15 holiday events in and around Plano

The annual tree lighting for Dickens in Downtown will be virtual this year. (Courtesy city of Plano)
The annual tree lighting for Dickens in Downtown will be virtual this year. (Courtesy city of Plano)

The annual tree lighting for Dickens in Downtown will be virtual this year. (Courtesy city of Plano)

Here are events in and around Plano celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year. This is not a comprehensive list.



Christmas lights:


Radiance! Frisco

Nov. 11-Jan. 3

The roughly 1.5-mile drive-thru lights experience at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark is paired with a radio soundtrack for a socially-distanced Christmas experience.

Tickets start at $30 per vehicle

Dr. Pepper Ballpark, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco

www.radiancechristmas.com

Dallas Zoo Lights

Select nights Nov. 20-Jan. 3

Visitors can cruise along a newly constructed pathway through parts of the Dallas Zoo set up in elaborate light displays, including silk-covered animal lanterns and an ice palace.

$65 percar for non-members; $50 per car for members

Dallas Zoo, 650 SRL Thornton Freeway, Dallas.

469-554-7500

www.dallaszoo.com/zoolights

Holiday Lights Spectacular

Nov. 27-Jan. 3

Visitors can drive or walk through the lights display at Vitruvian Park in Addison, Texas, beginning Nov. 27.

Free

Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave., Addison

214-526-6262

www.udr.com/vitruvian-park

Deerfield Holiday Lights

Dec. 1-30

The Plano neighborhood Deerfield turns on its elaborate display of holiday lights from 7-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 7-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun. from Dec. 1-30. Guests can walk or drive through.

Free

Deerfield, Plano

www.deerfieldplano.org


Meet Santa:


The Shops at Willow Bend

Select dates and times Nov. 27-Dec. 24

15-minute appointment slots, 5 prints

$39.99+

Macy’s court, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano

856-663-1616

www.shopwillowbend.com/events

The Shops at Legacy

Select dates and times Dec. 5-Dec. 24

5-minute visit, 2 images (more image options available)

$60+

7161 Bishop Road, Ste. G1, Plano

972-834-4300

www.silverstarpicturessanta.com

Legacy West

Select dates and times Nov. 27-Dec. 19; Visit from Black Santa Dec. 6 and Dec. 13

10-minute visit, pop-up Santa Shoppe, 2 digital portraits

$59

5908 Headquarters Drive, Plano

214-235-3239

www.photographybymisty.com/santa-2020


Events:


Nov. 22-Jan. 4: Gingerbread Village at the Shops at Legacy

The north side of The Shops of Legacy transforms into the Gingerbread Village, with life-sized gingerbread and sugar cookie characters, trees, candy canes and snowflakes. Visitors can drive through the village or walk around and pose for photos. The event will take place north of Legacy Drive near The Capital Grille and Seasons 52. Free. 5741 Legacy Drive, Plano. 469-467-9995. www.shopsatlegacy.com

Nov. 23-Jan.10: Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular

The designated Christmas Capital of Texas, Grapevine, is decking out more of its downtown Main Street than ever before, according to the city. In addition to the thousands of lights and decorations, there will be daily performances with animated snowmen, a Whoville adventure in the Town Square Gazebo, and a 40-foot animated singing Christmas tree and light show at City Hall. Free. Times vary. Main Street, Grapevine. 877-410-7572. www.grapevinetexasusa.com

Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Virtual Dickens Holiday Highlights

In absence of the annual Dickens in Downtown celebration in Plano this year, a week of virtual events will take place on Facebook, including events like Creative S'mores, Meet a Toy Maker and Chainsaw Ice Carving. The week will end with a virtual tree lighting ceremony Dec. 5 at 6:15 p.m. More information can be found on the Plano Arts and Events Facebook page. Free. Times vary. 972-941-5800. www.planostages.com/dickens

Dec. 11-21: Christmas at St. Andrew United Methodist Church

The church is offering more than one Christmas event, with a week of light experiences and two days of drive-in concerts. The Journey of Lights features three settings across the church’s 21 acres with snow, music, lights, a live nativity and an appearance from Santa. A drive-in live stream of VOCES8 and the Academy of Ancient Music will take place Dec. 20, with audio available through the radio. Imperial Brass will perform Christmas favorites the next day live, with a drive-in performance by the Ladies Liberty Show Troupe. $5 per person (lights); starts at $20/car (concerts). Times vary (lights); 6 p.m. (concerts). 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. 972-380-8001. www.standrewumc.org

Dec. 19-25: Home for the Holidays concert

The Plano Symphony Orchestra will continue its tradition of holiday concerts with an in-person performance Dec. 19 and a live stream concert Dec. 20. The performances will feature Hector Guzman and Steve Amerson. Masks will be required for the in-person performance. Those who purchase a ticket to the live stream will be able to watch the stream on-demand after 4 p.m. Dec. 20 through Dec. 25. In-person performances are at 4 p.m. Dec. 19, 20. Starting at $25. 972-473-7262. St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano; online. www.planosymphony.org

Dec. 10: Chanukah Fire'n'Ice

The Chabad of Plano and Collin County is hosting a community outdoor Menorah lighting for the first night of Chanuka at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at The District at The Shops at Willow Bend. The event will feature an ice Menorah, live music and a fire show. Free. The District at The Shops at Willow Bend, 2045 Dallas Parkway, Plano. 972-596-8270. www.chabadplano.org

Dec. 10-12: Texas Prairie Christmas

Heritage Farmstead Museum of Plano is offering a small-group family event in lieu of its annual Lantern Light Event. Texas Prairie Christmas will include a tour of the Farrell Wilson House, a socially-distanced visit with Santa, a mule wagon ride across the prairie, hot chocolate and a visit with the live longhorns. A limited number of tickets will be available. 6-10 p.m. each night. $30 per person. Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W 15th St, Plano. 972-881-0140. www.heritagefarmstead.org

Dec. 31: Pegasus Theatre New Years Eve Stream

The Eisemann Center is offering a streamed performance of “A Trifle Dead!” featuring the Pegasus Theatre to ring in the new year. Tickets for the murder mystery are available through the Eisemann Center events webpage. 8 p.m. $18. 972-744-4650. www.eisemanncenter.com
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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