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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!

An Old Fashioned Christmas

Date of event: 12/06/2013

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

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: A.W. Perry Homestead Museum

Location Address: 1509 N. Perry Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006 Click for Google Map

Description: Victorian Carolers stroll the grounds spreading holiday cheer. Guides provide informal tours of the home decorated for the season. Children can make an old-fashioned Christmas tree ornament in the craft ten, and homemade style cookies and hot chocolate will be served. The small farm animal petting zoo is also returning to this year's event. Bring your whole family to this popular celebration.

Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

This event occurs Daily from 12/07/2013 to 12/08/2013

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: Every year five or six homes and historic structures are decorated for Christmas and opened for the tour. The proceeds from ticket sales and an annual raffle are a major component to the ongoing operation of Chestnut Square. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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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 at the Anatole

This event occurs Daily from 12/30/2013 to 01/04/2014

Cost: ADMISSION TO THE PARK: $9/Adults; Children age 7 to 17; $7/Children age 6 and under Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Hilton Anatole

Location Address: 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas,TX 75207 Click for Google Map

Description: "Sparkle!” offers outdoor ice skating, live shows, and a million twinkling lights! Ice rink resembling a scenic pond; Live stage entertainment by choirs and bands from area schools along with popular local musicians; Kids activities with face painting, bounce house, crafts and more; Tasty holiday treats including a hot chocolate bar, funnel cakes, gingerbread, sliders, warm spiced cider and specialty cocktails; Dallas Stars players, alumni and ice girls; Hockey clinics for kids; Dallas Mavericks Dancers; Penguins from the Dallas Zoo; “Bark in the Park” with pet costume contest; “Movie Mondays” showing holiday favorites. $6/Skate rental.

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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Christmas on Main Street Grapevine

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

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Main Street

Location Address: Grapevine, TX

Description: 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.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Date of event: 12/05/2013

Event Begins at: 07:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Rockwall City Hall

Location Address: 385. S. Goliad, Rockwall Texas 75087  Click for Google Map

Description: Come for an evening of old fashioned holiday fun and music! There will be craft making in Santa's Workshop, free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and live Christmas music. Jolly old St. Nick will stop by for a visit!

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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Dallas City Lights

Date of event: 11/16/2013

Event Time: 05:00:00 PM till 10:00:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Main Street Garden

Location Address: 1902 Main Street Dallas, TX 75201 Click for Google Map

Description: The holidays begin Downtown with City Lights! Each year, City Lights grows with a new element of awe, and this year will be no different with a special performance by the Invincible Czars at Belo Garden (6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), strolling carolers, and more! The “Holiday Festival” along Main Street continues throughout the evening. Enjoy family friendly activities including: an outdoor market, face painting, kids crafts, musical performances, food, and much more. The “Holiday Light Show” lights up the night at 7:00 p.m., with the lighting of the Holiday Tree!

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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.

Gingerbread for Humanity

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 Parkway McKinney, TX 75071 Click for Google Map

Description: Be part of a fun, sugar-infused tradition as Trinity Presbyterian Church hosts its eighth annual Gingerbread for Humanity fundraising event! Decorate your very own gingerbread house for the holidays with your friends and loved ones while supporting North Collin County Habitat for Humanity. You can opt for a take-home gingerbread kit, which contains a fully assembled gingerbread house and plenty of frosting and candy for decorating. Or, attend our event and receive fully assembled gingerbread houses ready to decorate, icing, tons of candy trimmings in our candy buffet and lots of fun. Mrs. Claus will be on hand to take free photographs with decorators and their gingerbread creations before participants head home with their decorated house. Go online and click the Gingerbread icon to download the pre-registration form.

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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 Carol of Lights

Date of event: 11/25/2013

Event Time: 07:00:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Location Name: Town Square Gazebo

Location Address: 300 Block of Main Street Historic Downtown Grapevine

Description: Sparkle and shine in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine! See Mayor William D. Tate flip the switch that transforms Historic Downtown Grapevine into the Christmas Capital of Texas. Guests will enjoy musical performances and hot chocolate will be available.

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: There’s no better place to watch a classic Christmas movie than a classic theatre in a historic downtown! Movies include: White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, and A Charlie Brown Christmas/How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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Have a Holly Jolly Holiday at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

This event occurs each Week on Wednesday from 12/11/2013 to 12/25/2013

Event Time: 02:00:00 PM till 04:00:00 PM

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

Ages: All ages

Location Name: LEGOLAND Discovery Center

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

Description: The weather outside may be frightful but LEGO bricks are always delightful! Join LEGOLAND Discovery Center as they celebrate the holiday season with festive family-friendly activities. Search for Santa in a scavenger hunt through MINILAND starting Dec. 11. Write your letter to Santa while enjoying complimentary milk & cookies, Dec. 11, 18 & 25 from 2-4pm. For a minimum $1 donation to Merlin’s Magic Wand, build a LEGO ornament to hang on the attraction's tree, Dec. 14, 15, 21 & 22 from 11am-2pm.

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Heard Holiday Trail of Lights

Date of event: 12/14/2013

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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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 at the Arboretum

This event occurs Daily from 11/30/2013 to 12/31/2013

Location Name: Dallas Arboretum

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

Description: Thousands visit the Arboretum each winter to enjoy the sparkling interior decor of the historic DeGolyer Estate. Featured this year are over 500 angels courtesy of the Dallas Pi Beta Phi Alumnae. Visitors can delight in the festive decorations at the DeGolyer home, take a stroll through the gardens to view seasonal plantings, and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Fun Zone

Date of event: 11/29/2013

Event Begins at: 02:00:00PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

Location Name: General Worth Square

Location Address: along Main Street between 8th & 9th Streets

Description: Holiday Fun Zone opens in General Worth Square located along Main Street between 8th & 9th Streets. This area features entertainment, children's holiday craft-making and food from a downtown restaurant. Food from Downtown restaurants will be featured, along with beverages and lighted parade merchandise. Cowboy Santas volunteers will collect toys in the Holiday Fun Zone as well as in the three food and beverage areas above. Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy (for up to 12 years of age) to give to the Cowboy Santas to help give kids around Fort Worth have a brighter holiday! For more than 30 years, the city has gathered, sorted and helped distribute toys throughout Tarrant County to children of families with income at or below 150% of poverty income guidelines. Toy donations must be new. Items that pose a health or safety risk cannot be accepted, including toys that represent violence.

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Holiday Lighting Festival of Denton

Date of event: 12/06/2013

Event Time: 05:30:00 PM till 09:30:00 PM

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Denton Historic Courthouse

Location Address: 110 West Hickory Street, Denton TX Click for Google Map

Description: The festivities at our 25th annual Holiday Lighting Festival will start at 5:45 p.m. on the Courthouse Square. Event include: Lighting of Christmas Tree on Historic Courthouse Lawn, visits with Santa, a children’s arts and crafts area, Wassail Fest, and live music by local musicians..

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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Holiday Tea

This event occurs Daily from 11/29/2013 to 12/31/2013

Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 02:00:00 PM

Cost: Standard $47/person; Champagne $57/person

Ages: For adults only.

Location Name: Dallas Arboretum

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

Description: To enhance your holiday experience at the Arboretum enjoy a magical setting in the DeGolyer Garden Cafe and Tea Room for Holiday Tea. Call 214-515-6511 for your reservations.

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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date of event: 12/07/2013

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

Cost: Free Admission

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Farmers Branch Historical Park

Location Address: 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmer's Branch Click for Google Map

Description: Come out and join us as we light up the tree & other festivities such as Fireworks Show· Visit with Santa Claus; KidZone; Snow Tubing Hill· Dallas Puppet Theater; Complimentary Hot Chocolate and Holiday Treats; Tours of Historical Structures. Tree lighting @ 7pm.

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Holidays at the Hearth

Date of event: 12/14/2013

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

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Log Cabin Village

Location Address: 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane (across from the Fort Worth Zoo), Fort Worth.

Description: Enjoy holiday music, string popcorn and cranberries, spin the dreidel, help make pomander balls, ornaments, and more! You can even have your photo taken with our historic St. Nick ($5 fee for photo and folder). No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission plus a $2 craft fee to make an old-fashioned ornament.

Illumination Celebration

This event occurs Daily from 11/29/2013 to 12/24/2013

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Galleria Mall

Location Address: 13350 Dallas Pky, Dallas, TX 75380  Click for Google Map

Description: The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion for a special tree lighting choreographed to magical sounds of the season. The Illumination Celebration can be seen from all levels around the Christmas Tree. Showtimes: Daily at noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8 pm. (No 8 pm shows on Sundays)

Jingle Bell Run

Date of event: 12/07/2013

Cost: Free to spectators; admission fee to run.

Location Name: Chesapeake Plaza

Location Address: Ft Worth, TX

Description: Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.

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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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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Holly Jolly Holidays

This event occurs Daily from 12/01/2013 to 12/31/2013

Location Name: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth

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

Description: It looks like Santa has taken over MINILAND and he has a secret message that we need your help solving! Do you still need to write a wish list down to send to Santa? Come visit us between 2pm-4pm on Wednesday, December 11th and Wednesday December 18th to write your very own letter to Santa. Don't forget to drop it in our LEGO mailbox so we can send it off to the North Pole! We all know Santa loves his milk and cookies, so we wanted to give you a special treat, too! Stop by the cafe from 2pm-4pm on Wednesday, December 11th,18th and 25th for a FREE cookie and juice! *While Supplies last We need help decorating our LEGO tree this holiday season! Drop by our retail store on Saturday, Decemeber 14th 21st and Sunday, December 15th and 22nd between 11am-1pm and donate $1 to Merlin Magic Wand and build an ornament to place on our tree.

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Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah

This event occurs Daily from 11/27/2013 to 12/05/2013

Event Begins at: 05:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Galleria Mall

Location Address: 13350 Dallas Pky, Dallas, TX 75380  Click for Google Map

Description: Celebrate Chanukah with our large-scale Menorah. Following the first lighting on November 27, enjoy entertainment, refreshments and goodies for the kids. As with tradition, another candle is lit each subsequent night of Chanukah.

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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North Pole Express in Grapevine

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

Cost: $25 per ticket (ages 24 months and over)

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Location Address: 705 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051 Click for Google Map

Description: Your experience begins at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot platform where you board the beautifully decorated Victorian Rail Coaches and are greeted by elves, minstrels and carolers. Departing the platform, you will enjoy live entertainment and the reading of a Christmas story when every child will receive a “We Believe” Silver Santa Bell. Riders return to a transformed platform that now leads to the North Pole where all are in search of Santa. You will then enter a Winter Wonderland through a Christmas Tree Maze to a dazzling North Pole stage where Santa Helpers and costumed characters perform a high energy exciting traditional Christmas Show that culminates with the arrival of Santa. Santa greets the audience and asks all “Who Believe” to ring their Santa bells and the North Pole is alive with the jingles of hundreds of bells. Santa wishes everyone a Happy Christmas and then shares his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk served in a memory mug to all the boys and girls. Santa also gives everyone a voucher for a Family Photo with him at the North Pole General Store. You can go get it right then or come back anytime during the week between noon and 7 p.m. Limit one per family. Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday.

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.

PSO Home for the Holidays

Date of event: 12/22/2013

Event Begins at: 07:30:00PM

Ages: All ages

Location Name: St Andrew United Methodist Church

Location Address: 5801 West Plano Parkway Plano, TX 75093 Click for Google Map

Description: Enjoy your favorite holiday music, the popular sing-along, the magnificent pipe organ and special guests with Hector Guzman, Steve Amerson and your Plano Symphony Orchestra.

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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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Sights and Sounds of the Season

This event occurs Daily from 12/03/2013 to 12/24/2013

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: NorthPark Center

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

Description: NorthPark Center welcomes more than 150 professional, school, church, synagogue and community groups to take the stage in celebration of the holidays. Performances include Metropolitan Winds, Dallas Ballet Company, Texas Ballet Theater School, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts' Repertory Dance I & II, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Academy, Collin County Ballet Theatre, Plano Children's Theatre, Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestras, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, among many others.

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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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The Trains at NorthPark

This event occurs Daily from 11/23/2013 to 01/05/2014

Cost: $6/Adults, $3/Children & seniors (65 and older). Children under 2 are free.

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level Two between Barneys New York and Nordstrom)

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

Description: The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and various other highlights. The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station as well as interactive features. More than 80,000 people visit The Trains at NorthPark each season as part of their holiday tradition. The Trains at NorthPark™ hours: Mon - Sat @ 10am - 9pm; Sun @ 12pm - 6pm; Thanksgiving Eve @ 10AM - 6PM; Thanksgiving & Christmas Day -Closed; Christmas Eve @ 10AM - 4PM; New Year's Eve @10AM - 6PM; New Year's Day @ 12PM - 6PM

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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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Tree Lighting at Dallas Galleria

Date of event: 11/29/2013

Event Time: 12:00:00 PM till 01:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Galleria Mall

Location Address: 13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas TX Click for Google Map

Description: Olympic figure skater Kurt Browning kicks off the Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration at Galleria Dallas! Every show features Missile Toes, Galleria’s ice-skating, back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa Claus, live performances by Olympic and National Champion – ranked skaters, and local children introduce the lighting of the country’s tallest indoor tree.

Victorian Christmas at Nash Farm

Date of event: 12/07/2013

Event Time: 03:00:00 PM till 06:00:00 PM

Cost: Free Admission

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Nash Farm

Location Address: 626 Ball St near Historic Downtown Grapevine

Description: See what a Victorian, handmade Christmas was all about. Make traditional ornaments, hear Christmas stories, enjoy a hot wassail and homemade cookies.

Vitruvian Lights: Magical Nights of Lights Festival

This event occurs Daily from 11/23/2013 to 01/01/2014

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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