A Guide to Celebrating the Season

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Celebrate the holiday season in North Texas at one of these family-friendly holiday events. Happy holidays!

Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square
Until December 31
Take a walk through the Frisco Square and enjoy the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. The light show runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m., and snow flurries occur every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s even an outdoor ice skating rink where you can skate until your heart is content.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ The 12 Days of Christmas  Until January 7
Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum’s extraordinary Christmas display. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on select evenings, the Dallas Arboretum lights up with 12 elaborate Victorian-style gazebos inspired by the beloved Christmas carol. Each display is 25-feet tall and filled with beautifully detailed characters and animals.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Concerts Until December 17
Complete your holiday bucket list at the DSO’s annual Christmas pops concerts featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Head to the Meyerson Symphony Center to enjoy live renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.
Dallas Zoo Lights Until January 2
This new event at the Dallas Zoo has quickly become a must-see this season. After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo is illuminated with nearly 1 million twinkling lights wrapping trees, hanging overhead or woven through decorations. Enjoy a stroll on a path covering 25 acres throughout the zoo and get a glimpse at various lighted vignettes along the way. You’ll also enjoy entertainment by local performers, crafts and tasty winter treats including s’mores, hot chocolate and gourmet donuts.
Holiday Carriage Rides Until December 31
Take a tour of the Deerfield and Highland Park neighborhoods with a festive carriage ride. Whether it’s date night or fun for the whole family, a leisurely stroll to look at Christmas lights is a lovely holiday tradition. Different carriages are available, so check out the Northstar Carriage website to see which one is best for your party or budget.
Holidays at the Heard  December 15 & 16
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season in nature at McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy lights and holiday décor along a half-mile nature trail, or stop for a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Grab a holiday treat and enjoy live entertainment at this family-friendly holiday event.
Manheim Steamroller Concert December 28
Mark your calendars for a few days after Christmas when the widely celebrated new-age music group Manheim Steamroller takes the stage at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Tickets start at $39.95, but you won’t want to miss the one-night opportunity to hear your favorite modern renditions of classic Christmas tunes.
Panther Island Ice Skating Until January 15
Take a trip to Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink, Panther Island, to join in on some “cool” holiday excitement. The rink operates seven days a week including all holidays, and a $12 ticket includes skate rental and tax. Click here for hours and available discounts.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park Until January 7
Experience the magic of the holidays at Six Flags Over Texas during this year’s Holiday in the Park. Enjoy fun for the whole family with rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and visits with Santa.
Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker  Select dates in December
Take part in a beloved holiday tradition and enjoy a live performance of Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. This age-old ballet will delight you with a story of Clara and a dreamland filled with heroic battles and sweet treats. Performances take place Dec. 20-23 at Fort Worth’s beautiful Bass Performance Hall.