Mansfield kicks off the holiday season the first weekend in December with days full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Continue reading for a detailed breakdown of each event. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook to stay in the loop for additional announcements and to invite your friends to join in the fun!
Join us for this annual city tradition. It’s a FREE fun-filled, family festival to celebrate the kickoff of December holidays, complete with ice sledding, food, petting zoo, crafts and of course, Santa Claus. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be located in their little house in front of City Hall and, as always, are completely free to visit. Bring your own camera to capture all the sweet magic. The popular Holiday Market has moved outside so you can shop for unique gifts without missing any of the fun. New this year, visit the Grinch Goo Station to make holiday-themed slime. Little ones who need a break can head inside the Mansfield Activities Center to watch a movie on our big screen, PJ Masks’ Hello Christmas. All guests can enjoy watching an artist create an ice sculpture on site with just a chain saw, then buy a s’mores kit to roast your own sweet snack at our giant fire pit. No penguins this year, but we do have a stage full of local performers with holiday songs, dances and entertainment to keep the mood festive and energetic. We’ll light the city Christmas tree at around 6:30 p.m. and then enjoy a stunning fireworks show to cap it all off.
The Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K is an annual fun run/walk hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield during Mansfield’s Hometown Holidays Festival. Registration is $25 through Nov. 19; $30 after that. The Kiwanis Club of Mansfield is a community service organization dedicated to improving the lives of Children in Mansfield and around the world.
Get your seats early for the Hometown Holidays Parade and enjoy a FREE performance of Annie Jr. right in the middle of Main Street. The talented performers from Music Place Mansfield will give parade viewers an exclusive show starting right at noon. If you can’t make the parade or want a warmer showing, check out any of their other performances at Farr Best Theater in Historic Downtown Mansfield throughout December.
Join us as we honor our Hometown Heroes in our 2017 Hometown Holidays Parade. The event begins promptly at 2 p.m. (but come early to see a live performance of Annie Jr on Main Street) and will loop Historic Downtown Mansfield. The parade is free, although food vendors will be on site to offer yummy treats for purchase to enjoy during the festivities. Applications for parade participation will be accepted until Nov. 17. Those interested should click here for more information and an online application.
Singer/songwriter Amos Lee will be in concert as part of Hometown Holidays weekend with a very special show that not only benefits MISD arts, but will feature a student performers and musicians. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase.
Check out some of Mansfield’s most beautifully decorated homes all decked out for the holidays on this annual tour, sponsored by the Mansfield Women’s Club. Tickets are $25 and benefit the health, welfare & education of women and children in our area through Mansfield Women’s Club 501 C(3) non-profit. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Tom Thumb U.S. 287 at Walnut Creek Drive or at Poured, 1601 E Debbie Lane. For more information, visit www.mansfieldwomensclub.com.