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Holiday Family Fun Directory – December 2019

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

Get ready for some holiday cheer! Celebrate the season with some winter-themed fun including milk and cookies with Santa, art making, and more during Merry Members (exclusive for Carter Family members).

Artisan Center Theater

Come enjoy some high-quality, family-friendly entertainment this holiday season! Join us for Annie Jr. – November 15th – December 21st, and Elf the Musical – November 22nd – December 21st! See you at the theater!!

AT&T Performing Arts Center

Reliant Lights Your Holidays – December 7th. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – December 15th at Winspear Opera House. Once On This Island December 17 – 22 Winspear Opera House. Tickets at attpac.org

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.

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

Candlelight returns for its 48th year! Travel back in time this December 14-15 and celebrate the holidays like it’s 1800s Texas. Come enjoy the hay rides, Victorian carolers, model train set, crafts, and St. Nicholas.

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.

Dallas SPARK!

Winter Break family fun and creativity. Climb, Crawl, Slide, Create with or without the kids. Drop in Day Camps (7 -13 years) and extended family hours Dec. 26 – Jan 3..  Details and preregistration online.

Denton Parks and Rec

Between Santa’s Snapshots and Holiday Camps, Denton Parks has something for kids of all ages this holiday season! Camps are for days out of school and include fun field trips.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark 

Add magic to your holiday season with Breakfast with Santa at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, happening Dec. 7, 14, and 21. Enjoy breakfast, a souvenir photo with Santa, holiday crafts and swim the entire day.

Fairview Town Center

Santa’s Winter Woods through Dec.24 by appointment. Visit Santa at Fairview Town Center and enjoy indoor snow, children’s art area, selfie stations, Christmas Store and more with minimal wait time and photo packages you create!

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!

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth 

Follow the Star, A Walk to the Nativity will be held on Sunday, December 8 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. A walk to the Nativity includes a manger scene and live animals! For more event information, visit www.fpcfw.org/advent

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!

Fort Worth Zoo 

Joy is always in season when you gift a membership to the Fort Worth Zoo. Besides year-long access, enjoy added perks like free parking, discounted events and more. Make the cheer last all year!

Galleria Dallas 

Santa has arrived at Galleria Dallas! Experience the wonder of the season as you journey through an interactive winter wonderland to visit Santa. Plus, skip waiting in long lines, make a reservation at galleriadallas.com/holiday.

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!

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.

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!

Hilton Anatole – Peppermint Park 

Christmas at the Anatole is a holiday festival for the entire family. The hotel transforms into a winter wonderland, known as Peppermint Park, including train rides, light displays, photos with Santa, holiday games and more.

Irving Arts Center

Free fun @ IAC! Our “A Holiday of Masterpieces” Open House, Dec. 6 at 5:30 PM includes train-rides, art activities and performances in the theaters. “Santa Saturdays” on Dec. 7, 14, 21 from 2-4 PM.


KidZania is a real-life city built to inspire, educate and empower kids. With more than 100 activities, kids explore their way through the city and become different professions like fire-fighter, pilot, doctor, actor, among others.

Klyde Warren Park’s Tree Lighting Celebration presented by VisitDallas

On Dec. 7 from 2-6 PM, enjoy photos with Santa and friends, stories with Mrs. Claus, games, and real snow! The day culminates with holiday music performances, fireworks, and the annual tree lighting.

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

#GetOutdoors this holiday season and enjoy all of the great activities we have planned including Christmas at the Cabin, Año Nuevo, our annual Kid’s Christmas Bird Count, and more! See our event calendar at LLELA.org!

Marina Almayeva School of Classical Ballet

Marina Almayeva School of Classical Ballet presents “The Nutcracker.” This year our show will take place on Saturday, December 21st at the Irving Arts Center! See you there!

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – Dallas

Celebrate the holidays like royalty! Experience our epic tournament, 4-course feast, performances by majestic horses, and the flight of our royal falcon. Use coupon code DC383 (adults $38.95|kids $30.95) for discounted prices! Offer expires 1/31/2020.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 

The Modern trees will be illuminated with an array of festive lights in celebration of the holiday season.The galleries will be open for FREE until 7 pm on Tuesdays and 8 pm on Fridays.

North East Mall

Visit Santa Nov. 8-Dec. 24! Enjoy our holiday events: Caring Santa on Dec. 1, Disney Jr. Holiday Celebration on Dec. 7, Pet Photos with Santa on Dec. 8, and Cook Children’s Radiothon on Dec. 14.

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 reenactment of the original Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show. The show features trick roping, trick shooting, trick riding, cowboy songs, live buffalo 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.

Rainforest Cafe

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.

Reunion Tower

‘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.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie 

Bring the family to Christmas at the Palace! Enjoy a glee-filled breakfast and picture with Santa Claus, fun holiday crafts, and unlimited time in all five of our Ripley attractions! Come have a Ripley’s Christmas!

Santa AdventureLand 

Children build toys with elves, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, see live reindeer, play in Snow, write Santa a letter, attend Elf University, watch Christmas movies, dance in Elf Disco, jump in the snow globe

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.

Strong Fitness & Fun 

Get prepared for the holiday season and leave the kids to play with us! Holiday Parent’s Night Out: 12/13 from 6-10 PM. Mini Camps: 11/29 and 12/20 from 9-12Winter Camp: Jan 2nd & 3rd

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.

Texas Boys Choir 

Join the Grammy award winning Texas Boys Choir on their holiday tour, “Christmas with Texas Boys Choir.” Tour dates are between Dec 5th – 17th at various locations. Sing, choirs of angels!

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

Enjoy holiday celebrations at The Shops that include everything from carriage rides, Victorian carolers, costumed characters, a 60 foot high Christmas Tree light show, and more.  Visit our website for a full list of events.

The Theatre at Grand Prairie

Hip Hop Nutcracker – December 3, 2019. Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes – December 21, 2019

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 Fine Art Gallery & Glassblowing Studio 

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.

The Village at Allen

Wonder at The Village returns to The Village at Allen at Hwy 75 and Stacy Rd. Follow us on Facebook at @thevillageshopping for more holiday events including photos with Santa and Buddy the Elf sightings!

Visit Southlake

Southlake is the perfect place for a holiday visit! You’ll find fun things happening throughout the season. See beautiful lights, spend time with Santa, taste warm, delicious holiday fare and complete your shopping list.