Santa Joins Mayor for Tree-Lighting Ceremony


Christmas lights at Klyde Warren Park | Image by Klyde Warren Park

Santa will join Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson to ring in the holidays at the annual Klyde Warren Park tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday. The festive celebration will include a host of entertainment and family activities, culminating in the lighting of the “Mayor’s Tree” just before 6:00 p.m.

“The Mayor’s Tree,” which stands 48 feet tall and weighs almost 5,000 pounds, will display 37,520 multi-colored LED lights and 3,836 ornaments. It will be positioned on the south end of Hart Boulevard, the park’s main pedestrian thoroughfare, through January 9, 2023.

The free event, which kicks off at 3:00 p.m., offers live entertainment, photos with Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty, story time with Mrs. Clause, face painting, crafts, games, snow flurries, balloon artists, and family activities presented by the Dallas Workshop and The Perot Museum.

The celebration will showcase performances by Choreo Records Tap Company, Jada Thomas & Lucki Azariah, the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, The Bryan Adams High School Mariachi Program, Olivia Kuper Harris, and The Nutcracker Act II performed by The Dallas Conservatory.

A choreographed “dancing waters,” lights, and music show will animate the park’s newly opened Nancy Best Fountain every hour on the hour, starting at noon.

Valet parking will be available at Mi Cocina’s on the northbound Woodall Rodgers Freeway access road. Valet parking is $15 for park patrons and $5 for those dining at Mi Cocina with validation. Other parking options can be found here.

The event will be live-streamed on CBSDFW.com and CBS News DFW for those who cannot attend in person.

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