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Things to do in January

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Looking for things to do in January

It’s a new year! Enjoy this weather and let us help you find events to get the family to.

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!

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

Day 1 DFW 2021

Due to health and safety concerns for events during the pandemic, they have reimagined this annual event and created 3 Safe Ways to Play on New Year’s Day! There are three options for the comfort level of any family – Main Event, Virtual and the Fireworks Show. More info.

When: January 1, 9 am – 7.30 pm
Where: Main Event, online and Toyota Stadium
Cost: from FREE to $15

Gaylord Texan Winterfest Event

WinterFest offers a wide array of family-friendly experiences from Cool Critters Animal Encounters and a Jack Frost Scavenger Hunt to a Winter Art Studio and Illusionist Shows featuring award-winning magician, Jason Bishop. Events and activities will take place Fridays through Sundays. Event tickets can be purchased at

When: January 8 through February 28
Where: Gaylord Texan
Cost: price is per event, see for tickets

Crossfit McKinney Grand Opening

When: January 2, 10.30 am – 2 pm
Where: Crossfit McKinney
Cost: FREE

Intangible – A Fiber Fairytale

Intangible is an immersive art experience featuring a colorful fiber fairytale in collaboration with Craft Yarn Council.

When: through January 16, 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: Sweet Tooth Hotel
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for kids aged 2 – 12

Lakefront Polar Plunge

When: January 9, 12 pm & 1 pm
Where: Lake front at Little Elm
Cost: 0 – $20

Rejuvenate 2021 – Sharon Epstein Coaching

When: January 10 & 17, 4 pm – 5.30 pm
Where: Online via zoom
Cost: $25

Meet the Reptiles

When: January 22, 1 pm – 4 pm
Where: Sci Tech Discovery Center
Cost: included with admission

Paw Patrol Live

When: January 30 – 31
Where: The Theater at Grand Prairie
Cost: from $23

2021 Empowered Family of Origin Workshop

When: January 29, 30, 31
Where: D2 Counseling

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Holiday Events

Where can you go for last minute photos with Santa?

Visits with Santa

Stonebriar Center is offering both virtual and in person visits with Santa. Reservations required.

When: through January 4
Where: Stonebriar Center
Cost: from $19.95

Holiday Events

Skating Under the Stars

Enjoy Skating Under the STARS at the outdoor ice skating rink located at the Children’s Health StarCenter in Farmers Branch, at the corner of I-35E and 635.

When: November 27 – January 15
Where: Farmers Branch
Cost: $10 per person (4+)

Snow Day Dallas

SNOWDAY is an immersive experience inspired by the spirit of Christmas and the joy of the holiday season. … Guests will navigate their way through an imaginative wonderland of festive photo ops, enchanted rooms, interactive spaces, and nostalgic moments.

When: November 20 – January 3
Where: Galleria Dallas
Cost: $22 for adults, $8 for children (4-12)

Christmas in the Square

Christmas in the Square returns for its 16th year, full of established favorites and new surprises, such as the acclaimed Light Show, Skate the Square, Christmas Tree Lot by Scouts Troop 51, Horse Carriages, a Holiday Vendor Market, and Ike the Polar Bear!

When: Nov 27 through January 4
Where: Frisco Square
Cost: FREE to walk around, $15 to ice skate

Gingerbread Village

Experience holiday fun with a drive through at the Gingerbread Village on the north side of The Shops at Legacy, where everyone can view life-sized gingerbread and sugar cookie characters, trees, candy canes, and snowflakes on colorful facades.

When: through January 4, 10 am – 11 pm
Where: The Shops at Legacy
Cost: FREE

The Trains at NorthPark

The Trains at NorthPark is the most elaborate toy train exhibit in all of Texas and is sure to be a favorite holiday event for all ages.

When: through January 3, 10 am – 9 pm
Where: NorthPark Center
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children (2-12) benefits Ronald McDonald House

Handmade Holidays

Craft a Christmas cracker (an exciting holiday table topper), make a 3D Gingerbread ornament and mold a winter penguin! 

When: through January 4, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: The Crayola Experience
Cost: included with admission

I Love Christmas Movies

Read our post here. Click on the image below for our discount code.

When: through January 3
Where: The Gaylord Texan
Cost: from $23.99 per adult and $14.99 per child (4-11)

Check out all these Holiday Lights around Dallas

Vitruvian Lights

Vitruvian Park transforms into a magical holiday wonderland during Vitruvian Lights

When: November 27 – January 1
Where: Vitruvian Park
Cost: FREE Parking and Entry

Radiance! Frisco – Drive Through Light Show

Marvel at 2 MILLION lights, animated to the tunes of your favorite holiday classics from the comfort of your car at Radiance!

When: through January 1
Where: Dr Pepper Ballpark Center
Cost: $30 per vehicle

Zoo Lights

Cruise through a newly constructed pathway – and through familiar parts of the Dallas Zoo – while marveling at more than one million lights in elaborate displays, silk-covered animal lanterns depicting all your Zoo favorites, an ice palace fit for a trio of penguins, and so much more along the way.

When: through January 3, 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Where: Dallas Zoo
Cost: $65 per car/$50 for Dallas Zoo Members, Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Luminova Holidays Event

Experience the brightest event of the year surrounded by millions of dazzling lights at the world premiere of Luminova Holidays right here in North Texas!

When: through January 3, 5 pm – 10 pm
Where: Globe Life Field
Cost: $24.99 for adults

Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular

Come see hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and decorations up and down Main Street and daily performances with the animated snowman, or hangout with the Whos in Whoville at the Town Square Gazebo. Snap photos with characters, vintage sleighs, life-sized Christmas cards and more! After the sunset, the magic really comes to life with the 40-foot community animated Singing Christmas Tree, a massive City Hall Light Show Spectacular and don’t forget, there is always a 100% chance of snow flurries here in Christmas Capitol of Texas®!

When: through January 10, 9 am – 11 pm
Where: Main St, Grapevine
Cost: FREE

Fun Food & Drink Events

Happy Hour Hike with Plano Magazine

 A new, monthly sip-and-shop event where guests can enjoy a variety of beverages while discovering new shops, restaurants and experiences throughout the Legacy West neighborhood. There will also be photo ops and live music.

When: December 3, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Legacy West
Cost: $20

Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum

From September 5, 2020 through February 15, 2021, explore nature and encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s outdoor trails at the 15th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit.

When: Daily September 5, 2020 through February 15, 2021; Depends on Museum Opening Hours
Where: Heard Museum, McKinney
Cost: Price included with Heard Museum admission and free for Members


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

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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