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north Texas is such a vibrant area, and highly diverse, that you’re bound to find an event this Holiday season from our list, that the entire family can enjoy. We’ll be adding more to the list in the next few weeks, so be sure to check back occasionally for updates. The Shops at Willow Bend will have an exclusive animated Christmas tree located in the new District at Willow Bend for all to enjoy. It will be the only Christmas tree with synchronized video and music in the state of Texas. On select nights there will be additional holiday entertainment, such as carolers and live reindeer. It truly is the most magical time of year!

Christmas Time Holiday Experience at The District
11/10 thru 12/22
Bring your friends and family to The District this Holiday season between 4pm – 6pm every Saturday from November 10th through December 22nd for special Holiday experiences and complimentary Hot Chocolate starting November 17, sponsored by Trollbeads. Exclusive this year will be the Animated Christmas Tree. From Friday, Nov. 9 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. 6:00 am to midnight daily. Outside in The District at Willowbend.

Deerfield Holiday Lights
12/1 thru 12/30
Saturday, December 1 to December 30 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Drive through this famous Plano neighborhood in December for a spectacular holiday lights display. Deerfield is located between Preston Road and Coit Road. Enter from Legacy Drive, heading north on Colonnade or Archgate (noting one-way and restricted-turn signs along Old Pond Drive and Hallmark). Carriage rides can be reserved in advance. You’ve got to see these dancing Santa’s for yourself!

Droo’s Peace Crush Performing
12/7
Droo’s Peace Crush has been active in the Dallas music scene for well over 15 years. While he began his career playing bass with numerous local & national acts, for the past 8+ years, he’s successfully navigated the local cover music scene, becoming known for his pure, raw vocals, full rhythmic guitar voicing’s, and being able to perform all kinds of pop music from all different styles, genres, and periods. Starting out, he mostly performed solo, but throughout the years, an incredible band has organically formed around him,and now you will often hear 2-4 of them playing out together in bars and venues all over North Texas. Their full sound stems from many various backgrounds, ethnicities, musical styles, and all-around walks of life. Since their musical elements are as eclectic as the Peace Crush-ers themselves, sonically the band is like nothing else that you’ve ever heard before…and because of the extremely diverse cover song selections they’ve performed over the years, their original tunes are a pop-heavy beautiful mix of energetic melodies, sounds, and collaborations that they derive from all these influences. FREE!

Lantern Light at Heritage Farmstead
12/8
The Heritage Farmstead Museum welcomes visitors every year to enjoy the four-acre historic sight decorated in holiday style. The twinkle of lights and the glow of over 75 kerosene lanterns make this location explode with historic holiday magic. This year guests will enjoy sledding in the North Meadow on the Farmstead snow hill. There will be tours of the historic Victorian home throughout the event, storytelling, the unique Magic Lantern Show, wagon rides, children’s crafts in the one room school house, choirs in the Pole Barn, photos with Santa Claus and so much more. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door.

The Gift of Christmas featuring The Living Nativity
12/8 thru 12/16
The Gift of Christmas is a Prestonwood Baptist Church tradition and one of the highlights of the holiday season with thousands of guests attending every year. This visually stunning multimedia event is complete with special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, live orchestra, flying angels, and much more! The program will keep you fully engaged for a powerful 90 minutes, the perfect length for every family member to enjoy. It is complete with all your Christmas favorites, including the Living Nativity. With camels and kings, flying angels and beautiful virtual scenery, the Christmas story comes to life in a breathtaking way. The scenic pieces, costumes, and choreography are highlighted by a brilliant, original musical score, arranged and orchestrated just for Prestonwood. Tickets range from $18-$55.

A St. Andrew Christmas
12/9
A sensory celebration of the season, this year’s event combines music with visual art in a unique concert experience, including traditional songs of the season and audience singalongs. St. Andrew choirs, from children to adults; a full professional orchestra; renowned Gospel Artist Dr. Cynthia Wilson; and the award-winning Mariachi Rosas Divinas, the only all-female mariachi band in Texas, will perform in conjunction with a visual presentation of fine works of art, selected and presented by Dr. Sabine Feisst, professor of musicology in the School of Music, Arizona State University. Tickets range from $10-$20.

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk
12/13
The Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk is the perfect way to unwind in Plano’s favorite historic neighborhood. Get an early start to the weekend by sipping selected wines at your favorite shops throughout the Downtown Plano Arts District while enjoying live music, curated art exhibits and shopping discounts just for Wine Walkers. The Art & Wine Walk takes place on the second Thursday of every month from April to December with a unique theme each month. Buy tickets in advance online for $12, or get them at the door for $18. Those who pre-purchase their tickets can pick up their glass, passport and wine guide using the express lane at check-in.

It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
12/14 thru 12/23
It is Christmas Eve and George Bailey stands on a bridge looking over the icy waters below, contemplating suicide. Joseph, an unseen angel, calls on The Boss for advice, and they decide on Clarence Oddbody, an Angel Second Class who, after 200 years, has yet to earn his wings. Yes, we know the plot all too well. This is the movie that you’ve probably been watching since childhood, but as tradition goes, there’s that chance you’ll probably want to experience it on more time. And this time, it will be a LIVE radio play! How awesome and unique is that?! Tickets are only $15.

Home for the Holidays
12/16
Mark your calendar and don’t miss this annual holiday concert! Plano Symphony Orchestra presents “Home for the Holidays” at St. Andrew United Methodist Church with two shows on December 16th. With over 300 musicians, “Home for the Holidays” includes seasonal favorites for orchestra and chorus, the popular audience sing-along, visitors from the North Pole, humor, and surprises. The 2018 performances feature The Vocal Majority, winners of 13 International Chorus Championships. Tickets range from $20-$49.

All your fav Christmas movies for the holidays
12/9 thru 12/26
Whether you come early or stay late, we’ll set the mood to socialize and connect. Once inside, enjoy custom luxury recliners, laser projection and Q-SYS sound systems paired with an American Grill menu, full-service bar and in theater dining. Service buttons are placed at every seat, so your server instantly knows when you need to place an order or need assistance, and we’ll deliver your order directly to your seat anytime during the show.

ELF Watch Party at Legacy Hall
12/19
Son of a nutcracker! It’s time for a free viewing of ELF! And this time you won’t have to pass through a sea of swirly-twirly gum drops to watch it — because it’ll be on the big screen in the Box Garden. So, grab your cotton-headed ninny-muggins and join Legacy Hall. Be sure to grab some holiday cocktails and festive fare to get you in the spirit of the season.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker at the Angelika Film Center
12/23 and 12/26
The Nutcracker invites audiences of all ages on a magical journey, through a world of enchantment, complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. The timeless holiday classic returns to the Bolshoi stage this December for a live broadcast. Tickets are $20.

Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol
11/21 thru 12/30
Tis the season to be jolly when Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition returns to the Wyly Theatre! Three spirits have come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and to take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future that annually delights audiences across North Texas. But will it be enough to save Scrooge’s soul? Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic tale of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas.

Holiday Light Park in Grand Prairie
11/23 thru 12/31
Upon arriving at the park you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Half way through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, and 2 Holiday Village attractions; the indoor laser light show and the Lighted Walk-Through Forest. The finale of the show is the world’s largest light tunnel!

Christmas In The Square-Frisco
11/23 thru 12/31
Bring the whole family to see the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas as Christmas in the Square returns for its 14th year. Christmas in the Square draws over 750,000 visitors annually. Families, friends and holiday guests from all over come to enjoy the spectacular show. The Holiday lights and music will run daily 6-10 PM November 23 – December 31, 2018. This show is free to the public. Tune in to 107.3 FM on your radio or listen to the music piped through speakers as you walk through the square. With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen.

Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan
11/9 thru 12/1
You and your family will marvel at more than 2 million holiday lights and acres of magnificent decorations, plus spectacular holiday activities and events that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season and create lasting family memories! Experience favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in this walk-through winter wonderland carved from more than two million pounds of colorful ice. Meet his friends Clarice and Bumble and enjoy a delicious breakfast, play games and Sing-A-Long to favorite music from the beloved television special (select dates). Hop on a thrilling twelve-lane, tubing hill that is filled with fun factory craziness and thrilling hills covered in REAL SNOW! Or perhaps visit with Mrs. Claus as you listen to the readings of holiday classics, and join in singing Christmas carols while enjoying cookies and milk.

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Cynthia is a part-time author, photographer and full-time mom who has lived in The Colony for 15 years. Originally from Oklahoma, Cynthia enjoys the arts, her two dogs and keeps plenty busy with two teens in the household.