During each holiday season, Cleburne, Texas, transforms into a charming, picture-perfect Christmas town, full of historic houses adorned with festive lights and decorations. This north Texas destination also offers plenty of holiday festivities worth checking out. Here are some of the top things to do during this magical season in Cleburne.
Lighted Christmas Parade
The city’s largest holiday event features the Lighted Christmas Parade in Downtown Cleburne on Dec. 9. After the parade, the celebration continues at Johnson County Market Square with food & gift vendors and a special visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus. In addition to the parade, don’t miss all the other fun activities during this popular Cleburne holiday celebration.
Plaza Theatre Company Presents “A Christmas Carol”
Enjoy it's every-other-year production of “A Christmas Carol” this season at Plaza Theatre Company. ABC -affiliate, WFAA, has named this the best theater company in North Texas, and “A Christmas Carol” will delight audience members of all ages. Watch this heartwarming, classic story about how a redhead orphan transforms the life of a billionaire who opens his home to here at Christmastime.
Carnegie Players Present “The Homecoming”
During each holiday season, Carnegie Players puts on a special performance for two consecutive weekends at Cleburne Performing Arts Center. This year’s story is “The Homecoming, a special strength of a loving family is at the heart and is based on the book by Earl Hammer, Jr. which also inspired a TV series of exceptional quality, The Waltons.
Candlewalk Tour of Homes
It has been over four decades since the first Candlewalk Tour of Homes took place. Each tour features several of decorated Victorian and Colonial houses throughout Cleburne’s historic district on Dec. 8th. Decorations reflect the culture and ethnicity of each homeowner. Take a stroll through the neighborhood with friends and family and you may even get a chance to explore the inside of select homes. After the tour, check out special activities available at several nearby businesses. All ticket sales benefit Save Old Cleburne, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings in this area.
Pancake Breakfast With Santa
Kids will love spending their morning with jolly St. Nick for Breakfast With Santa & Camp Fire’s Santa House. A realistic-looking Santa Claus will meet and greet families over pancakes and listen to your children’s long wish lists, too. Children love this holiday tradition at St. Mark United Methodist Church. It’s hosted by Camp Fire USA Tesuya Council and the Cleburne Kiwanis Club.
Brazos Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert
If you’re a music lover, you will enjoy another popular Cleburne holiday event, The Brazos Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert. The annual performance takes place at First Baptist Church, with an orchestra of 50 people who play numerous instruments as they perform holiday hits. Musical selections encompass many musical genres, including classical, big band, pop and Americana. Not only is the music beautiful, but this sanctuary-turned-concert-hall is full of gorgeous stained glass windows and cathedral ceilings.
Songbird Live Presents “Keene Worship Choir"
In Cleburne, the Songbird Live Listening Room showcases musical talent throughout the year. But during this holiday season, audiences can enjoy this performance after Candlewalk Tour of Homes featuring "Keene Worship Choir," a unique 100 member choir under the direction of Juanita Browder.
Cleburne, Texas, offers plenty of activities to fill your entire holiday season. Find out more about these and other upcoming holiday events in Cleburne on our calendar.