The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW 2020

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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


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.


Cookies and Castles: University Christian Church 76109

Cookies & Castles Fort Worth is now returning for our 21st Annual Gingerbread Decorating Extravaganza as a To-Go Event! The 2021 Gingerbread Decorating Extravaganza will be a drive-thru experience December 2 and 3 so that you can take the festivities home to enjoy safely with your friends and family. The gingerbread decorating kit will include your choice of a gingerbread house or man, icing, and plenty of holiday candy to make your house come to life! Each package will also include a tote bag and apron, and patrons will receive extra special goodies.

Purchase To-Go Kits

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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

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Fairmount Festivus
1100 Hemphill St 76110


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.

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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


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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


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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


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


Christkindl:  ONLINE

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.



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)


Christmas Events

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


Mainstay Christmas

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

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



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

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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.

Dallas Holiday Parade

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!


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

Galleria Dallas

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

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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

The Trains at Northpark

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


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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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Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Bakersfield Park 75028 FREE

Join the Town in celebrating its 32nd annual Christmas Parade! This year’s theme will be “The North Pole”. The nighttime parade will have lighted floats parading down Spinks Road to Gerault Park. At Gerault Park, there will be a tree lighting ceremony with choir performances, pictures with Santa Claus, kids’ activities, local vendors, food trucks, and much more! Dress warmly and bring the family to this fun, FREE event!

December 4, 2021; 6:00-9:00 PM


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

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



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


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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Parade of Lights: Historic Downtown Grapevine 76051 FREE

Bring the entire family to the Annual Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.

December 2, 2021 7 – 9 p.m.

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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.


December 2, 9, 16, 2021; 7:30


Carol of Lights: City Hall 76051 FREE

Rediscover the magic of Christmas as we illuminate Historic Downtown Grapevine with our annual Carol of Lights show and street lighting on Monday, November 22 in the Christmas Capital of Texas! Celebrate the Christmas spirit with live performances, a spectacle of lights and breathtaking fireworks at City Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Show up early for family-friendly fun and savory food vendors starting at 4 p.m.

November 22, 2021 4 p.m., show beginning at 7 p.m


Twinkle Light Boat Parade: Lake Grapevine 76051 FREE

Enjoy a floating festival of lights with the Twinkle Light Boat Parade on Lake Grapevine  This lighted boat parade, filled with boats decorated for the holidays, starts at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina, Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake, as it circles the lake. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine.

December 4, 2021 5:30 – 8 p.m.

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Christmas at Gaylord Texan: Gaylord Texan Resort 76051

There is no better way to celebrate Christmas than gathering your family at Gaylord Texan. Explore acres of twinkling lights, dozens of exciting activities, shows, and events, and for the first time ever, step into the world of Buddy the Elf in our all-new, Gaylord Hotels Original Experience, Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™.

November 12, 2021-January 2, 2022

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Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™: Gaylord Texan Resort 76051

Christmas is in trouble and Santa needs your help! For the first time this Christmas, journey into Buddy the Elf’s world to help save the holiday in our all-new, multi-sensory experience. Team-up with Mr. Narwhal and friends in the candy cane forest, stay ahead of the toy quota in the North Pole, prepare for Santa’s arrival at the iconic department store, and take part in an epic virtual snowball fight in Central Park. These are just a few of the fun, interactive challenges you’ll need to complete to muster enough Christmas cheer to power the Kringle 3000 and Santa’s sleigh!


November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Snowland Great Wolf Lodge

Snowland!: Great Wolf Lodge 76051

As the temperature drops, escape to the warmth of Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. If you love snow and classic holiday family fun, you’ll find plenty of it at our warm and cozy lodge. Find all the wonders of a Great Wolf getaway with the comfort of our heated indoor activities and 84-degree water park. It’s the best time of the year to discover the magic of Great Wolf Lodge.

November 28-January 5, 2022

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Santa’s Wonderland!: Bass Pro Shop 76051 FREE

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.


November 7 – December 24, 2021


North Pole Express: Cotton Belt Depot 76051

Experience the magic of Christmas on board Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express®. Join Mrs. Claus on a 40- to 45-minute holiday adventure as she takes her guests to bring Santa to the Christmas Capital of Texas®. Guests will receive a cookie baked in Mrs. Claus’s North Pole kitchens, a beautiful “We Believe” bell, and a taste of Santa’s Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk (served in a keepsake Memory Mug). Grapevine is your top Christmas destination. Remember us for your Christmas getaway!

All Trains are full but the after Christmas trains still have availability. See Here.

Various Dates between November 26-December 30, 2021

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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.


December 4, 2021; 3:00-6:00 P


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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! Prairie Lights 2021 will feature the return of Holiday Village. At the halfway point, exit your vehicle to enjoy: carnival rides, concessions, photos with Santa, the magical walk-thru forest, and more! The second half of the drive ends with the new and improved light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget!


November 25, 2021-December 31, 2021



Old Town Holiday Stroll: Old Town at Main Street 7505

8am – Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Details and pricing TBD

8am – 23nd Annual Motorcycle Toy Run
Ride will begin in Old Town Lewisville and leave for Maverick Harley Davidson at 11 a.m. The first 300 registered riders will receive a FREE commemorative pin.
Riders should bring a new, unwrapped toy with a minimum value of $10.

12pm – Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Christmas Parade

1pm-5:30pm – Elf Scavenger Hunt & Crafts

5:30pm – Lewisville Lights! Tree Lighting Ceremony

6pm – Movie in the Plaza: Elf

December 4, 2021; 8am-9pm


Home for the Holidays Mckinney

Home for the Holidays: Downtown McKinney 75069

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 26 – 28, 2021

Tree Lighting at 6pm Nov 26th


Holidays at the Heard: Heard Museum 75069

Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Bundle up your family, get out of the house, and experience the most unique family-friendly holiday event in North Texas.

Holiday lights and décor will accentuate a lovely half-mile Heard nature trail. Your family will be enchanted by this nighttime hike through the woods. Also, you’ll get a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit along the trail.


December 17-18, 2021 6 P.M. – 9 P.M.


Neighborhood Light Displays- McKinney

2600 Carriage Trail – Village of El Dorado

2100 State Blvd – Tucker Hill

Greystone Ct – Winding Creek

4534 Hallmark Drive – Deerfield Plano


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Lights on the Farm: The Heritage Farmstead Museum FREE

For one month this holiday season, Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano will be bedazzled with more than one million twinkling holiday lights and filled with animated yuletide displays as part of the venue’s first-ever Lights on the Farm holiday event.

The all-outdoor event will feature a quarter-mile trail through the property showcasing stunning holiday light creations and animated displays crafted by First Choice Lights. Guests will also enjoy a 20-foot Christmas tree, refreshments such as hot cocoa and make-your-own s’mores, and a chance for the youngest guests to visit with Santa. There will also be plenty of dazzling selfie photo opportunities throughout the farm property, as well.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 26 – December 26, 2021

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


Mistletoe Market: 75074 FREE

Stuff your stockings at the Mistletoe Market in Downtown Plano! Come and explore shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown that will have special offers and promos to help you cross those last-minute items off your list!

December 11 – 12th


Deerfield Holiday Lights 2021: 75024 FREE

Visit the Deerfield subdivision in Plano to see some of the most beautiful houses with the most beautiful light displays.

December 1 – 30th from 7pm-10pm


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Santa’s Village: Richardson City Hall 75080 FREE

Santa’s Village, a tiny town of 16 holiday dwellings on the north side of City Hall is a holiday tradition for families from Richardson and beyond. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity and even a visit with Santa Claus! Attendees can also enjoy live performances, holiday photo ops and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a snack.

December 4, 5, 9-12, 16-19; 6PM – 9PM


Home for the Holidays Southlake

Home for the Holidays: Southlake Town Square 76092 FREE

Witness Southlake’s Home for the Holidays Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This event is free for the whole family to enjoy. The holiday festivities begin at 4:30 PM with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 PM, followed by a one-minute fireworks show!

  • Discover Christmas magic at every turn.
  • Get a head start on your holiday shopping.
  • Spend precious moments with loved ones.
  • Christmas Carriage Rides
  • Ice Sculptor Demonstration
  • Live Entertainment

The full schedule of events HERE.

November 20, 2021; 4:30 – 8:30pm


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 4, 2021; 6 – 9pm

Parade of Lights start at 5:45 PM



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 11, 2021; 6:30 – 8:30pm



Christmas on the Square : 76086 FREE

Historic Downtown Weatherford

Christmas on the Square will be around the square with lots of holiday vendors. All the boutiques and stores will be open and ready to help you start your holiday shopping!

December 4, 2021 10am – 4pm

Weatherford Parade of Lights

Weatherford Lights the Night Parade : 76086 FREE

December 4, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Weatherford Lights the Night Parade will kick off at 6:30 PM. This long parade route gives you lots of opportunities to watch and enjoy. Parade starts at the 9th Grade Center and travels north on South Main Street to Palo Pinto Street then to Waco Street.

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 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021; 6 PM-9 PM

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