TO-DO LIST: Here are 10 in-person and virtual events happening in Frisco

The Christmas in the Square event features the largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)
The Christmas in the Square event features the largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)

The Christmas in the Square event features the largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)

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The 2020 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl takes place Dec. 19. (Courtesy Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl)
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Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular offers more than a mile of holiday light displays and light tunnels. (Courtesy Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular)
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LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is hosting its 10th annual holiday pet photo event. (Courtesy LazyPaw Animal Hospitals)
Here is a list of some ongoing and upcoming events taking place in Frisco and online over the next several weeks.

Nov. 11-Jan. 3 | Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular

This 20- to 30-minute drive features more than a mile of holiday light displays and light tunnels. A special radio station frequency will be provided to allow visitors to listen to holiday music during the drive. $30-$50. 5:30-10 p.m. daily. Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco. www.radiancechristmas.com

Nov. 20-Dec. 24 | Photos with Santa
Children can get a picture with Santa Claus as part of a no-contact visit in the mall’s lower level near Macy’s. $39.99-$49.99. Noon-6 p.m. (Nov. 20-Dec. 23), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 24). Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road, Frisco. 972-668-4900. www.shopstonebriar.com/en/visit/holiday.html

Nov. 27-Jan. 4 | Christmas in the Square

This nightly show, which features more than 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and over eight miles of extension cords, is the largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas. The attraction also features an outdoor ice skating rink, a Christmas tree lot and more. Free. 6-10 p.m. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco. 469-633-1721. www.friscosquare.com/cits-overview

Nov. 27-Jan. 5 | The Grinch’s Grotto

Visitors will have the chance to pose for a photo with the Grinch in his cave. Each group of up to five guests will get a professionally shot photo and a collectible Grinch ornament. $50. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (daily). Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road, Frisco. www.grinchgrotto.com

Dec. 5 | Dashing Through the Square

This drive-thru event is taking the place of the Merry Main Street festival this year. The event will feature lights, music, holiday characters and Frisco's official tree lighting. Prices TBA. 6-8:30 p.m. Simpson Plaza, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-5000. www.friscotexas.gov/916/merry-main-street

Dec. 5 | Flea Style’s Market at The Star

This pop-up outdoor market will feature more than 40 vendors offering fashion items, home decor, jewelry and more. Additional entertainment will include children’s activities and food specials. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Star in Frisco, Winning Drive, Frisco. 214-784-1624. https://fleastyle.com/market-at-the-star/

Dec. 5 | Frosty 5K and Merry Mile

The 15th annual Frosty 5K and Merry Mile will be a virtual event this year. Participants will be able to choose the route and time to run 3.2 miles anytime from Dec. 1-31. All participants will receive a finisher medal, a commemorative T-shirt and a Frosty 5K mug. $30. 972-292-5000. www.friscotexas.gov/1184/frosty-5k

Dec. 5 | Pet Pictures with Santa

LazyPaw Animal Hospitals is hosting its 10th annual holiday pet photo event. Those interested in getting a photo of their pets with Santa Claus are asked to schedule an appointment by phone. Free. Noon-5 p.m. LazyPaw Animal Hospitals, 7380 Stonebrook Parkway, Frisco. 972-712-1300. www.lazypawvet.com

Dec. 12 | Cookies & Castles Frisco

This gingerbread decorating extravaganza will be a drive-thru and pickup event to allow participants to bring the festivities home. Proceeds will benefit Scottish Rite for Children as well as the Tri Delta Foundation. $20-$55. Noon-4 p.m. Scottish Rite for Children-Frisco, 5700 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. https://cookiesandcastlesfrisco.com/

Dec. 19 | 2020 Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl

The 2020 college bowl season will kick off with a game between a team from the American Athletic Conference and an at-large selection. Price TBA. 6 p.m. Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco. 888-323-4625. https://thefriscobowl.com

Editor's note: This list was current as of Nov. 24 but could change due to coronavirus concerns. Be sure to check the event websites for any updates or changes.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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