We know Christmas isn't until next month, but we have decided to kick off the festivities early with Christmas in God's Country November 22-23!
Mark your calendars now for this hugely popular event that brings everyone out for a weekend of Christmas joy. Our holiday celebration kicks off Friday, November 22. Just after dark, the Meyer Elementary choir brings the crowd around with classic carols sung in front of City Hall with Santa Claus looking on. The lighting of the Christmas tree at City Hall follows, marking the official start of the most wonderful time of the year.
There will be a full lineup of family fun around the courthouse throughout the evening. The Texas Children's Choir will be showcasing their incredible talent. Dazzling horse drawn carriage rides will be offered by Knowlton’s Vista Verde Ranch. Alamo Knockerball will be providing excitement for the big kids, and a bouncy castle will be sure to entertain the little ones. Pictures with Santa will be available, and there will be a showing of the Christmas classic, Elf. But that’s not even the best news! All these events will be FREE!! Food trucks will stay throughout the evening to handle all your needs, from snacks to dinnertime meals. Also, the City of Hondo Animal Shelter will be hosting a pet adoption event. This will be a great opportunity to find the perfect, more adorable, Christmas present for your loved one.
Come back Saturday, November 23 and get all your Christmas shopping done at Market Days. Vendors from all over the state plan months ahead to be a part of our Market Days, and we are thrilled to bring them back year after year. Shopping will continue throughout the day and into the evening, giving everyone a chance to get their holiday shopping completed. Weston Ripps will be playing throughout the day, and food trucks will be open.
Saturday evening, find your seat along any of the streets downtown and get ready to cheer on the Jingle Bell Joggers who will finish up the 5K on Avenue M, just before the start of the legendary Lighted Night Parade. A beautiful sight to behold, this parade will surely get you in the Christmas Spirit. Make plans to kick start the holiday season with us at Christmas In God’s Country!
But the holiday activities don't end there! Complete (or start) your Christmas shopping at our Christmas Shop Hop on December 6! Get your friends together for a night of fun as stores stay open late from 5-9 PM. There will be amazing discounts, door prizes, and delicious drinks and snacks. The shop owners will spoil you rotten while you find the perfect gifts for your family, friends, or yourself! If you visit all of the participating shops and get your flyer signed, you will be entered in a fantastic gift basket giveaway!