The Decorator’s Warehouse Holiday Lights Parade was canceled Saturday after countless volunteers and community members worked for six months to prepare for the annual event that draws thousands.
Even Santa had to stay home.
This was the first time the parade had to be canceled since its inception in 2002, said Mayor Robert Cluck. A weekend filled with freezing rain and sleet left the Metroplex coated with ice Thursday through Monday, and left city officials with no other choice.
“This is highly unusual, but we got to think safety first,” parade co-director Joni Wilson said. “I can’t begin to count the number of people involved.”
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Cluck worked with committee leaders to reschedule the tree-lighting ceremony for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The ceremony was originally supposed to take place on the steps of City Hall after the parade. Santa, dancing elves and floats would have flooded downtown Arlington.
“I didn’t want to do it. I thought it was too risky. There were too many things up in the air,” Cluck said.
Churches cancel services
Many churches across North Texas canceled or reduced the number of services they offered Sunday.
The Rev. David Mosser, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Arlington, said the church decided at about noon Saturday that it was best to cancel all of its services.
Still, it was not a decision that was made lightly, especially since calling off Sunday services meant that the annual Advent Christmas concert as well as the children’s Christmas pageant would not be held this year.
“It is the first time I’ve called off church in 34 years,” as a pastor, Mosser said, “but we did it for the safety of our members.”
Republic Services cancels garbage pick-up
Republic Services, Arlington’s garbage and recycling collector, canceled all services throughout the weekend.
Garbage and recycling will instead be collected on the next scheduled date, as early as Monday depending on the residence. A map detailing pickup days can be found on the city’s website, www.arlingtontx.gov, under “Garbage & Recycling.”
Santa Cop stays home; so do students
Santa Cop didn’t get to make his annual trip to give presents to underprivileged Arlington school district students.
The annual Santa Cop Program is held at the Arlington Convention Center, where families can collect Christmas trees and gifts, and eat food and visit with Santa. Freezing temperatures led to the event being canceled Saturday morning.
The “Santa Cop parties” were expected to last for four hours, and will be rescheduled for Dec. 18. Invited families will be notified of the times by their respective schools.
The parties will have to be shortened because they’ll be held on a work and school night, said Becki Brandenburg,Arlington Police Association president.
Arlington students were also supposed to participate in holiday parade, while others missed out on Christmas concerts that were canceled at several schools, spokeswoman Leslie Johnston said.
All after-school activities and athletic events were canceled Thursday, Friday and Monday along with classes. The students will have to make up for the missed classes June 5 and 6.
Arlington Winter Run postponed
The Arlington Winter Run, originally scheduled for Saturday, was postponed until Dec. 28.
The run will take place at the UT Arlington Maverick Activities Center starting with registration at 7:15 a.m. Packet pickup for online registrants will be Dec. 26 and 27.
The 10K course and 2-mile fun run benefit the Arlington YMCA and will start its 35th year in honor of former Arlington Runners Club member Don Zetnick.
Arlington Christkindl Market closes
The Arlington Christkindl Market canceled operations Friday and Saturday, but was schedule to reopen for business at noon Tuesday.
The holiday gift and cultural market will run through Dec. 22.
This is the first year the market, in its third year, has had to close down because of weather.
Arlington Golf holiday open houses rescheduled
The Arlington Golf holiday open houses at Lake Arlington Golf Course and Chester Ditto Golf Course were rescheduled after ice left roads slick Friday and Saturday. The events feature discounts on gifts, and the Tierra Verde Golf Club, which was not affected by the weather, will feature light hors d’oeuvres from Ventana Grille and live music.
Tierra Verde Golf Club open house is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Lake Arlington Golf Course is rescheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and the Chester Ditto Golf Course open house will take place 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Arlington Museum of Art closed Friday and Saturday
The Arlington Museum of Art closed down public viewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The museum, which is closed Mondays, was set to reopen Tuesday for its normal operating hours of 1 to 5 p.m.
UT Arlington closed, basketball game canceled
UT Arlington closed at 7 p.m. Thursday and remained closed though Monday, resulting in the rescheduling of final exams for fall semester students. The university’s library, University Center and other main buildings opened 3 p.m. Sunday, and classes resumed Tuesday.
Exams scheduled for Monday are rescheduled for Dec. 16, at the same times and locations.
The UT Arlington men’s basketball home game against Weber State, originally scheduled for Saturday, was also canceled due to travel complications.
The game will be rescheduled for a later date, according to the UT Arlington men’s basketball website. Information will be made available through the website or @UTAMavs on Twitter or UT Arlington Athletics on Facebook.
Two Music Hall Christmas shows canceled
Two performances of Arlington Music Hall’s 2013 Christmas show were canceled due to weather.
Guests who purchased tickets to the Thursday and Friday shows can contact the box office for more information regarding refunds.
The show series, featuring a band, Christmas lighting, costumes and traditional holiday tunes, continues through Dec. 21.
For more information, contact the box office at 817-226-4400.
Christmas at the Cabins moved
Knapp Heritage Park’s Christmas at the Cabins is rescheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday after cancellation of the original Friday date.
Wagon rides, visits from Santa, holiday treats, ornament decorating, blacksmith demonstrations, cabin tours, and Christmas music from the Carter and Bailey junior high choirs will take place at the event at Knapp Heritage Park on 201 E. Front St.
Arlington choral concerts rescheduled
The Arlington Master Chorale concert at Trinity United Methodist Church was canceled Friday night and rescheduled for Monday evening.
The Schola Cantorum of Texas’ concert was canceled Sunday at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. The choral group was scheduled to perform in Fort Worth on Monday and at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd. in Arlington at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.