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A Village Holiday

Festivities scheduled from 2-6pm on Friday, November 26th

DALLAS October 2010 Experience the magic of the holiday season at Highland Park Village on Friday, November 26th during the center’s annual yuletide celebration that has become a community tradition. Festivities will take place from 2 to 6pm and will include dance performances , caroling, face painting, photos with Santa, and the lighting of the Highland Park Village Christmas tree and famous holiday lights. And, to celebrate the season of giving, the merchants of Highland Park Village along with D Magazine, will host a toy drive benefitting S.M. Wright Foundation. Toys will be collected at the Christmas tree located behind Who’s Who Burger.

Holt Haynsworth will be spreading holiday cheer while snapping photos of the little ones as they recite their wishlists to Santa. 5×7 prints will be given on the spot. The talented tots and teens from both Park Cities Dance and Preston Center Dance studios will be performing holiday routines as the spririt of the season envelopes the crowd. Additionaly, complimentary 15-minute carriage rides around the town of Highland Park will begin at 6pm. Hour long rides are available nightly beginning November 27th through Monday, December 31st (excluding Christmas day) and can be booked by calling 214.521.6717 or by visiting

About S.M. Wright Foundation

The S. M. Wright Foundation serves the South Dallas Fair Park community with the mission of continuing the legacy of Dr. S. M. Wright Sr. by providing support to enhance the quality of life through the areas of race relations, health, education, community economic development and social assistance programs. Dr. Wright was the founding pastor of People’s Baptist Church where he served for over 37 years. As a civic and national leader, Dr. Wright served as the President of the

Interdenominational Ministers Alliance of Dallas and president of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America leading over 2.5 million members. As a civil rights leader he worked to bridge the gap between races and empower those disenfranchised in the Dallas community. A 4-mile stretch of South Central Expressway between U. S. Highway 45 and Loop 12 in Dallas was renamed the S. M. Wright Freeway in remembrance of the leadership of Dr. S. M. Wright, making it the first freeway named in honor of an African American in Dallas. For more information or to make agift, visit

Highland Park Village is a favorite among locals, as it has been for generations. Built in 1931 and widely regarded as the country’s first true shopping center, the Village is internationally recognized for its architectural significance and mix of the world’s best-known upscale retailers including Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Escada, Harry Winston, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. It is a treasured part of the community and offers several annual events including a special holiday celebration and horse-drawn carriage rides each winter. In 2000, Highland Park Village was named a National Historic Landmark. Highland Park Village Gift Cards are available for purchase by calling 214.443.9898. Complimentary valet parking is available.