‘Tis The Season

The weather is shifting, and there is finally a (slight) chill in the Texas air. Whether you have had your Christmas tree up since September or you’re counting down the days until November 23 so you can get your bright, colorful holiday decorations up the moment Thanksgiving dinner concludes, there are tons of exciting and unique events in and around Frisco that are sure to bring joy to your family’s holiday season. 
So, don’t try to tune out those Christmas carols repeating in your head! Embrace the season, share in the holiday spirit, and gather with the Frisco community to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
The Light Park
Nov 03 – Jan 01
M – Th: 5:30 – 10:00 p.m., 
F – Sun: 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Riders Field 
7300 Rough Riders Trail, Frisco
This mile-long drive-through light show spectacular features millions of lights synchronized to festive music.
‘Neath the Wreath
Nov 09 – 12
Thursday & Saturday: 
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel & Convention Center
777 Watters Creek Boulevard, Allen
The ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market serves as the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Collin County and has raised over $4.7 million over the last 28 years to give back to the local community.
Christmas at Gaylord Texan
Nov 10 – Dec 31
Times Vary
Gaylord Texan 
1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine
Though just nine degrees inside, Gaylord Texan’s ICE! invites visitors to wind through larger-than-life sculptures carved by professional artisans out of two million pounds of ice. Inside, guests find sculptures featuring Dr. Seuss’  How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, can zoom down thrilling frozen slides, and navigate exciting tunnels.
The Trains at NorthPark
Nov 11 – Jan 05
M – Sat: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., 
Sun: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
NorthPark Center 
8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas
Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, generations of Dallas families have been delighted by this holiday train exhibit and tradition. The exhibit includes 1,600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America.
Frisco Fall Vendor Market
Nov 12
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Frisco Rail Yard 
9040 First Street, Frisco
This free event features 25+  local vendors to shop, live music, lawn games, permanent jewelry, food and drink, and seasonal fun.
Dallas Zoo Lights
Nov 17 – Jan 02
5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Dallas Zoo
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas
Walk through a wild winter wonderland featuring more than a million sparking lights across the zoo, holiday-themed displays, musical performances, and more.
 Christmas in the Square
Nov 18 – Jan 08
Daily 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Frisco Square
The largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas returns for its historic 19th anniversary with more fun surprises. Visitors can tune in to 107.3 FM in their vehicles or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square.
Gotta Have It Craft Fair
Nov 18
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Centennial High School 
6901 Coit Road, Frisco
Every year, the Frisco Area Retired School Personnel presents two high school graduates with a college scholarship. This craft fair helps fund these scholarships.
Christmas Capital of Texas Holiday Lights Walk
Nov 21
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad 
707 S. Main Street, Grapevine
Walk historic Grapevine, the “Christmas Capital of Texas,” to see the famous holiday lights and displays.
North Texas Turkey Trot 2023
Nov 23
7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
George A. Purefoy 
Municipal Center 
6101 Frisco Square Boulevard, Frisco
Benefitting the Miracle League of Frisco, this Frisco-favorite Thanksgiving Day event features a one-mile Fun Run, 5K, 10K, and even virtual events.
Brunch with Santa
Nov 25 – Dec 17
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Revel Patio Grill 
9305 Preston Road, Frisco
Enjoy brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Capture the perfect photo with your little ones and create memories with your family.
 The Gift of Christmas
Dec 01 – 03, 06 – 10
Times vary
Prestonwood Baptist Church
6801 W. Park Boulevard, Plano
This Prestonwood tradition has become one of the highlights of the Christmas season and draws thousands of guests every year. The program features special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, a live orchestra, flying angels, a live nativity scene and much more.
Sounds of the Season 2023
Dec 01 – 15
Daily 
Stonebriar Centre 
2601 Preston Road, Frisco
Enjoy holiday music from local schools and community groups as they fill the mall with joy.
 Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Christmas Pops
Dec 01 – 10
Times vary
Meyerson Symphony Center 
2301 Flora Street, Dallas
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) performs classical holiday favorites and sing-along carols. Vocalists join the DSO and choruses to bring a bit of Christmas magic to the Meyerson.
Breakfast with Santa
Dec 02
8 a.m. –  9 a.m., 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Grove at Frisco Commons 
8300 McKinney Road, Frisco
Grab your family and friends for a delicious breakfast with jolly old St. Nick! Create holiday memories that include a visit and picture with Santa, crafts, hot cocoa bar, and a special take-home favor.
Frosty 5K and Merry Mile
Dec 02
8:30 a.m.
George A. Purefoy 
Municipal Center 
6101 Frisco Square Boulevard, Frisco
Though it might be chilly, get your blood pumping and join Play Frisco and the community for the Merry Mile (8:30 a.m.), Frosty 5K (9 a.m.), and Party in the Plaza/Awards (10 a.m.). A portion of funds raised benefits Play Frisco’s scholarship program Play Fund.
 Merry Main Street
Dec 02
3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Simpson Plaza
6101 Frisco Square Boulevard, Frisco
Ring in the holiday season Frisco-style with the Santa and Friends parade, Holiday Gift Market, Tree Lighting Ceremony, food vendors, live music performances, and more.
Holiday in the Park and Parade of Lights
Dec 02
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Perryman Park 
4930 South Colony Boulevard, The Colony
Holiday in the Park features festive holiday music and performances, holiday activities, rides, and a holiday-lighted trail.
Cookies and Castles Frisco 2023
Dec 02 – 03
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center 
5700 Dallas Parkway, Frisco
This holiday fundraising event allows families to build gingerbread houses in person (December 2) while making endless trips to candy stations, enjoying complimentary snacks, and taking photos with Santa Claus and his friends, or participate in the to-go event (December 3) picking up their decorating kits with fun stops for snacks, drinks, and character visits.
Market at The Star
Dec 07
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Star 
One Cowboys Way, Frisco
This outdoor market features more than 50 booths with great holiday gift ideas. While shopping the market, visitors can shop, dine, and enjoy The Star’s Entertainment District.
Holidays at the Heard
Dec 08 – 09
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary 
1 Nature Plaza, McKinney
Holiday lights and decorations line the half-mile Heard nature trail. This nighttime hike through the woods gives a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live exhibit.
 Family Christmas Pops
Dec 09
11 a.m.
Meyerson Symphony Center 
2301 Flora Street, Dallas
This family-friendly performance of the popular Christmas Pops concert features the Dallas Symphony Children’s Chorus.
 The Polar Express in Concert
Dec 15 – 17
7:30 p.m.
Meyerson Symphony Center 
2301 Flora Street, Dallas
Experience the musical magic of Christmas Eve and be immersed as The Polar Express adventures up and down mountains, slip-slides over ice fields, and teeters across mile-high bridges while the DSO performs live with the film community.
Home for the Holidays 
Dec 17
4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Christ United Methodist Church
3101 Coit Road, Plano
This beloved concert by the Plano Symphony Orchestra features seasonal favorites for orchestra, vocalists, and chorus, the popular audience sing-along, visitors from the North Pole, and more. Singer-songwriter Nick Fabian will join the PSO, as well as the dynamic and international award-winning vocal quartet Midtown Quartet, and the Plano Civic Chorus.
Frisco Bowl
Dec 19
8 p.m. 
Toyota Stadium 
9200 World Cup Way, Frisco
This annual college bowl game delivers a post-season college football experience for student-athletes, teams, fans, attendees, and stakeholders while showcasing the positive sports-centric climate of the community.
Food Fest 
Dec 30
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Frisco Heritage Museum 
6455 Page Street, Frisco
Celebrate the end of a great year with South Asian eats and sweets.
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