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

Welcome to December and the home stretch of 2020. What an absolutely unbelievable year this has been. If you haven’t already, I’m going to insist you pop over to our Guide to Winter Holiday Events after this. It has tons of activities, light displays, and distanced ways to celebrate the season. 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 meaningful moments as 2020 comes to a close. Let’s say goodbye to this year already!

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And of course, it’s important to remember that things are still ever-changing. Check risk levels, mask up, keep your distance, and double check for last-minute cancellations of any and all activities.


All 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. Visitor tips hereCOVID protocols here. Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.

All Month :: Frisco Library has a collection of Activities at Home divided by age group for anyone looking for indoor screen time alternatives. Check out the Shiny Pennies experiment, Stress Balls Made Easy, and the Pencil Games (in the adult section, but kids can easily do). Free!

All Month :: If you live in Allen, consider Take-and-Make Kits for kids, teens, or adults from the Allen Public Library. Kid projects include winter crafts, holiday decorations, Star Wars, STEM, and more. See link for registration and pick-up time details. Free!

All Month, Mondays :: Join Plano Arts & Events every Monday at 12noon for a live online art class. Different topics each time; no registration required. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You may use watercolor, pencils, markers, or crayons; up to you! 12-12:45pm. Free! 

All Month, Wednesdays :: MC Trivia Goes Virtual! is NTPA’s weekly fundraiser event to help support their theaters and programs, which have been hit so hard by the pandemic. Could be a fun idea for a date night in or a virtual hangout with friends. A $10 ticket is suggested, and registration required by 5pm the day of the event. 7pm.

All Month, Saturdays :: Join Plano Public Library on Facebook for Saturday Stories at the Farmstead filmed on location at the Heritage Farmstead Museum. They have a different them each week. A nice option if you are missing the Heritage Farmstead Barnyard Buddies programming. All ages. 10:30-11am. Free!

December 1 :: Carrollton residents! Your public library ALSO does grab-and-go kits for different age groups. Story time, crafting, brain breaks, and more. While supplies last, see link for additional details. Note: Don’t miss out on their special 12 Days of Winter Break kits, with pick-ups starting December 21.

December 1 :: I would never deny you a freebie. In honor of their self-declared “Coolest Day of the Year,” Bahama Buck’s will be giving a free 12-oz. Sno to each guest who visits their Allen or McKinney locations today. Hours vary; see link for specifics. Free!

December 2 and 9 :: How about some Mommy & Me Yoga? Join the McKinney Public Library for stories, songs, and yoga, led by a professional yoga instructor. This is an unrecorded live session. For ages 3-5 years. 10:15-10:45am. Free!

December 3-18, Thursdays & Fridays :: Watters Creek in Allen offers Elves, Inc. To-Go this year. Pick up holiday craft project supplies + a special treat! Projects are geared for children preschool through elementary aged. While supplies last. Pick up from 11am-7pm. Free!

December 5 :: Black Moms of Suburbia will host their 2nd annual Pictures with Santa today at Capital Title in Frisco. Tickets include pre-packaged snacks, arts & crafts, and a family photo with Santa. See the link for all details. Note: FYI, this is the same Black Santa who will be at Legacy West, but this option allows you to avoid all the holiday shoppers. 11am-5pm. Tickets from $35.

December 5 :: Makers Market on J Avenue is an outdoor holiday market in Plano where you’ll find unique, handcrafted goods from local artisans. PLUS, you get to be a maker, too. Hand-pour candles & diffusers, formulate your own bath fizzies, and other lovely things. There will even be a kid’s corner for crafting gifts, ornaments, and more. 12-5pm. Free!

December 5, 12, 19 :: The Village at Allen presents Holiday Movie Night, a drive-in movie series showing Polar Express, A Christmas Story, and Elf, respectively. Audio through your car radio. 5:30-8pm. Parking available from 3pm. Free!

December 12 :: 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 12-13 :: Mistletoe Market is Historic Downtown Plano’s annual holiday shopping event. Practice social distancing as you explore the special discounts at participating shops. December 12: 12-6pm, December 13: 11am-5pm. Free!
Note: Holiday Hop Bingo is another way to get your shopping done in Historic Downtown Plano, and win prizes while you do! December 3-5, see link for details.

December 13 :: CU*RA*TED: A Modern Pop-Up Market is another opportunity to shop small & local. Head to Legacy West to find 35 local vendors sharing their passions and products in a socially distanced manner. 12-5pm. Free!

December 19 :: Time for the Third Saturday Trail Walk with Play Frisco’s Natural Resource Team. This month it’ll be a self-guided Story Stroll for families along the Cottonwood Creek Trail. Please register in advance at the link. 9-10:30am. Free!

December 19 :: Join Collin County Moms for Stories With Santa at Legacy Hall! See the big man on stage reading Christmas stories, take a photo with Mrs. Claus and Blitzen, write letters to Santa with us, decorate marshmallows, and more. See link for all the details, including how to purchase VIP seating if you prefer. 10am-12pm. Free!

December 19 :: Plano Public Library Take It and Make It STEAM Connections deals with thermometers this month. Make a thermometer using items from around the house, then conduct an experiment that measures the temperature of ice cold water. Pick up your supply kit at any branch starting the Wednesday prior. One kit per family, while supplies last. 3-3:30pm. Free!

December 19 :: Courtyard Theater in Historic Downtown Plano continues with Parking Lot Pictures, this time showing Elf on the big screen. Details and ticket info at the link. 7:30-9pm. $10 per vehicle.

December 20 :: Storytime Around the World is a virtual Plano Library program featuring books and songs from different cultures. This month focuses on stories in Chinese and is suitable for all ages. 2-2:20pm. Free!

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

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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