Sugar Land’s Christmas Tree Lighting, an annual event that attracts thousands from throughout the region, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m. in Sugar Land Town Square. Special guests will include Santa Claus and Mayor James Thompson.
Activities for the entire family have been planned throughout the evening to keep participants busy prior to Santa’s grand entrance and the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be available for free professional pictures at the beginning of the event.
Games, crafts and delightful treats will be available all evening at activity and food booths hosted by local retailers and restaurants.
Street entertainers such as juggling elves and marionette puppet shows will capture the crowd’s attention by creating holiday magic as they roam the streets of Town Square. Audiences will also be serenaded with festive music performed by neighboring schools and a variety of groups on the main stage.
Main stage acts will include Leah White and The Magic Mirrors Band, 2010 Sugar Land Super Star winner Chase Neasey and choir performances by local church organizations. There will also be performances by Commonwealth Elementary School, Settlers Way Elementary School, Kempner High School and Stephen F. Austin High School.
Leah White and The Magic Mirrors band, recipients of the 2009 Nickelodeon’s Parent Choice Award for Best Music/Entertainers, produce their own unique music but they also perform traditional holiday favorites. Sugar Land Super Star Winner Chase Neasey also produces original music and has his own country band. Both of these talents are performing at their first Tree Lighting Event.
All activities are free, with the tree lighting tentatively set for 7:30 p.m. To help Santa make his grand entrance and to avoid traffic congestion, a free shuttle service will run from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., to Sugar Land Town Square from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parking will also be available in the Texas and Lone Star garages located in Town Square.
For more information, contact the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department at (281) 275-2885 or visit http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/.