On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Prosper’s downtown area will become winter wonderland as the eighth annual Prosper Christmas Festival takes place. Historic downtown Prosper will be transformed into a playland of attractions for the popular event, including shopping, food for purchase, rides and games for all ages. There is no charge to attend the event.


To add to the celebration of the joyous Christmas season, this year’s festival carries the theme of “Saluting those who serve,” as the town remembers and thank those who work to save and enrich the lives of others.


The Prosper Christmas Parade, hosted by the Prosper Rotary Club and Prosper Lions Club, will officially open the event, with a step off time of 2:30 p.m. The parade will take the customary route down Broadway Street. All proceeds from the parade entry fees will benefit the Prosper Police Department’s “Cops with a Claus” program. The program provides gift cards to needy families.


Festival goers are encouraged to park at Reynolds Middle School, 700 N. Coleman Street, and take advantage of the free shuttle service to and from the downtown area. Shuttles begin at 2 p.m., in time to view the parade, and continue until the end of festival. There will be no public parking available in the downtown area. Handicapped parking spaces will be located at the post office at Broadway and Coleman Streets. Handicapped plates or a temporary handicapped placard are required to park in that area.


The portions of Broadway and Main Streets within the downtown area proper will be closed at 8 a.m. on Dec. 3. McKinley Street will remain open until noon for patrons of downtown businesses. Streets along the parade route will close immediately before the parade begins and reopen immediately after the parade’s conclusion.


A fireworks display will punctuate the close of the festival with colorful bursts set to a musical score.