A Collin County Mom’s Guide to the Month of December

Welcome to December and the home stretch of 2019. The hustling and bustling! The get-togethers and good cheer! If you haven’t already, I’m going to insist you pop over to our Guide to Winter Holiday Events. It has tons of special events, ongoing activities, stage shows, and more. So many family-friendly ideas, and not just Christmas stuff.

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To everyone reading, thank you! This time of year can be a lot, emotionally—beautiful and stressful and fun and bittersweet and joyful. We’re with ya. And we hope each one of you finds peace, kinship, and lots of meaningful moments as 2019 comes to a close. Let’s say goodbye to this year in style, shall we?

things to do in plano decemberAll Month :: Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard continues. The museum closes at 5pm, meaning anyone arriving after 4 won’t get to walk the dino trails, so plan accordingly. They are open Tuesday-Sunday; closed Monday. $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12, 2 & under free.

All Month :: Haven’t mentioned the National Video Game Museum in a minute. Their current exhibits are really neat: step back into an 80s arcade, play giant Pong, and see their Timeline of Consoles. Guided tours every Sunday at 1 and 3pm if you prefer.

December 1 :: Last chance for Disney On Ice presents Dream Big at the Allen Events Center. Miguel, Moana & Maui, Anna & Elsa, and lots of Disney magic. 4pm or 7pm showtime. Tickets start at $35. Note: New BAG POLICY in effect; see what you can and can’t bring into the venue.

December 3-17 (select dates) :: Head to the Collin County Farm Museum Workshop in McKinney for 12 Days of Holiday Workshops, featuring different crafts at each session (ornaments, penguin toy, candles, cookies, etc.). Open to all ages, although little ones will need help from an adult. Not all of these are at the same time of day, so select the tab for your desired session for details.

December 4 :: Watters Creek in Allen has a PJ Party with Santa tonight. Before you visit Santa, enjoy sweet treats, a coloring station, balloon elf, photo package door prizes, and more. Wear your pajamas! 6-8pm. Free! (Santa photo packages start at $25.95)

December 5, 12, 19 :: Sci-Tech Discovery Center has Pre-K science program with different space themes each week. 10-11am. Free with admission but registration is required. (Note: Now that their new Makerspace is open, they seem to have a lot more going on – check the calendar for more ideas.)

December 6-15 (select dates) :: Lots of showtimes to choose from for the NTPA production of Annie at Frisco Discovery Center. This is a “junior” production, meaning the cast is made up of kids from 1st-12th grades. All ages welcome. $10 in advance/$12 starting December 2.

December 7 :: The annual Wylie Arts Festival is one of the city’s biggest events. Shop for art, handmade crafts, and unique gifts in Historic Downtown. For the kids, they’ll have a free petting zoo, pony rides, and bounce houses, and some vendors will offer face painting, henna, and sand art for a fee. 9am-4pm. Free!

December 7 :: CityLine Merry Market & Festival includes an outdoor artisan market of local vendors, all-day live music, hot cocoa and cookies, roaming holiday entertainers, kids’ activities, and more. See the link for details on vendors plus discounts and special offers. 12-7pm. Free!

December 13 :: Santa’s coming to Heritage Farmstead Fun on the Farm: Cookies with Santa. Join them for a story, cookie decorating, a ride in the wagon, and a visit and picture with Santa. Designed for ages 18 months to 5 years. 10am-11:30pm. $15 for one adult/one child.

December 14 :: 2019 Holiday Bash at the Edge is a a fun-filled day of scooter, skateboard and BMX competitions at The Edge Skate Park in Allen. The event is open to competitors ages 6-25 or you can just come out and watch the action. 10am-6pm. Free!

December 14 :: Gift idea! Play Street Plano will bring in an accomplished silhouette artist for a Silhouette Event today. Each one takes minuets and all ages are welcome, even squirmy ones. Reserve your spot at the link; please schedule one appointment per person. 10:30am-5:30pm. $30 per silhouette; pay at the event. (Hint: They’ll be at Play Street Allen the day before, December 13.)

December 14 :: The Haggard Library presents Brett Roberts’ Christmas Puppets, a fast-paced, fun show with puppets, slapstick silliness, and a few age-appropriate magic tricks. All ages. 3-4pm. Free! Tickets required; distributed 30 minutes before the program.

December 14 :: Take advantage of the early sunset with a stargazing party at Frisco Commons Park. The Texas Astronomical Society will set up a dozen telescopes for you to use (weather permitting). Check the link for details and a hotline you can call to check for cancellation. 7-10pm. Free!

December 15 :: Mistletoe Market is Historic Downtown Plano’s annual holiday shopping event. They’ll have some Grinch-themed activities and special discounts at participating shops. Hot cocoa and mimosas will also be served. 11-5pm. Free!

December 27 :: Play Street Museum Plano hosts their annual Hanukkah Celebration today. Families can enjoy stories, games, crafts, and traditional treats like brisket, carrots, and potato latkes (from Eatzi’s). Plus, jelly donuts! Reserve your spots at the link. 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets $15 per person.

December 31 :: Can’t wait until midnight? Join Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco for their Countdown to Noon bash. Face painting, hands-on science experiments, balloon twisters, design-your-own Snapchat filter, explosive stage shows, and a 12 (noon) massive balloon drop! 11am-2pm. $10 for members, $15 for non-members, kids under 3 free. Buy your tickets at the link; no walk-ups.

Any other December events we should try? Let us know below!

Katie Lewis
Katie grew up in Dallas, went to SMU, and spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed Gemma in 2011 and Ryker in 2013. They all moved to central Fort Worth almost 4 years ago and have found it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but will admit to a preference for her Twitter timeline these days. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. She's forever down to watch any show that's British, supernatural, or on The CW. If you can quote Death Becomes Her, Big Business, or the 1987 Shelley Long flop Hello Again, please get in touch because you are most certainly kindred spirits.