home tours, craft fairs, and the famous Bethlehem Revisited pageant.
There’s so much to see, do, and enjoy in Waxahachie during the holidays that you might want to keep a calendar handy so you don’t miss anything, but if you don’t have one, you can just use our list!
Waxahachie Holiday Events
Coleman Junior High Old-Fashioned Craft Show – November 16th
Where: Coleman Junior High
Kick the holidays off right with the Old-Fashioned Craft Show at Coleman Junior High. Do your Christmas shopping in style and support our local artists and crafters. Admission is only $3, and all admission fees will go to support Waxahachie ISD’s Student in Need Fund.
Festival of Trees, A Home for the Holidays – November 22nd – 23rd
Where: Waxahachie Bible Church, 621 N. Grand Street
We need you! Your creativity can help support Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County at the Festival of Trees. Show off your decorating skills by decorating a tree, wreath, or any other Christmas item, and then donate your masterpiece to the Festival. All décor will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to support Habitat in our mission to eliminate poverty housing in our county. Enjoy music, desserts, and holiday cheer as you help make someone’s dreams come true. Children will want to come on Saturday to enjoy crafts, games, storytime, and take photos with Santa.
Firetruck Christmas Minis – November 24th
Where: Chapman Park from 12 to 3:10 PM
Looking Glass Photography sponsors this child-friendly event. Come take pictures with your kids posing with a toddler-sized firetruck and then enjoy one of our most beautiful public parks for a nice day out.
Tree Lighting at the Southwestern Assemblies of God University – December 2nd
Where: Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), 1200 Sycamore Street from 6 – 9 PM
Hosted by the Music Program, Southwestern Assemblies of God lights their own campus Christmas tree on the lawn of the Farmer Administration Building on Monday, December 2nd. Come get a taste of the magic of Christmas and listen to seasonal favorites. SAGU Music provides the live soundtrack to the beginning of the Christmas season in this open-to-the-public event.
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting – December 3rd
Where: Downtown Waxahachie, from 6-9PM
Start the Christmas season off the right way with our hometown Christmas parade and tree lighting. There are plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy: train rides, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Don’t forget to get a picture with Santa! All ages are welcome.
Beauville – December 5th
Where: Navarro College from 4 – 7 PM
If you loved the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” you’ll love Beauville, our local take on Dr. Seuss’s Whoville. Come for the whimsical holiday atmosphere, stay for the games and craft stations. Bring your artsy side and decorate a cookie. Santa will be available for pictures, so don’t forget to take photos for a holiday souvenir you’ll always cherish!
Bethlehem Revisited – December 6th – 8th, 14th – 15th
Where: Central Presbyterian Church, 6 – 9 PM
Journey to the site of the Holy Nativity in one of the most popular holiday events in North Texas. Bethlehem Revisited lets you step back in time and meet innkeepers, merchants, and ordinary citizens as they portray ordinary life in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. Stroll the streets with live camels, donkeys, and other animals, even visit Herod’s court (if you dare) and await the arrival of the Wise Men in a nightly procession. This is a must-see Waxahachie event! Admission is free, and donations are gratefully welcomed.
Christmas Market – December 6th – 7th
Where: Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Ln., Fri. 6 – 9 PM, Sat. 9 AM – 5 PM
The Christmas Market lets you shop over 100 unique vendors while helping raise money for local charities. Come with the kids Saturday morning to meet Santa; there’ll be cookies and milk for them to enjoy. Admission ranges from $10 to $25 and lets you shop to your heart’s content from incredible juried artists and craftspeople. Go VIP for the Friday night exclusive VIP Party, which includes first dibs shopping. Your $25 ticket gets you catered food from some of Waxahachie’s favorite restaurants, plus two drinks and a $5 raffle ticket. You’ll want to buy your ticket early because they will sell out!
Proceeds benefit over 20 local nonprofits and provide scholarships for all Ellis County School Districts.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – December 6th – 8th
Where: Southwestern Assemblies of God (SAGU) Hagee Communication Center Performance Hall from
6 – 7 PM and 7:30 PM (Fri. – Sat.), and Sun. at 3 PM
This event is perfect for all ages, and tickets are only $10 each (free for students and faculty). Don’t miss SAGU Theatre’s performance of this timeless Christmas classic.
The Nutcracker – December 7th – 8th
Where: Waxahachie High School, 2 PM
Become enthralled with Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker as performed by the immensely talented Lake Cities Ballet. If the ballet itself isn’t magical enough, you can purchase the Sugar Plum Fairy Experience: receive a special luncheon with your favorite Nutcracker characters, get a special souvenir, and enjoy Premier Reserved Seating for the performance. There’ll even be a Sugar Plum Parade before the show to get you in the mood. This makes an excellent gift idea for the young ballet dancers in your life.
A Very Sprayberry Christmas – December 14th
Where: 101 South College St., from 6 – 10 PM
Relax from the holiday hustle and bustle at this event hosted by Dallas Guitar Studio. This social event venue offers name your price coffee and tea, wifi access, and event space for your holiday needs.
YMCA Santa Run – December 14th
Where: Downtown Waxahachie at 9 AM (Festivities start at 8 AM)
At the 7th Annual Family Santa Fun Run, you can do just that. Runners receive a 5-piece Santa suit so they can run in the spirit of the season. Don’t feel like Santa? Sign up (limited availability) to run as a Grinch! You’ll be running backwards since the Grinch never likes to do what others do, and you’ll receive a Grinch mask along with your Santa Suit. The Waxahachie Boy Scouts will be hosting a pancake breakfast to get you ready for the race, so come on down! All ages and pets on leashes are welcome.
Historic Waxahachie Christmas Tour of Homes – December 14th – 15th
Where: 101 W. Main Street, from 2 PM – 8 PM
If you love Waxahachie’s historic homes, you won’t want to miss this candlelight tour. The first Annual Historic Waxahachie Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Five homes from a variety of historic architectural styles will be featured, including beautifully-preserved examples of Craftsman and Victorian architecture. The famous Ellis County Courthouse and Chautauqua Auditorium will also be part of the tour. If you love architecture, this tour is not to be missed! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the weekend of the event, purchasable at the Ellis County Courthouse.