Do not get tied up in knots this season, light up your holidays at Heritage Park. Celebrate the season with activities the entire month of December with free events the whole family can enjoy at the newly renovated Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St.
The annual holiday parade and tree lighting will take place, Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.. The parade's theme "Rudolph, Light the Way" will showcase lighted floats down the streets along Second Street and Irving Boulevard in Irving's Heritage District.
Residents also can take a stroll and view Centennial Park Holiday Lights Dec. 4-26. The park is decorated with 60,000 lights on the fences, trees and bridge, and walkways are lit on each side to keep pathways visible for visitors after dark.
Parade and Tree Lighting Schedule:
- 6 p.m. Parade begins
- 6:15 p.m. Live performance, Two Far Gone, at Heritage Park stage
- 7:30 p.m. Photos with Santa begin
- 7:30 p.m. Live performance, Jack Mason Band, at Heritage Park stage
- 8:30 p.m. Tree Lighting
- 9 p.m. Activities Conclude
Bring the family out for a free showing of Elf (2003). Enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant in the Heritage District or at a food truck that will be on-site. Make sure to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.
- Elf: Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to Irving to celebrate the holiday season with brunch. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with food vendors onsite. Family photos with Santa will be available after brunch.
Bring the family out for a free showing of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). Enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant in the Heritage District or at a food truck that will be on-site. Make sure to bring blankets or lawn chairs.
- In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children's tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).
Gather family and friends to bring them to this all new event, Carol-oke. This first time event will take place on the Heritage Park Stage from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Bring the family to sing along or take the lead on your favorite holiday song.
DEC. 4-26, DUSK TO 10 P.M. DAILY
Centennial Park, 444 W. Second St.
The free holiday lights display affords a leisurely stroll through one of the jewels of Irving’s Heritage District - Centennial Park. The park is decorated with 60,000 lights on the fences, trees and bridge, and walkways are lit on each side to keep pathways visible for visitors after dark. This holiday tradition is staffed 24/7, and portable restrooms are available onsite. Visitors can ask the on-duty city staff any questions they have about the decorations. Bike riding is not permitted through the display.