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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Vitruvian Lights: Magical Nights of Lights Festival
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.
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Celebration of Lights at Watters Creek
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.
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.
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.
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
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Interlochen Light Display
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.
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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.
Enjoy the beauty of the LIGHTS OF ENNIS in downtown Ennis as it is illuminated with thousands of white lights for the Christmas season!
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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 has maintained its FREE admission to the public, thanks to our vast number of sponsors.
Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark
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
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
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.
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Farmer's Branch Holiday Tour of Lights
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.
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'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.
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Christmas in the Square Holiday Lights
A dazzling, choreographed holiday lights and music show! Visitors can drive through or stroll through to enjoy the shops, restaurants and displays.
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.
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Christmas on Main Street
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.
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
Crafts, laser arcade, activity tables, free photos with Santa and more!
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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
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 – Build and play with lots and lots of Legos!
Schimelpfenig Library Wrap It Up
Wrap It Up Party
Story Time with Mrs. Claus
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
Come out & see our enchanting new holiday display, The Ice Palace.
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Fun for all ages! Activities include crafts, storytime, marionette shows, visiting with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa & much more!