We started playing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells, so you know the holidays can’t be more than 3-4 months away! There are so many things to do and see in the few short weeks of December, and it’s never too early to start planning for the events you just can’t miss!
1. Ice Skating
Panther Island Ice at Coyote Drive In, Fort Worth Visit during the day or include your ice skating in with a new release or holiday movie at the Drive In! Bring blankets and cuddle up outside under the stars with a cup of hot chocolate to watch a movie!
Skating Rink at the Galleria, Dallas We absolutely love a visit to the Dallas Galleria each December when the Christmas Tree is lit up and skaters can make their way around the beautiful tree!
Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square, Frisco The square is lit with the largest choreographed light show in North Texas, and skaters can skate on the outdoor rink. Click HERE for more information.
Enchant Christmas in Fair Park, Dallas Enchant, which has been in Arlington for the past three seasons, will be at Fair Park in Dallas for 2021! I can’t wait to see all that they can do in their new location!
2. Holiday Parades
Fort Worth Parade of Lights Nov. 21st at 6pm Arrive early for this fun Christmas parade that lights up Downtown Fort Worth!
Dallas Holiday Parade Dec. 4th, 10am Previously the Dallas Children’s Parade, this is the largest holiday parade in North Texas!
Parade of Lights, Grapevine Dec. 2nd 6:30pm Grapevine is known as the Christmas Capital of Texas, and the annual parade kicks off the season! Go early and enjoy dinner in Historic Downtown, and browsing the shops!
Arlington Holiday Lights Parade December 11 6pm Watch this fun parade with the lighting of the Downtown Christmas tree as a finale, followed by visits with Santa Claus!
3. Drive Thru Light Displays
Dallas Zoo Lights, Dallas Zoo Not only are there tons of lights, lantern animals, cute winter scenes and of course the dinosaurs, but this year they have a couple of amazing animated light features, too! Stop for refreshments afterwards and to see St. Nick at the Reliant Holiday Village. Runs Nov. 19- Jan. 2nd on select nights. Advanced online ticket purchases required.
Whistle Stop Christmas Cleburne Take a leisurely stroll around Hulen Park, lit up with 3 1/2 million Christmas lights!
Gift of Lights, Fort Worth Watch as Texas Motor Speedway is transformed into a world of lights as visitors drive under the stands at TMS! Stop at the end to visit Santa at the North Pole!
Santa Land, Tyler Visitors can choose to drive themselves or take a hayride through the lit-up attractions!
4. Walk Thru Light Displays
Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas On Dec. 14-15, enjoy a Candlelight Christmas with strolling carolers, tell St. Nicholas your holiday wishes, and make holiday crafts. Click HERE for more information.
Vitruvian Lights, Addison Nov. 26 – Jan. 2 Walk among millions of lighted trees and enjoy holiday activities, food and more!
4. Christmas Tree Farms
4D Christmas Tree Farm, Weatherford This fun Christmas tree farm offers two types of trees, Leyland Cypress and Blue Ice Arizona Cypress! Enjoy hot apple cider and hay rides on the farm!
Mainstay Farm, Cleburne Cut your own Christmas tree, and enjoy fun farm activities for a full day of fun at this big farm south of Fort Worth! Click HERE for more information.
Yesterland Farms, Canton Just an hour from Dallas, this farm has trees to cut and pre-cut trees, as well as fun games, rides and much more! Click HERE for more information.
5. Live Nativities
Bethlehem Revisited, Waxahachie Held the first two weekends of December, come out to enjoy walking the “streets” of Bethlehem with fun and interactive shop owners who demonstrate their trades of the period, then follow either Mary and Joseph, the 3 Kings or the shepherds as they reach the stable! Click HERE for more information.
Journey Into Christmas at Grace Bible Church, Dallas A Walk through Nativity with live camels and a petting zoo.
Journey to Bethlehem at FUMC, Plano A fun, drive-through nativity.
6. Holiday Shows
The Christmas Carol Experience in Granbury I am so excited about this show! We attended the Brian Clowdus rendition of Sleepy Hollow in October, and loved it! It’s very interactive and so much fun!
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at Casa Manana, Fort Worth
Scrooge the Musical at Artisan Center Theater, Hurst
Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Musical, December 11th at Winspear Opera House, Dallas
The Nutcracker with Texas Ballet Theater at Winspear Opera House and Bass Performance Hall
A Christmas Carol at Dallas Theater Center (a personal favorite of mine!).
Elf the Musical at the Plaza Theater in Cleburne.
Christmas at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas Complimentary to guest of the hotel, Peppermint Park offers breakfast with Santa, train rides around the lit-up park, kids activities and Gepetto’s Marionette Theater.
Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Hotel, Grapevine Spend the night or just enjoy an evening ice skating, snow tubing and much more!
8. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington Rides plus holiday shows, lights and even Santa Claus!
9. The 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dallas Stroll the lighted gardens and see the images of the 12 Days of Christmas! Really as wonderful during the day as in the evenings, each offers a different experience.
10. Christmas Trains
The Trains at Northpark Mall, Dallas A family tradition for us, we love watching the trains then heading to watch the FREE puppet show and lunch at La Duni Latin Cafe!
The North Pole Express, Grapevine Take the kids to ride to the North Pole to meet Santa on the Historic Grapevine Railroad! Click HERE for more information.
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