Preparations are underway to celebrate the Christmas season in Royse City, with announcements of the Christmas Tree Lighting and the annual Christmas Parade of Lights.
• The Royse City Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by Royse City Main Street, is scheduled starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at Cookston Court, 111 E. Main St. Entertainment will be provided by the Royse City High School Choir.
•The Christmas Parade of Lights is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and is also being sponsored by Royse City Main Street. This year's theme is Past, Present & Future and entries are being encouraged to use lights in their presentations.
The parade will leave from Ruth Cherry Intermediate School then head west on State Highway 66 toward downtown. Main Street parking will be barricaded at 3:30 p.m. that day.
Award categories will include Best Use of Theme, Most Creative, Best Visual Effects, Best Animal Group, Best Decorated Motorized Vehicle, Best Costume, Best Community Entry and Most Holiday Spirit.
Because of the COVID-19 situation, spectators are being recommended to wear face covers and practice social distancing.
Entry forms must be submitted no later than Friday, Dec. 4. Forms are available online at https://tinyurl.com/yywvmlve.
Additional information about the upcoming holiday events is available at http://www.roysecity.com/ or by calling 972-636-2250.