Our Top 10 Holiday Activities in DFW | 2020

courtesy Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular
courtesy Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular

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.

Deerfield Lights // photo Tim Sporcic

Deerfield Lights
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.
Dec. 1-30.

courtesy Dallas Arboretum
courtesy Dallas Arboretum

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 will offer a live nativity // courtesy JumpStory
Journey of Lights will offer a live nativity // courtesy JumpStory

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.
Dec. 11-19

Legacy North Pole // courtesy Legacy West
Legacy North Pole // courtesy Legacy West

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 // courtesy The Shops at Legacy
Lights at Legacy // courtesy The Shops at Legacy

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.
Nov. 22.

courtesy Radiance!
courtesy Radiance!

Radiance!
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 // courtesy NTPA
Scrooge the Musical // courtesy NTPA

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.
Dec. 9-20.

Heritage Farmstead Museum wagon rides // photo Guy Huntley
Heritage Farmstead Museum wagon rides // photo Guy Huntley

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.
Dec. 10-12.

courtesy The Trains at Northpark
courtesy The Trains at Northpark

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.

courtesy Vitruvian Lights
courtesy Vitruvian Lights

Vitruvian Lights
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.

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