Running on the heels and momentum of Sherman’s Lights on the Lake event this week, the city of Sherman will be hosting its annual Christmas in July Festival this weekend. The event will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Grayson County Courthouse.

About 65 area businesses will have booths at the event.

“Everyone will be providing an activity for children,” Sherman Tourism/Main Street Manager Sarah McRae said. “There will be very little that will cost to families. There will be a few food vendors on site that people will have to pay to eat at if they would like some lunch.”

Glitzy Girls Boutique will be providing free snow cones via their food truck, McRae said. There will also be a bounce house and slide. And a train will be providing rides about the perimeter on the square.

“Last year, we estimate that about 400 families came out with their children,” McRae said. “This is not a 10,000 person festival like the ‘Lights on the Lake’ event. The event is really for children 12 years and younger with their parents.”

Local bands will also be performing at “Christmas in July.”

“We will have the same family band that played last year,” McRae said. “They play bluegrass. We will also have a bag pipe band.”

The Saturday event will kick off with a bicycle parade. McRae said children who participate in the parade will receive ribbons and awards for various things.

“We love having one more option for people to get out and enjoy downtown,” McRae said. “This is another chance for local businesses to showcase the different children’s activities that they offer. We have about 15 places that are store fronts or brick and mortars that will be offering things inside the store for children on Saturday.”

McRae also said some stores will be having open house events on Travis Street.

“We also have a farmer’s market that is open Saturday mornings on Houston Street,” she said. “Sherman Fire will be on site with their truck so children can see it and touch it. The Texoma Regional Blood Bank’s bloodmobile will be there in case any adults would like to donate some blood. There will just be all sorts of groups participating.”