Seven Family-Friendly Christmas Events for 2021

Posted on Dec 15, 2021

Seven Family-Friendly Christmas Events for 2021

It's Christmas time! Even if the weather seems more like spring, the sights and sounds of the holiday season are everywhere. It's a great time to gather friends and loved ones to experience a favorite holiday tradition...or start a new one!

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 the NEW 50-foot tall Dazzling Musical Tree.

Dates: through Dec 31

Location: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

Website: www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/holiday-at-the-arboretum

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


2. 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, holiday photo ops and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a snack. 

Dates: December 16 - December 19,  6-9 PM

Location: 411 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, Texas 75080

Website: https://www.cor.net/departments/parks-recreation/community-events/santa-s-village

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: Weekends through Dec 26 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), from 6-9PM

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

Website: www.heritagefarmstead.org/event-list/lights-on-the-farm/

Cost: $10 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, and more. See website for more details.

Dates: through Jan 2, 2022

Location: 8843 Coleman Blvd, Frisco, TX 75034

Website: www.friscosquare.com/cits-overview

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: through Jan 2, 2022

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

Website: www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com/home

Cost: $10 adults and $5 children


6. Virtual Visit with Santa

For those who are looking to enjoy a special event this holiday from the comfort of home, children and families have the chance to see and speak virtually with NorthPark’s Santa. Each visit takes place via a secure link and includes a private conversation with Santa, live from his cozy home at the North Pole.

Date: Now through Dec 23 (reservations are taken on Sunday for the following week). 

Website: https://give.childrens.com/landing/north-park-santa?utm_source=referral&utm_medium=referral

Cost: $25 suggested donation 


7. Digital "A Christmas Carol" performance

The Dallas Theater Center offers another option to enjoy a night "in" with a digital performance of the 2021-2022 season's classic play by Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol."

Date: through Dec 29

Website: https://my.dallastheatercenter.org/a-christmas-carol-2021/digital

Cost: $20

However you celebrate, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Celebrate the wonder of the season with Chase Oaks on Christmas Eve. For a list of service times and locations, look here.

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