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Family Friendly Weekend Events {December 3 – 5, 2021}

Things to do and Local Events this Weekend

Dallas Events this Weekend

Friday December 3

Featured Event – The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

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When: through January 2
Where: Choctaw Stadium, Arlington
Cost: $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for kids (3-12)

Saturday December 4

Featured Event – Photos with Santa/Plano Christmas Cops Toy Drive – Goldreich Orthodontics


Help Goldreich Orthodontics make this holiday season extra special for local families in need! They will be collecting donations (children’s toys, coats, non-perishable food items, and miscellaneous household items) for the Plano Christmas Cops on December 4th from 11 am – 1 pm in their office parking lot. Snap a photo with Santa while you’re there, and enjoy fresh baked cookies from Mrs. Claus!

When: December 4, 11 am – 1 pm
Where: Goldreich Orthodontics, 3105 Legacy Drive, Plano TX 75023
Cost: FREE – Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate

Featured Event – Christmas Village at Warehouse Church

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Join Warehouse Church for a fun day filled with over 50 market vendors, awesome food trucks, live music, petting zoo, pictures with Santa, and even more holiday fun.

When: December 4, 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Warehouse Church, Plano TX 75075
Cost: FREE

Sunday December 5

Dallas Zoo Lights


Cruise the mile-long route through the Dallas Zoo and enjoy many magical holiday moments along the way! Featuring one million twinkling lights, elaborate holiday-themed displays, dazzling 3-D lighted sculptures, larger-than-life animal lanterns, and more, all from the comfort of your vehicle.

When: through January 2
Where: The Dallas Zoo
Cost: $65 per car/$50 per car for Zoo Members

Ongoing Events & Christmas Events

Holiday Events

The Trains at North Park

When: through January 2
Where: NorthPark Center, Dallas
Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids (2-12)

Lights on the Farm

When: through December 26
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum
Cost: $10 adults & $7 kids

Santa’s In Town

When: through December 24
Where: Stonebriar Centre
Cost: photo packages from $39.99

Christmas in the Square

When: through January 3
Where: Frisco Square
Cost: FREE

Dallas Zoo Lights

When: through January 2
Where: Dallas Zoo
Cost: $50 – $65 per car

Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza

When: through December 18
Where: The Star in Frisco
Cost: FREE

Snowday Santaland

When: through January 19
Where: Galleria Dallas
Cost: Adults $27, kids $12

Super American Christmas Circus

When: through January 2
Where: Traders Village Parking Lot, Grand Prairie
Cost: $15 – $40

Texas Christkindl Market

When: through January 2
Where: Choctaw Stadium, Arlington
Cost: tba

Christmas Farm Adventure

When: through December 18
Where: Mainstay Farm Park, Cleburne
Cost: from $16.95 for earlybird tickets

Join Operation Kindness’ Countdown to Holiday Pet Adoptions

When: through December 24
Where: Operation Kindness, Carrollton
Cost: tba

2021 Christmas Carnival

When: through December 12
Where: YesterLand Farm
Cost: $12.95 – $22.95

2nd Annual Christmas on the Farm

When: through December 12
Where: Team Family Farms, Aubrey
Cost: $15

North Pole Express

When: through December 23
Where: Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Cost: $35 – $40

Vitruvian Lights

When: through January 2
Where: Vitruvian Park
Cost: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting

When: December 3, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Main Street, Grand Prairie
Cost: FREE

Prairie Lights

When: through December 31
Where: Grand Prairie
Cost: from $40 per car

Pictures with the Grinch

When: December 3, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Burkman Holiday Home, Frisco
Cost: Cash donation or Amazon card donation for picture with Grinch

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

When: December 3, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Denton County Courthouse on the Square
Cost: Free

Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Sips Tour

When: throughout December
Where: Dallas by Chocolate Tours
Cost: $45 – $49

Christmas Parade

When: December 4, 8 am – 12 pm
Where: City of Richardson
Cost: Free

Frosty 5K & Merry Mile

When: December 4, 8.30 am – 10.30 am
Where: Frisco Square
Cost: from $25

A Santa Experience

When: December 4, 9 am – 11 am
Where: CUMC Plano
Cost: $25

Cottonwood Creek Christmas Market

When: December 4, 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Cottonwood Creek Church, Allen
Cost: Free

2021 Gift Galleria

When: December 4, 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Hebron High School, Carrollton
Cost: Free

CityLine’s Merry Market

When: December 4, 1 pm – 9 pm
Where: CityLine Richardson
Cost: Free

30th Annual Merry Main Street

When: December 4, 3.30 pm
Where: Frisco Square
Cost: Free

Dickens in Downtown Plano

When: December 4, 5 pm – 10.30 pm
Where: Haggard Park
Cost: Free

Sensitive Santa

When: December 5, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Watters Creek, Allent
Cost: Reservations required, from $20

Our list of all the best places to see Santa & get photos

Santa photos in Plano

Where are the Best Places in Dallas to see Christmas Lights?

Holiday Guide

Farmers Markets

Dallas: Saturday 9 am – 5 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas

Plano Farmers/Artisan Market, Saturday 9 am – 2 pm, The Shops at Willow Bend

McKinney: Saturday 8 am – 12 noon, Downtown McKinney Square

Richardson: Saturday 9 am – 1 pm, 101 S. Coit Road, Richardson

Carrollton: Sunday 10 am – 2 pm, 2722 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton

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More Fun Weekend Events

Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum

When: through December 31
Where: Heard Museum
Cost: Price included with Heard Museum admission and free for Members

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

When: through December 12
Where: Secret Location, Dallas
Cost: from $34.90

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

When: through January 2, 2022
Where: Grandscape, The Colony
Cost: $34.50 for adults, $24.50 for kids (3 – 15)

Trail Rides at Cathy’s Critters

When: every Saturday, various times
Where: Cathy’s Critters, Princeton
Cost: $10 per person

Kids Movie Saturdays

When: every Saturday, 12 pm – 2 pm
Where: Lava Cantina, The Colony
Cost: Admission is FREE it’s just a great time that’s good for the whole family! You can also enjoy $2 OFF KIDS MEALS DURING THE MOVIE!

Wylie Arts Festival

When: December 4, 9 am – 4 pm
Where: FBC Wylie Event Center
Cost: Admission and parking are free

North Dallas Toy Show

When: December 4, 9 am – 3 pm
Where: Dallas Events Center, Farmers Branch
Cost: $2, kids under 12 are free


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More Things to Do

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