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Things To Do Over Thanksgiving Break


School is out next week for the entire week! Are you ready for the week off and to keep your kids busy? We’ve got some awesome ideas for you to make sure your kids are not bored. Here’s a list of fun things to do over Thanksgiving break.

Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot

November 23-24 This marks the 50th year for this family-friendly event! The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is a YMCA tradition that draws people from all over the country each year. Even if you’re not a runner or walker, there are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy: clowns, pony rides, bounce houses, live musical entertainment and much more!

Dallas Cowboys Game

If you have lived here for awhile you know we are serious about our Cowboys. It’s a big tradition for the Cowboys to play on actual Thanksgiving day. If you can’t get tickets to the big came consider going to visit The Star in Frisco. It’s also a fun place to take visitors! 

Six Flags

Going to Six Flag is always fun for the whole family. From rides to shows, they have something for everyone! Holiday in the Park is back and will run from November 17-January 7th.

Allen Annual Great Turkey Skate

Saturday, November 25th marks the 6th annual Allen Great Turkey Skate event at the Allen Community Ice Rink. The skating will take place from 12-4 pm that day. Join the fun on the ice for various Thanksgiving-themed, on-ice games, and activities, including Turkey Bowling.
Open to all ages. Entry is $5, and skate rentals are $3.

Bring a non-perishable food item for Allen Community Outreach and receive a free skate rental! (All on-ice participants must wear skates.)

Granbury Country Christmas Parade

November 24th at 6 pm Grandbury (west of Ft. Worth)

Granbury is such a cute historic town located West of Ft. Worth. It’s worth going to shop in the downtown square area and this event sounds so fun!

Musical Activities begin at 6 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Cookies for children and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the NEW Santa’s House on the square following the parade.

Thanksgiving in the Stockyards

Why not venture out west of Dallas a little bit to Ft. Worth and visit the Stockyards? They have so many fun things to do and places to eat. The stockyards are so fun to walk around and people watch too.

Events over Thanksgiving include:

  • Santa’s arrival on the 24th at 11:30 am where Santa shows up in a horse-drawn carriage!!
  • Photos with Santa on the 24th at Noon
  • and the Stockyard Championship Rodeo at 8 pm on the 24th.

Be sure and visit the famous Billy Bobs! 

Polar Express Grapevine TX

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.

Xmas Tree Lighting – Sundance Square (Ft. Worth)

November 18th 6:30-8 pm

Be part of the magic of the Sundance Square Tree Lighting powered by Green Mountain Energy. Costumed characters, holiday music and our friends from Nissan will be there early to get this event started! Entertainment will begin at 5:30.

XTO Energy Parade of Lights (Ft. Worth)

November 19th 6:00 pm

This looks like a really fun event taking place in Ft. Worth this weekend. Fun is happening all day from shopping to entertainment followed by the famous parade and even a special appearance by Cowboy Santa that night! Be sure and get there early to get a good seat!

Carol of Lights in Grapevine

November 20th 5-8:30 pm 

Join all the Who’s in Whoville as they help Grapevine launch their Whobilation at its NEW location at City Hall and sing in the holiday season in the Christmas Capital of Texas! Your favorite characters the Chilly Dawgs and Mrs. Claus will be joining in on this wonderful entertaining presentation of singing, dancing and lighting the entire town! Show up at 5 pm to enjoy taking photos with reindeer, creating seasonal crafts and savoring tasty food vendors. Then at 7pm, we’ll enjoy the spirit of Christmas as the Mayor “flips the switch” illuminating all historic downtown, all while hoping The Grinch doesn’t try to steal our spirit!

Free to the community and no tickets necessary. All ages are welcome. Activities will begin at 5pm and the program will begin at 7pm.

Christmas at The Star- Frisco

November 24th at 6pm

The first annual lighting of The Star’s 52-foot Christmas tree, located on Tostitos Championship Plaza, will take place on Friday, November 24th at 6pm. The tree lighting is a free event that will kick off the Cowboys Christmas Spectacular.

Cowboys Christmas Spectacular: Every Friday and Saturday night
The Cowboys Christmas Spectacular is a weekly holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, appearances by Santa and more. The Cowboys Christmas Spectacular will take place on Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star every Friday and Saturday at 6 pm. Admission and parking are free.

Home for the Holidays – McKinney

A McKinney Christmas is the best way to start your Christmas celebration. The weekend after Thanksgiving in Historic Downtown McKinney features non-stop family activities, entertainment, food galore, a chance to finish your Christmas shopping and much more.

Watch faces light up at the tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 24 at 6:15 p.m. and start (or finish) your Christmas shopping with Candlelight Shopping until 8 p.m. at all the unique shops on the square.

Friday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 26, 12 to 5 p.m.

Don’t forget about these fun places around town that always make for a fun day trip!

Dallas Zoo

New this year is the Dallas Zoo lights so after your day of fun with the animals you can stay for even more fun with lights!


Taking place right now is the 12 Days of Christmas! Gather the whole family and make a fun day out of it.

Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel!

gaylord texan ice exhibit

And don’t forget to go Check out some Christmas Lights!

What’s top of your list to do this Thanksgiving week with your family?