Disclaimer :: This guide is sponsored by Tuzer Ballet to bring you details on its holiday shows.
The end of the year is upon us! We have a guide to winter events dropping in a couple weeks with details on ALL the holiday happenings. Consider this month’s guide the calm before the storm (although there is still lots of fun stuff going on!). Oh, and don’t forget about the time change. Hello darkness, my old friend.
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DECEMBER 17 & 18
Unlike any other performance of The Nutcracker in Dallas, Tuzer’s ballet is a blend of global inspiration and local brilliance. Technically challenging dance sequences and gorgeous costumes create an unforgettable experience at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. Only two shows — December 17 and 18 — both at 2:00 p.m. Get your tickets to the most dazzling Nutcracker before it sells out!
The life-sized animatronic dinosaurs are back for Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard in McKinney. Walk the trails and hear them roar, then get hands-on in the outdoor fossil dig. Tickets are $12/adults, $9/kids. Ages two and under are free.
ALL MONTH, SATURDAYS
Kids’ Night Out
Jump Into Art Studios in McKinney has a weekly kids’ night out where young artists can enjoy peaceful and engaging art play, a pizza dinner, and a Disney movie. More details at the link. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. $45 per child, $10 discount for siblings.
ALL MONTH, WEEKENDS
We don’t often mention farmers markets here, but they’re always a good getting-out-of-the-house activity, especially now that it’s not so hot. We have a roundup of local farmers markets by city, so you can easily find one close to home. Free!
Friday Night Market
The Friday Night Market is back in Downtown Celina with all sorts of local vendors and live music in the square. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Free!
Prosper Arbor Day
The Prosper Arbor Day celebration focuses on the importance of community forestry to enhance our quality of life. Gather at Prosper Town Hall for a proclamation and tree planting with Parks & Rec — learn how to do it properly! 9:00 a.m. Free!
There will also be a family-friendly P-Town Throwdown Pickleball Tournament this morning. Pickleball is really having a moment, isn’t it?
Buffalo Stomp is an annual event for wildflower seed planting in Frisco Commons Park. Help seed the prairie with native wildflowers and grasses in support of Blackland Prairie restoration efforts. 9:00 a.m. Free!
It’s the last Critter Club program of the year at Fairview Town Center. Each event starts with educational content about the featured animal, including an opportunity for kids to ask questions. After that, kids can meet the little critter. 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free!
Festival at the Switchyard
Festival at the Switchyard returns to Historic Downtown Carrollton today with a little bit of everything: live music, festival foods, shopping, rides, games, and activities for all ages. Lots more info at the link. 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Free!
Fall Family Campout at the Heard
Tonight is the Heard’s fall campout for families with kids ages five through 12. Staff provides the pizza, lemonade, and activities; you bring your own equipment and any extra food you’d like. See link for details on what to bring. Space is limited! 5:00 p.m. Tickets from $24.
Gilmore Girls Takeover
The Lawn at Grandscape will transform into Stars Hollow complete with a Luke’s Diner pop-up selling snacks and drinks. Take a Gilmore Girls personality quiz and grab a Dean, Jess, or Logan button. Bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic to watch your favorite fall episodes on the big screen. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free!
Daylight savings ends at 2:00 a.m. Don’t forget, we fall back an hour.
The Dinosaur Company
Allen Public Library will host The Dinosaur Company folks today. Learn how they use STEAM knowledge to make amazing, animatronic dinos, then see one up close. For kindergarten and up. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Free!
NOVEMBER 10 – 13
‘Neath the Wreath
‘Neath the Wreath is the biggest Junior League of Collin County fundraiser of the year. Shop more than 125 merchants to find something for everyone on your list. Times vary by day, see link for details and to purchase tickets.
NOVEMBER 10 – 13
The Enchanted Bookshop Musical
I’ve never heard of this one, but it sounds delightful: The Enchanted Bookshop Musical is a show about a bookstore that seems ordinary by day, but at night, the characters in the books come to life. Presented by NTPA Frisco at Willow Bend Center of the Arts in Plano. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets from $12.
Underground Movement Festival
The Underground Movement Festival is a family-friendly, all-ages event celebrating hip hop history. Watch two-versus-two dance battles, b-boy/b-girl battles, and dance team showcases outside in Downtown Plano’s McCall Plaza. 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Free!
NOVEMBER 12 & 26
Willow Bend Kid’s Club
On select Saturdays Willow Bend Kid’s Club sets up in the play area with balloon twisters, airbrush artists, Crayola Experience crafts and goodies, and more. 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Free!
NOVEMBER 18 – 20
Southfork Ranch Trade Days
Southfork Ranch Trade Days has more than 300 booths with local artisans selling handcrafted items like jewelry, furniture, candles, charcuterie boards, etc. It also has food vendors, antiques, axe throwing, a blacksmith, a psychic, entertainment, and more. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free! ($10 parking on Saturday and Sunday.)
NOVEMBER 19 – 20
Plano Holiday Market
Shop for unique handmade gifts and homemade foods at the annual Plano Holiday Market. As always, Collin County seniors will stock the Hip, Hip for Gray booth with a variety of crafts including quilts, baby items, ornaments, and more. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free!
Head to the Frisco Library after school today for Grossology. It’s a come-and-go event for kids in k – 5th grade to dissect owl pellets, learn about animal scat, try edible insects, and make booger slime. 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Free!
NOVEMBER 23 – 27
Disney On Ice
Disney On Ice presents Into the Magic at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center (formerly Allen Event Center). Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Tickets from $33.
Plano Turkey Trot and North Texas Turkey Trot
Turkey trot time! The Plano Turkey Trot and the North Texas Turkey Trot in Frisco both raise money for good causes. The Plano trot is a 5K, and for the Frisco event, you can opt for a one-mile fun run, 5K, or 10K (either virtual or in person).