While Santa Claus will need his magic sleigh in order to visit all of these events, you can use this list to pick your can't-miss holiday attractions, whether you want to see fireworks, real reindeer, a Christmas monkey or former Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten.
Hurst Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa's Workshop
Visit a winter wonderland complete with a three-lane tubing hill and kiddie hill, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and reindeer, performances by youth ensembles, strolling entertainers, crafts, a petting zoo, a holiday marketplace and a food court. Fireworks will accompany the tree lighting.
Nov. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst. Free admission and shuttle service from Tarrant County College Northeast campus, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst. hursttx.gov.
Christmas on the Square
Visit historic downtown Mesquite for the city's official tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. The event will also include photos with Santa, free children's crafts, free cookies and hot cocoa, and food to purchase.
Nov. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Square, 223 W. Davis St., Mesquite. Free. cityofmesquite.com.
Christmas on the Square
The tree-lighting ceremony in Garland's historic downtown square features carolers and hot chocolate. The event kicks off the monthlong spectacular of 100,000 lights programmed to holiday music.
Nov. 29 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fifth and Sixth streets between State and Main streets in Garland. The lights are on display nightly through Dec. 31. Free. christmasonthesquare.com.
Cowboys Christmas Spectacular
The Dallas Cowboys will celebrate Christmas at The Star with a weekend holiday show featuring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, and Santa. Special guests, including Jason Witten and Bradie James, will light the 52-foot-tall tree on the Tostitos Championship Plaza each night.
Through Dec. 22, Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. at The Star in Frisco, 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco. Free. thestarinfrisco.com/christmas.
Deck the Plaza
Dallas City Hall Plaza and its 40-foot-tall Christmas tree will be lighted during a free holiday celebration. Santa Claus, Dallas Winds, the Castro Band, Dallas' Linda Gray, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin and several interfaith speakers will be present, plus there will be seasonal snacks. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Lights come on at 6 p.m., followed by live music and visits and photos with Santa.
Nov. 30 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas. Free admission. bigdholiday.com.
Dickens in Downtown Plano
This annual festival offers a variety of performances, attractions and children's activities. There will also be an assortment of tasty treats, including hot drinks, beer and wine, kettle corn, smoked turkey legs and funnel cakes.
Nov. 30 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St., Plano. Free. plano.gov.
Holly Jolly Celebration
Join Santa and his elves for the lighting of the city's new 46-foot-tall Christmas tree at a new location. The festival also features a Merry Meadow with additional Christmas trees, carriage and train rides, crafts, a holiday bazaar, a food court and a beer garden.
Nov. 30 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the circle at North Allen and St. Mary drives, Allen. Free. cityofallen.org.
Mansfield's holiday festival kicks off Nov. 30 with ice-sledding, a petting zoo, live entertainment, food, a holiday market, penguins from the Dallas Zoo and the arrival of Santa. The City Hall Christmas tree and fireworks light up at 6:30 p.m. Activities continue Dec. 1 with the Fa 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 by Music Place Mansfield at noon on Main Street.
Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. in and around Mansfield City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St., Mansfield. Free. mansfieldtexas.gov.
Light Up Lakewood
Kick off the season in East Dallas at Lakewood Shopping Center and nearby Harrell Park. There'll be a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, music by Ray Johnston Band and local school ensembles, booths from Lakewood businesses, children's activities and more.
Nov. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lakewood Shopping Center, 6400 Gaston Ave., Dallas. Free. facebook.com/lakewoodshoppingcenter.
Denton Holiday Lighting
The 30th 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. The festival coincides with the Denton Main Street Association's annual Wassail Weekend (listed below).
Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Denton's courthouse square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. Free, but some activities charge a fee. Toy donations are requested for the Elves Shelves toy drive. facebook.com/DentonHolidayLighting.
Celebrate the tradition of holiday wassail (hot cider) with free tastings around the historic Denton courthouse square and beyond. Downtown merchants will offer their own wassail samples during the Holiday Lighting Festival on Nov. 30 and also on Dec. 1. Sip a few and vote for your favorite. Appropriate for all ages.
Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. on Denton's courthouse square, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton. Free. dentonmainstreet.org/wassail-weekend.
Old Town Holiday Stroll
For a small fee, families can have breakfast with Santa between 8 a.m. and noon. A Motorcycle Toy Run departs from Lewisville City Hall at 11 a.m., 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 noon from Main Street and Cowan Avenue, then travels through Old Town Lewisville. Stay after the parade for more Old Town Holiday Stroll activities, including a carnival, petting zoo, pony rides and stories with Mrs. Claus from 1 to 6 p.m.; a tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.; a screening of The Santa Clause at 6:45 p.m.; and hayrides from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Lewisville. Free admission. cityoflewisville.com.
Rockwall's daylong fest starts with the Kiwanis Christmas parade, followed by family attractions including snow tubing, bounce houses, a scavenger hunt, a hot chocolate bar and more. Take a camera to snap photos with St. Nick and capture the tree lighting at 6 p.m.
Dec. 1 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. facebook.com/downtownrockwall.
Wylie Arts Festival and Tree Lighting
Wylie hosts a full day of holiday events starting with an arts and crafts festival featuring more than 140 vendors. There will also be children's activities, including a bounce house and obstacle course, and booths selling festive foods. The tree lighting will include Mayor Eric Hogue's traditional reading of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.
Dec. 1 in and around First Baptist Church of Wylie Event Center, 200 N. Ballard Ave., Wylie. Arts festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lighting from 5 to 7 p.m. Free. wylietexas.gov.
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, plus there'll be carolers, cowboy poetry, a Wild West Show, the Fort Worth Herd's Longhorn cattle drive and a holiday parade.
Dec. 1, starting at 11 a.m. at 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. Cattle drive at 11:30 a.m., Wild West Show at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. (admission fee) and parade at 4 p.m. Free. fortworthstockyards.org.
Christmas in the Park
Forney's festivities will include rides, games, crafts, performances by children's ensembles, food, drinks and holiday vendors. Forney on Ice, a Candy Land-themed ice rink, will be open during the festival and daily (except Christmas) through Jan. 6. Admission is $10-$12 (skates included).
Dec. 1 from noon to 8 p.m. at Forney Community Park, 241 S. FM548, Forney. Free. cityofforney.org.
DeSoto's holiday festival includes pictures with Santa, visits with the Grinch, live entertainment, booths, snacks and other activities, followed by a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.
Dec. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at the DeSoto Public Library, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto. Free. desototexas.gov.
Holiday Show and Tree Lighting
Visit Klyde Warren Park, the downtown Dallas deck park, for a day of holiday fun. There will be crafts for kids, face painting, games, and live entertainment and activities with Dallas arts and cultural groups. Christmas music, Santa's arrival and a tree lighting wrap up the park's activities. After the lighting, everyone is invited to make the short walk to Sammons Park for Reliant Lights Your Holidays (listed below).
Dec. 1 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 free performances by Sheila E. and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. Santa will be on-site for free photos.
Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. Free. attpac.org.
Farmers Branch Christmas Tree Lighting
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck at 4 p.m. for visits and photos, then they'll join Mayor Robert Dye in lighting the city's tree at 6 p.m. The festival will also include inflatables, a trackless train, performances, crafts, face painters, balloon artists, cocoa and cookies, and more. Shop local vendors during Holiday Marketplace in the Grove.
Dec. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Liberty Plaza, 12400 N. Stemmons Freeway, Farmers Branch. Free. discoverfarmersbranch.com.
Merry Main Street
Frisco's city tree will be lighted at 6 p.m., plus there'll be photos with Santa, performances by children's choirs, parent-free shopping for children, a gift marketplace, food and drink, and children's activities.
Dec. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Simpson Plaza outside Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. Free. friscotexas.gov.
Festivities in Irving's historic district include a North Pole-themed parade that steps off at 4 p.m., followed by an open house at City Hall, a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. and a fireworks display at 6:20 p.m.
Dec. 1 starting at 4 p.m. at O'Connor Road and Irving Boulevard in Irving's Heritage District. Free. irvingevents.org.
Light Up Lowest Greenville
A holiday block party on Lowest Greenville features Santa, sips and samples, and sparkling lights. Purchase a $10 mug, then visit participating businesses for drink samples and specials. Santa will be at Greenville Avenue Pizza Co. at 6 p.m. Then the Christmas tree and festive street lights will be switched on at 7 p.m. Take cash, canned goods or winter gear to donate and receive a keepsake ornament.
Dec. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. on Greenville Avenue between Belmont Avenue and Lewis Street. Admission is free. lowestgreenvillecollective.org.
Holiday in the Park
This Christmas festival features a holiday craft station and baking contest, music and community performances, 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. 1 at 6 p.m. at Perryman Park, 4930 S. Colony Blvd., The Colony. Free. visitthecolonytx.com.
Christmas on Chestnut
Experience an old-fashioned holiday at McKinney's historical park. The houses and other buildings will be decorated, plus there'll be carolers, model trains, blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, storytelling and Santa. Chestnut Square's Holiday Tour of Homes will take place at the same time, and home tour tickets ($20-$25) include admission to Christmas on Chestnut.
Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chestnut Square Historical Village, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. $10 per person, $30 for four people. chestnutsquare.org.
Christmas in the Park
This holiday festival features train rides on the Candy Land Express, games, crafts, pictures with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, and cookies and hot cocoa.
Dec. 1-2 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Westlake Park, 601 Gross Road, Mesquite. Free admission; some activities have a fee. cityofmesquite.com/christmasinthepark.
Christmas at the Beach
This holiday celebration on the beach of Lewisville Lake features the opening of Santa Land Village with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Christmas tree, music, s'mores and hot cocoa. On Dec. 1, a Light-Up Parade begins at 6 p.m., followed by the tree lighting and fireworks. There will be train rides ($3 per ticket) Dec. 2-9 and live reindeer (Dec. 2 only).
Dec. 1-9, Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 8 p.m. at Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm. Free. littleelm.org/1084/Christmas-at-the-Beach.
Frisco Community Hanukkah Celebration
The Chabad of Frisco hosts this fifth annual menorah lighting. There will be music and dancing, children's crafts and games, and holiday food and drinks.
Dec. 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Frisco City Hall, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. Free. facebook.com/chabadfrisco.
Swiss Avenue Lantern Walk
Learn about the Christmas and Hanukkah traditions of Dallas during the early 1900s while touring Swiss Avenue-area homes. The event, which will be hosted by costumed docents, will include a guided tour of the Aldredge House at 5500 Swiss Ave., plus drinks, refreshments and carols from the Woodrow Wilson High School Variations Show Choir. Valet parking will be available.
Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Swiss Avenue neighborhood, Dallas. $75 per person. friendsofaldredgehouse.org.
Hanukkah at Southlake Town Square
Celebrants will catch and collect gelt (chocolate coins) dropped from a fire engine at this event marking the first day of Hanukkah. The Chabad of Arlington and the Mid-Cities presents the menorah lighting, which will also include live music, refreshments and fire-safety activities.
Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square, 1400 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake. Free. arlingtonchabad.org.
Before the Chabad of Dallas hosts a menorah lighting, there will be a DJ and dancing; activities for children, including face painting and a trackless train; and a marketplace of gift items for sale from artists, designers and retailers.
Dec. 2 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. Free admission. jccdallas.org.
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at NorthPark Center with Chabad of Dallas. There'll be face painters, magicians, music, treats and more.
Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. Free. facebook.com/chabadofdallas.
Hanukkah Menorah Lighting
A candle on the Galleria's large-scale menorah will be lighted each night of Hanukkah.
Dec. 2-10 at 6 p.m. on Level 1 (near Guest Reception) at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Free. galleriadallas.com.
Festival of Lights
Join the Chabad of Plano/Collin County for a community menorah-lighting ceremony.
Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Dillard's Court at the Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. Free. shopwillowbend.com/events.
West Village Menorah Lighting
The Intown Chabad's 12th annual menorah lighting at West Village will include free menorah kits, latkes, live music and fun for family and friends.
Dec. 3 from 7 to 8 p.m. at West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas. Free. facebook.com/pg/JewishUptown/events.
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 6:20 p.m. lighting, Speedway Children's Charities will present checks to its 2018 grant recipients. Guests will also receive complimentary vouchers to visit the Gift of Lights drive-through display (vouchers valid for Dec. 4 only).
Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. Free. texasmotorspeedway.com.
East Dallas Menorah Lighting
The Intown Chabad's first menorah lighting in East Dallas will include food, dancing, live music and fun for the whole family.
Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at Casa Linda Plaza, 1152 N. Buckner Blvd., Dallas. Free. facebook.com/pg/JewishUptown/events.
Light up the Night
Hosted by the Chabad of Arlington and the Mid-Cities, the evening's festivities include live music, latkes and doughnuts.
Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Texas Live, 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Arlington. Free. arlingtonchabad.org.
Christmas on the Square
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas on Celina's historic downtown square. Activities at the event, presented by Celina Main Street, include a Christmas train, an inflatable slide, bounce houses, live reindeer, a hayride, music and a holiday marketplace. Visit Santa Claus, sip hot chocolate and take in the tree-lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 141 N. Ohio St., Celina. Free. celina-tx.gov.
Sachse Christmas Extravaganza
A Parade of Lights winding from Sachse High School to the Municipal Complex kicks off Sachse's second annual Christmas fest. Activities include the tree lighting at 7 p.m., visits with Santa, train rides, cookie decorating, a petting zoo, crafts and more.
Dec. 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Sachse Municipal Complex, 3815 Sachse Road, Sachse. Tree lighting at 7 p.m. Free. cityofsachse.com.
Grand Prairie Christmas Tree Lighting
The tree in front of City Hall lights up for the season. School choirs and other ensembles will provide holiday music.
Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Prairie City Hall, 317 College St., Grand Prairie. Free. gptx.org.
Highland Park Tree Lighting Ceremony
In a 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 offerings include a live reindeer, face painting and a photo bus. At 7 p.m., Highland Park's mayor will flip the switch and the Highland Park High School Lads and Lassies will sing Christmas carols. Santa will arrive on a big red firetruck.
Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the base of the tree at 4202 Armstrong Parkway, Dallas. Free. hptx.org.
Holiday on the Hill Featuring 'The Polar Express'
Activities include train rides, a snow hill slide, festive crafts, live entertainment, photos with Santa and the official lighting of the Cedar Hill Christmas tree.
Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. in historic downtown Cedar Hill, 600 Cedar St., Cedar Hill. Free. cedarhilltx.com/polarexpress.
Frisco RoughRiders' Winter Wonderland
Take rides on a holiday train, visit with Santa, watch holiday movies on the RiderVision video board and enjoy crafts and coloring at activity stations. Hot chocolate and other snacks will be $1 each at concession stands. And there will specials and discounts in the RoughRiders' team store for holiday shopping.
Dec. 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco. Free with the donation of an unwrapped gift to Toys for Tots. facebook.com/ridersbaseball.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Tour Carrollton's A.W. Perry Homestead Museum decked out for the holidays, listen to Victorian carolers, visit with Santa, make an ornament and enjoy cookies.
Dec. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, 1509 N. Perry Road, Carrollton. Free. cityofcarrollton.com/events.
Holiday Magic Christmas Tree Lighting and Family Festival
North Richland Hills presents a holiday street fair with a tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks show (at 6:30 p.m.), food vendors and a gift marketplace. Crafts and activities for the kids (for a $3 fee) and visits with Santa take place in the city library. There will be entertainment on two outdoor stages. Memphis Soul will perform holiday hits, starting at 7 p.m. on the NRH Centre plaza, and a community stage on Grand Avenue will feature children's choirs and dancers. Lawn seating will be available for the outdoor shows, and lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. Pets are not allowed.
Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. at NRH Centre, 6000 Hawk Ave., and NRH Library, 9015 Grand Ave., North Richland Hills. Free. nrhtx.com.
Jingle Bells on Bishop
Bishop Arts District's Christmas festival features free photos with Santa, decorated streets, live music and visits to the district's boutiques and restaurants for shopping and dining. On Dec. 9, there'll also be Holiday Poinsettia Walk. Those 21 and older can buy a glass for $20 to sample poinsettias — that's sparkling wine and cranberry juice — at places around the district as they browse and shop.
Dec. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m., Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. around the intersection of North Bishop Avenue and West Davis Street, Dallas. Free. facebook.com/BishopArtsDistrict.
This long-running festival returns for a free two-day cultural celebration. Expect a KidFest, HealthFest and 5K run and walk. Other highlights include live entertainment, children's activities, health screenings, medical services and holiday market vendors.
Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Automobile Building at Fair Park, 1010 First Ave., Dallas. johnwileyprice.com.
Santa on the Square
Carrollton's family-friendly fest includes photos with Santa Claus in the downtown gazebo, live reindeer, a 15-foot-tall snow globe, face painting, stilt walkers, crafts, pancakes, music and more. The event kicks off with Santa Dash, a fun run for children and their families. Wagons and strollers are allowed. Registration is $12 in advance, $15 at the run.
Dec. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton. Free. cityofcarrollton.com/events.
Lantern Light: A Victorian Holiday
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, visits with Santa Claus, sledding down the snow hill and choirs performing songs of the season.
Dec. 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. at 1900 W. 15th St., Plano. $5 in advance, $6 at the door. heritagefarmstead.org.
The 47th annual event highlights the holiday traditions of 19th-century families. Check out the historic buildings decorated for the holidays. Enjoy carolers, carriage and hay wagon rides, toy trains, holiday storytelling, hand-weaving and blacksmithing demos, St. Nicholas and interpreters in traditional costume.
Dec. 8-9 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, 1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas. Discount tickets available online through Dec. 7 cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children 4-12. At the gate, tickets cost $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for children 4-12. Children 3 and younger get in free. dallasheritagevillage.org.
Beard Park Christmas
Families may enjoy a walk-through light show, snowball fights and desserts for purchase from food trucks. Take a camera for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Dec. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Beard Park, 310 E. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm. Free. littleelm.org/1200/Beard-Park-Christmas.
Fair Park Holiday Delights
Watch as Fair Park lights up for the holiday season. Gather in Marine Square for activities including visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus and music by the Dallas Wind Symphony Tuba Quartet and Townview High School's marching band. Enter Gate 3 and park by the Women's Museum.
Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas. Free. dallasparks.org.
Christmas at the Cabin
See how Texans celebrated Christmas 150 years ago at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area's Minor-Porter Log House, which was built in the late 1860s. Families can make corn husk dolls, ornaments and hand-dipped candles; enjoy carols and BYO mugs for hot cider.
Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. Admission is $5 per vehicle. llela.org.
Carrollton Snow Globe
Take a camera to downtown Carrollton to visit the 15-foot-tall snow globe and have photos taken with it.
Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton. Free. cityofcarrollton.com/events.
Christmas on the Prairie
Allen Heritage Village's historic buildings will be decked out in holiday decorations, plus there'll be music, crafts for children, a raffle and refreshments.
Dec. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Allen Heritage Village, 450 E. St. Mary Drive, Allen. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. allenheritage.org.
DeSoto Hometown Holiday Parade
The 46th annual Christmas parade will include performances by high school marching bands from DeSoto and Cedar Hill, and there will hot chocolate and other holiday treats and vendors.
Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., beginning near Eagle Stadium and traveling along Eagle Drive to Les Zeiger Park, 400 Eagle Drive, DeSoto. Free. desototexas.gov.
Richardson Christmas Parade
The 46th annual event's theme is "A Suessical Christmas." The parade benefits the Network of Community Ministries. Family members of David Sherrard, a Richardson officer killed in the line of duty, will be this year's grand marshals.
Dec. 1 at 9 a.m., starting from Richardson Square (Belt Line and Plano roads in Richardson) and heading north to Apollo Road. Free. VIP tickets are $40 for two and include reserved seating, a parking pass and refreshments. cor.net.
Rockwall Kiwanis Christmas Parade
With the theme "A Rocking Rockwall Christmas," the 49th annual parade will celebrate the spirit of community, teams, schools, giving, volunteering and, of course, Christmas.
Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. in downtown Rockwall's historic square, 101 E. Rusk St. Free. rockwallkiwanis.org.
Dallas Holiday Parade
Formerly known as the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade, it will offer festive floats, giant balloons, dance groups, marching bands, costumed characters, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a large dose of holiday spirit. Last year, Toyota saved the parade with last-minute funding, and the company returns as a sponsor this year.
Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. beginning at Dealey Plaza and traveling along Commerce Street east to the Statler Hotel and then south on Harwood Street and west on Young Street before ending west of Dallas City Hall. Free, but reserved seats are available for $20-$125. dallasholidayparade.com.
Lewisville Christmas Parade
Show up early to enjoy the assortment of pre-parade activities in Wayne Ferguson Plaza before the parade steps off. For a small fee, families can have breakfast with Santa between 8 a.m. and noon. At 9:30 a.m., kiddos can paint Christmas ornaments to take home. A Motorcycle Toy Run departs from City Hall at 11 a.m., where festively dressed bikers take toys for donation to local children before heading out on a holiday ride. Stay after the parade for more Old Town Holiday Stroll activities in Wayne Ferguson Plaza, including a carnival, a tree lighting and a movie screening.
Dec. 1 at noon, beginning at Main Street and Cowan Avenue, then traveling through Old Town Lewisville. Free. Other activities are at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., and Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St. cityoflewisville.com.
Mansfield Hometown Holidays Parade
Santa closes out this annual event, which includes marching bands, horse groups and floats. Arrive early for a pre-parade performance by Music Place Mansfield at noon on Main Street.
Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., starting and ending at St. Jude Catholic Church, 500 E. Dallas St., Mansfield. Free. mansfieldtexas.gov.
Irving Holiday Parade
With a North Pole theme this year, the parade will feature floats inspired by Santa Claus' hometown and workshop. Expect sleighs, reindeer and elves, with Santa himself wrapping things up at the parade's conclusion. The parade is part of Irving's Holiday Extravaganza.
Dec. 1 at 4 p.m., starting and ending at O'Connor Road and Irving Boulevard in Irving's Heritage District. Free. irvingevents.org.
The Colony Parade of Lights
The Colony's Holiday in the Park celebration includes the parade at 5:45 p.m., followed by a festival with music and a light show. Arrive early for pictures with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. at The Colony Public Library.
Dec. 1 at 5:45 p.m., starting at Peters Colony Elementary, 5101 Nash Drive, The Colony, and ending at Five Star Sports Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony. Free. visitthecolonytx.com.
Twinkle Light Boat Parade
Watercraft decorated in sparkling lights take to Grapevine Lake for this holiday boat parade. Boat floats depart from Twin Coves Marina, then make stops at other marinas around the lake to pick up more floats along the way. You can see the parade from the shores of the lake.
Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Grapevine Lake. Free. grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas; click on Parades & Celebrations.
Allen Rotary Christmas Parade
Allen's Sunrise and Noon Rotary Clubs invite you to join their annual Christmas parade in downtown Allen. This year's parade theme is "Christmas Time in the Park."
Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., beginning at North Cedar and St. Mary drives, near the Allen Senior Recreation Center. Free. cityofallen.org.
Sachse Parade of Lights
The nighttime parade kicks off Sachse's Christmas Extravaganza, which includes a tree lighting at 7 p.m. followed by a family-friendly festival.
Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., stepping off from Sachse High School, 3901 Miles Road, and ending at Sachse Municipal Complex, 3815 Sachse Road, Sachse. Free. cityofsachse.com.
Grapevine Parade of Lights
More than 100 lighted floats and marching bands will provide entertainment at this parade along Grapevine's historic Main Street. Organizers say it's among the largest lighted parades in North Texas. Stay till the end if you want to see Santa on his float. This year's theme is "Holiday Magic on Main."
Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., starting at Main Street at Hanover Drive in Grapevine. Free. grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas; click on Parades & Celebrations.
Cleburne Lighted Christmas Parade
For 2018, Cleburne's Whistle Stop Christmas will feature a nighttime lighted parade with the theme of "Dreaming of a Bright Christmas." Afterward, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, food trucks and other vendors and enjoy live entertainment at Johnson County Market Square. There will be a live Nativity scene at the First Baptist Church along the parade route.
Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., starting and ending near Hulen Park, 1098 Hillsboro St., Cleburne. Post-parade activities take place at Johnson County Market Square, 302 S. Main St. Free. whistlestopchristmas.com.
Duncanville's "Nightmare Before Christmas" Parade and Tree Lighting
Duncanville celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas with a nighttime lighted parade down Main Street, ending with a tree lighting, performances by school ensembles and family fun activities at War Memorial Park, 101 N. Main St., Duncanville. There will be free shuttle service from the Costco parking lot, 250 E. Highway 67, Duncanville, starting at 6 p.m.
Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. starting at the intersection of West Wheatland Road and South Main Street, Duncanville. Free. duncanville.com.
Plano Lions Christmas Parade
The 46th annual event will include floats from community and business groups as well as performances by high school marching bands, drill teams and cheer squads. The parade runs from the Plano ISD administration building and wraps up in the Plano Senior High School parking lot.
Dec. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Plano ISD administration building, 2700 W. 15th St., Plano. Free. facebook.com/PELCLions/events.
Lancaster Christmas Parade and Festival
The theme for the 65th annual parade is "A Hero's Holiday," and it will honor veterans, who will serve as grand marshals. A festival follows with pictures with Santa, games, activities, vendors, food and more.
Dec. 8 starting at 1 p.m. at Beverly D. Humphrey Tiger Stadium, 200 E. Wintergreen Road, Lancaster, and ending at Lancaster Historic Town Square, North Dallas Avenue and East Main Street, where there will be a festival from 2 to 5 p.m. Free. lancaster-tx.com.
Balch Springs Christmas Parade and Lighting
The city's parade begins at Floyd Elementary School, 3025 Hickory Tree Road, and ends at Balch Springs Civic Center, 12400 Elam Road, with a tree lighting, live music, vendors and more.
Dec. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m., ending with a tree lighting at Balch Springs Civic Center, 12400 Elam Road, Balch Springs. Free. cityofbalchsprings.com.
Arlington Holiday Lights Parade
Four hours of entertainment kick off this parade in downtown Arlington, with music, food and shopping at vendor booths in Founders Plaza from 2 p.m. until the parade begins at 6 p.m. The holiday procession steps off at South and Lampe streets and ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the steps of City Hall at 7 p.m. Take your camera for a picture with Santa after the parade (from 7:15 to 8 p.m.) at Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza. Also at 7:15 p.m., there will be a screening of the movie Elf.
Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at South and Lampe streets in Arlington. Pre-parade activities are at Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St. The tree lighting takes place across the street at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St. Free. holidaylightsparade.com.
Flower Mound Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Celebrate "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at this nighttime parade with lighted floats traveling down Spinks Road to Gerault Park, where there will be a tree-lighting ceremony with choir performances, pictures with Santa Claus, kids' activities, local vendors, food trucks and more.
Dec. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gerault Park, 1200 Gerault Road, Flower Mound. Free. flower-mound.com/1621/Christmas-Parade.
Wylie Christmas Parade
First Baptist Wylie presents an evening of lighted floats, classic cars, performers and more at this parade through the historic district.
Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. near Jefferson Street and North Ballard Avenue in historic downtown Wylie. Free. fbw.church/christmas.
In the spirit of the long-standing Latin American tradition, the Latino Cultural Center will present its 15th annual Posada Dallas, a procession that re-creates Mary and Joseph's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. This year's procession will take place at the cultural center, followed by crafts for children, live music from mariachis and performances by matachines (folk dancers).
Dec. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. Free. lcc.dallasculture.org.
McKinney Christmas Parade of Lights
The McKinney Rotary Club's annual parade will feature floats decorated for the "Christmas Around the World" theme, along with performances by McKinney ISD bands and drill teams, antique firetrucks and, last but not least, Santa Claus.
Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., starting and ending at Hunt and Tennessee streets in historic downtown McKinney. Free. mckinneyparadeoflights.com.
'Deck the Halls and Welcome All: Christmas at the White House 2006'
As an annual Christmas tradition, the president and first lady have chosen a theme for the White House holiday celebrations every year since 1961. In 2006, George W. and Laura Bush chose "Deck the Halls and Welcome All" to revisit moments from White House Christmases past. The Bush Center houses a special exhibit re-creating the original 2006 decor, featuring brightly colored glass ornaments, spiral topiaries, red ribbons, crystals, snowy greens and pops of scarlet, crimson and fuchsia. Several events have been scheduled throughout the exhibit's run.
Through Jan. 6 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for ages 13-17, $13 for seniors 62 and older, $10 for children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger. bushcenter.org.
From Prairie to Posh: Christmas Structure Tours
This new exhibit at the Farmers Branch Historical Park shows how holidays were celebrated in the mid- to late- 19th century among city dwellers and country folk. Displays allow viewers to compare and contrast decorations, gifts, clothing and festive activities. The Friday night tours will be conducted via lantern light.
Dec. 1-22, Fridays at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m., at Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch. Free. discoverfarmersbranch.com.
The mall is home to what it touts as America's tallest indoor Christmas tree, sparkling with nearly half a million lights and more than 10,000 ornaments. The tree's daily Illumination Celebration light shows will be set to music. On Grand Tree Lighting dates, free ice shows feature Missile Toes, a Santa who shoots sparks from his skates and does back flips alongside Olympic and national champion skaters. Shows are at Galleria Dallas Ice Skating Center in the mall's Center Court. Other attractions include DFW Rescue Me pet adoptions, the Salvation Army Angel Tree, holiday musical performances and menorah lightings.
The mall is at 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Illumination Celebrations are through Dec. 24, daily at noon and 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. (no 8 p.m. shows on Sundays). Grand Tree Lighting Celebrations, with star skaters, are Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. (with Ryan Bradley), Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. (with Jeremy Abbott), Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. (with Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford) and Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. (with 2018 Olympic Team Gold Medalist Keegan Messing of Canada and American pairs team Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc). Free. For a detailed schedule of Galleria events, go to galleriadallas.com.
Holiday at the Arboretum
"The 12 Days of Christmas," the Dallas Arboretum's centerpiece holiday exhibit, lets visitors stroll along a three-quarter-mile stretch of the gardens to view 12 glass-encased gazebos that depict scenes from each verse of the beloved holiday carol. The gazebos are elaborately decorated in Victorian style with whimsical animals and mechanical characters that move to festive music. At night, the displays are elegantly lighted, holiday music plays throughout the gardens, and visitors get an entirely different experience. The lavishly decorated DeGolyer house will feature "The Artistry of the Nativity," a collection of more than 500 crèches from more than 50 countries. Access to the exhibit is included with general garden admission.
The Dallas Arboretum is at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. dallasarboretum.org.
"The 12 Days of Christmas": Through Dec. 31, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding Dec. 25). Included with general garden admission: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for kids 2-12, free for kids younger than 2. Parking is $15 ($9 if purchased online in advance).
"The 12 Days of Christmas" at Night: Through Dec. 30, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, as well as select Mondays and Tuesdays. $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for kids 2-12, free for kids younger than 2. Parking is included with nighttime admission.
Holiday in the Park
See millions of twinkling lights wrapped around trees and along rooftops, take a slide down the snow-sledding hill, warm yourself by fire pits, decorate holiday cookies and enter Santa's Workshop, where you can meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves. There'll also be seasonal performances, a Lone Star Lights show, racing down the Frosty Snow Hill and, oh yes, lots of rides.
Through Dec. 30 at Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. At the gate, tickets are $81.99, $66.99 for kids under 48 inches. Discounts available on the website. sixflags.com/overtexas.
Lone Star Christmas
The Gaylord Texan's "Ice!" is a walk-through exhibit featuring 2 million pounds of the cold stuff carved into festive holiday scenes, along with five ice slides — and that's just one part of the hotel's Lone Star Christmas celebration, which runs through Jan. 1. There's a new theme each year, and the 2018 exhibit depicts the holiday classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." At select times, it also features the On the Blocks Ice Bar, an optional $15 add-on for those 21 and older. If you're looking for activities with no additional cost, the resort's 4.5 acres of indoor gardens feature 2 million holiday lights, miniature trains, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree and other decorations. If you're willing to shell out some extra money, consider the 12-lane snow tubing hill, the 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, Snow Throw, the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Reindeer Games Scavenger Hunt, cookies and carols with Mrs. Claus, and — new for 2018 — the Christmas Carousel.
"Ice!" continues through Jan. 1 in Longhorn Exhibit Hall B at the Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. Tickets are timed, and ticket prices vary by date (for example, peak times cost more); check the website for schedule. Tickets are $22.99-$32.99 for adults, $13.99-$19.99 for children 4-11, $20.99-$29.99 for seniors 55 and older, free for children 3 and younger. (Viewing the Lone Star Christmas decorations is free.) christmasatgaylordtexan.com.
This year's attractions include "The Trains at NorthPark," an elaborate model train exhibit (through Jan. 6); holiday-themed shows at two puppet theaters (through Dec. 24); SPCA of Texas' "Home for the Holidays" pet adoption center (through Dec. 23); Sights and Sounds of the Season holiday performances (on select dates through Dec. 21); and a display of custom doghouses and cat condos (through Dec. 2). On Dec. 3 at 5 p.m., designers, engineers and construction firms will build structures out of gingerbread as part of Gingertown Dallas. The completed display will be on view through Dec. 24.
Check the website for a detailed schedule of events at the shopping center, 8687 N. Central Expressway at Northwest Highway, Dallas. Most activities are free, but some, such as "The Trains at NorthPark," carry a fee. northparkcenter.com.
The Hilton Anatole's interactive family Christmas experience features activities and shows geared toward children ages 2-10, including nightly tree lightings, a holiday train ride, Elf School, a Reindeer Dance Party, face painting, puppet shows, a petting zoo, crafts and more outdoors at the hotel. Some activities are included in the ticket price; others require coupons.
Through Dec. 23 on Fridays, Saturdays and other select dates at the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for children 3-17, free for children 2 and younger. peppermintpark.info.
Santa Land Village
Visit Little Elm Park to tour elf houses and other decorations around the clock Dec.1-31. The display debuts with a Light-Up Parade, followed by the tree lighting and fireworks Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on-site Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 1-9. There will be train rides 3 per ticket) Dec. 2, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 and live reindeer (Dec. 2 only).
Dec. 1-31 at Little Elm Park, 701 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm. Free. littleelm.org/1084/Christmas-at-the-Beach.
Wander around this tiny town of 15 colorful holiday dwellings. There will be a children's activity at each stop, a visit with Santa Claus and performances by choirs, dance and theater groups.
Dec. 1-16 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the public and Thursdays for Richardson residents only (advance tickets required). Next to Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson. Free. cor.net.
Shops at Willow Bend
Check out an animated Christmas tree with synchronized music and video in the District, the shopping center's indoor-outdoor food court, located between Neiman Marcus and Dillard's. Entertainment includes a toy soldier stilt walker on Dec. 8, carolers on Dec. 15 and reindeer on Dec. 22. Through Dec. 24, visit Santa in the Ice Palace, a display featuring a 30-foot globe, falling snow and video and light shows. Photos with Santa on his ice throne are optional.
Through Jan. 1, daily from 6 a.m. to midnight at the Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. Free. shopwillowbend.com/events.