It's that most wonderful time of the year. We've got chili pots cooking, and people parading, and lights on the tree.  Irving's the hap, happiest place to be. 

I hope the season's festivities call to you like they do to me.  I want to drink cocoa, trim the tree, go shopping, and soak up this great weather.  Please join me and your neighbors this weekend at the Historic District of Irving where there's plenty of Christmas joy to go around. I hear the parade this year is about twice as long as before, and you know what that means . . . more candy!  And "You-Know-Who" might make an appearance too. Be sure to tag us on any photos you take. #VisitIrving

FIRESIDE HOLIDAYS KICKOFF
Santa at Four Seasons
WHERE:  OUTLAW Taproom Patio & Pool Deck
WHEN:  Fri, Dec 1 from 6 - 8 pm
COST:  Complimentary, open to the public

Start the weekend off at the Four Seasons with emcee Amy Vanderoef where you and your friends can enjoy a visit with Santa and Frosty the Snowman, take a ride on the holiday train, play outdoor kids games, watch an Elf balloon artist, and listen to a holiday performance by the Irving Symphony Orchestra brass quintet.  A build-your-own hot chocolate bar, light bites and cocktails are available for purchase as well.  LEARN MORE

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BLUE CHRISTMAS CHILI COOKOFF
WHERE:  Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St.
WHEN: Sat, Dec 2 from 9 am to 4 pm
COST:  Free

Every year the Irving Fire and Police departments partner up to collect toys and food for their Blue Christmas program to help underprivileged families in Irving during the holiday season. The annual chili cook-off helps to raise funds for this charity. Festivities include children's activities and a car show.  We know the wonderful aroma of the contestants' chili is irresistible, so we're selling tasting cups for $5. LEARN MORE

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HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA PARADE

Irving Christmas Parade

WHERE: Downtown Irving
WHEN:  Sat, Dec 2 @ 4 pm
COST:  Free

What better way to kick off the season than with a home town parade, including floats, bands, a horse-drawn carriage, vintage cars, and much more. You can find good viewing spots anywhere along the parade route, either on Irving Blvd. or on West 2nd Street, between O'Connor Road and Lucille Street. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for a front row seat to view this classic American tradition. LEARN MORE

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CITY HALL OPEN HOUSE
WHERE: City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. 
WHEN:  Sat, Dec 2 from 5 - 6 pm
COST:  Free

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside your city's departments?  How does the Water Department keep up with city pipes?  Just how many parks does the Parks and Recreation Department have to mow? And exactly what is a Convention and Visitors Bureau? Well wonder no more and join us at City Hall where we explain who we are and what we do.  Refreshments, games and prizes await. LEARN MORE

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TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Christmas Tree at City Hall

WHERE: City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.
WHEN:  Sat, Dec 2 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
COST:  Free

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the MacArthur High School Jazz Band as they play some of your holiday favorites.  Watch dance performances on the stage.  See some classic Christmas movie clips on the big screen.  Then watch while the city's Christmas Tree comes alive with light, with a fireworks display at 6:20 p.m. LEARN MORE

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CENTENNIAL PARK
WHERE:  Centennial Park
WHEN:  Dusk to 10 pm

Once the sun sets Centennial Park comes alive with the spirit of Christmas.  Stroll through the park while sipping on hot chocolate as you watch the lights twinkle.  It's a great spot to bring your whole family or that special someone.  

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BALLET ENSEMBLE OF TEXAS PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
WHERE:  Irving Arts Center
WHEN:  Fri & Sat, Dec 1 & 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
         Sat & Sun, Dec 2 & 3 @ 2:30 p.m.
COST:  $25 - $30

Attending the Saturday matinee? Come early to shop at the Irving Farmer's Market, open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Or if it's the Saturday evening show you want, you'll have just enough time after attending the Tree Lighting Ceremony to catch this classic ballet performance.  LEARN MORE

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HERITAGE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TOUR
WHERE:  Heritage House
WHEN:  Sun, Dec 3 from 3 - 5 pm
COST:  Free

Not only is the Irving Heritage House decorated for Christmas, there'll be a special collection display of three beautifully crafted miniature buildings by Helen Brooks Klem.  The centerpiece is a 23” tall Victorian House with three stories and six rooms, including lights and two built-in fireplaces.  Additionally there are two store fronts of a toy store and a general store. Each building is created with painstaking attention to detail. LEARN MORE

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IRVING ROCKS! 

Irving Rocks

Looking for some music this weekend? Check out these sounds.

Local  Live Bands you will love from the beginning, so you can say you knew them when...

WHERE:  Bar Louie Music Factory
WHEN:  Fri, Dec 1 @ 10 pm
COST:  No cover charge

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Joe Mass's Weapons of Mass Destruction

WHERE:  Texas Musicians Museum
WHEN:  Fri, Dec 1 @ 8 pm
COST:  Call for pricing

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For Love and Country

WHERE: Southern Junction
WHEN:  Fri & Sat, Dec 1 & 2 @ 8:30 pm
COST:  See below

Cover charge for 21 and up is $8.00 (after 8:30pm); 18-20 is $15.00 (before 8:30pm); 18-20 is $20.00 (after 8:30pm)

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Dream Theater

WHERE:  The Music Factory Pavilion
WHEN:  Sat, Dec 2 @ 8 pm
COST:  $29.50 - $99.50

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Chet Stevens

WHERE:  The Ranch at Las Colinas
WHEN:  Sat, Dec 2 @ 8 pm
COST:  No cover charge

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For additional area events, be sure to visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com and click on Events.