Thanksgiving is now behind us and many homes have already hoisted their trees and strung up their lights for the holidays. The same is true for Irving, and this weekend we'll have trees and lights popping up all over town. If you're looking to get into the festive mood yourself, here are some family-friendly holiday events to set the tone.

For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.


Holiday Extravaganza and Tree Lighting

Holiday Extravaganza

Location: 825 W. Irving Blvd.
Price: Free
When: Saturday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

‪The Holiday Extravaganza is a two-part event, featuring a community parade through the Heritage District followed by a tree lighting ceremony outside of Irving City Hall. This annual celebration is a tradition for many Irving families. The fun will begin at 4 p.m. when the parade winds through the streets of downtown Irving, featuring floats, bands, and community organizations. Immediately following the parade, head to Irving City Hall for the official lighting of the City of Irving's tree! The festivities include a holiday stage show with dance, music, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Enjoy carols and complimentary hot chocolate as we count down to the lighting of the tree and a fireworks display.


Texas Musicians Museum Christmas Bazaar

TMM Christmas Bazzar

Location: Texas Musicians Museum
Price: Free
When: Friday, Dec 4, 6-9 p.m. and Dec. 5, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Come out to do your Christmas shopping in a relaxing family environment, featuring vendors with all sorts of unique and custom specialty items, local food trucks and live Texas music. The TMM Christmas Bazaar will be located in the large parking lot directly across from the Texas Musicians Museum. The event culminates with the City of Irving's Christmas parade, which begins at 4 PM. The weatherman promises sunny skies and temps in the 60's, making for a great day of fun shopping. There's plenty of easy free parking in the lot behind the event area and admission is FREE.


Holiday Happenings at the Irving Arts Center

Irivng Arts Center Holiday

Location: Irving Arts Center
Price: See below
When: Friday, Dec 4-Dec 5
Season’s Greetings: Photographers’ Holiday Cards
Season’s Greetings: Photographers’ Holiday Cards features contemporary greeting cards created by both professional and amateur photographers selected from a competition sponsored by Blair-Murrah Exhibitions.
Show Schedule: November 21, 2015 - January 25, 2016
Price: Free
‘Holiday Movie Magic: 23rd Annual Holiday Exhibition & Tree Decorating Contest
From “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” to “The Polar Express” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, beloved holiday movie classics are the creative inspiration for this year’s Holiday Exhibition and Tree Decorating Competition featuring artwork by Irving ISD elementary students and trees decorated by local school groups.
Show Schedule: Through December 31, Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Price: Free
Family Funday & Photos with Santa, Irving Arts Center
Irving Arts Center continues to embrace “Holiday Movie Magic” with a very special Family Funday featuring: Movie Magic-themed hands-on art activities, Free photos with Santa, Holiday Greeting Card workshops with Irving Art Association, a concert performance from the Lamar Middle School Advanced Girls Choir at 2:30 p.m. in the Main Gallery.
During this Family Funday, be sure to visit the galleries as well as the Annual Holiday Exhibition & Tree Decorating Competition. Adults 18 and over can vote for their favorite tree!
Show Schedule: December 5, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Price: Free
The Nutcracker Sweet, International Ballet Theater
Dancers from Studio A, the official home of International Ballet Theater, are joined by professional Principal Dancers, Harry Feril (Bruce Wood Dance Project) and Yulia Ilina (Russian trained ballerina).
Show Schedule: December 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Price: $28-$38
The Nutcracker, Ballet Ensemble of Texas (BET)
Ballet Ensemble of Texas, a company under the direction of  Joffrey alum Lisa Slagle, presents this annual Holiday classic.
Show Schedule: Saturday December 5th: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. |  Sunday December 6th: 2:30 and 6 p.m.
Price: Free


Blue Christmas Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cookoff

Location: Heritage Park
Price: $5 for a tasting cup
When: Saturday, Dec. 5

The Blue Christmas Chili Cook-Off returns as part of the city’s Holiday Extravaganza. In an effort to spread a little holiday cheer, toys will be collected and shared with local families. Attendees can sample chili flavors by purchasing a tasting cup at the event for $5.