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.
Experience the magic of Santa's workshop with Brett Roberts while
helping Jingle the Elf build a snowman, decorate a tree and test all the
zany inventions from Santa’s workshop. Tickets will be distributed on a
first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show at the Children's
desk 30 minutes before start time.
Date/Hours:Mon - Sat, Dec 12 - 17. Mon - Fri Dec 19 - 23 @ 6-9pm
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.
*Carriage Ride location at Watters Creek is just south of Blue House Too on Watters Creek Blvd across from DSW Shoe Warehouse. Carriage rides are subject to weather conditions and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Sounds of the Season
Location:Watters Creek in front of Vera Bradley on Market Street
Date/Hours:Fri @5-7pm & Sat @ 3-5pm thru December 24
Sounds of the Season is our annual musical collage of seasonal delights. Enjoy performances by local schools, churches and professional musicians for a memorable holiday experience.A Very Jazzy Christmas is back! Enjoy the holiday music of Eddie Crocetti Jazz.
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 16-25, 2016
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.
This is a new holiday children’s attraction, debuting at the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington for 2016. The attraction features children activities, winter carnival games, kid crafts, puppet shows and a holiday themed train ride. Children’s passes start at $8.00 and include a train ticket, show pass, and game tokens. Adults (17+) and children under 3 are FREE.
DATES: Open weekends (Fri—Sun) until Dec 12, and daily Dec 16—Dec 23.
HOURS: Fri @ 4pm—8pm;
Sat @ 10am—8pm; Sun @ 12pm—6pm.
This 1.5-mile drive through endless, vibrant Christmas lights is one of the largest holiday light displays in southern Oklahoma. Come to the Ardmore Festival of Lights to see more than 125 animated displays in a beautiful winter wonderland. The Ardmore Festival of Lights will delight visitors of all ages and is quickly becoming one of the most popular light displays in state. Make your way to Ardmore's Regional Park, tune your car stereo to a favorite Christmas music station and meander through rows and rows of holiday cheer come to life. Admission is free; however, donations are much appreciated.
TIMES: Sunday thru Thursday 6pm to 10pm; Friday and Saturday 6pm to 11pm
Editors Note: IMO this is the BEST Christmas drive through light display. A must see!
Bethel Temple Worship Choir presents "Believe in Christmas"First Baptist Church presents "Living Nativity Scene"Vendors on site. Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus ($5 for printed picture or $3 to use your personal camera or smartphone)Horse Drawn Wagon Rides ($5 per person) Children's Train Rides ($2 per rider)
Wander through downtown Dallas for photos with Santa, children's activities, movie screenings, music, shopping, admiring the decorations & more. THURS, FRI & SAT only. Click the link for times & activities.
Highland Park Holiday Lights
Address:The best place to enter is at Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road.
Date/Hours:thru Dec 24 @ 6pm - 9pm
Cost:Cost: Free to drive through. Carriage rides are available for a fee.
Highland Park is the premier neighborhood for viewing holiday lights in Dallas. The homes are beautifully (and professional) dressed for the holidays. The area is bordered by Preston on the east side, Mockingbird to the north, the Dallas North Tollway to the west, and Armstrong Parkway for an entrance. There are a number of carriage services available for viewing the spectacular lights.
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
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.
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: Monday –
Saturday @ 11:30AM – 8:30PM; Sunday 12:30 – 6:30PM; Christmas Eve
10:30AM – 3:30PM
Every Saturday DFW children and families are invited to enjoy the
amazing FREE entertainment provided by Galleria Dallas and our friends
from Slappy’s Playhouse. This week Galleria Dallas’ Showtime Saturdays
Presents: Mrs. Claus.
Date/Hours:Sat Dec 17 @ 1p & 3pm Sat Dec 24 @ 11:30 w Mrs Claus
Presented by Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse, experience a classic European Circus with puppets, magic, clowns, contortionists and jugglers in a fast-paced show that’s fun for the entire family.
Sat Dec 24 @ 11:30am - This week Galleria Dallas’ Showtime Saturdays Presents: Mrs. Claus
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 23
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.
Treats of Christmas
Location:NorthPark Center (Level one near Macy’s and level two between Nordstrom and Macy’s)
Join NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the
North Texas Food Bank. Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, dozens
of premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies present an
assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies available for
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.
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!
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 8, 2017 @ 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.
Meet Captain Christmas, Grapevine’s new talking reindeer. He loves to greet visitors and have his picture taken with your family in the Christmas Capital of Texas. He will even share an amazing Grapevine Christmas story.
Date/Hours:Thru Dec 31, 2016 Tues – Sat @ 10am – 4pm and Sun @11am – 4pm.
Have a Hometown Holiday at the Settlement to City Museums – Experience Christmas festivities like the earliest Grapevine residents through pioneer and Victorian era crafts, activities, and stories. Create and mail your own Grapevine-themed Hometown Holiday greeting card, construct Victorian-era decorations, and enjoy a bit of history in the Christmas Capital of Texas.
This exhibit will showcase a collection of Neil Sperry's personal collection of vintage Santa Claus chocolate molds. Drop off letters to Santa for the North Pole at the historic Post Office.
Exhibit on Thurs, Fri & Sat ONLY.
EXHIBIT CLOSED: Dec 24th, 25th, 31th, and Jan 1st. Open Tues - Sat ONLY.
Date/Hours:Daily thru December 30; 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
Bring your singing voice and join musicians from the Plano Symphony
Orchestra in your favorite carols! Musicians will entertain with popular
Christmas music and stories and invite the audience to sing-a-long for
some old favorites including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Silent
Night, Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger, and more!
Music lovers will enjoy the Plano Symphony's "Home for the Holidays" concert. Conductor Hector Guzman leads this grand tradition with organist Dr. Jonathan M. Gregoire and the Plano Civic Chorus led by Director Ralf Stannard. Approximately 150 musicians will dazzle you with holiday classics and the popular audience sing-along.
When Baby Hare mistakes Baby Owl for Santa Claus, it takes a visit from St. Nick himself to straighten things out.
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 18
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.