North Richland Hills kicks off the 2017 Christmas season with the Holiday Magic Christmas Tree Lighting & Family Festival on Friday, December 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the NRH Centre Plaza, Stormy Plaza and NRH Library along Hawk Avenue and Grand Avenue. The festival will include live music, community entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities, the Christmas Tree lighting, holiday scenes and of course Santa. A new location this year, along Hawk and Grand Avenues, brings the feel of a street festival to the event and also allows some activities to be indoors. The location also provides an opportunity for the city’s Christmas Tree and popular holiday photo scenes to be enjoyed through the entire month of December. Admission and parking are free. There is a charge for some activities. Holiday Magic is presented by the City of North Richland Hills and is sponsored by ISG/Insurance Solutions Group and NRH Modern Dentistry. See more details about the activities planned for the evening below.
Christmas Tree Lighting & Fireworks Show
The lighting of North Richland Hills' 46-foot-tall Christmas Tree will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Stormy Plaza and will be immediately followed by a dazzling fireworks display. Stormy Plaza is located at the intersection of Hawk Avenue and Grand Avenue, just across from the NRH Library. A portion of Parker Avenue will be temporarily closed to traffic during the fireworks show.
Visit with Santa
Children of all ages are invited to share their Christmas lists with Santa inside the Community Room at the NRH Library, starting at 6 p.m. The line for Santa will close at 8:45 p.m. Be sure to bring a camera to take your own photos!
Santa's Workshop Activities
After visiting with Santa, children are invited into his workshop at the NRH Library to complete14 holiday themed crafts and activities. The cost is $3 per child. To be able to complete the crafts by 9 p.m., the line will close at 8:30 p.m. or earlier if tickets sell out. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
NRH Centre Plaza Stage
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Memphis Soul Concert - Memphis Soul returns to North Richland Hills to perform classic and holiday hits starting at 7 p.m. on the NRH Centre's outdoor plaza. These crowd favorites are a high energy 8 piece group showcasing the rich musical legacy of the 50s, 60s, and 70s mixed with currently popular classic soul and R&B styles. Memphis Soul also performs popular standards from Frank Sinatra to Motown to current dance music that encompass its musical variety. Seating will be on the lawn. Bring your friends and family, along with your lawn chairs and blankets, for a great night of music and fun.
Get into the holiday spirit with performances by several area children's choirs and community groups on our community stage. The community stage will be located on Grand Avenue near the Christmas Tree. Performances include:
- 5:45 PM Raise the Barre Dancers/NRH Centre
- 6:00 PM Village Voices of Foster Village Elementary
- 6:15 PM Walker Creek Coyote Choir
- 6:30 PM Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks Show
- 7:00 PM Husky Harmonics of Holiday Heights
- 7:15 PM Green Valley Elementary
- 7:30 PM North Ridge Elementary
- 7:45 PM Academy at CF Thomas
- 8:00 PM Snow Heights Singers
- 8:15 PM Artistry in Motion
- 8:30 PM Fort Worth Christian School Drill Team
Dallas Puppet Theater
Pix Smith and his marionettes will provide entertainment for all ages with a strolling show along Hawk Avenue. The Dallas Puppet Theater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the performing, visual, and creative art of puppetry through an ongoing series of family performances, guest artists, school programs, workshops and outreach programs.
A variety of tasty treats will be available for purchase from the following vendors:
- BK Beverage (Chicken and beef steak sandwiches, chili dogs, and grilled cheese sandwiches)
- CPAAA (Popcorn)
- Hicks BBQ (BBQ and pulled pork)
- Kettle Korn and More (Kettle korn, cotton candy, pickles)
- NRH Swim Team (Hot chocolate)
- Roots Coffee House (Coffee, lattes, and baked holiday treats)
- Sinsational Cakes (Variety cupcakes)
- So Cal Tacos (Tacos-fish, chicken, steak, shrimp, nachos, quesadillas, and vegetarian options available)
- Soulgood-vegan- vegetarian food truck (Naked dog, macha mama pie/frito pie, vegan cupcakes)
- Steel City Pops (All natural fruity and creamy pops)
- The Pink Company (Funnel cakes, corn dogs, sausage on a stick, potato swirls, and chicken tender basket with fries)
- What’s Cooking Chef (Hoagies, churrasco/meat and vegetable rice bowls)
Holiday Craft Vendors
A variety of vendors will be selling handmade Christmas crafts and holiday gift items. Arts & Craft Vendor Application
- A.K.S. of Love
- Caricature Artists from All Occasions Performers
- DJ’s Classic Alpacas
- Kokomo Entertainment – Face painting / Blankets
- Kokomo Entertainment – LED Holiday Light up toys
- Laurie’s Wreaths & Gifts
- NRH Animal Adoption & Rescue Center
- Raya Jewelry Boutique
- Rock N Rose Creek
- Sethi Sparkle
- Simply Krafted by Kintisha
There will be numerous photo opportunities along Hawk and Grand Avenues and inside the NRH Library. Don't forget to bring your camera to take selfies and holiday family portraits!
Event parking is free at the NRH Centre and the Corporate Center at the Crossing. Handicap Parking is located in the NRH Centre lot, 6000 Hawk Avenue. Please see our parking map for parking lot locations and directions.
An ATM will be available onsite, near the west entrance to the Library.
Please leave pets at home.
NRH Library will close at Noon. A portion of Hawk Avenue next to the Library and NRH Centre Plaza will be closed starting at 1 p.m. NRH Centre will close at 4 p.m.
Please email us or call 817-427-6620 with any questions.
Thank you to the 2017 NRH Holiday Magic Sponsors: