Dec. 1-3, 8-10: Waxahachie Bethlehem revisited
By 11/30/2006 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - This year Waxahachie was creating a Victorian charm to your holiday season by offering the great shopping, ice skating, festivities and memories to last a lifetime.
A Candlelight Christmas Home Tour would be hosted by the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association.
Homes that span from the Victorian era to the 21st century are being made available for public tours.
From Dec. 2-3, the Dyess Home, 110 Magnolia Dr.; the Griffith Home, 418 N. College St.; the Linguist Home, 239 Patrick St.; and the Seibert Home, 617 E. Marvin Ave.
From Dec. 9-10 it would be the Alvarez Home, 617 Solon Rd.; the Diana Home, 104 Harbin; the French Home, 311 Olive St.; and the Wright Home, 418 Victorian.
The homes will be open from 2 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 per weekend and can be purchased at the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Ellis County Museum and
at the homes on tour the day of the event.
In addition to this, the Downtown Victorian Christmas would take place at the same time as the Candlelight Home Tour with festivities including visiting artisans selling their wares around the Ellis County Courthouse Square, musical sounds of the season, photos with Santa in Toyland Park on the square and the new Enchanted Pines open-air ice skating rink.
This is a free activity, open to everybody.
Enchanted Pines would feature a 4,000 sq. ft. ice skating rink located in the parking lot across from city hall with rental skates available in the Parks and Recreation building.
This would be open daily until Dec. 10, with a $10 admission fee.
The ice-skating rink is really an artificial ice, made from polymer material.
The rink was purchased from a site in North Carolina and would be used for years to come.
Along with these exciting events, Bethlehem Revisited would take place Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10.
Bethlehem Revisited allows visitors an opportunity to see a reenactment of Christ's birth, complete with Mary, Joseph, marketplace vendors, craftsmen and many more.
This would be located behind the Central Presbyterian Church and would be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission is free but donations would be accepted.
Waxahachie would also include the Christmas Market and Gift Show on Dec. 2, sponsored by the Waxahachie Junior Service League, at the Waxahachie Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The cost of admission is $5.
The Waxahachie Christmas Parade would also be hosted by the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and Optimist Club on that day in downtown Waxahachie starting at 10 a.m.