The holiday season is here and the fun doesn’t stop after Thanksgiving when SPARD and the Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Holly Jolly Christmas event from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in downtown Stephenville.

The festive night will include the official lighting of the Christmas tree, pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, hay rides, carolers and choirs, dance and tumbling performances, cookie decorating, Christmas crafts and games, holiday gift vendors and letters to Santa.

“Holly Jolly Christmas is a great event that brings our community together during this special time of year,” said Mayor Kenny Weldon.

Kids can once again write letters to Santa at the Stephenville Public Library the day of Holly Jolly through Dec. 12.

“They will receive a return letter from the North Pole,” said library director Mary Meredith.

Library Children’s Programing Coordinator Cathy Paulino added, “Kids love making their Christmas wish lists and we enjoy our ‘elfish’ role helping get those important letters to Santa.”

Weldon, with help from kids of Foster’s Home for Children, will light the big Christmas tree.

“It is very special to live in a community where friends and families come together to celebrate and the Chamber of Commerce, downtown merchants and civic organizations combine to make it a fantastic evening around the downtown square,” Weldon said. “It is also very special to get help from the awesome kids from Foster’s Home to help me light the Christmas tree.”