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

Things to do and Local Events this Weekend

Dallas Events this Weekend


Friday December 3

EOTS Pic 1

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


Saturday December 4

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

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


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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

Frisco Fresh Market: Saturday 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

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

Farmers Market Mesquite TX

Ongoing Events

Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden

When: Tuesdays through Saturdays 9am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm until October 2, 2022
Where: Heard Museum McKinney
Cost: included with admission

CityLine Live

When: every Friday, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: CityLine DFW, Richardson
Cost: Free

Kids Movie Saturdays

When: every Saturday, 12 pm
Where: Lava Cantina
Cost: Free admission and $2 off kids meals during the movie

Teen Night

When: every Friday, 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: JW Entertainment, Allen
Cost: tba

Family Storytime

When: every Saturday, 10.30 am – 11.15 am
Where: McKinney Public Library
Cost: Free

Legacy West Music Series

When: every Saturday, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Legacy West
Cost: Free

Sounds of Summer

When: every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Where: Grandscape Texas
Cost: Free

Safari Nights at the Dallas Zoo

When: every Saturday, through July 2, 9 am – 9 pm (band starts at 7 pm)
Where: Dallas Zoo
Cost: included with admission

Psychedelic Robot: An Immersive Art & Storytelling Experience

When: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 21
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend
Cost: from $32.30

Family Movie Matinee

When: every Friday in June and July, 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: The Colony Public Library
Cost: Free

Music & Movies – FREE Live Music

When: every Friday & Saturday in June and July, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Where: Fairview Town Center
Cost: Free



More Fun Weekend Events

Freedom Friday

When: July 1, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Cheeky Monkeys Plano
Cost: $14.99 for 2 hours

Winos and Dinos: Animatronic Production Tour (21+)

When: July 1, 6 pm – 7 pm
Where: The Dinosaur Company, Allen
Cost: tba

Stars & Stripes Weekend

When: July 1 – 3
Where: Frisco Roughriders
Cost: prices vary depending on seating

4th of July Celebration

When: July 2, 8 am
Where: Frisco Fresh Market
Cost: Free

Denton’s 4th of July Market

When: July 2, 8 am – 12 pm
Where: 101 S Locust St, Denton
Cost: Free

Storybook Saturday – USA Celebration

When: July 2, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Slayter Creek Park, Free
Cost: Free

North Dallas Toy Show

When: July 2, 9 am – 3 pm
Where: Celebration Event Center & Ballroom, Plano
Cost: $3, kids 12 and under are Free

4th of July Parade – The Colony

When: July 2, 10.30 am
Where: Parade starts at Peter’s Colony Elementary School on John Yates. The parade route will then head West along Nash Dr., and turn South on Blair Oaks. It will finish at The Colony Five Star Complex North Parking Lot.
Cost: Free

Free First Saturdays

When: July 2, 11 am
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center
Cost: Free

Independence Day Weekend

When: July 2 – 4
Where: Dallas Arboretum
Cost: $5 admission through the month of July

Dallas Mimosa Walk: Fourth of July Weekend

When: July 2, 12 pm
Where: Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
Cost: $35

Splash And Blast 2022

When: July 2, 5 pm – 10 pm
Where: Old Celina Park
Cost: Free

25th Annual Liberty By The Lake Festival

When: July 2, 6 pm – 11 pm
Where: Five Star Sports Complex, The Colony
Cost: Free

Celebrate Coppell: Party in the Park

When: July 2, 6 pm
Where: Andrew Brown Park, East Coppell
Cost: Free

Klyde Warren Park’s Independence Day Celebration

When: July 2, 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Klyde Warren Park
Cost: Free

City of Carrollton Community Fireworks Display

When: July 2, 9.30 pm
Where: 1700 Keller Springs Rd, Carrollton
Cost: Free

4th of July Cupcake Wars

When: July 3, 9 am & 2 pm
Where: Play Street Museum, Allen
Cost: $18 per child

Sachse Red, White, and Blue Blast

When: July 3, 6 pm – 10 pm
Where: Heritage Park
Cost: Free

July Jubilee

When: July 4, 8 am – 10 pm
Where: The Lakefront at Little Elm
Cost: tba

Sparks & Stripes: Parade

When: July 4, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Downtown Heritage District, Irving
Cost: Free

City of Rockwall 4th of July Parade

When: July 4, 11 am
Where: Harry Myers Park
Cost: Free

Red White & Brews

When: July 4, 11 am – 6 pm
Where: TUPPS Brewery, McKinney
Cost: Free

Splish Splash Freedom Bash

When: July 4, 5 pm
Where: Apex Center, McKinney
Cost: $10 member, $14 non members

Fort Worth’s Fourth

When: July 4, 5 pm – 10 pm
Where: Panther Island Pavilion
Cost: Free

Frisco Freedom Fest

When: July 4, 5 pm
Where: Frisco Square
Cost: Free

Red, White, Blues & Brews

When: July 4, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: The Shops at Legacy North, Plano
Cost: Free

Sparks & Stripes: Live Music & Fireworks

When: July 4, 6 pm – 10 pm
Where: Levy Event Plaza, Irving
Cost: Free

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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