Abilene has its own way of doing things, and that includes how we usher in the holidays. After all, the holidays happen only once a year and you've got to make them count. Around these parts of Texas, we have a parade complete with Christmas lights - The FOX West Texas Annual Christmas Lights parade in downtown Abilene. This year the parade takes place on November 29 at 6:30 p.m. The route is from Pine to North 4th to Cypress Street.

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This year's theme is "A Polar Wonderland". If you've never been to Abilene's holiday light parade, you're in for a real treat. The whole community gathers together to celebrate the start of the holiday season, with civic and church groups, school choirs, and many more involved with the decorating of floats and piecing of the parade together.

Photo: Jana Keyes
Photo: Jana Keyes

You'll be able to enjoy close to a hundred festive floats along with bands and entertainment. This parade is no joke. It draws around 15,000 people every year. Look for a variety of songs and performances from area groups and schools all throughout downtown Abilene. Check out the schedule of events below.

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

  • Clack Cardinal Choir at Abilene Public Library
  • Red Rhythm & Blues at the Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Dyess 2nd Grade Choice at the Convention Center’s North Steps
  • Austin Honor Choir at Everman Park
  • Mann Concert Boys & Girls at The Grace Museum
  • Purcell Jaguar Honor Choir at Minter Park
  • Craig Middle School Core Orchestra at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
  • Abilene Community Band at the Paramount Theatre
  • Thomas Singers at Prosperity State Bank
  • A Capella Fellas (formerly known as The Memory Men) at Texas Star Trading Co.
  • Voice of Taylor at The Wooten Ballroom

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Pure Gold at the Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Ward Wildcat Honor Choir at the Convention Center’s North Steps
  • Alcorta Honor Choir at Everman Park
  • Ortiz All-Star Singers at The Grace Museum
  • Wylie East Intermediate Honor Choir at Minter Park
  • Martinez Honor Choir at Abilene Public Library

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Celebration Singers at First Financial Bank

Round up the whole family for this year's parade. For questions about the event, contact parade coordinator Susan Acuna at sacuna@tegna.com.

If you really want to treat the family to something special, make a quick drive to several Christmas light parks right here in Texas. They can get pretty spectacular. Look below and visit one to take your holiday spirit to the next level.

14 Must See Christmas Light Parks In Texas

If you're traveling anywhere in the state of Texas this Christmas, there is a good chance there is a drive-thru Christmas light park near your destination, like these:
Images do not depict actual park and are for display purposes only.

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