The Christmas season will skate into town this weekend with Hometown Holidays.
From 5-9 p.m. Friday, City Hall will host Santa and Mrs. Claus, penguins from the Dallas Zoo, choirs from local schools, a Christmas market and cookie decorating at the Mansfield Activities Center, bounce houses, food trucks and games in the children’s area.
Skaters can show off their skills at the ice skating rink, which will be set up in front of City Hall from 5-10 p.m. For $5, visitors can take a turn on the ice for about 15 minutes, skates will be supplied, said Angie Henley, cultural arts/special events supervisor.
At 6:30 p.m., the city will light up the Mansfield Christmas tree, followed by a fireworks display.
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“It will be a better show than last year,” Henley said. “We’re really stepping up this year.”
Henley said she expects about 4,000 people at the annual event, where all activities -- except skating and food -- are free.
Family members can bring their own cameras to snap photos of their youngsters visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will stay until the last child gets to share their list, Henley said.
Hometown Holidays Parade
The action starts early downtown Saturday with a performance of “Shrek the Musical” by Music Place Mansfield at noon at the announcer’s stand in front of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 N. Main St. The performance is free, but attendees are asked to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, said Andrew Binz, the city’s recreation superintendent.
“We’re happy to have pre-parade entertainment,” Binz said. “Come early and stay for the parade.”
The 11th annual parade, which steps off at 2:30 p.m., is expecting approximately 50 entries, including the Summit High School Marching Band, Legacy High Silver Spurs, Danny Jones Middle School cheerleaders, Lake Ridge High Eagle Elite, Lone Star Barbershop, Texas Tumble Tots, School of Rock, Mansfield Martial Arts and a giant pirate ship from Mansfield Sand.
Rebecca Miller and Justin Frazzell will be the announcers for the parade, which is expecting 3,000-4,000 attendees, Binz said.
“Get there early, have lunch at one of the downtown restaurants, find a spot on Main Street where you can hear the announcers, bring a chair and the whole family,” Binz said. “This kicks off the holiday season.”
5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St.
Hometown Holidays Parade
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5