ABILENE, Texas -

The holiday season officially kicks off Tuesday in downtown Abilene with the KTXS-WTU Christmas Lights Parade.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and winds through downtown Abilene along Pine and Cypress Streets.

Downtown merchants will also be open late for Christmas shopping and the city Christmas tree will be lit at 7:30 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center.

Watch the live broadcast of the parade on KTXS-TV from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.