Featuring 10 fun-filled hours of water-dancing, craft-making, gift-buying, tree-lighting, fireworks-flying, good ol’ seasonal fun, the free Fair Park Holiday Festival will be rocking from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday, December 4, at Fair Park inside the Centennial Building and outdoors surrounding the Esplanade Fountain. This historic landmark will also welcome the nationally renowned Dallas White Rock Marathon to its new home December 3 – 5, giving Fair Park goers the chance to double their fun at the free White Rock Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday in the Automobile Building.
Free and open to the public, the MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday will feature a fireworks finale from the rooftops, the official City of Dallas tree-lighting ceremony, kids crafts, a shopping bazaar, holiday-themed entertainment and foods, family-fun activities, Bellagio-style “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain synchronized to music at the top of every hour (from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm), plus free visits to Fair Park’s eight museums.,
With free museum admission from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, guests will get to appreciate much of what Fair Park has to offer with visits to the newly-opened Texas Museum of Automotive History, African American Museum, the recently renovated Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, Museum of Nature & Science, Museum of the American Railroad, Texas Discovery Gardens, Hall of State, and The Women’s Museum (free admission does not apply to all special exhibits or IMAX® films).
Inside the Centennial Building, children and adults can visit Santa’s Workshop for free arts and crafts activities, including ornament making and do-it-yourself gift wrapping and cookie decorating. There will also be a variety of free entertainment, including a performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Junior Dance Academy (11 – 11:45 a.m.), a puppet show by Le Theatre de Marionette (noon – 1 p.m.), the Chuck Anderson Quartet (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.) and a special performance of “Giggle, Giggle, Quack” by the Dallas Children’s Theater (3 – 4 p.m.). In addition, there will be ongoing acts by various dance academies and performing arts groups.
At 5:15 pm, the Dallas Wind Symphony Quartet will take the stage outdoors for an hour-long performance, followed by the official City of Dallas tree-lighting ceremony at 6:15 pm, hosted by 98.7 KLUV’s Jody Dean, and a spectacular 10-minute fireworks finale from the rooftops of the Automobile and Centennial buildings.
Concessions will be sold including Fletcher’s corny dogs, pizza, barbecue, hamburgers, Frito® pie, chili, healthy snacks and wraps, holiday beverages, gourmet coffees, hot chocolate, plus holiday sweets such as cinnamon rolls, funnel cake sticks, and fried cheese cake.
Admission is free. The City of Dallas charges $10 to park within the gates of Fair Park, or visitors can ride DART’s Green Line to the Fair Park Station.
MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday is hosted by Friends of Fair Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition to presenting sponsor MetroPCS, other sponsors include Rogers-O’Brien Construction; State Farm Insurance; Statewide Remodeling; The 500, Inc.; and The Kroger Co. The event is presented in part by the City of Dallas. Local media partners are WFAA Channel 8, Univision 23, Time Warner Cable, Al Dia, 98.7 KLUV, 103.7 Lite FM, 97.9 FM The Beat, K-Soul 94.5 FM, 1270 AM La Voz del Pueblo and La Kalle 107.9.
About Friends of Fair Park
The purpose of Friends of Fair Park is to promote the year-round use of Fair Park; to support the Fair Park Museums; to preserve the buildings, art, sculpture, and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial.