Graphic courtesy of the Abilene Downtown Association

The temperatures may not have fallen in Abilene just yet, but in just a few days it will sure start to look a lot like Christmas around here. The City of Abilene will officially kick off the spirit of the season at the 22nd Annual City Sidewalks, Tuesday (Nov. 30). This is a fun-filled celebration hosted by the Abilene Downtown Association that allows locals and visitors alike to rediscover the charm of a Christmas spent in a historic downtown district.

Beloved activities such as the KTXS Christmas Lights Parade (6:30 p.m.), Community Tree Lighting at the Abilene Civic Center (7:30 p.m.) and Reindeer Game really bring the community together and get everyone into the holiday spirit. The Reindeer Game always draws quite a crowd, even if it gets a little chilly. If you’re in town, you can play too! Just pick up and return the game piece to Monks Coffee Shop, 233 Cypress St. between 5 and 8:30 p.m. You will be sent on a “scavenger hunt” around the downtown area using cleverly written Abilene trivia questions. Then, be sure to turn your game piece back in for a chance to win $200 in Abilene Downtown Dollars out of the batch of correctly completed game pieces. Boy, wouldn’t that take care of several people on your holiday shopping list? Speaking of shopping, all of the boutiques and shops in historic downtown will be open even later on the night of City Sidewalks, so be sure to bring your Christmas lists with you!

Before the parade, come downtown a little bit early to catch some live Christmas music by a local choir or ensemble or enjoy some free goodies by local merchants and vendors. The event officially kicks off at 5:30 p.m. A full listing, schedule and map can be found here, or for more information call 325-676-2556.