TO-DO LIST: Here are 8 upcoming events happening in and around Plano

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Legacy Hall's free Stories with Santa event will feature Santa Claus on stage reading Christmas tales. (Courtesy Legacy Hall)

Legacy Hall's free Stories with Santa event will feature Santa Claus on stage reading Christmas tales. (Courtesy Legacy Hall)

Here is a list of some ongoing and upcoming events taking place in and around Plano over the next several weeks.

Dec. 18 | Listen to stories with Santa

Stories with Santa at Legacy Hall features Santa Claus on stage reading Christmas tales. The event includes a live reindeer, a station for letters to Santa and a holiday marshmallow decorating station. Artificial snow decorates the venue. Santa is staged at the Box Garden inside Legacy Hall. 10:30 a.m. and noon. The event is free to attend, but tables can be reserved online from $90-$115. Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. 972-846-4255. www.legacyfoodhall.com/events

Dec. 18 | Catch a tribute concert

The Elton Johns, a five-person tribute band for the acclaimed artist, performs at Legacy Hall in Plano. A string quartet accompanies the performance. The band performs a variety of Elton John’s signature hits, according to the event description. Tickets can be purchased online. 7 p.m. $10-$300. Legacy Hall, 7800 Windrose Ave., Plano. 972-846-4255. www.legacyfoodhall.com/events


Dec. 19 | See the orchestra

The Plano Symphony Orchestra performs its annual winter show “Home for the Holidays” at the Christ United Methodist Church in Plano. The orchestra is joined by the Vocal Majority, a Dallas-based men’s chorus of more than 150 singers, and Fela, a singer from Mexico who starred in the Mexican production of “The Lion King.” 4 p.m. $30-$40. 3101 Coit Road, Plano. 972-473-7262. www.planosymphony.org

Dec. 20 | Learn new art skills

Pipe & Palette is hosting a “Fluid Art” workshop in its location at The Shops at Willow Bend. Guests will learn how to take multiple paint colors and make a fluid-style art piece. Attendees can participate in the workshop solo or pair up to make a joint art piece with extra colors and a larger canvas. This event is BYOB. Supplies are included. 2-3 p.m. $75 or $250. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Ste. C118, Plano. 972-482-0755. www.pipeandpalette.com

Jan. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 | Attend a Disney ballet

Plano Metropolitan Ballet presents “Aladdin” at the Courtyard Theater in Plano. The fairytale ballet tells the story of Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie with original ballet choreography, according to the event’s listing. Tickets can be purchased online. Masks are required at this event. Showtimes vary. $20. 1509 H Ave., Plano. 972-769-0017. www.planometballet.org

Jan. 15-16 | Check out a train show

The North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs hosts The Dallas Area Train Show at the Plano Event Center. The two-day event features model train displays with a variety of instructional workshops related to model trains. 10 a.m. $10 (age 13 and older), free (age 12 and younger). 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. 972-941-5840. www.dfwtrainshows.com

WORTH THE TRIP

Dec. 21-22 | Witness ‘The Nutcracker’

The Collin County Ballet Theatre and Plano Symphony Orchestra perform “The Nutcracker” at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. The performance tells the Christmas story of Clara, who arrives at the Kingdom of Sweets and meets the Sugar Plum Fairy, according to the performance listing. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. 7:30 p.m. $27-$97. 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. 972-744-4650. www.eisemanncenter.com/events-tickets

Dec. 24-26 | Experience the musical circus

Cirque Musica performs its “Holiday Spectacular” show at The Comerica Center in Frisco. The cast of Cirque Musica showcases strength, skill and grace accompanied by a live symphony performing holiday music, according to the event description. 3 p.m. (Fri.), 5 p.m. (Sun.). $30-$100. 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco. 214-387-5700. www.cirquemusica.com
By Erick Pirayesh
Erick Pirayesh joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2021. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado Journalism and Media Studies program. He previously served as editor-in-chief of The Channels student newspaper in Santa Barbara, California.