There are TONS of family-friendly Christmas events going on in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For a daily schedule visit the PAM Calendar. Here’s a summary of things happening specific to the Plano area: Performances | Breakfasts with Santa | Special Outdoor Events | Parades | Visit Santa

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A Christmas Carol
McKinney Performing Arts Center
November 27th – 29th, December 18th – 19th
This classic holiday tradition tells a powerful story of greed and redemption. On Christmas Eve, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge must first face his dead partner Jacob Marley and then the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Frisco Discovery Center
December 3rd – 6th
The Herdmans are a family of rotten children. They lie, steal, swear, fight, light things on fire, and are generally feared in the community. When they get wind of the annual church Christmas pageant, they bully their way into the main roles and generally wreak havoc. What some feared would be the worst pageant in church history turns out to have a special quality that causes the community to rethink the real meaning of the Christmas story. Recommended for all ages.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Majestic Theater, Dallas
December 3rd – 6th
The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage for the third consecutive year at Dallas’ historic Majestic Theatre. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

King of the Nations – The Nativity Concert
McKinney Performing Arts Center
Friday, December 4th
‘King of the Nations’ is a Concert experience that tells the story of the Nativity of Christ. The concert will take you on a journey of faith, hope, uncertainty and divine love that conquers all. Written, produced and directed by Joslin Dsouza, the production will feature some of the best musicians and singers in Dallas, Texas. It will also feature the children’s chorus of Collin County.

Becoming Santa Clause
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
December 4th – 12th
In an Elven kingdom in the Far, Far North, Prince Claus will celebrate his 13th birthday with the party to end all parties; however, a bright star has signaled a momentous birth. Claus decides to dazzle this newborn with an assortment of the very latest toys before discovering that love is the most treasured gift of all. A witty, wise and wonderful addition to your holidays!

Winter Wonderland
Geppetto’s Theater, Hilton Anatole Hotel, North Dallas
through January 3rd
Take a whirlwind journey to the North Pole in this charming holiday show that features a cast of over 60 hand-carved marionettes.  Children will delight as they meet the Winter Wizard, the North Pole dancing elves, the magic toys of Santa’s workshop,and a whole host of other holiday favorites including Rudolph and Frosty.  This musical variety show is colorful and fast-paced and engages the audience with special effects, audience interaction and musical sing-a-longs. It even snows over the audience! Recommended for ages 3+

Miracle on 34th Street
Dallas Children’s Theater
through December 20th
The beloved sell-out holiday spectacular is back again! See why audiences were smitten with DCT’s jolly Kris Kringle who rescues a single working mother and her young daughter who have given up on Christmas. Even the hardest hearts will melt as the nostalgic film classic comes to colorful life with holiday music, humor and merry elves. Make this miracle a holiday tradition and see why everyone agrees that Santa Claus is alive and well on our stage! Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Not A Creature Was Stirring
Dallas Children’s Theater
November 27th – December 23rd
Come along for an enchanting holiday fantasy hidden within the walls of a cozy farmhouse. On this Christmas Eve, the Mouse Family is jubilantly preparing for the holiday. Decorating, however, requires a harrowing journey to snag a branch from the farmer’s Christmas tree and a frightening episode with the household cat! Journey with two adventurous mice as they make their way through a maze of pipes and passages and ultimately emerge to appreciate the safety and comfort of family. With a delightful showcase of various puppetry styles, this holiday story will give you and your little ones a memorable snuggle. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

A Christmas Carol
Wyle Theater, Dallas
November 25th – December 26th
The must-see family tradition that marks the beginning of Dallas’ holiday season, A Christmas Carol is a critically acclaimed, delightfully reimagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic. The Dallas Morning News proclaimed this transcendent, all-ages musical treat “socially conscious… and theatrically spectacular.” Join us as Scrooge returns to the Wyly Theatre, where the audience will be surrounded by magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor and snow falling on everyone, bringing this timeless story to vivid new life. Appropriate for families. Recommended for ages 8 and above. A Christmas Carol will be performed in one act with no intermission. The approximate run time is 90 minutes.

The Nutcracker
Eisemann Center, Richardson
Royale Ballet Dance Company: December 5th & 6th
Dallas Repertoire Ballet: December 11th & 12th
Tuzer Ballet: December 19th
Collin County Ballet: Sunday, December 22nd & 23rd with the Plano Symphony Orchestra

Sounds of the Holidays
Sunday, December 6th
McKinney Performing Arts Center
Enjoy an afternoon of holiday memories as the McKinney Community Band shares sounds of Christmas and more!  Free.

The Nutcracker Suite
Sunday December 6th, McKinney Performing Arts Center
Thursday, December 10th, Frisco Discovery Center
Part of the Chamberlain Performing Arts presents the “Family Ballet Series.” A selection of family-friendly productions geared towards children ages 3-12.

Elf The Musical
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
December 8th – 20th
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Contains some adult content. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy
The Westin Stonebriar Stonebriar Ballroom, Frisco
Saturday, December 13th 3-5pm
The tea features delectable desserts & snacks, a riveting story time, a Nutcracker character parade and excerpts  from The Nutcracker performed by the Collin County Ballet Theatre Youth Ensemble.

Dallas Galleria Christmas
Dallas Cityscape Legos
December 11th – January 3rd: Experience the best of Dallas during the holidays on a miniature scale with a toy building block display. Benefits Education First Steps. $5 for adults and children ages 2 and up. PAM Review
Ice Skating Shows
6pm Saturdays November 28th – December 19th: Every show features Missile Toes, Galleria’s ice-skating, back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa Claus, along with local children performing to introduce the lighting of the country’s tallest indoor tree. Free.
Slappy’s Holiday Circus: a classic European circus with puppets, magic, clowns, contortionists and jugglers

The Gift of Christmas
Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano
December 5th-6th, 9th-13th
A fantastical Christmas celebration, followed by a beautiful presentation of the true meaning of the season, featuring live animals, flying angels and much more! The Christmas story comes to life with a powerful, heartwarming and visually stunning musical presentation that enhances the message of The Greatest Story Ever Told … the story of Jesus Christ.

Elf Jr.
Courtyard Theater, Plano
December 10th – 13th
Performance by Edge Dance

A St. Andrew Christmas
Sunday, December 13th 7pm
St Andrew United Methodist, Plano
This holiday musical extravaganza features the St. Andrew Chancel Choir, the Salt and Light Choir, bells, a 45-member professional orchestra, the magnificent Létourneau pipe organ, and the ever-popular carol sing – all conducted by St. Andrew’s new Director of Music and Worship Taylor Davis. Music selections include traditional and contemporary holiday favorites from “Jingle Bells,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Babes in Toyland” to majestic settings of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” Additionally, this year’s program will feature the performance of two new pieces, commissioned from Composer Douglas Pew.

Cirque Musica
Sunday, December 13th
Dr. Pepper Starcenter, Frisco
The Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is a fun filled holiday entertainment event for the entire family.  The perfect celebration for the holidays as the cast of Cirque Musica performs incredible feats of strength, skill, and grace to great Holiday music favorites performed by a live symphony (Dallas POPS).

Scrooge – The Musical
December 17th – 19th
Courtyard Theater, Plano
Join the North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA), and its Plano Children’s Theatre (PCT), for a special final weekend Merry Christmas with fun for the entire family. In this, the fifth year presenting this musical adaptation of the Charles Dicken’s classic tale of the stingy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, the NTPA – PCT has assembled its very best cast ever for this annual tradition.

The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 19th
3pm Collin County Ballet with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Heritage High School, Frisco
7pm Allen Civic Ballet with the  Allen Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Allen High School

Home for the Holidays
Frisco High School: Saturday, December 19th
St. Andrews Methodist Church, Plano: Sunday, December 20th
Plano Symphony Orchestra
With nearly 200 musicians, “Home for the Holidays” includes seasonal favorites for orchestra and chorus, the popular audience sing-along, visitors from the North Pole, humor and surprises.


Breakfast With Santa
Vines High School, 1401 Highedge Dr, Plano
Hosted by The Plano Rotary Club
December 12th from 6:30-10:30am (Plano Christmas Parade starts there at 9am)
Adults $5, children under 12 $4 with proceeds benefiting the Plano Food Pantry & God’s Food Pantry.

Spaghetti with Santa
First Methodist Plano
Friday, December 11th
Photos with Santa start at 4:30pm, dinner seating at 5:30 and 6:30pm. Tickets $15, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 5th
Frisco Senior Center
Join Santa, Frosty and Rudolph for a delicious breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs and more. $15 per person, $18 non-resident.

Collin Creek Mall
811 N. Central Expressway, Plano
November 21st – December 24th
Milk and Cookies with Mr. & Mrs. Claus on Saturday, November 21st from 2-3pm
Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 5th from 9-10am

Brunch with Santa
Bonnie Ruth’s
Saturday, December 5th
Enjoy Mrs. Claus’ Breakfast Buffet and holiday treats while Santa and Mrs. Claus visit and pose for photos with their guests. Each child with a reservation will receive a holiday gift bag.  Guests will also have the opportunity to sign a card that will be hung on one of Watters Creek’s Trees for Troops.  Brunch is $10 for adults and $8 for children.  Price of brunch includes a beverage.  Reservations are required.

Breakfast with Santa
Friday, December 18th
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Join us for breakfast with Santa on December 18.  Tickets include breakfast for one adult and one child, one picture with Santa, a tractor driven wagon ride, a story, and craft.  Picture with Santa taken by professional photographer, Misty Hoyt. Seatings at 9am and 10:30am.


Lights at Legacy
Sunday, November 23rd
The Shops at Legacy
3pm – Watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Angelika Film Center. Purchase your $5 ticket in advance as this sells out.
5pm – Exclusive Swag Bags to the first 200 guests who visit The Shops at Legacy booth. Twenty recipients will receive a surprise gift card in their bag.
5pm – 8pm – Continue the Holiday Celebration as you join us at #LightsAtLegacy after the movie. Santa Photos will be available with a $10 donation to Children’s Medical Center, ride our Christmas Train and enjoy live entertainment, craft activities with Mrs. Claus, balloon animals, face painting, caricature artists, magic with Mr. Scrooge, Christmas parade plus the lighting of the sixty five foot tree!

Vitruvian Lights
November 27th – January 1st
Vitruvian Park, Addison
Hundreds of trees wrapped with millions of sparkling LED lights. November 27th at 6pm – lighting celebration with food trucks, live entertainment and more.

Dickens in Downtown Plano
Friday, December 4th
Several stages of entertainment including singing and dancing by local dance companies, high schools and church groups. Stores open late. Concessions. Tree lighting at 7pm. A special Santa mailbox will be installed in Haggard Park near the Interurban Railway Museum for children who would like to write a letter to Santa. Santa will visit with children at his house on J Place from 6:30 – 9:30pm.

Allen Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, December 4th from 6:30-8:30pm
Be a part of the grand lighting of the 35-foot Christmas tree featuring more than 20,000 lights! Expect surprises, live entertainment and even a visit from Santa and his elves. All ages are welcome.

Santa’s Downtown Dash 5k & Kid’s Fun Run
Downtown Carrollton
Saturday, December 5th 9am
The 5K route will take you through Downtown Carrollton and the quaint Carrollton Heights neighborhood (walkers welcome). The Kid’s Fun Run will have little ones running with glee as they chase Santa through the streets of Downtown Carrollton. Stick around after the race for pictures with Santa at the Santa on the Square event.

Santa’s Village
Friday – Sunday December 5th – 20th (Thursdays for residents only)
411 West Arapaho Road, Richardson
There are 15 dwellings that have a special craft, snack, or activity for children to enjoy including Santa’s House and Workshop. Various bands, dance troops, and performers take the Prancer’s Performance stage each weekend to entertain guests.  Also open Thursday nights for Richardson residents only.

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Heritage Farmstead Museum
Saturday, December 5th 3-8pm
The theme this year is Home for the Holidays where visitors can recall holiday reunions and traditions from days gone by. This unique experience will include tours of the holiday exhibit in the Farrell Wilson House, Children’s Crafts in the One Room School House, Wagon Rides, Candle dipping, Historic Demonstrations, Storytelling, Songs of the Season in the historic Pole Barn, delicious treats and photos with Santa. This year we will introduce a new exhibit hosted by the Dallas Costumers Guild and will feature 3 (30 minute) presentations “Dressing for the Holidays: Historic Fashion Trends.”

Concert, Lighting & Fireworks Show
Sammons Park, Dallas
Saturday, December 5th 5:30-8:30pm
We’ll be illuminating the Center’s campus with dazzling LED lights to celebrate the holiday season. This FREE festival includes a Holiday Concert and Fireworks Show featuring live performances by The Polyphonic Spree, Bubba Hernandez y los Super Vatos, and cast members of the national tour of Jersey Boys.

Old-Fashioned Christmas
Perry Homestead Museum, Carrollton
Saturday, December 5th 6-8:30pm
Victorian carolers and Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, ornament making, and even a petting zoo at our annual event to welcome the season! Bring the whole family to this popular celebration. Walk through the historic 1909 home to see its festive decorations. Informal tours available throughout the evening. Free

Dallas Heritage Village
Saturday, December 12th 3-9pm
Guests may explore a variety of historic buildings, circa 1840 to 1910, traditionally decorated by area garden clubs.  Different family holiday traditions and activities are celebrated at Candlelight in each of the homes. In Browder Springs Hall, kids may participate in hands-on holiday crafts. Attendees may also ride around the Village in a surrey pulled by the Village’s loveable Mammoth Jack donkeys  Nip and Tuck ($5 per rider) or a hay wagon pulled by a vintage tractor ($3 per rider).

Santa Express
Museum of the American Railroad , Frisco
Saturday, December 12th 4-7pm
All aboard the Santa Express! The Museum of the American Railroad is bringing Santa all the way from the North Pole to spread some holiday cheer this year! Meet Santa on the caboose, see our holiday railcars, and more! Santa Express will be fun for the whole family!

Holidays at the Heard
Heard Natural Science Museum
December 12th, 13th & 19th 6:30-9pm
Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Guests will see lights and holiday décor along a half mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty. Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to have a photo taken with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase. Family-friendly entertainment will complement the holiday atmosphere. Local musicians will delight audiences with live holiday music in the Heard outdoor amphitheater.

Holiday Lights at Frisco Fire Safety Town
December 12th & 13th
Bring the entire family and walk through our outdoor town to see the miniature buildings decorated for the holiday season. Children can email Santa their wish list and then visit him at the mini fire station at this year’s Holiday Lights event. Christmas crafts and stories will fill children of all ages with holiday cheer. Free.

Christmas in the Square
Frisco Square
Saturday, December 19th 5-10pm
Trackless train rides, parachuting Santa at 5pm, visits with Santa, 4 lane inner-tubing snow slide, holiday treats, outdoor ice rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, petting zoo, pony rides, snow flurries, light and music show.

Santa Run Texas
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Headquarters, Plano
Saturday, December 12th
the annual Texas 5K, 1M and family-friendly festival of the holiday season (YES, a 5-piece Santa Suit is included with your registration!). Come enjoy hot cocoa & coffee, LIVE band, Food Trucks, Vendor Village, and Santa’s Playground, where kids and adults alike can visit Santa! There’s even a bounce house & slide! Benefiting My Possibilities.

Northern Lights Festival
Prestonwood Baptist Church, North Campus, 1001 W. Prosper Trail, Prosper
November 28th – January 3rd
Visit the Christmas Village with free activities for kids and families; witness the true meaning of Christmas with Bethlehem’s LIVE Nativity and enjoy delicious food for purchase; all by the light of a 60-foot lighted Christmas tree! You can also enjoy professional ice skating shows or take the whole family skating on an authentic 70’ by 40’ public ice rink! There will be family photo ops with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Gingerbread Man and the Sugar Plum Fairy; Christmas train rides; live, nightly performances by area school choirs, bands and musical groups and more.


Dallas Christmas Parade
Commerce St., Dallas
Saturday, December 5th 10am
Free, ticketed bleacher seating available. Come out early to grab a good seat and enjoy free family activities in Main Street Garden, Belo Garden and City Hall Plaza. Park activities and pre-show performances begin at am and continue until 10am. Also check out the Preview Party Friday night.

Parade of Lights
The Colony
Saturday, December 5th 5:45pm
Route begins at Peters Colony Elementary parking lot and proceeds west on Nash to Blair Oaks and then south to The Five Star Complex. Holiday In The Park at 6pm at Perryman Park (4930 S. Colony Blvd) featuring festive holiday music and performances, a holiday craft station and a holiday baking contest. Saturday will also kickoff The Colony Christmas Spectacular light show at Central Fire Station.

Merry Main Street
Frisco Square
Saturday, December 5th, 5-9pm
Ring in the holidays with the lighting of the city Christmas tree at the 25th Annual Merry Main Street. Parents and children (ages 3-12) can shop for Christmas gifts and great holiday decor for their homes, as well as enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and an array of food and warm drinks.

Festival of Lights Parade
Historic Downtown on Ballard Wylie
Saturday, December 5th 7:30pm
Following the parade, it’s the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring Mayor Eric Hogue’s reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Richarson Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 5th at 9am
The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas in Toyland.” According to their website, the best location to watch the Christmas Parade is on the east side of Coit between Cherrwood Drive (South of Arapaho) and Melrose Drive (near J.J. Pearce High School).

Christmas Parade Of Lights
Saturday, December 12th at 6:30pm

Plano Lions Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 12th at 9-11am
Theme: A Teacher’s Christmas Wish