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Frisco STYLE Magazine

Holiday Happenings

Nov 01, 2022 ● By Mallory Arnold
by Mallory Arnold

The holiday season has officially arrived. This time of year can be stressful, but that’s nothing a bit of thoughtful planning can’t thwart – especially when it comes to deciding which festive events you intend to attend.

Holiday must-see-and-do lists can grow lengthy with the multitude of light shows, festivals, concerts and other events that are scheduled throughout North Texas. In our own back yard is Frisco’s beloved Christmas in the Square event, happening Nov. 18-Jan. 3, with such seasonal activities as ice skating, visits with Santa, massive choreographed lights show and carriage rides, among others (additional details are available at 

To help keep your schedule on track, Frisco STYLE has compiled this non-inclusive list of holiday events happening in an around our city. No matter where you choose to celebrate the season this year, there is certain to be plenty of joy to go around.

Nov. 10-13

’Neath the Wreath

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 

Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel & Convention Center, 777 Watters Creek Blvd., Allen
This 27th annual holiday gift market by the Junior League of Collin County features such items for sale as home decor, clothing, jewlery and gourmet food, among others. Proceeds benefit area educational and community projects and programs.

Nov. 17-Jan. 1

Dallas Zoo Lights

5:30-10 p.m. nightly

Dallas Zoo, 650 S.R.L. Thornton 
Freeway, Dallas

Be dazzled by more than a million lights twinkling throughout the zoo, including larger-than-life animal lanterns and holiday-themed displays. Visits with Santa will also be available.

 Nov. 18-Jan. 8

Grapevine Main Station

Times vary 

Grapevine Main Station, 815 S. Main St., Grapevine

Acitivities in the proclaimed Christmas Capital of Texas are set to include a 4,500 square-foot ice rink, train trips on the North Pole Express, photos with Santa and a Christmas Village.

 Nov. 18-Dec. 31, 2022

Radiance Frozen in Frisco

Times vary

7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco

Activities at this customizable winter carnival-style event include ice skating, a two-story tubing hill and opportunities to build snowmen.

Nov. 19-Dec. 18

Cowboys Christmas 

6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 

The Star, One Cowboys Way, Frisco

This fifth annual event will feature a 20-minute show that begins with the lighting of The Star’s 67-foot Christmas tree. Performances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Rookie Squad, Dallas Cowboys Drumline, mascot Rowdy and Santa are scheduled as well as appearances by Dallas Cowboys players.

Nov. 25-Dec. 27

Lights on The Lake

Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado 
Parkway, Little Elm

6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays 

The lakeside event will feature a glittering light show, a hot air balloon glow, a ferris wheel, carousel, ice skating, live holiday music and dance performances.

 Nov. 25-26

Home for the Holidays

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday 

Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

The City of McKinney’s 41st annual holiday festival will encompass 14 downtown blocks and feature a tree lighting ceremony, family friendly activities and seasonal favorite foods.

Dec. 20-21 

The Nutcracker

7:30 p.m. 

Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson

It isn’t Christmas without performances of this classic holiday ballet, being presented by Collin County Ballet Theatre with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. (Dates and times for additional performances at Centennial High School, 6901 Coit Road, Frisco, will be announced.)

Nov. 25-Dec. 18, Dec. 21-Dec. 30

Lights on the Farm 

6-9 p.m.

Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Plano

This annual event transforms the museun into a winter wonderland with more than one million lights and animated holiday displays.

Dec. 2-4

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Times vary

Art Centre Theatre, 1400 Summit Ave., Suite E, Plano

The classic holiday film is brought to life onstage by the players of Art Centre Theatre, re-enacted as though it is on a 1940s radio station.

 Dec. 2-11

Christmas Pops

Times vary

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs classic holiday songs and sing-along carols during this holiday concert.

Dec. 2-4, 7-11

The Gift of Christmas 2022

Times vary

Prestonwood Baptist Church, 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano

This event attracts thousands of guests annually with stunning multimedia displays, a 1,000-member cast and choir and a living Nativity.

Dec. 3

Frosty 5K & Merry Mile presented by Texas Health Hospital Frisco

8:30 a.m. 

Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco 
Square Blvd., Frisco

Get your blood pumping during this festive race, sponsored by Texas Health Hospital Plano. Proceeds benefit Play Frisco’s recreation and special event scholarship program that funds events year round.

 Dec. 3

Merry Main Street 

3:30-8 p.m.

Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square 
Blvd., Frisco

This festive event, presented by Texas Health Hospital Frisco, will feature the Santa & Friends parade, a holiday gift market, Frisco ISD school choir performances and a tree lighting ceremony.

Dec. 3 and 10

Family Christmas Pops

11 a.m.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas 

The hour-long concert will feature the Dallas Symphony Children’s Chorus.

Dec. 13

Charlie Brown Christmas

6 p.m.

Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas

This adaptation of the holiday classic television special re-creates the atmosphere of the comic strips and features the familiar jazzy score. Christmas sing-a-longs will follow the performance.

Dec. 16-18

Home Alone in Concert

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday 

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas

Celebrate the favorite Christmas comedy film and its beloved score by composer John Williams as played by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

 Dec. 18

Home for the Holidays

4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Rd., Plano

This concert by the Plano Symphony Orchestra will include seasonal-favorite songs and an audience sing-along as well as guest artists the Plano Civic Chorus and singer Fela.

Dec. 21

Christmas at the Meyerson

7:30 p.m.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas

Enjoy beloved holiday carols as the Dallas Winds perform under Conductor Shiree Williams and with narrator Carol Johnson.

Dec. 22

Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland

7 p.m.

Comerica Center, 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco

This musical journey transports audiences to a magical land during a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show featuring acrobats, aerialists and others.

 Dec. 28

Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s The Ghosts of Christmas Eve 

3 and 8 p.m.

American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas

The orchestra caps off the holiday season with powerful performances of its show.

Mallory Arnold is a freelance writer who enjoys long walks, crime podcasts and hanging out with her cat, Ariana Grande.