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Christmas Season Celebrated with Cartoons, Carols

Christmas Season Celebrated with Cartoons, Carols

A time-honored tradition in Irving is the celebration of the holiday season.

Families are invited to participate in the Chili Cook-Off, Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony and see the festive holiday light display at Centennial Park. Details are below.

Chili Cook-Off

Hosted by the Police and Fire departments, the Blue Christmas Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Heritage Park, 217 Main St. Contestant entry fee is $20 for chili, $5 for beans and an unwrapped toy. Attendees may purchase a tasting cup for $5.

There will be a chance drawing, photos with Santa, children’s games, vendors, a silent auction and cake walk. Credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Blue Christmas Toy Drive.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Holiday Parade

The ’Tis the Season for Cartoons and Carols holiday parade kicks off at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 with a joyful procession traveling through the Irving Heritage District.

Enjoy fun and festive floats and holiday music. The parade will travel southbound on O’Connor Road, eastbound on Second Street, northbound on Lucille Street, westbound on Irving Boulevard and northbound on O’Connor Road.

There is no cost for parade entries. Parade applications can be picked up from the Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall, 825. W. Irving Blvd., through Nov. 25. To download an application online, visit

Tree Lighting

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd.

Entertainment will include a holiday stage show, children’s crafts, food, fireworks and performances by local dance groups. Concessions will also be available.

Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights at Centennial Park, a festive light display, can be viewed from dusk to 10 p.m. Dec. 7-29. There is no admission charge. Centennial Park is located at 444 W. Second St. For more information, call (972) 721-2501.

Posted Nov. 1

Arts Center Presents Holiday Open House

Navidad Latinoamericana!
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Dec. 6
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

The Irving Arts Center will be filled with sugar and spice this Christmas season for ¡Navidad Latinoamericana! — A Celebration of the Christmas Traditions of Latin America.

Take photos with Santa and wander through a forest of decorated trees in the Main Gallery, with artwork by local elementary students. This year’s open house event also will feature colorful papier mâché sculptures called alebrejes created by Irving resident Pastor Garcia and the paintings of Clotilde Espinosa. Guests also can enjoy a train ride on the Aztec Eagle in the Sculpture Garden, performances, jugglers, holiday-themed art projects and refreshments.

The evening ends with a free performance of ¡Fiesta Navidad! featuring the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Free. For more information, visit

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