Advent season is a time of expectation as we prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth that changed everything—the birth of Jesus Christ. As the anticipation builds throughout the Advent season, there are many wonderful events that allow us to slow down and to spend quality time with our family and friends.

There are many local events this season that you can enjoy with your family and friends. These events also provide great opportunities for you to invite your neighbors or co-workers. Here are five family-friendly events you can enjoy with your loved ones this season.

1. Attend Truthical

Christmas MusicalTruthical is an original Christmas musical with fresh characters, beloved songs of film and stage, and fantastical scenic elements. This year’s musical is Chasing Lights, a story about an ambitious young man (Chase Adams) trying to make his way into show business. As he tries to make a name for himself in this competitive business, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Invite your friends and family to a musical that will make you laugh and touch your heart.

Aside from being a fabulous production, the admission is free. You just need to reserve your tickets online. Also, if you have children (birth-Grade 4), they have a great night planned for them while you enjoy the show! Your children will watch a kid-version of the musical and interact with characters from the show.

To get more information or to reserve your FREE tickets today, visit Chasing Lights.

2. Visit the Dallas Arboretum

Throughout the holiday season, the Dallas Arboretum will host The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit. Walk 12 Days of Christmas through the lovely gardens that have been transformed into a winter wonderland with gorgeous 25-foot Victorian gazebos decorated with beloved characters, animals, and music made popular by the Christmas carol. The exhibit is available to visit during the days and the nights in December. At night, there will be seasonal treats and hot beverages for children and adults. What a great way to kick off the season of Advent and to start the countdown to Christmas!

During this spectacular outdoor exhibit, the Dallas Arboretum will also be hosting special events such as Elves Workshop, Holiday Hooping, Visits with Santa, and Holiday Karaoke. To find out pricing for this exhibit and for specific dates and times of other special events, visit the The 12 Days of Christmas.

3. Check out ICE! and Lone Star Christmas

Advent ActivityAt the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX, you and your family and friends will be ready to celebrate Christmas once you catch a glimpse of their display with 2 million sparkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, an incredible 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, and an 8-foot gingerbread house.

Aside from the dazzling display of lights and decorations, they have Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing, Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus, and ICE! Display (carved from over 2 million pounds of ice). You will even get to watch a master carver create marvelous ice sculptures in front of your own eyes!

For more details such as pricing and dates, visit ICE! and Lone Star Christmas.

4. Go on a Tour of Lights

In Farmers Branch, you and your family can drive through the Tour of Lights, which has an amazing 500,000 Christmas Tour of Lightslights. You will also travel through incredible scenes, ranging from fantasy to patriotic, accompanied by Christmas music to get you in the spirit. At the end of your journey, you will witness an incredible animated show in Farmers Branch Historical Park.

The Tour of Lights begins at Valley View Lane and I-35 and ends at Farmers Branch Historical Park. It occurs nightly through Saturday, December 30, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The tour is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5 per car to help local non-profit organizations. Not only will you see a great show, but you will also help others through your donations!

For more details, visit Christmas Tour of Lights.

5. Tour Local Neighborhoods

If your family cannot make it out to Farmers Branch, visit local neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. A great neighborhood to visit is Deerfield in Plano, TX. Most of the houses participate in decorating for the Christmas season. The tradition started when Deerfield was first built. To bring people to the neighborhood, the builders offered prizes for the best decorated homes. Therefore, homeowners got creative with their decorations, building wondrous scenes in their front yards. Since this attracted so many people to the neighborhood, they decided to make it a tradition.

Advent ActivityMany homeowners choose to decorate around a theme such as Dr. Seuss Christmas, Disney Christmas, and The Nutcracker Christmas. Some houses synchronize with Christmas music on a specific radio station, bringing their decorations to life. As you drive through the neighborhood, you can use your smartphone to vote for houses in the following categories: Best Overall, Most Traditional, Children’s Favorite, and Funniest. To get you in the festive mood, bring some hot chocolate and a sweet snack.

Deerfield is located in Northwest Plano between Preston Road and Coit Road. According to the Deerfield Homeowners Association’s website, you may view holiday lights from December 1-30, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. It gets packed pretty quickly, so be sure to get there early to lineup for the neighborhood. To look at the lights, you may drive through the neighborhood, park and walk through the neighborhood, or reserve a horse carriage to ride through the neighborhood.

For more information for the light season in Deerfield, visit Deerfield Homeowners Association.

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