Thanksgiving and Christmas are a time of tradition and family. Lighting the tree, sipping hot chocolate, taking a sleigh ride and visiting Santa Claus are part of your family customs. Touring your town, seeing how residents decorate their homes and taking part in community holiday events completes the season and makes you feel a part of your community.
Even though the Dallas-Fort Worth area rarely has snow that doesn’t mean residents don’t eagerly engage in the holidays. With the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, there is lots of time to spend with your children doing fun activities. You don’t need snow to have a tree lighting ceremony or take a ride in sleigh. Area communities love the holiday season and have organized some wonderful events to engage residents. Here are some ond-day events you can attend:
- The 48th Annual Turkey Trot in Dallas on Nov. 26, 2015 – Do some exercise before you consume a huge turkey meal. The Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot in Dallas City Hall Plaza starts at 9 a.m. With your children, you can run or walk at 5K. If you have done some training, you can try the 8-mile run.
- Sundance Square Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth on Nov. 28, 2015 – This annual parade starts at 6 p.m. and features 100 illuminated floats, marching bands, antique cars and Cowboy Santas. The event starts at the corner of Belknap and Throckmorton streets. Immediately following the parade, the city’s Christmas Tree lighting will occur in Sundance Square. The party isn’t just at night. Family events start at 2 p.m. with entertainment and family activities. Have some hot chocolate and tour shops decorated for the season.
- Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade at 10 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2015 – Make this a weekend affair. The party starts Friday at the parade preview party held at Adolphus Hotel from 6-9 p.m. There is a family buffet with salad, burgers, chicken tenders and green beans. The show starts at 7 p.m. with holiday music and Santa Claus. The parade travels through the streets of downtown Dallas.Carrollton hosts an old-fashioned Christmas party from 6-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2015 – In Carrollton’s old downtown there will be an open house and Christmas party at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum. Carolers will stroll through the streets singing holiday songs, Santa Claus will attend and family activities include a petting zoo and crafts.
- Carrollton hosts an old-fashioned Christmas party from 6-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2015 – In Carrollton’s old downtown there will be an open house and Christmas party at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum. Carolers will stroll through the streets singing holiday songs, Santa Claus will attend and family activities include a petting zoo and crafts.
Along with one-day events, some communities host holiday events over five weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year.
- Frisco is home to Christmas in the Square which runs from Nov. 27, 2015 to Jan. 2, 2016 – This celebration is home to one of the largest holiday light and music show in North Texas. More than half a million people come to see the 175,000 lights as they are coordinated with music. A snow machine creates the illusion of a blizzard and animals await petting. There will be an outdoor ice skating rink and carriage rides.
- The Dallas Arboretum hosts the 12 Days of Christmas from November though to Jan. 3, 2016. More than 500,000 lights fill the gardens at night creating a magical land of holiday spirit.