Where to find holiday festivals, tree lightings and more in Dallas-Fort Worth

Not in the holiday spirit yet? Then try adding one of these hometown festivals to your wish list. All across Dallas-Fort Worth, Christmas trees and menorahs will be lit, music will play, carolers will sing, and Christmas drones will light the night sky. Here’s a roundup of some of those fests and lightings.

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FREE The Dallas Cowboys will celebrate Christmas at The Star with a 20-minute holiday show featuring the lighting of a 67-foot-tall tree, a pyrotechnic display and performances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, mascot Rowdy, Santa Claus and team members.

Nov. 18-Dec. 17, Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at The Star in Frisco, 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco. Free. thestarinfrisco.com/christmas.

FREE The city known as the Christmas Capital of Texas will flip the switch on its annual holiday lights display at this festival in the historic downtown district. Main Street will be shut down from Northwest Highway to Dallas Road for the event, which will include a snow hill, bounce houses, craft activities, live performances and photos with live reindeer. Grapevine’s 40-foot-tall tree will light up at 6:30 pm, and fireworks are scheduled for 7:30 and 8:30 pm

Nov. 21 from 4 to 9 p.m. at City Hall, 200 S. Main St., Grapevine. Free. gograpevine.com/event/caroloflights.

FREE Downtown McKinney’s annual street festival returns with photos with Santa, a snow hill, a carousel, a trackless train, a petting zoo, a candy land area and other kid-friendly attractions. There will also be live music, costumed characters and the lighting of the city’s 35-foot-tall blue spruce Christmas tree on Nov. 25 at

6:15 pm Nov. 25-26 from 10:30 am to 9 pm, Nov. 27 from noon to 5 pm on the downtown square, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. Admission is free; some activities have a fee. mckinneytexas.org/677/home-for-the-holidays.

FREE Activities include games and other attractions for children, live entertainment, photos with Santa and other festive photo ops, and the official lighting of the Cedar Hill Christmas tree.

Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at 600 Cedar St. in historic downtown Cedar Hill. Free. cedarhilltx.com/holiday.

FREE Garland’s holiday festival returns to Firewheel Town Center this year with the lighting of the Christmas tree, photos with Santa, live reindeer, a snow hill, holiday inflatables and food trucks selling tasty treats.

Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Firewheel Town Center, 300 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland. Free. christmasonthesquare.com.

FREE Stroll through downtown Plano and enjoy an old-fashioned celebration. Attractions include performances from arts groups, a snow slide, food vendors, shopping, photos with Santa and the annual tree lighting in Haggard Park at 7 pm Leashed dogs are welcome. Free parking is available at the Plano Municipal Center, 1520 K Ave., Plano.

Dec. 3 from 5 to 10:30 pm at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., and at McCall Plaza and along a limited section of 15th Street in downtown Plano. Free. facebook.com/planoarts.

Thousands are expected to enjoy the tree lighting during the Christmas festivities at Klyde Warren Park.
(Lawrence Jenkins/Special Contributor)

FREE Stroll the campus of the AT&T Performing Arts Center to view LED lights illuminating the Winspear Opera House, the Wyly Theater and the trees in Sammons Park. The evening kicks off with a Christmas-themed drone show. Families can visit a snow playground and a craft-making area and play miniature golf. Children can pose with Santa for free photos. Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda and Vinyl Countdown: A Tribute to Arena Rock will perform.

Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 8 pm at Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. Free with online RSVP. attpac.org.

FREE Visit Klyde Warren Park for photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, visits from Santa’s friends Frosty and Rudolph, live holiday music, face painting, crafts, games, snow flurries and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Dec. 3 from 3 to 6 pm at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. Free admission; parking is $10 at several nearby lots. klydewarrenpark.org.

FREE Festivities in Irving’s historic district on Dec. 3 include a Polar Express-themed parade that steps off at 6 pm, followed by a tree-lighting ceremony, a drone light show, selfies with Santa and live reindeer, and live music by the Midnight Soul Band. Other events at Heritage Park include live music and a movie on Dec. 9, Carol-oke on Dec. 10, and dancing and a movie on Dec. 16.

Dec. 3 from 6 to 9:30 pm at Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St., Irving. Free. irvingevents.org.

FREE A parade gets this holiday party started at 3:30 pm There’ll also be photos with Santa, school choirs singing holiday music, parent-free shopping for children and other kids’ activities, a gift marketplace and food vendors. The lighting of Frisco’s Christmas tree will be at 6 pm Earlier events on Dec. 3 include Breakfast With Santa (tickets are sold out) and the Frosty 5K/Merry Mile at 8:30 am

Dec. 3 from 3:30 to 8 pm at Simpson Plaza outside Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. Free. friscotexas.gov/916/merry-main-street.

FREE For a small fee, families can have pancakes with Santa between 8 am and noon. A Motorcycle Toy Run starts at 11 am from Lewisville City Hall, where festively dressed bikers take toys for donation to local children before heading out on a holiday ride. The Lewisville Christmas Parade steps off at 12:30 pm from Main Street and Cowan Avenue, then travels through Old Town Lewisville. Stay after the parade for more holiday activities, including selfies with Santa, an elf scavenger hunt, make-and-take crafts, carriage rides, the tree lighting and a movie screening.

Dec. 3 from 8 am to 9 pm at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville. Free. cityoflewisville.com.

FREE Mesquite’s holiday festival will feature photos with Santa, games and bounce houses for kids, live music and dance performances, marshmallow-roasting and concessions for sale. There’ll be two Ugly Sweater contests—one for people and one for dogs. Mesquite’s official tree lighting takes place on Nov. 29 at 6 pm during Christmas on the Square in downtown Mesquite (111 Broad St., Mesquite).

Dec. 3-4 from 2 to 7 pm at Westlake Park, 601 Gross Road, Mesquite. Admission is free; some activities have a fee. cityofmesquite.com.

FREE A fleet of 160 drones will create Christmas magic in the sky over Main Street in an eight- to nine-minute show at Peace Plaza in front of Grapevine Main Station.

Dec. 3 and 17 at 8 p.m. at Peace Plaza, 815 S. Main St., Grapevine. Free. grapevinetexasusa.com.

FREE Santa’s Village has been moved to a new location this year because of a fire at Richardson City Hall, the village’s usual location each holiday season. Some activities have been modified, but guests can still stroll through the miniature village and make stops at several tiny dwellings, enjoy music performances and take free photos with St. Nick.

Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11 from 3 to 9 pm, Dec. 5-9 and Dec. 12-25 from 9 am to 9 pm at Huffhines Park, 1500 Apollo Road, Richardson. Free. cor.net/departments/parks-recreation/community-events/santa-s-village-at-huffhines-park.

FREE Dallas Park and Recreation’s Outdoor Adventures program presents Christmas festivities at Samuell-East Farm, a city park that was once a 600-acre farm. There will be live performances, an artisan gift market, a holiday hayride and a visit from Santa and Mrs. clause.

Dec. 10 from noon to 6 pm at Samuell-East Farm, 100 US Highway 80 at Belt Line Road, Mesquite. Free. dallasparks.org/580/outdoor-adventures-special-events.

The historic buildings at Old City Park will be decorated and the walkways will be candlelit at dusk for the 50th annual holiday festival. Visitors can enjoy strolling carolers, live music, a marketplace, crafts for kids, and food and drinks from vendors. Donkeys Willie and Waylon will be available for photos. In addition, the adults-only Cocktails by Candlelight is Dec. 9 from 6 to 9 pm, with music, dancing and specialty drinks.

Dec. 10-11 from 3 to 9 pm at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. $15-$20, $10-$15 for ages 5-12, free for 4 and younger; tickets are valid for one night only. oldcityparkdallas.org.

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)

HANUKKAH CELEBRATIONS:

FREE The Chabad of Frisco hosts its annual giant menorah lighting at Frisco Square. There will be music by cantor Yudi Cohen, children’s crafts, a bounce house, dreidels, gelt and treats such as donuts and latkes.

Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. Free. chabadfrisco.org/chanukah.

FREE A candle on the Galleria’s large-scale menorah will be lit each night of Hanukkah. On the first night, Dec. 18 at 5 pm, there will be a choir performance and sufganiyah (jelly donuts).

Dec. 18-26 at 5 pm on level one (near Tiffany and Co.) at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Free. galleriadallas.com.

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