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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.

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Christmas Village at Warehouse Church

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Don’t miss this fun Christmas event for the whole family, with market vendors, food trucks, pictures with Santa and even more holiday fun! This event will be held at Warehouse Church in the front parking lot on the corner of Plano Parkway and Data Drive.

When: December 3, 11 am – 2 pm
Where: Warehouse Church, Plano
Cost: FREE


Day 1 DFW

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In its eighth year of celebration, Day 1 DFW is an all-inclusive event, bringing families together on New Year’s Day. Hosted by Vogel Alcove at The Irving Convention Center, guests get access to family-friendly, fun-filled activities and performances all day long. The event ends with a spectacular fireworks show.

When: January 1, 2023
Where: Irving Convention Center
Cost: Adults $10, kids free


This Month’s Events

Ongoing Events

Holiday at the Arboretum

When: November 10 – December 31
Where: Dallas Arboretum
Cost: $10 – $25

Lightscape

When: November 18 – December 21
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Cost: Adults $28

Christmas in the Square

When: November 18 – January 3
Where: Frisco Square
Cost: Free

Lights on the Lake

When: November 25 – December 27
Where: Little Elm Park
Cost: up to $26 

Lights on the Farm

When: November 25 – December 30
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum
Cost: $12 – $15 adults, $7 – $10 kids

The Trains at NorthPark

When: November 12 – January 6
Where: NorthPark Center
Cost: $10 Adults, $5 Children

Breakfast with Santa

When: November 26 – December 17, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Fairview Town Center
Cost: $25 – $35

Santaland

When: November 18 – December 24
Where: Galleria Dallas
Cost: Adults $12.99, Children $19.99

The Salvation Army Angel Tree

When: through December 2
Where: Galleria Dallas
Cost: Gift donations

SNOWDAY!

When: November 18 – January 8
Where: Galleria Dallas
Cost: Adults $34.99, Children $15.99

Dino Friends Expedition!

When: through December 2
Where: The Dinosaur Company, Allen
Cost: Adults $12.50, Children $9.50

Animatronic Production Tour!

When: November 18 – December 16
Where: The Dinosaur Company, Allen
Cost: Adults $19.50, Children $16.50

Texas Christkindl Market

When: November 25 – December 23
Where: Globe Life Field, Arlington
Cost: tba

Illumination Celebration

When: November 25 – December 24
Where: Galleria Dallas
Cost: Free

Dino Friends Expedition!

When: through December 2
Where: The Dinosaur Company, Allen
Cost: Adults $12.50, Children $9.50

Santa on the Square

When: November 30 – December 23
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
Cost: Photo Packages from $50

Santa at The Star

When: November 18 – December 24
Where: The Star, Frisco
Cost: From $40

Skating Under the Stars

When: November 25 – January 3
Where: Children’s Health Starcenter, Farmers Branch
Cost: Admission $10, skate rental $5

Annual Holiday Lights Display

When: November 25 – December 31
Where: Deerfield Neighborhood, Plano
Cost: Free

Prairie Lights

When: November 24 – December 31
Where: Grand Prairie
Cost: $50 per car (up to 8 people)

Vitruvian Lights

When: November 25 – January 1
Where: Vitruvian Park, Addison
Cost: Free entry, parking $15

Radiance! & Frozen in Frisco

When: November 18 – December 31
Where: Frisco RoughRiders
Cost: from $34.99

Prosper Tunnel of Lights

When: December 1 – December 31
Where: Whitley Place Neighborhood
Cost: Free

3rd Annual Christmas on the Farm

When: November 25 – December 11
Where: Team Family Farms
Cost: $15 a person

2022 Christmas Carnival

When: November 25 – December 18
Where: YesterLand Farm
Cost: from $17.95

Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza

When: November 18 – December 17, Fridays & Saturdays
Where: The Star, Frisco
Cost: Free

DFM Holiday Market

When: November 26 – December 24, Saturdays & Sundays
Where: Dallas Farmers Market
Cost: Free

Santa Photos

When: December 3 – 23, Saturdays & Sundays
Where: The Shops at Legacy
Cost: Photo packages starting at $60

Storytime with Mrs. Claus

When: November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 11.30 pm – 12 pm
Where: Galleria Dallas, Level 3, near Playplace
Cost: Free

Holiday Event Series

When: through December 17, Saturdays, 3 pm – 7 pm
Where: Fairview Town Center
Cost: Free

Scrooge – NTPA

When: December 14 – 18
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend
Cost: tba


Where can you go for photos with Santa?

Check out all these Holiday Lights around Dallas


OTHER FUN EVENTS

A Garland Christmas at Firewheel

When: December 1, 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Where: Firewheel Town Center
Cost: Free

Christmas at the Perry

When: December 1, 5.30 pm – 8 pm
Where: A. W. Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton
Cost: tba

Cookies with Santa

When: December 1 & 8, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Fairview Town Center
Cost: $20

Happy Hour Hike at Legacy West

When: December 1, 6 pm – 11 pm
Where: Legacy West
Cost: $20

Dallas Holiday Parade 2022

When: December 3, 7 am – 1 pm
Where: Dallas Downtown Historic District
Cost: Free or $25 – $35 for bleachers

Breakfast with Santa – UPDATE SOLD OUT

When: December 3, 8 am
Where: The Grove at Frisco Commons
Cost: $60 per table

Breakfast with Santa

When: December 3, 8 am – 12 pm
Where: Little Elm High School
Cost: $8

Frosty 5K & Merry Mile

When: December 3, 8.30 am
Where: Frisco Square
Cost: from $30

Pancakes with Santa!

When: December 3, 9 am – 12 pm
Where: Lava Cantina, The Colony
Cost: $10 – $15

Santa Is Coming To Prosper! Join Us For Breakfast With Santa!

When: December 3, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Grand Love Texas, Prosper
Cost: $15

Hebron Silver Wings Gift Galleria & Silent Auction

When: December 3, 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Hebron High School, Carrollton
Cost: Free entry

Holiday Art Bazaar 2022

When: December 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: TUPPS Brewery, McKinney
Cost: Free entry

Santa Claus is comin’ to SCHEELS

When: December 3 – 4
Where: Scheels, Grandscape
Cost: Free entry

10th Anniversary Celebration – UPDATE SOLD OUT

When: December 3, 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Perot Museum
Cost: tba

Klyde Warren Park’s Tree Lighting Celebration

When: December 3, 3 pm – 6 pm
Where: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
Cost: Free

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS | Santa’s Arrival

When: December 3, 3 pm – 6 pm
Where: The Village at Allen
Cost: Free

Prosper Christmas Festival

When: December 3, 3 pm – 7 pm
Where: Town of Prosper Town Hall
Cost: Free

Dickens in Downtown

When: December 3, 5 pm – 10.30 pm
Where: Historic Downtown Plano
Cost: Free

Christmas Parade & Annual Tree Lighting

When: December 3, 6 pm – 10 pm
Where: Little Elm Park
Cost: $10

Christmas Watercolor Workshop In Historic Downtown Plano

When: December 4, 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: Lyla’s Boutique, Plano
Cost: $65

BarnHill Vineyard Holiday Vendor Market

When: December 4, 11.45 am – 5 pm
Where: BarnHill Vineyard, Anna
Cost: Free

Holidays at the Heard

When: December 9 – 10
Where: The Heard Museum, McKinney
Cost: $0 – $11

Dallas Nutcracker Market

When: December 10, 9 am- 4 pm
Where: Plano Event Center
Cost: tba

Plano Holiday Parade and Toyland Festival

When: December 10, 9.30 am- 1.30 pm
Where: Plano Municipal Center
Cost: Free

12 Wines of Christmas Wine Walk

When: December 10, 12 pm- 6 pm
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
Cost: $30 – $45

Santa’s Workshop

When: December 11, 9.30 am- 11 am
Where: The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa, Frisco
Cost: $45 Children, $65 Adults

Mistletoe Market in Downtown Plano

When: December 11, 12 pm – 4 pm
Where: Lyla’s Boutique, Plano
Cost: Free

CMN Christmas Event

When: December 16, 7 am – 4 pm
Where: Hilton Anatole, Dallas
Cost: Admission is free, activities require tickets

Breakfast With Santa

When: December 17, 10 am
Where: Legacy Hall
Cost: $5 – $150

Parent’s Night Out – Day Camp

When: December 17, 12 pm – 6 pm
Where: Apex Center, McKinney
Cost: $30

Children’s Nativity Service and Ice Skating

When: December 17, 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Where: St Andrew Methodist Church, Plano
Cost: Free

Christmas Carols and Candy Canes

When: December 18, 5 pm – 6 pm
Where: St Andrew Methodist Church, Plano
Cost: Free

Polar Express Movie Night

When: December 21, 7 pm
Where: Legacy Hall
Cost: $15

Santa in Pajamas

When: December 24, 9 am & 10.30 am
Where: Play Street Museum Plano
Cost: $50


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

SEE ALSO:

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

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