Twinkling and sparkling lights are such a beautiful part of the holiday season.
What better way to enjoy the glistening lights than to attend a special holiday tree lighting ceremony?
There are many tree lighting ceremonies all over the DFW area. Here are just a few that we’ve found:
Friday, November 18, 2011
Allen Grand Tree Lighting at The Grove, 6:00 pm. Guests of all ages will enjoy a ceremony to light the center's 35-foot, interactive tree and illuminate the tree's 100,000 lights. Guests may sing along with holiday tunes played by the interactive tree every 20 minutes throughout the holiday season. The first 1000 children to arrive on Nov. 18 will receive a holiday goody bag filled with treats and special offers from stores and restaurants located at The Village at Allen and The Village at Fairview. The goody bags will be distributed prior to the tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Location: The Grove at The Village, 190 East Stacy Road in Allen. For more information, please visit The Village website.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Southlake Home for the Holidays, Tree lighting at 6:30. Gather together to witness Home for the Holidays ™ Annual Tree Lighting. Santa Claus will flip the switch to illuminate a towering tree with thousands of lights. Discover the holiday magic at every turn ” Christmas carols, letters to Santa, smiles from old St. Nick himself, free carriage rides and holiday refreshments. Get a head start on your holiday shopping. Find ways to give back to your community. Spend precious moments with loved ones. For more information, please visit the Home for the Holidays website.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Plano Lights at Legacy Tree Lighting Festival, Come enjoy an afternoon of holiday festivities at The Shops of Legacy’s annual Lights at Legacy Tree Lighting Festival, a free event that will enchant all! The event is from 3:00 – 8:00 pm with the tree lighting taking place at 6:30pm. For more information, please visit The Shops at Legacy website.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Grapevine Carol of Lights, 7:00 p.m. Hosted by Mrs. Claus, (while her husband is busy getting ready for his big night) this is the “official” kick-off to the holiday season in Grapevine where the Mayor “flips the switch” to light millions of lights throughout Historic Downtown Grapevine, including the 35′ community Christmas tree. The community is invited to join in singing in the season with youth choirs and special performers celebrating a mix of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. The event also includes the Light Show Spectacular that involves all of the Town Square, including the gazebo, seven live oak trees, nine “mini” trees, and three arches choreographed to music. Refreshments provided. Location: Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main St. in Grapevine. For more information, please visit the Grapevine Texas website.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Fort Worth Parade of Lights – Sundance Square. The Parade of Lights begin at 6:00 pm but at the end of the parade there will be a magificent Lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree on Main Street between 3rd and 4th Streets, featuring a skit from downtown’s own 4-Day Weekend comedy group. For more information, please visit the Parade of Lights website.
McKinney Dickens of a Christmas, Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at Mitchell Park but the rest of the festival continues through the weekend. Expect a fun, family-friendly event offering traditional live Christmas music, food and festivities, traditional costumes, dancing, children's activities, and much more. Historic Downtown McKinney will transform into a winter wonderland packed full of fond memories from the past as Dickens of a Christmas comes to life. Coupled with an abundance of shopping, entertainment and food galore, it is a must do for the weekend and will be sure to jump start your holiday cheer. During the event, the 12-block area of the commercial historic district will bring the sights and sounds of Dickens to life during this annual Christmas celebration. Everything from Santa and his reindeer, to joyous holiday music and yuletide will echo throughout the town center. Couple this with festive dÃ©cor, children's arts and crafts, a petting zoo, a snow flake here and there and a few surprises along the way as you wonder the streets and businesses of our 163 year old magical downtown. Location: Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St. For more information, please visit the McKinney website.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Dallas Fair Park Holiday, Official City of Dallas tree-lighting ceremony gets underway at 7 p.m. followed by a dancing water show and a spectacular fireworks finale over the Esplanade synchronized to holiday music. Gates open at 11:00 am for a full day of family friendly holiday events. Location: For more information, please visit the Fair Park website.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Highland Village Our Village Glows, ‘Our Village Glows’ is an annual holiday celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony that is organized, each year, by the Highland Village Women’s Club in conjunction with the City of Highland Village. This festive community event is enjoyed by hundreds of Highland Village residents. Details are still coming so please check the Highland Village website for updates.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Addison Post Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Please join us in Beckert Park as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with our second annual Post Addison Circle Tree Lighting Ceremony. Sponsored by Post Properties, Post Addison Circle Apartments, Frost Bank and TXU Energy, this event will be held on Friday, December 2nd from 6:30pm “ 8:30pm rain or shine. There will be lots of holiday refreshments from the Addison Circle restaurants and retailers. The Town's Mayor will address the crowd and just in time to light the tree, Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck. Following the ceremony Santa will visit with youngsters, making a list of all the good boys and girls wishes. Location: 5044 Addison Circle Drive in Addison. For more information, please visit the Addison website.
Allen Christmas Tree Lighting, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Join the City of Allen for the grand lighting of its 35-foot Christmas tree featuring more than 20,000 lights. There promises to be lots of surprises, live entertainment and even a visit from Santa and his elves. Location: Allen Civic Plaza – 305 Century Parkway in Allen. For more information, please visit the City of Allen website.
Carrollton Candlelight Christmas, 5-9pm. Old Downtown Carrollton has many time-shared memories, but one of our favorites every year is Candle Light Christmas. Please join us on Dec 2nd to celebrate a festive tradition; old as time, of the lighting of our Old Downtown Carrollton Square Christmas Tree from 5pm-9pm. Santa will be here to help us celebrate, Jack Frost will nip at your nose, Carolers will sing songs of Christmas, and hot cocoa will keep you warm. Shops will ring with holiday cheer and offer newcomers and frequent patrons alike recipes and tasty samples of their very own cookie favorite. So come full of Christmas cheer, enjoy all of the food, fun, and shopping our square has to offer and let's celebrate Christmas! The square will be helping out Toys for Tots this year so feel free to bring an unwrapped toy and deposit it in one of the marked boxes for pick up on your journey through our square. Location: Historic Old Downtown Carrollton is just off of the Beltline exit of I35-E, exit # 443B. As a matter of fact you can see us from I35-E as the highway elevation looks right over Old Downtown Carrollton. The old grain towers are a landmark visible for miles. For more information, please visit the Old Downtown Carrollton website.
Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano, 7:00 pm. Come enjoy the festivities of the season with carolers, music on multiple stages and a visit with Santa! Delight in great shopping, food, hand bell choirs and a variety of other wonderful entertainment that includes performances by area choirs, dance groups, carolers and more! To accommodate shoppers, the downtown merchants will be staying open late. Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano is from 6 pm to 10 pm on Friday, Dec. 2. The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at 7 pm. Santa will be in his house to talk with kids from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. For more information, please visit the City of Plano website.
Saginaw Ring In The Holidays Christmas Tree Lighting, 6:30pm. Enjoy holiday music and performances from local school children, the lighting of the tree, and a visit from Santa. New this year, admission to the event is one non-perishable food item that will be donated to Community Link Mission of Saginaw. More details will be published soon. Location: Saginaw Recreation Center, 633 West McLeroy Blvd. For more information, please call 817-230-0350 or visit the Saginaw website.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Farmers Branch Christmas in the Park, 7:00 pm (gates open at 6:00). Enjoy the Christmas tree lighting, a fireworks show, visit with Santa Claus, snow tubing hill, Dallas Puppet Theater, hot chocolate, tours of historical structures, and complimentary cookies & punch. Location: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. For more information, please visit the Farmers Branch website.
Roanoke Old Fashioned Downtown Christmas, 6:15 Tree-Lighting at Austin Street Plaza. From 5-9 Holiday Fun on Oak Street includes Live Music, Carolers, Carriage Rides, Parade, Victorian Christmas at Visitor Center & Museum and Storytelling at Plaid Peacock by Roanoke Public Library. Free treats from participating Oak Street Businesses! 5:00 Southlake Community Band at Austin Street Plaza, 6:00 Oak Street Parade, 6:15 Tree-Lighting at Austin Street Plaza, Family Sing-Along, The MistleToads, 7:00 Medlin Orchestra at Austin Street Plaza, 7:00 Rec. Center Holiday Fun, Photos with Santa, Crafts, Games, Refreshments, Bounce Houses, Children’s Train…. For more information, please visit the Roanoke website.
Friday, December 18, 2011
McKinney Heard Holiday Trail of Lights, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. From the moment guests enter the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s native plant garden, they will enjoy thousands of holiday lights and displays, including a walk along a specially lit trail that will commence with a hayride and caroling. Enjoy festive activities such as a Christmas tree lighting, thousands of twinkling lights along the Dinosaurs Alive! nature trail, live entertainment in the Heard’s outdoor amphitheater, and complimentary hot beverages (courtesy of Preservation Tree Service). Kids of all ages are in for a special surprise as they happen upon Father Christmas and Mother Nature, waiting in a festively decorated log cabin along the trail. Guests can pose for a professional photo available for purchase online after the event. Cost $3.00 – $5.00. Location: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place in McKinney. For more information, please call 972-562-5566 or visit the Heard Museum website.