Thursday, December 8, 2022

Home for the Holidays – 4 Tips to Have a Great Time at the Event!

The 2018 Home for the Holidays kicks off this weekend, and we want to prepare you and your family for this wonderful celebration.

Join us as we bring the holiday magic to Southlake Town Square Saturday, November 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the Annual Tree lighting Ceremony scheduled to take place 6:00 p.m.

There is something for everyone at Home for the Holidays! Don’t miss the impressive line-up of event activities such as carriage rides, snowman building, a ride down the four-lane snow hill, warm and sweet holiday refreshments, seasonal crafts, live entertainment and a trip to Santa’s village where kids can take pictures with Santa himself.

With visitors and shoppers flocking to Town Square this weekend, here are four easy tips to help you as you head out for the Home for the Holidays festivities:

1. Bring gloves or mittens: We are bringing in 50,000lbs of snow to accommodate the snow hill and the snowman building. We don’t want the little ones to get cold hands, so let’s keep those hands warm so we can play in the snow a little bit longer.

2. Parking: Parking will be available at both the East Garage and West Garage.

3. Rideshare: If you are planning on using a rideshare service, direct your driver to our designated drop off location at Summit Park located at 1501 Main Street.

4. New this year, the City is offering event update text alerts. All you have to do is text H4HSLK to 888777, and you are set to go to receive event updates in real time. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

To review a full list of Southlake’s Home for the Holidays events, please visit our website. Also, check out our fun Home for the Holidays video.

Special thanks to this year’s Title Sponsor Classic Chevrolet and our other event sponsors Gateway Church, Fort Worth Christian, Springfree Trampoline, Haven Dental, Sleep Number, Goddard School, WAY-FM, Sweet & Sassy and Sprouts.

Behind the Scenes at Stars & Stripes

For almost 20 years thousands of people have descended on Town Square to enjoy a family-fun, patriotic event, complete with food, music, and fireworks. The annual event is one of the largest coordinated by the City and requires the good work of numerous employees and volunteers to ensure it is fun and safe for everyone.

The exciting aspects of the event can overshadow the very important, behind-the-scenes work of some of Southlake’s most dedicated employees who provide non-public safety traffic control and staff the street barricades.

“It would be impossible to host Stars & Stripes without our park, recreation and public works employees who are stationed at important locations within the environment,” said Chris Tribble, Director of Community Services. “They are the unsung heroes of the event. We literally couldn’t do it without them.”

Working in the sweltering heat is a challenge, but turning someone away on a closed street can lead to some unpleasant encounters. The team is more than equipped to handle anything that may come up, professionally and positively.

“All of our employees do a great job ensuring that we have a super event for Independence Day, but some don’t get to do the exciting work,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “We’re very appreciative of those who help out in any way needed.”

For their Stars & Stripes work that may go unnoticed, members of Parks and Recreation (Community Services), Public Works and Planning & Development Services Departments have been selected as this quarter’s unsung heroes. A big thank you to them all!