Update ꟷ Celebrate the Holiday Season in Carrollton
The City of Carrollton has a festive lineup of socially-distanced, holiday fun and invites all residents to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. This year’s activities are especially designed with safety in mind.
The annual Santa on the Square event has moved to be mostly virtual, but there are still many exciting activities planned. The fun starts early with a pre-event mobile scavenger hunt and a virtual ugly sweater contest beginning Saturday, November 28. A complete list of virtual activities is listed below, and kids, remember to send your letters to the North Pole. Santa placed a mailbox in Downtown Carrollton through Tuesday, December 8 to make sure he receives your requests.
A few of Santa’s elves have also set up shop at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum where photo opportunities abound, and the fun won’t stop until school break is over in January. Pick up a Grab & Go Kit of activities during the Library’s Twelve Days of Winter Break and don’t miss the Winter Reading Challenge for all ages beginning Monday, December 21.
CHRISTMAS AT THE A.W. PERRY HOMESTEAD MUSEUM – FREE
The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (1509 N. Perry Road) will be decorated in traditional Victorian fashion and will open after hours on Thursday, December 10 and 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. Individuals and families can tour the Perry Homestead and experience the holiday spirit in festive lights and decorations. Children will receive a goody bag.
Don’t tell anyone, but the staff at the Perry Museum received a call for assistance from Santa Claus, and the North Pole have turned a few rooms of the Perry Homestead into workshop areas. In return, the elves decorated Pearl Perry Gravley Park with lights for some unique photo opportunities. Bring the whole family to stroll through the Museum grounds and see how the staff at the Perry is helping the elves get Santa ready for his big night.
The evening is divided into 15, 5-minute sessions. The first session begins at 5:35 p.m. and the last starts at 7:55 p.m. One person signs up for the household and indicates the number of people attending. There is a maximum of 10 per household. Preregistration is required at form.jotform.com/203234771156149.
SANTA ON THE SQUARE – FREE
Carrollton's annual Santa on the Square (SOTS) event is from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. All City of Carrollton programs and events are offered with the community’s health and safety top of mind.
Mobile Scavenger Hunt ꟷ Don’t wait to enjoy the fun. Access the Santa on the Square Scavenger Hunt beginning Saturday, November 28 at 4:30 p.m. through December 5 at 4 p.m. Download the Scavify app for iOS or Android devices, grab the whole family, and travel through Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street) following clues, searching for holiday items to complete the adventure. On December 5, show the completed hunt on your mobile device at the Carrollton table by 4 p.m. to receive a prize.
Ugly Sweater Contest ꟷ VIRTUAL ꟷ Dust off the box under the bed and get ready to show off that ugly sweater. Beginning Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4, submit a photo of yourself in your best ugly sweater at form.jotform.com/203075153129146. (Note: The link will not be active until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 28). Photos will be posted to Carrollton’s Downtown Facebook page @historicdowntowncarrollton on Saturday, December 5 for a chance to win a weekend night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Dallas in Carrollton. A winner will be announced the day of the event.
Virtual Visit with Santa ꟷ All the time slots have been filled for webcam visits. Santa was only able to fit a limited number of visits into his schedule, but Santa can still be reached by placing Christmas letters in the mailbox on the Square through Tuesday, December 8.
Christmas Craft To Go ꟷ Pick up a Christmas craft kit to take home. Kits will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 in Historic Downtown Carrollton. While there, take advantage of a socially distanced Christmas photo opportunity with a life-size picture frame and the Downtown Gazebo, Carrollton’s Christmas tree, or a live reindeer.
The kids will need activities to keep them busy during the winter break, so let the Carrollton Public Library supply some fun. Different activities will be available via two Grab & Go Kits, each of which will contain one activity for each day from Monday, December 21 through Monday, January 4. Stop by either the Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) or the Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) to pick up the 12 Days Grab & Go Kits for school-aged children. The kit for the first week can be picked up beginning Monday, December 21 and the kit for the second week of activities can be picked up on Monday, December 28.
LIBRARY WINTER READING CHALLENGE
Readers of all ages can engage in a reading challenge from the Carrollton Public Library during those slow winter months when a good book can mean taking part in an adventure without leaving the comfort of a cozy chair. Participants will be divided into age groups; a small prize will be given for completing goals; and entries will be given for one drawing per age-group at the end of the challenge. The challenge runs from Monday, December 21 through Sunday, February 21. Register at carrolltonlibrary.readsquared.com beginning Tuesday, December 1.
Due to COVID-19 limitations, Carrollton’s popular Photos with Santa, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Downtown Santa Dash, the Harry Potter Yule Ball, and Winter Wonderland, along with the Brookhaven Bell Choir Concert, and the Carrollton Wind Symphony Holiday Concert have all been cancelled.
Residents are reminded to follow the State’s guidelines regarding gathering sizes, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Governor Abbott said, “Large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of group gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe.”
Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and should stay at home as much as possible. Large gatherings, even those held outside, pose a significant risk to this population.
The City encourages everyone to consider safety when planning Christmas activities. If you plan on visiting a friend or relative, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and make sure to wash hands frequently.
For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/calendar.