Prosper’s small-town spirit will come together with big-town festivities during the Prosper Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 3 from 3-7 p.m.
Main attractions include the Community Tree Lighting, Santa’s Workshop, Kids Christmas Shoppe, Kids Zone, Community Stage performances, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides and the new Santa’s Selfie Station. With the backdrop of the snowy Town Hall, the annual event is the ideal time to make holiday memories and capture that perfect snapshot!
Dan Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation, said, “The Christmas Festival is the culmination of many hours of the Parks and Recreation staff’s hard work and the community’s support to produce the Town’s signature event. We can’t wait to light up Town Hall and welcome Santa Claus and the public.”
In addition to the main attractions, the event site will brim with dazzling exhibits allowing event-goers to stroll the grounds of vendors including: fine art, macrame designs, unique ornaments, jewelry, custom vintage jackets, wooden decor, holiday wreaths and more. Some of this year’s tasty treats will include gluten-free bread, elderberry syrup, flavored popcorn, decorated cookies, decadent gourmet truffles and Grinch Juice!
Also onsite will be interactive activities, crafts and games within the exhibit spaces. Plan to be a part of the hands-on community fun! Join the players in the Instrument-Rhythm Circle, decorate a homemade cookie under the red awning, make a creative project to take home and take part in building a HUGE tree of LEGO™ bricks.
For the young shoppers, treasures await in the Kids Christmas Shoppe! Open from 3-6:30 p.m., the Shoppe gives those ages 4-12 the opportunity to learn the blessings of giving. Children are led through the secure environment in 15 minute shifts to select gifts for others, ranging in price from $1 to $10. The Shoppe operates on a cash-only basis and is not equipped to accept credit cards.
Pre-registration for the Kids Christmas Shoppe is required. To sign up a child for one of the 15-minute shopping shifts, please visit the registration table set up near Town Hall on event day. Proceeds from the Kids Christmas Shoppe benefit the Recreational Scholarship Fund, which assists Prosper residents in attending camps and classes when they are financially unable to do so.
As the festival draws to a close, at 7 p.m., families are invited to gather for the Community Tree Lighting countdown, which will be led by Prosper Mayor David Bristol. A spectacular fireworks show will follow the tree lighting.
The event is free of charge thanks to our sponsors. This year’s Platinum Sponsors are Texas Health Neighborhood Care and Wellness Prosper, The Cliff Freeman Group, brokered by eXp Realty, and Mario Sinacola and Sons Excavating. Cook Children’s Health Care System is the Kids Christmas Shoppe Sponsor.
Gold level Sponsors are Bietsch Orthodontics (Santa’s Selfie Station), Carpet Tech (horse-drawn wagon rides), Prosper’s Finest A/C And Heat (community stage), Super Splash Car Wash (hospitality), the Event Center on Broadway (Kids Zone), The Gin (Santa’s Workshop), and Texas Health Neighborhood Care and Wellness Prosper (fireworks).
Town officials encourage everyone to park and ride the free shuttle to and from the event. Parking is limited in the downtown Prosper area. Complimentary shuttles, including an ADA bus, will run from Reynolds Middle School, 700 N. Coleman Street and Prosper High School, 301 Eagle Drive, beginning at 1:30 p.m. and continue to run as long as needed to return attendees to their cars. A limited number of ADA parking spaces are available on the west side of Town Hall.
Safety for the children attending our event is a top priority! For those that wish to participate, Child ID bracelets will be available at the Event Headquarters booth on the festival grounds and at each shuttle site. Child ID bracelets are free and available to parents and guardians to write their name and contact information. In the event a child is separated from a parent, the ID bracelets can provide critical information to help reunite families.
Detailed information about the Prosper Christmas Festival, including road closures, stage performance schedule, things to do, food trucks, and the complete list of Sponsors and Exhibitors, can be found at ProsperChristmas.org. To reach the Prosper Parks and Recreation Department, please call 972-569-1160.
Prior to the Prosper Christmas Festival, at 2:30 p.m., the annual Prosper Rotary Club Christmas Parade will make its way down Broadway Street to the festival grounds. For parade details and entry forms, please contact the Prosper Rotary Club at [email protected]