The official Sundance Square tree lighting ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 18 with the festivities beginning at 5:30 pm and the tree lighting countdown starting at 6:30 pm. Designed with the community in mind, activities the day of the tree lighting will feature Santa Claus (11 am – 9:30 pm), live music from the Inspiration Band, as well as photo opportunities throughout the plaza.
New this year will be the opportunity for visitors to get in a virtual line while waiting to see Santa Claus. Upon arriving in Sundance Square, guests will simply check in at Santa’s Sleigh and then shop, eat, and relax until it’s time to meet Santa Claus.
“We love having families come to Sundance Square and wanted to create an ideal environment for parents to bring their children to see Santa,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “Waiting in line isn’t exciting, so we are using technology to help make the holiday experience a little more enjoyable for everyone. Families can do other things in Sundance Square until Santa is ready to greet them.”
Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $20 each (cash only) with all the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 18 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com http://www.sundancesquare.com/> for specific times.
ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY EVENTS
The 2017 XTO Energy Parade of Lights will be held Sunday, November 19 starting at 6 pm. Reserve seats are on sale now and the parade route, as well as the schedule of activities, can be found at fortworthparadeoflights.org http://fortworthparadeoflights.org/> . This is the 34th year of the parade which boasts “The Melodies of Christmas” theme. Santa Claus will meet families from 11 am – 9:30 pm in Sundance Square Plaza.
Bass Hall will host some fabulous events during the holidays including White Christmas; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays, Handel’s Messiah and It’s a Wonderful Life; and The Nutcracker performed by the Texas Ballet Theater. Visit basshall.com http://basshall.com/> for performance times and to purchase tickets.
Jubilee Theatre will debut A Motown Christmas on November 24 and will run through December 24. Visit jubileetheatre.org http://www.jubileetheatre.org/s/A-Motown-Christmas/20> for dates and times.
PARKING IN SUNDANCE SQUARE
Parking is always free in Sundance Square after 5 pm on weekdays. Before 5 pm, parking is free with validation from a Sundance Square restaurant or retailer. Validation is good for 2.5 hours of dining or shopping, or four hours for weekday movies. Weekends are free throughout the day and evening.
Guests also have the option to valet park for free throughout Sundance Square with validation from a Sundance Square merchant. Just look for the red umbrellas in 10 locations within Sundance Square.
Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year. A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.