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Christmas On The Square

Presented by:
City of Garland and Garland Power & Light


Downtown Garland Square, Nov. 29 to Dec. 31

  Join us at the Downtown Garland Square, 520 W State St., during the month of December, as the City of Garland invites you to Christmas on the Square. More than 100,000 lights bring the holiday season to life. Whether you’re walking or driving through, this event will bring out your holiday spirit as the lights dance to the holiday music over the radio.

FREE - Christmas on the Square is open nightly from Nov. 29 through Dec. 31. 

Don't forget to visit with Santa every Saturday night (Dec. 1, 8, 15) from 7 to 9 p.m. during the holiday season. More information about programming nights below.

2018 Christmas on the Square 
Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, Nov. 29
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Garland Square

The 2018 Christmas on the Square Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off Christmas on the Square with school carolers, hot chocolate, and the lighting of the official Christmas Tree on Thursday, Nov. 29.  Ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. So come early and carpool! The City of Garland strives to bring families together by spreading the joy of the holiday season.

Street closures will block most of the downtown square area. Click on the link for a map below. 

2018 Christmas on the Square Street Closure Map

For more information about how you can become a vendor for the Tree Lighting Ceremony, contact the office of Special Events. See below.




Sensory Friendly - Tree Lighting
Christmas on the Square

Wednesday, Nov. 28
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Downtown Garland Square


Join us with Santa for crafts and snacks at the Sensory Friendly Tree Lighting for children and adults with sensory disorders on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Contact us below for more information.


Christmas on the Square

- Holiday Programming Nights -

Saturday, Dec. 1, 8, and 15
7 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Garland Square

Christmas on the Square - Holiday Programming allows you to have more fun at the Square during the holiday season. Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., you can join the carolers, drink hot chocolate and take pictures with Santa at the Santa House.  Be sure to bring your own camera or phone to take photos, along with your special wish list to give to Santa. Don't forget about the free holiday movie playing at the Plaza Theater.


**Dec. 8 Update - Holiday Programming on the Square has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The movie, "White Christmas," at the Plaza Theater is still scheduled as normal, starting at 7 p.m.  

Free Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theater
- "Christmas Vacation" - Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.
- "The Santa Clause" - Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.
- "White Christmas" - Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.
- "Elf" - Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Plaza Theater - Downtown Garland, 521 W. State Street. 

Contact Information

For more information about Christmas on the Square, contact the office of Special Events below.

Special Events 
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts 
211 N. Fifth Street
Garland, TX 75040 
Phone: 972-205-2750