Tree in place for Fort Worth’s holiday celebration

Fort Worth’s annual lighting of the Christmas tree will take place in the new Sundance Square Plaza this year.

Festivities begin at 3 p.m. Nov. 23, and the lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Nov. 29, nearly 100 illuminated floats will take part in the 31st annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights presented by Chase. First staged in 1983, Fort Worth’s parade has grown to become Texas’ largest illuminated holiday procession. Covering a 1.5 mile route through downtown, the parade will feature nearly 100 professionally designed-and-produced floats (each with more than 12,000 lights), antique cars, marching bands, equestrian units, decorated horse-drawn carriages and strolling carolers.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their appearance on the specially designed, LED-lit, grand finale float, sponsored by parade producers Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives Inc. Corporate sponsors for the event are Chesapeake Energy, Chase, XTO Energy, and Coors Distributing Company. Nonprofit organizations such as the Cowboy Santas Program Inc. and the Fort Worth Bicycling Association will take part in the event as will the DFW Unicycle Club’s UniPsychos and the world-famous Wheelie-ing Elvi.