Celebrate the Holiday Season with the City of Irving
The Holiday Extravaganza is a two-part event, featuring a community parade through the Heritage District followed by a tree lighting ceremony outside of Irving City Hall. This annual celebration is a tradition for many Irving families.
The fun will begin at 4 p.m. when the parade winds through the streets of downtown Irving, featuring floats, bands, and community organizations. The theme for the 2018 parade is the "North Pole." Parade participants will travel through the Heritage District on their “sleighs” inspired by Santa’s hometown and his workshop. Spectators are sure to see reindeer, polar bears and maybe even penguins as each float presents its unique vision of this wintery wonderland! At the parade’s conclusion, Santa Claus will ride through town to kick-off the city’s official holiday season.
Following the parade, head to Irving City Hall for the official lighting of the City of Irving's tree! The evening’s entertainment will include music, dance, crafts and children’s entertainment, creating a unique experience for residents of all ages.
Attendees can also enjoy free burgers from In-N-Out Burger and complimentary hot chocolate during the performances, while supplies last. The cheerful, family-fun evening will culminate with the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree on the lawn of City Hall, and a spectacular fireworks display.
For more information about the 2018 Holiday Extravaganza, call (972) 721-2501.
Participate in the Parade
Parade applications are now available. We welcome community participation in the Holiday Extravaganza Parade! From walking groups to marching bands, decorated vehicles and trailers, Irving residents make the parade special. Parade participation is free, and residents and businesses interested in participating are encouraged to submit their applications online by 5 p.m. Nov. 21.
The 2018 theme is "North Pole," and participants are welcome to decorate vehicles and/or dress in costumes that bring to life a vision of this wintery wonderland which Santa calls home. Float participants will be judged in six categories: best of show, overall theme, music, marching group, noncommercial and commercial float. Parade float competition winners will each receive a commemorative plaque, along with a vehicle display sign for use during the parade.
All parade entries must send a representative to the mandatory parade meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27. The meeting will be held on the first floor of Irving City Hall (825 W. Irving Blvd.) in the Council Chambers.
Toyota of Irving has graciously offered to assist local non-profit organizations by providing complimentary use of a truck to tow parade trailers and floats. Organizations that are recognized as a 501(c)(3) may contact Mark Baker by email Opens a New Window. or call (972) 505-1437 for more information about this free program.