Ooh and aah at the spectacular sights of our top 10 holiday events for 2020. The following November and December events provide safe ways for Planoites to celebrate the season. Whether you plan to visit in-person, masked-up and distanced, or you’re more comfortable spectating from inside your car, there are free and low-cost events for all to enjoy this autumn and winter.
Make hot cocoa, pack up the kids and drive to Plano’s Deerfield neighborhood for one of the best free drive-through displays in North Texas. Residents have decorated homes for decades with over-the-top Christmas, Hanukkah and just plain fun seasonal decor.
Holiday at the Arboretum
Elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos represent the 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum. In the evenings, the garden comes to life, aglow with lights. Enjoy visits with Santa, entertainment, shopping, food and more. It is encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance.
Nov. 7-Dec. 31.
Journey of Lights
St. Andrew United Methodist Church invites the community to safely celebrate at Journey of Lights, an outdoor, immersive Christmas experience including a Christmas Village with a light show, the music of St. Andrew choirs, a larger-than-life advent calendar, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a live nativity. It is encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance.
Legacy North Pole
This holiday season, Legacy West will transform into the Legacy North Pole! Locals have plenty of reasons to visit, including photos and stories with Santa, musical performances, menorah lightings, carolers, Instagrammable photo ops, an Ugly Sweater Wall of Fame, holiday movies and more! Many activities will be free.
Nov. 20-Dec. 31.
Lights at Legacy
Kick off the season at Plano’s Lights at Legacy. The Shops at Legacy has modified its annual festivities into a free, family-friendly, drive-through event that allows everyone to experience holiday magic from the comfort and safety of their own vehicles.
Gather your family for Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular in Frisco, Decatur and Weatherford. Marvel at two million lights, all from the safety and comfort of your car. Enjoy the #1 drive-through light show in Texas. Purchase admission online. It is encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance.
Nov. 11-Jan. 3.
Scrooge the Musical
North Texas Performing Arts performs its 10th annual production of “Scrooge the Musical.” The heart-warming show also features a visit from Santa, pre-show carols and holiday treats. Health precautions are in place, and cast members will be wearing masks. It is encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance.
A Texas Prairie Christmas
Plano’s Heritage Farmstead Museum presents an old-fashioned Texas Prairie Christmas. Tickets include hot cocoa, a visit with Santa, a tour of the historic Farrell-Wilson House and a mule-led wagon tour through light displays on the farm. Group tours must be reserved in advance.
The Trains at Northpark
A holiday tradition for locals of all ages, The Trains at Northpark is an elaborate toy train exhibition with 1,600 feet of track that rolls through a whimsical rail journey across America. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Nov. 14-Jan. 3.
More than 1.5 million twinkling lights of all colors are wrapped around 550 trees in Addison’s Vitruvian Park every holiday season. Visitors can drive through to see the lights, or walk through in a socially distanced manner, both at no charge.
Nov. 27-Jan. 3.
See our entire list of holiday activities around Plano here.