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City of Canyon and WTAMU set to kick off Christmas season

The City of Canyon will hold it's annual Parade of Lights and community Christmas tree lighting on Saturday, December 2. The parade will begin at 6:30 pm with the Christmas tree lighting immediately following.

Santa Claus will be at the Cole Community Center from 4-6 pm.

West Texas A&M University is prepping for its 27th annual Festival of Lights on Friday, December 1 with miles of Christmas lights  strung on trees, shrubs, Old Main and around the Vaughan Pedestrian Mall. Participants will gather at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center for the lighting at 5:30 p.m. and then carol to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum for its annual Christmas Open House until 9 p.m.

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum open house will take place on Friday, December 1 6-9 pm and Saturday, December 2 1-5 pm.

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. PPHM’s Christmas Open House began collecting donations for the food drive four years ago and is now one of the area’s largest food drives.

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