Christmas Tree Lighting
Time & Location
- Friday, December 1, 2023
- 6 to 8:30 pm
- The Link Plaza
- 6750 Baker Boulevard, Richland Hills, TX 76118
Join us for this great holiday tradition as Santa arrives to light the community Christmas Tree, choirs fill the air with the sounds of the season and lights begin to twinkle all around. You'll never know what kind of holiday surprise you might find, such as the crowd favorite snow sledding hill! It's a great time for friends and family to gather and kick-off the holiday season with free Santa visits, festive crafts, activities and more. You'll be jingling all the way home!
Due to health and weather conditions, some activities and guidelines at this event may be changed or cancelled. Be sure to check back here or on Facebook to get the latest event information.
- Event Parking & Traffic Information
- Letters to Santa
- Angel tree benefitting I can still shine
- Partnerships & Merry Maker Opportunities
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Talent Volunteers
- Craft Fair
Lots of free activities to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season!
- Area choir and dance performances on the main stage.
- Visit with Santa under the tree.
- Sled down the snow hill.
- Children 12 and under can make holiday crafts, sugar cookies and participate in a variety of seasonal activities.
- Mail your letter to Santa.
- Take your picture in a life size snow globe.
- Immerse yourself in sparkle at the light walk through.
Complete your holiday shopping at the craft show in the Fire Station benefitting the Richland Hills Animal Shelter.
Concessions will be available for purchase from Calhoun's Country Smoke, Sugar + Spice Mini Donuts and Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers.
Limited onsite parking is available at The Link and City Hall off Matthews Drive. Overflow parking will be available at Richland Hills Baptist Church (6852 Baker Boulevard) and Mullendore Elementary (3250 Scruggs Park Drive).
Free shuttle service is available from both locations. Please wait at the shuttle stop sign at each location.
Reserved Parent Parking: If your little angel is performing at the event, there is reserved parent parking at Centro Cristiano Betel (6600 Baker Boulevard). This is only for parents of performers at the event. Be sure to show your Reserved Parking Permit from your performance director in printed or digital form. A shuttle will be available or it is an easy .5 block walk to The Link.
Matthews Drive will be southbound only during the event.
Street parking will be closed on the following blocks during the event:
- 6700 & 6800 blocks of Park Place Drive
- 6700 & 6800 blocks of Pecan Drive
- 3100 & 3200 blocks of Matthews Drive
Look for the special North Pole Express mailbox. Bring your letter to Santa from home, download one here (PDF) or find copies on site, but be sure you get your message to the big man early!
I Can Still Shine is a Richland Hills organization that helps women and children start over after leaving abusive homes. Learn more about the organization by visiting their website.
I Can Still Shine has over 50 teen aged boys and girls that are in need this Christmas. They are asking for Walmart gift certificates in increments of $25 and $50 to allow these teens to choose their own gifts. Pick a tag off our Angel Tree located inside The Link and return with a gift card by Friday, December 8.
The City of Richland Hills is able to provide a family friendly event through the support of our sponsors and community partners. As a result of these collaborative efforts, the community can enjoy free admission and complimentary entertainment, attractions, crafts, and so much more. Whether a monetary contribution or in-kind donation, your support will earn your business face-to-face marketing in front of area residents and enhance your promotional campaign. Check out the Partnership Packet (PDF) for more information.
Spread some holiday cheer by hosting a Merry Maker Booth. Booths are free for non-profit organizations and $25 for for-profit organizations! Merry Makers provide a holiday treat, craft or interactive activity for 500 children such as ornament making, paper plate snow globes or snowman slime! These are just a few ideas. You may choose from your own holiday activity. We ask that each Merry Maker provide a different activity. Activity assignments are on a first come, first served basis. Complete this form (PDF) or register on-line to reserve your space today!
We invite you to help spread some holiday cheer at our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event. Groups and individuals are welcomed. Wear your organization t-shirt and promote your organization while your volunteer. Add a little festive attire to get everyone in the holiday spirit! All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age or accompanied by an adult. Register for volunteer opportunities here.
Do you have a choir, dance group, band or other performance talent? If so, we would love to hear from you. We may have a spot for you to perform on our main stage or as a roaming entertainment.
Contact Dona Roth Kinney, Event Supervisor, at 817-616-3740 or via email.
The Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be hosted in conjunction with the Christmas Tree Lighting Event in the Fire Station Bays. It's a great time to find unique gifts for the holidays!
If you would like to be a vendor, please complete this interest form. A Craft Fair representative will respond to you.
The vendor fee of $35 benefits the Richland Hills Animal Services and is due upon your acceptance as a vendor. Payment may be made at The Link customer service desk, via phone or online. Please create a Link Account for payment processing.
10 feet by 10 feet spaces are provided. Vendors may purchase multiple spaces. Vendors are responsible for providing tables and any other necessary display items. Carts or wagons are encouraged to transport products from parking area to booth location.
Spaces are limited and will be accepted on a first come basis.