Holiday festivals and lightings throughout North Texas

Plan a season full of fun with these festive events.

Feel the warmth of the season while enjoying the glow of illuminated trees, twinkly lights and burning menorah candles. From Victorian carolers to live DJ sets, fireworks shows to faux snow flurries, here are a number of ways to get festive this holiday season.

Fireworks go off during the Klyde Warren Park tree lighting in 2018.(Nathan Hunsinger / Staff Photographer)

Deck the Plaza

FREE Drive around Dallas City Hall to view holiday entertainment, Christmas lights and a 35-foot tree. Tune in to WRR-FM (101.1) to hear holiday music and more on the radio.

Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the plaza in front of City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas. Free.

Lights at Legacy

FREE Instead of a tree lighting festival, the Shops at Legacy’s event this year will be a drive-through set to music played by a live DJ and accessible on the radio. See Santa, Mrs. Claus and other characters, plus two snowfall sections and a Christmas tree finale. The shopping center also has a drive-through Gingerbread Village with giant cookie characters and more.

Nov. 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shops at Legacy, 5700 Legacy Drive, Plano. Enter the drive-through by turning onto Parkwood Boulevard from Legacy Drive. Free.

This year, McKinney’s downtown celebration will take place over a month instead of just one weekend. Attractions will allow for social distancing, and some will have reduced capacity.
This year, McKinney’s downtown celebration will take place over a month instead of just one weekend. Attractions will allow for social distancing, and some will have reduced capacity.(Anja Schlein / Special Contributor)

McKinney Christmas: Holiday Pop-Up

FREE Downtown McKinney’s annual street festival will be spread across a month instead of a single weekend. View the city’s 35-foot-tall blue spruce Christmas tree, take photos with Santa on Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., shop items from local artisans on Nov. 29 and ride the holiday carousel for $3.

Nov. 27-Dec. 24 on select days around the downtown square, at West Virginia and North Kentucky streets, McKinney. Free.

Christmas in the Village

Heritage Village at Chestnut Square presents an outdoor, old-fashioned holiday festival with caroling and other music, craft workshops, scavenger hunts, a marketplace, reindeer feeding and concessions for sale.

Nov. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. $10 per person, $30 per family.

Light up Lowest Greenville

FREE Santa Claus will be in the bed of a decorated truck near HG Sply Co., and children can stand at street level to visit with him and have their pictures taken for free. Masks will be required while waiting in line. Restaurants and other retailers will offer specials for adults and kids, and the Reverse Food Truck will collect canned goods for Vickery Meadows Food Pantry.

Nov. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. on Greenville Avenue between Belmont Avenue and Lewis Street, Dallas. Free.

Merry Main Street will take place in Frisco Square, which has a nightly light and music show.
Merry Main Street will take place in Frisco Square, which has a nightly light and music show.(Stewart F. House / Special Contributor)

Texas Lottery Plaza Tree Lighting

FREE The celebration will include live music, photos with Santa Claus, crafts for kids, shopping, cookies, cocoa and more.

Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. at Toyota Music Factory, 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. Free.

Christmas at the Perry

FREE Carrollton’s A.W. Perry Homestead Museum will be decked in Victorian holiday finery, and Gravley Park will be decorated with lights and will feature photo opportunities.

Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, 1509 N. Perry Road, Carrollton. Free.

Colleyville’s Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

FREE Santa will light the two-story Christmas tree, then be in his sleigh for visits and photos. The fest will also include Mrs. Claus, Victorian carolers, aChristmas monkey, a petting zoo, caricature and balloon artists, a holiday market, carriage rides and more. Also watch the 2018 animated version of The Grinch on an inflatable screen.

Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the Plaza at Colleyville City Hall, 100 Main St., Colleyville. Free.

Klyde Warren Park will host Christmas tree lightings with Santa and carolers on Dec. 6, 11-13 and 18-20.
Klyde Warren Park will host Christmas tree lightings with Santa and carolers on Dec. 6, 11-13 and 18-20.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Santa on the Square

FREE Sign up for one-hour sessions to visit Santa via webcam, meet a reindeer and have a photo taken in a life-size picture frame with the gazebo.

Dec. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1106 S. Broadway St. in downtown Carrollton. Free.

Christmas at the Beach

FREE This holiday celebration on the beach of Lewisville Lake features a tree lighting and fireworks, a light-up parade and the chance to walk through the Magic of Lights at the Lakefront, which is typically a drive-through light display.

Dec. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm. Free.

Holiday in the Park

FREE This Christmas festival features music and other performances, carnival games and rides, a holiday baking contest and the kickoff of the Christmas Spectacular light show at the Central Fire Station. The event is part of The Colony’s daylong holiday celebration, which also includes pictures with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. at The Colony Public Library and the Parade of Lights, starting at 5:45 p.m. at Peters Colony Elementary.

Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at Perryman Park, 4930 S. Colony Blvd., The Colony. Free.

A candle on the Galleria's large-scale menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah.
A candle on the Galleria’s large-scale menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah.(Courtesy / Galleria Dallas)

Farmers Branch Christmas Tree Lighting

FREE Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by firetruck at 5 p.m. for visits and photos, then they’ll join Mayor Robert Dye in lighting the city’s tree. The festival will also include a two-minute fireworks show, strolling carolers, costumed characters and train and swing rides. Shop local vendors during Holiday Marketplace at the Grove, and skate on the outdoor ice rink in front of the StarCenter.

Dec. 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Liberty Plaza, 12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch. Free.

Merry Main Street

FREE The lighting of Frisco’s city tree will be at 6 p.m., plus there’ll be photos with Santa, performances of holiday music, parent-free shopping for children and other kids’ activities, a gift marketplace and food and drinks.

Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Simpson Plaza outside Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. Free. (search “merry”).

Tree Lighting Celebrations

Dec 6, 2020 until Dec 20, 2020 ·  – 

FREE Visit Klyde Warren Park to see Santa Claus light the Christmas tree and hear carols sung by students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Select nights will include additional performances such as readings of The Nutcracker by Texas Ballet Theater and concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Concert Truck.

Dec. 6, 11-13 and 18-20 at 6 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Free admission; parking is $10 at several nearby lots.

Highland Park Village’s Christmas Lights Celebration and Shopping Stroll

FREE Highland Park Village hosts its annual Christmas Lights Celebration and Shopping Stroll, with many stores extending their hours and offering promotions, discounts and treats. There will also be local charities and organizations at the event so shoppers can give back if they’d like. There will be no photos with Santa or live performances this year.

Dec. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 47 Highland Park Village (Preston Road at Mockingbird Lane), Dallas. Free admission and complimentary valet parking.

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

FREE A candle on the Galleria’s large-scale menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah.

Dec. 10-18 at 6 p.m. on Level 1 (near Guest Reception) at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Free.

Holiday in the Garden

Spend the day at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden with several events. Activities include a free Holiday Sip and Shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with artisan vendors, concessions and entertainment including caroling by Fort Worth Opera singers. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there’ll be free visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves, with photos available for $10. There will also be holiday teas for $45 per person.

Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Garden admission is free from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is $12, $10 for seniors 65 and up, $6 for ages 6-15, free for ages 5 and under. Not all events require garden admission.

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Shannon Sutlief. Shannon is the LocalGraf Database Manager on the product team and the former events editor for Guide and

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