Once-a-year events such as parades, breakfasts with Santa, live performances, tree lighting ceremonies, and more
1. Deck the Plaza at Dallas City Hall - Head to downtown Dallas for a drive-thru kick-off
to the holiday season. Enjoy the lights, a 35-foot Christmas tree, and holiday music and messages on 101.1FM. Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 5:30pm-8pm.
2. Lights at Legacy Drive-Thru Experience - Celebrate the season with a drive-thru experience in Plano featuring appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a live reindeer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and much more. Don't miss the Gingerbread Village too! Entrance to the event is on Parkwood Blvd. off of Legacy Drive. Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 5:30pm-8:30pm.
3. Carol of Lights: Bring Home the Holidays Drive-thru Experience in Grapevine - Enjoy an afternoon of drinking hot cocoa and seeing some of your favorite Christmas characters. They will be handing out fun crafts you can do from home and don't forget to bring those self-addressed letters to Santa; he just might write you back! The first 50 cars to show up decorated for the holidays will receive a special prize. Monday, November 23, 2020 from 1pm-5pm.
4. Visit with Santa at the Dallas Farmers Market - Bring the whole family–pets and all–to tell Santa who’s been a good boy or girl! Get prints instantly to capture your holiday memory forever. Prints $15 each. Also enjoy letters to Santa inside The Market. Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 10am-2pm and Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10am-2pm.
5. Twinkle Light Boat Parade on Lake Grapevine - If you’re looking for a different sort of Christmas parade to float your boat, make your way to the Twinkle Light Boat Parade! Come see a floating festival of lights on Lake Grapevine with a parade of boats decorated in their finest holiday garb. The parade is best viewed from Sand Bass Point in Oak Grove Park (399 Sand Bass Drive, Grapevine, Texas). This year’s event will also be followed by fireworks. Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 5:30pm-8pm.
6. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker - Get into the festive spirit early with Tchaikovsky’s joyous score from his most famous ballet, The Nutcracker. The miniature overtures, triumphant marches, Russian, Arabian and Chinese dances, and the unforgettable Waltz of the Flowers will showcase the brilliant sound of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, 2020 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 2:30pm.
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7. Holiday Pajama Family Night in Haltom City - Bring the whole family the Haltom City Public Library for pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Make sure you wear your PJs (mom & dad too!). Enjoy cookie decorating and crafts, too. Free, no registration required. Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:30pm.
8. Drive-thru Christmas Tree Lighting in Bedford - Join the City of Bedford for the first ever drive-thru Christmas celebration at the Old Bedford School. Sponsors and vendors will be handing out to-go crafts, snacks, toys, and other giveaways. Lights and decorations will guide the way. Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 6pm-9pm.
9. Breakfast with Santa in Flower Mound - Join Santa as he makes his yearly stop for a pancake breakfast at the Community Activity Center! Enjoy making crafts and writing a wish list for Santa. Pre-registration is required. Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 8am-10:30am.
10. Breakfast with Santa in Frisco - Have breakfast with Santa at The Grove at Frisco Commons, presented by Texas Health Hospital Frisco. Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am.
11. Rockwall Kiwanis Christmas Parade - The Kiwanis Club of Rockwall County presents the 51st annual Christmas parade. This year's theme is “Favorite Christmas Movie." Come enjoy this great Rockwall tradition. Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 9am.
12. Black Moms of Suburbia 2nd Annual Christmas Party - The event will include a printed or digital photo with a Black Santa, pre-package snacks, and arts and crafts. Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 11am-5pm. Reservations required.
13. Tree Lighting Celebration at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas - On seven separate nights, Santa will light the tree while ballet dancers and carolers entertain your family. In addition, CBS 11 will broadcast the annual event on Sunday, December 20, at 7:30am and again on KXTA Channel 21 at 4pm. A portion of sponsorship proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank. The initial celebration is Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 4pm-6pm, with additional dates on weekends during December at 6pm.
14. Christmas in the Branch in Farmers Branch - [CANCELLED] This tree lighting event at Liberty Plaza includes outdoor ice skating, kids' activities, shopping from local vendors, and a fireworks show. Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 5pm-9pm.
15. Christmas in the Park in Mesquite - This holiday season kick-off is a drive-through event at Westlake Park featuring lighted displays, costumed characters, and themed areas. Santa will be on-site waving from his sleigh, and goodie bags with treats will be handed out to each child. Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 2020 from 5pm-7pm.
16. Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park - [CANCELLED] Travel back in time for the 49th annual Candlelight holiday celebration. This event will be modified to be socially distanced, but you can still sing along with strolling carolers, tell St. Nicholas your holiday wishes, and enjoy some holiday crafts. The Village will be decked in festive lights and traditional decor, and festive foods will be available for purchase. Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 2020 and Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13, 2020.
17. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Flower Mound - This annual celebration at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center features musical performances, pictures with Santa Claus, carriage rides, kids' activities, and much more. Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 6pm-7pm.
18. Christmas at the Beach in Little Elm - Saturday, December 5 will be the only free night to be in Little Elm Park during the holiday season due to the ongoing Magic of Lights drive-thru event. December 5th will be a walk-thru event only where you will experience the parade, look at all the displays and tree lighting ceremony, and even fireworks! Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 6pm.
19. Breakfast with Santa in Colleyville - The Colleyville Lions Club is hosting its 25th annual breakfast with Santa, but with a new twist this year. Instead of serving breakfast, kids will receive a McDonald's gift certificate. Santa will be behind a plexiglass frame, and the kids sit atop a giant present to have a chat with him. All proceeds benefit Lions Club charities. Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 8am-Noon.
20. Human-Sized Snow Globe in Frisco - Head to the Frisco Fresh Market for a fun and festive photo op INSIDE a human-sized snow globe! Sunday, December 6, 2020 from Noon-3pm.
20. Nutcracker in the Park at Klyde Warren Park - The Dallas Conservatory presents a 45-minute live performance of the world’s most famous ballet. Bring a blanket for socially distanced free lawn seating or purchase chair seating. Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1pm and 3pm.
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21. Visit with Santa at the Dallas Farmers Market - Bring the whole family–pets and all–to tell Santa who’s been a good boy or girl! Get prints instantly to capture your holiday memory forever. Prints $15 each. Also enjoy letters to Santa inside The Market. Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 10am-2pm and Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 10am-2pm.
22. Christmas Village at Warehouse Church in Plano - There is something for all ages at this holiday event, including pictures with Santa, local vendor booths, a petting zoo, food trucks, Christmas crafts, live music, and more. Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 11am-2pm.
23. Cookies & Castles Frisco, a Gingerbread Extravaganza - Drive-thru to pick up your goodies, including icing, candy, and all the necessary supplies to build a beautiful gingerbread house. Proceeds benefit Scottish Rite for Children and the Tri Delta Foundation. Saturday, December 12, 2020 from Noon-4pm.
24. Cookies with Santa at the Semones Family (Town North) YMCA - Bundle up and join us for cookies, pictures, and fun! This event will be socially distanced, safe, and free and open to the community. Masks are required. Meet us outdoors in our parking lot and celebrate the season with the entire family. Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 2pm-4pm.
25. Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park - Travel back in time for the 49th annual Candlelight holiday celebration. This event will be modified to be socially distanced, but you can still sing along with strolling carolers, tell St. Nicholas your holiday wishes, and enjoy some holiday crafts. The Village will be decked in festive lights and traditional decor, and festive foods will be available for purchase. Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, 2020 and Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13, 2020.
26. Rockefeller Christmas in the Park at Klyde Warren Park - It's like Radio City in Dallas when The Dallas Conservatory presents its 13th annual “Rockefeller Christmas” with Radio City-style dancing and singing in a 45-minute live performance. Special guest appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Bring a blanket for socially distanced free lawn seating or purchase chair seating. Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1pm and 3pm.
27. The Nutcracker presented by the Festival Ballet of North Central Texas - Head to the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine for a live performance of this cherished ballet. Friday, December 18, 2020 - Sunday, December 20, 2020.
28. Stories with Santa at Legacy Hall - Bundle up and head to Legacy Hall at Legacy West in Plano for a morning of holiday delights including a live reindeer, a Santa letter station, ***surprise*** snow, marshmallow decorating, and more. Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 10am-Noon.
29. Annual Messiah Sing-Along at Strauss Square in the AT&T Performing Arts Center – Gather together, socially distanced and outdoors, for this annual sing-along which will showcase selections from the recorded Dallas Bach Society’s 2019 performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Meyerson. Messiah Scores and Book Lights will be for sale, along with hot chocolate and snacks from Wolfgang Puck. Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5:30pm.
30. Movies in the Park presents Elf at Klyde Warren Park - Grab a space on the lawn, enjoy a food truck picnic and let the cinematic fun begin. Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7pm.