Next weekend, the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation, Victoria Main Street Program, and Townsquare Media are inviting residents to ring in the holiday season with Christmas on the Square, an evening of festive events and activities in historic downtown Victoria.

Friday, December 3rd will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 with the lighting of the H-E-B Christmas Tree. The 30-foot animated tree returns for its second year with an expanded set list that includes “Carol of the Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Silver Bells,” “Silent Night” and “Linus and Lucy.” The ceremony will be live-streamed on Facebook at City of Victoria, Texas – Government.

After the Christmas tree lighting, there will be a winter wonderland of downtown activities, including food and artisan vendors, cookies and cocoa, winter-themed inflatables, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and pictures with Santa at City Hall. Several businesses will be open late during the event including your favorite eateries.

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Residents can take a hayride down Townsquare Media’s O Christmas Tree Lane on Main Street between One O’Connor Plaza and City Hall. The street will be lined with artificial trees decorated by local nonprofits.

The trees at DeLeon Plaza will be wrapped in string lighting, a popular decoration that was previously removed because of squirrels biting through the wiring, said Danielle Williams, director of the Victoria Main Street Program. The new, more durable lighting will remain on display year-round.

On Saturday, December 4th will be the return of the lighted Christmas Parade to downtown Victoria. The Christmas season is here.

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