Two Christmas-oriented events hosted by the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce are set for this weekend.

The annual tree lighting occurred Friday night at the Texas County Administrative Building in downtown Houston (the old courthouse). The community choir sang at City Hall and then down Grand Avenue toward the tree.

When the choir reached the tree, it was lit. Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand for the event.

The parade on Grand Avenue starts at 2 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 9), with the line up beginning at 1 p.m. in the Houston High School parking lot.

Chamber executive director Angie Quinlan said people can sign up by going to the chamber headquarters in the Houston Visitors Center (at U.S. 63 and Walnut Street) and filling out a form or by arriving on time at the line-up area. Cash prizes for best floats will be awarded in both religious and non-religious categories.

Quinlan said this year’s grand marshal is long-time Houston businessman Edgar Rust. The event’s them is “Christmas songs.”

For more information, call 417-967-2220.

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