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Shoppers view glass art at last year's festival.

Mark your calendar! The City of Wylie and the Public Arts Advisory Board proudly present the sixth annual Wylie Arts Festival Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at FBC Wylie Event Center, 200 N. Ballard Ave. Join us in historic downtown Wylie and shop for fine art and unique, handmade crafts at more than 100 vendors, listen to the sounds of the season, and enjoy festive foods. Admission is free.

The Wylie Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to cross some names off your Christmas list or simply treat yourself. Shop at more than 100 vendors, handpicked by the Public Arts Board to ensure a diverse, unique selection of quality handmade fine arts and craft items. From jewelry to home décor to clothing to paintings to gift items you will not find anywhere else, there is definitely something for everyone. The downtown merchants also welcome you to stop by and discover the many shops and restaurants that line Ballard Avenue in downtown Wylie.

Historic downtown will be filled with more than just the sights and sounds of the holiday on Dec. 3; the smell of festive food will be in the air. Choose from your favorite "fair fare" including funnel cakes, Kettle corn, turkey legs, corn dogs, Tater Twisters and sausage on a stick. Or savor barbecue, quesadillas, tacos, beans and rice, and more. Just stop by and check out the selection.

The celebration continues at 7:30 p.m. with the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade on Ballard Avenue, sponsored by First Baptist Church Wylie. Top the evening off in Olde City Park with the annual tree lighting, following the parade, featuring Christmas music by Wylie High School's Tempo choir and Mayor Eric Hogue's annual reading of "A Visit from St. Nicholas," or "The Night Before Christmas."

For more details, visit www.wylietexas.gov/artsfestival.