The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting draws thousands of TCU Horned Frogs from across the region. To ensure you do not miss the excitement, we encourage visitors to consider arriving early in order to find a parking spot and get to the Campus Commons on time. After 5:00pm, guests may park in any lot on campus, including reserved. Please refrain from parking in Health Center, Hall Director, or 24-hour reserved spots. TCU provides a complimentary shuttle service for students and visitors. For visitor parking information, please click HERE.
Event Map and Security
Please click here for the Tree Lighting Guest Map to download a 2023 Christmas Tree Lighting Guest and Parking Map so you can get to the event and parked easily. To ensure a safe environment for all, please review the security and event entry guidelines as you prepare for to attend this event by clicking Tree Lighting Security Overview. Please note that TCU’s clear bag policy will be in place and enforced for this event. Due to the large number of people and fireworks, pets are not permitted at this event.
Refreshments and Attractions
This year, attendees can expect some exciting changes at the event. For the first time, guests are invited to gather around all sides of the tree for incredible photo ops and a closer look at the 50-foot fir. If you are as excited about the performance by Aaron Tveit as we are, you can make your way over to Frog Fountain to enjoy the show!
Even with the changes, you can still expect to see all your favorite aspects of Tree Lighting. The annual TCU Tree Lighting wouldn’t be the same without Super Frog Santa! There will be two opportunities for photos with both Super Frog Santa as well as Santa from the North Pole. Photos are taken with your own phone or camera.
Free refreshments will be available while supplies last. If you are hungrier, there will be several food trucks on site in North Drive selling dinner, snacks, and desserts. There is a Chick-Fil-A, a coffee shop which serves Starbucks coffee and Market Square in the University Union. Information about these venues can be found by clicking here.
6:00pm: Campus Commons Opens
6:30pm: Concert performance
7:10pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks Presentation
7:25pm-8:10pm: Concert performance
Thank you to our Christmas Tree Lighting sponsors: