The first weekend of December will be jam packed with activities. From holiday events and sales to home tours, this weekend will be have events for the whole family to do. Sherman will host its annual Christmas parade and festival this weekend, Bonham will have two holiday small business markets, and Denison and Whitesboro will both host home tours that are sure to be decorated for the season. Here are five events to enjoy for the first week of December.


1. Country Christmas


The city of Sherman will be lighting the downtown Christmas trees this weekend. The annual Snowflake Festival begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Grayson County Courthouse Square. Free pictures with Santa will be held from 3-5 p.m. The square will also have shopping specials, food and beverage vendors, a themed bounce house for children, live music, caroling, and the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree. The parade begins at 6 p.m. The theme is “Country Christmas” and the 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 and Crockett streets.


2. Jingle bells


A Touch of Rust “The Jingle Market” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fannin County Multi-Purpose Complex, 700 Fm 87, Bonham. A Touch of Ruse will host an eclectic market with local creative and unique vendors offering handcrafted, artisan, vintage, repurposed, retro decor, bo-ho clothing, jewelry, candles, glass art and more. This is a one-day show.


3. A tour of lofts


Visit 11 historic lofts within Denison’s downtown during the self-guided walking tour, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. You will see spaces in varying stages of development, and even get to visit the Barrett Loft. Tickets are $10 per person in advance $15 the day of the tour. They can be purchased at Vintage Mercantile, Two Chicks Home & Market, Rust Or Bust Boutique, Rugs and Stuff By Nitia, Downtown Exchange, Main Street Mall, and Tea for Two. The city of Denison is also hosting “Imagine The Possibilities,” a vacant building tour. You can visit downtown buildings and imagine what you would do with the space. Not all spaces are handicapped accessible and the tour is best suited for adults.


4. Previewing homes


The History Club of Whitesboro will sponsor a tour of homes from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 to raise money for scholarship for Whitesboro seniors. Tickets for this annual event are $15 and may be purchased at LoveJoy’s on Main Street or any location on the tour. Ahead of the five-house tour will be a brunch at LoveJoy’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The homes on the tour are located in Gordonville at 788 Pine Grove Road and in Whitesboro at 21867 Highway 377 North, 751 Ferguson Road, 2507 Jolinda Lane 217 West Main Street.


5. Holiday gifts


The Creative Arts Center of Bonham’s annual grand bazaar, “Sweets, Spirits and Sparkles” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center located at 200 W. Fifth Street in Bonham. This year’s bazaar was moved to a daytime event to give patrons more opportunities to take advantage of the concentration of Christmas gifts that artists and artisans have brought to sell. This year, there will be jewelers, photographers, glass and wood art, handmade soaps and lotions, Christmas ornaments and more. This small business event has no admission fee and 20 percent of the total sales from the event will go towards the art center’s classes, programs, and activities.


For more information on area events or to submit an event, visit heralddemocrat.eviesays.com.