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2023 Plano TX Holiday Event Guide

The holiday season is just around the corner, and Plano, TX is ready to embrace the festive spirit! From exciting performances to stunning light displays, there are plenty of events happening in Plano to make...

The holiday season is just around the corner, and Plano, TX is ready to embrace the festive spirit! From exciting performances to stunning light displays, there are plenty of events happening in Plano to make your holiday season truly magical. Get your calendars ready, because we have compiled a comprehensive guide to all the holiday events in Plano. So, put on your favorite holiday sweater and get ready to celebrate!

Plano Holiday Events

Snowflake Bazaar

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The Snowflake Bazaar at Plano West Senior High School is a winter wonderland that you don't want to miss. With unique gifts, crafts, and delicious treats from local vendors, this is the perfect place to find the perfect holiday present. Alongside shopping, there will be live entertainment, including holiday tunes performed by local band members. Admission is free, so bring your family and friends to kickstart your holiday season.

Snow Queen Ballet

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Studio 3 Dance presents the Snow Queen Ballet, a beautiful performance based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Join more than 60 dancers as they take the stage at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. This enchanting ballet showcases the power of friendship and features stunning costumes. Don't miss this magical performance, starting at $20 per ticket.

Photos with Santa at The Shops at Willow Bend

Head over to The Shops at Willow Bend this holiday season and get your picture taken with Santa. Located in Macy's Court, this is the perfect opportunity to capture cherished memories with your loved ones. While reservations are recommended, walk-ins are also welcome. Don't miss the chance to meet the man in the red suit!

It's a Wonderful Life - Deaf Theatre

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Experience the beloved holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," like never before. This live radio broadcast adaptation features a talented ensemble of deaf and hearing actors, who work together to bring this heartwarming story to life. Join them on a journey of self-discovery and the true meaning of Christmas. This performance is inclusive and enjoyable for both deaf and hearing audiences.

Saturday Flurries at The District

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The District at The Shops at Willow Bend is the place to be for holiday festivities. Take your time exploring various holiday vendors while sipping hot cocoa and enjoying your favorite holiday tunes. There will be plenty of entertainment, including a Scrooge Musical Performance by North Texas Performing Arts, Christmas carolers, holiday face painting, and even a chance to take a photo with a real reindeer named Blitzen! Kids can also send their letters to Santa at the Letters to Santa Station. Don't miss the surprise visit from Santa himself before settling down for an outdoor movie screening of "The Grinch."

Plano Holiday Market

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The Plano Holiday Market at Carpenter Park Recreation Center is a must-visit event for all holiday enthusiasts. This free event features a wide range of handmade holiday gift items, including fabric, wood, ceramic, and glass creations. You'll also find jewelry, clothing, candles, and soaps. And if you're in the mood for some festive treats, there will be a wide selection of salsas, jams, nuts, and dips. Make sure to check out the crafts made by Collin County seniors at the Hip Hip for Gray booth.

Lights at Legacy

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Experience the magic of Lights at Legacy, a spectacular holiday event. Enjoy complimentary train rides, balloon artists, toy soldier stilt walkers, inflatable fun, live entertainment, and more! Sample delicious food and drink from The Shops at Legacy retailers and restaurants. And don't miss the opportunity to have your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Plus, 50% of the proceeds from photos will benefit My Possibilities, a local organization. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at Lights at Legacy!

The Nutcracker

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Prepare to be transported to a world of enchantment as Chamberlain Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker. Featuring guest artists from The New York City Ballet, this performance promises to be a breathtaking spectacle. Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they journey through waltzing snowflakes, marching toy soldiers, and the timeless tale of the holiday season. With stunning choreography and the iconic Tchaikovsky score, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

Lights on the Farm

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Step into a world of enchantment at Lights on the Farm! Witness the historic farmstead transform into a twinkling wonderland with millions of holiday lights and animated displays. Take a leisurely stroll along the quarter-mile trail and be amazed by the stunning light creations. And don't forget to indulge in delicious popcorn, mini-donuts, hot cocoa, and make-your-own s'mores. Kids will have the chance to meet Santa Claus and create unforgettable memories. Lights on the Farm runs on select days from November 24 to December 30, so mark your calendars!

Plano Holiday Parade

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Get ready to kick off the holiday season with a bang at the Plano Holiday Parade in downtown Plano. This year's parade theme is "Marches of Toys," so expect to see colorful floats and festive participants. Join the Rotary Clubs of Plano and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere as the parade makes its way through the streets. The parade starts at 2pm, so make sure to grab your spot early!

'Tis the Season: Plano Civic Chorus

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Join Plano Civic Chorus for their annual 'Tis The Season holiday concerts. Featuring Robert Young's "He Comes at Christmastide" and "Three Mystical Carols," these concerts are a blend of traditional carols, festive music, and heartwarming performances. The 4pm concert is family-focused, while the 7:30pm concert offers a more traditional choral experience. Be prepared to sing along and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit.

Dickens in Downtown Plano

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Experience the magic of Dickens in Downtown Plano, a free annual event that brings the spirit of the holiday season to life. Enjoy photos with Santa, a snow slide, the Coffee and Cocoa Walk, the Childrens Entrepreneur Market, and a traditional tree lighting ceremony. The downtown businesses will stay open late, allowing you to enjoy food, shopping, and the festive ambiance. Gather your family and friends and make your way to Haggard Park, McCall Plaza, and the 15th Street area in Downtown Plano for a night of holiday cheer.

Naughty or Nice Bar Crawl at Legacy West

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Indulge in some holiday spirits at the Naughty or Nice Bar Crawl at Legacy West. Dress up in your best festive attire and join the crawl, featuring various bars and restaurants in Legacy West. Enjoy discounted and themed drink specials, holiday music, photo ops, and a night of merriment. Grab your friends and get ready to celebrate the season in style!

Stations of the Nativity

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Experience the story of Jesus' birth like never before at St. Andrew Methodist Church's interactive event, Stations of the Nativity. Traverse through the beautiful campus while listening to inspiring music and meditations. This unique experience puts you in the shoes of the original witnesses of the birth and leaves you ready to celebrate the greatest promise ever made.

Kid Crafting at The Legacy North Pole

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Join local artist Amber Lee at The Legacy North Pole for holiday kids crafting. Let your creativity run wild as you create custom ornaments perfect for all ages. This fun-filled activity is located in front of Nike at Fa La La Forest and takes place on December 3, 10, and 17 from 12pm to 3pm. Don't miss the chance to make unique holiday keepsakes!

Gingerbread Cookies & Beer

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Indulge in the perfect pairing of gingerbread cookies and beer at Whiskey Moon at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West. Enjoy specialty beers that perfectly complement the sweetness of the cookies. Treat yourself to a unique holiday experience at the Whiskey Moon Wonderland!

Scrooge, The Musical

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Experience the magic of "Scrooge, The Musical" at the Art Centre Theatre. This fast-paced and fun production is a North Texas Christmas tradition that will warm your heart. Join Scrooge and the talented cast as they bring this well-loved story to life. Prepare to be inspired by the powerful message of redemption and the joy of the holiday season.

Make & Take: A Holiday Cookie Exchange

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Get into the holiday spirit with a Holiday Cookie Exchange at Central Market. This fun-filled event allows you to make and bake three different cookie recipes. At the end of the class, everyone will share their creations, giving you a variety of cookies to take home. This hands-on class is perfect for all ages and will leave you with delicious treats to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

Happy Hour Hike

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Join Legacy West and Plano Magazine for the Happy Hour Hike, a monthly sip-and-shop event. Explore new shops, restaurants, and experiences while enjoying wine, beer, and cocktails. Take advantage of photo opportunities, meet local artisans, and enter for a chance to win a $300 gift basket to your favorite store. This event is a fantastic way to discover the vibrant Legacy West neighborhood and kick off your holiday celebrations.

Menorah Lighting at The Shops at Willow Bend

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Celebrate Chanukah at The Shops at Willow Bend with a Menorah Lighting event presented by Chabad of Plano/Collin County. Join in the festivities at The District and witness the lighting of the menorah. This event honors the eight-day holiday and represents the rededication of the Holy Temple. Experience the beauty and tradition of Chanukah with your family and friends.

Behold the Lamb of God Tour by Andrew Peterson

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Join singer-songwriter and author Andrew Peterson for the Behold the Lamb of God Tour at St. Andrew Methodist Church. This concert is a unique celebration of the Christmas story as it unfolds in the Old Testament and comes to life in the New Testament. Immerse yourself in the soulful music and experience the beauty of the Christmas season.

Breakfast with Santa at Carpenter Park Rec Center

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Santa is making a special trip to Carpenter Park Recreation Center to have breakfast with you and your family. Indulge in donuts, hot cocoa, and other delicious treats while creating your own Santa wish list and holiday crafts. Little ones can enjoy one-on-one time with Santa and take a memorable photo. Don't miss this opportunity to share a magical morning with Santa and your loved ones.

The Down Syndrome Guild: Breakfast with Santa

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The Down Syndrome Guild invites families with children with Down syndrome to join them for a special holiday event at The Nature & Retreat Center. Enjoy a light breakfast, crafts, and the chance to create your own hot chocolate. Don't forget to take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This event is a wonderful opportunity to make lasting memories and connect with other families.

Holiday Fun & Giving Event

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Preston Village Shopping Center invites you to a day of family fun and giving. Enjoy visits with Santa, face painting, balloon art, crafts, and prizes for kids. The highlight of the event is the opportunity to donate unwrapped gifts, which will benefit Children's Health Plano. Help make the holiday season brighter for children in need by donating items such as coloring books, toys, and clothing. Your generosity will create smiles and bring joy to those who need it most.

Through the Eyes of a Child

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Experience a collaborative holiday concert featuring young performers from various organizations and schools in the Plano area. The concert showcases the talents of musicians, dancers, and visual artists, creating a spectacular celebration of the holiday season. Join the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Plano Metropolitan Ballet, North Texas Performing Arts, Chamberlain Ballet, and more for an evening of enchantment. After the concert, you can purchase unique Christmas ornaments painted by children, with proceeds supporting the arts.

Dark Winter Market

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Get in touch with your dark side at the Dark Winter Market. This unique market features dark art, oddities, and even a visit from Krampus himself. This free event is perfect for those who like a touch of darkness with their holiday festivities. Plus, bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots toy drive and spread some holiday cheer.

Toys & Tunes at Legacy Hall

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Bring the whole family to Legacy Hall for a holiday celebration featuring a live performance by Texas Country Music Star Cory Morrow. Get into the