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FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS - 2015

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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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, 2016
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 1/1/16 Mon - Sat @ 5:30 - 9:30pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:FREE

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 at Watters Creek

Location:Blue House Too at Watters Creek
Address:934 Garden Park Drive Allen, TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:thru Dec 22, 2015
Ages:pre-school through elementary ages
Cost:Free

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.

Holiday Carriage Rides at Watters Creek

Location:Watters Creek
Address:970 Garden Park Dr, Allen, Texas 75013 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:thru Dec 24, 2015
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

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.

Sounds of the Season Christmas Eve

Location:Watters Creek
Address:970 Garden Park Drive Allen, TX 75013 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 24 @ 5:30pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

Water's Edge of Allen will be hosting a Candlelight Sing-A-Long & Christmas Story on the Green!



Arlington - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Christkindl Market

Location:North side of the Ballpark
Address:1000 Ballpark Way Ste 400 Arlington, TX 76011 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:through Dec 23, 2015
Cost:Free Admission & Parking

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.

Interlochen Light Display

Location:Interlochen Neighborhood
Address:W Randol Mill Rd and Westwood Dr, Arlington, TX, 76012
Date/Hours:thru December 17-25, 2015
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 Jan 3, 2016 @ 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 1, 2016
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!



Carrollton - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Christmas in Downtown Carrollton

Location:Historic Downtown Carrollton
Date/Hours:Sat Dec 19 @ 6pm - 8:30pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free




Dallas - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Illumination Celebration

Location:Galleria Mall
Address:13350 Dallas Pky, Dallas, TX 75380
Date/Hours:Thru Dec 24. 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. 

Letters to Santa

Location:Klyde Warren Park
Address:2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 17 - 24 @ 11am - 4pm

Drop your letter in the mailbox and the park elves will be sure to get your message to the big guy! For more info & to download a letter, click the link.

NorthPark Holiday Performances

Location:NorthPark Center - DILLARD’S COURT NORTHCOURT, LOCATED ON LEVEL ONE BETWEEN NORDSTROM AND MACY’S
Address:8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:thru Dec 20, 2015
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

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
Address:8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 27 - Dec 24
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

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
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

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
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

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.



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

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.



Fort Worth - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Charles Duke Singing Group at Milan Gallery

Location:Milan Gallery
Address:505 Houston Street, Fort Worth TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 20 @ 12pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

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.

Holiday Performances @ Sundance Square

Location:Sundance Square Christmas Tree
Address:312 Houston St., Ft Worth Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:thru Dec 22 @ 11am - 1pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Come listen to the sounds of the holidays from local choirs. Click the link for performance details & dates.



Frisco - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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A Night In Bethlehem with Live Nativity

Location:First United Methodist Church of Frisco
Address:7659 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75034 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 20 & 29 @ 5pm - 7:30pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

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!   

Christmas in the Square Holiday Lights

Location:Simpson Plaza at City Hall
Address:6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Daily thru Jan 2, 2016 @ 6-10p
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.

Frisco Christmas Lights

Address:4015 Bryson Drive Frisco Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:thru Dec 30 @ 6-10pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free to spectators; admission fee to run.

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



Grapevine - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Christmas on Main Street

Address:Main Street, Grapevine
Date/Hours:Through Dec 20, 2015
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 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.

Grapevine Light Show Spectacular

Location:Town Square Gazebo
Address:300 Block of Main Street Historic Downtown Grapevine
Date/Hours:thru Jan 3, 2016 @ 6-11p
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, slot car racing, photos with Santa and more!  Get a free 4x6 photo with Santa. Photo packages available for purchase. Click the link for hours & activities.

Sparkle at the Settlement to City Museums

Location:Settlement to City Museums
Address:206 W. Hudgins Street, Grapevine TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Thru Jan 3, 2016 Tues – Sat @ 10am – 4pm and Sun @11am – 4pm.
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

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. 



McKinney - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Christmas Past Exhibit

Location:Collin County Historical Society & Museum (Old Post Office Building)
Address:300 E. Virginia Parkway, McKinney TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Open Tues - Sat ONLY thru Dec 30
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

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.      



Plano - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Gingerbread Boy Puppet Show

Location:Harrington Library
Address:1501 18th Street Plano
Date/Hours:Dec 21 @ 10:30am
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

A gingerbread cookie eludes the hungry grasp of everyone who wants to catch him, until he meets a sly fox.

Gingerbread Extravaganza

Location:Harrington Library
Address:1501 18th Street Plano,TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 22 @ 3pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

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

Location:Deerfield neighborhood
Address:Legacy Drive at Archgate Drive Plano
Date/Hours:Daily thru December 31; 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.

I’m Not Santa Puppet Show

Location:Davis Library
Address:7501-B Independence Pkwy Plano, TX 75025  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 16 @ 10am
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

When Baby Hare mistakes Baby Owl for Santa Claus, it takes a visit from St. Nick himself to straighten things out. 

Mouse’s First Christmas Puppet Show

Location:Parr Library
Address:6200 Windhaven Pkwy Plano, TX 75093  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 18 @ 11am - 1pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

While exploring the house on Christmas Eve, a little mouse discovers the tree, a candy cane, a stocking, a jingle bell, and Santa Claus! 

North Pole Texas Marionettes

Location:Davis Library
Address:7501-B Independence Pkwy Plano, TX 75025  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Dec 22 @ 1pm & 3pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

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
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

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.      



Richardson - 30 FREE HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Santa's Village

Location:City Hall/Civic Center Complex
Address:411 W Arapaho, Richardson Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Thurs - Sundays only @ 6-9pm; thru Dec 20
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

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.