The Sherman City Council recently received an update on plans for the city’s annual Christmas Parade and Snowflake Festival next month.


The update came as part of a request to temporarily close streets for the event on Dec. 2, which is the first Saturday of the month. The request was approved unanimously by the council.


“We’ll do the same parade route and lineup for the parade (as last year),” Tourism/Main Street Manager Sarah McRae said, telling the council that they and their families are invited to ride in the parade on the city’s antique fire truck. “We are starting the Snowflake Festival just a little bit later in the day this year, we’re starting it at 2 p.m.”


McRae explained the later start time means it’ll be more like preparade festivities than a day of shopping with vendors.


“We will still have that available but it’s really more of a celebration leading up to the parade,” she said. “We will have free pictures with Santa from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and this big beautiful bounce house that’s themed for the event.”


McRae said the festival will also have a band playing on the courthouse steps during the day before the tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by the parade at 6 p.m.


The council also approved a make-up date of Dec. 8, which is the following Friday, should the festival and parade get rained out, though McRae expressed confidence that it would not rain this year like it did last year.


“Plan A is happening,” she said.


The parade route will begin on Mulberry Street going west before turning south onto Travis. The parade will then turn west on Lamar Street and north on Crockett Street before ending at the corner of Washington Street and Crockett Street. Set up for the Snowflake Festival will begin at 12:30 on the day of the event.


Following the approval of the street closures for the Snowflake Festival, the council also approved a request to close certain streets for the Beat the Heat 5K Run/Walk, which will be held April 28, to be hosted by the Grayson Honors College and Grayson County Law Enforcement Association.