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Dallas Fort Worth Holiday Events 2013

If you're looking for things to do over the holidays, such as Dallas Heritage Village Candlelight Christmas, Christmas on Main Street, Grapevine, Holiday at the Arboretum and much more, be sure to check out these Holiday Events below.

For more holiday events & "non-holiday" events, check out our Event Calendar for all the scoop!

Annual Toys for Tots Toy Drive Party

Date of event: 12/08/2013

Event Time: 01:00:00 PM till 04:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: The Shops at Preston Village

Location Address: Dallas, TX 75231

Description: The party features a DJ, carolers, sleigh rides, train rides, classic family portraits, a photo button booth, portraits with Santa, tree lighting, food and drinks, bounce house, petting zoo, balloon art, face painting, sketch artist & more!

Believe! Holiday Races 2013

Date of event: 11/30/2013

Event Begins at: 07:00:00AM

Ages: Any

Location Name: Mitchell Park, Historic Downtown McKinney

Location Address: Mitchell park is located one block west of the McKinney downtown square. On the corner of Louisiana Street and Church Street.

Description: We encourage you to bring the family, run off the turkey dinner! Mayor's 5K Kid Challenge - Mayor, Brian Loughmiller, has challenged all the youth that participate in Believe! to run the 5K! (timed or not) Any child under the age of 16 that runs the 5K will have a special certificate of completion signed by the Mayor, photo opportunity with Mayor Loughmiller & "MAC" Kinney our Snowman mascot, and our very special and limited "DOG" tags. After Believe! and during the award ceremony bring your 5K "finisher" to the Main Stage where he will be presenting the certificates and dog tags. Don't forget your cameras!

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Campfire Christmas

Date of event: 12/21/2013

Event Time: 04:30:00 PM till 06:30:00 PM

Location Name: Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Isle du Bois Unit

Location Address: 100 PW 4137, Pilot Point, TX  Click for Google Map

Description: Enjoy an evening of yuletide spirit! Meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater to enjoy a campfire, hot cocoa and other holiday treats. Make a traditional Christmas ornament and set out for a peaceful twilight hike. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy nature with your family and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

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Caroling on Penn Farm

Date of event: 12/14/2013

Event Time: 06:30:00 PM till 08:00:00 PM

Location Name: Cedar Hill State Park

Location Address: 1570 F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, TX Click for Google Map

Description: Take a lantern-lit tour of Penn Farm. As we explore this historic farm, you will hear stories of the Penn family and their pioneering spirit. Learn what life on the farm was like for this family as they farmed and raised livestock for over a century. The tour will wrap up with a Christmas carol sing-a-long around the campfire while enjoying hot chocolate, hot apple cider, cookies and other holiday treats.

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Christmas Journey

This event occurs Daily from 12/12/2013 to 12/14/2013

Event Time: 06:00:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Location Name: First Baptist Church McKinney

Location Address: 1615 West Louisiana St McKinney, TX

Description: For more than 15 years, the Baptist church has become known for producing a live, interactive presentation depicting the life of Jesus. But instead of dressing up and coming to a service to see this 3D nativity scene, people can experience it while sitting in their cars. Each vehicle that embarks on the drive-thru Journey gets a CD — available in English and Spanish — that narrates the story from Bible scripture.

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Cocoa & Carols

Date of event: 12/14/2013

Event Begins at: 02:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: on the lawn of MPAC

Location Address: 111 North Tennessee, McKinney Click for Google Map

Description: Come and join the Children's Chorus of Collin County with hot chocolate and carols.

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DFW Trucks for Tots Event

Date of event: 12/14/2013

Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 05:00:00 PM

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: The Shops at Park Lane

Location Address: 8080 Park Lane #770 Dallas, TX 75231 Click for Google Map

Description: Food Trucks Come Together for a charity event. An annual event designed to help the communities less fortunate and provide children with toys for the holidays. The US Marines will be on hand to help collect toys so guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for local under privileged children. Santa will be there for kids to take pictures with, in addition to live music, and local performances including Renaissance Chamber Choir, Naaman Forest HS Sterling Stars & Varsity Cheerleaders. With 15 food trucks including Rock And Roll Tacos, Easy Slider, Cajun Tailgators, Ruthie’s, and the new Mo’Joe A Go-Go coffee truck and more. The purpose of this event is to give back to the community after all the love that has been shown to us food truck owners.

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Firewheel Town Center's Hometown Holidays

Date of event: 11/23/2013

Event Begins at: 03:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Location Name: Firewheel Town Center

Location Address: 245 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland, TX 75040 Click for Google Map

Description: Activities in the park 3pm-6pm; Santa Parade - 6pm; Tree Lighting - 6:30pm

Gingerbread for Habitat

Date of event: 12/14/2013

Event Time: 09:00:00 AM till 01:00:00 PM

Location Name: Trinity Presbyterian Church

Location Address: 5871 W. Virginia, McKinney TX Click for Google Map

Description: Be part of a fun, sugar-infused tradition. Opt for a take-home gingerbread kit, a fully assembled gingerbread house with frosting and candy for decorating. Or, attend the event and receive fully-assembled gingerbread houses ready to decorate, icing, tons of candy trimmings in a candy buffet. Mrs. Claus will be on hand for free photos.

Gingertown Dallas at NorthPark Center

This event occurs Daily from 12/03/2013 to 12/08/2013

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level One near Nordstrom)

Location Address: 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: Now in its 4th year, the Annual Gingertown Dallas is one of the biggest gingerbread house events in North Texas with proceeds benefiting charity. Founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, Gingertown is a unique holiday initiative which brings together talent from local design, engineering and construction firms for a live build competition to help spread joy and hope during the holidays. Live Build: Dec 3 @ 5-9 PM; On View Dec 3- 8

Grapevine Family Christmas Movies

This event occurs Daily from 12/02/2013 to 12/23/2013

Cost: $5.00

Location Name: Palace Theatre

Location Address: 300 South Main St, Grapevine Click for Google Map

Description: See holiday movies all on the big screen at the Palace Theatre! White Christmas, December 1, 10 and 21; It’s A Wonderful Life, December 2, 9, 11, 14, 18, 21, 22 and 23; A Christmas Story, December 3 and A Charlie Brown Christmas/How the Grinch Stole Christmas December 22 and 23.

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Heard Holiday Trail of Lights

This event occurs Daily from 12/20/2013 to 12/21/2013

Event Time: 06:30:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Cost: at the door: $9/Adult; $6 Kids; or order online discount: $7/adult; $4/kid

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Heard Museum

Location Address: 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX 75069 Click for Google Map

Description: Stroll through a half-mile light display designed to enhance, not overpower, our beautiful and pristine nature sanctuary. Live music and entertainment will complement the holiday atmosphere. Have a professional photo taken with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Hot beverages and treats will be available to purchase and enjoy.

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Holiday Pop in Play

This event occurs each Week on Monday from 12/23/2013 to 12/30/2013

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 04:30:00 PM

Cost: $7/child; Parents are FREE!

Ages: 2-12 years old

Location Name: Pump it Up

Location Address: 7164 Technology Drive, Frisco Click for Google Map

Description: Burn off some holiday steam! NO reservations necessary, must wear socks, parents must stay.

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KwanzaaFest

This event occurs Daily from 12/14/2013 to 12/15/2013

Cost: Free

Location Name: Automobile Building at Fair Park

Location Address: 1010 First Ave, Fair Park, Dallas Click for Google Map

Description: KwanzaaFest has maintained its FREE admission to the public, thanks to our vast number of sponsors. KwanzaaFest is Sat from 10am-7pm and Sun from 11am-6pm in the Automobile Building at Fair Park, Dallas.

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Menorah Lighting

Date of event: 12/01/2013

Event Begins at: 05:30:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level One near Nordstrom)

Location Address: 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: Join NorthPark Center and Rabbi Dubrawsky from the Chabad of Dallas to celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the menorah in the Festival of Lights. Complimentary refreshments will be served after the lights have been kindled.

NightScare Before Christmas

This event occurs Daily from 12/13/2013 to 12/14/2013

Cost: $17 General Admission, $22 VIP Admission

Location Name: Moxley Manor House

Location Address: 510 Harwood Road, Bedford TX Click for Google Map

Description: The Holiday season has a new twist with NightScare Before Christmas at Moxley Manor Haunted House. A Nightscare Before Christmas will have all the screams that were heard throughout October, only now it is our Elves that have taken over Moxley Manor in our Christmas themed haunted house.

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Old Town Christmas Market

Date of event: 12/07/2013

Event Begins at: 09:00:00AM

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Downtown Rockwall - Historic Square

Location Address: 101 E. Rusk Street Rockwall, TX 75087  Click for Google Map

Description: The Old Town Christmas Market is an open-air art market offering art, homemade goods and crafts. The Market is hosted in conjunction with the Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade. The Market is located on in Historic Downtown Rockwall on San Jacinto Plaza just south of the Historic Courthouse. Rockwall Old Town Shoppes will be hosting special holiday sales. Join us for warm beverages, holiday sounds and friendly faces at the Old Town Christmas Market.

Pajama Party with Santa

This event occurs each Week on Tuesday from 11/19/2013 to 12/17/2013

Event Begins at: 06:00:00PM

Location Name: Town East Mall

Location Address: 2063 Town East Mall | Mesquite, Texas 75150  Click for Google Map

Description: Start a new tradition and visit Santa in your pajamas. Bring your child's favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book and capture a magical and memorable moment, sure to be remembered for years to come. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and create a memorable moment for a deserving child in our community too. And with a $3 donation for Toys for Tots, you can receive a customized email letter from Santa on Christmas Eve.

Scuba Diving Santa Takes the Plunge at SEA LIFE Aquarium

This event occurs each Week on Wednesday from 12/11/2013 to 12/18/2013

Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 12:00:00 PM

Cost: Admission is $19 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under.

Ages: All ages

Location Name: SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine

Location Address: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051 Click for Google Map

Description: Scuba Diving Santa and his elf are back, and ready to take the plunge to entertain you amongst the fish and sharks in SEA LIFE Aquarium's 145,000-gallon tank. Scheduled dives occur at 11 a.m. Wed., December 11 & 18 and Sat., December 14 & 21. SEA LIFE visitors will be able write and mail a letter to Santa. Letters can be written from 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. Wed., December 11 & 18 and Sat., December 14 and 21.

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Scuba Diving Santa Takes the Plunge at SEA LIFE Aquarium

This event occurs each Week on Saturday from 12/14/2013 to 12/21/2013

Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 12:00:00 PM

Cost: Admission is $19 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under.

Ages: All ages

Location Name: SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine

Location Address: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051 Click for Google Map

Description: Scuba Diving Santa and his elf are back, and ready to take the plunge to entertain you amongst the fish and sharks in SEA LIFE Aquarium's 145,000-gallon tank. Scheduled dives occur at 11 a.m. Wed., December 11 & 18 and Sat., December 14 & 21. SEA LIFE visitors will be able write and mail a letter to Santa. Letters can be written from 12 p.m.- 2 p.m. Wed., December 11 & 18 and Sat., December 14 and 21.

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Six Flags Holiday in the Park

This event occurs Daily from 11/23/2013 to 12/31/2013

Cost: starting at $34.99

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Six Flags Over Texas

Location Address: 2201 Road to Six Flags Arlington, TX 76010  Click for Google Map

Description: More than 1 million lights twinkle at the amusement park for this seasonal event. Choirs, carolers, Santa, tasty holiday treats and thousands of twinkling lights. Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

SPCA Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center at NorthPark

This event occurs Daily from 11/29/2013 to 12/23/2013

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level One between Macy's and Dillard's)

Location Address: 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: Celebrating its 23rd year, the SPCA of Texas' Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center at NorthPark Center has provided special adoption experiences for more than 6,000 four-legged animals and their loving new families. Assistance is offered at select times to help families choose the right animals for their lifestyle. Adoption fees are $185 to $285 for puppies 0-6 months, $95 to $195 for dogs 6 months and older, $75 for senior dogs 7 years and older and $50 for VIP dogs (those that have been waiting for a home for over 30 days); $125 for kittens, $95 for cats, $75 for senior cats 7 years and older and $50 for VIP cats. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, all age-appropriate vaccinations, de-worming treatment, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, initial heartworm preventative for dogs, a feline leukemia test for cats four months and older, a microchip and a free leash or cardboard cat carrier.

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Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting

Date of event: 11/23/2013

Event Begins at: 06:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Sundance Square

Location Address: Main Street - between 3rd & 4th, Ft Worth, TX

Description: Lights, Cameras, Christmas! Mark the beginning of the holiday season by attending the annual lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree in the new, captivating Sundance Square Plaza. Gaze at the grand blue spruce towering more than 50 feet in all its glittering beauty. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas and complete your visit with a memorable photograph with Santa Claus himself.

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The Big Texas Toy Run

Date of event: 12/14/2013

Event Begins at: 09:00:00AM

Ages: All motorcyclists welcome.

Description: The Big Texas Toy Run (TBTTR), a 501c(3) Charity, is a combined effort of the biker community dedicated to raising monies and toys for Metroplex children with intellectual and physical disabilities. The Big Texas Toy Run benefits Mental Health-Mental Retardation (MHMR) of Tarrant County, Metrocare Services (the MHMR in Dallas County), and other children's charities in the Metroplex associated with our beneficiaries. The toys collected from donations are distributed to thousands of underprivileged and challenged children all over the Metroplex. All funds donated are disbursed equally and earmarked for educational needs and recreational use only.

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Treats of Christmas

Date of event: 12/21/2013

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 07:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level one near Macy’s and level two between Nordstrom and Macy’s)

Location Address: 8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: Join NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank's Cooking Matters™. 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 purchase. Cooking Matters™ empowers more than 15,000 families each year with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals. Treats of Christmas takes place in two locations, to be announced at a later date.

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Vitruvian Lights: Magical Nights of Lights Festival

Date of event: 11/23/2013

Event Begins at: 07:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Vitruvian Park

Location Address: 3850 Vitruvian Way, Addison, 75001 Click for Google Map

Description: 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. Addison Mayor Todd Meier will flip the lighting switch at 7:00pm on November 23, and you won't want to miss it! After the lighting ceremony, and again on December 1, 8 and 15, 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 from Nov. 23-January 1.

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Weekend Visits with Santa at the Arboretum

This event occurs Daily from 11/29/2013 to 12/22/2013

Event Time: 12:00:00 PM till 04:00:00 PM

Location Name: Dallas Arboretum

Location Address: 8525 Garland Rd Dallas, TX 75218 Click for Google Map

Description: Give your kids a chance to sit on Santa's knee and go over their Christmas lists before the holidays. A visit with Santa also makes for a great photo opportunity and usually ends with free candy canes and other goodies. There will not be a professional photographer present so be sure to bring your camera! Santa will be available on weekends and select evenings. He will return to the North Pole promptly at 4 p.m. on December 22 so he can load up his sleigh. Saturdays and Sundays only.

Winter Market & Tours

This event occurs Daily from 12/21/2013 to 12/21/2013

Event Begins at: 09:00:00AM

Cost: $20 at the door/$15 in advance. Children 12 and under are free.

Location Name: Chestnut Square

Location Address: 315 S. Chestnut St. McKinney, TX 75069  Click for Google Map

Description: Because of icy weather during the 40th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, many people were not able to attend. Chestnut Square is hosting a mini-tour including the Kirkpatrick-Crum house and the V-Life Church. Tour free if you bought a tour ticket or buy one now HERE. Also planned at Chestnut Square on Saturday: The Holiday Bazaar of handmade, unique gift items (Bevel House) 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Pictures with Santa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Old-fashioned carolers strolling the grounds (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). The winter Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. until noon. The 1870 Johnson House is decorated for Christmas with a porcelain doll collection. The 1864 Two-Bit Taylor Inn will be open and blacksmithing demonstrations will take place nearby. The 1854 Faires House will offer Dutch oven cooking demos and tastings.

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Winter Whistler Express

This event occurs Daily from 11/29/2013 to 12/21/2013

Location Name: Trinity Railway Express

Location Address: see website for train schedule and departure locations

Description: See the Trinity Railway Express Transformed Into A Winter Wonderland Filled With Holiday Fun For All Ages including Visits from Santa; Story Time; Holiday carolers And much more! Friday, November 29 and Every Saturday, November 30 - December 21

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Wrap it Up

Date of event: 12/21/2013

Event Time: 01:00:00 PM till 05:00:00 PM

Cost: Free - Donations are encouraged

Location Name: McKinney Performing Arts Center

Location Address: 111 Tennessee, McKinney TX Click for Google Map

Description: Gift Wrapping Services for gifts purchased in Downtown at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

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Wrap it Up

Date of event: 12/13/2013

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 06:00:00 PM

Cost: Free - Donations are encouraged

Location Name: McKinney Performing Arts Center

Location Address: 111 Tennessee, McKinney TX Click for Google Map

Description: Gift Wrapping Services for gifts purchased in Downtown at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

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