Miracle on Main Street is the theme of this year’s Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas on Main Street event, to be held Dec. 3.
The event includes a lighted parade that rolls down Main Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade begins at Church and Main Street and then turns right on Industrial and then ends at Industrial and Center. People are still entering to be in the parade, and “quite a few” parade entries show up the day of the event, said Chamber executive director Jennifer Herrington. Anyone wanting to enter may call the chamber at 817-444-1112 or access azlechristmasonmain.com.
A Christmas tree lighting ceremony – conducted at the Azle Historical Museum and at City Hall – will be 6:30 p.m., preceding the parade.
“It’s kind of ringing in that Christmas holiday spirit,” Herrington said about the festivities.
She said Christmas on Main aspires to be a festive day that gives back to the community and its children.
“The chamber staff could not do it without its members and volunteers, and we’re excited for it,” said Herrington, noting it is her and administrative assistant Julie Preston’s first year to be at the chamber for Christmas on Main.
In addition, Christmas on Main will feature outdoor vendors from noon to 5 p.m., a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and children’s activities inside 404 Main Place from 2-5 p.m. The Community Christmas Celebration will be from 4-6:30 p.m.
Vendors wanting to participate may call the chamber or visit the website. Anyone selling food will have a different fee and those selling food must call the Tarrant County Health Department and get a temporary permit, Herrington said. All the regulations are at azlechristmasonmain.com.
The Lions Club operates the car show, and entrants must contact that organization. The car show will be behind City Hall in the parking lot.
Also, Main Street business owners may participate in a decorating contest to reflect the theme of Miracle on Main Street. Decorating must be finished by Nov. 28, and judging will be conducted the next two days following the deadline day. (Secret judges will evaluate the decorations.) Contest winners will be announced during the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Azle Historical Museum on Dec. 3, before the parade. Businesses are not required to fill out any paperwork to enter the contest, as a chamber news release said if a business on Main Street is decorated, it will be included in the judging process. Business owners may decorate their storefront, windows and yard.
Contest categories for the decorating contest are Best Overall, Most Christmas Spirit, Best Theme - “Miracle on Main Street,” Most Creative and Best Lighted Display.
Anyone attending Christmas on Main can find parking at Central Park and nearby neighborhoods. The parking lot at Roe and Central will be accessible, and that is the grassy area behind the bus barn.
Also this year, for the first time, the chamber will hold a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, to be held Dec. 1 at 404 Main Place. The first prize for the event will be a table at the annual awards banquet in February.
The contest is open to Azle Chamber members, and all supplies – trees, lights, ornaments, etc. – will be provided by the business entering the contest. All trees will be decorated at 404 Main Place and judging will take place Dec. 2 and the winner will be announced at Christmas on Main Street on Dec. 3. Trees will be auctioned, and proceeds will be donated to the Azle Christmas on Main Street bicycle giveaway 2023.
- Wade Blake
- KAYLEE PIPPINS email@example.com
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