Seven Family-Friendly DFW Christmas Events for 2023

Posted on Nov 05, 2023

Seven Family-Friendly DFW Christmas Events for 2023

The weather is finally turning colder, and the sights and sounds of the holiday season are everywhere in DFW. It's a great time to gather friends and loved ones to experience a favorite holiday tradition...or start a new one! There's something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are just seven of the many family-friendly Christmas events happening around town:

1. Holiday at the Arboretum (Dallas)

This dazzling event is a favorite, year after year. Enjoy the gardens with elaborate Victorian-style gazebos representing the 12 Days of Christmas. At night, the gardens are set aglow with over one millions lights. New this year is the Christmas Village, a quaint collection of shops inspired by European Christmas markets. Visit with Santa Claus or take in the entertainment, shopping, food & beverage options and a 50-foot tall Dazzling Musical Tree.

Dates: November 9 - January 5 (opening ceremony, 6-8 PM on November 8)

Location: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218


Cost: varies by day and age group. See website for more information.

2. Dickens in Downtown Plano

The whole family's invited to this annual celebration in the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District. Enjoy a snow slide, the Coffee and Cocoa Walk, photos with Santa, a Children's Entrepreneur Market, and a traditional tree lighting. The event is free, and downtown shops and restaurants will also be open late for business.

Date: December 2, 4–9 PM

Location: Haggard Park, McCall Plaza, and a portion of 15th Street (free parking at public lots and Plano Municipal Center)


Cost: FREE

3. Santa's Village (Richardson)

Santa's Village is a tiny town of 16 holiday dwellings, including Santa's library, police department, workshop, and more. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity. Guests can also enjoy live performances and a free photo with Santa. Event admission and parking are also free. 

Dates: December 2-3, 8-10, and 15-17. Fridays from 6-9 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 5-9 PM

Location: Huffhines Park, 1500 Apollo Road, Richardson, Texas 75080


Cost: FREE

3. Lights on the Farm (Plano)

The Heritage Farmstead Museum comes to life with over one million lights in festive yuletide displays. There will be plenty to see and do as visitors walk the historic path leading from Candycane Lane to Santa's farm-shop. Guests can also enjoy s'mores and elaborate displays in Pancho's Pasture before walking through a tunnel of animated lights. Strollers and wagons are welcome! 

Dates: November 24 - December 30

Location: Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 West 15th Street, Plano, TX, 75075


Cost: $12 adults and $7 children (purchased online in advance). $15 adults and $10 children (at the door)

4. Christmas in the Square (Frisco)

Enjoy the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas at Christmas in the Square. Guests can also ice skate, take a carriage ride, explore the light tunnel, visit with Santa, and more. See website for more details.

Dates: November 18 - January 8, 2023

Location: 8843 Coleman Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034


Cost: light show is FREE; visit website for additional activity pricing

5. The Trains at Northpark (Dallas)

The Trains at Northpark Mall have been delighting multiple generations for the past 34 years. Featuring over 1600 feet of track, the exhibit takes guests on a rolling tour of the USA from coast to coast. There's even a guest appearance from outer space visitors!

Dates: November 11 -January 5, 2022

Location: Northpark Mall, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225


Cost: $10 adults and $5 children

6. Photos with Santa

Mall photos with Santa are a time-honored tradition. It's not too early to plan your outfits and make reservations!

Willow Bend Mall and Galleria Dallas have two ways to make sure the entire family feels welcome:

  • "Santa Cares", a sensory-friendly opportunity for children with special needs to visit with Santa and have a private photo session in a calming environment. Reservations required.
    • Willow Bend: December 3 from 10-11 AM (reservations here)
    • Galleria Dallas: Sunday, December 17 from 8–11 AM (find more info here)
  • Pet Photo Nights.
    • Willow Bend: November 27 and December 4 & 11 from 4–7 PM (reservations here)
    • Galleria Dallas: starting November 29, from 6PM until closing (find more info here)

Date: November 16 through December 24

Website: and

Cost: see websites for package pricing

For a twist, Dr. Seuss fans have a chance to meet and take a photo with the Grinch at Grandscape Stole Christmas. While you're there, pick up some Grinch-themed sweets and make a stop by the interactive Gel Blaster Experience on the Lawn!

Date: Wednesday, November 22 from 12–3 PM

Location: The Terrace (behind Grandscape Lawn)


Cost: $5 for a photo with the Grinch (includes a Grinch-themed craft) 

7. 50th anniversary TUBACHRISTMAS Concert (Allen)

Play the tuba, sousaphone, euphonmium, baritone horn, or enjoy listening to those who do? Bring the family to the Village Green at Watters Creek for a fun, free outdoor Christmas concert featuring big brass players from all over town. Musicians may register to play for $10 online or in-person on the day of the concert. 

Date: Saturday, December 9 (registration at 12 PM; rehearsal at 1 PM; concert at 2:30 PM)

Location: 970 Watters Creek Blvd (at Watters Creek, across from DSW Shoes)


Cost: $10 to play; FREE to attend

DFW has plenty of other options to make for a memorable holiday season with loved ones. However you choose to celebrate, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

We've got more resources to help make this Christmas a magical one. Sign up for holiday emails, and we’ll deliver them right to your inbox!

Share This:

Recent Stories

Swipe to Discover more

10 Favorite Family Christmas Movies (with Bonus Holiday Snack Recipes)

Dec 01, 2023

The holidays are here! Gather your loved ones and celebrate with 10 of the best family Christmas movies (and some delicious homemade popcorn and hot cocoa recipes).

The History of Santa Claus: From Man of Faith to Christmas Symbol

Nov 24, 2023

What's the history behind Santa Claus, beloved Christmas symbol? Read more about Old St. Nick's journey from real-life person of faith to holiday icon, here.

What Is Advent?

Nov 22, 2023

Holiday traditions anchor us as they bring cheer into our homes. Explore the centuries-old tradition of Advent and how it can enrich your own Christmas celebration.

Five Free Christmas Light Displays in DFW for 2023

Nov 18, 2023

Looking to brighten up your holiday mood? Learn the history behind those twinkling Christmas lights, and to find some of the best free neighborhood displays around town.

Meet Tracy Parlin, Director of the Local Good Pantry

Nov 15, 2023

Get to know Tracy Parlin, the Director of the new Local Good Pantry in Richardson.

Sensory-friendly DFW Holiday Events for 2023

Nov 15, 2023

Looking for some fun, sensory-friendly holiday happenings in DFW this year? We've found some great events to enjoy with friends and loved ones in 2023.


Nov 13, 2023

What do we do when the "happiest" time of the year isn't that happy, or when the things we yearn and strive for still leave us unsatisfied?

Seven Family-Friendly DFW Christmas Events for 2023

Nov 05, 2023

It's Christmas time! Find a list of seven family-friendly holiday events happening around DFW in 2023.

4 Key #HolidayGoals for the Holiday Season

Oct 27, 2023

The holidays are almost here! Don't let them pass by in a blur; use these 4 key goals to help yourself and loved ones make the most of this special season.

Get To Know Chase Oaks Lead Pastor Jeff Jones

Oct 22, 2023

Get to know more about Chase Oaks Church's Lead Pastor, Jeff Jones.