Northeast Tarrant

Southlake’s annual tree-lighting event on Nov. 19 kicks off the holiday season

The city of Southlake invites the public to kick off the holiday at Town Square for the Home for the Holidays Annual Tree Lighting Nov. 19.

The event, now in its 17th year, draws 8,000 to 10,000 people to the holiday festivities, which begin at 4:30 p.m. in the park at Town Square.

The Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Free activites include a four-lane snow hill, snowman building, carriage rides, photos with Santa, Christmas carolers, holiday crafts, refreshments and live entertainment.

Southlake Mayor Laura Hill said the event is a perfect holiday celebration.

"All of the free fun family activities always make the event something to look forward to. I love seeing the smiles on all the kids' faces as they sit for a picture with Santa, build a snowman, race down the four-lane snow hill, enjoy a carriage ride with their family and enjoy all of the other activities," Hill said. "I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.

“You won't want to miss one minute."

The event also kicks off the food drive for area children in need.

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items, nonperishable food and cereal that will go to Christmas is for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing all children the love, care and joy that comprise the spirit of Christmas.

Items can be dropped off near the Main Stage in front of Southlake Town Hall.

More information, including parking suggestions and a complete list of activities, can be found at

Susan McFarland: 817-390-7984, @susanmcfarland1