BONHAM ­— Thie city of Bonham will welcome the holiday season this weekend with a festival and parade, a big part of which is the city’s abundance of Christmas decorations.

BONHAM ­— Thie city of Bonham will welcome the holiday season this weekend with a festival and parade, a big part of which is the city’s abundance of Christmas decorations.


The decorations include 16 Christmas trees, a 22-foot tree made with colored lights, 8-foot wreaths on the courthouse and garlands on 60 ornamental lamps, among others. The square is the main area that is decorated.


"We have more decorations than you’ll see in Sherman, Denison and Paris," said city of Bonham parks director Larry Shockley.


In years past, Shockley said he has gone to both the Sherman and the Denison superstores and bought their entire stock of Christmas lights.


Street lamps decorated with strings of lights and smaller decorations are currently lit. Larger decorations located at the courthouse will not be lit until the official lighting ceremony this Saturday, said Louise Gandert, executive assistant of the Bonham Visitors Center.


The lighting ceremony is part of an all-day Christmas celebration that includes a parade, food and gift vendors and other attractions. Bonham residents take pride in the lights and the celebration, which is usually well-attended, Gandert said.


The Bonham Parks Department took over the decorations from the Chamber of Commerce three years ago. Each year the Department tries to introduce something new to the decorations. The new addition this year is an 18-foot live Christmas tree that children will be able to decorate this weekend at the Bonham Chamber Christmas Parade.


Usually the city allocates $2,500 of its budget to the Parks Department for the Christmas decorations. Bonham’s new city manager was unaware that of this, so this year Shockley took money from his own budget for the decorations.