Real. Texas. Holidays. is a round-up of the City of Mesquite’s festive family-friendly events. Get in the holiday spirit with celebrations including everything from historic events with Father Christmas to a straight-out-of-a-movie tree lighting on the downtown square complete with gazebo. Experience Christmas in the Park with hot cocoa and free pictures with Santa, and savor the sights and sounds of the season at the Mesquite Arts Center with holiday plays and music from our local symphony and band. Enjoy a hometown holiday like none other in the Rodeo Capitol of Texas with Real. Texas. Holidays!
Christmas on the Square
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Christmas at this holiday season tradition in the historic heart of Mesquite!
It's a Wonderful Life Radio Show
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" is based on a classic holiday movie with a clever twist thrown in: the story is staged as a live radio broadcast. Actors portray numerous characters, and sound effects are done by Foley artists. "It’s a Wonderful Life" is about the life of George Bailey, a generous and well-meaning man who has become too downcast and tried to continue living. It will take help from a lovable angel to show George what life would be like if he wasn’t born for George to have a change of heart and understand the true spirit of the holidays.
Christmas in the Park
Experience festive community performances and traditional holiday activities including, free pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, kids’ activity area, and more. Admission is free, some activities have a cost.
Christmas at the Ranch
Celebrating the history of the site during this fun, family-oriented holiday event.
The historic 1871 home will have traditional Christmas decorations, including real greenery and old-fashioned garlands, adorning the graceful porches. Lots of photo opportunities!
Light up the Corridor
Make the Gus Thomasson Corridor (GTC) glow this holiday season by decorating your business storefront. The public is invited to #ShopGTC and vote for their favorite holiday-themed storefront from November 15 to November 30. A social campaign will run on the City's Facebook and Instagram channels to vote as part of Real.Texas.Holidays.
The Sound of the Season
Please join the Mesquite Community Band as they present their annual Christmas concert!
Noche de Fiesta
The Mesquite Police Department will host the 3rd annual Noche de Fiesta in collaboration with Mesquite ISD and local businesses. The free, family friendly event celebrates Latin American culture and the holiday season. Come enjoy music, ballet folklórico, matachines, hot chocolate, Hispanic pastries, and more. Santa Claus will make an appearance to distribute toys to children.
A Winter Celebration
The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, joined by the Sunnyvale and Poteet High School Choirs, performs its annual holiday and winter celebration John Williams' Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone, Adolphus Hailstork's Celebration!, Coleridge-Taylor's Ballade, David Lovrien's We Come A-Darkly Caroling, and more.