Special to the Bulletin

Christmas will be celebrated with a flurry of excitement on Friday when the annual Brownwood Jaycees Magical Highlights of Christmas Parade rolls through downtown beginning at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, Downtown Brown-wood Inc. will spread holiday cheer on Center Avenue before and after the parade.

Activities will start at 5 p.m. when downtown businesses will be open for browsing and shopping, and the merchants promise that the streets will be lined with fun for kids of all ages. Friendly mascots ,such as the Brownwood Lion, HPU Buzzsaw and other local celebrities will be roaming the streets. Bounce houses will be available to entertain the little ones. The air will be filled with the smell of hot food, as volunteers with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Brown County cook dinner for the crowd.

Immediately following the parade, about 7:15 p.m., Santa will arrive on Center Avenue where he will be taking Christmas wishes and photos. The Vocal Ensemble from Brownwood High School will perform Christmas carols at the Lyric Theatre. Following their performance, the classic movie “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” will be shown at the Lyric Theatre.

There is no fee to enter Center Avenue. Concessions will be provided at a reasonable fee, and proceeds will benefit non-profit service organizations. The entry fee for the movie will be a donation of 25 to 50 cents, which will go to the Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

No parking will be allowed on Center Avenue between the 200 and 500 blocks, between Center Park and City Hall, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The street will be closing to traffic from at 5 to 9 p.m. Parade viewers are encouraged to park on the surrounding downtown streets and walk to Center Avenue.

For more information on the parade, visit www.brownwoodjaycees.org or call Pat McLaughlin at 643-9956. For information on the other downtown activities, call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 646-9535.

This event is being presented through the cooperation of Downtown Brownwood Inc., Brownwood Jaycees, the Lyric Performing Arts Company, Keep Brownwood Beautiful, the City of Brownwood, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Brown County, Heartland Mall and Abundant Life Church.