Friday, July 1, 2022

‘Tis the Season for Southlake’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

You’re invited to watch Southlake Town Square light-up for the holiday season at the City of Southlake’s annual Home for the Holidays — Christmastime in Southlake Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, November 20 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m.

This whimsical celebration kicks off the holiday season with a variety of family-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts, and delectable holiday treats.

Grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy free event activities such as cookies decorating, ornament crafting, writing letters to Santa, carriage rides with your family and friends, pictures with Santa and his elves, and sliding down our 12-foot-high snow hill. This year, there will be a second snow hill designed specifically for small children.

Southlake Fire Department will have their Fill the Truck Toy Drive.

To review the full list of Home for the Holidays — Christmastime in Southlake festivities (e.g., Breakfast with Santa), visit our website.

Parking will be available at the East and West parking garages. If you plan to use a ride share service, please direct them to our designated drop-off location at Summit Park located at 1501 Main Street.

Text H4HSLK to 888777 to receive real-time alerts related to the event.

Special thanks to the Home for the Holidays sponsors: Amber Butcher with Engel & Voelkers Southlake, Texas Health Southlake, WAY-FM and T-Mobile Southlake.

Home for the Holidays 2017

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is less than two months away. That means the countdown is on for the annual tree lighting ceremony in Town Square.

You’ll want to mark your calendar for all of the exciting events planned for Home for the Holidays in Southlake. It all kicks off with the annual Tree Lighting sponsored by Classic Chevrolet. The festivities begin on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Town Square. It’s a magical time as children’s eyes begin to sparkle with the lighting of the Christmas tree scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

“It’s my favorite event and I hope you can join us,” said Mayor Laura Hill. It’s also a favorite time of year for Southlake families. Children can’t wait to meet and take a photo with Santa, build a snowman, or go tubing down snow hill. Be sure to bring some warm mittens! Then enjoy a ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages.

But that’s just the beginning. There will be lots of holiday crafts and great bargains to be had; and shoppers will enjoy hearing the sounds of Christmas carolers as they walk around Town Square. To find out more click here.

Southlake residents will also have the opportunity to play our holiday trivia game on the City’s Facebook page and win a special City of Southlake ornament for your tree. You’ll want to follow us on Facebook and play every day for your chance to win.

On Saturday, December 2, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., parents can bring the kids to Breakfast or with Santa at The Marq Southlake at 285 Shady Oaks Dr. Breakfast with Santa from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. is already sold out but you still have time to sign up for Snacks with Santa from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus and her merry elves will also be on hand helping kids make holiday crafts. And kids, don’t forget to bring your Christmas Wish List for Santa. Registration is required. Click here for more information.

Mrs. Claus and her merry elves can always use a helping hand so if you would like to volunteer for any of the Home for the Holidays events visit Volunteer Southlake at visit or email

Last but not least, a few reminders about safety and security during the holidays. When shopping, be sure to remember the Hide, Lock, Take rule. Hide your things in the trunk of your car, Lock your car, and Take your keys. This will greatly reduce your chance of becoming the victim of a crime.

Also, if you are planning to travel during the holidays, don’t forget to fill out a vacation house watch form. This program is available to all Southlake residents who plan to be out of town for an extended period of time. Once Southlake Police receive the form, the address is added to the list of residences that officers check at least once per shift to ensure the premises are secure. You can find the form and more information on the Vacation House Watch program here.

We hope you will join us for some or all of the exciting events taking place during the holidays in Town Square.

We’d also like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday!

A special thank you to all of our sponsors. 

Classic Chevrolet

Gateway Church

Springfree Trampoline

Kleiman / Evangelista
Brain Balance
Goddard School
Fort Worth Christian School
Cafe Express
Sweet & Sassy

Home for the Holidays 2016 Brings Merry and Bright Festivities to Southlake

Spectacular sparkling lights, festive family fun, and seasonal shopping galore are all part of Southlake’s Home for the Holidays, a month-long of holiday happenings in and around Southlake Town Square. Seasonal celebrations officially kick-off with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony scheduled for Saturday, November 19 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. With free parking and free admission, this merry and bright start to the holiday season makes Southlake the perfect destination for Christmas cheer.nk6_0236

Be transported to a winter wonderland. A Southlake tradition for more than 15 years, the Annual Tree Lighting event features Santa’s illumination of Christmas lights in Southlake Town Square and includes a variety of seasonal family activities: a four-lane snow hill, snow man building, holiday crafts, ornament decorating, complimentary photos with Santa, letters to Santa, holiday treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a toy and food drive. Seasonal songs and entertainment will be provided by the Southlake Community Band and Southlake school choirs. The night of fun-filled merriment is only the start to a season full of festivities.

Santa is coming to town! Guests can stop by Santa’s Village in Rustin Park in Town Square to share wish lists and have holiday pictures taken with the jolly ole elf through Christmas eve. Kids can even have Breakfast with Santa or be one of Santa’s Little Helpers during events at The Marq Southlake.nk9_0053-november232013-3

Children will also have a blast during Story Time with Mrs. Clause, Cookie Decorating, Story Time at the Station, Holiday Crafternoon, and Mr. Vic’s Holiday Extravaganza. Popular during school breaks, Holiday Break Camp Mania is a great opportunity for kids to enjoy arts and crafts, field trips and plenty of play time. With multiple camp dates, there are a variety of options to keep children entertained while parents finish holiday shopping.

Making a list and checking it twice? With so many shopping and dining options in Southlake Town Square, the Holiday Concierge in can help guests stay organized this season. Browse movie showtimes, buy gift cards, check restaurant menus, get directions and information about stores, and make dinner reservations through this holiday service. Don’t forget about the other major shopping hot spots in Southlake, including Gateway Plaza, Kimball Oaks, Park Village, Shops of nk8_0288-november232013-3Southlake, and Southlake Marketplace. Savvy shoppers can even keep track of Black Friday hours and locations to find the best holiday buys this year.

Accommodate visiting friends and family with well-appointed rooms at Hilton Southlake Town Square, the perfect location for enjoying seasonal excitement. Hosting a holiday soiree? The Hilton even has event space for festive get-togethers and offers catering from Copeland’s of New Orleans, including famous Cajun Fried Turkeys to make holiday meals all the more memorable.

Have yourself a merry and bright holiday season during Southlake’s Home for the Holidays! For additional details, including dates and times for all of the holiday happenings, visit or call (817) 748-8019. Businesses and community organizations may submit information for posting to

City Partnerships Bring Magic to Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays has been the unofficial start to the holiday season in Southlake for over eleven years, featuring Santa and the unveiling of Christmas lights in Town Square. Event festivities will begin at 5:30pm and the Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:30pm.

The City is fortunate to have several sponsors that help make this event possible. Children’s Medical Center is sponsoring Snow Globe Live, a 15-foot snow globe that will provide a unique backdrop for holiday pictures. The Cookie Decorating Sponsor, Kroger, will provide all cookies and decorating icing. Guests will be provided with free bottled water during the event, thanks to Frost Bank, the Quencher Sponsor. The Tree Lighting would not be complete without Santa. Briggs Freeman–one of the Holiday Sponsors, will provide keepsake frames for Photos with Santa.  Holiday Sponsors include Alpine Materials, Sleep Number, Sky Ranch, and Whole Earth Provision Co., all of which will have booths and holiday activities at the event.

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 music performances by the Southlake Community Band, Johnson Elementary, Old Union Elementary, Rockenbaugh Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Durham Intermediate, Carroll Middle School, Walnut Grove Elementary, and Carroll Senior High School. Other entertainment will be provided by White’s Chapel United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir, Carroll Senior High Show Choir Carolers, and strolling holiday characters.

Popular radio station, 94.4 KLTY, will broadcast from Southlake Town Square the day of the Tree Lighting from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Radio personality, Tony Lopez, will emcee the event. Each holiday season, KLTY promotes The 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.

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 and full event schedule, click here.