Community Events

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The Christmas Spectacular at the Star

November 22 – December 21

One Cowboys Way Frisco, TX 75034

The Star in Frisco, this event gives fans an opportunity to enjoy free, family-friendly events throughout the holiday season including the Christmas Spectacular presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus.

Christmas in the Square

November 29 – December 31
Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd. Frisco, TX 75034
Trackless Train Rides, Parachuting Santa (at 5 PM), Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Snow Flurries, Light and Music Show each weekend


Merry Main Street

December 7th from 4 – 8PM
Simpson Plaza
Have a holly, jolly Christmas on Main Street with a tree lighting ceremony, photos with Santa, a kid’s Holiday Store, Children’s Choirs, holiday treats, shopping and fun!


Sounds of the Season

December 2 & 15 from 10AM – 6PM
Live Christmas Music at Stonebriar Mall

McKinney Christmas Tree Lighting

November 29 at 6:15 PM 
111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney TX 75069

Following the tree lighting, visitors can enjoy live entertainment by Ricki Derek & the Ho, Ho, Ho Orchestra.

A McKinney Christmas

November 23 – November 25 
111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069
Holiday festival in historic downtown McKinney with fun activities, food, all-day lineup of entertainment on an outdoor musical stage. Shop for the holidays at locally owned stores and boutiques around the square. Kids will enjoy roaming costumed characters, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and fun rides and attractions including SnowZilla.  

Plano Christmas Market 

November 17 & November 18, 2017 
Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road, Plano TX 

Plano Christmas Market is a fun and free event that showcases handmade holiday gift items made of fabric, wood, ceramic, and glass. Other exhibitors have jewelry and clothing for adults and children, along with candles and soaps. There will also be a wonderful selection of salsas, jams, nuts, and dips for gifts or holiday parties. In addition, Collin County seniors will stock the Hip Hip for Gray booth with a variety of crafts including quilts, baby items, ornaments, and more! 


Deerfield Neighborhood Light Show

December 1 – 30 7 pm-10pm on weekdays and 7 pm-11pm on weekends.

Legacy Drive at Colonnade Drive
Plano, TX 75024

When Deerfield was being built, it was considered by many to be too far north on Preston Road. There were only fields north of the intersection of Park and Preston. The builders wanted to get people into the neighborhood to look at the homes, so for three or four Christmas seasons, they offered the homeowners a $5000 prize for 1st place, $2500 for second place, and $1000 for 3rd place. 

Santa’s Village

Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from December 7 – December 22 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, TX  
Santa’s Village, a tiny town of sixteen holiday dwellings on the north side of City Hall is a holiday tradition for families from Richardson and beyond. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity and even a visit with Santa Claus! Attendees can also enjoy live performances, holiday photo ops and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a snack. 

Richardson’s 47th Annual Christmas Parade

December 7 9:00 AM

Richardson Square Mall Richardson, TX   
Santa’s Village, a tiny town of sixteen holiday dwellings on the north side of City Hall is a holiday tradition for families from Richardson and beyond. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity and even a visit with Santa Claus! Attendees can also enjoy live performances, holiday photo ops and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a snack. 


Vitruvian Lights

November 23 to January 1, 6 to 10 PM

3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison TX 75001 
Wander through Vitruvian Park’s 12 acres and view more than 550 illuminated trees, wrapped in 1.5 million sparkling LED lights. The large number of single-color trees gives this display a modern flare. 

Downtown Dallas Wanderland

November 30 – December 16

1508 Commerce Street
Pop-up shops, holiday decorations, live music, and drink specials turn downtown Dallas into a winter wonderland every Thursday-Saturday through Christmas. 

Dallas Holiday Parade

December 7 at 10:00 AM 
Downtown Dallas on Commerce St. 


Christmas at the Anatole

November 29 – December 22

Hilton Anatole – 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas TX 75207
Peppermint Park will take place in the Anatole park and will feature games and activities for kids, visits with Santa Claus, holiday shows, train rides around the park, light displays and more! 


Merry & Bright Night

November 20 7:00 – 8:30 PM 

George W. Bush Presidential Center – 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas TX 75205
Sip hot cocoa, take part in fun family holiday activities, and explore the new special exhibit, Christmas at the White House 2007: Holiday in the National Parks. In the all-new holiday exhibit, visitors will get a glimpse into the magical White House holiday celebration of 2007 that highlighted America’s national parks. 


12 Days of Christmas

November 9 – December 31 

Dallas Arboretum – 8525 Garland Road, Dallas TX 75218
The Arboretum is open for special lighted nighttime showings in December. A variety of holiday music is provided throughout the garden. Seasonal sweet and savory treats and hot beverages for children and adults are available for purchase. 


Dallas Zoo Lights

November 15 – January 5  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM  

Dallas Zoo – 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas TX 75203
Stroll through the zoo during the holidays and enjoy acres of holiday-themed light displays, 2- and 3-D light sculptures and holiday vignettes including Candy Land at the North Pole. Guests can enjoy holiday music, crafts, and activities for the kids.  


Black Nativity

December 5-22 

Bishop Arts Theater Center – 215 S. Tyler Street, Dallas TX 75208
Experience the Nativity story through gospel music. Now in its 14th year, Langston Hughes’ foot-stomping, toe tapping, finger-snapping holiday favorite returns to the Bishop Arts Theatre Center stage. 

Lone Star Christmas

Friday and Saturday, November 9 – January 1 from 5:00 PM to close 
Gaylord Texan –  1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, Texas 76051

The Gaylord Texan takes Christmas celebrations to an all new level!  Their massive ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, display is enough but then they add in Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing,  Glacier Glide Ice Skating, Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, the amazing decorations throughout the resort and more and this is one heck of a fun activity!


Gift of Lights

November 29 – December 30 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Texas Motor Speedway

With over 2 million LED lights, this drive-thru display of Holiday Lights at the Texas Motor Speedway is a MUST DO!


 North Pole Express

November 29 – December 23  

Cotton Belt Railroad District and Grapevine Vintage Railroad Depot
705 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051

Create a unique family Christmas memory aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express®, presented by Great Wolf Lodge. One of the most popular Christmas Capital of Texas events, families and children of all ages will enjoy this one-of-a-kind Christmas experience.