Irving comes alive this weekend with holiday splendor. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you like parades, fireworks, Christmas trees, ballets, or just lots of fun for the whole family, Irving has it all. We made a list (and checked it twice) of the top holiday activities going on in Irving, but there's always more that's listed on our website at  C'mon, let's get our jingle on!




Holiday Parade

Watch a Parade!


WHERE:  Downtown Irving
WHEN:  Sat, Dec 1 @ 4 pm
COST:  Free


You'll want to arrive early to pick out your favorite spot to watch the Christmas Parade wind through the streets of downtown Irving. Featuring floats, bands, and community organizations, participants will travel through the Heritage District on their “sleighs” inspired by Santa’s hometown and his workshop. The theme for the 2018 parade is the "North Pole" so be sure to watch for reindeer, polar bears and maybe even penguins as each float presents its unique vision of this wintry wonderland! At the parade’s conclusion, Santa Claus will ride through town to kick-off the city’s official holiday season. LEARN MORE


Tree Lighting

Light Up a Christmas Tree!


WHERE:  Irving City Hall
WHEN:  Sat, Dec 1 immediately after the parade
COST:  Free


Following the parade, head on over to Irving City Hall for the official lighting of the City of Irving's tree! The evening’s entertainment will include music, dance, crafts and children’s entertainment, creating a unique experience for residents of all ages. You can also enjoy free burgers from In-N-Out Burger and complimentary hot chocolate during the performances, while supplies last. The cheerful, family-fun evening will culminate with the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree on the lawn of City Hall, and a spectacular fireworks display. LEARN MORE




Nutcracker Ballet Ensemble

WHERE:  Irving Arts Center
WHEN:  Fri: 7:30 pm, Sat: 2:30 & 7:30 pm, Sun: 2:30 pm
COST:  $25 Students/Seniors, $30 Adults


What is the holiday season without watching The Nutcracker? Ballet Ensemble of Texas brings to Irving its 22nd annual production of this beloved performance.  The updated production showcases iconic choreography from the original Ballet Russe version of the Snow pas de deux, surrounded by the exhilarating snowflake scene, a favorite of audiences from previous Dallas Ballet productions.  LEARN MORE




Santa Saturdays


WHERE:  Irving Arts Center
WHEN: Sat, Dec. 1 @ 2 - 4 pm
COST:  Free


Want to make some cool holiday cards and craft? Then git-a-long down to Santa Saturdays at the Irving Arts Center to create take-home holiday cards and crafts, and also take selfies with Santa!  It's part of the Lone-Star-studded holiday throughout the Irving Arts Center.  LEARN MORE


There's plenty more fun where that came from.  Try your hand at creating a Stray Sock Snowman at the West Library on Friday from 1 - 3 p.m. Or listen to the Rhythms of Christmas featuring Percussion Things and Margo Rey at the Irving Arts Center on Saturday at 7:30 pm, cost is $15 - $20. Or hop on our website and check out all the events this weekend in Irving. There's so much to see and do, so get out there and enjoy the weekend!