Several additions were announced to the 1,400 events planned over the 40-day Christmas Capital of Texas event in Grapevine.

City staff shared the addition of a new third drone show along with a Gifts for Grown Ups Market planned at the 35th annual Carol of Lights, which is scheduled to kick off festivities Nov. 20, during the Oct. 3 Grapevine City Council meeting. The theme of this year's activities is "Share the Joy."

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Paul W. McCallum, executive director of the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the first phases of equipment installation for Christmas Capital festivities will begin Oct. 15.

As part of the opening event, Carol of Lights, a lighting of this year’s 52-foot tree and the opening of an ice rink at Peace Plaza are planned. The annual pardon of Tom T. Turkey is also scheduled for Nov. 20.

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Erin Burke, event production manager with Grapevine Parks and Recreation, said the city will be adding one additional showtime and 40 drones to its third annual iteration of the Merry and Bright Drone Show. Burke said the 200 drones—up from 160 last year—will create a better show for attendees.

Each of the three shows will begin at 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 downtown. Burke said the shows Dec. 2 and 16 will launch south with the Dec. 9 show launching north, forcing different street closures for the event.

This year’s drone shows will also have an accompaniment of Christmas songs playing over speakers on the streets, she said.

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“As you’re watching the show, you’ll have different Christmas songs coming up, and the drones will actually be moving to the Christmas music, which is really exciting for us,” Burke said. “We think it’ll be a much-needed element for the show.”