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Things to do in December

Holiday Guide

Looking for things to do in December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

So so many fun family events, better start planning now.

We have lots of ideas for things to do inside and outside around Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Allen and surrounding cities in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.

For Events Happening Each Weekend, we have a Round Up for you!

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.

Photos with Santa – 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 11:00am-1:00pm 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, Plano
Cost: FREE with a donation

Christmas Village at Warehouse Church

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 – 2 pm
Where: Warehouse Church, Plano
Cost: FREE

Circo Metropolis

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: select dates, December 16 – January 2
Where: Samuell Grand Ampitheatre, Dallas
Cost: $15 – $30 ***Save 20% on tickets, use promo code 20MAGIC at

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

After a sold-out run in Los Angeles last year The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey is coming to Dallas FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER with a whole new open-air experience to spread a Texas-sized serving of Christmas cheer!

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

Day 1 DFW

Day 1 DFW is specifically designed for children and families to celebrate New Year’s Day together. This kid-friendly celebration features interactive activities, crafts and games, great food and a spectacular fireworks show. Come out and play on New Year’s Day!

When: January 1, 2022 9 am – 2 am
Where: 7 DFW Main Event locations
Cost: $20 Buy tickets at

This Month’s Events


Free Live Online Art Class – Plano Arts & Events

Join them for a free live art class, suitable for all ages and skill levels. Classes are taught using watercolor paints and modified for colored pencils, markers and crayons. We’ll have a new class every Monday at noon. No registration – just go to their page every Monday at noon CST and click on the live video.

When: every Monday, 12 pm – 12.45 pm
Where: online
Cost: FREE

The Friends Experience

When: through January 17
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend
Cost: from $32.50

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Explore his life, his work, and his secrets as never before through cutting-edge 360 degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show. 

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

Dinosaurs Live

Let your imagination run wild as you travel back in time along a half-mile nature trail to get up-close and personal with 11 life-size animatronic dinosaurs.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

When: through January 2, 2022
Where: Grandscape, The Colony
Cost: $29.50 for adults, $19.50 for children 3 – 15

Kids Movie Saturdays

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

Holiday Events

Where can you go for photos with Santa?

Holiday at the Arboretum

The Trains at NorthPark

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

Santa at Galleria Dallas

When: through December 24
Where: Galleria Dallas
Cost: photo packages available

Snow Day Dallas

SNOWDAY takes guests on an explorable adventure through 20+ imaginative rooms and hundreds of surprises for all ages.

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

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

Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza

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

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


When: through January 1, 2022
Where: Rough Riders Stadium, Frisco
Cost: from $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for kids

Super American Christmas Circus

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

Scrooge The Musical – NTPA

When: December 9 through December 19
Where: The Courtyard Theatre & Willow Bend Center of Arts, Plano
Cost: $20 – $30

Holidays at the Heard

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

Check out all these Holiday Lights around Dallas

Vitruvian Lights

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

Lights on the Farm

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

Dallas Zoo Lights

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

Prairie Lights

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



  • 5 pm – 9 pm Christmas on the Square – Downtown Celina & the Square
  • 5 pm – 8 pm Christmas Tree Lighting – Prestonwood Baptist Church Plano & North Campuses


  • Dec 2 – 5, First Monday Canton
  • 6 pm – 9 pm, Happy Hour Hike at Legacy West


  • 8 am – 10.30 am Breakfast with Santa, Profound Foods, Fairview
  • 8.30 am – 10.30 am Frosty 5K & Merry Mile, Frisco
  • 9 am – 11 am A Santa Experience CUMC Plano
  • 9 am – 4 pm Wylie Arts Festival
  • 9 am – 4 pm, Gift Galleria at Hebron High School
  • 10 am – 5 pm Hometown Christmas, Rockwall
  • 11 am – 2 pm, Christmas Village, Warehouse Church
  • 3 pm – 7 pm, Prosper Christmas Festival
  • 4 pm – 8 pm Christmas on the Square, Pilot Point
  • 5 pm – 10.30 pm Dickens in Downtown Plano
  • 6 pm – 10 pm Annual Tree Lighting & Parade, Little Elm


  • 1 pm – 5 pm Christmas at the Cove, Little Elm


  • Dec 8 – 19 Scrooge Community Theatre, NTPA, Courtyard Theater, Plano
  • 7 pm Elf Movie Night at Legacy Hall


  • 6 pm – 8 pm Holiday Gingerbread Decorating, Grandscape


  • Dec 10-12 Empowered Family of Origin workshop D2Counseling Register here –


  • 8.30 am – 10 am Candy Canes for Kids, Breakfast with Santa, Fairview Town Center
  • Dec 11 – 12 Breakfast with Santa at Epic Waters
  • Dec 11 – 12 Plano Trade Days
  • 8.45 am – 11.30 am Trot for Tots Outlaw FitCamp Plano 5K Fun Run
  • 10 am – 2 pm Santa Claus is coming to Dallas Farmers Market
  • 10 am – 3 pm Christmas in Adriatica Village & Toy Drive, McKinney
  • 12 pm – 6 pm 12 Wines of Christmas Wine Walk, McKinney
  • 2 pm – 7 pm Grinchmas at Grandscape Family Festival & Movie Night
  • 6.30 pm Christmas Parade of Lights, McKinney


  • 9.30 am – 10.30 am St Andrews Christmas Festival of Music
  • 11 am – 2 pm The Legacy North Pole, The Shops at Legacy


  • 10th World Nursing, Healthcare Management and Patient Safety Conference


  • 4 pm – 7.30 m Surf with Santa, Little Elm


  • Dec 17 – 18 Holidays at the Heard


  • 8.30 am – 2 pm 23rd Annual Christmas in the Park at Fair Park
  • 11 am – 1 pm Elf Kids Movie Saturday at Lava Cantina
  • 12 pm – 5 pm Gingerbread House Decorating at the Colony Public Library
  • 7 pm – 8 pm A Rockin Christmas – Christmas by the Pond, St Andrews UMC Plano


  • 12 pm – 5 pm The Market at Legacy North
  • 7 pm – 8.15 pm A Rhythm & Blue Christmas at St Andrew UMC Plano


  • 11.30 am – 1 pm Noon Year’s Eve Celebration Sweet & Sassy Plano
  • 10 am – 3 pm, Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Noon Year’s Eve Celebration

Want to celebrate New Year’s? Here’s are some socially distanced and fun ideas to celebrate


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


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