The holidays in Richardson are filled with family-friendly events for all to enjoy. Those looking to give back can also donate toys at select Toys for Tots drop-off locations across the city.
Paint a rustic snowman
Visitors to this holiday-themed event can sip on an adult beverage while painting a rustic snowman on an extra-long canvas. Guests may bring their own food and beverages. 8-10 p.m. $35. Painting with a Twist, 819 W. Arapaho Road, Ste. 52.
Attend a holiday parade
The theme for the annual parade is “A Suessical Christmas.” Fallen officer David Sherrard’s family will be honored as grand marshals. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. The route runs north on Coit Road from Cherrywood Drive to J.J. Pearce High School. 972-744-4584. www.cor.net/christmasparade
Enjoy Christmas music
First Baptist Richardson holds its annual Carols event where Christmas music is performed by the church’s full choir and orchestra. The event includes a large nativity scene, elves, singalongs and more. 7-9 p.m. (Sat.), 3-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. 1001 N. Central Expressway. 972-235-5296. www.fbrichardson.org
Experience Spanish carols
University of Texas at Dallas Choir and Chamber Singers perform holiday music, including Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies,” a work that features 10 Spanish carols. 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free. University Theatre, 800 W. Campbell Road. 972-883-2552. www.utdallas.edu/ah
Peruse a merry market
Support local artists and vendors at CityLine’s second annual Merry Market & Festival. The event includes all-day live music, children’s activities and an outdoor artisan market with 25 vendors. Noon-7 p.m. Free. CityLine Plaza,1150 State St. www.citylinedfw.com/events/2018merrymarket
Have breakfast with Santa
Tickets include a breakfast buffet, professional photos with Santa Claus, gratuity and non-alcoholic beverages. Reservations recommended; seating is limited. 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. $15 (children), $25 (adults). Communion Cafe, 514 Lockwood Drive, Ste. 1. 469-717-0931. Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.com.
Witness ‘The Nutcracker’
Set to Tchaikovsky’s musical scores and performed by Richardson-based Tuzer Ballet, “The Nutcracker” is a holiday classic. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). $14-$60. The Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650.
8 places to donate Christmas gifts
National nonprofit Toys for Tots collects and distributes new unwrapped toys for children in need. Here is a list of drop-off sites in Richardson.
1. AT&T, 2180 Glenville Drive
2. Childress Engineering Services 1701 N. Collins Blvd., Ste. 3000
3. Farmers Insurance-Gavin Nichols Agency, 891 W. Arapaho Road, Ste. B
4. The El Dorado, 714 W. Arapaho Road
5. Patterson & Associates Insurance Agency, 1202 E. Arapaho Road, Ste. 100
6. PCI Health Training Center 1300 International Parkway
7. Reservation Neighborhood Association, 1249 Mimosa Drive
8. Monster Yogurt 1360 W. Campbell Road
Locations are open at varying dates and times. For more details, search donation sites by ZIP code at www.dfwtoysfortots.org.