Home for the Holidays has been the unofficial start to the holiday season in Southlake for over twelve years, featuring Santa and the unveiling of Christmas lights in Town Square. Event festivities on November 23rd will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The City is fortunate to have several sponsors that help make this event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Tree Lighting is Enchanted Fairies Studio. Make sure to stop by their booth and see all the fairies and activities they have planned. The Cookie Decorating Sponsor, Kroger, is providing cookies and icing for holiday cookie decorating. Taste Buds Kitchen is providing cupcakes and decorating supplies for attendees to decorate and eat their own cupcake. Guests will also be provided with free bottled water during the event, thanks to Frost Bank, the Quencher Sponsor. The Holiday Sponsors include Sleep Number, Sky Ranch, Springfree Trampoline Inc, Children’s Health Southlake, The Goddard School and Brain Balance, all of which will have booths and holiday activities at the event. Snowman building is an exciting new actvity this year. The Fresh Market has provided all the snowman building items for participants to get creative and decorate their very own snowman. Thanks to the Santa’s Workshop Sponsor, Fantastic Sams, there will be a variety of holiday crafts for kids to enjoy.
In addition to sponsored activities, other event highlights include a 12-foot, four lane snow tubing hill, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, refreshments, and live entertainment. Guests will enjoy holiday performances by the Southlake Community Band, Johnson Elementary, Old Union Elementary, Rockenbaugh Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Durham Intermediate, Walnut Grove Elementary, Katie Parr Music Academy and the Cantare Texas Choir. Other entertainment will be provided by White’s Chapel United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir and strolling holiday characters.
Popular radio station, 94.4 KLTY, will broadcast from Southlake Town Square. Radio personality, Tony Lopez, will emcee the evening in Family Park. Each holiday season, KLTY promotesThe 94.9 KLTY Christmas Wish program, asking listeners to send in Christmas wishes or nominate recipients. The Christmas Wish book will be at KLTY’s booth during the Tree Lighting, allowing people to read through the wishes and even choose a wish to grant.
The City of Southlake thanks all the Tree Lighting sponsors for their support in this special event. Although the Tree Lighting is only one night, Home for the Holidays spans the entire holiday season, with other activities occurring in Town Square and Town Hall until Christmas. For more information about Home for the Holidays, please visit www.SouthlakeHomefortheHolidays.com.
How does our understanding and perspective change based on interaction with others?
One way to answer this is to identify, question, and cross social boundaries. “Mix it Up at Lunch Day”, a national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance, has identified the cafeteria as a place where social divisions are often visible in schools. On Friday, Feb. 14, Durham Intermediate School students moved out of their comfort zones and connected with someone new over lunch. All DIS students participated in various activities during lunch and enjoyed mixed fruit snacks purchased by the PTO.
“Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common.”