11/13/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/13/2019 01:13
The City of Irving welcomes the season with the Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Heritage District. New this year: lights! Parade-goers can expect a lit-up procession of floats traveling through the historic Heritage District in downtown Irving. Immediately following the parade, the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show will take place outside City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
This year's theme is Santa's Workshop in the North Pole. Parade participants are tasked with designing floats around the theme. With lights added to the list of accepted decorations, organizers are hoping for a bigger and brighter parade. One tradition staff members knew they had to keep - Santa Claus' big debut. As usual, Old Saint Nick will close out the parade and officially mark the start of the season.
Parade participation is free. Interested groups must submit an application online by 5 p.m. Nov. 27. To submit an application, visit CityofIrving.org/Parade-Appl. Float participants will be judged in four categories: Best Overall, Best Themed, Best Use of Lights and Santa's Choice.
After the parade, visitors may head over to the east lawn of City Hall where the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree will take place. A fireworks show will follow the lighting and conclude the evening.
Parking and admission to the event are free. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site for purchase.
For more information, visit CityofIrving.org/1327 or call (972) 721-2501.