There’s no place like Arlington, Texas for the holidays! In addition to the Texas Christkindl Market in the Entertainment District, the Lights of Interlachen, and other city-wide traditions, Downtown Arlington has all kinds of very merry ways to get into the spirit.
Holiday Traditions, Arlington Style
If you’re planning to attend the Arlington Holiday Lights Parade (of course you are) on December 14, come early for kids activities – including pictures with Santa — from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in and around the Downtown Library, Center Plaza and City Hall. The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. and tree lighting is immediately following at 7:00 p.m.
For more family-friendly fun, get your tickets now to see Theatre Arlington’s original production of Hooray for Holidays: Theatre Arlington’s Musical TV Special.
Downtown remains the epicenter of holiday traditions in Arlington, particularly when great live music is involved. At the Arlington Music Hall, you’ll love Symphony Arlington’s Holiday Concert on December 19 plus a variety of seasonally-inspired shows including Wynonna & The Big Noise Rockin’ Roots Christmas, Will Hearn’s Grand Ol’ Christmas Show, Chris Milyo Big Band Swingin Christmas, Blue Christmas Starring Al Joslin, and of course, the AMH Christmas Spectacular.
UT Arlington offers musical and entertainment options too, including the UTA Wind Symphony Concert, Percussion Ensemble, UTA A Cappella Choir Concert, VIA DANCE, and the UTA University Singers presenting an evening of holiday music on December 3.
Be sure to follow Downtown Arlington’s social media for more events throughout our cultural district!
Expressions of Faith
While individual Christian churches and congregations observe Christmas differently in accordance with their own unique doctrines, all are joined together during this time in joyful celebration. In Downtown Arlington, four congregations invite you to join them for their special Advent and Christmas services and events. Click below for more information:
- Calvary Church Arlington
- First Baptist Church Arlington
- First United Methodist Church of Arlington
- St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Looking for truly unique Christmas gifts? Skip the lines and definitely skip shopping online. Explore Downtown’s collection of pop-up urban market experiences kicking off in mid-November. Some are single-day events; others last for weeks. Click below for dates and details:
· Happy Holidays Pop-Up Shop in the Arlington Museum of Art
· Downtown Arlington Urban Market in Urban Union by Legal Draft
· Collected Treasures’ Holiday Open House Extravaganza
· A Pop-Up Holiday Market at Arlington Yoga Center
· Christmas Make and Take Open House at Union Worx
· UTA University Singers Holiday Market at UT Arlington
On Small Business Saturday, businesses all around Downtown are offering a variety of specials offers, discounts, open houses and events, plus any item you purchase on November 30 is eligible for FREE gift-wrapping! Click here for details.
Calendar of Holiday Events
We’re making a list and checking it twice for all of the Christmas events and holiday happenings in Downtown Arlington from now until the end of 2019. You’ll see them all when you visit our online calendar of events. If we’ve overlooked any, please let us know in the comments section below.
About Downtown Arlington
Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington is where creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what’s next. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to a top tier public research university, prolific visual and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate. Stay in the know by subscribing to our e-newsletter and by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.