Prosper’s small-town spirit came together with big-town festivities during the Prosper Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 3rd. Main attractions included the Community Tree Lighting, Santa’s Workshop, Kids Christmas Shoppe, Kids Zone, Community Stage performances, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, and the new Santa’s Selfie Station. With the backdrop of the snowy Town Hall, the annual event was the ideal time to make holiday memories and capture that perfect snapshot!
Dan Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation, said, “The Christmas Festival is the culmination of many hours of the Parks and Recreation staff’s hard work and the community’s support to produce the Town’s signature event. We can’t wait to light up Town Hall and welcome Santa Claus and the public.”
In addition to the main attractions, the event site was brimming with dazzling exhibits allowing eventgoers to stroll the grounds of vendors including: fine art, macrame designs, unique ornaments, jewelry, custom vintage jackets, wooden decor, holiday wreaths and more. Some of this year’s tasty treats included gluten-free bread, elderberry syrup, flavored popcorn, decorated cookies, decadent gourmet truffles and Grinch Juice!
Also onsite were interactive activities, crafts and games within the exhibit spaces. Event goers joined in with the players in the Instrument-Rhythm Circle, decorated homemade cookies under the red awning, made a creative project to take home, and took part in building a HUGE tree of LEGO™ bricks.
For the young shoppers, treasures awaited in the Kids Christmas Shoppe! Open for most of the event, the Shoppe gave those ages 4-12 the opportunity to learn the blessings of giving. Children were led through the secure environment in 15-minute shifts to select gifts for others, ranging in price from $1 to $10. Proceeds from the Kids Christmas Shoppe benefitted the Recreational Scholarship Fund, which assists Prosper residents in attending camps and classes when they are financially unable to do so.
As the festival concluded at 7:00pm, families gathered together for the Community Tree Lighting countdown, which was led by Prosper Mayor David Bristol. A spectacular fireworks show followed the tree lighting.
The event was free of charge thanks to the sponsors. This year’s Platinum Sponsors are Texas Health Neighborhood Care and Wellness Prosper, The Cliff Freeman Group, brokered by eXp Realty, and Mario Sinacola and Sons Excavating. Cook Children’s Health Care System is the Kids Christmas Shoppe Sponsor. Gold level Sponsors are Bietsch Orthodontics (Santa’s Selfie Station), Carpet Tech (horse-drawn wagon rides), Prosper’s Finest A/C And Heat (community stage), Super Splash Car Wash (hospitality), the Event Center on Broadway (Kids Zone), The Gin (Santa’s Workshop), and Texas Health Neighborhood Care and Wellness Prosper (fireworks).