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Southlake’s Home for the Holidays will kick-off with Tree Lighting Celebration on November 21, 2015

Bell-Stacked-Text_logo (1)It’s almost that time of year again! What better way to kick off the Holiday season in Southlake than with the annual Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration.

This year’s Tree Lighting Celebration is less than two months away and will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 4:30 – 8:30 PM in Southlake Town Square. Event festivities will begin at 4:30 PM with all the traditional activities and crafts. There’s something for everyone in the family including; holiday refreshments, Christmas carolers, ornament and cookie decorating and of course, live entertainment by the Southlake Community Band and local choirs. Plus, don’t miss out on strolling holiday characters!

A special thanks to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine for being this year’s Title Sponsor!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 6:30 PM; after the tree is lit, continue to enjoy Southlake Town Square, get pictures with Santa or even go tubing on the custom snow hill!

NK6_0162While the holidays are always fun, magical and the perfect time to spend precious moments with your family, they are also a time to reflect and think about others that may be in need. This year, The City of Southlake is partnering with Christmas is for Children with a Fill the Tahoe food drive. Families are encouraged to bring canned, non-perishable food and cereal to donate to Christmas is for Children.

Please visit to see all the event details including the entertainment schedule and parking information. If you have any questions, please call (817) 748-8019. If you are interested in sponsoring this event please email

We hope you and your family will the City as we light up the Town Square and kick-off the holiday season!

Santa Claus Brings in the Holidays at the Annual Tree Lighting Event

Tree Lighting 2014

The view from the Town Hall balcony in Southlake Town Square

Santa did not let Mother Nature get in his way. He moved the annual Tree Lighting to Sunday, November 23rd and made it an evening to remember for thousands of attendees who enjoyed holiday traditions and new exciting attractions.

The event began with the Southlake Community Band playing holiday favorites to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. The celebration continued throughout the evening complete with photos with Santa, snowman building with Olaf, photos with Elsa and Anna, a 4-lane snow tubing hill, holiday crafts, live entertainment and much more! The Tree Lighting Ceremony officially kicked-off the holiday season here in Southlake when Santa Claus lit up Town Square. With snow falling in Family Park, Christmas carols in the background and holiday activities found throughout the square, it was a magical evening.

The City is fortunate to have several sponsors that helped make this event possible. The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Tree Lighting was Enchanted Fairies Studio.  The Cookie Decorating Sponsor, Kroger, is provided cookies and icing for holiday cookie decorating. Taste Buds Kitchen is provided cupcakes and decorating supplies for attendees to decorate and eat their own cupcake. Guests were provided with free bottled water during the event, thanks to Frost Bank, the Quencher Sponsor. The Holiday Sponsors included Sleep NumberSky RanchSpringfree Trampoline IncChildren’s Health SouthlakeThe Goddard School and Brain Balance, all of which had booths and holiday activities at the event. Snowman building was an exciting new activity this year. The Fresh Market 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 was a variety of holiday crafts for kids to enjoy. A special thank you to all our 2014 sponsors!

The City of Southlake hopes you have a great holiday season. Please visit to find information on all the holiday activities happening in Southlake in 2014.



City Partnerships Bring Magic to Southlake's Tree Lighting on November 23, 2014

NK9_0192-November 23, 2013-2Home 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

Enjoy Hometown Traditions and New Attractions at the Annual Tree Lighting Event on Sunday, November 23

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Santa has moved the 2014 Home for the Holiday’s event to Sunday, November 23, 2014. See you at 5:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Santa is not letting Mother Nature get in his way.  He is bringing the Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting event to Southlake on Sunday, November 23, 2014.  We will have a great celebration complete with Elsa, Anna and Olaf in Frozenland, guaranteed snow, the snow hill, live entertainment and of course Santa who will help us turn on the holiday lights for the first time this season.

Santa has made the call though to keep the horses warm so they will be hanging out with his reindeer in his stables instead of offering carriage rides.

The Tree Lighting kicks-off the holiday season with hometown traditions and new, exciting activities for the family. Due to Saturday’s rain forecast, this year’s event will be held on Sunday, November 23rd from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Southlake Town Square.

All the fun and entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Family Park with entertainment, crafts, the 4-lane snow tubing hill, strolling characters and concessions.  For all the Frozen fans out there, a “Frozen Wonderland” will also begin at 5:30 p.m. with snowman building with Olaf and photo opportunities with Elsa and Anna.

The fun continues as Santa Claus arrives to Southlake Town Hall for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. After Mayor John Terrell welcomes in the holidays, Santa Claus will switch on the lights from the Town Hall balcony. Once Town Square is lit, Santa Claus will make his way to Santa’s Village located in Rustin Pavilion to listen to your wish lists and take free photos with your family.

The Southlake Community Band  will provide holiday cheer throughout the evening.

Rustin Pavilion:

  • 5:15pm – 6:20 pm: Southlake Community Band
  • 6:40pm – 8:30pm: Photos with Santa

Please visit for complete event information and to view the event & parking maps. If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Home for the Holidays Kicks-Off November 23

The Christmas countdown has begun! Bells will soon be ringing and thousands of lights will be sparkling throughout Southlake Town Square and the entire city as the holiday season gets underway. As one of the busiest times of the year for both retailers and residents, the City of Southlake Economic Development Department has launched its one-stop resource for holiday events and activities:

With a snowflake theme and photos from previous holiday events, the festive website is organized into 12 primary categories with descriptions, dates and times for holiday happenings November 23 through December 24.

Kicking off the holiday season is the Annual Tree Lighting in Town Square November 23 with Santa Claus himself flipping the switch at 6:30 p.m. Festivities will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and include performances by local choirs and the Southlake Community Band, as well as free activities for everyone including photos with Santa, carriage rides, snow hill tubing and holiday food and drink. The holidays are not complete without giving a wish list to Santa, so don’t miss the opportunity to see him in person at Santa’s Village November 23 – December 24.

A new section this year is Town Hall Events with a full calendar of holiday events for the entire family, including:

  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Story time with Mrs. Clause
  • CISD Show Choir Performance
  • Polar Express Movie Night
  • Holiday Craft in the Library

and more!

Another important purpose of the website is to promote local businesses and encourage people to “Shop Southlake” during the holiday season. The Store Events section of the website lists events hosted by Southlake businesses and the Shopping & Dining section links directly to the business directory. The website also lists Black Friday store hours for retailers in Town Square and throughout the city.

Informational sections such as Parking & Directions help visitors to the area and the Holiday Concierge, located at 1253 Main Street (across from Sweet & Sassy) provides helpful tips, restaurant menus, and gift cards for purchase.

The website will be continuously updated and businesses and community organizations may submit information for posting to