Hometown Holiday Celebration

Join us for the Annual Hometown Holiday Celebration. This holiday festival will be filled with family fun activities, food, and vendors.

Nothing marks the holidays like taking pictures with Santa Claus!

Pictures with Santa - 12pm-4pm
Santa Claus is coming to town! Create your magical and meaningful memories with us at the Home Town Celebration. Be sure to line up early so you won’t miss out.


Santa's Village - 12pm-4pm
Activities will include Letters to Santa, Wreath Designing, Craft Stations, Cookie Decorating, DIY Gift Wrap Station, Holiday Karaoke, Gingerbread House Competition, Christmas Tree Decorating Competition, and more!


Magical Christmas Show - 1pm-2pm
To celebrate the Magic of the Holidays we invite you to a family Magic Show. DeSoto's own, Geoffrey Grimes and Michael Smith are our guest magicians. They are both highly entertaining and experienced illusionists who will illustrate a "different kind of magic" for children young and old.

Youth Holiday Marketplace - 1pm-4pm
Join us for this one-day pop-up event to celebrate the holidays. Spend time and shop for amazing gifts for everyone on your list. There will be over 19 vendors on-site for youto shop with.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus - 2pm-3pm
Christmas is a special time for stories, and free story time with Mrs. Claus is extra special. Join Mrs. Claus as she tells the stories of the adventures, the joy of Christmas, and the Holiday Season.

Sing-A-Long with Mr. Grinch - 3pm-4pm
You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch. Have a sing-a-long with the Grinch himself. Sing all of the festive and memorable holiday songs with the Grinch.

Home Town Holiday Parade - Cancelled
Join us at our 49th Hometown Holiday Parade, Winter Wonderland. Enjoy the festive floats, marching bands, Parade of Lights, and much more. See more information below.

Christmas Tree Lighting - Postponed until December 12 at 7 p.m.
Join us as we usher in the holiday season with the lighting of our beautiful Christmas tree.

Parade Cancellation and Tree Lighting Postponed

The City of DeSoto and DeSoto Parks & Recreation are announcing the cancellation of DeSoto’s Hometown Holiday Parade and the postponement of the City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony scheduled for the evening of Saturday, December 10, 2022.  The City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will be rescheduled to Monday, December 12, at 7 p.m.  

The success of the DeSoto Eagles football team, who will be playing Denton Guyer in the 6A Division II Semifinals on Saturday, combined with anticipated rain in the forecast prompted City officials to cancel the parade and reschedule the Tree Lighting Ceremony.  

Indoor events planned as part of the City’s Hometown Holiday Celebration will be held as scheduled. These events will take place at the DeSoto Recreation Center and the DeSoto Library. 

We appreciate your understanding and patience.  Thank you for your attention to this announcement and Go Eagles!


Christmas Musical - Live Performances

Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with an incredible live Christmas Musical. The event will feature local artists from the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex. Bring in the Holiday Cheer with your family and friends. This is Christmas musical is for all families, couples, and or singles. Come and enjoy yourself with some great music from some amazing singers.