2019 Holiday Lights Parade Guide
By Office of Communication
Posted on December 13, 2019, December 13, 2019

The Holiday Lights Parade, in Downtown Arlington, is one of the City's biggest Christmas celebrations. But it's much more than just a parade. Here's a guide to all the fun planned Saturday, Dec. 14.

Reindeer Games / Photos with Santa
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

The Downtown Library is the place to be before the parade. There will be games and crafts for the entire family, plus a chance to get your picture taken with Santa. There will also be activities in City Center, outside the Library. The Downtown Library is located at 100 S. Center Street. Note: Photos with Santa will run through 5 p.m.

Live Entertainment Schedule

Get ready for a day of amazing local talent. Five acts will take the stage at the Levitt Pavilion before the parade begins.

  • 3 p.m. - Arlington High School Jazz Band
  • 3:35 p.m. - Goodtimes Chorus
  • 4:15 p.m. - Miss Persis Elf Show
  • 5 p.m. - Sam Houston High School Orchestra
  • 5:35 p.m. - Sam Houston High School Mariachi Band

Holiday Lights Parade
6 p.m. 

The parade takes off at 6 p.m. at the intersection of South and Lampe Streets. From there, it moves through Downtown before ending at Abram and Cooper Streets. 


Tree Lighting Ceremony
7 p.m.

After the parade ends, make your way to Founders Plaza, near the Levitt Pavilion, for a tree lighting ceremony. Arlington is now home to a new 65-foot artificial tree — one of the tallest in the state.  

Pictures with Santa
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  
Levitt Pavilion 

Santa is hanging around for another hour after the tree lighting ceremony. You will need to bring your own camera.

"The Santa Clause" 
7:30 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion

After the tree lighting, hang around to watch the holiday classic "The Santa Clause" on the Levitt Pavilion screen. 


Vendors will be located on Pecan Street, between Abram and Main Streets


There is free parking along Downtown streets. Visitors can also park in the free 101 Center Garage across from Arlington City Hall and the Downtown Library (on Center Street, just north of Abram Street.) 

Other Downtown Entertainment / Events

Urban Union

The shops and restaurants in Downtown's Urban Union neighborhood are going all out to celebrate. 

  • Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery: Sugar Bee will be offering Christmas pajama pictures for a minimum $25 donation. The money helps families looking to adopt.
  • Inspirations Catering: Inspirations is hosting a fundraiser for the Cane Rosso Dog Rescue. There will be hot cider and treats plus a chance to adopt a dog.
  • 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge: Bring an unwrapped gift for drink discounts and your chance to win a Hawaiian lei
  • Wild West Comics: Shop the Wild West comic book sale and enter for a chance to win prizes
  • Cartel Taco: Bring a backpack to donate and experience a special coffee bar, food and drink discounts and a live DJ
  • Board & Brush: Walk in for a holiday make-and-take craft session
  • The Tipsy Oak: Live music on the patio
  • Legal Draft Beer Company: Bring a new toy for a free beer. There will also be all-day crafting opportunities from Lindsay's Art Cart. Santa will be available for free pictures (dogs welcome, too!) from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. There will be live music from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. 

Arlington Music Hall

The "AMH Spectacular Christmas" show begins at 7:30 p.m., giving you time to enjoy the parade. Tickets start at $5 for children and $10 for adults.

Arlington Museum of Art

The Arlington Museum of Art is currently hosting a holiday pop-up shop. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. You do not need to purchase admission to the museum to shop the market. 

Theatre Arlington

Theatre Arlington's "Hooray for Holidays" show will be a special matinee performance Saturday, timed to let families enjoy both the show and the parade. The show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 and available by clicking here. 

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