Forney’s Hometown ChristmasForney’s Christmas on MainForney’s Christmas in the ParkForney’s Christmas on Main
From 1993 to 2012, the event known as Forney’s Hometown Christmas was orchestrated by a volunteer committee co-chaired by Denise Bell, Ryan Kile and Susan Seabolt. Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, the event grew significantly in attractions and visitors.Due to issues about the liabilities related to H.O.T. funds for the event, the committee decided to not proceed with the 2013 event. The City of Forney, having recently created a Special Events department, was able to step in and take over the event, rebranding it as Christmas on Main. The event continued and was well attended.In 2017 it was decided that as the event had outgrown the downtown venue, in addition to ongoing safety concerns, the event would be re-rebranded as Forney Christmas in the Park. In 2020, a new council and new staff worked to make this a destination event with large lighting displays and a tram to ride through the park. Then came COVID-19 and shot all that down. In 2021, a newer council and newer staff moved the event back to downtown, using Main and Bois d’Arc streets, but not including the FISD parking lot, for attractions.This event will happen on December 4, 2021 from Noon-6:00 pm in Downtown Forney. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will remain downtown, on Dec. 02, 2021 at 6 pm in Bell Park. For full details, visit the Forney city website.The FHTC Committee thanks everyone who attended the events, the Forney ISD Administration, Kaufman County Commissioner Ray Clark, and all the businesses and homeowners of the downtown Forney area for their support and assistance over the past years.