Ever since 2009, the city of Anna and the Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to bring the people of Anna a yearly Christmas parade. This year the annual parade will be held Dec. 10 with events planned for everyone.

Guests can expect to have a fun time in downtown Anna, which will open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the parade activities. There will be vendors selling items such as popcorn and other treats. Ashley Walker, who sang the National Anthem at the 2016 Anna Glowfest, and guitarist Randy Hopper will be performing Christmas music.

The theme for the 2016 Christmas parade is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” With that in mind, attendees should be on the lookout for 12 drummers drumming, or nine ladies dancing. The parade itself will consist of various floats including horses, people riding in trucks and trailers, school bands performing, as well as others walking in the parade and handing out candy. At noon, the parade starts from Anna Middle School then heads south of Hwy 5, turns east on 4thSt. through downtown then ends at the Anna ISD Early Childhood Center. If anyone is interested in being part of the parade, the deadline for a float application is Dec. 2. Applications can be found on the chamber website at www.greaterannachamber.com), or by emailingthe Chamber at info@GreaterAnnaChamber.com or by calling 972-924-8533.

Of course, what may be most exciting for children is a visit to Santa Land where Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance. Santa Land opens at 1 p.m. at the Crow’s Country Café, and the Claus’s will be on hand to take pictures with all the good boys and girls. They will also be handing out some tasty treats.

Kevin Hall, executive director of the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce, recognized the importance this event has on the community.

“The Anna Christmas Parade is one of the three annual public events that the Chamber heads up for our city,” Hall says. “This festival is important because it brings out the best in all of us. From the smiling faces of the kids, and even adults, when Santa Claus rides through the parade, to the joy of being together celebrating the season of giving by handing out candy to the festival participants. We look forward each year to the community spirit of our small, but growing town.”