It’s time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Here are some great kickoffs to the holiday season and community events your family won’t want to miss!
10th Annual Christmas in the Fort Worth Stockyards
12/5/09 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
130 East Exchange Ave Ft. Worth, TX 76164
Lighting of the Christmas tree, Holiday parade, cowboy Santa, pony rides, chicken roping, petting zoo, caroling, AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!
Allen Christmas Tree Lighting
12/04/09: 7:00 pm
305 Century Parkway Allen, TX 75002
The Christmas Tree Lighting provides a community event for the citizens of Allen to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Community organizations and local school groups join in the celebration. The Christmas tree used for the lighting is a 35 foot artificial tree with more than 20,000 lights. There are an additional 40,000 lights decorating the Civic Plaza and the buildings surrounding the plaza.
Arlington’s Annual Holiday Lights Parade
12/06/09: 6:00 pm
Main and Center St. Arlington, TX 76010
Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the steps of City Hall. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the parade at the new Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza at 100 W. Abram St.
Bedford Holiday Tree Lighting
12/1/09: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane Bedford, TX 76021
The City of Bedford would like to invite you and your family to the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at the Old Bedford School. There will be singing, stories, train rides, refreshments, a visit from Ole Saint Nick and much more! Pictures will be available for purchase of $5. Santa will arrive at 6:00 pm with the lighting following.
Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village
12/12/09 – 12/13/09 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 South Harwood St. Dallas, TX 75215
Bask in the warm glow of history and celebrate the season at Dallas Heritage Village. Bring the family and experience Dallas holidays from 1840 to 1910. Carriage rides along candlelit paths. A photo with St. Nicholas at the Bandstand Novel wood carvers, potter, storytelling, hand-weaving, blacksmithing, delicious holiday menu in the Chautauqua Pavilion by Eddie Deen Catering, traditional holiday activities and period games for kids of all ages
Christmas on the Square: Sugar Plum Wonderland
12/5/09: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Downtown Square, 1102 W. Main Street Carrollton, TX 75006
Have you ever enjoyed snow for a day? We will have fun getting in the spirit of the season. Play in the snow by tubing down a hill, ride a real Stagecoach, sing carols and shop til you drop! The day comes to an end with our annual Christmas Parade, starting at 4:30 pm, bringing Santa to the Square, lighting the trees and enhancing your Holiday Season.
Denton Holiday Lighting Festival
12/3/09: 5:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Denton’s Historic Downtown Square Denton, TX 76201
Come capture the true spirit of a small-town holiday celebration! The 21st Annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Denton’s downtown square kicks off with a sing-along and the lighting of the community Christmas tree. Twinkling lights, choirs, bell-ringers, dancers and the aroma of spicy hot cider will transport the child in you to memories of Christmas past. Take a spin in a horse-drawn wagon, have your child’s photo taken with Santa, or participate in interactive arts and crafts activities that will forge memories for the entire family. Vote for your favorite cider as downtown businesses compete in the annual Wassail Fest.
DeSoto’s Christmas Parade
12/5/09: 6:00 pm
200 E Belt Line Rd DeSoto, TX 75115
The theme is Winter Wonderland. Line up will take place behind the DeSoto ISD administration Building at 200 E. Belt Line Road and the parade will travel west on Belt Line turning north on Hampton Road and continuing north on Hampton ending at DeSoto Town Center.
Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano
12/4/09: 6:00 pm
E. 15th St. Plano, TX 75074
Come enjoy the festivities of the season with carolers, music on multiple stages and a visit with Santa. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in Haggard Park. Santa will be in his house to talk with kids from 6:30 pm to 9 p.m.
Euless Heritage Park Christmas Celebration
12/12/09: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
201 Cullum Dr., Euless, TX 76039
The Fuller House, McCormick Barn and the 157 year-old Himes Log House will all be decorated for the season. Choirs will be there to sing your favorite Christmas songs. Visit our petting zoo or ride the Christmas Choo-Choo. Kids young and old can visit Santa and make their own Christmas ornaments. Members of the Euless Historical Preservation Committee will conduct guided tours of the oldest brick house in Euless. We’ll have free hot chocolate, lemonade and cookies for everyone. Holiday cheer and Euless history wrapped up in one great afternoon!
Fair Park Holiday
12/06/09: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Fair Park, 1121 First Ave. Dallas, TX 75210
Free holiday festival featuring Dallas Wind Symphony Quintet concert, free museum visits, kids activities, arts and crafts, The 500 Inc. Holiday Market, plus Esplanade Fountain dancing water debut City of Dallas Tree-Lighting Ceremony, Candlelight Military Tribute and a holiday-themed Esplanade Fountain water performance.
Frisco’s 19th Annual Merry Main Street
12/05/09: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
6101 Frisco Square Blvd Frisco, TX 75034
Join us for the official kick-off of the Christmas holidays featuring Santa’s arrival to Frisco and the following activities:
Santa’s arrival (approximately 5:00 p.m.)
Lighting of the City of Frisco Christmas tree (approximately 6:00 p.m.), Kids Holiday Store, Frisco Express train rides, American Railroad Museum model train display, live reindeer, Santa’s Workshop, Holiday treats, Snowflake light show, Horse-drawn carriage rides.
Grand Prairie Prairie Lights
11/26/09- 12/31/09: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Four million Christmas lights, two miles of lighted displays, one must see event of the season. Enjoy the holiday spirit with the entire family as you drive through 500 lighted displays in Lynn Creek Park on Lake Joe Pool, stopping midway to enjoy Holiday Village with its food, carnival rides, lighted walkthrough and an all new light show set to music.
Grapevine Parade of Lights
12/3/09: 7:00 pm
Historic Downtown Grapevine, S Main St At E Texas St Grapevine, TX 76051
Thousands of merrymakers will witness an enchanting display of more than 100 colorfully lighted floats that will pass through Historic Downtown Grapevine. Rolling to the tune of numerous marching bands playing holiday music, the Grapevine Parade of Lights is North Texas largest lighted Christmas parade. The parade starts at Main St. and Vine St. and heads north on Main St. to Wall St. The parade is free and open to the public.
Heard Holiday Trail of Lights in McKinney
12/18/09- 12/19/09: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
1 Nature Place McKinney, TX 75069
From the moment guests enter the Heard native plant garden, they will enjoy thousands of holiday lights and displays including a beautifully decorated walk along the popular dinosaur trail that will commence with a hayride and caroling. Guests will also enjoy a Christmas tree lighting, live entertainment on the amphitheater stage, pictures with Father Christmas & Mother Nature, complimentary hot chocolate and cider, and an Artisans Market. Tickets available starting November 27.
11/27/09: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
8525 Garland Road Dallas, TX 75218
The Artistry of the Nativity will decorate the DeGolyer estate this year with hundreds of different nativity scenes from around the world. The Candy Cane Cottage will return this year along with all of Santa’s friends like Rudolph, Frosty and Mrs. Claus.
Irving Holiday Extravaganza and Tree Lighting
12/5/09: 1:00 pm
City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. Irving, TX 75060
Usher in the holiday season with the citys Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 5 . A fun-filled schedule includes the following: Chili cook-off 1 p.m., Holiday parade 4 p.m., Tree lighting ceremony 5:30 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season at Lewisville’s award winning Holiday at the Hall festival with an assortment of free family events and activities. Festival activities include the city’s official Christmas tree-lighting celebration, Main Street parade, live entertainment on two festival stages, visits with Santa Claus, Ice Carving Village, Motorcycle Toy Run, Breakfast with Santa,
Tailwaggers Ranch area and more. Enjoy scenic carriage rides throughout Old Town during the festival or find that perfect holiday gift from one of the unique and talented vendor artists as they showcase their talents with live demonstrations at the festival.
uo;s 29th Annual Dickens Of a Christmas
11/27/09 – 11/29/09: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St. McKinney, TX 75069
An old fashioned, Victorian Christmas atmosphere with horse drawn carriages, traveling carolers, visits with Santa Claus, the Christmas tree lighting and activities for all ages. Seasonal music, food, children’s activities provided by local non-profit organizations will take center stage during the event. This festive event will launch on Friday, November 27 with the lighting of the Christmas Tree (Mitchell Park) and candlelight shopping until 8:00 p.m.
11/28/09: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75225
Join NorthPark and Cadillac for a holiday kickoff celebration for families. NorthPark’s famous Santa Claus will host a special story hour before the screening of a kid-friendly holiday movie. Other family entertainment will include face painting, balloon artists and a performance by David Chicken. The evening will come to a close with the gentle falling of real snow flakes!
Richardson’s 38th Annual Christmas Parade Christmas Texas Style
12/05/09: 9:00 am
Richardson Square Mall, 501 S. Plano Road Richardson, TX 75081
Kick off the Holiday Season and celebrate the Richardson Community at Richardsons 38th Annual Christmas Parade! This Richardson tradition will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. and will be on the east side of Richardson. The parade route will go north on Plano Road from Richardson Square to Huffhines Park Ballfields on Apollo Road. This years theme is Christmas Texas Style!
Sachse Christmas Tree Lighting – Sachse
12/1/09: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Red Caboose, 5941 Hwy. 78, Sachse, TX 75048
Sachse Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Immediately following the tree lighting, please join us for light refreshments.
Southlake Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting
11/21/09: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St Southlake, TX 76092
Join the City of Southlake and Southlake Town Square for a night of holiday magic as they light up the square and welcome in the season with lots of family fun! Tree lighting at 6:30 pm , photos with Santa, carriage rides, holiday crafts, letters to Santa, holiday refreshments, live entertainment.
The Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting
11/27/09: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Sundance Square, 201 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Enjoy the annual lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree. All eyes will be cast upward as Santa pulls the switch and the majestic 52-foot tree comes to life with thousands of sparkling lights and ornaments. Santa will be available for photos after the tree lighting ceremony, too! Don’t forget to bundle up because you’ll want to stay around Sundance Square – the holiday scenery is delightful!
Wylie Arts Festival, Parade, & Tree Lighting
12/5/09: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
112 S. Ballard Avenue Wylie, TX 75098
Come out and enjoy the sites and sounds of the holidays. There is something for everyone. Wylie Arts Festival Olde City Park 10 am – 8 pm Festival of Lights Parade Historic Downtown on Ballard 5:30pm and Tree Lighting Olde City Park 7 pm
Lisa Pineau is a mom to one daughter. Lisa was a Computer Programmer for 20 years and met her husband on the job. She now works in bookkeeping, administrative tasks and computers. Lisa enjoys music, movies, her two Maltese and carting her middle-schooler from one event to another. Lisa also enjoys trying different restaurants in the area and a few too many reality tv shows.