Written by Phil Cerroni
New to the event will be an afternoon concert on Main Street featuring Canta Rhythmn and Bass band and sidewalk shopping opportunities.
The Blue Christmas Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Police and Fire departments, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 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.
The “Joy to the World” holiday parade kicks off at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 with the procession traveling through the Irving Heritage District. Enjoy fun and festive floats—celebrating the various ways the holidays are recognized around the world—along with holiday music. 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. Dec. 1 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.
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. For more information, call (972) 721-2501.
Source: City of Irving