Christmas Under the Stars Festival & Parade

The 2018 Christmas season will be upon us faster than you know it and this year marks the 10th anniversary of our Christmas Under the Stars Parade and Festival.

Christmas Under the Stars includes three days of holiday activities starting with a lighted Christmas Parade on the 6th, followed by two days of festival activities on the 7th and 8th at the Depot Plaza and the Lehnis Railroad Museum.

Everyone’s favorite funnel cakes and hot chocolate will be available, and kids will be able to build crosses, decorate ornaments, and cookies. The kiddos can also stay busy with a giant inflatable snow slide, holiday train demos, live entertainment, and mini-train rides.

This year will also include the Treats for Santa Competition and Big Wheel Races for kids and adults.

The big addition to this year’s event will be—SNOW!

Please thank these sponsors for making this festival possible: Brownwood Regional Medical Center, United Supermarkets, Citizens National Bank, McCoy’s Building Supply, Brownwood Women’s Clinic, Brookshire’s and Landmark Life.

Parade sponsored by Texas Rock Crusher Railway

Big Wheel Races sponsored by Matthew Williams – State Farm and Sonic Drive-In.


This year’s parade is sponsored by Texas Rock Crusher Railway and will be held on Thursday, December 6th beginning at 6:30 PM in Downtown Brownwood.

The parade is open to floats, vehicles, walkers, horses, classic cars, marching bands and more.  Cost to enter the parade is $10 per entry.  The parade is limited to 100 entries each year.

The Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade will kick off a weekend of holiday events at the Depot Plaza including the 10th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival on Friday December, 7th and Saturday, December 8th sponsored by Brownwood Regional Medical Center.  The festival will  include Santa Claus, “snow mountain,” kids activities, carriage rides, big wheel races and more.

Click HERE to view the parade map.

To download an application click HERE or for more information about the parade or festival, contact the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535

Big Wheel Races
Big Wheel Races return to this year’s Christmas Under the Stars Festival.  Kids and adults can enjoy races on one of the great Christmas gifts of pastime.

Races will be held during both nights of the festival – Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th from 4-8 PM.   Riders can race head-to-head and there will be big wheels available for adults and kids.

Treats For Santa

Santa likes his treats, and area bakers can enter the contest to show off their skills in several categories including pies, cakes, bars/brownies, cookies, bread/rolls, and muffins.

The contest will take place on the second day of the festival, Saturday, December 8th. Baked goods will only be accepted on Saturday, December 8th from 3-4 PM at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and judging will begin at 4:30 PM.

Scoring for each treat will be based on taste, appearance and originality.

After judging, the entries will be moved to the Depot Civic and Cultural Center near Santa Claus for display and to sell samples to the public.

For 2018, the Treats for Santa competition will be free to enter.