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Meet and Greet Santa Claus this Weekend! (and other Holiday Happenings!)

Meet Santa Claus this weekend

Last Year's Picture from Rowlett Holiday Parade

If you are ready to kick-off the holiday season, here are some opportunities to take the kids and meet Santa Claus this Saturday!

Rowlett Main Street Holiday Parade & Festival–Saturday November 19, 2011,  10:00am, FREE

Main Street comes alive with children’s activities, food, music, photos with Santa and fun! Make sure you grab your seat early on Main Street to watch the Noon Exchange Club’s 25th Annual Holiday Parade on Main Street.

Firewheel Town Center Hometown Holidays–Saturday November 19, 2011, 3:00-7:00 pm, FREE

From 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM families can enjoy live entertainment, bounce houses, facepainting, vendor/sponsor booths, stilt walkers, holiday costumed characters, SIMON Kidgits Club, and much much more! Santa is coming to town! Santa’s Grand Parade will be from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Come see Santa and friends light Firewheel’s 41 foot Christmas Tree!!

Other Holiday Happenings:

Meet and Greet Santa

Detailed displays at the Trains at Northpark mesmerize young kids

Trains at Northpark–November 19, 2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012.  Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The early closing dates are as follows: November 23 at 6 p.m.; December 24 at 4 p.m.; December 31 at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas but it will be open on New Year’s Day. $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2 to 12) and senior citizens (65 and older). Children under 2 are admitted free. Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb ($1 off regular admission).

The Trains at NorthPark Center is the most elaborate toy holiday train exhibit in Texas, with locomotives whizzing on a journey across America, past Dallas’ skyline, New York City, San Francisco, New England and Washington, D.C. For the 12th year, the attraction will again be at NorthPark Center Level Two near Barneys New York (near Nordstrom).NorthPark Center is located at North Central Expressway at Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.  New this year at the exhibit is a Lionel store selling train sets, collectibles, t-shirts and gifts, with part of the proceeds being donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
Holiday Happenings

ICE! 2008 exhibit

ICE! featuring Dreamworks’ Shrek the Halls –open daily from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, January 1, including holidays.

Gaylord Texan’s annual holiday events are back and better than ever! The awe-inspiring ICE! attraction — carved from 2 million pounds of ice — will for the first time showcase DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls! Additionally, Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan will provide a winter wonderland including 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, a life-sized Gingerbread House, 12,000 ornaments, and Santa Claus himself, just to name a few.

Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade–Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10 am, FREE

The Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade is a free event open to the public. Sidewalk seating is available along the Parade route. Tickets for reserved bleacher seating may be purchased online. Free 2 and under. It begins at The Adolphus, 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas 75202 and it ends at City Hall Plaza. It is also usually on television, check website for channel details.

Candlelight 40th Anniversary Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park–December 10 – 11 • 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Gate prices are: Adults: $12; Seniors: $10; Children: $8; Children under 3: Free;  Advanced tickets (Purchase by December 8): Adults: $10; Seniors: $8; Children: $6; Children under 3: Free

Carriage rides along candlelit paths pulled by an antique tractor or Nip and Tuck, A photo with St. Nicholas at the Bandstand, Novel storytelling, hand-weaving, blacksmithing and more, Delicious holiday treats, Local dancers, choirs and other entertainers, Exhibit of “Candlelight Memories” in the Print Shop, Luscious homemade bake sale, Interpreters in traditional costume throughout the museum bringing history to life, Gleeful strolling carolers throughout the Village and inside the historic buildings, Historic buildings dressed in traditional holiday decorations from 1840 to 1910 & Traditional holiday activities and period games for kids of all ages.

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