20 Things to do over Thanksgiving Week-end in Dallas Fort Worth

If you’re in town over Thanksgiving or you have guests visiting and need something to do, then check out this list of 20 Things to Do over Thanksgiving Week-end in DFW. You’ll be happy to know that many of these events are FREE!

Be sure to also check out our Event Calendar for lots more events during Thanksgiving Dallas!  Enjoy your Fall Break!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Location:Rosewood Center for Family Arts
Address:5938 Skillman, Dallas TX 75231 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts November 17, 2017
Ages:Recommended age is 5 and up.
Cost:$23-30

Christmas time is here, and we’re fortunate that it brings Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang to DCT! Charles Schulz’s classic animated television special comes to life as you’ve never seen before. The young and the young at heart will be tapping their toes and oohing and ahhing as the live combo band surrounds the audience in a magical, memorable holiday spectacle. Make sure you’re front and center as Charlie Brown and his friends discover the real meaning of Christmas!

Click the link for show dates & times.

Annual Dickens of a Christmas…Home for the Holidays

Location:Historic Downtown McKinney
Address:111 N. Tennessee St. McKinney, TX 75069 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 24 – 26, 2017
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Home for the Holidays is an old fashioned Christmas festival with horse drawn carriages, strolling carolers, visits with Santa Claus, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday @ 6:15pm, shopping galore and activities for all ages.

Annual Great Turkey Skate

Location:Allen Community Ice Rink
Address:200 E. Stacy Road #1350 Allen, TX 75002 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 25th @ 12pm – 4pm
Cost:$5/person; $3/person skate rental

Join the fun on the ice for various Thanksgiving-themed on-ice games and activities including Turkey Bowling, Turkey Dice and a coloring section. All on-ice participants must wear skates. Bring a non-perishable item and receive a free skate rental.  All ages are welcome to this family-friendly event.

Christkindl Market

Location:North side of the Ballpark
Address:1000 Ballpark Way Ste 400 Arlington, TX 76011 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts Nov 24th
Ages:All ages
Cost:FREE admission and parking.

Texas Christkindl Market is an enchanting Christmas market in the spirit of markets held throughout Germany during the holiday season. Features Texas-German cuisine, like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, gingerbread, baked goods, Gluhwein and German beers. And of course plenty of live entertainment and shopping! Celebrate the season with unique handmade gifts, artwork and clothing: cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, steins, ornaments, collectibles, jewelry and more.

Christmas at the Anatole Peppermint Park

Location:Hilton Anatole
Address:2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas,TX 75207 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 24 26 @ 5pm – 9pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:See website for details

Peppermint Park will take place in the Anatole park and will feature games and activities for kids, visits with Santa Claus, holiday shows, train rides around the park, light displays and more!

Christmas in the Square with Holiday Lights

Location:Simpson Plaza at City Hall
Address:6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco , TX 75034 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Daily beginning Nov 27, 2017 @ 6-10pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Frisco Square installs over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords to create this a one-of-a-kind computerized light show. Visitors may drive through the streets and listen on their car radios, or stroll along the sidewalks of Frisco Square to enjoy the dazzling display.

Click the link for daily schedule for all upcoming activities.

Christmas on Main Street Grapevine

Address:Main Street, Grapevine
Date/Hours:Nov 24 – 26, 2017 @ Fri @ 2pm – 5pm; Sat @ 12pm – 5pm; Sun @1pm – 4pm.
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

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 that children of all ages can enjoy.  Tractor-drawn wagon rides will depart behind the Gazebo during select hours.

Dinosaurs Live!

Location:The Heard Museum of Science & Natural History
Address:1 Nature Place McKinney TX , 75069 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm; Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. Verify Holiday Hours.
Cost:$11/Ages 12 and up; $8/seniors and 3-12 yrs; Members and under 3 are free

Let your imagination run wild as you walk back in time along a half-mile nature trail with ten life-size animatronic dinosaurs! Be captivated as you watch the dinosaurs move and roar and learn interesting dinosaur facts. Check out both herbivores and carnivores and the return of the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex! Kids will enjoy playing on the static dinosaurs.

Enchant Christmas

Location:The Ballpark at Arlington Globe Life Park, Lot F
Address:1000 Ballpark Way Ste 400 Arlington, TX 76011 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts Nov 24th
Ages:All ages
Cost:$21.95-$84.95

Texas is about to get a lot brighter with the U.S. debut of Enchant Christmas. Wander through the world’s largest light maze and help Santa find his missing reindeer, take your photo in front of North Texas’ largest Christmas tree, skate on a skating pond just like in Central Park, visit Santa in his golden palace, explore the local vendors and food trucks, or sit back with your favorite holiday drink and enjoy live entertainment.

Gingerbread Stroll

Location:Highland Park Village
Address:47 Highland Park Village, Dallas, TX 75205 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:November 17 – 20, 2017 @ 10am
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

At the sixth annual Gingerbread Stroll, attendees will stroll among 12 Highland Park Village merchant’s shops where they can admire and silently bid on ornately decorated gingerbread houses, crafted by 12 of Dallas’ premiere pastry chefs. All proceeds from the Gingerbread Stroll will benefit Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer.

Granbury Country Christmas Parade

Location:Granbury Historic Square
Address:100 East State Loop 426 Granbury,TX 76048 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 24, 2017 @ 6pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Night of Lights – The Christmas Story Parade Friday. Musical Activities begin at 6 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Cookies for children and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the NEW Santa’s House on the square following parade.

Grapevine Light Show Spectacular

Location:Town Square Gazebo
Address:325 S. Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Begins Nov 22, 2017 Daily @ 6pm -11pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

The beloved Light Show Spectacular returns to the Grapevine Christmas Tree located next to the Town Square Gazebo along Historic Main Street. This sparkling family favorite is approximately 20 minutes.

Holiday Tour of Lights

Location:Farmers Branch City Hall
Address:13000 William Dodson Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75234 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts Nov 24 @ 6:30 – 9:30pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free – $5 donations accepted

The 2017 edition of this animated light show will return bigger than ever! The Tour of Lights drive through, with over half a million flashing lights, is one of North Texas’ longest animated shows. There will be festive holiday music and the grand finale show that will include Santa Claus himself! The Tour begins at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35, continues south on Denton Drive, and through the Farmers Branch Historical Park.  Closed December 5 and 25.

Holiday Wonder

Location:Historic Lagoon at Fair Park
Address:1318 S 2nd Ave, Dallas, Texas 75210 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts Nov 21, 2017 – Mon – Fri @5:30pm – 10pm, Sat & Sun @ 3pm – 10pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:$20/Aduls; $12/Kids 3-12 yrs

The outdoor, walk-through winter wonderland will feature: Two million lights; 23 illuminated scenes; 750,000 sq. ft. of holiday displays in 17 acres; A thrilling, two-story-tall arctic slide; Snowball throwing arcade-like games; Dancers, acrobats, musicians and more; Booths with food and special mementos to bring the holiday magic home; Interactive opportunities for fun (have you written your letter to Santa yet?)

Light the Night at Watters Creek

Location:Watters Creek
Address:970 Garden Park Drive, Allen, TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 18th @ 4:30-6:30pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Get in the holiday spirit with caroling, complimentary carriage rides, holiday craft activities and festive entertainment.  Join us as Santa arrives to light the tree and enjoy the glittery display of 145,000 lights synchronized to music all topped off with a fireworks show.

North Pole Express

Location:Grapevine Depot
Address:705 Main St. Grapevine, TX 76051  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts November 24
Cost:Prices vary

Your experience begins at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot platform where you board the beautifully decorated Victorian Rail Coaches and are greeted by elves, minstrels and carolers.  Departing the platform, you will enjoy live entertainment and the reading of a Christmas story when every child will receive a “We Believe” Silver Santa Bell.

Parade of Lights

Location:Sundance Square
Address:The parade proceeds east along Belknap Street, turns south on Commerce and proceeds all the way to 9th Street.
Date/Hours:Nov 18 @ 6pm; Fun Zone starts @ 2pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

Over 100 highly illuminated entries, 500,000 lights and the brilliant Sundance Square Christmas Tree, the Parade of Lights will kick off the Holiday Season in style. The lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree will take place immediately following the parade, and afterwards kids can have their photos taken with Santa Claus.

Perot Museum Holiday Hours & Activities

Location:Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park
Address:2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 24 – 27

A blizzard of activities will be on tap at the Perot Museum while the kids are out of school. At select times during Thanksgiving break, visitors can enjoy daily “science on the spot” demos and much more.  Check the website for detailed schedules. Activities are free to members and included with general admission for non-members.

Note: The Museum will be closed Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) and Christmas Day (Dec. 25). Please check below for additional holiday hours.

Reindeer Park & Festival at NorthPark

Location:NorthPark Center NorthCourt
Address:8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 24 @ 10:30am – 2pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Join Santa, Rudolph and friends for a special festival honoring the most famous reindeer of all. Gather for Santa’s arrival at the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Celebration, and then head outside to Reindeer Park for Santa’s first storytime. Reindeer Park activities include a live reindeer corral, photo opportunities, reindeer games and crafts, a holiday DJ, giving opportunities with the Angel Tree, and holiday treats and surprises.

Safari Days

Location:Sharkarosa Wildlife Park
Address:11670 Massey Road, Pilot Point, TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Open Sat & Sun – gates open at 10am
Cost:$12/Adults; $10/Kids 3-12 yrs; 2 & under – Free;

Do something different for the holidays! Meet & Greet the Animals, Safari Tram, Kids Bucket Train Ride & More! The last Safari Tram leaves at 4pm, so no one will be admitted to the ranch after 4pm. We recommend arriving no later than 2pm to ensure you are able to see all the animals at the front of the ranch and are able to ride the Safari Tram.

Santa Claus A New Musical

Location:Casa Mañana
Address:3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts Nov 24, 2017
Ages:All Ages

Back by popular demand, your family will love making this your holiday tradition. When Santa announces that he’s retiring after a thousand years, the search is on for someone to fill his boots. Expecting to be the next Father Christmas, Henchy the Elf is disappointed when Santa has someone different in mind. Will Santa and his elves get Nick ready in time to deliver the toys all over the world? Or will the discouraged Henchy successfully sabotage Christmas? With hummable tunes like “What Would Santa Do?” and “Naughty or Nice,” Santa Claus – A New Musical will put the whole family in the holiday spirit!

Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Location:Six Flags Over Texas
Address:2201 Road to Six Flags Arlington, TX 76010 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts Nov 17, 2017; Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Ages:All ages
Cost:Daily tickets starting at $63.99

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.

Slappy’s Holiday Circus

Location:The Galleria Mall Dallas – Level 1 near Nordstrom & Belk
Address:13350 Dallas Parkway Suite 3860, Dallas, TX 75240 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 25, 2017 @ 1pm & 3pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

Presented by Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse, experience a classic European Circus with puppets, magic, clowns, contortionists and jugglers in a fast-paced show that’s fun for the entire family.

Sounds of the Season

Location:Watters Creek in front of Vera Bradley on Market Street
Address:970 Garden Park Drive Allen, TX 75013 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 24 & 25 – Fri @ 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Sat @ 1-3pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Sounds of the Season is our annual musical collage of seasonal delights. Enjoy performances by local schools, churches and professional musicians for a memorable holiday experience. A Very Jazzy Christmas is back! Enjoy the holiday music of Eddie Crocetti Jazz. Un case of inclement weather, EC Jazz will move inside Frogg.

SPCA Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Center at NorthPark

Location:NorthPark Center (Level One between Macy’s and Dillard’s)
Address:8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:starts November 24 @ 12pm – 6pm
Cost:See adoption fees below

Bring home a furry friend for Christmas! 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. The sky is the limit for the dogs (and cats!) that make any house a home.

Assistance is offered at select times to help families choose the right animals for their lifestyle. Regular adoption fees are $100 for puppies and kittens aged 0-6 months, $50 for adult dogs and cats aged 6 months or older, $25 for senior dogs or cats aged 7 years and older and $25 for VIP dogs and cats (available for adoption for 30 days or more).

Thanksgiving in the Ft Worth Stockyards

Location:Ft Worth Stockyards
Address:130 East Exchange Ave, Ft Worth, TX 76164 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:November 26 @ 11:45am – 4pm
Ages:All Ages
Cost:Free

It’s time for the holidays and what better way to spend quality time with your family and friends than in the Fort Worth Stockyards, a place to eat, play and shop for the holidays. After you’ve enjoyed your fill of the holiday turkey, come on out and enjoy Thanksgiving at Stockyards Station!

Activities Include:
Santa Claus, 12pm to 4pm (be sure to bring your own camera); Holiday Face Painting, 12pm – 4pm; Cattle Drive 11:30am & 4pm, Cow Camp 1:30-2:30pm, Legends of Texas 4:15pm.

The 12 Days of Christmas at the Arboretum

Location:Dallas Arboretum
Address:8525 Garland Rd Dallas, TX 75218  Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts November 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Ages:All Ages
Cost:See website for pricing

Holiday at the Arboretum presents 12 Days of Christmas! 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.

The Nutcracker

Location:AT&T Performing Arts Center
Address:2450 San Jacinto, Dallas TX Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:starts Nov 24
Ages:All ages
Cost:tickets start at $20

Come with Clara to a dreamland of heroic battles and breathtaking beauty in a holiday classic for all ages. Performed by the Texas Ballet.

The Trains at NorthPark

Location:NorthPark Center
Address:8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Starts Nov 18, 2017. Open Daily but closed on Thanksgiving Day
Ages:All ages
Cost:$7/Adults; $4/Children & seniors (65 and older). Children under 2 are free.

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 Day Closed

Turkey Trot

Location:Dallas City Hall
Address:1500 Marilla St, Dallas, TX 75201 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Thanksgiving Day November 23 @ 9am
Ages:All Ages

Begin your Thanksgiving Tradition at the Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk! This Fun Run/Walk is designed to accommodate every person in your family, workplace and neighborhood. Grandparents, toddlers, infants in strollers – those who want to create a little room for that Thanksgiving dinner – all are welcome to be apart of this Run/Walk. The only “time” that matters is that we want you to have a good time at the Trot, so find some friends, make some friends, enjoy the Trot and all the activities and refreshments we have for you at City Hall Plaza.

Vitruvian Lights Tree Lighting

Location:Vitruvian Park
Address:3850 Vitruvian Way, Addison, 75001 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 24 @ 6pm – 10pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

The most DAZZLING and SPECTACULAR time of year is here!  Vitruvian Park transforms into a Magical Holiday Wonderland during Vitruvian Lights. Tree lights will be turned on by the Town of Addison’s Mayor Pro Tempore Ivan Hughes at 6pm.

Whistle Stop Lighting Ceremony

Location:Hulen Park
Address:900 S Hillsboro Cleburne, TX 76033 Click for Google Map
Date/Hours:Nov 20 @ 6:30pm
Ages:All ages
Cost:Free

Over 3 ½ million lights lit at 7:00pm, Santa & Mrs. Claus in attendance. Performance by Texas Tradition Chorus at 6:30pm

Information provided by http://www.aroundtownkidsplano.com/ThanksgivingFun.htm

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