Kick-Off Christmas with the Addison Circle Tree Lighting Nov. 16

Addison is beginning to look a lot like Christmas—especially on Nov. 16 when the 9thAnnual Addison Circle Tree Lighting will transform the Town into a winter wonderland! Stop by Beckert Park, located at 5044 Addison Circle, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season, complete with delicious treats, shopping, prizes, a visit from the Big Guy in Red and the official lighting of the Addison Circle Christmas tree!

“We are so excited to once again coordinate this community event in Addison Circle,” said Stacey Griggs, MAA Regional Commercial Property Manager. “This is the ninth year we have put this event on, and each year it has grown in sponsorships and attendance. Our event is one of the first tree lightings of the year—it serves as a prelude to the holidays and helps puts you in a festive holiday mood. We hope you bring your entire family out to this event as there truly is something for everyone.”

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 which have been voted “Favorite Apartment Community” in the Addison Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. They offer gorgeous landscaping, high-class amenities, retail, dining and convenience stores, and simply beautiful homes. This company is one of the sponsors of the Addison Circle Tree Lighting, along with Holt Lunsford, Methodist Hospital for Surgery, the Blair Group Real Estate, Frost Bank, Whole Foods Addison, AMLI Residential Addison, Einstein Printing, LPC, CORT Furniture, Hubert’s Lemonade and the Town of Addison.

“It is unique in that this event is put on and funded by various apartment and commercial management companies in Addison Circle, and businesses in the community, so it is truly a community event,” said Barb Gatti, founder and CEO of Marketing Successories, which promotes this event among others. “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. Clause, who will arrive by the Town of Addison’s fire engine for all the children to enjoy.”

Kids in particular will love taking advantage of the many free activities at this event, where they can get their face painted, have a caricature made, take home a special balloon animal and compete in the coloring contest. Keep in mind that due to the anticipated large crowds, there will be a limited number of tickets available for the face painter, caricature artist, balloon artist and horse-drawn carriage rides. These free tickets will be passed out at the Post/MAA and AMLI tables, so make sure to arrive early to secure your tickets before they are gone!

In addition to the many activities, the Addison Circle Tree Lighting will also have a variety of live entertainment acts. The George Bush Elementary Choir will open the event by singing two songs and entertaining the crowds, as well as assisting in the lighting of the tree. A Make-a-Wish child will also be on hand to assist Mayor Pro Tempore Walden during the tree lighting ceremony.

Various merchants will be on site at the event, selling unique items—many of whom will also be offering special discounts! Several Addison Circle restaurants, such as Union Park Addison, SkinnyPizza and Antonio Ristorante will also have tables handing out free samples. Vendors who are interesting in selling items (and who won’t be competing against any other vendor in the Circle) are welcome to email Gatti to reserve a free table at gattib@aol.com.

At some point during the two-hour festivities, be sure to stop by the DJ table to enter to win one of many door prizes (you must be present to win). These include a $50 Amazon gift card, two $25 AMC movie gift cards, a Build-a-Bear reindeer and more.

The Addison Circle Tree Lighting is not just a fun holiday party; it also supports community members in need by hosting a food drive. Nonperishable food items will be collected and donated to the Metrocrest Services Food Pantry. Bring your donations to the event or stop by Addison Circle with your items anytime from now until Nov. 16. The collection boxes will be set up inside the Addison Circle One office lobby, the Adventura of Addison Circle, Carole Lucio Salon, the Blair Group Real Estate office, the Post Addison Circle Leasing Office and the MAA offices in Addison Circle.

“The tree lighting committee selected the Metrocrest Services Food Pantry as the beneficiary of our donations because the tree lighting ceremony is held every year the Friday before Thanksgiving,” explained Gatti. “We thought it was appropriate to have people bring food to help those in need have a great Thanksgiving. In the past, we’ve collected between 300-400 pounds of food during the event.”

The Metrocrest Services Food Pantry is arranged like a grocery store, where people in need can stop by to shop from a selection of 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.

The Addison Circle Tree Lighting is one of the most beloved holiday traditions in the Corridor. Start the season right—surrounded by family and friends, twinkling lights, festive music and community members coming together to help those in need. You’ll be singing carols and ready to decorate your home by the end of the night!

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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