Thanksgiving isn’t here yet, but Fort Worth looked a lot like Christmas on Sunday.

The festivities started with a crowd surrounding a 65-foot Norway spruce for the 76th Annual Fort Worth Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Sundance Square Plaza and then lining up to see the Parade of Lights.

Some took selfies with their partners and some awaited the tree’s lighting with family and friends, but all of them didn’t let the sub-40-degree weather chill their spirits.

Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens kicked off the tree’s lighting at 5 p.m. with a speech thanking the people for their donations to Fort Worth, saying that if it wasn’t for philanthropist Ed Bass, a lot of things would not be happening in her hometown.

Bass predicted “this is going to be a bountiful Christmas season.

“In the past we’ve had fir trees and pine trees and their limbs come out and they kind of sag,” he said. “This is a spruce tree. The limbs come out and point up to heaven — they point up to how this Christmas season is going to be.”

About 150,000 people were expected in downtown Fort Worth for the Parade of Lights on Nov. 20, Sundance Square spokesperson Bryan Eppstein said. About 2,500 attended the tree lighting ceremony.

The Christmas tree lighting and parade with over 100 floats marked the beginning of the Christmas season in Fort Worth.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. He can be reached at cristian.arguetasoto@fortworthreport.org or (817) 317-6991.