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.
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.
Address:US 75 and Bethany Drive at 970 Garden Park Drive in Allen, Texas
Date/Hours:thru 1/1/16 Mon - Sat @ 5:30 - 9:30pm
Be dazzled as the 30-foot tree leads a 145,000 glittering light display that includes 20 other trees and Santa’s sleigh with reindeer. The lights are synchronized to holiday music and play every hour from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Mon – Sat through New Year’s Day. This is a great photo opportunity for families or to take in the beautiful holiday scenery between shopping and meals!
Elves Inc. offers fun, holiday craft projects each Tuesday. In partnership with the Allen Arts Alliance, kids can participate in creating their very own special holiday craft project. 10am to noon or 6pm to 8pm.
What could be more charming than a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets adorned with twinkling holiday decorations on a crisp winter evening? Bring the family or that someone special for a horse-drawn carriage ride around Watters Creek. Friday and Saturday, from Nov 27th through Dec 12th, the carriage will be on property from 6-9pm. On Mon, Dec 14th through Tues, Dec 22nd, enjoy carriage rides from 6-9pm. Wed and Thurs, Dec 23rd and 24th, the carriage will be here at Watters Creek from noon to 3:00pm. Please note the carriage will not be on property on Sundays.
Texas Christkindl Market is an enchanting Christmas market in the spirit of markets held throughout Germany during the holiday season. Features Texas-German cuisine, like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, gingerbread, baked goods, Gluhwein and German beers. And of course plenty of live entertainment and shopping! Celebrate the season with unique handmade gifts, artwork and clothing: cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, steins, ornaments, collectibles, jewelry and more. FREE admission and parking.
Address:W Randol Mill Rd and Westwood Dr, Arlington, TX, 76012
Date/Hours:thru December 17-25, 2015
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.
The sounds of the season fill the air at NorthPark Center as performance groups take the stage in celebration of the holidays. Catch your favorite professional, school, church, synagogue or community group taking the stage throughout the holiday season. Click the link for performance dates & times.
Santa's Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatreat NorthPark
Location:NorthPark Center - Level Two by Green House
How does Santa get all of those presents to little boys and girls around the world? Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre animates the story of a toymaker and a cast of entertaining characters working to get Santa’s toys completed in time for Christmas Eve delivery. Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre shows start at the top of every hour: Monday – Saturday 11AM – 7PM Sunday 12 – 6PM Christmas Eve 11AM – 3PM
Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark
Location:NorthPark Center (Level One in EastCourt near Dillard's)
Address:8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas
Date/Hours:Mon - Sat 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM, Sun 12:30-6:30. Christmas Eve 10:30am - 3:30pm
NorthPark Center’s whimsical Scrooge Puppet Theatre has been a holiday tradition for more than three decades. Charles Dickens’ famous character creates a funny scene through the magic of puppetry. Scrooge Puppet Theatre shows start at the bottom of every hour.
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. Through Dec 24
Gather around Santa’s picture-book cottage to hear stories about the North Pole. Santa has been telling tales at NorthPark for over 25 years, and we invite you to make it a part of your family’s holiday tradition.
No story time on Christmas Eve.
Create magical memories as you drive through stunning displays of holiday scenes and over 300,000 twinkling lights! Tour starts at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35. Follow the candy cane signs. Closed December 5 and 25.
Be sure to get here early! Carolers will start at 1pm sharp! Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs, with Charles Duke leading the carolers on piano. 12PM – Hot Chocolate Social, 1Pm – Music and Singing Begin. We hope to share this great gallery tradition with you! Invite your friends and family, and afterward go see Santa in the Sundance Square Plaza.
Take a walk through old Bethlehem. Enjoy our live nativity, petting zoo, hands-on shops including pottery, bakery, painting, metalworking, and more. This is a spectacular ‘you-are-there’ Bible adventure.
It’s a Christmas experience where you do more than just hear about the birth of Jesus - you see, touch, feel, and smell what life was like during this miraculous time.
It gives you a chance to slow down during this hectic season and be reminded why we celebrate!
Welcome to my home in Frisco, TX – home of one of the original and largest residential computerized Christmas light displays in North Texas. This year, we are again collecting canned goods for the Frisco Food Bank
/ Frisco Family Services Center - your donation will go a long way to
helping those in need. A collection box is located next to our mailbox.
No monetary donations, please
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 that children of all ages can enjoy. Tractor-drawn wagon rides will depart behind the Gazebo during select hours. The ride will take you through the seasonally decorated historic neighborhoods on the east side of Main Street. Rides are $1 per person, per ride, proceeds benefit the historic preservation of Nash Farm.
Christmas on Main hours:
Fri @ 2pm - 5pm; Sat @ 12pm - 5pm; Sun @1pm - 4pm.
Address:300 Block of Main Street Historic Downtown Grapevine
Date/Hours:thru Jan 3, 2016 @ 6-11p
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.
Date/Hours:Thru Jan 3, 2016 Tues – Sat @ 10am – 4pm and Sun @11am – 4pm.
Bring the entire family to Grapevine’s Settlement to City Museums’ Christmas SPARKLE and enjoy glitter and glam family Christmas crafts and activities, including painting, making cotton wreaths, printing on the 1881 printing press and more. Don’t miss the ornament scavenger hunt.
Explore a vintage showcase of artifacts from Christmases past. For a list of exhibits,click the link. Also, kids can drop letters to Santa in the North Pole Express delivery box at this historic post office. Letters to Santa exhibit ends Dec 23rd.
EXHIBIT CLOSED: Dec 24th, 25th, 31th, and Jan 1st. Open Tues - Sat ONLY.
Join us for a fun afternoon decorating gingerbread man related crafts!
Free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes
before the program.
Holiday Lights @ Deerfield
Address:Legacy Drive at Archgate Drive Plano
Date/Hours:Daily thru December 31; closed Christmas Day
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
A musical variety show featuring dancing mice, an ice-skating penguin, a rapping snowman, a candy cane juggling teddy bear, Christmas clowns, and a visit from Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick!
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 @2pm - 9pm
Throughout the holiday season, visitors to The Shops at Willow Bend are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace. Inspired by the magic of winter, the Ice Palace features a 30-foot globe encircled with a series of majestic arches and smaller globes that appear to be carved from ice. Visitors will be immersed with magical vignettes of polar animal footage and, upon entering the largest dome, see and feel falling snow and a captivating video and light show. Santa will also be there for photos.
Date/Hours:Thurs - Sundays only @ 6-9pm; thru Dec 20
Each year Santa’s Village gives visitors the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus and experience a variety of holiday activities at our tiny dwellings. This free event is open to the public and put on by the City of Richardson Parks and Recreation department and is made possible by our sponsors and volunteers.