Heath Highsteppers

The Rockwall-Heath Highsteppers drill team came bearing gifts to the 2017 Rockwall Kiwanis Christmas Parade. The 52nd annual event is scheduled Saturday morning, followed by the Hometown Christmas Celebration.

Christmas starts in Rockwall Saturday with the 52nd Annual Rockwall Kiwanis Christmas Parade, beginning at 9 a.m. at the new Rockwall County Courthouse, 1111 E. Yellowjacket Lane. The Hometown Christmas celebration follows at 10 a.m. in Historic Downtown Rockwall and the 38th Annual Rockwall Christmas Tree Lighting starts at 6 p.m. at Rockwall City Hall - 385 S. Goliad Street.

The parade is just one of multiple holiday events coming up in Rockwall County.

• The Christmas in Heath Hometown Tradition is scheduled starting at 6 p.m. Friday in Towne Center Park. The Christmas Tree lighting begins the event, which will feature the Rockwall Heath High School Jazz Band and performances by the Amy Parks, Pullen and Linda Lyon Honor choirs; cocoa, donuts and homemade cookies from the National Charity League and Lakeside League Boy Team Charity; food trucks, miniature train rides, children’s activities; as well as photos and candy canes with Santa Claus.

• The Fate Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Fate City Hall, 1900 CD Boren Parkway. Activities also scheduled include The Polar Express, sponsored by Trak-Time; Reindeer Games - sponsored by Animal Hospital of Fate and Fate Pharmacy; hot cocoa and cookies ; crafts - sponsored by Redeemer Church; the Yule Log with s’mores - sponsored by Highview Learning Center and Atmos Energy, pictures with Santa; Santa's Candy Canes - sponsored by Spidermen Services; Story Time with Mrs. Claus - sponsored by Rockwall County Library; choir performances; and 1,600 free meals provided by In-N-Out Burger. The Fate City Hall is also a Rockwall County Helping Hands Toy Drive drop-off location and during the event, local girl scouts will be collecting non-perishable foods to benefit the Helping Hands Pantry.

• A Christmas light boat parade is scheduled on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall on the evening of Dec. 11. Viewing locations include The Harbor and Chandlers Landing Marina, where the boats are scheduled to depart at 6:45 p.m.

• Royse City is preparing to present the Christmas Parade of Lights on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 11 with the theme of Christmas in Toyland. Royse City Main Street is hosting the parade and has requested entries to use lots of lighting.

The parade will leave from Ruth Cherry Intermediate School at 6:15 p.m. and head west on Highway 66 to arrive in downtown by 6:30 p.m.

Main Street parking will be barricaded at 3:30 p.m. that day.

Entry forms must be submitted no later than this Friday, Dec. 3.

Entry forms and additional information is available online at https://tinyurl.com/yeuuh8b2 or www.roysecity.com

• Royse City Fitness, 316 College Street, is hosting the Winter Wonderland Christmas Toy Drive, starting at 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Those bringing a new unwrapped toy will receive a free wristband or can pay $5 for a wristband for all activities. All proceeds will go to a local family in need this holiday season and toys will go to Toys For Tots. There will be free Santa photos and a free coffee mugs while supplies last. Tickets and additional information is available at www.Roysecitykids.com

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