Royse City is gearing up for the holiday season, with several Thanksgiving and Christmas events on the horizon.

The annual holiday tree lighting is on Nov. 30 from 5:30-7:30 pm, in the courtyard outside City Hall.

The tree in that courtyard will be decorated and lit, and rumor has it that Santa Claus himself will be making an appearance and will have time to listen to kids’ wildest wishes, so make sure you bring the little ones and that they bring their wishlists.

On December 7, at 6:30 pm at Fellowship Church in Royse City, is the 9th annual Main Street Christmas Dinner.

Organized by Paula Morris, manager of the Royse City Main Street Program, the event costs $30 per person and includes a full Christmas dinner, with proceeds going towards the Main Street Program and the Royse City Downtown Beautification Project.

Local businesses sponsor table decorations for the event, and in past years have created those decorations themselves as a competition for best decoration, but this year, table decorations have been provided by students at Royse City High School.

The Royse City Main Street program, according to its website, is “dedicated to building the economic vitality and preserving the character of historic downtown Royse City,” with respect to “organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion to attract businesses, visitors and residents to the Main Street district.”

The annual Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Main Street.

The halls of Main Street will be thoroughly decked with twinkling lights and Christmas cheer as a parade of lighted floats proceeds down the street. Float entries will be accepted through Dec. 1, with the form available at

There are plenty of opportunities to experience the holiday cheer of community events soon, so make sure you don’t miss them.

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