The holiday season is here! With that comes different festivities, including some longstanding traditions as well as some new options to celebrate the season while being safe and supporting local businesses.
One annual Christmas event that Terrell residents look forward to each year is the Stanley Ballard Senior Christmas Parade. We plan to move forward with the parade on Saturday, December 12 at 10 AM barring any executive orders by government that would prevent us from doing so. We do, however, want to encourage members of the community to take measures to protect all who participate.
Here are suggestions for how we can all keep safe while enjoying the parade:
- Plan to watch the parade from your vehicle if you are parked in a spot along Moore Ave that gives you a view of the route.
- If you’d rather watch outside, please stay with your own family or group. Keep a safe social distance from others not with your group.
- All spectators and parade participants are asked to please wear a face mask.
- Participants will not be allowed to hand out candy during the parade this year.
- Do not leave the event until the City vehicles pass through the route after the horse riding groups. This indicates the end of the parade.
New this year, you can help those less fortunate by bringing an unwrapped toy to the parade for the Terrell Toys for Tots program. They will have elves staged throughout the parade route to collect the toys.
Here are a few other events or activities you can safely participate in this holiday season:
- Shop Home for the Holidays – on Black Friday (11/27) and Small Business Saturday (11/28), you can mark off your Christmas list by shopping small in Terrell. Eighteen local small businesses and restaurants are participating with special sales and a raffle giveaway. Simply visit the participating businesses to be entered for the drawings. There will be two gift baskets valued at $400+. Visit the Historic Downtown Terrell Facebook Page for more information. Businesses are keeping customers safe by minding the occupancy limitations and social distancing guidelines.
- #EatShopTRL Photo Contest – post a photo to Facebook with the hashtag #EatShopTRL while shopping and dining at Terrell Chamber members between 11/27 and Christmas for a chance to win 1 of 4 gift baskets valued at more than $300 each. Visit our Business Directory to find a list of members.
- Terrell Hometown Christmas Light Tour – we could all use a little joy this season! You can help spread cheer by decorating your house, business, church or school and submitting your address to the Chamber to be included on a Google map tour. The tour will be promoted to the community and dates will be December 4 – 31. This is a free, safe way for your family to enjoy the sights and sounds this holiday season. Learn more at terrelltexas.com.
- Give the gift of Terrell Cash! This community currency is accepted at 24 local shops, restaurants and service businesses. It keeps the money local and they get to choose where to spend it. You can view the participating merchants and purchase online.
- Of course, various local churches will have different programs and there are several opportunities to help non-profits as well. Keep an eye on our website calendar of events for information.
As we near the end of a bizarre and completely unexpected year, we hope you and your loved ones have a safe and healthy holiday season.