Don’t miss the 2018 12th Day of Christmas Parade in Downtown Rowlett on Saturday, Dec. 8! The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Herfurth Park and wind through the streets of beautiful Downtown Rowlett. Lots of holiday activities will start prior to the parade at 5 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the parade for the announcement of the parade winners as well as pictures with Santa!
Rockwall Helping Hands Christmas Toy Drive is in full swing, with over 825 kids already registered!
Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the following locations: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Royse City Police Department, Rockwall County Library, Half Price Books Rockwall, Royse City City Hall, Heath City Hall, Texas Health Rockwall – North ER, and Rockwall City Hall.
The last day to drop off toys will be Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Helping Hands will distribute the toys to local children in need on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rockwall ISD Administration Building gymnasium. Join in the fun by volunteering to help families as they select Christmas toys for their children. Children/students ages 10-18 may participate if accompanied by an adult (only one child/student per registered adult please!). Sign up to volunteer at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c49aba92ca1fe3-2018.
Celebrate the holidays at the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront on Saturday, Dec. 1! Bring the kids for pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts, Letters to Santa, warm cookies, hot cocoa and coffee bar.
Rockwall’s Hometown Christmas celebration will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in historic downtown Rockwall. The day begins at 9 a.m. with the Kiwanis Christmas parade, followed by holiday festivities in the square. Tree lighting ceremony on the lawn of City Hall from 6 to 8 p.m., craft making in Santa’s workshop, free cookies, and Santa.
The City of Heath Special Events Board presents a hometown holiday celebration 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Towne Center Park with food, fun, and Santa. Enjoy food trucks, complimentary Christmas cookies and hot cocoa. The event includes a Christmas tree lighting featuring a countdown with the crowd as the City “flips the switch” on its beautiful Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. The program will also feature musical performances by the Amy Parks, Dorothy Pullen and Linda Lyon Elementary School Honor Choirs, plus the Cain Middle School Band and Orchestra.
The Church RC is celebrating the week before Christmas with a pajama party during both Sunday services at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (kids 5th grade & younger). Visit rcchristmas.com for more details and information.
The Rockwall High School theater group led by Ms. Leigh Shelton and at the request of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation will be presenting two equal performances, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, of “The Christmas Truce” at the RHS Main Stage Theater (901 W. Yellow Jacket Lane).
Admission is $20 per person for adults and $5 per person for students. This play reminds us of the true encounter of the German and British forces on Christmas Eve, 1914 as we honor the centennial year of World War I, “the war that changed the world.”
The Church RC is riding into the month of December on a magical Christmas train! Kids in the 5th grade and younger will have a chance to ride the Christmas train during Sunday services at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Save the date for Santa! He’s coming to the City of Heath’s Annual Holiday in the Park hosted in Towne Center Park on December 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
All the sights and sounds of the season await Santa including the Christmas Tree lighting, music and complimentary hot cocoa, coffee and cookies. There will also be food trucks, children’s activities and miniature train rides.
The 2017 Helping Hands Festival of Trees will begin Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. with a bevy of Christmas shoppers flooding the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront hotel to kickoff their holiday shopping with touring and purchasing the amazing re-purposed items, Christmas trees and decorated wreaths. It is a magical, festive event as the community comes together once again in the spirit of this wonderful holiday season for a common cause — the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate of our community.
Highlighting the event will be the Re-purpose Challenge & Donated Decorative Trees & Wreaths! Dozens of creative, re-purposed and recreated items will be for sale made by local area artists. These special productions will be intertwined among decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. All items are donated by local businesses and organizations. From elegant to whimsical, the one-of-a-kind pieces, trees and wreaths combined with live holiday entertainment create a beautiful holiday setting you won’t want to miss.
Back by popular demand, the Boutique of Helping Hands will set aside a special area selling the best of the best donated merchandise at low prices.
As the day turns into night on Nov. 11, so will begin the gala which includes a live auction, the raffle of an exquisite item and much more! Doors open at 6 p.m. with a Cocktail Hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Register for the gala at rockwallhelpinghands.com/festivaloftrees/.
First Christian Church Rockwall, 3375 Ridge Road, will re-enact the Christmas nativity story for the public with a costumed cast of all ages performing every 20-30 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, followed by caroling led by the church choir. Children will also be able to pet sheep, goats, a donkey and a llama. Guests may also enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while viewing a collection of nativity scenes inside the church.
Get a great workout in before the holidays with Zumba instructor Devanny!
Wear your best ugly Christmas t-shirt as you sculpt your body with simple Latin dance steps, and interval training for a fun filled rhythmic workout. A prize will be awarded for the best ugly Christmas t-shirt! Fee: $10 pre-register / $15 at the door.
Join the City of Heath for another spectacular Holiday in the Park, hosted in Towne Center Park on Friday, December 2 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Count down with the crowd as the City “flips the switch” on its beautiful Christmas Tree at 7 p.m. The program will feature the sweet sounds of the Amy Parks and Dorothy Pullen Elementary School Honor Choirs, plus the exciting tunes of the Rockwall-Heath High School Jazz Band.
- Have dinner in the Winter Village, featuring food trucks, a cozy outdoor dining area warmed by holiday lights, rides on two miniature trains, activity booths for the kids including a Christmas craft presented by Arstream Mobile Art Studio, and a holiday photo booth, sponsored by Milestone Electric. Be sure to get there in time to hear the amazing Cain Middle School Orchestra serenade diners from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
- Warm up with complimentary hot cocoa and coffee throughout the evening, while Mrs. Claus and her elves serve complimentary Christmas cookies, home baked and donated by the National Charity League and Rockwall Women’s League.
- Tis’ the season to give, so Rockwall County Helping Hands’ elves will also be onsite to collect your new unwrapped toys or cash contributions for those kiddos who could use your cheer this year.
- Treat yourself to a stop at the Heath Holiday Shoppe, where you can purchase the Second Edition 2016 Heath Christmas Ornament and Spirit Wear T-shirt.
- Of course, the star of the evening is Santa. After his grand arrival during the Christmas Tree Lighting program, he will visit with each child in his vintage sleigh, nestled in a picture perfect scene. Be sure to bring the cameras and dress for the weather!
Host Sponsor: Lakeside Chevrolet
Presenting sponsors are: American National Bank; Atmos Energy; Artstream Mobile Art Studio; Dental Professionals of Rockwall; Horton & Archibald/Allegiance Title; Heath Salon & Spa; LiechtyMcGinnisBerrymanBowen Attorneys & Counselors; North Texas Orthopaedic Specialists; Rockwall Cycling; Play-Tri; and Suddenlink.
Supporting sponsors are: Juice It Up; Justin Holland/Regal, Realtors; Oncor; Pabian Partners, Inc.; Pool Rescue; Shannon’s Farms; Smoothie King; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital; Urban Air Trampoline Park; and Karen Wydra/Ebby Halliday, Realtors.
The 2016 Helping Hands Festival of Trees will begin November 18th and 19th at 10 am, with tons of folks getting into the holiday spirit at The Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront as they browse the many different Christmas trees and wreaths. The annual event benefits Rockwall County Helping Hands – a non-profit agency that helps keep families in crisis in their homes with the utilities on and nutritious food on their tables, and its Health Center offers basic affordable medical care.
Dozens of donated trees by local businesses and organizations will be on display, and the Boutique of Helping Hands will set aside a special area selling donated merchandise at low prices. New this year will be a Clearance sale on Nov. 20 until noon. November 19 will bring the gala which includes a live auction, the raffle of an exquisite item and much more!
Helping Hands will also be collecting toys and gift cards to make a special Christmas for Rockwall children in need.