This Saturday, November 16, marks the official opening of the holiday season in downtown Dallas, thanks to the City Lights festival. It starts at Main Street Garden and continues westbound on Main Street to Belo Garden.
In addition to lighting the downtown tree and unveiling the Neiman Marcus Downtown holiday windows and crawl tubes, revelers can expect a plethora of family-friendly activities, such as musical performances, outdoor market and concessions, face painting and ornament making, and Santa sightings.
But they should also expect a traffic snarl. Certain roads will be shut down as early as 6 am on November 16. These are the spots to avoid if you’re headed that way:
- 6 am-1 am (November 17): Main closed between west side of Harwood to east side of St. Paul.
- 9 am-11:30 pm: Main closed between east side of St. Paul to east side of Griffin; St. Paul from south side of Elm to north side of Commerce; Ervay from south side of Elm to north side of Commerce; Akard from south side of Elm to north side of Commerce; Field from south side of Elm to north side of Commerce.
- 6 pm-10 pm: Harwood closed from the south side of Elm to the north side of Jackson.
- 6:30 pm-7:30 pm: Main closed between the east side of Harwood to the west side of South Pearl. Commerce closed between the east side of Harwood to the west side of South Pearl.
Downtown Dallas Inc. said it will be working with valet companies, hotels and businesses to ensure minimal interruptions, and road closures will be officer-controlled. For a complete list of City Lights activities — including the all-important info about where to park — visit the Downtown Dallas Inc. website.