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Posted on: November 13, 2023

NRH Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Activities

Christmas Tree Lighting pic

Join us for a month of holiday activities, starting with the annual NRH Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Nov. 30.  

NRH Christmas Tree Lighting

Thursday, Nov. 30

Join us to kick off the Christmas season with the NRH Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the NRH Library, 9015 Grand Ave., the NRH Centre, 6000 Hawk Ave. and Stormy Plaza. In addition to the tree lighting and a spectacular drone light show, Santa will be visiting with families and posing for photos. There will also be crafts for youngsters to make and take, school choirs, hot chocolate, coffee and food available for purchase. Parking is available at the NRH Centre with handicapped parking at the NRH Library. See link for map below*** This event will take place rain or shine.

Event Map

Holiday Lights on Hawk Avenue

Nov. 30 – Jan. 1

Take a stroll down Hawk Avenue to enjoy thousands of twinkling lights, the city’s 46-foot-tall Christmas Tree and other holiday scenery. The lights come on nightly at dusk, about 5:30 p.m. The area provides many opportunities for your holiday photos, so don’t forget your camera!

Ramblin' Rita's Holiday Show

Saturday, Dec. 2 | 11 a.m. 

Ramblin' Rita's Texas Traditions Holiday Show is a fun, family-friendly event about the winter holidays celebrated across Texas. Rita's lively stories and songs will make you smile. This free event will take place in the Community Room at the NRH Library, 90015 Grand Ave. 

Holiday Open House at Iron Horse Golf Course

Tuesday, Dec. 5 | 5 p.m.

Iron Horse Golf Course is hosting a Holiday Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Stop by to enjoy hors-d'oeuvres, beverages, raffles, pictures with Santa and an end-of-year merchandise sale. 

Stories with Santa

Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 4 p.m.

Children will enjoy special stories with Santa and make a cute paper ornament for the Library’s Christmas tree. After the stories, families will have the chance to get a photo with Santa. This free activity will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the second floor of the NRH Library, 9015 Grand Ave. 

Keep NRH Beautiful Christmas Lighting Contest

Entry Deadline: Friday, Dec. 8 | 3 p.m.

If you love Christmas lights like Clark Griswold, then you should enter Keep NRH Beautiful's annual Christmas Lighting Contest. Nominations will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 12. View the contest rules and entry form.

Run Run Rudolph Family Fun 5K Run & Walk

Saturday, Dec. 9 | 8:00 a.m. Check-In/Run Begins at 8:30 a.m.

The annual Run Run Rudolph 5K event provides a great opportunity for families and friends to share their holiday spirit and enjoy fitness and fun. This year's run benefits the NRH Water Safety 365 Initiative. It is an un-timed run, all for holiday fun. Participants are encouraged to dress in fun and festive holiday attire! Register online by Nov. 26 for the best rate.  

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 9 | 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

It's one of the most memorable events of the season! Enjoy a hot breakfast and visit with Santa inside the C.A. Sanford Clubhouse at Iron Horse Golf Course, 6200 Skylark Circle. Breakfast will be served on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. and at 11 a.m. Reservations are required. The price is $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children under 12. Kids 3 and under are free. Please bring your own camera for photos with Santa. Please email Nick Hempel at or call 817-485-6666 Ext.1 to reserve your seats. 

Jingle & Jolly Magic Show

Saturday, Dec. 9 | 2 p.m.

Join Jingle the Elf and Jolly the Snowman for a magical interactive program for kids in the Community Room at the NRH Library! There'll be songs, games, a snowman race, and fun magic. Jolly will lead everyone in a Christmas carol at the end.

Uptown Carolers 

Monday, Dec. 11 | 6 p.m.

Performing in elegant Victorian costumes that appear to be plucked from the pages of a Dickens novel, Uptown Carolers are sure to bring musical merriment to NRH! This free performance is part of the Celebrating Culture Series and will take place on the 2nd floor of the NRH Library

Birdville High School Singing Hawks

Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 10:45 a.m.

Enjoy a holiday performance by the Birdville High School Singing Hawks in the NRH City Hall lobby. 

Walker Creek Elementary Choir

Thursday, Dec. 14 | 10 a.m.

Enjoy a holiday performance by the Walker Creek Elementary Choir in the NRH City Hall lobby. 

Sounds of the Season Concert - Texas Guitar Society

Thursday, Dec. 14 | 7 p.m.

Join us at the Grand Hall at NRH Centre on Thursday, Dec. 14 for “Sounds of the Season,” a holiday art and music event featuring the Texas Guitar Society. This free, hour-long event will feature a program of beautiful Christmas music by some of the most gifted classical guitarists in North Texas. In addition, holiday-themed artwork will be displayed in the Grand Hall Lobby gallery for concertgoers to enjoy before and after the program. The Grand Hall is located at 6000 Hawk Ave. More information can be found at or by calling NRH Parks & Recreation at 817-427-6620.

Splash Flix Movie: Elf

Friday, Dec. 15 | 6 p.m.

Splash, play and float in the NRH Centre's indoor pool while watching the holiday movie Elf. Doors open at 6 p.m., movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Outside food, small coolers, and personal lawn chairs welcome! Sign up now before they sell out. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased on the NRH Centre's website

Winter Reading Challenge

Nov. 30 to Jan. 31

Winter is the perfect season to curl up with a good book, so we are excited to announce that the NRH Library's Winter Reading Challenge is returning by popular demand! Here's how it works: visit the library from Nov. 30 to Jan. 31 to pick up your Winter Reading Challenge bookmark. Then, read five books of your choice and participate in two library activities. Once you have completed the challenge, return the bookmark to the library and enter a drawing for one of three gift baskets, each filled with cozy goodies for children, teenagers, or adults. We hope you'll join us in enjoying some great books this winter!

Holiday Giving Opportunities

If you’re wanting to help local families in need this holiday season, consider making a donation to our Heroes & Helpers event, Toy & Food Drive or the Mayoral Red Kettle Challenge. 

Heroes & Helpers

The North Richland Hills Police Department is excitedly preparing for the annual Heroes and Helpers event that is hosted in early December in partnership with Gateway Church, NRH. The yearly event honors child victims of crime from the NRH community by showing them love and support around the holiday season. The children and their guardians are treated to an evening with NRH police and fire staff members and receive dinner, gifts, activities, and a visit with Santa. You can join alongside the NRHPD Victim Assistance team in supporting the children through your gift of sponsorship. The cost of sponsoring one child is $100, but no amount is too small! If you’re interested in sponsoring a child, please reach out to the Community Resources Division at 817-427-7021. 

Fire Department Toy & Food Drive

New, unwrapped toys and boxed or canned food can be dropped off at any NRH Fire Station or the Public Safety lobby at City Hall from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Donations are given to the Community Enrichment Center who distributes them to needy families in the community. 

Red Kettle Challenge

Mayor Oscar Trevino is competing against mayors of other area cities to see who can raise the most money for the Salvation Army this holiday season. If you would like help, you can donate through the Mayor’s virtual red kettle link. Helpers will also be ringing the bell at some of our local stores on Saturday, Dec. 9. All donations help the Salvation Army assist local families in need at Christmas time and throughout the year. Learn more.

Whether you give to one of these charities or another of your choosing, we thank you for giving back to the community!

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