A Collin County Guide to Family-Friendly Holiday Events

There are so many holiday events in Collin County. Despite the fact that some of our favorites have been put on pause for 2020, there’s still a lot of socially-distant ways to have fun. Event organizers have gotten creative, reimagining their plans so we can enjoy the holidays more safely. Check it out!

Reminder: None of these events can take place without a commitment to personal responsibility. Mask up, social distance, and stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID. Because everything is subject to change, we highly recommend double checking for cancellations with any venues beforehand.

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ONE-TIME EVENTS

November 22 :: Lights at Legacy :: Plano :: Come out to The Shops at Legacy for a drive-through experience featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Sugar Plum Fairy, a Snow Queen, toy soldiers, a life-size Gingerbread Village, and more. Each vehicle will receive a gift bag of candy canes and goodies. See the link for the route details. Free!

November 28 :: Christmas in the Village :: Heritage Village at Chestnut Square gets in the spirit of things with holiday décor, live Christmas music, reindeer feeding, a scavenger hunt, kid’s crafts, and more! For safety, almost everything is outdoors. 4-8pm. Get tickets at the link, starting at $10.

December 2 :: Christmas on the Square Celina :: Santa will kick off the Christmas season Celina-style with the annual tree lighting and holiday festivities, including live reindeer, Christmas carols, treats, shopping in the Historic Downtown Square. 5-8pm. Free!

December 2 :: Prestonwood Christmas Tree Lighting Festival :: Plano :: Prestonwood Baptist has cancelled their extremely popular Living Nativity stage production this year, but they’ll provide family-friendly good cheer this evening with free hot cocoa, train rides and hay rides, Christmas characters, photo stations, kids games, food trucks, and more. This will be a fully outdoors event. 5-8pm. Free!

December 4-5 :: Christmas in the Park :: Murphy :: If you live in Murphy, check out this year’s holiday event – a drive-through trail of lights near City Hall. They ask that you bring a new, unwrapped toy for the annual toy drive. 6-9pm. Free!

December 5 :: Wylie Arts Festival :: Shop for art, handmade crafts, and unique gifts at Olde City Park and FBC Wylie front parking lot. All booths and activities have been moved outdoors for this year. Please follow CDC guidelines. 9am-4pm. Admission and parking are free!

December 5 :: Prosper Christmas Festival :: Prosper :: This annual event has a lot of kid-friendly activities, including a Kids’ Christmas Shoppe. They’ll also have tree lighting, demonstrations, the Rotary Club Christmas Parade, and more. Details are forthcoming, check the link for updates. 3-7pm. Free!

December 5 :: Merry Main Street :: Frisco :: Lots going on here including the famous Kid’s Holiday Store, a Holiday Market, tree lighting, kids’ activities, music, and more. Tickets/reservations required in advance for the Kid’s Holiday Store ($12 per child). 4-8pm. Free!

December 5 :: Holly Jolly Celebration :: Allen :: Allen Station Park is the spot for a drive-thru merry mile with elves delivering hot cocoa and cookies, favorite holiday characters, Santa, goodie bags of crafts for the kids, and more! You’ll need a ticket for your vehicle, so book your time slot at the link. 5:30-8pm. Free! Note: Enter the park from Rivercrest ONLY.

December 5 :: Journey to Bethlehem :: Plano :: See the Christmas story come to life at this drive-thru nativity event at First United Methodist Church. NOTE FROM FUMC: We will welcome the first 500 cars to experience the story of Jesus’ birth with live animals, actors, and beautiful music. Plano police will be present to help handle the traffic and prevent line-cutting. 5:30-8:30pm. Free!

December 5 :: Christmas at the Beach :: Little Elm :: December 5 will be the only FREE night to be in the park during the holiday season. This night will be a walk-thru event, not a drive-thru. Watch the parade, look at all the displays, and enjoy the annual tree lighting ceremony! No ticket needed on this night only. 6-10pm. Free! Note: For the rest of the season, tickets are required for the Magic of Lights drive-thru in the park. See links for various dates and details. 

December 6 :: Wylie Festival of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting :: Find a spot on Ballard for the parade (one of several FBW Christmas events) and then head to Olde City Park for the tree lighting. More details to come. Free!

December 7-8 :: Holiday Tour of Homes :: McKinney :: It’s the 46th anniversary of this famed Chestnut Square event. Take a professionally produced/narrated tour of the five oldest homes in McKinney, all dressed up for Christmas. This collection of homes would not be possible to tour in a live setting, so this is a rare opportunity! See link for more details and to purchase tickets.

December 11-12 :: Journey to Christmas Live Nativity :: Plano :: Pick up a treat or the “Journey to Christmas Value Pack” from the adjacent McDonald’s (funny collab!) and then head to St. Paul Lutheran for a trip through Bethlehem and 6 lively scenes leading up to the birth of Christ. They ask that you please RSVP at the link to let them know you’re coming. 6:30-8:30pm. Free!

December 11-13 :: A Texas Prairie Christmas :: Plano :: Lights, lanterns, longhorns and a holiday tour of the historic property at Heritage Farmstead Museum. Take a contactless photo with Santa on his tractor and enjoy cocoa and holiday tunes. Limited capacity for each tour time slot. Reserve yours at the link. 6-10pm. Tickets $30.

ONGOING EVENTS

November 13 to January 3 :: Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan dazzles with 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, and dozens of lavish holiday displays filling the vast hotel atrium. They have lots of activities like the new I Love Christmas Movies immersive experience, outdoor lantern and light walkthrough, a Christmas carousel, snow tubing, and more. Pretty much everything requires its own ticket, but there are package deals to be had. Bonus: kids under four are free for many activities.

November 20 to January 2 :: Magic of Lights transforms Little Elm Park into a magical wonderland! This drive-thru event features spectacular light displays, holiday themes, and characters, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus sightings on select nights. See link for details and to purchase tickets. Free Idea: Beard Park in Little Elm will have Santa Land set up from December 1-31, with Santa sightings on December 12 and 19 (6-8pm).

November 21 to January 3 (select dates) :: Holiday in The Park at Six Flags is full of holiday fun, like a Lone Star light show set to music, Deep in the Heart of Christmas (a light canopy of the Texas flag with Texas-sized ornaments), Merry Marketplace, Frosty Snow Hill, and an abundance of twinkling Christmas trees, including a big ‘ole 60-footer. All that in addition to the usual Six Flags rides and roller coasters, of course.

November 23 to December 24 :: Grapevine is the “Christmas Capital of Texas,” so you should hop over to their site and take a look at everything they’ve got scheduled. The North Pole Express at Grapevine Vintage Railroad is a SUPER HOT TICKET. They also have parades (on land and water), a North Pole Neighborhood, and lots more Christmas events.

November 27 to December 24 :: A McKinney Christmas: Holiday Pop-Up :: Celebrate all season long in Historic Downtown McKinney with the Christmas Carousel, Yuletide Market, Letters to Santa, Story Time, and much more. See link for all the details, including specific dates and times for various activities.

November 27 to January 4 :: Christmas in the Square in Frisco has newly-updated holiday lights set to music on 107.3FM, shopping all around the square, and an outdoor ice rink. Lights and music go from 6-10pm. Skating is $15 per person, with our without your own skates.

December 11 to December 19 :: Journey of Lights :: Plano :: St. Andrews Methodist Church invites you to safely celebrate at their new outdoor, immersive Christmas experience benefitting the church’s new mental health initiative for the community. Throughout their 21-acre campus, you’ll find a 30-minute light show set to music; Nativity at the Pond with lanterns, luminaries on the water, and a live nativity on the island; and a Christmas Village with larger-than-life advent calendar, holiday décor, costumed characters, and more. Details at the link! 6-9pm. $5 per ticket. 2 and under free.

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.

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