Santa Will Light the Tree at Southlake Town Square
November 14th, 2013 | by Michelle
Neighbors gather for the annual tree lighting at Southlake Town Square’s Home for the Holidays event.
Soon, Southlake Town Square will look a little bit like the North Pole. This year, the monthlong Home for the Holidays festivities will start on the weekend before Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Santa Claus will light a towering tree draped and decorated for the season.
The holiday magic, sponsored in part by Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, will be evident at every turn at the square.
Shoppers and children will be entertained with caroling, carriage rides, snow hill tubing, holiday crafting and holiday refreshments. John and Deanna Ashley of Ashley Nostalgia Photography will be photographing children with old St. Nick beginning Sunday, Nov. 24.
While at the square, don’t miss the chance to write a letter to Santa and drop it off at the Village Post Office. Include a return address so Santa himself can send a response and, of course, know where to drop off the presents on the night before Christmas.
And if you want to have breakfast with Santa, he will be looking for his eggs and coffee at the Southlake Town Hall on two Saturday mornings. Join him for $10 at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Dec. 7 and 14.
Live entertainment at the tree lighting will include the Southlake Community Band and the choirs from Johnson, Rockenbaugh, Walnut Grove, Old Union and Carroll elementary schools, Durham Intermediate School, Carroll Middle School and Carroll Senior High School.
Step back into a time, reminiscent of a Charles Dickens novel or a Norman Rockwell painting, and enjoy a carriage ride to view the lights at Southlake Town Square. Glide through a winter wonderland to the sounds of horse’s hooves and holiday music.
The carriage rides, operated by the Workhorse Ranch & Old Time Carriage Co., are at the Park off Grand Avenue near Santa’s Village at the gazebo. Rides begin on Fridays at 6 p.m., on Saturdays after 5 p.m., and on Sundays after 4 p.m.
A standard carriage ride lasts five to 10 minutes and costs $25 for a group of four. Extended rides last up to 15 minutes and costs $50 for the group. Groups of up to 12 passengers may ride in a larger surrey for a minimum price of $150. No reservations are required, but are encouraged. Reservations must be paid in advance and made online. A special reservation is required for half hour and hourly rides and for larger groups. Blankets are included on the carriage when the weather is chilly and riders may bring some hot cocoa or coffee.
For more information: visitsouthlaketexas.com/home-for-the-holidays.
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