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Family Friendly Weekend Events {December 17 – 19, 2021}

Things to do and Local Events this Weekend

Dallas Events this Weekend

Events are subject to change, be sure to check events are as scheduled before heading out. We rely on pricing being provided by event hosts but this information is not always available and we recommend checking directly with the event host.

Friday December 17

Circo Metropolis Holiday in the Big Top

Hosted by the zany and dynamic clown duo Slappy and Monday, Circo Metropolis will engage audiences with spine-tingling acts, magical mirth, and general mayhem, all presented under the idyllic setting of the Bavarian Big Top!

When: December 16 through January 2
Where: Samuell Grand Ampitheatre, Dallas
Cost: $15 – $30

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Saturday December 18

Hatching Holiday Cheer: A Cocoa Bomb Making Event

Guests will fill and decorate a fanciful chocolate dinosaur egg, and go home with instructions on how to transform their amazing egg into delicious hot cocoa! Additionally, your ticket includes a visit to the Dinosaur Company’s Creature Corral!

When: December 18, 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: The Dinosaur Company, Allen
Cost: $25

Sunday December 19

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

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Join Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves on a quest to collect the ingredients for Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a journey through twinkling wonderlands to set Santa and Christmas back on course!

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

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

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

Prairie Lights

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

Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Sips Tour

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

Santa at The Star

When: through December 24
Where: The Star, Frisco
Cost: from $30

Breakfast with Santa

When: Saturdays & Sundays in December, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, Grand Prairie
Cost: from $59

Holidays at The Heard

When: December 17 – 18
Where: The Heard Musuem, McKinney
Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for kids (3-12)

December Drive In Movie – Elf

When: December 17, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Cathy’s Critters, Princeton
Cost: $20 per car

23rd Annual Christmas in the Park at Fair Park

When: December 18, 8.30 am – 2 pm
Where: Automobile Building at Fair Park
Cost: Free

Stories with Santa at Legacy Hall

When: December 18, 10.30 am & 12 pm
Where: Legacy Hall
Cost: General Admission to this event is free, but we highly recommend reserving a picnic table

Holiday Open Skate

When: December 18, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Allen Community Ice Rink
Cost: $5 Entry/$3 Skate Rental

The Nutcracker at Grandscape

When: December 18, 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: Grandscape, The Colony
Cost: Free

A Rockin’ Christmas – Concert by the Pond

When: December 18, 7 pm – 8 pm
Where: St Andrew UMC, Plano
Cost: $5 benefits Beacon of Light-mental health ministry

Brunch with Santa benefitting Frisco Moms Care

When: December 19, 9 am – 12 pm
Where: The Revel Patio Grill, Frisco
Cost: $5 per seat

Sensory Friendly Santa Experience

When: December 19, 9.30 am – 10.30 am
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend
Cost: Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event.

A Rhythm and Blues Christmas with Liz Mikel and Alex Organ

When: December 19, 7 pm – 8.15 pm
Where: St Andrew UMC, Plano
Cost: $5 benefits Beacon of Light-mental health ministry

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

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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

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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!

AnimeFest 2021

When: Dec 17 – 19
Where: The Sheraton, Dallas
Cost: from $40


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