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The City of Celina

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Celina, Texas is “a truly one-stoplight town where people know one another,” says Sean Terry, Mayor of Celina. “Here in Celina, people feel connected, residents are engaged, and they really care about their community. Celina is a great place to raise a family because of the close-knit community and collective effort of the residents and local government.”

A football town, Celina High School has one of the most successful football programs in the state of Texas. Celina has even been featured in a Kenny Chesney music video, and the Bobcats, Celina High School’s football team was the subject of the documentary, “Power, Passion & Glory: The Real Story of Texas Football Madness.”

What Makes Celina Unique?

“Something that is unique about Celina and what I love about this town is the friendly attitudes,” says Terry. “The residents are kind to each other and our city leadership and departments are accessible to everyone. What has made Celina a great community is the collective coming together of staff, police, the fire department, residents, and the schools all working collaboratively.

“The homes here in Celina are affordable but have a very high-quality of development. Families are able to purchase a brand-new home on a larger lot for less than the surrounding cities and towns in Collin County,” notes Terry. “Celina is also located to major highway connectors and is a 45-minute commute from anywhere you want to go in the DFW area.”

Celina is also known for having great relationships with nearby cities. “Regional networking helps the county and the cities in them to thrive,” says Terry. “As a city, we strive to have a working relationship with the surrounding areas in order for us to all live happily and peacefully.”

As a part of the growing initiative for greener living, Celina is a green city that has “LED street lights that face straight down throughout, and we try to keep development as natural as possible. As a city with rural roots, we have worked with developers to keep as many trees as we can and stress conservation in order to keep that open-feel that we love so much,” comments Terry.

Celina Pavillion
Celina Schools

Celina Schools

Celina is served by Celina Independent School District and Prosper Independent School District. Parents have a “choice of school option” that allows them to choose what district they want their children to attend. “We have great academics and sports here in Celina that really encourages kids to excel both academically and socially,” says Terry.




“Celina is blessed to have a very active and beautiful town square. The Celina Square is 80-85% full, which is a very unique feature. A lot of town squares are still present, but ours is active and as a city, we are committed to keeping businesses on the square,” notes Terry. “Five years ago, our local government made a commitment to re-vamp Celina, and we re-worked the town square. The residents love it, and people that visit it love it too,” says Terry.

Celina boasts the town square, a food pantry that is always a blast to volunteer at, and numerous places to shop and dine.

Festivals and Celebrations

Known as a “festival city,” Celina has a celebration or event going on almost every month. Here are a few notable events:


Every October, Celina holds the Celina Balloon Festival. Come and see the beautiful and colorful balloons fill the sky. The festival also includes games, carnival rides, a zip line, food, live music, and more.


Celina Cajun Fest is a weekend-long celebration of Celina’s rich Cajun culture. Join in on the huge crawfish broil and enjoy everything from a car show to local vendors. Live Cajun musical acts take place on the main stage and this event is fun for the whole family.


Celina has seen rapid growth over the past five years, and is expected to continue to grow in population. “We are a city that is fresh and new, and a community that you can live, grow, and play in,” says Terry. “Celina has been successful in adapting to the change in population, and we are ready to continue to see more growth. Celina has 87 square miles that we are ready to build on, and love to see new families and new faces each year. With the growth, we have been able to maintain our small-town feel, and that is something we do not want to change. Come and grow with Celina.”

Updated on February 27, 2017

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