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 looks a bit different because this crazy virus complicated a few things. I’ve been updating new information as it became available, and we’ve added new giveaways to this list, including family packs of tickets to The Trains at NorthPark and Holiday in the Park at Six Flags!
Plus, the most incredible INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAYS I have ever done goes LIVE this Wednesday. Who wants to win a holiday light tour with Epic Helicopters, and dinner at GRACE with an overnight hotel stay at The Sinclair 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.
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
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.
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.
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
Gift of Lights: Texas 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.
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
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
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
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 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
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!
November 21, 2020-January 3, 2021
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
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.
November 20-January 3, 2021
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: 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
Daystar Television Network: 3901 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)
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
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.
November 27 – December 13, 2020 (Wed-Thursday & Weekends)
Whistle Stop Christmas: Hulen 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
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.
November 20 – January 3, 2021
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
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
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.
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!
November 20, 2020-January 3, 2021; 6:30-9:30 PM
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.
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
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
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.
November 14, 2020-January 3, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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.)
December 3, 2020 – December 31, 2020
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!
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
Christmas Wine Trains: Grapevine 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
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
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!
November 13, 2020-January 3, 2021
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
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
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
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.
December 5, 2020; 3:00-6:00 PM
Prairie Lights: Lynn 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
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!
November 19 – December 24, 2020
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
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
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)
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
Christmas in the Park: Independence 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
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! 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