Get ready for sparkly lights, Santa's sleigh and, in some cases, live reindeer, fireworks and even a Christmas monkey as tree lightings and holiday fests get underway in Dallas-Fort Worth. Here's our list, so be sure to check it twice and head out for some holiday fun.
LIGHT UP LOWEST GREENVILLE A holiday block party on Lowest Greenville features Santa and his sleigh, free sips, a keepsake ornament for $1 and sparkling lights. Purchase a $10 mug in front of the Blind Butcher (1919 Greenville Ave.), then visit participating business for drink samples. The street lights up at 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. on Greenville Avenue between Belmont Avenue and Lewis Street. FREE ADMISSION lowestgreenvillecollective.org
LIGHT UP THE PARK Sip complimentary hot chocolate and listen to holiday music by Collins Classical Carolers while you wait for the twinkling white lights to illuminate the Great Lawn of Oak Lawn Park at 7:15 p.m.
Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. at Oak Lawn Park, 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas. FREE. theparkconservancy.org
WINTER WONDERLIGHTS HOLIDAY SHOW AND TREE LIGHTING Visit the downtown Dallas deck park for a day of holiday fun. There will be crafts for kids, letters to Santa, face painting and activities with Dallas arts groups. A big band show starts at 5:30 p.m., and the tree lights up at 6 p.m. After the lighting, everyone is invited to make the short walk to Sammons Park for Reliant Lights Your Holidays (listed below).
Dec. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas. FREE. klydewarrenpark.org
RELIANT LIGHTS YOUR HOLIDAYS The holiday festival in the Dallas Arts District features the illumination of thousands of LED lights throughout the grounds of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, a fireworks display in Sammons Park and a free concert by En Vogue and RaeLynn. There'll also be arts and crafts for kids, and Santa will be on-site for free photos.
Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2403 Flora St., Dallas. FREE attpac.org.
FAIR PARK HOLIDAY DELIGHTS Watch as Fair Park lights up for the holiday season. Gather in Big Tex Circle for activities including holiday crafts, games, concessions and a visit from Santa Claus.
Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas. FREE More details.
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD CASTLE Marvel at the cookie construction done by the Ritz-Carlton's chefs when it is unveiled Dec. 7 and feted again on Dec. 14 and 21. The three sweet shindigs will include photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus; holiday music performed by local ensembles; and complimentary mulled wine, hot cider and holiday desserts. Visit a holiday market stocked with goodies, including hand-painted chocolate bonbons, made by the hotel's pastry chefs.
Dec. 7-21 on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. Free admission.
CANDLELIGHT: A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION The 46th annual event highlights the many cultures featured at Dallas Heritage Village and their holiday traditions over the years. Check out the historic buildings decorated for the holidays. Enjoy carolers, hay wagon rides, holiday storytelling, hand-weaving and blacksmithing demos, St. Nicholas, and interpreters in traditional costume.
Dec. 9-10 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. Discount tickets available online through Dec. 7 cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children 4-12. At the gate, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children 4-12. Children 3 and younger get in free.
SWISS AVENUE LANTERN WALK Learn about the Christmas and Hanukkah traditions of Dallas during the early 1900s while touring five Swiss Avenue-area homes. The event, which will be hosted by costumed docents, will include refreshments at Aldredge House at 5500 Swiss Ave.; the Willetta Stellmacher estate at 6243 LaVista Drive; 5711 Swiss Avenue; 5731 Swiss Avenue; and 5907 Swiss Avenue. Start the tour at any house and take a trolley bus to the others. Valet parking will be available.
Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Swiss Avenue neighborhood, Dallas. $50 per person. friendsofaldredgehouse.org.
MENORAH LIGHTING Celebrate Hanukkah at NorthPark with the Chabad of Dallas.
Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. Level 1, between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. FREE
HANUKKAH MENORAH LIGHTING A candle on the Galleria's large-scale menorah will be lighted each night of Hanukkah.
Dec. 12-20 at 6 p.m. at the Galleria, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Level 1 near Guest Reception.. FREE. galleriadallas.com
SUNDANCE SQUARE TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION Holiday decorations, live music, photos with Santa (no waiting in long lines -- they'll text you when it's your turn) and the lighting of the 65-foot tall Christmas tree are sure to put visitors in the holiday spirit. The Inspiration Band will be on the outdoor stage at 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 18 at East Third and Main streets, Fort Worth. FREE. Santa photos start at 11 a.m. ($20), tree-lighting countdown at 6:30 p.m. sundancesquare.com
SPEEDWAY CHILDREN'S CHARITIES TREE LIGHTING AND GRANTS CEREMONY Take a lawn chair and enjoy a tree lighting at the racetrack, a fireworks display, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. After the lighting, Speedway Children's Charities will present checks to its 2017 grant recipients. Guests will also receive a complimentary voucher to visit the Gift of Lights drive-through holiday lights display (valid for Nov. 27 only).
Nov. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. FREE. More details.
CHRISTMAS IN THE STOCKYARDS Expect a touch of the Wild West at this annual holiday event in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Take a photo with Cowboy Santa and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, carolers, cowboy poetry, the Wild West Show, gunfight re-enactors and the Longhorn cattle drive parade.
Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 130 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. Wild West Show at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., cattle drive at 4 p.m. and gunfight at 4:30 p.m. FREE. More details.
WINTER WONDERLAND IN THE FOUNDRY DISTRICT Visit Fort Worth's Foundry District for holiday shopping, live music and art-making while giving back to the community. Stop by the photo booth and snap a selfie with the Grinch. Have your gifts custom wrapped for $5 with proceeds donated to the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation, a local nonprofit that works to eradicate suicide in Tarrant County. Artist Katie Murray will be on-site creating The Found-Tree, a community sculpture created with found items.
Dec. 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at 2621 Whitmore St. in the Foundry District, Fort Worth. FREE. More details.
LIGHT THE NIGHT This Christmas fest at Watters Creek includes caroling, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts for the kids, costumed characters, a performance by the Allen Symphony Chorus and Mrs. Claus passing out cookies. Santa will orchestrate the tree lighting with 145,000 glittering lights synchronized to music and a fireworks display.
Nov. 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen. FREE. More details.
GREAT TURKEY SKATE Play quirky Thanksgiving-themed games on the ice, including frozen turkey bowling. All on-ice participants must wear skates, which are available to rent for $3. Rental is free with the donation of nonperishable food items.
Nov. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. at Allen Community Ice Rink, 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen. $5 admission. More details.
ALLEN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Join Santa and his elves for the lighting of the city's 35-foot-tall Christmas tree. In addition to 20,000 sparkling lights, the event will feature holiday entertainment. New this year is a lifesize Christmas Candy Land.
Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Allen Civic Plaza, 305 Century Parkway, Allen. FREE. More details.
CHRISTMAS ON THE PRAIRIE Step back in time at this old-fashioned celebration. Historic buildings in the Allen Heritage Village will be decked out in vintage holiday decorations. Children can help decorate the natural Christmas tree and everyone is invited to enjoy s'mores and hot cocoa. Members of the Allen Garden Club will be at the craft table making Christmas ornaments.
Dec. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Allen Heritage Village, 450 E. St. Mary Drive, Allen. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. More details.
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams will assist in the lighting of a 7-foot-tall Star of David menorah. Hosted by the Chabad of Arlington and the Mid-Cities, the evening's festivities include live Israeli music, latkes and doughnuts. Bring a toy to donate to the Fill the Dreidel Toy Drive.
Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St., Arlington. Free. arlingtonchabad.org.
VILLAGE LIGHTS Pre-lighting festivities include complimentary carriage rides, holiday crafts, carolers, face painting and cookies from Mrs. Claus. At 7:30 p.m., Santa arrives and the tree is illuminated with 100,000 sparkling lights synchronized to holiday music and fun pyrotechnic effects.
Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hillside Village Shopping Center, 305 W. FM1382, Cedar Hill. FREE. shophillsidevillage.com.
HOLIDAY ON THE HILL FEATURING THE POLAR EXPRESS Children are invited to wear their pajamas to this Polar Express-themed fest. Activities include train rides, festive crafts, a reindeer petting zoo, live entertainment, photos with Santa and the official lighting of the Cedar Hill Christmas tree.
Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in historic downtown Cedar Hill, 600 Cedar St., Cedar Hill. FREE. cedarhilltx.com/polarexpress.
CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE Celebrate the spirit of Christmas on Celina Main Street and Historic Square. Activities include a Christmas train, giant inflatable slide, bounce houses, live reindeer, crafts and holiday music. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, sip hot chocolate and take in the tree-lighting ceremony.
Dec. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 141 N. Ohio St., Celina. FREE. More details.
DENTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING FESTIVAL The 29th annual festival on Denton's Courthouse Square captures the spirit of a small-town holiday celebration with a tree lighting, local entertainers, horse-drawn carriage rides, children's crafts and visits with Santa. Toy donations are requested for the Elves Shelves toy drive. The festival coincides with Denton Main Street Association's annual Wassail Weekend (listed below).
Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Denton's Courthouse Square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. FREE, but some activities require a fee. dentonholidaylighting.com.
WASSAIL WEEKEND Celebrate the tradition of holiday wassail (hot cider) with free tastings around the historic Denton Courthouse Square and beyond. Downtown merchants will be offering their own wassail recipe samples during the Holiday Lighting Festival on Dec. 1 and also on Saturday, Dec. 2. Sip a few and vote for your favorite. Appropriate for all ages.
Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m, Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Denton's Courthouse Square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. FREE. dentonmainstreet.org/wassail-weekend.
HOMETOWN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Holiday festival includes a parade of lights, tree lighting ceremony (at 8 p.m.), musical entertainment including performances by DeSoto High School, Lancaster High School and the Carter High School bands, holiday crafts for kids, hot chocolate and other treats, and a visit from Santa.
Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at DeSoto Town Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto. FREE. More details.
DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING Forney ISD choirs will perform carols as visitors sip hot cocoa and watch the illumination of the city's Christmas tree. Santa will be in attendance.
Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 202 E. Main St., Forney. FREE. More details.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK Forney's Christmas festival has a new attraction for 2017: a Candy Land-themed outdoor ice skating rink. Families can also enjoy a community-decorated Christmas tree, photos and visits with Santa, crafts, holiday entertainment and food vendors. Free admission and parking.
Dec. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. at Forney Community Park, 241 South FM 548, Forney. Free admission and parking. Skating is $10 (which includes skate rental). More details.
COWBOYS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR AND TREE LIGHTING The Dallas Cowboys will celebrate Christmas at the Star with the lighting of a 52-foot-tall tree on the Tostitos Championship Plaza. The free event kicks off the Christmas Spectacular, a weekend holiday show featuring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Rhythm and Blues Dancers and Drumline, and Santa.
Tree lighting Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Star in Frisco, 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco. The Cowboys Christmas Spectacular is presented Nov. 24-Dec. 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. FREE. More details.
FRISCO HANUKKAH CELEBRATION The Chabad of Frisco hosts the 4th annual menorah lighting and festival. In addition to the lighting of a giant menorah, the festivities include music, children's crafts, a community art mural, holiday food and drinks.
Dec. 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Simpson Plaza outside Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. FREE. More details.
CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE The tree-lighting ceremony and festival in Garland's historic Downtown Square features children's choirs, snow tubing, ice carving and holiday treats. Kids can meet Santa and make crafts.
Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Fifth and Sixth streets between State and Main streets in Garland. Tree lighting is at 7 p.m. FREE. christmasonthesquare.com.
HIGHLAND PARK CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Highland Park tradition that started in 1927, the Big Pecan Tree on Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road lights up for the holidays with 5,000 multicolored lights. Pre-ceremony activities include a live reindeer, face painting, Christmas treats and a photo bus. At 7 p.m. the mayor of Highland Park will flip the switch and the Highland Park High School Lads and Lassies will sing Christmas carols. Santa will arrive on a big red fire truck.
Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the base of the tree at 4202 Armstrong Parkway, Dallas. FREE. More details.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND SANTA'S WORKSHOP Visit a winter wonderland complete with youth choirs, craft stations, a Christmas train, petting zoo and a snow hill for sliding. The tree lighting will be accompanied by fireworks. A holiday marketplace, food court and giveaways are part of the fun. Skip the line to see Santa by calling 817-788-7325 to reserve a time.
Nov. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst. FREE admission and shuttle service from Tarrant County College Northeast campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst. More details.
HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA Festivities in Irving's historical district include a holiday movies-themed parade that steps off from Heritage Park at 4 p.m., followed by an open house at City Hall, a tree-lighting ceremony, a holiday stage show with music and dance and a fireworks display.
Dec. 2 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Main and Second streets in downtown Irving. FREE. More details.
HOLIDAY IN THE PLAZA Enjoy an afternoon of holiday activities, photos with Santa and his sleigh, and a cute Christmas monkey. There also will be face painting, a petting zoo, games and inflatables, carriage rides and a holiday train.
Nov. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Castle Hills Village Shops and Plaza, 2540 King Arthur Blvd., Lewisville. FREE admission. castlehillsvillageshops.com.
CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH A holiday celebration on the beach of Lewisville Lake features the opening of Santa Land Village with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, music, s'mores and hot cocoa. On Dec. 2, a Light-Up Parade begins at 6 p.m., followed by the tree lighting and fireworks.
Dec. 2 from 6 to 10 p.m., Dec. 3 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm. FREE. More details.
HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS Mansfield's holiday festival kicks off on Dec. 1 with ice-sledding, a petting zoo, live entertainment, food, a holiday market and the arrival of Santa. The City Hall Christmas tree and fireworks light up at 6:30 p.m. Activities continue on Dec. 2 with the Fa La La La 5k at 9 a.m. and a holiday parade that loops through the historic downtown area at 2 p.m. Arrive early for a pre-parade performance of Annie at noon on Main Street.
Dec. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around Mansfield City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St., Mansfield. FREE. More details.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS -- A McKINNEY CHRISTMAS The three-day holiday street festival in historic downtown McKinney kicks off on Nov. 24 with the lighting of the city's 34-foot-tall blue spruce Christmas tree, followed by live music performed by cover band Emerald City. The festival continues Nov. 25-26 with entertainment, roaming costumed characters, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and other holiday attractions.
Nov. 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. around the downtown square, at West Virginia and North Kentucky streets, McKinney. Tree lighting on Nov. 24 at 6:15 p.m. FREE admission. More details.
CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE Visit historic downtown Mesquite for the city's official tree lighting, photos with Santa, live entertainment and food trucks.
Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Square, 223 W. Davis St., Mesquite. FREE. More details.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK This holiday festival features games, entertainment, pictures with Santa and a community parade that winds through the lighted park each evening. Admission and parking are free, but some activities may require a fee.
Dec. 2-3 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Westlake Park, 421 Gross Road, Mesquite. FREE. More details.
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HOLIDAY MAGIC CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING & FAMILY FESTIVAL Holiday street fair with a Christmas tree lighting and fireworks show, food vendors and a gift marketplace. Crafts and activities for the kids and visits with Santa take place in the NRH library. There will be entertainment on two outdoor stages. Memphis Soul will perform holiday hits from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the NRH Centre plaza and a community stage on Grand Ave. will feature children's choirs, drill teams and dancers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be lawn seating and lawn chairs are permitted. Pets are not allowed. Admission and parking are free. There is a free for some activities.
Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at NRH Centre 6000 Hawk Ave. and NRH Library, 9015 Grand Ave., North Richland Hills. FREE. More details.
LIGHTS AT LEGACY The tree-lighting fest features crafting with Mrs. Claus, a Mr. Scrooge magic show, rides on the Christmas train, live entertainment, face painting, caricatures and photos with Santa. Arrive early to join Santa and Mrs. Claus at a screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Nov. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Shops at Legacy, 7200 Bishop Road, Plano. FREE admission to festival. Movie starts at 2 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center; movie tickets are $8. shopsatlegacy.com/events.
DICKENS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN PLANO Take your camera to snap a photo of Santa as he welcomes children in the Haggard Park gazebo. This annual festival offers a variety of attractions and children's activities and an assortment of tasty treats, including hot drinks, beer and wine, kettle corn, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes and more.
Dec. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. FREE. More details.
LANTERN LIGHT Experience Christmases of days gone by at the Heritage Farmstead Museum. The grounds will be aglow in lights and vintage decorations. There will be wagon rides, storytellers, historical demos, children's crafts and visits with Santa Claus. Strolling carolers and school choirs will perform songs of the season. Have fun sledding on a snow mountain, a tip of the hat to this year's theme "1929: The Great Texas Snow."
Dec. 2 from 3 to 8 p.m. at 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. $5; snow mountain tickets are $2-$10. Register in advance at heritagefarmstead.org.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Community menorah lighting ceremony presented by the Chabad of Plano features specials guests and children's activities.
Dec. 13 from 6:15 to 7 p.m. at The Shops at Willow Bend (first floor, near Macy's), 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. FREE. shopwillowbend.com/events.
SANTA'S VILLAGE Wander through this tiny town of 16 colorful holiday dwellings. There will be a children's activity at each stop, a visit with Santa Claus, performances by choirs, dance and theater groups, hot chocolate and a holiday treat.
Through Dec. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. next to Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson. FREE. More details.
HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Rockwall's daylong fest starts with the Kiwanis Christmas parade followed by a variety of family attractions including snow tubing, a pet parade, Dallas Puppet Theater shows, craft-making and live music. Take a camera to snap photos with St. Nick and capture the tree lighting at 6 p.m.
Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the historic square, 101 E. Rusk St., Rockwall. Kiwanis Parade at 9 a.m. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. FREE. More details.
HOLIDAYS AT THE HARBOR Visit the Harbor on Lake Ray Hubbard for an evening of holiday fun with the center's merchants and a tree lighting with carolers. Activities include story time with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, face painting, a holiday photo booth and train rides.
Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Harbor, 2074 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall. FREE. More details.
HANUKKAH AT SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE Watch as an ice menorah is created in a live ice sculpting and fire demo at a celebration hosted by the Chabad of Arlington and the Mid-Cities. Along with the show and guest speakers will be delicious treats including latkes, doughnuts and chocolate gelt.
Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square, 1256 Main St., Southlake. FREE. More details.
HOLIDAY IN THE PARK This Christmas carnival features a holiday craft station and baking contest, music and community performances. The event is part of The Colony's daylong holiday celebration, which also includes the Parade of Lights at 5:45 p.m. and the Christmas Spectacular light show at the Central Fire Station.
Dec. 2 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. at Perryman Park, 4930 S. Colony Blvd., The Colony. Free. More details.
LITE THE TREE Wilmer's annual tree-lighting celebration features entertainment, face painters, crafts, free snacks and a visit from Santa.
Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Wilmer City Hall, 219 E. Belt Line Road, Wilmer. FREE.
WYLIE ARTS FESTIVAL, CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING Wylie hosts a full day of holiday events starting with an arts and crafts festival, children's activities and a Festival of Lights Christmas Parade on Ballard Avenue. The tree lighting takes place right after the parade and features Mayor Eric Hogue's traditional reading of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.
Dec. 2 in and around First Baptist Church of Wylie Event Center, 200 N. Ballard Ave., Wylie. Arts festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by the lighting. FREE. More details.Your guide to holiday happenings in D-FW