• 2018 Whistle Stop Christmas

Dreaming of a Bright Christmas

2018 Whistle Stop Christmas

In Case of Rain

Inclement weather plan

In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 1:00pm (rather than noon) on Friday, Dec. 7th.   The parade will be rescheduled to Sunday evening, December 9th. Same time, same place, same program.   An email will be sent to Chamber email lists at 1:15 or so on Friday in either case.   Announcements will also appear on the Chamber, WhistleStop, and Visit Cleburne Facebook pages, the front page of the Chamber website, and WhistleStopChristmas.com. Stay tuned!

Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 7, 2018

Come out and enjoy the Lighted Christmas Parade in Downtown Cleburne on Dec.7. After the parade, the celebration continues at Johnson County Market Square with food & gift vendors and a special visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus. In addition to the parade, don’t miss all the other fun activities during this popular Cleburne holiday celebration. 

Live Christmas Entertainment

Throughout the holiday season, both of Cleburne's live theater groups will be presenting holiday plays. Cleburne Carnegie Players presents "The Homecoming" (the original novel by Earl Hamner, Jr. was inspiration for the much loved television series "The Waltons") at the Cleburne Conference Center.  Plaza Theatre Company is presenting Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Songbird Live presents "Keene Worship Choir" at 7:30 p.m.

The Brazos Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert is on Dec. 11th at 7:30 p.m. at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne.
*See schedule of events for times and locations

The Whistle Stop Christmas celebration promises to turn the most hardened Grinch and Scrooge into the jolliest of Kris Kringles. Mark your calendars and enjoy the holidays with us!

Parade Information

2018 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade

Theme: .................................“Dreaming of a Bright Christmas”
Date: ..................................... Friday, December 7, 2018
Parade Staging at.................. Hulen Park
Scheduled to begin at .......... 6:30 PM
Entry Fee: ............................ $35
Entry Deadline: .................... Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Entries will be limited to 100 and will be accepted by decision of Cleburne Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Please review the rules of conduct before submitting an application.

Vendor Form Parade Float Application Parade Route Info

Plaza Theatre Company at Dudley Hall presents: “A Christmas Carol”

Fri - Nov 16, 2018 to Sat - Dec 22, 2018

  • November 16th – December 22nd
  • (Shows on Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sat. Matinee)

For tickets & show information

Plaza Theatre Company Main St. presents “Plaza Holiday FamJams”

Fri - Nov 30, 2018 to Fri - Dec 21, 2018

  • November 30th – December 21st
  • (shows on Fridays)

For tickets & show information

Carnegie Players present “The Homecoming”

Fri - Nov 30, 2018 to Sun - Dec 09, 2018

  • November 30th – December 9th
  • (Shows on Fri., Sat., & Sun.)

For tickets & show information

Christmas House

Sat - Dec 01, 2018

  • Wright Plaza
  • 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Hosted by Hearts of Gold King’s Daughters

Downtown Divas & Dudes present “Sip, Shop & Stroll”

Thu - Dec 06, 2018

Lighted Christmas Parade

Fri - Dec 07, 2018

  • Downtown Parade begins at 6:30pm
  • Vendors on site 5pm -9pm
  • Living Nativity Scene presented by First Baptist Church of Cleburne
  • Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus
  • ($3 to use your personal camera or smartphone)

Songbird Live “Keene Worship 100-piece Choir”

Sat - Dec 08, 2018 to Fri - Dec 21, 2018

For tickets & show information

Candlewalk Tour of Homes

Sat - Dec 08, 2018

  • 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • For tickets & information call (817) 645-0940

Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Sat - Dec 08, 2018

  • St. Mark United Methodist Church
  • 8:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Hosted by Cleburne Kiwanis Club
  • “Santa House” hosted by Campfire Tesuya

Plaza Jr. presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Sat - Dec 08, 2018 to Sat - Dec 29, 2018

  • December 8th – 29th
  • (shows on Tuesdays & Saturdays)

For tickets & show information

Brazos Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert

Tue - Dec 11, 2018

2018 Whistle Stop Christmas Sponsors