Deck the Plaza to Illuminate City Hall Plaza for the Holiday Season

Presented by VisitDallas and the City of Dallas, join Mayor Mike Rawlings

on Nov. 30 for an evening of magical holiday moments for the whole family

DALLAS – VisitDallas and the City of Dallas are excited to announce Deck the Plaza, a free holiday celebration on Friday, Nov. 30, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Join Mayor Mike Rawlings for the official illumination of City Hall Plaza, including a 40-foot tree lighting. Event sponsors include Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Dallas Airport System, Freeman, Downtown Dallas Inc., Omni Dallas Hotel and Centerplate.

The festive, family-friendly event will include interfaith speakers and a special arrival from the big man himself… Santa Claus! Musical entertainment will be provided by Dallas Winds and the Castro band, headlined by locals Jason and Michael Castro of “American Idol” fame. Attendees can enjoy holiday treats including hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies.

“Dallas is a welcoming community, and during the holiday season, we want to be a place where residents and visitors can come together and celebrate,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I am excited that we’re illuminating City Hall Plaza; it is a great way for everyone to experience the joy of the season.” Schedule of events:

  • 4:30 p.m. – Guest Arrival
  • 5:30 p.m. – Program Begins
    • Speakers:
      • Phillip Jones, VisitDallas President and CEO
      • Mayor Mike Rawlings
      • Interfaith Speakers
    • Special Appearances by:
      • Linda Gray, Star of “Dallas”
      • Nia Franklin, Miss America 2019
  • 5:55 p.m. – Santa Arrives
  • 6 p.m. – Lighting of the Plaza and entertainment by the Dallas Winds and the Castro band
  • 7:15 p.m. – Program Ends, guests mingle and take pictures with Santa
  • 8 p.m. – Event Ends

“We have been wanting to activate City Hall Plaza and make it our city’s official gathering place for special events and moments of celebration,” said T.C. Broadnax, Dallas City Manager. “I want to thank VisitDallas and our sponsors for helping make this wonderful holiday event a reality. We look forward to making this an annual event for Dallas and activating City Hall Plaza with official events throughout the year.”

Deck the Plaza is the anchor event of VisitDallas’ BIG D Holiday promotion, an annual partnership with arts institutions and area attractions to showcase a full array of seasonal events for locals and visitors to enjoy. From magical musical performances to sparkling city lights, Dallas offers festive holiday fun for the whole family. Visit bigdholiday.com for more information and a complete list of events.

“VisitDallas is honored and proud to be a part of this joyful event. It’s the perfect start to a very special holiday weekend in Dallas,” said Phillip Jones, President and CEO of VisitDallas. Deck the Plaza kicks off a festive, family-friendly weekend in Dallas. Locals and visitors are encouraged to enjoy Deck the Plaza on Friday evening, explore and enjoy all that Downtown Dallas has to offer, and then keep up the fun at the Dallas Holiday Parade Saturday morning, Dec. 1. That afternoon, enjoy entertainment and a tree lighting in Klyde Warren Park followed by Reliant Lights Your Holidays at the neighboring AT&T Performing Arts Center.

“What a great weekend for locals and visitors to enjoy, and we encourage everyone from across Texas and Oklahoma and other drive markets to make plans to be in Dallas this weekend for a very special holiday experience,” Jones added. For more information please visit bigdholiday.com.


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