Dusting of snow welcomes blue spruce to city

Workers cut the straps on the nearly 60-foot blue spruce unleashing its wide branches from the trunk. The tree will be lit this Friday
Workers cut the straps on the nearly 60-foot blue spruce unleashing its wide branches from the trunk. The tree will be lit this Friday

Christmas tree to be lit Nov. 22

Sundance Square will kick off the holidays with a Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 22 featuring Santa Claus, musical and theatrical entertainment, as well as photo opportunities throughout the plaza.

“The 58-foot blue spruce tree we have chosen this year is stunning,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director for Sundance Square. “The tree will sit in the center of the plaza until New Year’s Day and will be decorated with thousands of lights and gorgeous trimmings.”

The tree arrived from Everett, Mich., on Nov. 17 and will be decorated throughout the week with LED lights that are 100 percent offset with pollution-free Texas wind power from Sundance Square’s energy partner, Green Mountain Energy Co.

Family-style festivities begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 22 with choirs on the main stage, strolling entertainers, classic holiday characters, as well as new shops and restaurants to explore.

The tree lighting ceremony will begin shortly after 6 p.m., featuring Santa Claus, who will stay to greet children until 10:30 p.m.

Santa’s workshop will offer photo opportunities for families. Holiday keepsake photos with Santa are $10 each (cash only) with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities.

The 32nd annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights will step off at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Belknap and Throckmorton streets. Cowboy Santas volunteers will collect new, unwrapped toys along the parade route before the parade begins.

Holiday fun will continue in Sundance Square with the opening of The Cheesecake Factory on Dec. 9 at Commerce and Fourth streets.

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