While the lighted Christmas parade through downtown Brenham may have been cancelled, there will still be plenty of holiday cheer to go around next Friday and Saturday, December 4th and 5th.

A full weekend of activities for downtown Brenham’s Christmas Stroll kicks off Friday with the Jingle Bell Market at the Ant Street Inn from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring over 15 vendors offering clothing, baked goods, home décor, and other gift items.

The First Friday Farmer and Artisan Market, taking place on Baylor Street from 3 to 7 p.m., will also offer a wide variety of homemade and handmade products.

Christmas Stroll events continue Saturday with Breakfast with Santa at Must Be Heaven.  Reservations can be made for two seatings at 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.  Click here to reserve a spot.

Also part of the Christmas Stroll is the drive-thru toy drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fireman’s Training Center, where local law enforcement officials and emergency responders will take part in a friendly competition to collect the most new and unwrapped toys for local youth.  All donations will stay in Washington County.

A second day of Jingle Bell Market shopping at the Ant Street Inn will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, 29 downtown businesses will participate in “A Taste of Christmas,” a shop and sample event presented by Main Street Brenham.  From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., local businesses will be serving a variety of holiday drinks, snacks and desserts to visitors as they shop around downtown.  Shoppers can look forward to mimosas and pie at Organic Hemp Botanicals, Grinch Cocktails at Puppy Dawgs and Cat Tails, and Coquitos – Puerto Rican coconut drinks – at Las Americas Latin Cuisine.

Click here to see the full list of participating locations for "A Taste of Christmas."

More information is available at and at

KTEX-106's Cactus Ken Murray will be in downtown Brenham next Saturday morning for the Christmas Stroll, broadcasting live from the friendly country cruiser.

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