Get ready to spend the holiday season enjoy the festivities in Canyon, Texas! Starting on Thursday, December 5th, the Festival of Lights opens on the campus of West Texas A&M University. This is the night when the campus comes alive with thousands of Christmas lights strung along the buildings, trees, and shrubs.

On Friday, December 6th, it's the annual Panhandle Plains Historical Museum open house starting at 6pm. The museum will be bustling with Christmas activity as role players in Pioneer town invite you step in and step back to Christmas in the 1890’s. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Christmas Open House ready to take requests from children who visit them in their sleigh in the snowy woods of Hazlewood Lecture Hall. In the basement, children can make holiday crafts in the craft corner. In the Petroleum Theater, storytellers will weave Christmas stories in a cozy living room setting with a crackling fire while songs by children’s choirs and entertainers fill the rest of the museum with music from the Derrick Room. The event is free of charge. Suggested admission is one can of food per person to benefit the High Plains Food Bank.

Then, on Saturday, December 7th, Christmas comes alive throughout the rest of town. Santa will be greeting everyone on the Canyon Square at the courthouse from 4:00-6:00pm. There will be free activities for everyone in the family, along with CISD choir performances, and the Canyon Lions Club will be serving up the best hot chocolate and coffee in the panhandle. At 6:30pm, the Parade of Lights will kick off along 4th Avenue. Stick around, just after the parade, everyone will head over to the town Christmas tree and light it up for the holiday season.