Discover Local Events: Exciting Activities Near You

Are you on the lookout for fun-filled local events in Plano? Look no further! We love sharing our favorite events for families in search of exciting activities. Expand your horizons and explore the events in...

Are you on the lookout for fun-filled local events in Plano? Look no further! We love sharing our favorite events for families in search of exciting activities. Expand your horizons and explore the events in Dallas and Plano that are right at your doorstep.

Our calendar includes events in Plano, Frisco, Dallas, and the DFW area. Whether you need ideas for this weekend or want to plan ahead, we have some exciting events lined up just for you.

Even if these events don't fit your schedule this month, why not visit some of our fantastic parks and trails for a leisurely walk or join in on a traditional Scavenger Hunt at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve or Arbor Hills Nature Preserve? You could also check out the Heritage Farm Museum or other great attractions in the heart of Plano, such as the Texas Electric Railway Museum and the Interurban Railway Museum in Plano, TX.

For the little ones, we highly recommend the Crayola Experience in Plano, and for older kids on beautiful days, we suggest the Go Ape Treetop Adventure!

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We update our calendar with events happening this month and search the internet for the most interesting and family-friendly activities recently. For detailed information about any event, please contact the event organizer directly. Plano Moms does not organize any of the events listed, but we share them when we find them.

Note: The seasonal event list is usually updated about a month before the season begins.

Activities in December

December is an exciting time of the year! There are plenty of incredible events happening. Let us help you decide what to do. Join us for Christmas Craft Fairs, Winter Camps, Christmas Tree Lightings, Photos with Santa, Christmas Lights Tours, Fun Winter Activities, Harry Potter Experiences, and so much more!

Highlighted Event - Harry Potter: Forbidden Forest Experience

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Little Elm Park has been transformed into an unforgettable outdoor space during the winter season for the whole family. Get ready to experience the magic of Harry Potter with plenty of exciting wizarding fun and mysterious exhibitions along the way, including many interactive activities. Wait for the darkness to fall, put on your most comfortable shoes, and bring a stroller for little ones as you explore the wide paths and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of this extraordinary experience.

When: October 28 - January 13 (selected dates) Where: Little Elm Park Price: Starting from $44 GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Highlighted Event - The Nutcracker by Tuzer Ballet

The Nutcracker by Tuzer Ballet Image: The Nutcracker by Tuzer Ballet

Experience Tuzer Ballet's rendition of The Nutcracker with unique characters, exquisite choreography, and internationally distinctive features. This annual performance showcases breathtaking beauty, including stunning sets and beautifully handcrafted costumes.

When: December 16 & 17, 2:00 PM Where: Charles W. Eisemann Center, Richardson Price: Starting from $29 GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Highlighted Event - DFW New Year's Day

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Join the DFW New Year's Day event for a day filled with fun, joy, and memorable moments to kickstart the new year. Get ready to welcome the new year with a fantastic event for the whole family that brings not only happiness but also a heartwarming purpose.

The event will feature various arts and crafts activities, live music and entertainment (including circus and magic!), free play Lego, rock climbing, games, and so much more! This is an event your family cannot afford to miss!

When: January 1, 2024 Where: Irving Convention Center, Irving, TX

New Business Openings

  • Tanishq, Indian Jewelry - Grand opening on December 1 at 2809 Preston Rd, Frisco, Ste 1200 from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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  • First Monday Trade Days Canton - November 30 - December 3.
  • Mistletoe Mall - Small business pop-up stores at Legacy West happening now until December 23.
  • Bubbles & Baubles: Christmas Tree Decorating - The Shops at Willow Bend on December 1 from 5 PM to 7 PM. Free event, complimentary drinks for adults.
  • Wylie Arts Festival - December 2 from 9 AM to 4 PM at 200 N Ballard Ave. Free admission.
  • Hebron Gift Galleria and Silent Auction - December 2 from 9 AM to 4 PM at Hebron High School in Carrollton. Free admission.
  • Merry CityLine Market - December 9 from 1 PM to 9 PM at CityLine DFW in Richardson.
  • Halliday Sip n Shop - December 10 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Legacy Hall.
  • Mistletoe Market at Plano Event Center - December 10 from 12 PM to 4 PM.
  • Art & Wine Walk - December 21 from 5 PM to 8 PM at Downtown Plano Arts District. This is a free event.
  • Stop by one of the many Farmers Markets in the area.
  • Be sure to join one of the Sip and Stroll shopping events happening in Downtown Plano, usually on the third Thursday of the month.
  • Head to a Night Market - we recommend the Night Market at CityLine DFW or the Friday Night Market in Celina. You'll usually find live music and a variety of food options for dinner while you're out.

Live Music Experience

  • Live Music at Legacy West: Festival Edition - December 2, 7, 9, 16 & 23 from 5 PM to 7 PM. Located in front of Nike and Free People.

Get Outdoors

  • Dinosaurs Live! Full-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs at Heard Natural Science Museum in McKinney from September 2 to February 19, 2024. Included with regular admission.
  • Christmas at the Arboretum - November 9 to January 5. $13 - $35.
  • Vitruvian Lights - November 18 to January 1 from 5 PM to 11 PM at Vitruvian Park.
  • Christmas in the Square Frisco - November 18 to January 6 from 6 PM to 9 PM.
  • Home for the Holidays in McKinney - November 23 at Historic Downtown McKinney.
  • 2023 Christmas Carnival at YesterLand Farm in Canton until December 23. Online tickets from $24.95.
  • Vitruvian Lights at Vitruvian Park until January 1.
  • Frosty 5K & Merry Mile at Simpson Plaza Frisco on December 2 at 8 AM.
  • Dallas Holiday Parade on December 2 from 9 AM to 3 PM in downtown Dallas.
  • 2023 Plano Holiday Parade on December 2 at 2 PM. It will start at 18th Street on M Avenue, proceed west on 18th Street, turn south on Municipal Avenue, east on 15th Street, north on M Avenue, and end at the Bird Education Center.
  • Dickens in Downtown Plano on December 2 from 4 PM to 9 PM at Haggard Park. Featuring photos with Santa, snow slides, Coffee and Chocolate Walk, Kids' Entrepreneurial Bazaar, and the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony with the Mayor of Plano and other important city guests. Downtown businesses will stay open late for visitors to enjoy dining and shopping.
  • Holidays at the Heard on December 8 & 9 from 6 PM to 9 PM at Heard Natural Science Museum in McKinney. Adults $15, children $10.
  • Free Skating at Slayter Creek Park in Anna on December 9 & 10.

Family Fun

  • The Trains at NorthPark from November 11 to January 5. $10 for adults, $5 for children.
  • Visit Santa at Fairview Town Center on November 18 & 25, December 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 12 PM to 6 PM.
  • Holiday Lights at the Farm starting at Heritage Farmstead Museum on November 24 to December 30. Tickets range from $12 - $15 for adults and $7 - $10 for children.
  • Photos with Santa at Stonebriar Centre ongoing until December 24. Prices start from $39.99, but meeting Santa is free.
  • Bricktacular Holiday Festival at Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine until January 7. Included with admission.
  • 4th Annual Christmas Festival at Team Family Farms in Aubrey until December 10. $12 per person.
  • Christmas Lights, Chocolates & Sips Tours with Dallas by Chocolate Tours from December 1 to December 30. Adults $63, children $53.
  • Prosper Christmas Festival on December 2 from 3 PM to 7 PM at 250 W First Street. Free event.
  • Light Farms Tree Lighting: Troll Stroll on December 2 from 5 PM to 9 PM at Heritage Farmstead Museum. Adults $12, children $7.
  • Holiday Event and Festival Gift Giving at Köy Preston Village Shopping Village on December 9 from 12 PM to 4 PM. This is a free event.
  • Saturday Flurries Elf Movie Screening on December 9 from 4 PM to 7 PM at The District at Willow Bend. This is a free event.
  • Santa's Workshop on December 10 from 9 AM to 11:30 AM at The Westin Dallas Stonebriar in Frisco. This magical event brings joy to all attendees and to the hearts of patients and families served at Children's Health Plano. Each guest of this magical event will have the opportunity to take a photo with Santa, snap a picture with Santa's sleigh, enjoy a plated lunch, hot cocoa bar, coffee bar, festival entertainment, gift bags, and holiday-themed arts and crafts activities. $45 for children, $65 for adults.
  • St. Andrew Christmas Festival - A Season of Music on December 10 at 9:30 AM and 11 AM at St. Andrew Methodist Church in Plano. This is a free event.
  • Frosty Friday on December 15 from 7 PM to 11 PM at McCall Plaza in Plano. Enjoy a free outdoor screening of two Rankin/Bass classics, "Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July" and "Frosty's Winter Wonderland" (Rated G).
  • Elf Trivia Night on December 19 from 7 PM to 10 PM at Legacy Hall. $30 per person.

Our friends at Visit Plano are also a great resource for more ideas!

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