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22 Nov

SoFortWorthIt’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Welcome to my FIRST annual Holiday Gift Guide, a curated collection with something for EVERYONE on your list. In the spirit of full disclosure, this list began with me shopping for you, but it quickly turned into me shopping for me! I literally have, want or I’m about to buy each one of these amazing items on this list.

Gifts for Her

From me time to bee time, these gifts are sure to delight any lady in your life.

 

I am a huge fan of the three beauty brands on this list: Origins, Kiehl’s and Tata Harper. These travel-sized kits are a perfect way to test out a new skincare routine without going all-in just yet.

 

I recently purchased The Mexican Home Kitchen and Holy Cocina, y’all! It’s the best! Start off with the salsas – you’ll never open another jar again. Also, I can’t get enough of The Defined Dish. My family goes gaga for the healthy Whole 30 recipes.

 

Staying healthy isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about your environment. I’ve been mindful about this for years, and this holiday season, I am hoping Santa brings me a set of clean and green ceramic pots and pans from GreenLife. (Did you get that, Santa Jason?)

 

If you love your fancy with a dash of awkward – and really, who doesn’t? — then Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle is for you. And yes, I already own this and trust me, it’s a real conversation-starter!

 

There’s been a lot of buzz about this gift; a… wait for it … a personal beehive kit! I have dreamed of raising bees and harvesting my very own organic honey, but the process and responsibility seemed daunting. Enter the FlowHive, a genius kit that simplifies the entire process, making it easy and fun to host a hive.

Gifts for Him

It can be a challenge to find perfect gifts for guys. I kept my husband in mind when I compiled this list of must-haves for the man in your life. 

 

The Otto Wilde Griller will make your man embrace his inner carnivore. A game-changer for grillers, it makes grocery store steaks taste like they came from a big-bucks steak house in five minutes flat.

 

Who doesn’t need an electronic docking station? We keep ours in the kitchen, and it holds all of our devices, keeping them organized as they charge. Remember to buy an extra pack of cords to go with it — trust me, you’ll need them!

 

These On Cloud shoes were the #1 seller on my Father’s Day Gift Guide, which didn’t surprise me. Our whole family has become obsessed with them ever since my brother Scott gifted them to all the guys for Christmas last year.

 

And speaking of obsession, this Mark & Graham waterproof roll-top backpack has been on my mind ever since our good friend Warren brought one to our lake house. Fill it with ice and beverages and you’re good to go for the entire day!

MIZZEN + MAIN is officially my husband’s very favorite shirt brand in his entire closet. They don’t wrinkle, and you can wash and wear without ironing. The website does a great job of walking you through their sizing chart, too.

Gifts for Tweens and Teens

Your teen or tween may not say thank you IRL, but they’ll definitely share their appreciation with their Instagram and followers. These post-worthy presents are sure to please even the pickiest Gen Z-er.

 

The Apple Airpods Pro doesn’t suck. Enough said!

 

Growing up with Mrs. Pac-Man in my childhood game room, I have an affection for arcade machines. This tabletop version has all the feels of the arcade version, without the crazy price tag – or the coin slot.

 

You won’t have to worry about too much screen time with these Razor rides. They’re the ultimate in grab-and-go outdoor fun! (Accessorize with a helmet and pads so you don’t end up swapping screen time for scream time.)

AND FOR THE HYPEBEAST … 

My kids have gone BAPE for Stockx, an online marketplace for streetwear like sneakers and hoodies. From standard gear to the most exclusive collabs, it’s the SUPREME site to pick up anything that’s dropped.

But wait there is more…

These are the gifts that you never knew you needed! I hope they bring you as much joy as they brought me.

Just remember, when in doubts: gift cards for subscription services, food, and clothes will please anyone on your list.

 

I know it’s super easy and convenient to buy everything over the internet, but if you can shop local as much as possible, I know our Fort Worth retail business sure could use your support for this holiday season.

 

Also, in case you missed it, I just published my Ultimate and Best Christmas Events and Activities in DFW AND the best dang Advent Calendar List you have ever seen.

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Enjoy shopping for you and your loved ones! xoxox

16 Nov

Advent Calendars Aren’t Just For Kids

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you know what that means … time to bust out the Advent Calendars! 

I’ve had a long-standing obsession with advent calendars since I was a little girl. I always loved the combination of anticipation and reward – not only did each day bring me closer to the Big Day, but each day brought its own little treat, a tiny surprise hidden behind a tiny door. And the person buying the baubles that brightened each December day was none other than my mom. She poured her heart into giving us the most creative and fun-filled Advent Calendars in all of Ridglea. Back then, I knew Advent Calendars were magical, and I still feel the same way.

Now that I’m an adult, I often think about how amazing it would be to level up and indulge in the Grand Kahuna of Advent Calendars: Like this one made by Tiffany & Co. in 2019. This colossal calendar stands four feet tall and contains 24 individual Tiffany blue boxes, each filled with a luxe treat and tied with white satin ribbon. What kinds of luxe treats are in those boxes? That depends on the depth of your wallet — the advent calendar price begins at $112,000. A girl can always dream, right?

But Advent Calendars don’t have to break the bank to capture your heart. I think the best ones are the most thoughtful, with themes that speak to something that interests you (or the person you’re gifting). That’s why I’ve come up with this curated collection of the best, most interesting– and yes, even affordable—themed advent calendars.

I’ve got boozy calendars, candy calendars and calendars for your precious little furballs. There are beauty calendars, candle calendars and even a jewelry calendar (hint, hint Jason!). But my very favorite calendars on this list are the classic wooden ones that you fill with your own goodies. Y’all have been asking me about them for years on IG, and I’ve finally sourced them just for you!

Enjoy shopping and spreading joy during this holiday season – one day at a time. xoxox

63 of the Best Advent Calendars for Purchase!

Ideas to Help You Stuff Those Calendars!

With all of the excitement of opening Advent Calendar surprises, I wanted to share some ideas and sources I utilize for filling our own children’s calendars. I’ve posted many links below to give you a head start, but here are my suggestions for sourcing all the fun for your little ones.

  • I always have the best luck at Dollar Tree, World Market, Oriental Trading and Froggies 5 & 10 in Dallas.
  • Party supply stores have a great selection in their party favor section.
  • Get some $2 bills, S. B. Anthony $1 coins, and other bills. A hundy is always fun to open.
  • Of course, you can’t go wrong with lottery scratch off tickets.
  • Candy from your local neighborhood convenience store.
  • Toys in 25cent vending machines at Walmart and grocery stores.
3 Nov

The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW 2020

Ultimate and Best Christmas Events DFW

Welcome to The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW for 2020 – THE COVID EDITION. I’ve spent hours curating, updating and adding to this collection and I’m proud to bring this post to you for the EIGHTH year in a row, despite all obstacles.

 

This year’s list will look a bit different because this crazy virus complicated a few things. I will be updating new information as it becomes available, and you’ll definitely want to keep checking back, especially for the added giveaways. 

 

Subscribe to SoFortWorthIt so you don’t miss a holiday beat! I’m giving away TONS OF FABULOUS GIFTS throughout November and December, including one of the most incredible INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAYS I have ever done.  Who wants to win a holiday light tour with Epic Helicopters, and dinner with an overnight hotel stay in Downtown Fort Worth? Now is the time to join the Gram, if you haven’t already, cause the contest will be hosted on that platform.

 

I hope you enjoy building precious memories with your family from the list below. Please check out all safety guidelines and restrictions for each event. 

FORT WORTH

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A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place: 2401 College Avenue 76110

The 38th annual Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place features five festively decorated homes. This tour features homes from a 1919 treasure, to beautiful homes from the 1920’s, 1940’s, and even a mid-century traditional ranch style home. This year’s home tour has many different examples of period architecture for everyone to enjoy.

December 5, 2020; Noon-9:00 PM

December 6, 2020; Noon-5:00 PM

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Christmas Lights by Private Limo

View Christmas lights in style with private transportation. The best part is that you can leave the driving to someone else and just enjoy the lights! Silver West Limousines offers fab Holiday Light Tours to many destinations around the area. Call Brian for info on packages, pricing, and to book your tour at 817-870-1333.

Christmas Events

Cookies and Castles: University Christian Church 76109

This annual tradition is not happening this year but they hope that your heart will remain open to supporting this wonderful cause. The patients of Cook Children’s Medical Center are the beneficiaries of your continued generosity.

Please visit the website to send donations.

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10th Annual Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience: Will Rogers Memorial Center 76107 FREE

Enjoy at the 11th Annual Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience featuring 150+ makers & pickers selling unique handmade, repurposed, upcycled and vintage finds. This FREE indoor family and pet-friendly market will also feature swag bags, charitable raffle, fundraising benefiting the Humane Society of North Texas and DFW Toys for Tots.

November 21 & 22, 2020

Christmas Events

Fairmount Festivus1100 Hemphill St 76110

CANCELLED

Texas Motor Speedway Lights

Gift of LightsTexas Motor Speedway, 76177

TMS Gift of Lights is the LARGEST drive thru park in TEXAS. Santa’s Village is bigger and better this year at 22,000 square feet! Be sure to visit the village to ride the miniature train and have photos with Santa.

Check their calendar of event before you go! TICKETS

Open every evening November 26 through January 3; 6-10 PM. Closed New Year’s Eve.

FW PARADE OF LIGHTS

GM Financial Parade of Lights: Downtown Fort Worth 76102 ONLINE

It’s typically a day filled with exciting things to do throughout Downtown, from taking care of your holiday shopping to dining out in some of the finest restaurants in Fort Worth, all while enjoying the holiday spirit of the country’s top holiday parade; however, this year’s parade will be different, and reimagined! We’ll be bringing you the entire parade broadcast from the Fort Worth Convention Center, on local network television and online, ONLY.

November 22, 2020; 7:00 PM

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Video Chat with Santa : Log Cabin Village 76109

During these trying times, even Santa and his elves are practicing social distancing. Santa still wants to talk to all of his friends at Log Cabin Village in December. That’s why they’re giving you the chance to video chat with the big man himself even while he finishes his final preparations at the North Pole.

December 5, 2020; 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Panther Island Ice: Coyote Drive-In 76164

Enjoy skating at Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice rink located at Coyote Drive-In. A movie ticket is not required to skate. Coyote Canteen offers seasonal food along with a full menu. This year all tickets must be purchased online with an advanced reservation to minimize in-person contact. Tickets and Reservations

November 20, 2020-January 18, 2021

ADDISON

Christmas Events

Vitruvian Lights: Vitruvian Park 75001

The most dazzling and spectacular time of the year is here!  Vitruvian Park transforms into a magical holiday wonderland during Vitruvian Lights. This year, Vitruvian Park has made the difficult decision not to host special events in conjunction with Vitruvian Lights.

November 27, 2020-January 1, 2021

ARLINGTON

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Arlington Holiday Lights Parade: Downtown Arlington 76010 FREE

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which is followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street or after the tree lighting at the Levitt at 100 W Abram Street.

December 12, 2020; 6:00PM – 8:00PM Parade beings at 6:00 PM

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Holiday in the Park: Six Flags 76011

It’s the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. We’re bigger, brighter and merrier than ever with even more twinkling lights, more seasonal food favorites and more holiday-themed entertainment  than you can shake a candy cane at!

TICKETS

November 21, 2020-January 3, 2021

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Christmas at Campo Verde: Campo Verde Restaurant 76013

120,000 lights, 3,000 yards of multicolor garland, 50 Santa Claus’s, 30 Christmas trees, and two model trains that travel 635 feet throughout the entire restaurant and bar.  

October 2020-March 2021

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Luminova Holidays: Globe Life Field 76011

Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights, Luminova will brighten up your holidays! Visit with jolly ol’ Saint Nick, glide on a 10,000 sqft outdoor ice-skating pond, snap great pictures with family and friends around our larger-than-life light displays, sip on hot cocoa, and enjoy yummy treats. With 270,000 sqft of immersive indoor and outdoor entertainment at the all-new Globe Life Field, there is something to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

TICKETS

November 20-January 3, 2021

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It’s a German Christmas at the Texas Christkindl Market and even though there will not be a physical location this year, please enjoy the website and social media channels. You’ll discover holiday cheer, decorations, recipes, and one-­of-­a-­kind finds and gifts from your favorite vendors through our vendor listings. You’ll see how to create German holiday treats with authentic recipes and video demonstrations. Live performances from local choirs and dancers will be broadcast through our social media channels, and children (and adults alike) will get surprise messages from St. Nick throughout the duration of the Market.

November 27-December 23, 2020

Decorator's Warehouse

Decorator’s Warehouse: 3708 West Pioneer Parkway FREE

This is the place you go to dive head first into all things Christmas! Decorator’s Warehouse, Texas’ #1 Christmas Store, is the largest Christmas store in Texas, and one of the largest in the world.  Our Christmas wonderland features more than an acre of beautiful Christmas décor set in amazing displays.

Year Around but explosive in December

BEDFORD

DayStar

Daystar Television Network3901 Highway 121, 76021 FREE

Visible from state highway 121 with more than 1 million lights, a full, life-sized 20-piece nativity scene serves as a visual reminder of the true meaning and reason for celebrating Christmas.This year, they have doubled their holiday display, in addition to adding an area solely dedicated to entertaining children by bringing in their favorite holiday characters. This kid-friendly attraction includes an interactive 8-foot “JOY” sign, toy soldiers, a candy cane archway, Santa’s workshop, a gingerbread house, Olaf, Thomas the Train, and more! Daystar’s Scratch Cafe will be open every Friday and Saturday of December for holiday treats.

December 6-December 21, 2020; 6:00 PM-Midnight

December 13-14, 18-21, 2019; 6:00-8:00 PM (Santa will visit)

December 20, 2020; 7:00 PM (Santa will read the Christmas Story)

CARROLLTON

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Christmas at the Perry: A.W. Perry Museum 75006 FREE

Old Fashioned Christmas will look different this year but get ready to take a stroll through the park and see how we are helping Santa get ready for Christmas. Gravley Park will be decorated with lights and photo opportunities this year. Each area will show how we are helping Santa get ready for his big night! The Perry house will be decorated in traditional Victorian fashion, but some elves from the North Pole have turned a few rooms into workshop areas. We will open the house afterhours on December 3, 10 and 17 from 5:30-8pm so guest can tour the Perry home and see the decorations and the elves at work. Pre-registration is required.

December 3, 2020; 5:30PM – 8:00PM

CLEBURNE

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Christmas Farm Adventure: Mainstay Farm 76031

Experience over 30 attractions and the Biggest Backyard in Texas with the New Texas Tubin’ Hill. VISIT SANTA in the Barn! Roast marshmallows at Santa’s S’more Station, scour our field for the perfect tree for your home or go into our 30,000sq feet big barn and shop the imported trees while supplies last! Don’t miss going in the Haymarket for the ornament selection and Christmas decor and Christmas gift shopping.

TICKETS

November 27 – December 13, 2020 (Wed-Thursday & Weekends)

WhistleStop

Whistle Stop ChristmasHulen Park 76033 FREE

Your kids will LOVE this Christmas wonderland!! Just a short drive down the tollway and you’re transported to Hulen Park turned magical village with more than 3.5 million lights, parade, and entertainment.

November 23-December 31, 2020

Tree Lighting: November 23, 2020; 7 PM VIRTUAL

Parade of Lights: December 4, 2020; 6:30 PM

DALLAS

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SNOWDAY: The Galleria 75240

SNOWDAY, a fantastical and kaleidoscopic experience, with surprises around every corner. Guests will navigate their way through an imaginative wonderland of festive photo ops, enchanted rooms, interactive spaces, and nostalgic moments. There will be photo booths integrated throughout the exhibit and a possible encounters with Santa or one of his elves. Guest can then instantly share their photos from multiple kiosks and enjoy several printing options once they have entered the gift shop at the end of the exhibit.

TICKETS

November 20 – January 3, 2021

***GIVEAWAY***

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Candlelight: Dallas Heritage Village 75215

Travel back in time with us at our annual Candlelight holiday celebration. With 13 acres of decorated buildings, flickering candles lining the paths, strolling carolers, food trucks, and crafts for those young and young at heart, Candlelight captures the holiday spirit for all.

December 5-6, 12-13, 2020

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Celebration of Lights: SMU Campus at Dallas Hall 75205 FREE

The entire SMU and surrounding communities gather for this joyous occasion to watch the famous Dallas Hall light up with thousands of lights in all its wonder. Our program begins with hot cocoa and cider accompanied by warm cookies to comfort everyone amidst the cold December of Dallas. People proceed to gather on Dallas Hall Lawn and listen to carols performed by SMU students. SMU’s President, R. Gerald Turner, reads the Christmas Story from his own family Bible! Upon the conclusion of the Christmas Story, Silent Night ends the program with the lighting of SMU’s stunning Dallas Hall and its surrounding trees.  

Live streaming is available as well

November 16, 2020; 7:00-10:00 PM

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Christmas at the Anatole: Anatole Hotel 75207

Christmas at the Anatole is a holiday festival for the entire family, from teens to tots. Guests can book holiday themed packages like the “Breakfast with Santa” room package complete with an evening movie night and holiday crafts and games.

November 28-December 23, 2020; Advance booking is required.

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Dallas Holiday Parade: Downtown Dallas 75202

VIRTUAL PARADE BROADCAST On Christmas Day at 10am on CW33

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Dallas Zoo Lights: Dallas Zoo 75230

After the animals go in for the evening, the Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with nearly one million twinkling lights. Stroll a 25-acre path and enjoy an array of light-wrapped trees, overhead and hanging light displays, lighted 2-D decorations, and 3-D light sculptures. NEW THIS YEAR: Timed entry tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit to Dallas Zoo Lights. Tickets are limited and will sell out, so be sure to reserve yours ASAP!

TICKETS

November 20, 2020-January 3, 2021; 6:30-9:30 PM

Galleria

Galleria Dallas: 13350 Dallas Parkway 75240 FREE

The North Pole Express – Santa has made a special stop in his sleigh at Galleria Dallas to meet with you. Get your ticket to board The North Pole Express for a special and safe experience with Santa. This year we’re offering two experience options – visit with Santa in-person or virtually from home. November 20 – December 24  Reservations

Illumination Celebration – The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion for a special light show choreographed to magical sounds of the season.   November 27 – December 24; 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm

Chanukah Menorah Lighting – Celebrate Chanukah with our large-scale Menorah as we light a candle every evening. December 10 – 18

SNOWDAY– A fantastical  and kaleidoscopic experience, with surprises around every corner. November 20 – January 3, 2021

As always the Salvation Army Angel Tree will be on site this Holiday season for you to help others in need by providing gifts for children at Christmas time.

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Holiday at the Arboretum: Dallas Arboretum 75218

Holiday at the Arboretum features a 30-foot tall tree at the center of the gardens, as well as the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit with 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos depicting scenes from the traditional carol. Each gazebo features movement to depict the different beloved characters such as the Three French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming and Seven Swans a Swimming, to name a few. The historic DeGolyer House is also lavishly decorated in a European-style with greenery and fruit, along with a collection in each room of items one finds at Christmas markets such as angels, hand-carved wooden Santas, nativity scenes or snow globes.

November 7-December 31, 2020

***GIVEAWAY***

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Klyde Warren Park’s Tree Lighting Celebration: Klyde Warren Park 75201 FREE

Celebrate the holidays beginning with this fun day at Klyde Warren Park! Activities include kids’ crafts, face painting, food trucks, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a mailbox to send letters to Santa. The day will culminate with a live show featuring performances of holiday music, visits from Santa’s friends Frosty and Rudolph, a performance by Downtown Fever Band and Klyde Warren Park’s annual tree lighting.

December 5, 2020; 2:00-6:00 PM

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The Trains at NorthPark: NorthPark 2nd level next to Nordstrom’s 75225

Since 1987, the Trains have raised more than $13 million for RMHD allowing us to serve more than 39,000 families.  This holiday family tradition has become a favorite for generations of Dallasites and includes 1600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. The Trains travel from the autumn foliage of New England to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with stops in New York City, Washington DC, Dallas, and the Grand Canyon.

TICKETS

November 14, 2020-January 3, 2021

***GIVEAWAY***

DENTON

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Denton Holiday Lighting Festival: Denton County Courthouse 76201 ONLINE

DETAILS COMING SOON Bring the family for one of Denton’s most beloved holiday traditions! There will be plenty of live local music, food, family fun and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event! The event is free with some food and activities available for purchase, all we ask is that you bring a toy for our toy drive benefitting Elves Shelves.

December 4, 2020; 5:30-9:30 PM

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Christmas in the Branch: Liberty Plaza 75234 FREE

This fun-filled evening includes a fabulous fireworks show, children’s activities, tours inside the festively decorated historical structures, refreshments, and of course, Santa will make an appearance. New this year is Skating under the Stars!

Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Market – December 5, 2020; 5:00-10:00 PM

Skating under the Stars – November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021

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Holiday Market: The Grove @ Mustang Crossing 75234 FREE

Shop for handmade and vintage gifts and other unique items at the outdoor Holiday Market with over 70 vendors. There will be live holiday music, Santa Claus, food, drinks, and lots of shopping.

December 5, 12, 19, 2020; 5:00-9:00 PM

FRISCO

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Christmas in the Square: Frisco Square 75034 FREE

Christmas in the Square returns for its 16th year, full of established favorites and new surprises drawing over 750,000 visitors annually. Families, friends and holiday guests from all over come and enjoy the spectacular show. Visitors may tune in to 107.3 FM on the radio in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square. With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen.

November 27-January 4, 2021; 6:00-10:00 PM

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Merry Main Street: Simpson Plaza at City Hall 75033

Join the City of Frisco Parks & Recreation Department in celebrating the 30th annual Merry Main Street.  This family favorite features a holiday market, food court, live music, photos with Santa, the famous Kid’s Holiday Store,  carriage rides, and the City’s official tree lighting in Simpson Plaza.

December 7, 2020; 4 – 8 PM

GARLAND

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Made Fresh and Local- A Garland Christmas: Downtown Garland Square 75040 VIRTUAL

This holiday season we will feature virtual programs streaming on three different evenings for the whole family to enjoy. The programs will start streaming at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, and on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, along with an encore presentation on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

  • Dec. 3 – 30-minute presentation at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 – 60-minute presentation at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 25 – encore presentations of both – 60-minute ( 8 a.m.) and 30-minute (7 p.m.)

Streaming on our CGTVFacebook and YouTube channels.

December 3, 2020 – December 31, 2020

GRAPEVINE

Gprapevine Christmas Capital

The Christmas Capital of Texas: 200 South Main Street 76051

Come to the Christmas Capital of Texas for over 1400 events and activities for the entire family. See Grapevine sparkles with millions of lights, enjoy massive decorations, animated characters, and much more! Christmas in Grapevine is sure to become a treasured family tradition! For an extensive list of additional  Christmas Events, click here!

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Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure: 200 South Main Street 76051

Explore Grapevine’s enchanting past and join an elf adventure with the Grapevine Christmas Passport. Experience 175 years of Christmas spirit by visiting Historic Grapevine and participate in the unique hands-on activities below. Capture the magic of Christmas and take home handmade projects.

  • Stamp a brass luggage or gift tag at Millican’s Blacksmith Shop
  • Make a piece of metal tinsel for your tree at the Grapevine Tin Shop
  • Decorate a wooden train ornament at the Section Foreman House
  • Visit the Hometown Christmas Exhibit at the Visitor Information Center

November 24 – December 23, 2020

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Christmas Wine TrainsGrapevine Depot 76051

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.  The Christmas Wine Trains offer a great grown-up escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Your holiday excursion includes a special meal and two complimentary glasses of wine, served in a special souvenir glass. No one under 21 allowed.

TICKETS on sale soon

December 10, 17, 2020; 7:30 PM

From Fort Worth Stockyards- December 3, 2020; 7:30 PM

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Carol of Lights Bring Home the Holidays Drive Through Experience: First Baptist Church Parking Lot 76051 FREE

Go enjoy an afternoon with drinking hot cocoa and seeing some of your favorite Christmas characters of all time. They will be handing out fun crafts you can do from home (while supplies last) and don’t forget to bring those self-addressed letters to Santa telling him what you would like this Christmas season, and he just might write you back. Due to COVID-19, they will not be hosting an in-person show this year.

November 23, 2020; 1PM – 5PM

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Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas: Gaylord Texan Resort 76051

There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area than gathering your family for holiday fun during Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan. Explore acres of twinkling lights & decorations and exciting holiday activities, shows, and events, from snow tubing and ice skating to our all-new I Love Christmas Movies™ pop-up and Yuletide Bright outdoor light & lantern experiences!

TICKETS

November 13, 2020-January 3, 2021

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North Pole Express: Cotton Belt Depot 76051

All Aboard! As the train departs and the anticipation of arriving at the North Pole builds, elves will welcome guests and sing traditional Christmas music aboard the beautifully decorated Victorian Rail coaches. Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance to give each child a “We Believe” silver Santa bell. Guests then arrive at the North Pole and walk along a snowy Christmas Tree trail, where, as they wait for an appearance by Santa, guests are entertained with songs and magical Christmas moments. Finally, Santa arrives! Santa wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and then shares his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk served in a memory mug for all the boys and girls. This is a Christmas event you don’t want to miss!

November 27-December 23, 2020

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Snowland!: Great Wolf Lodge 76051

Enjoy the magic of the season with a visit to the North Woods. During Snowland!, guests at this family-friendly resort will experience an 84-degree indoor waterpark along with special visits from Santa, North Pole University activities, holiday carol sing-alongs, Snowland Snowball Family dance parties, Santa’s Letter-writing Depot and a nightly Snowland! Story Time…all this and more with an indoor snowfall – right in the lobby.

Novemember 29 – January 2

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Santa’s Wonderland!: Bass Pro Shop 76051

Safe Free Photo with Santa. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital download that can be shared on social media. Check out the video on the website to see how creative they are getting so our kids can see Santa.

November 7 – December 24; 9am – 7pm

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Victorian Christmas: Nash Farm 76051

Come experience how the Nash family celebrated in Victorian times. Learn about the roots of many Christmas events and traditions. Make a Victorian ornament to decorate your own tree. Cider and cookies will be available. Registration is not required and participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.

TICKETS

December 5, 2020; 3:00-6:00 PM

 

GRAND PRAIRIE

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Prairie LightsLynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake 75052

Upon arriving at the entrance of Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads.  The second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget! Holiday Village is closed for the 2020 season. TICKETS

November 26, 2020-December 31, 2020

IRVING

christmas events

WONDER: Toyota Music Factory, 75039 CANCELLED

Travel to North Pole to spend some amazing one on one time with Santa and all of his favorite winter friends. This is a fully immersive 1-2 hour long experience where you get to meet & interact with all of your favorite winter characters as we take professional photos of you and your family together. This will be the most amazing winter wonderland event you will ever experience. Dress nice & warm as it will be quite cold in the North Pole!

TICKETS

November 19 – December 24, 2020

LEWISVILLE

HolidayStrollLewisville

Old Town Holiday Stroll: Old Town at Main Street 75057

Tentative events include:

Ice Skating Rink (behind Beside the Bride on Church St.)
Gingerbread House Competition, presented by Loves Residential Realty
Elf Scavenger Hunt (various Main St. businesses)
Holiday Window Display Voting (various Main St. businesses)
Holiday Shop Vendors (along Main St.)
Pictures w/ Santa (Wayne Ferguson Plaza)
Photo Booth Trailer
Festive Photo Opportunity
Live Music ft. Hightower Band
Strolling Piano
Food Trucks

3-5 p.m.: Santa’s Workshop Crafts (various Main St. businesses)
6:30 p.m. – Old Town Christmas Crawl (tickets required)

December 7, 2020

MCKINNEY

McKinneyHomeForTheHolidays

Home for the Holidays: Downtown McKinney 75069

Thanksgiving weekend marks the 39th year for this hometown Christmas event and celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. It’s an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season with entertainment, children’s activities, and of course, Santa!

November 27 – December 24, 2020 (Thursday – Sunday)

SOUTHLAKE

Christmas Events

Home for the Holidays: Southlake Town Square 76092

The full schedule of events HERE.

Tree Lighting  November 21st; 6pm VIRTUAL

THE COLONY

Christmas Events

Holiday in the Park: Perryman Park 75056 FREE

This annual event will make its way through town with a bang. Enjoy all-day activities in and around town with Santa at the library and a light show at the fire station. The Parade of Lights will end at the park and feature festive holiday music, performances, holiday carnival games and rides and a holiday baking contest.

December 5, 2020; Parade of Lights at 5:45 PM

TROPHY CLUB

Christmas Events

Christmas in the ParkIndependence Field: 501 Parkview Drive 76262 FREE

This Christmas Event is sure to become a family tradition! Come see the Christmas tree lighting, ice skating rink, balloon artists, and many more fun activities.

December 5, 2020; 1:00 – 4:00PM

WEATHERFORD

Christmas Events

8th Annual Celebration of Lights : 76086 FREE

Join the 8th Annual Celebration of Lights in Historic Downtown Weatherford! They are going to have a reverse parade of lights, ugly sweater contest, car show, Christmas carolers and a band!

November 28, 2020; 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

RADIANCE Christmas Events

Radiance! at the Ranch : 2251 Mineral Wells Highway, 76088

Enjoy the wonder of RADIANCE! A Holiday Light Spectacular, at Frisco, Decatur, or Weatherford, or gather your friends and experience all three. Gather the family and sip a cup of  hot chocolate as you marvel at two million lights, animated to the tunes of your favorite holiday classics from the safety and comfort of your car! TICKETS

November 11, 2020 – January 3, 2021; 5:30 PM-11:00 PM

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