“Special guest” to visit Bullard during Christmas Parade and Christmas Kickoff celebrations Dec. 4


The streets of downtown Bullard will soon be filled with the holiday spirit, as the City of Bullard and Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Bullard Christmas Parade and third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff events 3-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4.

“We are so excited to now have the public relations and communications department at the City of Bullard to be able to have this as a city event, and to partner with the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce to put on this event and the parade,” said Chelci Amburgy, City of Bullard Director of Public Relations and Communications. “This year will be full of lots of fun activities, food, Santa, hot chocolate, vendors, a photo booth, and of course, the amazing parade. Mark your calendars because this is an event that you will not want to miss.”

The annual Christmas parade will feature several school organizations and clubs from Bullard Independent School District and The Brook Hill School, as well as local church groups and citywide organizations and entities, such as the Bullard Fire and Police Departments.

The parade will begin 6 p.m. at Panther Crossing and travel along School House Rd. and FM 344, before passing City Hall on Phillips St. and end on Tyler St.

Children on the floats will unload from the floats in front of City Hall, while floats will continue to Tyler St., turning right onto Rather St., and park in the parking lot of Bullard First United Methodist Church.

BACC welcomes all entries from the community, including service organizations, military organizations, school organizations, as well as marching groups, color guards, equestrians, and floats. No semi trucks, dump trucks, or recreational vehicle floats will be permitted. With the parade held at night, appropriate lighting is expected on all floats.

Attendees will also have the chance to catch a rare glimpse of a “special guest,” who is extremely busy-busy around the holiday season, but always seems to pay a visit to Bullard for the Christmas parade. According to reports, the “special guest” will be making a list and checking it twice, in an effort to find out who’s naughty and nice.

Registered parade participants are asked to be at BMS one hour before the parade begins. The order of the parade is predetermined by the BACC Parade Committee and will be assigned at check-in. Parade entry forms can be found at www.bullardtexas.net.

For more information about the annual Bullard Christmas Parade, contact Darla Lyons at (469) 964-9718 or at bullardchristmasparade@gmail.com.

The third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff event, a free event for the entire Bullard community, will also bring the spirit of Christmas to the city of Bullard, as the event is scheduled to be held 3-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, in downtown Bullard.

During the event, businesses, community organizations, and school organizations are invited to compete in the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest.

Trees for the Bullard Christmas Kickoff Christmas Tree Decorating Contest must be artificial and at least six-feet tall. They must have lights and weather friendly decorations, meaning no paper, glass or porcelain decorations. Trees will need to be tied down with wire or zip ties, while ornaments will need to be twist tied to branches on trees.

Trees must be set up at a designated area along the Bullard “four-way” anytime between Monday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 2, and must be taken down by Monday, Dec. 29. Prizes will be given for trees winning the designations of Most Original, Most Traditional, Most Religious, Most Kid Friendly, and Most Beautiful.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, contact Patty Taylor or Michelle Holcomb at (903) 894-8141.

Attendees to the event will also be able to visit Bullard Wonderland for fun games and activities, including a snow hill, snowball play area, bounce houses, and zip line.

In order to participate in the Bullard Wonderland events, participants must be wearing a free wristband, which they will receive by filling out a waiver at the event or by submitting the waiver online and picking up wristbands ahead of time at Bullard City Hall between Monday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., or at the designated spot during the event.

The third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff will feature a vendor bazaar area called “Mistletoe Market,” where community members can register prior to the event to sell merchandise and offer attendees the chance to participate in a holiday activity.

Food vendors will also be on site at the event, including Eat-A-Bite, Café 1948, Pokey-O’s, and Lupita’s Taco Truck. Inspections for food vendors will be done by the Northeast Texas Public Health District the day of the event.

During the third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff celebration, the “special guest” from the Christmas parade will be available for free photographs with children and children-at-heart inside of The North Pole, with traditional favorites such as cookies and hot chocolate also included. Digital copies of pictures inside of The North Pole will be free, while prints will be available for a small fee.

Musical entertainment will also be a part of the third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff, performing a number of Christmas-themed musical selections from 3-6 p.m. Afterwards, the atmosphere of the event will be filled with recorded Christmas selections.

Currently, the City of Bullard is still looking for sponsors for the event. Deadline for sponsorship applications to be submitted is Wednesday, Nov. 22. Also, volunteers and schools groups looking to fulfill community service hours are encouraged to sign up.

“The City of Bullard is ecstatic to be hosting the third annual Christmas Kickoff,” said Amburgy. “With the continued growth that we have seen this event take, we are looking forward to providing yet another fun, and family oriented event for the East Texas Community, in the holiday spirit. We are hoping that all of the boys and girls have not been naughty, but instead been nice, because we have a surprise treat for them, that will be a real delight. We look forward to seeing everyone there to kick off this joyous holiday season as a community.”

For more information about the annual Bullard Christmas Parade and third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff, contact Amburgy at events@bullardtexas.net or call (903) 894-7223, ext. 105.


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