Christmas activities rescheduled for this weekend

santaWith the ice storm of 2013 behind us, it’s time to get in the Christmas spirit. Luckily there is much to do this weekend (especially since so many events last weekend had to be rescheduled).

First on Saturday morning there is “Santa Paws for a Cause” a one mile Dog Parade in downtown Paris at 10am. The Parade is benefiting the Lamar County Humane Association and the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Pre-parade activities begin at 8:30 a.m with a “Bone-a- petite” breakfast  of a Schlotsky’s mini cinnabon and coffee to satisfy a growling stomach, benefiting the Lamar County Humane Association.

Lifestyle Photography will take “pawtraits” with Santa Clause  for $3 ( free to all parade entrants). Create your personalized “pet prints” ornaments, benefiting the Salvation Army. Dogs and masters can try out the Ruff Rally Challenge Course, sponsored by Bar Lo Kennels. A professional dog trainer will be on site. Parade line up begins at 9:45 a.m. Prizes will be handed out for  best dressed holiday dog, best dressed master dog duo, most talented dog, and best float, with prizes sponsored by PETCO.  All dogs and their owners must register before entering the Parade of Champions. All dogs must be current on their vaccinations.

All parade entrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and dog bandana while supplies last. Floats are encouraged, (non-motorized) or owners may decide just “Strut their Mutt.”  For more information on how to join the parade, please contact City of Paris Main Street Coordinator Cheri Bedford, 903-784-9293 or email Visit and download an entry form to enter the parade of champion pooches. Cost: $20  thru Friday December 13th at noon, $25 on December 14th.

After the Dog Parade, head down Church Street for the 9th annual “Christmas with Santa” (which makes me feel very old since I was involved with the very first one) which will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Central Presbyterian Day School, 309 S. Church St. Activities include refreshments, storytime, games, crafts, pictures with Santa & a silent auction. Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit Central Presbyterian Day School. For more information contact Shalina Ramirez-Melton at 903-272-2962 or email

Also rescheduled from last weekend is the 24th Annual Christmas in Fair Park, sponsored by Red River Valley Fair Association.  The event and parking are free and it will be open Friday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and on Saturday from
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  There will be lots to do for the whole family at the Lamar County Fairgrounds.

Finally, be sure to catch the final weekend of the Christmas musical “Annie” at the Paris Community Theatre. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and on Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets can be reserved (hurry, they’re going fast) by calling 903-784-0259 or at the PCT Box Office, open weekdays 10am-3pm. Or you can purchase tickets online at

And of course Santa should be back in his hut, ready to take Christmas wishes and wants and decide whose naughty or nice.

So as the ice melts, out comes the holiday spirit and good cheer!

Merry Christmas!

From one mom to another,

Jenny Wilson

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