Henderson will kickoff the Christmas season with its annual tree lighting and Christmas parade Thursday.
Santa Claus will make his debut during the parade and will settle in his house downtown on Dec. 6.
The Henderson Christmas Parade will begin with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. in Heritage Square. Vietnam veteran Don Easley will be lighting the tree this year. The parade will then begin downtown at 6:30 p.m.
The Thursday night parade, sponsored by the City of Henderson and the Rotary Club of Henderson, will not incorporate a specific theme this year to allow entries to attend other local parades.
Traditionally the parade is held on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving, barring inclement weather. A rain date has been set for Dec. 6 if needed, but attendees can expect cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s Thursday evening.
This year’s parade will feature around 70 entries with one of them being Santa.
Henderson’s Santa House has been in Heritage Square since 1988. All children are invited to visit Santa and let him know what they want for Christmas this year.
He will be in his house on the following dates and times: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7; 1-6 p.m. Dec. 8; 4-7 p.m. Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20, 21; 1-7 p.m. Dec. 22.
Santa’s last day for photos and Christmas wishes before heading back to the North Pole will be Dec. 22.