Old Fashioned Christmas, December 2nd

Mark your calendars for December 2nd in Van Alstyne! With it being our 150th Anniversary, the theme for this year’s holiday events is “Old Fashioned Christmas” and we are kicking off the holiday season in a BIG way! The Van Alstyne Christmas Parade through downtown will kick off the festivities at 2pm as well as a Christmas Market on Marshall.

Register to participate in the parade here. There will be three categories for awards this year.
1.) Best of the Best
2.) Best use of the theme (“Old Fashioned Christmas”)
3.) Best Holiday Spirit

You can also find a Christmas Market and DJ on Marshall Street, face painting, bounce house and slide, photos with all of your favorite Christmas characters and then join us for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm at the Central Social District Park.


There will also be live performances in the Central Social District Park starting at 5:30 by the VAHS Choir, VAHS Band, Certain Music, Rogers Martial Arts and Fierce Motions in Dance. And if you think we’ve forgot about the big guy, you’re mistaken! Santa & Mrs. Claus will be in attendance for free photos as well from 2-5:30.

In addition to our wonderful December 2nd activities, we hope our entire community will participate and help decorate our incredible town for this year’s holiday season.  Van Alstyne Parks and Recreation department is hosting a Decorating Contest and we invite all Van Alstyne homes & businesses to participate by submitting a photo of their home/business decorated for the ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ theme. Submit a photo by emailing it with your address to khessel@cityofvanalstyne.us by December 14th.  Voting will take place on the Van Alstyne Parks & Recreation Facebook page and the photo with the most ‘likes’ wins! Winner will get a $50 Visa gift card.


Crystal DeBacker
Media Coordinator
City of Van Alstyne