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 2017 parade will be "Christmas Movies and Soundtracks." Parade participants can rock their way around the Heritage District in floats inspired by their favorite Christmas movie or song. Spectators can enjoy the traveling cinematic parade experience as floats showcase versions of classic and modern holiday music and movies. At the parade’s conclusion, Santa Claus will make his debut and kick-off the city’s official holiday season.
Immediately following the parade, head to Irving City Hall for the official lighting of the City of Irving's tree! New this year, the MacArthur Middle School Jazz Band will perform on stage after the parade and the tree lightening ceremony. The jazz band will play soulful renditions of popular Christmas songs. The stage also will feature dance performances from Dana’s Dance Academy and Forcher’s Dance Center. The evening’s entertainment will include classic Christmas movie scenes to accompany the musicians and dancers, creating a unique show experience for residents.
Attendees can enjoy free burgers from In-N-Out Burger and complimentary hot chocolate during the performances, while supplies last. The cheerful, family-fun evening will conclude with the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree on the lawn of City Hall. A fireworks display will follow.
For more information about the 2017 Holiday Extravaganza, call (972) 721-2501.
Participate in the Parade
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 Nov. 25.
The 2017 theme is "Christmas Movies and Soundtracks," and participants are encouraged to decorate vehicles and/or dress in costumes that bring to life a beloved holiday song or movie. Parade float competition winners will receive a pair of movie tickets in addition to a trophy. Float participants will be judged in six categories: best of show, overall theme, music, marching group, noncommercial and commercial float.
Online Parade Entry Form
Parade Participant Waiver
All parade entries must send a representative to the mandatory parade meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28. The meeting will be held on the first floor of Irving City Hall (825 W. Irving Blvd.).
Toyota of Irving has graciously offered to assist parade participants by providing complimentary use of a truck to tow parade trailers and floats. For more information about this free program, contact Mark Baker by email or call (972) 505-1437.
2017 EVENT SPONSOR
Become a Sponsor
Thousands of people from Irving and neighboring areas attend our annual festivities. Support this community event and increase the visibility of your organization by becoming a sponsor. For more information on becoming a sponsor, view our Sponsorship Packages (PDF) and contact The Sponsor Bureau at (214) 702-6411.
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