Written by Phil Cerroni
December 1 from afternoon to 10 p.m.
Afternoon concerts on Main Street will feature the band, Canta Rhythm and Bass brand. The “Joy to the World” holiday parade kicks off at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 with the procession traveling through the Irving Heritage District. The parade will travel southbound on O’Connor Road, eastbound on Second Street, northbound on Lucille Street, westbound on Irving Boulevard and northbound on O’Connor Road. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. Entertainment will include a holiday stage show, children’s crafts and fireworks. Activities also include Santa visits and concessions. Ending the night with Holiday Lights at Centennial Park, a festive light display, can be viewed from dusk to 10 p.m. Dec. 1-30. There is no admission charge. Centennial Park is located at 444 W. Second St.
December 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Blue Christmas Chili Cook-Off will be hosted by the Police and Fire departments at Heritage Park, 217 Main St. Contestant entry fee is $20 for chili, $5 for beans and an unwrapped toy. Attendees may purchase a tasting cup for $5. There will be a chance drawing, photos with Santa, children’s games, vendors, a silent auction and cake walk. Credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Blue Christmas Toy Drive.
December 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Heritage House Tours
The Heritage House will be decorated for the holidays through December. The first tour will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2, 303 S. O’Connor Road. Docent led tours will begin at 3 and 4 p.m. For more information, call 972-252-3838.
December 4 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (IPAL) is offering a free archery clinic at IPAL, 1550 Rock Island Road. The clinic is for ages 10-18 with no registration required but parents must sign a waiver. Participants may attend one or both clinics.
December 6 from 10:30 to 11:30
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Training
The Visiting Nurse Association needs volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels once a month in Irving. Meals on Wheels volunteer training will take place at the Visiting Nurse Association’s headquarters on 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. The training will be held again on December 20 at the same time and location. Volunteer training is also available by appointment. For additional information call 214-689-2210.
December 7 deadline
Northgate Plaza Nursing and Rehab Center is having a food drive at 2101 W. Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas 75062
December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Open House
Enjoy “The Magic of Christmas” at the annual Holiday Open House at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. The Open House will feature performances, jugglers, holiday-themed art projects, train rides and refreshments in the Sculpture Garden. The evening ends with a free performance of the “Magic of Bill Blagg Live” at 7:30 p.m. in Carpenter Hall.