Don’t Miss These Local Holiday Events!

“Elf” The Broadway Musical
Through December 2, Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, www.dallassummermusicals.org

This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. 

Pet Night with Santa
Mondays through December 17, 5-8 p.m., Stonebriar Centre, www.shopstonebriar.com

Pet owners can bring cats and dogs to visit and take photos with Santa.

Photos with Santa
Through December 24, The Star, Dallas Cowboys Cottage, www.thestarinfrisco.com

Christmas in the Square 2018
Through December 31, Frisco Square, www.friscosquare.com

This year’s new elements, like the Christmas Tree Maze, are sure to bring fun and holiday spirit to all. Skate the Square, buy a Christmas tree, enjoy a light show and more! 

Enchant Christmas
Through December 30, Globe Life Park, Arlington, www.enchantchristmas.com

This event will once again illuminate North Texas skies with the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze and Market. 


The 12 Days of Christmas
Through December 30, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday nights, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, www.dallasarboretum.org

This centerpiece exhibit features an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian-style gazebos filled with charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and music made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. 


ICE! at Gaylord Texan
Through January 1, Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, www.marriott.com

Experience favorite scenes from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland, carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice.


Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Through December 31, Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, www.sixflags.com

This winter wonderland features interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.


Snowland
Through January 4, Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine, www.greatwolf.com

Enjoy a magical winter wonderland complete with spectacular decorations, visits with Santa, Snow ‘N Glow dance parties, North Pole University activities and a life-size gingerbread house big enough to dine in.


The Trains at NorthPark
Through January 6, NorthPark Center, Dallas, www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com

The Trains at NorthPark will mark its 20th year with more than 750 railcars on a 1,600-foot configuration of tracks and scenes. 


Frosty 5K and Merry Mile
December 1, 7 a.m., Frisco Square, www.friscofun.org/frosty5k

Don your merriest apparel for the annual Frosty 5K and Merry Mile. 


Breakfast with Santa
December 1, times vary, Frisco Senior Center, www.friscotexas.gov

Join Santa, Frosty and Rudolph for a delicious breakfast, crafts and holiday cheer. 


2018 Rudolph Run
December 1, 7 a.m., Main Street, Allen, www.allenusa.org

This family-friendly event is open to all ages and fitness levels.


Cheer Market and Breakfast with Santa
December 1, 9 a.m., Lebanon Trail High School, Frisco 

The holiday market will include jewelry, home goods, food, wellness, clothing crafts and more.


Prosper Christmas Festival
December 1, 2 p.m., Frontier Park, Prosper, www.prospertx.gov

Festival-goers will enjoy shopping, food trucks, rides, live entertainment and meeting Santa.


Merry Main Street
December 1, 5-9 p.m., Simpson Plaza, www.friscomerrymainstreet.com

This annual event rings in the upcoming holiday season. 


Christmas at the Beach
December 1-2 and 8-9, Little Elm Park, www.littleelm.org

Little Elm beach offers the perfect setting for a spectacular Christmas celebration, as well as Santa Land.


Holidays on Ice Show
December 2, 4 p.m., Allen Event Center, www.cityofallen.org

This holiday skating performance features the Allen Academy of Skating and Allen Community Ice Rink skaters. 


Celina Christmas on the Square
December 5, 5-8 p.m., Historic Downtown Square, Celina, www.celina-tx.gov/downtownevents

Free family-friendly activities include a Christmas train ride, an inflatable slide, bounce houses, a live reindeer display, a hayride and more. 


The Dallas Repertoire Ballet 
Presents “The Nutcracker”
December 7-9, times vary, Eisemann Center, Richardson, www.eisemanncenter.com

Join Clara and her nutcracker prince along with a cast of more than 130 talented dancers.


Plano Lions Christmas Parade
December 8, 9-11 a.m., PISD administration building, www.visitplano.com

Check out festive floats, flags, firetrucks, clowns, Santa, Plano marching bands, drill teams, cheer squads and JROTC, Boy and Girl Scouts, church groups and more! 


McKinney Rotary Christmas Parade of Lights
December 8, Historic Downtown Square, McKinney, www.mckinneytexas.org

The parade is a free, family-friendly event to celebrate the season.


“The Nutcracker” by the Frisco Ballet
December 8, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Lebanon Trail High School, www.thefriscoballet.org

Order advance tickets online for one of the community’s beloved holiday traditions.


The Gift of Christmas
December 8-9 and 12-16, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, www.prestonwoodgoc.org

This visually-stunning live event features special effects, a 1,000-member cast and choir, a live orchestra, flying angels and more.


Beard Park Christmas
December 11, Beard Park, Little Elm, www.littleelm.org

Enjoy a walk-through Christmas light show, snowball fights, Santa and dessert-inspired food trucks.


Holidays at the Heard
December 14-15, Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney, www.heardmuseum.org

Take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Enjoy hot beverages and treats and live family-friendly entertainment.


Frisco Home for the Holidays Concert
Dec. 15, 4 p.m., Frisco High School, www.planosymphony.org

With more than 300 musicians, this concert includes seasonal favorites for orchestra and chorus, an audience sing-along, visitors from the North Pole, humor and surprises. 2018 performances feature The Vocal Majority, winners of 13 International Chorus Championships.


Swim with Santa
December 18, 5:45-7:45 p.m., Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, Allen, www.allenparks.org

Join Santa for a swim and tell him what you would like for Christmas.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra Live
December 22, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., American Airlines Center, Dallas, www.americanairlinescenter.com

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is bringing their Ghosts of Christmas Eve – Best of TSO Tour to Dallas.