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Dallas Fort Worth Holiday Events 2014

If you're looking for things to do over the holidays, such as Dallas Heritage Village Candlelight Christmas, Christmas on Main Street, Grapevine, Holiday at the Arboretum and much more, be sure to check out these Holiday Events below.

For more holiday events & "non-holiday" events, check out our Event Calendar for all the scoop!

12 Days of Christmas

This event occurs Daily from 11/16/2014 to 01/04/2015

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Dallas Arboretum

Location Address: 8525 Garland Rd Dallas, TX 75218 Click for Google Map

Description: Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of life-size Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature working mechanical parts that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.

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6th Annual Jingle Bell Run

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Begins at: 07:00:00AM

Location Name: The Square in Downtown Garland

Description: The Jingle Bell supports the City of Garland Animal Shelter. Suggested donations needs are Dry Dog/Cat food, Kitty Litter, Paper Towels, Lysol, Bleach, Hand Sanitizer, Stainless Food/Water Pans, New/Used Blankets, and Monetary Donations always welcome. Registration begins at 7:00am; 5k begins at 8:00am.

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An Old Fashioned Christmas

Date of event: 12/05/2014

Event Time: 06:00:00 PM till 08:30:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: A.W. Perry Homestead Museum

Location Address: 1509 N. Perry Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006 Click for Google Map

Description: Victorian carolers and Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, ornament making, and even a petting zoo at our annual event to welcome the season! Bring the whole family to this popular celebration. Walk through the historic 1909 home to see its festive decorations. Informal tours available throughout the evening.

Annual Great Turkey Skate

Date of event: 11/29/2014

Event Time: 12:00:00 AM till 04:00:00 AM

Cost: $5/person; $3/person skate rental

Location Name: Allen Community Ice Rink

Location Address: 200 E. Stacy Road #1350 Allen, TX 75002 Click for Google Map

Description: Join the fun on the ice for various Thanksgiving themed on-ice games and activities including Turkey Bowling, a Whip Cream Pie Eating Contest, Turkey Tag and Bobbing for Gobblers. All on-ice participants must wear skates. Bring a non-perishable item and receive a free skate rental.

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Birds Christmas Tree at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens

Date of event: 12/05/2014

Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 12:30:00 PM

Location Name: Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Location Address: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 Click for Google Map

Description: Share your holiday gift giving with our feathered friends! Children of all ages are invited to make biodegradable bird treats ahead of time and bring them to the event to hang in the Garden’s Grove, providing food for wildlife and a little holiday cheer! This free event, complete with music and entertainment, is one of Fort Worth’s oldest holiday traditions.

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Birthday Party for Jesus

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Time: 09:00:00 AM till 04:00:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: Kids of All Ages

Location Name: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church

Location Address: 750 West Lucas Rd, Lucas TX Click for Google Map

Description: Come to GSUMC in Lucas for a fun-filled birthday party for Jesus! Children of all ages are welcome to take part in our advent crafts, games, movies, and birthday celebration to help remind us all of what Christmas is really about! Drop off starts at 9AM and pick-up is by 4PM. We will serve lunch at about 11AM and snacks at about 1PM. Preregistration appreciated but not required.

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Breakfast with the Elves

Date of event: 12/14/2014

Cost: Free

Location Name: KaJiN Farm

Location Address: 3221 CR 2508 Caddo Mills, TX 75135 Click for Google Map

Description: What's more fun than Doughnuts and Apple Cider with Elves and writing a wish list to Santa?

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Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village

This event occurs Daily from 12/13/2014 to 12/14/2014

Event Time: 03:00:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Cost: Tickets available on line: Adults $12.00 Children 4-12 $8.00 Seniors $10.00

Location Name: Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

Location Address: 1515 S Harwood, Dallas, TX 75215 Click for Google Map

Description: Bring the family and experience Dallas holidays from 1840 to 1910. Carriage rides, games & activities for kids, pictures with St Nicholas, carolers and much more! Dinner and concessions available for extra cost.

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Candlelight Christmas

Date of event: 12/05/2014

Event Time: 05:00:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Location Name: Downtown Historic Carrollton

Location Address: 1102 W. Main Street, Carrollton, TX 75006 Click for Google Map

Description: Enjoy holiday shopping and celebrating minutes from home.

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Candy Canes For Kids

Date of event: 11/22/2014

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 08:00:00 PM

Location Name: The Village at Fairview Fountain Stage

Location Address: Fairview, TX, 75069

Description: Throughout the day, we will be building Christmas trees out of peppermint sticks. Shoppers may purchase the sticks - the cost is 4 for $1.00 - then have the chance to write their name or the name of a loved one on the sticks and glue them to the tree. All proceeds will benefit Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC) and the goal is to raise at least $5,000 to help children right here in Collin County that have been the viticms of child abude and neglect. The completed trees will remain as a backdrop on the stage throughout the Holiday Season. The event will feature free entertainment and a Holiday market throughout the day and a FREE performance by American Idol Season 11 finalist Colton Dixon at 7:00 pm. The concert is free, but we ask everyone to bring a new unwrapped or to make a donation at the event. In addition, The Big Guy will make a special appearance, fans can enjoy an autograph session with the Allen Americans, and KLTY will be broadcasting live radio broadcast from 10am-7pm - including giving away more than $5,000 in prizes in the KLTY Cash Cube! You could win gift cards, event tickets and more!

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Carol Sing-Along

Date of event: 12/12/2014

Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 11:30:00 AM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Allen Public Library

Location Address: 300 N. Allen Drive Allen, TX 75013  Click for Google Map

Description: Sing along to your favorite carols with us!

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Christkindl Market

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 12/21/2014

Cost: Free Admission

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: North side of the Ballpark

Location Address: Road to Six Flags and Ballpark Way, Arlington

Description: Christkindl Market (kris-kin-dill) is an enchanting family market in the tradition of markets held throughout Germany during the Holiday season. Featuring authentic German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts and holiday gifts. Nov 29th 5-10pm; HOURS: 12pm-9pm Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday; 12pm-10pm Friday; 10am-10pm Saturday

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Christmas Caroling

Date of event: 12/13/2014

Event Time: 12:00:00 PM till 01:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Villages at Fairview

Location Address: 329 Town Pl, Fairview, TX 75069  Click for Google Map

Description: Members of Faith Church, Anglican will serenade shoppers at the outdoor stage at the Villages at Fairview! We're new to the neighborhood and eager to share the gift of Christmas music!

Christmas in the Ft Worth Stockyards

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Time: 02:00:00 PM till 06:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Ft Worth Historic Stockyards

Location Address: 121 E Exchange Ave, Ft Worth, TX Click for Google Map

Description: Activities Include: Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Holiday Parade, Cowboy Santa, Pony Rides, Chicken Roping, Petting Zoo, Caroling and lots more!

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Christmas in the Manger

Date of event: 12/20/2014

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 01:00:00 PM

Cost: $6.00 per person

Ages: everyone over 18 months old needs to pay

Location Name: Grisham Farms Petting Zoo

Location Address: 4546 CR 408 McKinney, TX 75071 Click for Google Map

Description: Join us at Grisham Farms for a live nativity, Christmas stories with the small animals, crafts, feed for the farm animals and playing in the park.

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Christmas on Main Street Grapevine

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 12/21/2014

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Main Street

Location Address: Grapevine, TX

Description: Step back in time this season at Christmas on Main! With the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows and wreaths and set aglow with twinkling lights, children of all ages can see jolly Christmas characters including Santa on stilts, play reindeer games, experience the glass workshop at Vetro Glassblowing Studio, enjoy tractor-drawn wagon rides ($1 per person, per ride) and more. Christmas on Main hours: Fridays, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays, Noon - 5 p.m. Sundays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Christmas on the Square

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Time: 12:00:00 PM till 05:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Historic Downtown Weatherford

Location Address: 1 Courthouse Square Weatherford, TX 76086  Click for Google Map

Description: Christmas on the Square is a good ol’ fashion community event. There are lots of Children’s Activities, choirs singing, food booths, craft booths, gift ideas and so much more! Kids and parents alike will enjoy taking a break and visiting with Frosty, Rudolph and all of the season’s favorite characters.

Christmas on the Square

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 05:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Historic Downtown Carrollton TX

Description: Santa himself will ride in on “Old General” (the best antique Fire Truck in Dallas) at 10am and welcome boys and girls alike to the sweetest Christmas Town in Texas! Be whisked away into a magic wonderland full of snow hills, stage coach rides, kiddie trains, and bounce houses. Many Artisans, Craftspeople, Food Vendors, and entertainers will fill the Square and offer Christmas gifts/ideas, magic, and fun. Don’t forget all of our Old Downtown shops and restaurants will be open that day as well to offer you the best in shopping and dining. Please remember Old Downtown Carrollton is offering drop off points for Toys for Tots this year so feel free to bring an unwrapped toy and deposit it in one of the marked boxes for pick up on your journey through our square. Come experience Old Downtown Carrollton where age is but a number and Christmas is forever.

Christmas Open House

Date of event: 12/05/2014

Event Time: 06:30:00 PM till 08:30:00 PM

Cost: Free Admission

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center

Location Address: 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmer's Branch Click for Google Map

Description: Christmas Open House with Entertainment Strolling Carolers, Arts and Crafts, Visit with Santa and Holiday Treats.

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Christmas Tree Lighting

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Time: 06:00:00 PM till 08:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Rockwall City Hall

Location Address: 385. S. Goliad, Rockwall Texas 75087  Click for Google Map

Description: Come for an evening of old fashioned holiday fun and music! Celebrate the 31th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn at City Hall. There will be craft making in Santa's Workshop, free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, and live Christmas music. Jolly ole St. Nick will stop by to visit.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Date of event: 12/05/2014

Event Time: 07:00:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Civic Plaza

Location Address: 305 Century Parkway Allen, TX 75013 Click for Google Map

Description: Join the City of Allen for the grand lighting of its 35-foot Christmas tree featuring more than 20,000 lights. Expect surprises, live entertainment and even a visit from Santa and his elves. All ages welcome! Tree Lighting at 7:15 p.m

Country Christmas Wonderland

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 12/23/2014

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Kids, FREE Children 2 and Under

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Legacy Creeks

Location Address: 13836 Private Rd. #5405, Prosper, Texas, 75078 Click for Google Map

Description: Enjoy an exciting hay ride through Rudolph’s Storybook Adventure as his story unfolds, feed animals at our petting zoo, explore Gingerbread Village and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, have a chance to meet Santa Claus, gain access to the North Pole skating rink, and much more! See website for schedule.

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Dallas City Lights

Date of event: 11/22/2014

Event Time: 03:00:00 PM till 11:00:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Main Street Garden

Location Address: 1902 Main Street Dallas, TX 75201 Click for Google Map

Description: City Lights kicks of the holidays with a “Holiday Festival” Downtown along Main Street that continues throughout the evening. Enjoy family-friendly activities including: an outdoor market, face painting, ornament making, musical performances, concessions and much more. City Lights Opening Night marks the lighting of the official Downtown tree and a special arrival from Santa that you won’t want to miss.

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Drop & Shop Holiday Skate

Date of event: 12/20/2014

Event Time: 01:00:00 PM till 04:00:00 PM

Cost: $5 Admission / $3 Skate Rental

Ages: All Ages (Supervision required for under 8 years)

Location Name: Allen Community Ice Rink

Location Address: 200 E. Stacy Road, Ste. 1350 Allen, TX 75002 Click for Google Map

Description: Celebrate the holidays with the whole family at the Allen Community Ice Rink. Enjoy various on-ice games and activities for everyone including pictures with Santa, chance drawing for a free Learn to Skate semester and much more. Come dressed in both green and red or donate a non-perishable item and receive free skate rental. All on-ice participants must wear skates. Adult supervision is required for children 8 years and younger.

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Farmer's Branch Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Begins at: 07:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Farmers Branch City Hall Historic Park

Location Address: 13000 William Dodson Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75234 Click for Google Map

Description: We also have a special Christmas Tree Lighting where you are able to countdown the official lighting of the Farmers Branch Christmas Tree and then witness a great firework show! This night also includes a visit from Santa, a snow hill for tubing, a FREE Kidzone, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, holiday treats for everyone and much, much more! Get ready for another great holiday season with the City of Farmers Branch!

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Festival of Trees

This event occurs Daily from 12/01/2014 to 01/02/2015

Location Name: Cooke County Courthouse

Location Address: 100 S Dixon St, Gainesville, TX 76240 Click for Google Map

Description: Trees on display each day during business hours Trees are representative of the sponsoring organization/business

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Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides at Watters Creek

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 12/24/2014

Event Time: 06:00:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location Name: Watters Creek

Location Address: 970 Garden Park Dr, Allen, Texas 75013  Click for Google Map

Description: What could be more charming than a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets adorned with twinkling holiday decorations on a crisp winter evening? Bring the family or that someone special for a horse-drawn carriage ride around Watters Creek. Carriages hold up to six passengers. Rides are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.Complimentary Carriage Rides begin and end on Market St. in front of Lash Lounge and across from DSW.

Gingerbread House Decorating

Date of event: 12/14/2014

Event Time: 02:00:00 PM till 04:00:00 PM

Cost: Price is per gingerbread house.

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: CAC Multipurpose Rooms

Description: Create some holiday memories with your child by joining other families for gingerbread house decorating. Recreation staff will provide the gingerbread house and many different decorating materials. Pre-registration is required.

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Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Date of event: 12/20/2014

Event Time: 11:00:00 AM till 02:00:00 PM

Ages: The events are open to all children but Village Kids members receive a gift.

Location Name: Texas Land & Cattle at The Village at Fairview,The Village at Fairview,

Location Address: 131 E Stacy Rd, Fairview, TX Click for Google Map

Description: Two times 11:00 am - 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Celebrate the holiday season at our Gingerbread House Decorating Party! Kids get to decorate their own gingerbread house, PLUS kids eat for $5 from the Texas Land & Cattle kid's menu during the event! RSVP at aestelle@herringgroup.com. Space is limited so RSVP before the spots fill up! You don't want to miss out on this holiday fun! * All children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Gingerbread House Making

Date of event: 12/02/2014

Event Time: 06:30:00 PM till 08:30:00 PM

Cost: $25 per family

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Joe Farmer Recreation Center

Location Address: 1201 E. Bethany Dr. Allen TX, 75002 Click for Google Map

Description: Gather the family and show off your creative side by building a gingerbread house for the holidays. Participants compete against other families for the “Most Creative” and “Most Edible” awards. This is a great way to spend time with the family while getting into the holiday spirit!

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Gingertown Dallas at NorthPark Center

This event occurs Daily from 12/02/2014 to 12/15/2014

Event Time: 05:00:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level One near Nordstrom)

Location Address: 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: Now in its 5th year, the Annual Gingertown Dallas is one of the biggest gingerbread house events in North Texas with proceeds benefiting Children’s Craniofacial Association. Founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, Gingertown is a unique holiday initiative which brings together talent from local design, engineering and construction firms for a live build competition to help spread joy and hope during the holidays. Live Build: Dec 2 @ 5-9 PM; On View Dec 2- 15

Grapevine Carol of Lights

Date of event: 11/24/2014

Event Time: 07:00:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Town Square Gazebo

Location Address: 300 Block of Main Street Historic Downtown Grapevine

Description: See Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate flip the switch that transforms Historic Downtown Grapevine into the Christmas Capital of Texas. The city will be illuminated with more than one million lights along Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine. Guests will enjoy musical performances and hot chocolate will be available.

Grinch Scramble

Date of event: 12/19/2014

Event Begins at: 06:30:00PM

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Gerault Park

Location Address: 1100 Gerault Rd., Flower Mound, TX 75028 Click for Google Map

Description: Bring your family to Gerault Park for the Grinch Scramble flashlight candy cane hunt! Search through thousands of candy canes, keeping your eyes peeled for the Grinch - find him and you'll win the grand prize! This is a sure hit for the whole family. There will be holiday music, crafts, and games. Don't forget your flashlights and bags to collect your candy canes and hopefully the Grinch! Activities begin at 6:30pm with the Scramble beginning promptly at 7:30pm.

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Highland Park Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Date of event: 12/04/2014

Event Begins at: 07:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Address: the “Big Pecan Tree” on Armstrong Parkway at its intersection with Preston Road

Description: The Town of Highland Park will hold the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony for the “Big Pecan Tree” on Armstrong Parkway at its intersection with Preston Road. Highland Park Mayor Joel T. Williams, III will turn on the 5,000 red, blue, orange, and green Christmas lights at that time. The lights will be on each night through New Year’s Day. The Highland Park High School Lads and Lassies, directed by Natalie Walker, will sing Christmas carols during the lighting ceremony. As in past years, Santa Claus has made special arrangements with the Highland Park Department of Public Safety to arrive on a big red fire truck. ALL Park Cities residents are invited to attend this special holiday event.

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Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

This event occurs each Week on Friday from 12/05/2014 to 12/19/2014

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 06:00:00 PM

Cost: see website for details

Ages: All ages

Location Name: LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Location Address: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051  Click for Google Map

Description: Don't miss your chance to search for holiday treasures at LEGOLAND Discovery Center's Miniland featuring holiday-themed scavenger hunts December 1 - 24. Can you build well enough to impress the Master Model Builder? Take the Festive Build Creative Challenge Saturday December 6, 13 and 20 and see just how creative you can be. As the big day draws near, guests at LEGOLAND Discovery Center can write their own letter to Santa daily December 1 - 24. Participate in the Winter Wonderland Big Build, held the first three weekends of December and stop by for milk and cookies Sunday, December 7, 14 and 21 (limited to the first 100 guests in the attraction). Bricktacular is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only

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Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

This event occurs each Week on Sunday from 12/07/2014 to 12/21/2014

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 06:00:00 PM

Cost: see website for details

Ages: All ages

Location Name: LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Location Address: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051  Click for Google Map

Description: Don't miss your chance to search for holiday treasures at LEGOLAND Discovery Center's Miniland featuring holiday-themed scavenger hunts December 1 - 24. Can you build well enough to impress the Master Model Builder? Take the Festive Build Creative Challenge Saturday December 6, 13 and 20 and see just how creative you can be. As the big day draws near, guests at LEGOLAND Discovery Center can write their own letter to Santa daily December 1 - 24. Participate in the Winter Wonderland Big Build, held the first three weekends of December and stop by for milk and cookies Sunday, December 7, 14 and 21 (limited to the first 100 guests in the attraction). Bricktacular is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only

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Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

This event occurs each Week on Saturday from 12/06/2014 to 12/20/2014

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 06:00:00 PM

Cost: see website for details

Ages: All ages

Location Name: LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Location Address: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051  Click for Google Map

Description: Don't miss your chance to search for holiday treasures at LEGOLAND Discovery Center's Miniland featuring holiday-themed scavenger hunts December 1 - 24. Can you build well enough to impress the Master Model Builder? Take the Festive Build Creative Challenge Saturday December 6, 13 and 20 and see just how creative you can be. As the big day draws near, guests at LEGOLAND Discovery Center can write their own letter to Santa daily December 1 - 24. Participate in the Winter Wonderland Big Build, held the first three weekends of December and stop by for milk and cookies Sunday, December 7, 14 and 21 (limited to the first 100 guests in the attraction). Bricktacular is on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only

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Holiday Delights

Date of event: 12/02/2014

Event Time: 06:00:00 PM till 08:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Fair Park

Location Address: 2nd Avenue, Dallas TX

Description: Join us to see Santa & his elves, live reindeer, carriage rides, laser shows, carolers, kids area, face painting & tuba concert.

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Holiday Fun Zone

Date of event: 11/28/2014

Event Begins at: 04:00:00PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

Location Name: General Worth Square

Location Address: along Main Street between 8th & 9th Streets

Description: Holiday Fun Zone opens in General Worth Square located along Main Street between 8th & 9th Streets. This area features entertainment, children's holiday craft-making and food from a downtown restaurant. Food from Downtown restaurants will be featured, along with beverages and lighted parade merchandise. Cowboy Santas volunteers will collect toys in the Holiday Fun Zone as well as in the three food and beverage areas above. Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy (for up to 12 years of age) to give to the Cowboy Santas to help give kids around Fort Worth have a brighter holiday! For more than 30 years, the city has gathered, sorted and helped distribute toys throughout Tarrant County to children of families with income at or below 150% of poverty income guidelines. Toy donations must be new. Items that pose a health or safety risk cannot be accepted, including toys that represent violence.

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Holiday Lighting Festival of Denton

Date of event: 12/05/2014

Event Time: 05:30:00 PM till 09:30:00 PM

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Denton Historic Courthouse

Location Address: 110 West Hickory Street, Denton TX Click for Google Map

Description: Join us for a cheerful evening on the Square. There will be plenty of live local music, food, family fun and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event!

Holiday Tea

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 01/04/2015

Ages: For adults only.

Location Name: Dallas Arboretum

Location Address: 8525 Garland Rd Dallas, TX 75218 Click for Google Map

Description: To enhance your holiday experience at the Arboretum enjoy a magical setting in the DeGolyer Garden Cafe and Tea Room for Holiday Tea at 11am and 2pm daily. Call 214-515-6511 for your reservations.

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Holiday Treats to Decorate

Date of event: 12/10/2014

Event Time: 04:00:00 PM till 05:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: Ages 8-12

Location Name: Allen Public Library

Location Address: 300 N. Allen Drive Allen, TX 75013  Click for Google Map

Description: Create a candy sled and decorate your own yummy gingerbread man and Christmas tree cookie!

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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Time: 06:30:00 PM till 08:00:00 PM

Cost: Free Admission

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Farmers Branch Historical Park

Location Address: 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmer's Branch Click for Google Map

Description: You are able to countdown the official lighting of the Farmers Branch Christmas Tree and then witness another great firework show! This night also includes a visit from Santa, a snow hill for tubing, a FREE Kidzone, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, holiday treats for everyone and much, much more!

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Holidays at the Hearth

Date of event: 12/13/2014

Event Time: 01:00:00 PM till 04:00:00 PM

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Log Cabin Village

Location Address: 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane (across from the Fort Worth Zoo), Fort Worth.

Description: Enjoy holiday music, string popcorn and cranberries, spin the dreidel, and more! You can even have your photo taken with our historic St. Nick ($5 fee for photo and folder). No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission plus a $2 craft fee to make a wood-slice ornament.

Holidays On Ice Show: Winter Wonderland

Date of event: 12/12/2014

Event Time: 06:15:00 PM till 09:00:00 PM

Location Name: Allen Event Center Community Ice Rink

Location Address: 200 E. Stacy Rd. Allen, TX 75002 Click for Google Map

Description: Come out and see some of Allen Community Ice Rink's very own figure skating team in this spectacular Christmas show! Enjoy the area’s top local skaters in a fabulous Winter Wonderland themed Holiday on Ice Show. Doors open at 6:15pm; Show begins at 7pm.

Illumination Celebration

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 12/24/2014

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Galleria Mall

Location Address: 13350 Dallas Pky, Dallas, TX 75380  Click for Google Map

Description: The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion for a special tree lighting choreographed to magical sounds of the season. Daily at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. (No 8 p.m. shows on Sunday)

Jingle Bell Run

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Begins at: 07:00:00AM

Cost: Free to spectators; admission fee to run.

Location Name: Burnett Park

Location Address: 501 W. 7th Street Fort Worth, TX 76102 Click for Google Map

Description: Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun, festive event for the whole family! Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and come join us for some holiday cheer. Complete with food, drinks, Santa's Village for kids of all ages, live music, prizes and giveaways. One Mile Fun Run/Walk (Reindeer Run/Walk) or the 5k Run/Walk There is something for everyone! Rather spend that winter evening at home in your jammies in front of the fireplace? You can do that and still support the Arthritis Foundation. Sign up for 'Jingle in Your Jammies at Home'

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Light up the Holidays

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Begins at: 01:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: AT&T Performing Arts Center

Description: Reliant lights up the holidays at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, so bring your entire family for an evening of holiday magic. We’ll be illuminating the Center’s campus with 550,000 dazzling LED lights to celebrate the holiday season. This FREE festival includes a Holiday Concert and Fireworks Spectacular featuring live performances by Jack Ingram and Los Lobos. The celebration will also include photos with Santa and a winter wonderland with real snow and more. 1:00 – 6:00 PM: CELEBRATE EARLY AT KLYDE WARREN PARK: Enjoy the lighting of the largest outdoor Christmas tree in Dallas, free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, live reindeer and more. Tree Lighting @ 5:30pm. Fireworks at 6:30pm.

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Menorah Lighting

Date of event: 12/17/2014

Event Begins at: 06:30:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level One near Nordstrom)

Location Address: 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: Join NorthPark Center and Rabbi Dubrawsky from the Chabad of Dallas to celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the menorah in the Festival of Lights. Complimentary refreshments will be served after the lights have been kindled.

North Pole Express in Grapevine

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 12/23/2014

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Location Address: 705 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051 Click for Google Map

Description: The experience begins at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot platform where riders board the beautifully decorated Victorian Rail coaches. As the train departs and the anticipation of arriving at the North Pole builds, elves will welcome the guests and sing traditional Christmas music. Then, a magical moment! As the train draws closer to the North Pole, Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance to give each child a "We Believe" silver Santa bell. Guests then arrive at the North Pole and walk along a snowy Christmas Tree trail, where, as they wait for an appearance by Santa, guests are entertained with songs and magical Christmas moments. Finally, Santa arrives! Santa wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and then shares his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk served in a memory mug to all the boys and girls. Families will also receive a voucher for a complimentary Family Photo with Santa. Limit one per family. Weekends only

Nutcracker Preview

Date of event: 11/15/2014

Event Time: 04:30:00 AM till 05:30:00 AM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Allen Public Library In the Auditorium A

Location Address: 300 N. Allen Drive Allen, Texas 75013 Click for Google Map

Description: The Allen Civic Ballet performs a special sneak peek with selected scenes of their holiday classic, followed by crafts and photos with the cast.

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Parachuting Santa

Date of event: 12/20/2014

Event Begins at: 05:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Frisco Square

Location Address: Coleman and Main Streets, Frisco

Description:

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Rudolph Run

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Begins at: 07:00:00AM

Location Name: Downtown Allen

Location Address: Main Street Allen, TX 75013

Description: This exciting event begins with a non-competitive onemile run and concludes with the USATF registered Rudolph Run. Chip timing will be used for best results. There will also be an overall male/female Master’s division for 50+ winners. Open to all ages and skill levels. 1 Mile Fun Run : Check in at 7am; Race begins at 8:15am. 5K Rudolph Run: 8:45am.

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Six Flags Holiday in the Park

This event occurs Daily from 11/23/2014 to 01/06/2015

Cost: $64.99/Adults; $49.99/Under 48"

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Six Flags Over Texas

Location Address: 2201 Road to Six Flags Arlington, TX 76010  Click for Google Map

Description: More than 1 million lights twinkle at the amusement park for this seasonal event. Choirs, carolers, Santa, tasty holiday treats and thousands of twinkling lights. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

Snowman Family NorthPark

This event occurs Daily from 11/23/2014 to 12/24/2014

Event Begins at: 10:00:00AM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: NorthPark Mall Level One between Macy's and Dillard's

Location Address: 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225 Click for Google Map

Description: A witty new addition to NorthPark Center’s holiday presentation is the Snowman Family, which features an ironic scene of three ‘traditional’ snowmen roasting marshmallows over an open flame. The multi-media piece was created by Suzanne O’Brien, a Dallas-based painter, photographer and sculptor who specializes in conceptual art. O’Brien is also known for her mural and large-scale paintings in Bookmarks, a dallas public library at NorthPark Center, depicting well-known children’s literary scenes.

Sparkle! Christmas at the Anatole

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 01/04/2015

Cost: see website for details

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Hilton Anatole

Location Address: 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas,TX 75207 Click for Google Map

Description: Set inside the Hilton Anatole’s Trinity Hall, amid a tapestry of twinkling lights and fantastic decorations, Sparkle! Christmas at the Anatole,offers the ultimate family holiday experience during the most wonderful time of year. Indoor Ice Skating Rink (skates included); Millions of Twinkling Lights; Light Shows every half hour; Santa’s Hilltop Slide; Velcro Stocking Jump Wall; Live Holiday Shows from Le Theatre De Marionette; Storytelling by Rudolph; Bounce House Village; Food Trucks; Kids' Crafts; Face Painting; Live Entertainment; Hockey Clinics for Kids; Origami by “Paper for Water”; Special Hosts; Pictures with Santa (weekends); Breakfast with Santa (weekends)! For reservations please contact Samantha.Waugh@hilton.com or call 214.761.7814.

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SPCA Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center at NorthPark

This event occurs Daily from 11/28/2014 to 12/23/2014

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level One between Macy's and Dillard's)

Location Address: 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: The SPCA of Texas' Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center at NorthPark Center has provided special adoption experiences for thousands of four-legged animals and their loving new families. Assistance is offered at select times to help families choose the right animals for their lifestyle. Adoption fees are $250 for puppies (under 6 months of age), $125 for adult dogs (6 months to 6 years), $50 for senior dogs (7 years or older) or VIP dogs (dogs waiting for homes for more than 30 days) and $125 for kittens. All adult cats are eligible for a “name your own price” option with an additional option of waving adoption fees for a second cat. The fee includes spay/neuter surgery, all age-appropriate vaccinations, de-worming treatment, a heartworm test for dogs six months and older, initial heartworm preventative for dogs, a feline leukemia and FIV testing for cats four months and older, a microchip and a free leash or cardboard cat carrier. Pet adoption hours: Mon– Sat 11 AM – 6 PM; Sun 12 PM – 6 PM

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Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting

Date of event: 11/22/2014

Event Begins at: 06:00:00PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Location Name: Sundance Square

Location Address: Main Street - between 3rd & 4th, Ft Worth, TX

Description: It's the annual lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree. Join us for this special evening and celebration the start of the Christmas season. See the beautiful 58-foot tall tree in all its glory and get your picture with Santa and other favorite holiday characters!

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The 12 Days of Christmas at the Arboretum

This event occurs Daily from 11/16/2014 to 01/04/2015

Location Name: Dallas Arboretum

Location Address: 8525 Garland Rd Dallas, TX 75218 Click for Google Map

Description: A Victorian collection of three-dimensional, life-size gazebos filled with the charming characters made famous by the beloved holiday carol.

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The Trains at NorthPark

This event occurs Daily from 11/22/2014 to 01/04/2015

Cost: $7/Adults; $3Children (ages 2 - 12) and senior citizens (age 65 and older) Under 2 - Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level Two between Barneys New York and Nordstrom)

Location Address: 8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and various other highlights. The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station as well as interactive features. More than 80,000 people visit The Trains at NorthPark each season as part of their holiday tradition. The Trains at NorthPark™ hours: Mon - Sat @ 10am - 9pm; Sun @ 12pm - 6pm; Thanksgiving Eve @ 10AM - 6PM; Thanksgiving & Christmas Day -Closed; Christmas Eve @ 10AM - 4PM; New Year's Eve @10AM - 6PM; New Year's Day @ 12PM - 6PM

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Treats of Christmas

Date of event: 12/20/2014

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 07:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Location Name: NorthPark Center (Level one near Macy’s and level two between Nordstrom and Macy’s)

Location Address: 8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map

Description: Join NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank's Cooking Matters™. Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, dozens of premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies present an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies available for purchase. Cooking Matters™ empowers more than 15,000 families each year with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.

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Tree Lighting at Dallas Galleria

Date of event: 11/28/2014

Event Time: 12:00:00 PM till 01:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Galleria Mall

Location Address: 13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas TX Click for Google Map

Description: Every show features Missile Toes, Galleria’s ice-skating, back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa Claus, live performances by Olympic and National Champion-ranked skaters, and local children who introduce the lighting of the country’s tallest indoor tree. 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2012 World Champion Carolina Kostner opens the holidays with a special noon performance on Nov. 28 and then joins 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis for the Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration at Galleria Dallas in a special performance Saturday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

Trees for Troops

This event occurs Daily from 12/05/2014 to 12/06/2014

Event Time: 12:00:00 PM till 08:00:00 PM

Location Name: Watters Creek - next to Frogg Coffee Bar & Creperie on Market Street.

Location Address: 970 Garden Park Dr Allen, TX Click for Google Map

Description: Watters Creek will join FedEx Freight and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation in honoring members of the U.S. Armed Forces by providing 100 Christmas trees that will be distributed to service members and their families. Guests can participate by stopping by the Trees for Troops tent to write a note of appreciation that will be attached to a Christmas tree and received by a service member or family.

Victorian Christmas at Nash Farm

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Time: 03:00:00 PM till 06:00:00 PM

Cost: Free Admission

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Nash Farm

Location Address: 626 Ball Street, Grapevine TX Click for Google Map

Description: Experience a Victorian Christmas at Grapevine’s Nash Farm. Visitors will be led by docents through the farmhouse and the farm to experience how Grapevine’s earliest settlers celebrated Christmas in Texas during the latter part of the 19th Century. Tours will be led from the pole barn, where visitors can enjoy hot cider and cookies, to the front door of the farmhouse, through the parlor, bedroom, dining room and kitchen, then outside by the burning yule log and back to the pole barn. Following the tour, guests may make ornaments to decorate their home for Christmas.

Vitruvian Lights: Magical Nights of Lights Festival

Date of event: 11/28/2014

Event Time: 06:00:00 PM till 10:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Location Name: Vitruvian Park

Location Address: 3850 Vitruvian Way, Addison, 75001 Click for Google Map

Description: On November 28th, Town of Addison May Todd Meier, flips the switch at 6:00pm. The fun continues until 10:00pm with a LIVE Concert by The Jordan Kahn Music Company, Food Trucks, Delicious Desserts, Beer/Wine, FREE Photos with Santa, Holiday Characters, an Elf Balloon Artist, Holiday Shopping Village and 106.1 Kiss FM.

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Winter WONDERland Activities at the Perot Museum

This event occurs Daily from 12/20/2014 to 01/05/2015

Cost: activities free with general admission

Ages: all ages

Location Name: Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Location Address: 2201 N. Field St. Dallas, TX 75150 Click for Google Map

Description: Enjoy winter story times, animal adventures, fruit DNA extraction, liquid nitrogen demonstrations, and even learn about the science of snow with special activities at the Perot Museum. Activity dates and times by clicking the link.

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Wylie Arts Festival

Date of event: 12/06/2014

Event Time: 10:00:00 AM till 07:00:00 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All

Location Name: First Baptist Church Event Center

Location Address: 200 N. Ballard Ave. Parade - Ballard Avenue Tree lighting - Olde City Park, Ballard and Hwy. 78

Description: Mom and Dad can shop the 100 vendors of homemade crafts and fine art, but kids can paint an 18-foot Community Canvas, eat festive fair foods, hear holiday tunes sung by choirs, watch the Festival of Lights Parade that starts at 5:30 and see the tree lighting afterward in Olde City Park. Mayor Eric Hogue reads "A Visit from St. Nicholas," aka "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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