Get Into the Christmas Spirit This Season at New Kringle Village Holiday Hoedown at Knapp Heritage Park, Nov. 26-Dec. 19, 2021
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communication
Posted on November 18, 2021, November 18, 2021

Kringle Village Holiday Hoedown

A new Christmas event, the Kringle Village Holiday Hoedown at Knapp Heritage Park, is set to bring twinkling lights, live shows, storytime with Mrs. Claus, and other family friendly festivities to Downtown Arlington this year.

The event, organized by Dance Theatre of Arlington and the Arlington Historical Society, will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night between Nov. 26 and Dec. 19, 2021, at Knapp Heritage Park, 201 W. Front St.

Dance Theatre Arlington’s Persis Ann Forster has collaborated with award-winning designer Ric Leal to coordinate live performances and activities each night among the festively decorated Knapp Heritage Park.

“If you are longing for a Christmas get together with friends and family that has a little something for everyone, this is the place to be,” said Forster. “We worked for the feel of a kinder, gentler time plus the energy of live singing and dancing, a parade and a nightly tree lighting!”

Activities include:

The Twelve Elves of Christmas present The Miss Persis Elf Show!

 A tradition in Arlington, the Miss Persis Elf Show is the Main Event, top attraction of The Kringle Village. Two different 15-minute Elf Shows feature students performing classic holiday elf numbers. The Elf Show performances have delighted audiences in the Metroplex for decades, bringing the joy of the Season to life each year.

 Countdown to Christmas

 An 11-minute costume character, Holiday Sing-along show. This high energy musical countdown has entertained children’s audiences at Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, various country clubs, malls, shopping centers, and Six Flags over Texas. Starring professional entertainers as Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and your Countdown host, Russ T. Bell.

 Kringle Windmill Tree Lighting Show

 A 12-minute contemporary, country-rock hoedown, tree lighting celebration. The professional performers of The Kringle Village come together to celebrate the Season and flip the switch on the Windmill Tree of Lights. Featuring popular, upbeat country Christmas hits with energetic choreography and fantastic costumes.

 ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with Mrs. Claus

 A delightful reading of Clement C. Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mrs. Claus herself. Set to music, this 8-minute presentation of the Christmas classic offers a tender, traditional moment for the audience to gather round and enjoy a local professional actress reading and singing as Mrs. Claus.

 The Kringle Village Welcome Parade

 All of the Elves of The Kringle Village parade into the park with Santa’s sleigh and his sack full of joys. This musical procession will welcome guests and officially kickoff the evening’s events.

 Jingle Jangle Dance Party

 DJ Frosty the Snowman leads musical interludes between Main Event Performances. Kids of all ages will love the chance to dance to pop-inspired versions of classic Christmas songs.

 The Kringle Village Holiday Hoedown at Knapp Heritage Park will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19 (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11) Tickets prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-11. This event features plenty of photo opportunities. Free parking is available throughout Downtown.

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