OVILLA – The holidays officially arrived in Ovilla this week when the city held its annual Christmas tree  lighting at Heritage Park on Main Street.

“The Christmas tree lighting is an event that happens every year at Heritage Park and it is to mark the beginning of the Christmas season,” said Ovilla Chief of Police Mike Moon.  “Several years ago citizen Dale Helm planted the tree that is now lit every year.”

With Christmas carols and warm beverages served by the Ovilla Service League, several dozen residents show up to mark the celebration each year.

“I have been told we will also have a special guest for the kids, Santa and his helper,” announced Ovilla Mayor Bill Vansyckle.

A Leland Cypress tree, now about 10-feet tall, the Christmas tree of Ovilla, has helped the city mark the holiday season now going on six years with the help of the Ovilla Service League.

“On Dec. 1 we honored the tree with lights, song and joy,” Vansyckle concluded.  “Our tree, as many others, has been hit by the drought and bugs.  The Ovilla Garden Club is working to save it, but all of Ovilla need to keep this special tree in their thoughts.”

The Ovilla Service League has been in existence for 35 years started as a group of women to help raise money for the fire department. 

With a variety of projects throughout the years, the Ovilla Service League in addition to being part of events like the tree lighting, also hosts other city fundraising events throughout the year.