The holiday season kicks off in downtown Fort Worth with the arrival of the Sundance Square Christmas tree at 9 a.m. Nov. 12.
Sundance Square president and CEO Johnny Campbell will be joined by Mayor Betsy Price in the annual tradition of hoisting the giant tree, a 56-foot blue spruce from Traverse, Mich., in the center of Sundance Square Plaza. This year, the tree will stand alone in its grandeur, allowing the natural beauty of the tree to command the spotlight.
Santa Claus will be prominently featured on the Plaza Stage, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland with new décor, including a dramatic, silver fabric backdrop, a sleigh backed by beautiful wintry trees and snowflakes hovering above. The snowflake theme will continue throughout Sundance Square.
In addition to changes with the tree and Santa Claus, the entire plaza will feature large, brilliantly lit sculptures perfect as the backdrop for photo ops with family and friends.
The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 17.
Activities the day of the tree lighting will include Santa Claus meeting families from 11 a.m.-9 .p.m., stores open for holiday shopping and restaurants offering extraordinary holiday menus.
Visitors anxious to make the most of their time at the plaza can enter a virtual line while waiting to see Santa Claus. Upon arriving in Sundance Square, guests can send a text to check in at Santa’s Sleigh, allowing them to shop, eat and relax until it’s time to meet Santa Claus.
Proceeds from photos with Santa Claus benefit the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ youth program.