The annual Christmas Parade is one of several holiday activities the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting this year.

The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Christmas Parade today (Dec. 11).

The parade is set begin at 6 p.m. on Grand Avenue in downtown Houston.

The theme this year is “A Star Spangled Christmas.” Cash prizes will be awarded for best floats in both religious and non-religious categories ($50 for first-place, $25 for second and $15 for third).

The chamber is encouraging entries of classic cars, marching bands, horses, youth groups, church groups and more.

The lineup will begin at 5:30 in the parking lot below Hiett Gymnasium on the Houston Schools campus.

Also on Saturday, people can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Health Food Store on Grand Avenue.

For more information, or to register for the parade, call chamber director Angie Quinlan at 417-967-2220 or email

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