Christmas Lights

"3 little Christmas lights"

When the Christmas parade was canceled last year due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, many felt like the Grinch had stolen Christmas. This year will be different.

With relaxed COVID precautions, most holiday events are returning this year, starting with the Night of Lights Christmas parade and the arrival of Santa on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving.

Night of Lights

Christmas Parade

Friday, Nov. 26

Pre-parade activities start at 6 p.m. on the square and the parade begins at 6:30. This candlelight event includes music, singing, hot drinks and popcorn. The parade originates in the parking lot at Pearl and Hannaford streets, travels east on Pearl to circle the square and return on Bridge Street to the starting point. Spectators are welcome to bring chairs or stand along the route.

Santa House

Friday, Nov. 26

Santa and Mrs. Claus are the last participants to arrive in the Christmas parade. Santa will begin visiting with children when Santa House officially opens after the parade.

Santa House hours Nov. 27 - Dec. 19

Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 to noon, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Dec.  20-23, 6 to 8 p.m.

Santa House will be closed for the 6 to 8 p.m. time slot on Dec. 10-11 for the Living Christmas Cards presentation on the square.

Santa’s Library Storytime takes place across the street from Santa’s House at Arts and Letters Bookstore, 113 E. Bridge St.

Storytime hours:

Fridays, Dec. 3,10 and 17: 4  p.m. and 5 p.m.

Saturdays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18: noon, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Sundays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19:  4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information about Granbury Santa House and related activities, go online to facebook.com/granburysantahousepage.

The Nutcracker

Nov. 26-28

Ballet Frontier presents “The Nutcracker” at the Granbury Opera House Nov. 26-28. Tickets are $40-$50. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Elf: The Musical

Dec. 3-23

Granbury Theatre Company  presents “elf” at the Granbury Opera House Dec. 3-23. 26-28. Tickets are $30-$35. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Additional shows are Monday-Thursday, Dec. 20-23 at 7:30 p.m.

Away in a Manger

Dec. 3 - 12

Faye Landham shares her personal nativity collection from Dec. 3-12 at Langdon Center Concert Hall, just east of the square. More than 1,200 nativities are included in the display. Free event.

Friday, Dec. 3:  5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5: Noon to 6 p.m.

Dec. 6-9: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dec. 10-11: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 12: Noon to 6 p.m.

Granbury - A

Candlelight Tour

Saturday, Dec. 4

Sunday, Dec. 5

Sponsored by the Historic Granbury Merchants Association, the annual Granbury - A Candlelight Tour will feature historic homes, modern homes and businesses decorated for Christmas. 

The tour features the following:

ν The Blue Heron B&B – The Lancaster House: 511 S. Baker

ν Oz – two lofts – good witch/bad witch: 114 N. Houston St.

ν The N on the Square: 122 N. Crockett St.

ν Baker-Carmichael House: 226 E. Pearl St.

ν The Daniel’s Lake House Retreat – 104 Waterford Court

ν Walton House – 408 Shay Cove Court

General admission tickets are $30. For more information, go online to granburycandlelighttour.com.

Christmas Tour of Homes

Thursday, Dec. 9

Presented as a fundraiser by the Pecan Plantation Woman’s Club, the Christmas Tour of Homes, features lavishly decorated homes, Santa’s Workshop and Bakery, raffle tickets, brunch and dinner.

Six homes will be featured on the tour, which is a come and go event between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tour tickets, a map and raffle tickets will be ready for pick up at the Pecan Plantation Clubhouse on the day of the event.

The tour alone is $27.95.

The tour with brunch is $37.95.

The tour with cocktails, dinner and dancing from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. is $48.95.

Registration is online at www.myppwc.com. Both residents and non-residents are invited to attend the annual Christmas Tour of Homes.

Proceeds from the event help fund charitable works across Hood County by the Pecan Plantation Woman’s Club.

The Granbury Living Christmas Cards™

Dec. 10-11

An outdoor, interactive family event on the historic town square. This holiday extravaganza is Lakeside Baptist Church’s FREE gift to the community, presented in partnership with the city of Granbury and Hood County. The festivities last all day long and into the night, including a Nativity Petting Zoo, a Kids Christmas Crafts area, and an art walk featuring local artists.

While the cards may be viewed during the day, the real magic happens Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The cards are huge (a combined painted surface area of over 3000 sq. feet). Each card depicts a different thematic scene from Christmas. As you visit each Granbury Living Christmas Card™, it will come to life with singers, actors, and dancers who interact with the audience.

A Christmas Carol - A Brian Clowdus Experience

Dec. 10 - Dec. 30 times vary

Brian Clowdus and his team are back in Granbury this holiday season with The Christmas Carol Experience. Get ready for the most haunting Christmas Carol yet, with audiences entering to find themselves guests at the funeral of Jacob Marley before following Ebenezer Scrooge on his quest to claim his inheritance and escape Marley’s fate. Funeral guests follow Scrooge on his journey of redemption and discover their own journey through the past, present, and future to learn that lightness and love will prevail and even the darkest of hearts can learn the true meaning of Christmas. This intimate immersive experience will be limited to 50 guests per show and is sure to sellout. Tickets can be purchased at BrianClowdus.com.

Celebrate, Chorus Concert

Thursday, Dec. 16

The Granbury Civic Chorus presents its Christmas concert, Celebrate, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. The program takes place at Acton United Methodist Church.