City Decks Its Halls in Free Event

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Christmas tree decorated with lights | Image by rawpixel.com/Freepik

Dallas City Hall Plaza is opening its doors to the public Friday for a free holiday extravaganza, with the lighting of a 50-foot-tall tree standing out as a highlight.

From 4 to 7:30 p.m. on December 1, the public is invited to come by 1500 Marilla St. and partake in free family-friendly activities. The “Deck the Plaza” event will center around the lighting of the holiday tree by Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins and City Manager T.C. Broadnax at 6:45 p.m.

“This is a special celebration to engage with Dallas residents, City employees, and their families,” said Broadnax in a press release.

While visitors count down to the tree being lit, they can go for a ride in a carriage or mini-train, jump around a bounce house, play with real snow, take a photo with different characters, and purchase a snack from one of the many food trucks onsite.

Plenty of live performances are also slated during the event.

The band Devotio Moderna, the Dallas Police Department’s choir, and Grand Prairie’s High School “Mariachi Azul” will all play holiday music, including some songs performed in Spanish. The Dallas ISD’s Molina High School Marching Band, Mighty Molina Modern Live Band, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts will also be featured.

Dancers will also take the stage, with the Flame Foundation‘s flamenco and Navillera‘s traditional Korean dance moves set to excite and inspire the public.

St. Luke Community Methodist Church’s Pastor Richie Butler and DPD Chaplain John H. Lumbley will share inspirational messages of faith and fellowship to mark the occasion.

Be sure to stick around for the holiday fireworks display set to go off from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas Arena at 7:25 p.m.

Those unable to join in the City of Dallas’ festivities in person can watch the YouTube livestream here or the televised broadcast on Spectrum Channel 16 or AT&T Channel 99.

Be sure to check out some of the other events in store for Dallas and other cities and towns in the region this weekend. As covered in The Dallas Express, several parades, tree-lighting ceremonies, festivals, and more are planned to kick off the winter holiday season.

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