Irving’s Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting: Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole


The City of Irving welcomes the holiday 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 is the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show 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 knew they had to keep—Santa Claus’s 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 need to submit an application online by 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Float participants will be judged in four categories: Best Overall, Best Themed, Best Use of Lights and Santa’s Choice. There will be a mandatory parade meeting for all participants at 6 p.m. Dec 3 at City Hall.

After the parade, visitors will head over to the east lawn of City Hall where the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree will take place. A firework 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 more information, call (972) 721-2501.

Sat., Dec. 7

  • 5 p.m. Parade 
  • 6 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 7 p.m. Fireworks Show 

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Enjoy this video slideshow from last year’s festivities!

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