Don't Miss These Local Holiday Events!Nov 30, 2018 ● By Christine Perrenot
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.