Sara Story, NBC 5 News
The Downtown Dallas Christmas tree lights were turned on, and Santa made a special appearance at a holiday event on Saturday night.
Downtown Dallas is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The downtown Christmas tree lights were turned on, and Santa made a special appearance at a holiday event on Saturday night.
"It is like this big symbol. It is the point when Christmas time begins," Dallas visitor Ed Link said.
The Dallas tradition has been around for more that ten years, and it has captured the attention of people from across the globe.
"We are all coming from Massachusetts for the weekend," Link said.
One special guest traveled all the way from the North Pole. From typical Christmas characters like Santa to the unusual ones dressed up like storm troopers, holiday cheer was in full swing.
"Downtown is the heart of the city, so it is very important to make sure the holidays really start in the heart of the city," Kourtny Garrett with Downtown Dallas Inc. said. "It gives everyone in Dallas a place to go and a place to have fun and celebrate Downtown."
Saturday's celebration was made complete with pleasant weather.
"I'm loving it. I want to come back to Texas. I love this weather. I'm not used to it. It's almost December," Dallas visitor Alinne Deoliveira said.
It was a festive night that kicked off the holidays and brought people together.
"I'm loving it. It's uplifting," Deoliveira said. "It brings out the Christmas spirit, and it makes me want to shop."
Other tree lightings:
November 23 - 7:50 pm - Fort Worth
December 1 - 6:00 pm - Arlington
December 1 - 6:00 pm - Frisco