The Irving Arts Center is hosting a series of FREE family events this holiday season beginning next week. Check out these activities and bring the whole family:
Dec. 5th- JumpstART Stories and Art -Holiday/Christmas Traditions of Latin America
Irving Public Library joins the Irving Arts Center to present a lively story time that combines art and children’s literature. December celebrates Navidad Latinoamerica. Following the story, kids can make an art project to take home. All supplies provided. Ages 2 and up. Call 972-252-2787 to pre-register groups of 10 or more. 10 a.m. l Suite 200 l Free
Dec. 6th- Annual Holiday Open House – Navidad Latinoamericana! Christmas Traditions of Latin America
The Irving Arts Center will be filled with sugar and spice this Christmas season for Navidad Latinoamericana! A Celebration of the Christmas Traditions of Latin America. Meet Santa Claus for a photo op and wander through a forest of decorated trees in the Main Gallery, with art work by Irving ISD elementary students, see colorful papier mâché sculptures called alebrejes created by Irving resident Pastor Garcia and be inspired by the colorful paintings of Clotilde Espinosa and book illustrations by Raúl Colón. Enjoy a train ride on the Aztec Eagle in the Sculpture Garden, performances, jugglers, holiday-themed art projects and refreshments. The evening ends with a free performance of Fiesta Navidad! Featuring the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6th- Fiesta Navidad: Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano
Spice up the holidays with the Grammy Award-winning sights and sounds of Mariachi Los Camperos. The band will play holiday favorites mixed with traditional mariachi music guaranteed to get toes tapping and spirits soaring. This incredible band is led by Natividad “Nati” Cano, who has shared the tradition of Mexican Mariachi with audiences for more than 50 years. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. 7:30 p.m. l Carpenter Hall l Free
Dec. 7, 14, & 21 Family Funday, Greeting Card Workshop and Photos with Santa
Heat up the holidays by celebrating Navidad Latinoamerica! Stroll through the galleries filled with colorful art and decorated trees. Create Christmas cards with Irving Art Association, make holiday crafts inspired by Latin American traditions and snap photos as your child meets Santa Claus. All supplies provided. BONUS: Local author Charity Kountz will be selling & reading her award winning book, Jason, Lizzy and the Snowman Village in Dupree Lobby on 12/21 l 2-4 p.m. l Irving Arts Center l Free
Dec. 1-31, Navidad Latinoamericana! Christmas Traditions of Latin America
The 21st Annual Holiday Exhibition and Tree Decorating Competition transforms the Main Gallery into a holiday wonderland filled with festive trees decorated by Irving parent-teacher organizations and beautiful artwork by IISD elementary students. The trees compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. Awards are selected by celebrity judges and viewer votes based on the theme Navidad Latinoamericana! Christmas Traditions of Latin America.