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FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS - 2013

Budgets are tight this holiday season with the economy the way it is. That doesn't mean you can't have fun this holiday season! AroundTownKids brings you a complete and helpful list of
FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY EVENTS happening in the Dallas Fort Worth area this year.

Our list includes Family Holiday Events in Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Allen, Richardson, Grapevine and beyond. So put your wallet away and get "back to the basics" of having fun this holiday season - for free!

*There are many more Holiday Events occurring in DFW this holiday season. Please see our Event Calendar for more holiday events. This list contains only FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS in Dallas Fort Worth.

*Please Note: We did not include any of the Santas at the mall. If you are interested in Santa photos, please see our Santa Photos pages. As far as we know, all malls will allow your child to sit on Santa's lap at no charge, but generally you must pay for photo packages if you want photos.

 


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Dallas - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS
Farmer's Branch - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS
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Addison - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Vitruvian Lights: Magical Nights of Lights Festival

Location:Vitruvian Park
Address:3850 Vitruvian Way, Addison, 75001 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:thru Jan 1, 2014
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

Get ready for your new holiday tradition! Vitruvian Park in Addison will be transformed into a dazzling holiday wonderland--Vitruvian Lights. Millions of sparkling LED lights, wrapped around more than 200 trees, will transform the park into a magical holiday wonderland. Vitruvian Park will be THE place to be to enjoy holiday cheer and merriment with live entertainment, Santa for photo ops, exclusive holiday shopping, and yummy treats and drinks to kick off your holiday celebration. If you can't make it for the weekend festivities, feel free to drive (or walk) through the lighting display every night  through January 1.



Allen - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Celebration of Lights at Watters Creek

Location:Watters Creek
Address:US 75 and Bethany Drive at 970 Garden Park Drive in Allen, Texas
Date/Hours:thru 12/31/13 Mon - Sat @ 5:30 - 9:30pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:FREE

Watters Creek invites their shoppers to celebrate the most magical time of the year with Celebration of Lights, a fantasyland of over 145,000 animated lights. The dazzling display includes eight whimsical reindeer and large sleigh taking off into the air over the creek. Three-minute shows will be available for ooh-ing and ahh-ing.

Christmas Celebration

Location:First Baptist Church Allen
Address:201 E. McDermott Drive, Allen TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 13 - 15 @ 7pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

A holiday tradition for thousands of area families, Christmas Celebration will be Dec 13, 14 & 15 at 7pm; 3pm matinee Dec 15. Tickets are free, but required for admission. Pick up tickets at the church office Monday-Friday or Sunday in the Welcome Center before and after 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship.

Edge Holiday Bash

Location:The Edge @ Allen Station Park
Address:201 E. St. Mary; Allen, Texas 75002 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 14 @ 11am - 7:30pm
Ages:8-25 years
Cost:Free

Ring in the holiday break with a bash! Come out to the skate park for a fun-filled day of inline, skateboard and BMX competitions as well as dodgeball and video game tournaments.

Trolley Rides

Location:Watters Creek
Address:US 75 and Bethany Drive at 970 Garden Park Drive in Allen, Texas
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

All aboard! Join us for a magical trolley ride around Watters Creek while taking in the spectacular holiday lights. Rides are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick-up spots conveniently located throughout property. Weather permitting. Rides from 6pm - 9pm every Friday & Saturday from Nov 29 - Dec 14 & daily from Dec 16 - 21



Arlington - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Interlochen Light Display

Location:Interlochen Neighborhood
Address:W Randol Mill Rd and Westwood Dr, Arlington, TX, 76012
Date/Hours:thru December 13-15, 2013
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

THIS IS A MUST SEE!! During the holiday season, homeowners in the northwest Arlington subdivision join their neighbors in adorning their homes with festive lights and holiday exhibits.  The route to view the lights traditionally begins at Randol Mill at Westwood, west of Cooper Street.



Beyond DFW - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Grayson County 10th Annual Holiday Lights Show

Location:Loy Lake Park
Address:Loy Lake Park is located just 6 miles north of Sherman, Texas and southwest of Denison, Texas, on Highway 75, Exit 67. The Loy Park entrance is immediately west of Highway 75 on Loy Lake Road.
Date/Hours:Daily thru Dec 31 @ 5:30-10pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free, donations accepted

A beautiful addition to your holiday activities - Grayson County Holiday Lights, dedicated to the children and the child in us all. Come join us and Happy Holidays.

Lights of Ennis

Location:Historic Downtown Ennis
Date/Hours:Daily thru Jan 5, 2014
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Enjoy the beauty of the LIGHTS OF ENNIS in downtown Ennis as it is illuminated with thousands of white lights for the Christmas season!



Dallas - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Illumination Celebration

Location:Galleria Mall
Address:13350 Dallas Pky, Dallas, TX 75380
Date/Hours:Mon - Sat @ noon, 2, 4, 6 & 8pm; Sun @ noon, 2, 4 & 6 pm thru Dec 24
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Illumination Celebration: Lights on the mall's 95-foot-tall indoor Christmas tree are choreographed to holiday music. The 15-minute light show is visible at Center Court from all levels of the mall. 

KwanzaaFest

Location:Automobile Building at Fair Park
Address:1010 First Ave, Fair Park, Dallas Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 14 @ 10am-7pm; Dec 15 @ 11am-6pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

KwanzaaFest has maintained its FREE admission to the public, thanks to our vast number of sponsors.

Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark

Location:NorthPark Center (Level One in EastCourt near Dillard's)
Address:8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas
Date/Hours:Monday - Saturday 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM, Sunday 12:30-6:30
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Children of all ages giggle with delight as the witty, and sometimes unpredictable, Ebenezer Scrooge emerges from his half-timbered cottage at the top of every hour. Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark, John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette uses puppetry to bring to life one of the most well known misers in literary history from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". Shows every hour on the hour. 


Christmas Eve                          10:30AM - 3:30PM          

Sights and Sounds of the Season at NorthPark

Location:NorthPark Center (Level One in EastCourt near Dillard's)
Address:8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Saturday,December 14th at noon, Wednesday December 18 at 12:30 pm, and Saturday, December 21st at 7 pm.
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

More than 100 orchestras, choral and dance groups from across North Texas take the stage for memorable holiday performances. From school and church groups to professional touring acts, enjoy a full schedule of special concerts scheduled every day except Monday throughout the holiday season. Performances at Dillard's Court and at NorthCourt, located between Nordstrom and Macy's.

Storytime With Santa at NorthPark Center

Location:NorthPark Center (Level One in Macy's Court)
Address:8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225
Date/Hours:Mon - Sat @ 10:30am; Sun @ 12pm.
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Join Santa Claus in front of his charming, snow-capped cottage for a very special story-time each day.  Children of all ages listen in wonderment as Santa Claus shares stories from the North Pole about hard-working elves, reindeer adventures, and round-the-world travels on Christmas Eve.  



Farmer's Branch - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Farmer's Branch Holiday Tour of Lights

Location:Farmers Branch City Hall
Address:13000 William Dodson Pkwy, Farmer's Branch, TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Daily thru Dec 30 @ 6:30-9:30pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

This driving tour starts at I-35E at Valley View and follows the candy cane signs past City Hall and through the Farmers Branch Historical Park. 300,000 lights will shimmer in the December night. The Historical Park portion closed every Monday and December 25 and 31.



Fort Worth - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Holiday Performances @ Sundance Square

Location:Sundance Square Christmas Tree
Address:312 Houston St., Ft Worth Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Daily thru Dec 21
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

'Tis the season to celebrate! Come join us around the 55' Sundance Square Christmas Tree as local school and church choirs, vocal ensembles, and performance groups brighten the holidays. Times and groups vary so see website for details.



Frisco - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Christmas in the Square Holiday Lights

Location:Simpson Plaza at City Hall
Address:6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco
Date/Hours:Daily thru Jan 4, 2013 @ 6-10pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

A dazzling, choreographed holiday lights and music show! Visitors can drive through or stroll through to enjoy the shops, restaurants and displays.

Holiday Lights at Frisco Fire Safety Town

Location:Frisco Fire Safety Town
Address:8601 Gary Burns Drive, Frisco Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec. 20 &21 @ 6-9pm
Ages:Tots - 5th Grade
Cost:Free

Bring the entire family and walk through our outdoor town to see the miniature buildings decorated for the holiday season. Children can email Santa their wish list and then visit him at the mini fire station. Christmas crafts and stories will fill children of all ages with holiday cheer.




Grapevine - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Christmas on Main Street

Address:Main Street, Grapevine
Date/Hours:Through Dec 22, 2013
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Step back in time this season at Christmas on Main! With the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows and wreaths and set aglow with twinkling lights, children of all ages can see jolly Christmas characters including Santa on stilts, play reindeer games, experience the glass workshop at Vetro Glassblowing Studio, enjoy tractor-drawn wagon rides ($1 per person, per ride) and more.  

Christmas on Main hours:
Fridays, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturdays, Noon - 5 p.m.
Sundays, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Grapevine Light Show Spectacular

Location:Town Square Gazebo
Address:300 Block of Main Street Historic Downtown Grapevine
Date/Hours:thru Jan 5, 2014 @ 6-11pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

See twinkling lights each and every night! This brilliantly-choreographed show runs continuously nightly. Sing along with the city's Christmas tree, enjoy the lights and see the joy on the faces of everyone in the family as you watch this show at the Town Square Gazebo.

Santa's Wonderland @ Bass Pro Shops

Location:Bass Pro Shops
Address:2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine or 5001 Bass Pro Dr, Garland, TX
Date/Hours:Daily thru Dec 24
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Crafts, laser arcade, activity tables, free photos with Santa and more!



Plano - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Gordon Lights

Address:4665 Quincy Lane Plano
Date/Hours:Sun- Thurs: 6PM-10PM; Fri & Sat: 6PM-11PM; Christmas Eve: 6PM-12:30AM; New Year's Eve: 6PM-12:30AM
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Over 100,000 lights computer-controlled by 850 channels of lighting automation and animation, set to music broadcast over low power FM radio. Features mix of traditional and modern LED lighting. This year we made the move from a static display to a fully sequenced, animated show that is synchronized to music that you can hear right inside your car! 

Sunday - Thursday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Christmas Eve: 6:00 PM - 12:30 AM
New Year's Eve: 6:00 PM - 12:30 AM

          

Holiday Lights @ Deerfield

Location:Deerfield neighborhood
Address:Legacy Drive at Archgate Drive Plano
Date/Hours:Daily thru December 30th, closed Christmas Day
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

This Plano neighborhood display is traditionally one of Collin County’s biggest. Expect plenty of cheerful snowmen, merry Santas, romping reindeer, twinkly trees and more. The Plano neighborhood covers a large area north of Legacy Drive between Preston and Coit roads. Check the homeowners’ association Website for information to enter the neighborhood.

Library Legos

Location:Harrington Library
Address:1501 18th Street Plano,TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 30 @ 3pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Library Legos – Build and play with lots and lots of Legos!

Schimelpfenig Library Wrap It Up

Location:Schimelpfenig Library
Address:5024 Custer Road Plano, TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 23 @ 3 pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

  Wrap It Up Party          

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Location:Collin Creek Mall (lower level in Center Court near Bloom)
Address:North Central Expressway and West Plano Parkway, Plano Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 17 and 20 @ 10am
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

Mrs. Claus will be at Collin Creek Mall to visit with all of Santa’s little friends. She’ll be reading holiday stories to little ones.

The Ice Palace @ Willow Bend

Location:The Shops at Willow Bend (located in Grand Court, near Neiman Marcus)
Address:Dallas North Tollway and W. Park Boulevard in Plano
Date/Hours:Daily thru Dec 24 @ 2-9pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Come out & see our enchanting new holiday display, The Ice Palace.           



Richardson - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Santa's Village

Location:City Hall/Civic Center Complex
Address:411 W Arapaho, Richardson
Date/Hours:Thurs - Sundays only @ 6-9pm; thru Dec 22
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Fun for all ages! Activities include crafts, storytime, marionette shows, visiting with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa & much more!