Holiday parades, tree lighting, Santa's helicopter arrival among events in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village

drummers dressed up as toy soldiers in red jackets
The annual Holiday in the Plaza event at Castle Hills will include a toy solider drumming performance. (Courtesy Castle Hills)

The annual Holiday in the Plaza event at Castle Hills will include a toy solider drumming performance. (Courtesy Castle Hills)

Holiday parades, tree-lighting ceremonies and Santa’s arrival by helicopter are among the upcoming events in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village.

Nov. 20: Watch Santa’s landing

Santa Claus will be landing in a helicopter in the parking lot at Music City Mall Lewisville to kick off this holiday celebration. The viewing area opens at 11 a.m. with a Santa letter-writing station. Santa will arrive by helicopter at noon. Inside the mall, there will be a snow globe selfie area, an Olaf and Elf on the Shelf meet-and-greet, storytime with Mrs. Claus and more. A 5 Star Vendors Holiday shopping event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. Music City Mall Lewisville, 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewisville. https://tinyurl.com/mxwftet7

Nov. 20: Celebrate Lewisville’s newest residents

The city of Lewisville will host an annexation celebration for Castle Hills. Mayor TJ Gilmore will be available to answer questions. Attendees will be able to provide input on the city’s parks master plan update. There will also be police and fire apparatus on display, information on city services and programs, a police K-9 demonstration and performances from groups that call the Lewisville Grand Theater home. Noon-2 p.m. Free. Queen Margaret Community Center Park, 2501 Queen Margaret Drive, Lewisville. https://tinyurl.com/yu5w6jru


Nov. 20: Light your way into Christmas

Our Village Glows is a festive community event featuring the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree and a light show synchronized to holiday tunes. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating, ornament making, face painting and Santa’s arrival. 5 p.m. Free. The Shops at Highland Village, 1701 Shoal Creek, Highland Village. www.highlandvillage.org/588/Our-Village-Glows

Nov. 25: Kick off Thanksgiving with a 5K run/walk

Run or walk in the ninth annual Castle Hills Turkey Trot hosted by Riverstone Ministry. The event includes a 1-mile fun run. Registration is required. 8 a.m. $25 (age 5 and older), free (ages 4 and younger). Castle Hills Village Shops, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville. 214-577-8730. https://tinyurl.com/4tsrccps

Nov. 27: Enjoy tree lighting in Castle Hills

The annual Holiday in the Plaza event will include photo ops with Santa, a holiday monkey, live reindeer, drumming toy soldiers, a snow machine, carnival games, the Polar Express Train and more. Santa will light Castle Hills’ 68-foot tree after sunset. 4-7 p.m. Free. Castle Hills Village Shops, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville. https://castlehillsvillageshops.com/event/HolidayInThePlaza2021

Dec. 2: Welcome the holidays at The Realm

Rockin’ ‘Round The Realm will feature a DJ, photo ops with Santa, food and drink specials, and a tree-lighting party. 5:30-9 p.m. Free admission; concessions available for purchase. The Realm at Castle Hills, 4400 SH 121 at Josey Lane. https://therealmcastlehills.com

Dec. 4: Stroll into the holidays

The Old Town Holiday Stroll is a daylong family-friendly event in partnership with the Main & Mill Association in Lewisville. Activities include a pancake breakfast with Santa hosted by Seven Mile Cafe, selfies with Santa, the 23rd annual motorcycle toy run at 8 a.m., winter carnival attractions, a Christmas parade that starts at noon, an elf scavenger hunt and a tree-lighting ceremony at about 5:30 p.m. There will also be storytime with Mrs. Claus, musical and dance performances, and carriage rides. The holiday movie “Elf” will be shown in Wayne Ferguson Plaza after the tree-lighting ceremony. Applications for parade entries are being accepted through Nov. 29. Volunteer applications are also being accepted. See the full schedule online. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Free (admission). Old Town Lewisville, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville. https://tinyurl.com/3k4wtkvn

Dec. 4: Join in the annual Christmas parade

The deadline for parade entry applications for the 32nd annual Christmas Parade of Lights in Flower Mound has been extended to noon Nov. 30. The parade Dec. 4 has lighted floats traveling down Spinks Road to Gerault Park for a tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks. There will also be choir performances, photos with Santa Claus, carriage rides, food trucks, local vendors, kids activities and more. Flower Mound Summit Club will be collecting canned good donations along the parade route to benefit Christian Community Action. A free shuttle service will be offered beginning at 5 p.m. from Bakersfield Park at 1201 Duncan Lane to the event. 6-9 p.m. Free. Gerault Park, 1116 Gerault Road, Flower Mound. www.flower-mound.com/parade
By Valerie Wigglesworth
Valerie has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She is currently managing editor for DFW Metro for Community Impact Newspaper.


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