55-foot blue spruce goes up in downtown Fort Worth

55-foot blue spruce goes up in downtown Fort Worth

Tree decorating underway, parade and tree lighting the day after Thanksgiving

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price hoists the 55-foot tree from a flatbed truck and places it into position. Photos by Jack Kemp.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas now that Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price hoisted a 55-foot blue spruce tree from a flatbed truck and placed the Christmas tree into position at the corner of Main and 3rd street in Sundance Square on Monday.
This is not just any Christmas tree – this year’s holiday centerpiece will once again be “green”, using LED lights for the third year. Furthermore, the blue spruce’s electricity emissions from its LED lights are being 100 percent offset with pollution-free Texas wind power from Sundance Square’s energy partner, Green Mountain Energy Company.

The tree's electricity emissions from its LED lights are being 100 percent offset with pollution-free Texas wind power.

Offsetting the emissions from the tree has the same environmental impact as removing a car from the road for nearly 22,000 miles. That’s the equivalent of driving to the North Pole and back three times. The tree originates from Traverse City, Mich. and will be decorated throughout the week by Sundance Square elves in its traditional nutcracker motif.
“Sundance Square is a magical destination during the holidays and we are happy to continue the tradition of the Christmas tree for our community to enjoy,” said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square.  “Sundance Square is the perfect setting for the holidays as everyone comes together to celebrate the joy of the season.”

From left, Sundance Square CEO Johnny Campbell, Kelly Brcka (correct spelling B-r-c-k-a) director of sales, Green Mountain Energy; Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Sundance Square marketing director Tracy Gilmour

Sundance Square will kick off the holiday season with the 29th annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights presented by Chase starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 in Sundance Square. 

The parade is themed “Christmas Delights!” and will feature illuminated floats, marching bands and other performers to herald the holiday season.  The parade begins at Throckmorton and Belknap Street, and winds through downtown Sundance Square and downtown Fort Worth.
As the parade draws to a close, the lights on the Christmas Tree in Sundance Square will come to life with the tree-lighting ceremony. Local comedy group Four Day Weekend will be on stage for a fun holiday skit and then introduce Santa Claus who will visit with children and take pictures until 10 pm.  Holiday keepsake photos with Santa are only $7 each with the funds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square through Wednesday, Dec21. Check sundancesquare.com for specific times. 


The Texas Ballet Theatre brings to life Ben Stevenson’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker on stage at Bass Hall.  Performances are scheduled for Dec. 9 – 24 at Bass Performance Hall.

Four Day Weekend presents interactive skits and improvisational comedy. Friday and Saturdays: 7:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.

Everybody’s favorite Auntee is back and ready to offer up her own brand of holiday spirit at the Jubilee Theatre. Full of music and laughter, Auntee narrates a classic Christmas story or two through her own loopy, tell-it-like-it-is, perspective. The show opens Saturday, Nov. 26 and continues through Friday, Dec. 30.

Numerous local choirs and Ballet Folkloricos will perform throughout the holidays with the Christmas tree as a spectacular backdrop. Check the event listings at sundancesquare.com for dates and times.
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Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, historic Sundance Square is a 35-block commercial, residential, entertainment and retail district where people work, live, shop and dine. Sundance Square’s beautiful landscaping, red-brick streets and turn-of-the-century buildings make it a pedestrian’s delight. Named after the famed Sundance Kid, who used the Fort Worth area as a hideout, Sundance Square has been hailed as a monumental achievement in urban redevelopment.

For more information, visit sundancesquare.com.

Story submitted by David Alvey. Photos by Jack Kemp.

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