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North Texas, it’s time to get your holiday spirit on. Even the weirdness of 2020 isn’t enough to stop Santa’s fun! Here’s a round-up of events for your family to enjoy:

Photo Credit: Visit Frisco, TX

Holiday Shopping at Frisco Mercantile

WHAT: From vintage finds, hard-to-find vinyl records, apparel, home decor and so much more, discover a wide variety of unique shops and boutiques full of goodies for anyone on your list at Frisco Mercantile. There are over 200 vendors to choose from!

WHEN: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sundays, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE: 8980 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX 75034

Facebook: @visitfriscotexas



Photo Credit: Legacy Hall

Modern Wreath Making Workshop at Legacy Hall

WHAT: Get into the holiday spirit as the Creative Arts Guild of Wylie instructors leads you in creating a modern wreath design of live greenery on a slim brass hoop. The metal and natural elements combine to create a modern fresh look for a classic holiday favorite.

WHEN: Now through December 1, Times Vary

WHERE: Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano, TX 75024

COST: $47-$55


Facebook: @LegacyFoodHall 


Photo Credit: Northpark Center

The Northpark Salvation Army Angel Tree

WHAT: Make the holiday season a memorable one for those in need by giving presents, clothing, and necessities through the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose an Angel by December 4 and drop off your unwrapped gifts at The Salvation Army mobile truck, parked in the northeast parking lot at NorthPark, on December 4 and 5 and The Salvation Army will deliver in time for Christmas. 

WHEN: Now through December 4 (located on level one close to Macy’s)

WHERE: Northpark, 8687 N Central Expy Dallas, TX 

Facebook: @northparkcenter


Photo Credit: Millhouse Maker Market


MillHouse Open Air Maker Market

WHAT: MillHouse and the McKinney Cotton Mill are hosting an open-air Maker Market bursting with unique products — art, jewelry, pottery, candles, soaps, and more. Meet the makers and shop for quality handmade items for home, office, or gifts. Food and drink trucks will be onsite.

WHEN: December 12, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

 WHERE: McKinney Cotton Mill West Parking Lot, 610 Elm Street, McKinney, TX 75069



Chanukah Menorah Lighting – Galleria Dallas

WHAT: The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion for a special light show choreographed to magical sounds of the season.

WHEN: December 10 – 18; Level 1, near Nordstrom

WHERE: Dallas Galleria, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240 (Levels 1, 2, 3)


Facebook: @GalleriaDallas



Photo Credit: Dallas Woman’s Forum

Christmas Tea at the Alexander Mansion

WHAT:  Capture the joy of the holidays with an afternoon tea at The Dallas Woman’s Forum. Enjoy the historic C.H. Alexander Mansion as it is transformed into a tearoom with elegant decorations, sweets and treats, tea, and sparkling champagne. This event has become an annual tradition for many families!

WHEN: Saturday, December 5 – Sunday, December 6, 2020, 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 13, 2020, 12:00 pm
Wednesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 20, 2020, 12:00 pm

WHERE: Alexander Mansion, 4607 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX

COST: $65 per person; Reservations required.

Facebook: @DallasWomansForum

NOTE: This year, due to social distancing and health concerns, there will be no boutique vendors upstairs. 

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Home for the Holidays – Southlake Town Square

WHAT: Southlake is the perfect place for your holiday days and nights! With a list of fun things happening throughout the holiday season, there is no better place to see lights, experience a visit with Santa Claus, send letters with your wish list to the North Pole, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, taste the warmest and most delicious holiday fare and fill up your car with all the items on your shopping list! 

WHEN: Now through December 20  (tree lighting is at 6 pm) 

CLICK HERE for a detailed list of all events.

WHERE: Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main Street, Southlake, TX


Facebook: @CityofSouthlakeTX


Photo Credit: The Star District

Christmas at the Star – Frisco

WHAT: Presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb and hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, this event will give fans an opportunity to enjoy free, family-friendly events throughout the holiday season including the Cowboys holiday show every Friday and Saturday night at 6 p.m. and the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. The event starts with the lighting of The Star’s 67-foot Christmas tree, lit with digital LED lights, located on Tostitos Championship Plaza, and leads into a holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Rookie Squad, Dallas Cowboys Drumline, mascot Rowdy, Santa, and special Dallas Cowboys guest appearances. 

WHEN: Now through December 21, 6 pm

WHERE: Tostitos Championship Plaza at The Star, 9 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX

CLICK HERE for more information about upgrading your experience, booking your photo with Santa Claus, and additional info on each individual Christmas at The Start event. 

Facebook: @thestarinfrisco

Photo Credit: North Pole Express, Grapevine


North Pole Express®

WHAT: Experience the magic of Christmas onboard Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express®, presented by Great Wolf Lodge and T-Mobile.

Your North Pole Express experience includes a:
• Souvenir Ticket;
• Christmas Train Ride Full of Fun and Christmas Spirit;
• “We Believe” Silver Bell for All Children;
• Memory Mug and Recipe Card on How to Make Santa’s Special Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk;
• Delicious Christmas Cookie;
• Onboard Performance from Santa and His Jovial Elves;
• Stroll Through the Snowy North Pole Forest with Photo Ops Along the Way; and
• Keepsake Photo with Santa.

WHEN: Now through December 23, 2020!

WHERE: 705 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051

COST: $34-$38 (lap child is $5)

Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on all Grapevine Vintage Railroad excursions.


Facebook: @GrapevineTX


Photo Credit: Downtown McKinney

A McKinney Christmas: Holiday Pop-up

WHAT: Celebrate Christmas all season long in beautiful Downtown McKinney. Make magical memories with your family this holiday season!


  • Christmas Carousel
  • Visits with Santa
  • Story Time
  • Letters to Santa
  • Little Elves’ Workshop
  • Kids Ornament Decorating 



The Grinch’s Grotto 

Photo Credit: Grinch Grotto

WHAT: Visit the Grinch in his special cave for a one-of-a-kind photo and surprises. Complete with a burlap sack full of presents, a Grinch stylized holiday tree, and a backlit fireplace with hanging stockings just as depicted in the book, this true-to-form experience will place guests inside the classic tale in one of the most authentic ways possible. Guests will also be given the opportunity to pick a sign with their choice of a favorite 2020 slogan to be placed in their photo with the Grinch. Sample slogans include, “You’re a mean one, 2020” “2020: “Stink, Stank, Stunk,” “2020 – How The Grinch Stole, Well, The Whole Year” and some positive ones including “The Grinch still can’t steal Christmas!”

WHEN: Now through December 24, 2020; Times vary. See the schedule for more information.

WHERE: Stonebriar Mall, Frisco (and many other major mall across the US)

COST: Varies depending on ticket level

Facebook: @grinchgrotto


Photo Credit: Galleria Dallas

Illumination Celebration – Galleria Dallas

WHAT: The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion for a special light show choreographed to magical sounds of the season.

WHEN: Now through December 24, Noon, 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm; All levels, Center court

WHERE: Dallas Galleria, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240 (Levels 1, 2, 3)


Facebook: @GalleriaDallas


Cedar Hill Holiday Fun at Hillside Village

WHAT: Snow Flurries – Hillside Village shoppers can enjoy the faux flurries of snow throughout the holidays. Kids can touch and play in the snow while Mom and Dad snap pictures. It will snow in 15-minute increments, off and on, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

WHEN: Now through December 24, 5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE:305 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104


Facebook: @visitcedarhilltx


Photo Credit: Dallas Holiday Parade

Virtual Parade Broadcast

WHAT: The LIVE 2020 TOYOTA Dallas Holiday Parade has been reimagined into a virtual holiday parade. Due to the generous support of TOYOTA, AT&T and The Adolphus Hotel, we will be broadcast locally on the CW33.

WHEN: December 25, 10 am

WHERE: Broadcast locally on CW33


Facebook: @DallasHolidayParade 


Photo Credit: Dashboard Drive-In

Dashboard Drive-In Cinema

WHAT: A new drive-in movie experience of classic Christmas movies shown every day through Dec. 31. A local food truck will also operate on the premises, providing additional tasty items for your drive-in experience, and restrooms will be available. Ushers will direct you to your parking location on a first-come, first-served basis. They will do their best to assure larger vehicles do not obstruct the view for other guests. You will have the option to park your vehicle facing front or back. It is recommended that you arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour before showtime.  


  • Thursday, 7 p.m. – The Grinch (PG, 2018)
  • Friday, 6:35 p.m. – Arthur Christmas (PG)
  • Friday, 9 p.m. – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG13)
  • Saturday, 6:35 p.m.- A Christmas Story (PG)
  • Saturday, 9 p.m. – Gremlins (PG)
  • Sunday, 6:30 p.m. – The Polar Express (G)
  • Sunday, 9 p.m. – Why Him? (R)

WHERE: 724 Anderson Street, McKinney TX 75069; Two blocks south of The McKinney Cotton Mill and across the street from the water tower. 

COST: $30 per vehicle, Thursdays-Sundays, times vary. One ticket is required per vehicle. Additional vehicles in your group must purchase an additional ticket for each vehicle. Get tickets and pre-order concessions on the event website. NOTE: They cannot accommodate scooters, motorcycles, vehicles longer than 20ft, or vehicles over 8 feet tall.

Facebook: @DashboardDriveIn 


Photo Credit: Dallas Arboretum

Twelve Days of Christmas – Dallas Arboretum

WHAT: The 12 Days of Christmas is part of the Holiday at the Arboretum and features elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos on display every day during the holiday festivities throughout the garden. Includes access to their expanded Christmas Village!

WHEN: Now through December 31, 9 am – 5 pm (*Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).

WHERE: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218


Facebook: @dallasarboretum


Great Gatsby Themed New Year’s Eve at the AC Hotel Fort Worth

WHAT: Life is too short for a boring party! Your New Year’s Eve plans just got better with a Great Gatsby themed party at the AC Hotel Fort Worth! Join the new AC Hotel Fort Worth for an unforgettable themed celebration. All packages include an overnight room, 2 p.m. late checkout, and two tickets to the party which includes an open wine & beer bar, live music from the Latin Express Band, and a champagne toast at midnight! NOTE: Guests are required to wear masks when not eating or drinking. Social distancing will be encouraged, and room capacity limitations observed.

WHEN: December 31

WHERE: 101 West 5th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 




Photo Credit: Galleria Dallas

The North Pole Express & Snow Day – Galleria Dallas

WHAT: Santa is making a special stop in his sleigh at Galleria Dallas to meet with you. Two experience options will be offered this year  – visit with Santa in-person or virtually from home. After you’ve seen Santa, go enjoy Snow Day – an immersive holiday photo experience for all ages.

Navigate your way through an imaginative wonderland of festive photo ops, enchanted rooms, and nostalgic moments. Spots are limited, so reserve your tickets ASAP for a wonderfully safe and socially-distanced experience. Snow Day features 11 + explorable rooms, the hall of mirrors, and the “sno-way” filled with festive photo ops and surprise goodies. Guests will also have a chance to meet and take a photo with celebrity elf Tinsel McJingles III aka ’Sugarsocks’


North Pole Express: Now through December 24, 2020

Snow Day: Now through January 3, 2021; Level I, near Sephora

WHERE: Dallas Galleria, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75240, Platform 12.24


North Pole Express: $40 in-person / $25 virtually;  PURCHASE TICKETS. *Book your visit for dates Nov. 20-Dec. 4 and take $5 off the full price!

Snow Day: Photos are $5 each; PURCHASE TICKETS.

Facebook: @GalleriaDallas


Photo Credit: Great Wolf Lodge

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge

WHAT:  Snowland welcomes your family to the winter holidays. Enjoy visits with Santa, create your very own snowflake, enjoy the Snowland Snowball family dance party, a flurry of fun at the Snowfall Celebration,  and Grab ‘N Go arts & crafts. You can also stretch your body and listen to a story about the Great Wolf Kids during the Twas the Night Before Snowland Yoga Tails.

WHEN: Now through January 2, Times vary daily. Check their online event calendar.

WHERE:  Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Dr., Grapevine, TX

CLICK HERE for information and reservations.

Facebook: @GreatWolfWaterPark


Photo Credit: Luminova


WHAT: The whole family will be dazzled by millions of lights that create Luminova’s holiday landscapes, a 65-foot tree, and twinkling snowmen who never melt. The very best fun of the season is all in one place, with 270,000 square feet of immersive indoor and outdoor entertainment to get everyone in the holiday spirit: lace up your skates and glide on their outdoor ice pond – it’s the largest outdoor rink in Texas, enjoy some delightful treats from local businesses, join Santa in his magical light globe for a safely-distanced photo, and choo-choo around the stadium on their trackless train.

WHEN: Now through January 3, 2021

 WHERE: Globe Life Park, 734 Stadium Dr., Arlington, TX 76011

COST: Starting at $14.99+ 


Facebook: @LuminovaHolidays

Trains at North Park grandparents

Photo Credit: The Trains at North Park


The Trains at North Park – North Park Mall 

WHAT: This amazing display of working model trains travels through recognizable vignettes from all over the country. Great fun for the whole family, and it benefits Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Read more on the annual tradition here.  

WHEN: Mall hours through January 3rd. Closed Christmas Day.

WHERE: North Park Mall, 2nd Floor, Between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. North Central Expressway at Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225

COST: $10.00 for adults; $5.00 for children (ages 2 – 12) and senior citizens (age 65 and older); Children under 2 admitted free.

Facebook: @TheTrainsatNorthPark



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  1. Such fun holiday events in the city! We can’t wait for Nutcracker on the 13th and then we are heading out of the hustle & bustle and into the tranquil hill country vibe we Possum Kingdom lake in this family friendly vintage cabin

    • That sounds fantastic! I love that!


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