Irving—The Holiday in the Plaza Marketplace offered a wide variety of activities in the Levy Event Plaza in Las Colinas on Saturday, Dec. 4. The event included crafts, ice skating, Ferris wheel rides, photos with Santa, and a DJ playing music. People could shop with local vendors, and different kinds of food trucks were available too.
“This is a holiday event for the community, the members of the Las Colinas Association primarily, but we also open it up to the city of Irving and surrounding communities,” Candace Emerson, community relations & marketing director for the Las Colinas Association, said. “It’s a way to kick off the holiday season. We partnered with the Irving Police and Fire Blue Christmas Drive. In lieu of admission, we asked people to bring new unwrapped toys to donate to the drive.
“Everything you see at the event is free. This is our opportunity to give back to the community, celebrate the community, and get everyone together for the magic of the holiday season.It’s been a tough couple of years, and we felt a nice outdoor event felt like the perfect way to say thank you to our community.
“[At the marketplace] we have almost 40 local retailers with mostly hand-made materials. Of course if you’re going to shop, you’re going to need something for the kids. We have a Ferris wheel.We have an ice rink.We have an arts and crafts station, where we’re hosting four different crafts for all different levels of expertise; so something for the little ones, something for the adults. We have a face painter, a character artist, and lots of food trucks.”
The event was well attended by Las Colinas locals.
“I like that it is something festive, and it is kind of almost Hallmark-y, but not fully like the movie,” attendee Nina Sandoval said. “It’s really cute and festive. I like to be outside, and I like getting little artistic things that make really good stocking stuffers for people.”
“I like the atmosphere of the event,” attendee Aaron Anderson said. “Particularly I like the interaction element. I really enjoy the DJ and how he gets out, and he actually interacts with people.”
Angela Parrish attended the event with her family.
“The weather you can’t beat it,” Parrish said. “[The event] is done really well.”