There’s a reason we climb up into our attics every year to pull down boxes of decorations, and then spend hours plugging in lights to see if they work, winding them around the tree and slipping ornaments on the branches – when the Christmas tree lights up for the first time, it’s one of the most magical moments of the year. While we may not have Clark Griswold-levels of lights in our homes, there is something about seeing those twinkly lights that can put even the biggest Grinch into a festive spirit. This year, enjoy that special start to the holidays with friends, family and community members at your side at the Addison Circle Tree Lighting event! This annual tree lighting ceremony is taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on November 17 at Beckert Park.
“Please join us in Beckert Park as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with our Eighth Annual Addison Circle Tree Lighting Ceremony!” said Barb Gatti, founder and CEO of Marketing Successories, which promotes Addison Circle events among other things. “The event will be full of holiday fun, featuring children’s activities, horse carriage rides, holiday shopping, refreshments, door prizes and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!”
Kids will love the many free activities available for them at the event. They can get their face painted with cute holiday characters – like an elf, snowman, or Santa – among other things, have their likeness drawn by a caricature artist, get a fun balloon animal to take home from a balloon artist, and test out their mad crayon skills at the coloring contest. The night will also feature a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive by the Town of Addison’s fire engine!
During the event, adults and children alike will also enjoy performances from the WaterTower Theatre (WTT)!
WTT is one of Texas’ leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, which puts on performances at the Addison Theatre Center. If you liked WTT’s short performance at the tree lighting, catch a full-length show this season! WTT will be putting on “The Great Distance Home” December 1 through 17. This show is about a boy who goes on an adventure and discovers love, joy and that home is where the heart is. Tickets to this show are available online now.
Admission to the Addison Circle Tree Lighting is free, but please consider bringing non-perishable food items to donate to the Metrocrest Services Food Pantry. This panty has food arranged on shelves like a grocery store, including canned vegetables, fruits and meat items, Helper-type mixes, dried beans and rice, seasonal fresh produce, breads and pastries, baking supplies, toiletries and hygiene items and household cleaning supplies. People can come to the Food Pantry to shop for items they prefer, with quantities based on family size and available stock. Volunteers are on hand to assist clients throughout the pantry, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can still donate food to help out those in need during the difficult holiday season. Items will be collected at the Addison Circle One Office lobby, The Aventura of Addison Circle, AMLI Offices in Liberty Plaza, Carole Lucio Salon, Methodist Hospital for Surgery, The Blair Group Real Estate office, Addison Circle Two Office lobby, Post Addison Circle Leasing Office and the MAA offices in Addison Circle from now until November 17.
This tree lighting ceremony is sponsored by Holt Lunsford, Frost Bank, MAA, LPC, Methodist Hospital for Surgery, AMLI Residential in Addison and the Town of Addison. MAA is a real estate investment trust that manages homes throughout the Southeastern and Southwestern regions of the U.S., including the Post Addison Circle apartments. These apartments have been voted “Favorite Apartment Community” in the 2017 Addison Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and offer gorgeous landscaping, high-class amenities, retail, dining and convenience stores, and simply beautiful homes.
The event will take place at Beckert Park, located at 5044 Addison Circle in Addison. Beckert Park is a favorite spot for businessmen to eat lunch, Addison Circle residents to go on a stroll with their dogs, and the Town of Addison to host events, such as the Summer Series. It has a beautiful green area for relaxing and play, a lighted walkway, benches and more.
Last year, a crowd of approximately 1,000 people attended the tree lighting event – help make the event even larger, and donate more to the Food Pantry, by attending this year. Lighting a Christmas tree is a beautiful and fun way to start the holiday season, and watching the tree light up with hundreds of your closest friends and neighbors just makes it even more special. You don’t want to miss it!