75th Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Temple


Monday, December 6th

Tree Lighting at 6:15 pm and Parade at 6:30 pm.

Relive the magic that has been going through downtown Temple every Christmas for over 70 years! The City of Temple 75th Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for  Monday,  December 6, 2021, at 6:30 pm. Join us for one of the largest lighted Christmas parades in Texas and help welcome Santa Claus to Downtown Temple!

The theme this year is “The Magic of a Traditional Christmas”.  Let’s brighten the night and everyone’s spirits as we celebrate the past, present, and future of this tradition in a safe and beautiful way!

PARADE ROUTE: The parade starts at the intersection of E. Adams Avenue and N. 8th Street, proceeds west along Adams Avenue, in front of the Municipal Building, all the way to North 23rd Street, and then turns north and disbands at Temple High School. The total distance is 1.4 miles.

A Guide to the 75th Annual Christmas Parade

A Guide to the 75th Annual Christmas Parade

It’s no secret that a cherished holiday tradition for the city of Temple is seeing and participating in the Annual Christmas Parade.  Christmas parades can be viewed as the unofficial starting point to Christmas, because nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like a festive parade filled with seasonal favorites and Santa Claus with all his Christmas cheer.  This event is a family favorite and one you truly must see. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Christmas parade.

[Photo curtesy of Chris Winston]

What is the Annual Christmas Parade?

The City of Temple Annual Christmas Parade is a family-friendly holiday event that has been bringing locals and visitors joy since 1946.  The theme changes every year, with this year’s theme being the “Magic of a Traditional Christmas.” It has become a tradition for the parade to take place on the first Monday in December.  The parade features lit, unique displays from over 100 applicants.  The parade entrants consist of local business owners, organizations, student groups, and individuals.

On What Day Does the Parade Take Place? What Time Does It Start?

The parade takes place on Monday, December 6th.  A special tree lighting ceremony featuring the mayor will take place at 6:15 prior to the start of the parade. The parade starts at 6:30 pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes as all the entrants make their way through the route.

Who Hosts the Parade?

The City of Temple Parks and Recreation Department hosts the parade every year.  Temple Parks and Recreation enjoys overseeing this special, holiday event and arranging details for the parade such as assigning a creative theme and encouraging locals to sign up to be a part of this family-friendly, delightful event.

[Photo curtesy of Chris Winston]

What Is the Parade Route? Where is the Best Place to Watch the Parade?

The parade route has a total distance of 1.4 miles.  The parade starts at the intersection of E. Adams Avenue and N. 8th St., then proceeds west along Adams Avenue.  The parade then continues in front of the Municipal Building and heads all the way to N. 23rd St. Finally, the parade disbands at Temple High School.

Visitors and locals can head to the downtown district of Temple to watch the parade.  Viewing for the parade is street-side and visitors can watch anywhere along the parade route. Seating is first-come, first-serve.  To get the best view, plan to arrive early and bring necessities for comfortable seating throughout the duration of the event.

[Photo curtesy of Chris Winston]

Where Should Visitors Park?

Visitors can park on street-side parking.  Parking will also be available in the City Hall parking lot as well as in various areas downtown such as the Santa Fe Plaza.  The Santa Fe Plaza will also have a tree lighting ceremony for the tree located in the heart of the plaza.  Visitors can find plenty of close parking spots in the Santa Fe Plaza area.

[Photo curtesy of Chris Winston]

What Should You Bring With You?

Bring lawn chairs so you have a comfortable spot to sit for the parade. With the cold weather in store, be sure to bring blankets and bundle up to make sure you and your family are warm and cozy for the duration of the event. Visitors should also make sure to bring extra cash.  The downtown district is filled with plenty of restaurants and shopping. Visitors can shop around the local area while they wait for the parade to start.

Have more questions about the parade?  Find more information on the Temple Parks and Recreation website.

Corky’s Wine Bar

Rock in the New Year with Moon Tide, a power trio from Austin that covers hits from the 60s until now. Tickets are only $35.  Included in the price is a midnight champagne toast, party favors, a souvenir glass, breakfast food after the ball drops and your live music and dancing for the evening. Attire is semi-formal.

Downtown Temple Holiday Market

The Downtown Temple Holiday Market and Food Truck Frenzy takes place on Saturday, December 11th. This special farmers market event will happen between the hours of 2 pm and 7pm and will be held in the City Hall Parking Lot.


Explore local vendors with produce, home goods, and more at this incredible downtown event!


The event is free and open to the public.  Take some time to explore local businesses and vendors as you do some last minute Christmas shopping!

Father’s Day In Temple

Father’s Day Weekend In Temple

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  This special holiday celebrates all the beloved dads and fathers by making sure they feel especially loved.  Father’s Day takes place on June 20th, 2021.  With this holiday coming up soon, its time to think about how you can celebrate the fathers in your life.  Between local dining restaurants and activities, Temple has plenty to make the holiday fun. At Discover Temple, we believe dads deserve to celebrate the entire weekend.  Let’s kick off Father’s Day with some special events happening on Saturday night.

Saturday Activities

If you want a head start on Father’s Day celebrations, take the family to Bird Creek Burger Co. for a hearty, savory lunch.  American classics like hamburgers and fries are always a hit, so why not take it a step further and offer them lunch at a gourmet-style burger restaurant?  Bird Creek Burger Co. is a local, downtown Temple restaurant with delicious, flavorful entrees.  After lunch, take a minute to relax and enjoy some quality time together at home or out shopping in Temple while you wait for the next big activity to start.

The Great Race is a fun, exciting classic car rally that makes pit stops through various towns on the ten-day journey to the finish line.  Temple is The Great Race’s first overnight stop on the tour this year.  Head to Santa Fe Plaza to meet and greet drivers and their coordinators. While there take a look at some vintage, classic cars ranging from 1916 to 1973.

After you’ve had your fun checking out the classic cars that can be found at this checkpoint,  head over to Belton for a fun night of entertainment at Bold Republic Brewing Co.  Bold Republic is hosting an event for all the dads in the Bell County area.  The event on Saturday is Father’s Day Name That Tune Bingo.  Purchasing a $2 bingo card will grant you access to hours of entertainment and opportunities to win prizes like free beer. Free beer?  Dads everywhere will swoon.  This lively, local brewing company’s event is sure to be a hit with every dad.

Sunday Morning Activities

On the day of Father’s Day, get a kickstart to the day by treating dad to a cup of coffee from another downtown favorite, First Street Roasters.  After you are done drinking some hot, caffeinated coffee, head over to Crossroads Park for a free family activity of disc golf.  With several courses in the area, disc golf is a fun pastime for local Temple and Belton residents.  Crossroads Disc Golf course is a fun course to try with the family.  With 27 holes, and a mixture of open and wooded areas, dads will find this course to be a fun challenge they are ready to conquer.  This activity is likely to entertain the family for hours if you want to try to get through all 27 holes in the course.

Next, take a midday lunch break.  Pizza is a classic dish that dads and families enjoy.  Head over to Treno Pizzeria and Taproom for some creative and customizable pizza options. Some specialty pizzas are local favorite such as the Smokey Bird, Margherita, and the King Brisket.

Sunday Afternoon Activities:

After this delicious meal, head over to the neighboring city of Belton for a lake day afternoon.  Belton Lake has several access points for boat ramps. At these access points, there are trails, fishing spots, and swimming areas.  For dads who love the outdoors, this is an activity they will thoroughly enjoy.  Bring your fishing and outdoors supplies and take a few hours to relax and have a good time out on the water.

The downtown district of Belton is where you will find the perfect spot, Miller’s Smokehouse. This barbecue restaurant is dad-worthy.  Nothing beats a good brisket or pulled pork, and at Miller’s Smokehouse there’s plenty of barbecue items to choose from.  Family dinner here is an excellent choice to wow and excite dad at the prospect of a great barbecue meal.

And for the dads that are still full of energy and ready for more,  head over to Spare Time for a night of bowling, laser tag, or arcade games.  Additionally, Spare Time offers a daily special called Sunday Funday.  You can grab some shoes and bowl all day for only $9.99 a person.  If you’re looking for more reasons to head outdoors, Spare Time also has several outdoor activities for the family such as batting cages, go karts, ropes course, and sand volleyball. Let the fathers feel like kings of the competition at this fun family activity.

Fathers Are For Celebrating

Father’s Day can be celebrated through many activities.  Dads can spend the day doing activities such as eating good food, relaxing at the lake, or battling it out on arcade games.  Whatever you decide to do this Father’s Day, make the most of this time together.  Dads will enjoy the time spent with some of their favorite people and the memories that are made.  Happy Father’s Day!

Imagine TMED Classic Car Show

The City of Temple’s Love Where You Live Neighborhood Planning is hosting a community engagement event for the TMED District. Through the Love Where You Live Initiative, the City of Temple is developing a plan for the TMED District in which we work along side residents to identify concerns, values, vision and goals for the neighborhood. This event is part of a larger community engagement effort that will provide valuable feedback as we work through the planning process. The highlight of this event will be a classic car show and we want you be be a part of it!

Music to Help Others Concert

On Sunday, October 31st at 4 pm, Christ Episcopal Church will host a concert! Join in-person or watch online at the church’s FB page. Music will be performed by Leon W. Couch III on piano and organ, Sheryl Goodnight on the flute, Gerald Nicholas as the soloist, as well as Lois Reiter and Sarah Mukaddasi the violinists.  The event will also feature sing-a-long Pumpkin Carols.  The concert benefits the Temple Literacy Council.

A $5 donation per person is appreciated for those attending in-person.  To watch the concert online is free, but donations are appreciated and can be made online or by mail.


Music To Help Others Concert Series

Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Temple sponsors an ongoing series of enefit concerts to raise money for community charities. The concerts utilize the abundant number of professional and semi-raised thousands of dollars to help the homeless, food banks, medical clinics serving the poor, as well as children’s charities.