Thanksgiving might not have yet come and gone, but several cities in North Texas are hard at work putting together the final touches on their Christmas tree lighting events.
Southlake, Fort Worth and Grapevine are just a few of the early birds getting a head start on their holiday festivities, while other communities like Keller are opting to wait until after Turkey Day to flip the switch on their Christmas tree lights. Most lighting events will also be offering additional holiday activities such as photos with Santa, bounces houses and even ice sledding.
Here is a list of the Christmas tree lightings in Dallas-Fort Worth:
Southlake (Nov. 18)
Southlakes has an annual Home for the Holiday’s Christmas tree lighting in Southlake Town Square. The holiday celebration is free (including all activities) and features a kid’s zone, carolers, refreshments, live entertainment, snow tubing and photos with Santa. 4:30-8:30 p.m. 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, www.visitsouthlaketexas.com/156/Home-for-the-Holidays.
Fort Worth (Nov. 18)
Downtown Fort Worth will be buzzing with holiday cheer in anticipation of the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting in Sundance Square, which takes place the day before the Parade of Lights. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with music by the Inspiration Band, followed by the lighting at 6:30 p.m. Children are invited to stop by earlier in the day, beginning at 11 a.m., for a visit with St. Nick. Free. 420 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-255-5700, https://sundancesquare.com/events/sundance-square-annual-christmas-tree-lighting.
Grapevine (Nov. 20)
Grapevine kicks off the Christmas season with its annual Carol of Lights event. The family-friendly celebration begins at 5 p.m. in front of city hall with food, Christmas crafts and reindeer photo ops, followed by the official lighting of the city’s Christmas tree by Santa Claus at 7 p.m. Free. 200 S. Main St., Grapevine, 800-457-6338, www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas.
Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 27)
Texas Motor Speedway presents the lighting of the largest living Christmas tree in North Texas. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, 817-215-8500, http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/speedway-childrens-charities-tree-lighting-grants-ceremony.
Hurst (Nov. 28)
The city of Hurst hosts its annual Christmas tree lighting at the Hurst Convention Center. The free holiday event features a marketplace, petting zoo, crafts, face painting and live performances by local youth choirs, plus fireworks, free giveaways and more. 5-9 p.m. 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, 817-788-7325, www.hursttx.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7137/229.
Mansfield (Dec. 1)
Mansfield will light its Christmas tree during its annual Hometown Holidays event. Other activities during the event include ice sledding, bounce houses, food, petting zoo, music and an appearance by Santa Claus. Free. 5-9 p.m. 1200 E. Broad St., Mansfield, 817-804-5795, www.mansfieldtexas.gov/event/6506/hometown-holidays.
Keller (Dec. 1)
Christmas takes over Keller Town Center during the city’s annual Holly Days event. The all-day holiday festival features a Santa Scurry 5K walk/run, snow tubing, fireworks, fun zone and Christmas tree lighting. Free. 6 p.m. 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller, 817-743-4050, www.cityofkeller.com/parksandrec.
North Richland Hills (Dec. 1)
Have a holly jolly good time at North Richland Hills’ Christmas Tree Lighting and Family Festival. The holiday celebration promises plenty of family-friendly fun, including live music, food vendors, children’s activities, holiday photos and a visit from Santa Claus. Free. Hawk Avenue and Grand Avenue, North Richland Hills, 817-427-6620, www.nrhtx.com.
Colleyville (Dec. 1)
Colleyville opens the holiday season with its annual Christmas tree lighting celebration outside city hall. The event features children’s crafts and activities, choral groups, photos with Santa and more. Free. 5-8 p.m. 100 Main St., Colleyville, 817-503-1000, www.colleyville.com/events/general/christmas-tree-lighting-celebration.html.
Saginaw (Dec. 1)
The city invites you to attends its Ring in the Holidays Christmas Tree Lighting at Saginaw Recreation Center. Admission is one nonperishable food item (to be donated to the Community Link food pantry). 633 W. McLeroy Blvd., Saginaw, 817-230-0350, www.ci.saginaw.tx.us.
Roanoke (Dec. 2)
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Roanoke’s Old-Fashioned Christmas. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the Roanoke Visitor’s Center and Museum with carriage rides, carolers and crafts, then continues at 6 p.m. with a parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Afterward, the party moves to the Roanoke Recreation Center for more holiday activities. Free. 817-491-2411, www.roanoketexas.com/271/Roanokes-Old-Fashioned-Christmas.
Bedford (Dec. 2)
The city’s Christmas Tree Lighting and CuteFest takes place at the Bedford Public Library. The all-day family-friendly celebration kicks off at noon with a holiday market, followed by a pet costume contest, pet parade and pet pictures with Santa. The event then continues from 4-8 p.m. with hayrides, refreshments, live entertainment, selfies with Santa and the lighting of the Bedford Christmas tree. Free. 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 817-952-2100, https://bedfordtx.gov.
Haltom City (Dec. 2)
Haltom City celebrates its annual Christmas on Broadway event at the Haltom Recreation Center. Activities include carriage rides, inflatables, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, live entertainment, crafts, games, cookie decorating and the lighting of the Haltom City Christmas tree by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free. 4839 Broadway Ave., Haltom City, 817-831-6464, www.haltomcitytx.com.
Arlington (Dec. 9)
The official lighting of the Arlington Christmas tree is just one of several festive events happening during the annual Holiday Lights Parade. In addition to the parade and tree lighting, the event also offers live entertainment, photos with Santa, a screening of the movie “Elf” and games. Free. Downtown Arlington. http://holidaylightsparade.com.