Annual City Christmas Parades and Celebrations – All Throughout the Spotlight and Beyond
It’s only natural that the start of December brings with it a flurry of Christmas celebrations. Throughout the North Texas area, a number of cities are hosting their annual Christmas parades and tree lighting celebrations on Saturday and Sunday. Some of the highlights from the spotlight include:
Merry Main Street in Frisco – Starting at 3:30 P.M. on December 3, Frisco is kicking off a festive night of holiday celebrations beginning with a Santa and friends’ parade and the opening of the holiday gift market. Following the parade, the Frisco Elementary School Choirs perform on three separate stages and an official tree lighting ceremony brightens the night at 6:00 P.M.
Old Town Holiday Stroll in Lewisville – Chow down on a pancake breakfast with Santa Claus at 8 A.M. to kick off this daylong bash on December 3. A yearly motorcycle toy run, afternoon Christmas parade, evening tree lighting ceremony and a movie night highlight the rest of the day’s activities.
Holiday in the Park/Parade of Lights in The Colony – Holiday in the Park will feature festive music performances along with holiday carnival games and rides at Perryman Park on December 3 while the city’s Parade of Lights begins at 5:45 P.M. that evening.
Santa on the Square in Carrollton – Santa heads to Carrollton at 4 P.M. on December 3, presumably after he finishes that pancake breakfast in Lewisville, for a night with his holly jolly friends. Toy soldier stilt walkers and live reindeer accompany photo opportunities with Santa. An inflatable snow globe, trackless train rides and a wide variety of entertainment performances close out the night’s activities.
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in Wylie – At 6 P.M. on December 4, head to Wylie to cap off the weekend with a parade and tree lighting as well as a reading of Night Before Christmas by the city’s mayor and a performance by Wylie High School’s Tempo Choir
49th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes – McKinney
Historic downtown McKinney is giving some major holiday decorating inspiration thanks to this annual event which sees six private residences, along with a pair of bonus homes, decorated for the holidays and ready to tour. The tours benefit Chestnut Square Heritage Village, a collection of homes and buildings in the area which provide a glimpse into the lives of Collin County residents from the 1850s through 1920. Tickets start at $30 before fees and provide one trip through each of the homes from 10 A.M. through 5 P.M. on December 3 and on December 4. For more information, visit https://www.chestnutsquare.org/holiday-tour-of-homes/.
Dated Faded Worn Vintage Meet – Irving
Kick it old school at this retro swap meet on December 3 at the Irving Convention Center. With radical apparel from the 80s through the 2000s, along with some sick music, art and memorabilia, there’s a little something for just about everyone looking for a slice of nostalgia on Saturday. A quick trip through the meet’s online store reveals some of the killer items that will be available like vintage Dallas Cowboys attire, rare basketball shoes and retro pop culture tees. Admission to this bodacious event cost $5 on presale and $10 at the door which opens at noon. Check out https://www.datedfadedworn.com/ for more details.
McKinney Creative Community presents Holiday Art Bazaar
Handmade art, gifts, home décor and more will be on sale at The Cotton Mills Fields across from TUPPS Brewery. The McKinney Creative Community, an open-to-join group which hosts monthly potluck meetings for creative peoples of all types and mediums, is now in its 11th year of hosting this event. Admission is free with the bazaar running from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. on December 3. Visit the McKinney Creative Community website for more information about the bazaar and the community as a whole.
Candy Cane Course – Plano
You might not be dashing through the snow, but this 5K and 10K at Oak Point Park on December 3 is still chock full of Christmas spirit. Race attire includes a Santa’s Helper hoodie along with a festive hat and pair of elf socks. The family-friendly course includes a free kids’ dash, costume contest, custom medals, post-race food and more. Tickets for the Candy Cane Course cost $45 through 11:59 P.M. on December 1 before increasing to $55 a ticket. Race over to https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Plano/CandyCaneCourseDFW for additional information.