SUNDANCE SQUARE SETS CHRISTMAS TREE INTO PLACE FOR HOLIDAYS
Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting November 22
FORT WORTH, Texas (November 17, 2014) – Sundance Square kicked off the holidays today with the arrival of the Christmas Tree. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and Fort Worth City Council Representative Ann Zadeh joined Sundance Square President and CEO Johnny Campbell in the annual tradition of hoisting the 58-foot blue spruce into its 6,000-pound tree base in the center of the plaza.
“We chose a 58-foot blue spruce tree which is absolutely stunning,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director for Sundance Square. “The tree will be decorated with thousands of lights and gorgeous trimmings and will sit in the center of the plaza until New Year’s Day. Celebrating the holidays in Sundance Square has always been a great tradition and this will be another festive year with family and friends.”
The lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree will be held on Saturday, November 22. Designed with the community in mind, the tree lighting will feature Santa Claus, live music, stilt walkers, jugglers, balloon artists, as well as photo opportunities throughout the plaza.
The Sundance Square Christmas Tree made its way from Everett, Michigan to Texas. The blue spruce tree will be decorated throughout the week with nearly 6,000 LED lights that are powered by 100 percent renewable energy from Sundance Square’s energy partner, Green Mountain Energy Company.
This is the sixth year that Sundance Square has committed to being “green” including using LED lights and offsetting the emissions from the tree, with Green Mountain, which has the environmental impact of taking a car off the road for nearly 22,000 miles or the equivalent of about five trips from Fort Worth, Texas to the North Pole.
Family-style festivities begin at 4 p.m. on November 22 with choirs on the main stage, strolling entertainers, classic holiday characters, as well as shops and restaurants to explore.
The tree lighting ceremony will begin shortly after 6:00 p.m. featuring Santa Claus, who will stay to greet children until 10:30 p.m.
Santa’s workshop will offer holiday photo opportunities for families. Three candy-theme sculpted elements are a great spot for children to explore and have a family photo taken as kids wait to see Santa Claus.
Holiday keepsake photos with Santa are only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square through December 23. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.
Holiday fun will continue in Sundance Square with the opening of The Cheesecake Factory on December 9 at Commerce and 4th Streets. Sundance Square also recently announced Overland Sheepskin Company will be opening its first Texas store in time for the Christmas shopping season.
The 32 Annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights will step off at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 28 at Belknap and Throckmorton. Cowboy Santas volunteers will collect new, unwrapped toys along the parade route before the parade begins.
New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Luke Wade, a current contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, as the headliner with the Indie-Folk Americana Duo Dawn and Hawkes scheduled to open from the Plaza Stage beginning at 9:30 pm.
Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year. The one-acre outdoor plaza, which opened in late 2013, features new restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.