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Whether your thing is hot chocolate in your jammies or dressing up for a holiday theater performance, here’s a list of family-friendly events and winter activities to get you in the holiday spirit.
Actors Conservatory Theatre
Frozen Jr., based on the 2018 Broadway musical, brings the princesses Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life. A story of true love and acceptance, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between the sisters.
Adventure Kids Playcare
Spend the holidays with Adventure Kids! We offer flexible options for every parent’s need! Drop in holiday camps, exciting theme nights, daily activities and so much more!
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Make the most of your holidays with Merry Members! on Dec. 7 at 5 pm exclusively for Carter members. Become a Carter Family member today for art making, wintery art tours and milk and cookies with Santa.
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Drumline Live Holiday Spectaular—Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Winspear Opera House
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical—Sunday, Dec. 15, at Winspear Opera House
Ballet Concerto presents A Holiday Special at Will Rogers Auditorium Friday, Dec. 7, at 7pm. Holiday ballets include Winterwonderland, Hanukkah Flamenco, The Christmas Grump based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and O Holy Night. Family-friendly cost of admission.
Ballet Frontier has been captivating audiences with their production of The Nutcracker for 11 years. The beautiful dancing, dazzling costumes and world class choreography sets the stage for an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages!
Christmas at the Anatole
Christmas at the Anatole presents Peppermint Park! Enjoy Breakfast with Santa, games, activities and relaxing accommodations for the whole family. Book your wish-list weekend today!
City of Highland Village
Celebrate the holiday season, visit with Santa and his reindeer, and plunge down the giant snow hill at Christmas at the Ranch! Join us Dec. 14 at Doubletree Ranch Park from 10am–2pm.
City of Irving
Irving’s Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting will be held on Dec. 7 at 5pm in the Heritage District. The Tree Lighting follows the parade at City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., with a fireworks show finale.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Visits with Santa: Wednesday evenings from 6–9pm, Nov. 13–Dec. 18
Saturday & Sunday noon–4pm, Nov. 30–Dec. 22, Pecan Grove
Bring the kids to share their Christmas wishes with the Jolly Old Man.
Dallas Repertoire Ballet
Celebrate the holiday season as Dallas Repertoire Ballet presents the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, Dec. 13–15 at the Eisemann Center, including a sensory-friendly performance for children with special needs on Dec. 14 at 2pm.
Fall break day camps (Nov. 25–27) promise a fun-filled adventure with a unique opportunity to learn and create expressions through numerous forms of art, science and technology. Pre-registration $65/drop-in $75, before/aftercare available. Go to sparkdallas.org/camp to register!
Denton Holiday Lighting Festival
Join us on the Denton Square for music, food, family fun, and holiday spirit at this one-of-a-kind community event! It’s free, with food and activities available for purchase—but please bring a toy for our toy drive benefitting Elves Shelves.
Disney Jr. Holiday Party Live! at The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Dec. 8. Sing along to holiday hits with your favorite characters at this interactive live concert experience. Featuring live appearances by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Vampirina, Elena of Avalor, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Puppy Dog Pals, Fancy Nancy, and special guest Santa Claus!
Explorium Denton Children’s Museum
Join us for the second annual Coffee Crawl, sponsored by the City of Denton! Visit all six participating shops, then redeem your passport for a commemorative mug! Grab a friend, and prepare for coffee greatness!
Fairview Town Center
Santa’s Winter Woods—Nov. 16–Dec. 24—Enjoy indoor snow, children’s art area, selfie stations, a Christmas Store, and visit Santa!
Candy Canes For Kids—Nov. 16, 10am–6pm Family fun, free entertainment, children activities, character visits, fireworks and more!
Firewheel Town Center
Visit Santa at the Santa Photo Experience from Nov. 22–Dec. 24. Enjoy holiday events, such as Holiday in the Park Nov. 23, Caring Santa Dec. 1, Pet Photos with Santa Dec. 8, Breakfast with Santa Dec. 14, and more!
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
All aboard! Polar Pajama Parties are your chance to enjoy wintry hands-on activities coupled with the classic holiday film The Polar Express at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History!
Fort Worth Stockyards
Cowboy Santa’s arrival kicks off the holiday season at the Stockyards on Nov. 29 following the 11:30am cattle drive. Activities through the season include photos with Santa, cowboy poetry, storytime with Mrs. Claus and more!
Gaylord Texan Resort
From Nov. 15, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020, Gaylord Texan Resort will transform into a winter wonderland featuring millions of holiday lights, lavish decor, hand-carved ice, snow tubing, ice skating, gingerbread decorating and so much more!
Gift Of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway
Enjoy the magic of the holidays at Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights. Over 1 mile of gigantic light displays. Drive through the raceway, get a picture with Santa, ride the Santa Tram, ice skate, with refreshments in Santa’s Village!
Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! With 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days, enjoy millions of lights, enormous decorations, classic Christmas movies and more. It’s more merry in Grapevine!
Grapevine Parks and Recreation
The REC of Grapevine has plenty of party room rental space for your holiday celebrations. Don’t miss pictures and cookies with Santa in December. Visit our facility for more information about Carol of Lights event, which kicks-off the Christmas Capital of Texas’ events in Grapevine!
Greater Denton Arts Council
Free! Every third Saturday morning of the month Greater Donuts, Arts, & Crafts. Activities for the whole family from 10:30am–noon. Free donuts, make-and-take crafts, scavenger hunt and more. Something different each month.
Hanukkah Hoopla at the Aaron Family JCC
Join us for a free event on Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon–4pm to explore all of our local and unique vendors as well as enjoy family activities and delicious kosher foods.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Experience the most unique North Texas holiday event at Holidays at the Heard, featuring live entertainment and a nature trail accentuated with holiday décor. See life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a nature trail at Dinosaurs Live!
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Bring your entire family to Lantern Light on Dec. 7. There will be wagon rides, holiday exhibits, carolers, choirs, crafts, food and so much more. Cookies with Santa is Friday, Dec. 13, call or go online to make your reservation.
Irving Arts Center
The annual open house Friday, Dec. 6, headlines IAC’s “Holiday of Masterpieces” with train-rides, refreshments, art, activities and free performances in the theaters. Family photos with Santa are offered “Santa Saturdays” on Dec. 7, 14, 21.
Lakeside Holiday Event
Kick off the holiday season at The Shops at Lakeside on Friday, Nov. 29, from 5–9pm, and enjoy free carriage rides, Santa, hot cocoa, treats, and the season-ending, Christmas-infused Lakeside Music Series!
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Bundle up, and enjoy a breath of fresh air in Lewisville’s 2600-acre Nature Preserve, LLELA! Join us for camping, fishing, hiking and holiday festivals as we #GetOutdoors all winter long!
Log Cabin Village
Holidays at the Hearth and Santa photos: Dec. 7, 1–4pm Celebrate historic traditions with holiday crafts, games, music, and more! Visit/ receive a digital photo with historic Santa and make your own holiday ornament. See website for pricing.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – Dallas
Gather your friends and family and travel back to the 11th century with Queen Doña Maria Isabella! Unlock discounted prices by using coupon code DC383 (adults $38.95|kids $30.95) this holiday season! Offer expires Jan. 31, 2020.
Miracle on 34th Street
Creative Arts For Christ presents Miracle on 34th Street, a 1940s heartwarming Christmas classic, Nov. 29–Dec. 3, photos with Santa and a holiday silent auction. Info on $10 daytime matinees for school groups/seniors Dec. 2–3 available at creativeartsforchrist.com.
North East Mall
Join us for the Santa & Soldiers Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 9 at 8am, followed by Santa’s Arrival Celebration in Center Court at 9:30am! Santa Photo Operations continue through Christmas Eve.
North Texas Performing Arts
Get into the Christmas spirit with a live holiday production! Scrooge the Musical! an NTPA tradition in its 9th BIG YEAR! Santa Claus, pre-show Christmas Carols and more! Holiday Camps also available for grades K-12!
Panther Island Ice
Panther Island Ice returns this holiday season! Located at Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth’s outdoor ice skating rink offers public skating Nov. 22–Jan. 20, everyday, including holidays. There’s free parking, covered seating, gas heaters, restrooms, playground, and the coyote canteen.
Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show
A historical Wild West Show every Saturday at 2:30pm & 4:30pm, with a special Thanksgiving showing on 11/29! Featuring trick roping, shooting and riding, as well as cowboy songs and an entertaining look at history.
Make holiday memories with this interactive art exhibit, featuring a variety of unique displays in 10 different rooms. Combining the technology of today with traditional art forms, visitors can share their multi-sensory experience through social media or through IRL interactions.
Drive through 4,000,000 lights at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake. Half-way through the drive, stop at Holiday Village for vendors, concessions, carnival rides, an indoor holiday show, and the lighted walk-through forest.
Join us for Breakfast with Santa Dec. 7, 8, 14,15, 21 and 22. Start the holiday with a wild adventure! Bring the family to meet Santa & Cha! Cha! in the rainforest. Purchase tickets today at rainforestcafe.com.
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Reunion Tower is sprinkling holiday cheer from 470 feet above Dallas at the GeO-Deck. Join Santa and his elves for photos on Dec. 14 from 12–3pm.
SeaQuest Fort Worth
Gift unforgettable memories this holiday season with a gift card to SeaQuest Fort Worth! For a limited time, purchase a $50 gift card for just $40! See, touch and feed 1,200 animals at SeaQuest Fort Worth.
Texas Ballet Theater
TBT presents The Nutcracker in Dallas Nov. 29–Dec. 8 and Fort Worth Dec. 13–29. Select Saturday matinees include Kingdom of Sweets craft and activity center one hour before the performance begins.
The Shops at Clearfork
Visit Fort Worth’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination for family fun this holiday season. Enjoy visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday entertainment, A Clearfork Christmas on Dec. 14 and more! Visit shopsatclearfork.com for more details.
The Shops at Highland Village
Fun events this holiday season include: Santa photo opportunities in his tree house, Santa brunch, Mrs. Claus book readings, Winter Adventure scavenger hunt, Christmas light shows, Victorian Christmas carolers and horse-drawn carriage rides.
The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes brings a holiday story to life in a full theatrical cirque event for the entire family. Featuring the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica with your favorite holiday hits all performed live by a full symphony orchestra.
Town of Little Elm
Live reindeer, pictures with Santa, a light parade, a 5K, and more! Come visit Little Elm during Christmas at the Beach for the best holiday sightings!
Trains at NorthPark
The Trains at NorthPark has been a Holiday family tradition for 32 years! Support the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas while enjoying the best toy train exhibit in DFW. For more information, visit thetrainsatnorthpark.com.
Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery
Create your own hand-blown glass ornaments at Vetro Glassblowing Studio this holiday season! Or visit our onsite Fine Art Gallery to purchase beautiful artist-made ornaments, along with fine art glass jewelry, lighting, sculptures and more.
Visit Mineral Wells
Merry Wells is more than a festival, it’s a month of holiday fun and festivities. Day-long festival, lighted Christmas parade, photos with Santa, Lighted Homes Scavenger Hunt, events and activities from Nov. 30–Dec. 25.
Southlake’s Home for the Holidays Annual Tree Lighting is a free event with activities for the entire family to enjoy! Festivities begin at 4:30pm with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm.