Celebrate the Holidays at Klyde Warren Park and Reliant Lights Your Holidays
The downtown Dallas park and the nearby AT&T Performing Arts Center have teamed up for an all-day celebration on Dec. 5. The park portion of the proceedings, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., will include free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, activities and demos from arts and cultural organizations, crafts for kids and a tree lighting. After the lighting, it's just a five-minute walk from the park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, to the center, 2403 Flora St. Between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., you'll find performances by the Polyphonic Spree, Bubba Hernandez y los Super Vatos, and cast members of the national tour of Jersey Boys; free photos with Santa; and a fireworks show. Free. klydewarrenpark.org and attpac.org/reliantlights.
Krampus Walk Dallas
You better watch out and you better not cry. Krampus is coming to town. The keeper of Santa's naughty list pays a visit to Deep Ellum following the time-honored tradition found in many Bavarian cities on the eve of St. Nicholas Day. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. at Wits End and continue through the streets of Deep Ellum until the Krampus is satisfied. Dec. 5 from 8 to 10 p.m. starting at Wits End, 2724 Elm St., Dallas. Free. krampussociety.com.
Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano
Enjoy live entertainment, a tree-lighting ceremony, horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, storytelling, free ice skating, food, visits with Santa Claus and chances to check out the Interurban Railway Museum. Dec. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. in downtown Plano and at Haggard Park (tree lighting at 7), 901 E. 15th St. Free. plano.gov.
Christmas in the Park
This event offers pictures with Santa, story time and cookies with Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa, a live manger scene, a community yule log with s'mores, bounce houses, hay rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, craft vendors, concessions and more. On Dec. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m., you can even get a photo of your pet with Santa. Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 5 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Westlake Park, 421 Gross Road, Mesquite. Free admission and parking; most activities also are free. cityofmesquite.com/316 /christmas-in-the-park.
Jingle Bells on Bishop
The 20th anniversary Christmas festival in the Bishop Arts District features decorated streets, live music, shopping and dining in the district's boutiques and restaurants, and free photos with Santa Claus in a "photo wagon" (registration required; $2 if not registered). Dec. 4 from 4 to 10 p.m. and Dec. 5 from noon to 9 p.m. at North Bishop Avenue and West Seventh Street, Dallas. Free admission. bishopartsdistrict.com.
Sara Frederick Burgos contributed to this report.