Parade, festival to kick off Christmas season

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Shoppers of all ages can find something to tickle their fancies at the annual Merry Christmas Market, which opens Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Mexia Civic Center. Shown here enjoying the market last year are Cassi Henderson of Groesbeck with her daughters Jaci, 7, and 3-month-old Casi, as well as their cousin Maci Henderson, 5, of Tehuacana. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Mexia’s three-day Mistletoe, Music & Magic Christmas Festival is right around the corner, so now is the time to begin thinking of sharing Santa’s parade presence with the kids of all ages in your life, and of finding that perfect gift for those same folks.

The festival begins with the Christmas Parade of Lights, which will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in downtown Mexia.

“People travel near and far to see and hear the lights and sounds of this annual event,“ said Linda Archibald, president of the Mexia Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 parade includes more than 35 entries and at least 300 people spreading Christmas cheer throughout downtown Mexia. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Joy,” Archibald said.

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