Christmas From A Distance: Hillsboro Reinvents Holiday Activities 

Unfortunately, Hillsboro canceled the Christmas From A Distance events that would have likely interested the media, so this press release was never released. We still think the release was written well and worthy of a blog post! Hope you agree.


HILLSBORO, TX (December XX, 2020) — According to city, chamber, and school officials, nothing, not even COVID, is going to stop Hillsboro from celebrating the holiday season. This year’s holiday schedule consists of reimagined activities that respect social distancing.

One such event is the annual Christmas Parade, which started in 2005 in Downtown Hillsboro and drew large crowds. This year’s parade will be held in the massive parking lot at the Outlets at Hillsboro where parade entrants and spectators will switch roles. Floats, performers, marching ensembles, clowns will remain stationary in the parking lot while spectators drive through viewing the mix of parade entrants, taking in treats, and possibly getting a glance of Santa Claus. The “Reverse Parade” is Saturday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. The Hillsboro Optimist Club will collect unopened toys for its toy drive.

The afternoon before the “Reverse Parade,” members of the Hillsboro High School Student Council will be strolling in Downtown Hillsboro donned in Whoville costumes. Organizers say there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate during other upcoming events as part of the “Christmas From A Distance” schedule.

“With the COVID pandemic still active, we have to be more creative about how we celebrate Christmas this year,” said Chamber Executive Director Wendy Ellis. “But we are determined to have a full slate of socially-distanced activities to ring in the season and find ways to encourage shopping local and supporting our business community,”

2020 “Christmas From A Distance” Event Schedule

December 5th

  • “The Nutcracker Rides Again” 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Downtown Hillsboro
  • “Whoville Characters” 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Downtown Hillsboro
  • “Christmas from a Distance: Reverse Parade” 6:30 p.m., Outlets at Hillsboro

December 10th – 11th

  • Living Nativity, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Baptist Church

December 12th

  • “Elf” Drive-In Movie, 6:00 p.m., Wallace Park

December 13th

  • “One King” Christmas Musical, 6:00 p.m., Central Baptist Church

December 19th

  • “Tree Decorating & Photos with Nater, the Pony” 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mission Hillsboro Medical Clinic
  • Pics with Santa 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Texas Through Time Museum
  • “The Nutcracker Rides Again” 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Downtown Hillsboro
  • Pony Rides 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Downtown Hillsboro
  • Double Feature Drive-In Movie: “Christmas with the Kranks” 6:00 p.m., followed by “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Wallace Park

December 19th – 20th

  • Pics with Santa 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Texas Through Time Museum

Hillsboro’s holiday activities are a coordinated effort between the Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Hillsboro Main Street, Hillsboro Department of Public Safety, and Hillsboro Independent School District. Local businesses planned events and promotions.

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