Fair Park in Lights is a yuletide must.
There’s no place like Fair Park for the holidays, now that Fair Park in Lights has become an important Dallas tradition. The 3rd annual celebration held Sunday, December 2 from 4 - 8 p.m., is pure family enjoyment with so many things to see and do in a winter wonderland.
Every year the festivities get larger in scope. With trees ranging from 15 to 50 feet, there is an entire twinkling forest to enchant guests of all ages. When the 6:30 p.m. lighting of the grand 50-foot CITI® Tree at Big Tex Circle takes place, all other trees will be illuminated simultaneously. “Silent Night” will be sung in both English and Spanish, and candles will be lit to honor our troops. The CITI® Tree is so named for CITI® (formerly Citigroup), the Fair Park in Lights Presenting Sponsor. Other sponsors include TXU Energy, The Home Depot, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dallas Morning News, State Fair of Texas – Eagle Audio & Lighting, Platinum Event Services, Weiss Enterprises, Jim & Pamela Graham – Palo Petroleum, and the Caruth Family.
Lighted buildings, fountains…even a mountain.
All trees will be lit nightly through New Year’s Day. “Many buildings and fountains will also be lit,” says Mark Jarrell, Senior Manager, Fair Park. “The park will be decked out from the Automobile and Hall of State buildings to the Esplanade. Over 1,000 poinsettias and 1,000 luminarias will welcome guests. New this year is a Holiday Marketplace where you can purchase unique one of a kind gifts and a ‘snow covered’ mountain that kids can actually tube down! Come experience the magic.”
Abundant activities and special visitors will delight even the youngest at heart. Costumed characters, hayrides, bounce houses, storytellers, choirs and a kiddie train will merrily entertain. Horse-drawn carriages with real fringes on top add to the timeless mood.
Another highlight is the chance to “Stuff a DART Bus” with canned foods to benefit the North Texas Food Bank or bring a new unwrapped toy for Navidad in the Neighborhood to distribute to children.
Of course Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves and live reindeer will greet guests with plenty of holiday cheer and photo opportunities. Hot chocolate, hot cider and other holiday treats offer sweet temptations. Museums will also be open and free prior to the event, so make a day of it. Make Fair Park in Lights your holiday destination. Where else can you have such a cool yule time?
For more information, call 214-670-8400 or go to the Friends of Fair Park website.