Rockwall County will be filled with the Christmas spirit this month, with multiple events scheduled in the coming weeks.
Parades, benefit runs and the presenting of wreaths at veterans' graves are among the activities designed to offer area residents holiday cheer.
• The city of Rockwall is celebrating the season Saturday with the 51st annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade, which starts at city hall, 1111 E. Yellowjacket and ends at downtown. Entries are being accepted for the parade, with the theme of “Favorite Christmas Movie” at https://rockwallkiwanis.org/christmas-parade-2020/.
• The Downtown Rockwall Hometown Christmas begins right after the parade and will include a Christmas sleigh, a snow tubing hill, mini farmers market, scavenger hunt, trackless train rides, food trucks and much more offered by the Downtown Rockwall Association.
The day will be capped by the lighting of the City Christmas Tree at 6 p.m.
Additional information is available online at http://www.rockwall.com/mainstreet/events.asp.
• The Royse City Reindeer Run 5K, a Royse City Chamber event, is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at City Lake Park, 1150 Live Oak St. in Royse City. Then the 1 Mile Rudolph Run starts at the park at 8 a.m.
Fees for the 5K are $40 for entrants 12 and older and $25 for those under 12. Same-day registration will be $45 for the 5K. Fees for the Fun Run will be $25. Packet pickup will be from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at the chamber office, 102 W. Greenville Road. Race-day pickup will be 7 a.m. at City Lake Park. Sponsorships for the runs are still being offered and additional information on the event is available by contacting Amanda Self at RCFunFest5k@gmail.com.
•The Christmas Parade of Lights is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Dec.12 and is being sponsored by Royse City Main Street. This year's theme is Past, Present & Future and entries are being encouraged to use lights in their presentations. The parade will leave from Ruth Cherry Intermediate School then head west on State Highway 66 toward downtown. Main Street parking will be barricaded at 3:30 p.m. that day. Award categories will include Best Use of Theme, Most Creative, Best Visual Effects, Best Animal Group, Best Decorated Motorized Vehicle, Best Costume, Best Community Entry and Most Holiday Spirit.
Because of the COVID-19 situation, spectators are being recommended to wear face covers and practice social distancing. Entry forms must be submitted no later than Friday, Dec. 4. Forms are available online at https://tinyurl.com/yywvmlve and additional information about the upcoming holiday events is available at http://www.roysecity.com/ or by calling 972-636-2250.
• A Christmas lighted boat parade, is scheduled on the evening of Dec. 12 on Lake Ray Hubbard. Anyone with a boat is invited to participate in the event, as long as it is brightly decorated. The boats will leave the Sapphire No Wake Entrance at 6:30 p.m., proceed along the shore of Interstate 30, pass by The Harbor and then by Chandlers Landing, turn around and do a second pass in front of The Harbor and then the boats can return to their respective docks. Viewing for the parade is expected to be optimal at The Harbor at around 7 p.m. and Chandlers about 7:30 p.m.
• Volunteers and sponsors are being sought for an effort to make sure veterans buried in a local cemetery remembered this Christmas.
Rest Haven Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 2005 Highway 66 East in Rockwall has scheduled a Wreaths Across Across America ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Dec.19. A grave prep day is scheduled at 10 a.m. Dec. 12. Before the wreath-laying each veteran’s grave has to be marked on a map so volunteers can mark each with a white utility flag and upright vases. The cemetery has almost 1,000 veteran graves. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization with a mission of remembering, honoring and teaching and is expected to conduct more than 1,600 similar events on National Wreaths Across America Day. Additional information is available by calling 214-794-3761 or at the Wreaths Across America website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
• The Santa Cops 4 Kids benefit is scheduled for the morning of Dec. 19 at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium, 1215 T L Townsend Drive in Rockwall. The event was formed in 2016 by members of the Rockwall Police Department and Rockwall Police Officers Association. The goal of Santa Cops 4 Kids is to further the efforts of the Children's Advocacy Center of Rockwall County by raising awareness about child abuse as well as raise funds for the Rockwall County Children's Advocacy Center, through a 5K, 10K and 1-mile family fun run. Since 2016, Santa Cops 4 Kids raised over $65,000 to further the efforts of the Children's Advocacy Center of Rockwall County. Additional information is available online at https://www.playtri.com/all-races/santa-cops-4-kids-5k.