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October 26, 2018 / Millerann Moya / , , , , / Comments

It’s All Here for the Holidays 2018 Holiday Event Guide

Plano is such a lively city to shop and stay for the holidays. Many find themselves here for the seasonal cheer offered by high-end shopping, charming boutiques, and remarkable restaurants and hotels. Plus, there are more than 30 holiday events of all kinds for you to take part in across the city. With so much to offer, we hope you visit us soon. After all, it’s all here for the holidays! 

Holiday Lights

The Lights at Legacy
Sunday, November 18 from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bring a little holiday glee to your annual shopping spree by combining fun and festivity with some productive holiday list-checking at #LightsatLegacy. Enjoy a holiday movie with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Angelika Film Center, train rides, live entertainment, caricature artists, face painting, balloon artists, toy soldier stilt walkers, little drummer boys, a “rad hatter” station, plus the lighting of the 65 foot Christmas tree at 6:00 p.m. The event is free to attend. Photos with Santa will be available for $15 with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Children’s Medical Center Plano. 

Legacy West’s Seasonal Favorites Kick Off
Friday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Legacy West is pleased to announce Seasonal Favorites, a special holiday event series featuring dazzling light displays, festive music, choreographed fountain shows, specialty drinks and bites, exclusive shopping deals, social media contests, and more. Seasonal Favorites kicks off November 23 when Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and his family join Kellie Rasberry of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show in a ceremonial illumination of the center.  Seasonal Favorites also launches a new partnership with North Texas Food Bank. Designated drop-off locations will be set up throughout the center during the holiday season for guests to drop off canned food items. Visitors can enjoy festive holiday beats every Saturday in December until Christmas from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Activities are free and open to the public. Extended store hours, special promotions and sales, and other important information will become available online at legacywest.com.

Dickens in Downtown Plano
Friday, November 30 at 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Our elves are gearing up for a fantastic night at Dickens in the Downtown Plano Arts District! Kick off the season by toasting s’mores over dancing musical flames, riding in a horse-drawn carriage, jumping into a ice fight, visiting with Santa, flying down an ice slide, listening to carolers, a reading of the Polar Express, and finding some holiday treats to taste and buy. This free event also features a holiday tree lighting in Haggard Park at 7:00 p.m.

Deerfield Holiday Lights
Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 30 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Drive through this famous Plano neighborhood in December for a spectacular holiday lights display. Deerfield is located between Preston Road and Coit Road. Enter from Legacy Drive, heading north on Colonnade or Archgate (noting one-way and restricted-turn signs along Old Pond Drive and Hallmark). Carriage rides can be reserved in advance. You’ve got to see these dancing Santa’s for yourself!

Holiday Shopping Events

Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market
Thursday, November 8 & Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Over ten thousand attendees join in holiday shopping during the Junior League of Collin County’s annual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market at Plano Event Center. This fundraiser features the best in holiday and home decor, ladies clothing and accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items, and gourmet food from over 100 carefully selected merchants. Tickets are $12 in advance at Tom Thumb stores in Collin County. Tickets are $15 at the door. Due to limited space, no strollers please.

Plano Christmas Market
Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 18 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The 40th annual Plano Christmas Market will feature 80+ North Texas vendors showcasing handmade holiday gift items made of fabric, wood, ceramic, and glass. Other exhibitors will have jewelry and clothing for adults and children along with candles and soap. There will also be a great selection of salsas, jams, nuts, and dips for gifts or holiday parties. In addition, Collin County seniors will stock the Hip Hip for Gray booth with a variety of crafts including quilts, baby items, ornaments, and more! Admission is free. 

John Paul II High School Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Find decorations and gifts for everyone on your list with over 170 vendors selling holiday decorations, women’s clothing and jewelry, home decor, children’s toys and clothing, beauty products, food gifts, and more! Admission is free.

Best Friend’s Friday at The Shops at Willow Bend
Friday, November 23 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This Black Friday, 500 lucky shoppers will receive a tote bag filled with goodies and coupons valid during Black Friday weekend and throughout the holiday season. Bags will be distributed at the Food Court entrance beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a Doughnut Wall, Mystery Wall and Oxygen Bar. What better way to take the stress out of holiday shopping than a boozy beverage? Select Willow Bend retailers will offer mimosas to shoppers aged 21+. Also, November 23-25, shoppers can bring their receipts that total up to at least $300 from three different stores to the Concierge Center to pick out a DFW experience package valued at $100 or more!

Mistletoe Market
Sunday, December 16 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stuff your stockings at the 2nd annual Mistletoe Market in the Downtown Plano Arts District! Shops and restaurants will have promotions and special offers to help you cross those last-minute items off your list. Hot cocoa and mimosas will be served.

Festive Holiday Events

Holiday Experience at The District
Every Saturday, November 10 – December 22 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Join The District this Holiday season for special holiday experiences such as: reindeers, sleighs, carolers, and toy soldier stilt walkers. See the event listing for exact dates for each. Also, don’t miss the exclusive animated Christmas tree located in the new District!

Toys for Tots Party
Saturday, November 17 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The 7th annual Toys For Tots Party at Preston Village Shopping Center in Plano kicks off the holiday season with bounce house fun, pictures inside a snow globe, a visit with Santa (and a letters to Santa station) Choo Choo Express rides and festive holiday vendors! This is a free family fun event, however, a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots is appreciated. 

Toys for Tots Drive at Taverna Rossa
Saturday, November 17 – Thursday, December 6
Taverna Rossa is hosting a toy drive for the Marine’s Toys for Tots Foundation. Any customer that donates a new, unwrapped toy will receive 15% off of their purchase. Thank you for giving back and making a North Texas child’s holiday this year!

Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturday, November 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. & Friday, November 30 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate the season with family bonding and gingerbread fun at our signature December Workshop. Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House. Enjoy the endless decorating options, from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences, and cheerful holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate and experiencing quality family time. Spread the holiday spirit by inviting friends to join you for this special event! $38 per child with one caregiver included.  

Chamberlain Performing Arts – The Sugar Plum Tea
Saturday, November 24 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Come meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier along with other characters from The Nutcracker. Delicious treats and fun activities will be enjoyed by all. Tickets are $35.

Jingle Bell Run
Sunday, December 2 from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
‘Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Be part of the longest-standing, holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere and fight with us to conquer arthritis! The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is a festive race where you can get decked out in your favorite holiday gear all while racing to raise money. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer! 100% of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.

Festival of Lights
Monday, December 3 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join hundreds as we share the message of the Festival of Lights at the Community Menorah Lighting at The Shops at Willow Bend with the Chabad of Plano/Collin County.

Lantern Light at Heritage Farmstead
Saturday, December 8 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Heritage Farmstead Museum welcomes visitors every year to enjoy the four-acre historic sight decorated in holiday style. The twinkle of lights and the glow of over 75 kerosene lanterns make this location explode with historic holiday magic. This year guests will enjoy sledding in the North Meadow on the Farmstead snow hill. There will be tours of the historic Victorian home throughout the event, storytelling, the unique Magic Lantern Show, wagon rides, children’s crafts in the one room school house, choirs in the Pole Barn, photos with Santa Claus and so much more. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. 

Plano Lions Christmas Parade (CANCELED DUE TO RAIN THREAT)
Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without the Plano Lions Christmas Parade. The parade starts in the parking lot of the Plano ISD Administration building and travels west on 15th Street then north on Independence, east on Parkhaven, and ends at Plano Senior High School.

North Suburban Dallas Chapter’s Annual Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Celebrating its 27th year, the North Suburban Dallas Chapter cordially invites you to celebrate the Christmas season at Breakfast with Santa – A Family Holiday Experience. Guests will enjoy a light reception, tasty breakfast, experience a host of fun and interactive activities, holiday craft stations in Santa’s Workshop, and a mobile silent auction featuring dinner for two with Mahisha Dellinger, Founder of Curls and Mind Your Business with Mahisha on OWN, a live event painting, and more. Don’t forget your annual complimentary family photo with North Dallas’ only African-American Santa! Tickets are $45.

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk: Winter Onesie-land
Thursday, December 13 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Continue your holiday shopping at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk! Get an early start to the weekend by sipping selected wines at your favorite shops throughout the Downtown Plano Arts District while enjoying live music, curated art exhibits and shopping discounts just for Wine Walkers. Every participant receives a collectible glass, passport and wine tasting guide. Turn in your passport at the end of the night to be entered to win gift certificates and prizes to local shops and restaurants. Tickets pre-purchased online are $12 and walk-up tickets at the event are $18.

Photos & Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa at Carpenter Park Recreation Center (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Santa’s making a special trip to Carpenter Park Recreation Center to eat breakfast with you and your family. While enjoying tasty breakfast treats, create your Santa wish list and holiday crafts. Little ones can enjoy some one-on-one time with Santa and receive a souvenir photo. Price is $9 per family.

Visit Santa at The Shops at Willow Bend
Friday, November 9 – Saturday, December 24. See event listing for times.
Inspired by the magic of winter, the Ice Palace features a 30-foot globe encircled with a series of majestic arches and smaller globes that appear to be carved from ice. Visitors will be immersed with magical vignettes of polar animal footage and, upon entering the largest dome, see and feel falling snow and a captivating video and light show. Before leaving the Ice Palace, visitors will have the opportunity to have their photo taken on the Ice Throne and with the big guy himself. As a special gift, kids who visit Santa will receive a complimentary Santa bracelet for the family.

Cookies with Santa at Heritage Farmstead Museum
Friday, December 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Santa is visiting the Farmstead! Hear a story, decorate cookies, ride in the wagon, and, most importantly, visit and get a picture with Santa. Price includes cookie with frosting to decorate, a story, a tractor driven wagon ride, feeding the chickens, a craft, and a picture with Santa. Registration is required. A parent & child ticket is $15; an additional adult is $3 and an additional child is $12.

Live Holiday Productions

The Nutcracker presented by Chamberlain Performing Arts
Friday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 24 & Sunday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Come enjoy this fabulous holiday tradition of one of the most famous ballets the world has ever known. Chamberlain Performing Arts’ production of The Nutcracker features New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle. Tickets range from $15-$100.

A Charlie Brown Christmas presented by North Texas Performing Arts
Thursday, November 29 & Friday, November 30 at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, December 1 at 2:15 p.m. & 7:15 p.m., and Sunday, December 2 at 2:15 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.
Plano Children’s Theatre and North Texas Performing Arts present “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. Performed by grades 3-12. Tickets range from $10-$12.

The Nutcracker presented by Collin County Ballet Theatre
Friday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, December 2 at 3:30 p.m.
Together the Collin County Ballet Theatre and the Plano Symphony Orchestra present The Nutcracker. Tickets range from $27-$87.

Men of Note present “Deck the Halls”
Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m.
The Men of Note will sing favorite Christmas classics along with popular holiday music structured around a narrative that helps to discover the true meaning of Christmas. This family-friendly event will showcase songs by the Men of Note chorus as well as various quartets. Special guest Randy Brooks will also be appearing to add some Songs of the Season to the program, including his hit, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. Tickets are $15.

‘Tis the Season with the Plano Civic Chorus
Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Come listen to the amazing Plano Civic Chorus at St. Andrew United Methodist Church with guest artists: Imperial Brass, Children’s Chorus of Collin County, Plano ISD Select Choir and the Plano Chamber Chorus. Tickets range from $10-$30.

Journey to Bethlehem Drive-Thru Living Nativity
Saturday, December 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Watch the Christmas story come to life at the annual drive-through living nativity with live actors and animals at First United Methodist Church Plano.

Christmas in the Land of Oz presented by North Texas Performing Arts
Thursday, December 6 & Friday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m. & 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Plano Children’s Theatre and North Texas Performing Arts present “Christmas in the Land of Oz.” The Wicked Witch of the West becomes the Grinch of this delightful holiday play when she steals Christmas from Munchkinland. It takes all your Oz favorites — Dorothy and Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, the Lion, and the Munchkins to bring the yuletide holiday back. In the process, the Tin Man recovers his sense of humor, the lonely Lion finds a lady companion, and Dorothy finds the spirit of Christmas to take back to Kansas for Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. Performed by grades K-8. Tickets range from $10-$12.

Edge Dance Christmas Spectacular
Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy this holiday production at Courtyard Theater by students of the Edge Dance Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15.

Charlie Frown: A Holiday Carol (Parody)
Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8 and Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December 15 at 11:00 p.m.
Charlie Frown is tasked with directing the Holiday Carol this year. However, what Charlie thought would be a simple play turned out to be much, much more. Music, murder and mayhem fill this adult-themed late night just in time for Christma- …the holidays! Tickets are $15.

Journey to Christmas
December 7 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and December 8 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. Paul Christian School present a Christmas concert and live nativity. This free event begins inside the church’s sanctuary, where visitors will enjoy Christmas music and a special children’s Christmas nativity video. They are then guided through six live action scenes depicting the major events leading to the birth of Christ. The whole family will enjoy the special effects provided by live camels, donkeys, sheep and other animals. Visitors will then get a brief taste of the sights, sounds and smells of a Middle Eastern marketplace from over 2,000 years ago.

Scrooge! the Musical presented by North Texas Performing Arts
Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 16. Performance times vary.
Ebeneezer Scrooge has spent all his life accruing gold and allowing all his loved ones to slip through his hands. On Christmas Eve 1843, Scrooge is given the gift of one more chance to redeem himself for mankind and for his soul. The musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol reminds us to love one another and to hold each other close. Ticket prices range from $18-$25.

The Gift of Christmas featuring The Living Nativity
Saturday, December 8 – Sunday, December 16. Performance times vary. 
The Gift of Christmas is a Prestonwood Baptist Church tradition and one of the highlights of the holiday season with thousands of guests attending every year. This visually stunning multimedia event is complete with special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, live orchestra, flying angels, and much more! The program will keep you fully engaged for a powerful 90 minutes, the perfect length for every family member to enjoy. It is complete with all your Christmas favorites, including the Living Nativity. With camels and kings, flying angels and beautiful virtual scenery, the Christmas story comes to life in a breathtaking way. The scenic pieces, costumes, and choreography are highlighted by a brilliant, original musical score, arranged and orchestrated just for Prestonwood. Tickets range from $18-$55.

A St. Andrew Christmas
Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
A sensory celebration of the season, this year’s event combines music with visual art in a unique concert experience, including traditional songs of the season and audience singalongs. St. Andrew choirs, from children to adults; a full professional orchestra; renowned Gospel Artist Dr. Cynthia Wilson; and the award-winning Mariachi Rosas Divinas, the only all-female mariachi band in Texas, will perform in conjunction with a visual presentation of fine works of art, selected and presented by Dr. Sabine Feisst, professor of musicology in the School of Music, Arizona State University. Tickets range from $10-$20.

It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
Friday, December 14 – Saturday, December 15 &Friday, December 21 – Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 23 at 3:30 p.m.
It is Christmas Eve and George Bailey stands on a bridge looking over the icy waters below, contemplating suicide. Joseph, an unseen angel, calls on The Boss for advice, and they decide on Clarence Oddbody, an Angel Second Class who, after 200 years, has yet to earn his wings. Joseph takes Clarence into the past to see George as a boy, rescuing his brother from drowning, enduring a beating from grieving druggist Gower, saving a child from accidental poisoning, then growing up to forgo college so he can save the family business and keep the citizens of Bedford Falls from being ruined by the Depression and the machinations of the conniving Henry Potter. George marries his childhood sweetheart, has a family, and resigns himself to a life of “failure.” When his Uncle Billy misplaces $8,000 of the Building and Loan’s money, George takes responsibility and runs to the bridge to commit suicide. Clarence stops him, and when George wishes he had never been born, makes the wish come true. Now George wanders through a Bedford Falls that has been rechristened Pottersville and has fallen far without him to save it. He realizes how many lives he has touched, how many people he has helped and that he has been a success, after all. Clarence brings him back to “his” Bedford Falls and even manages to make Henry Potter pay for his sins. Tickets are $15.

Dark Hour Haunted House presents Wreck the Halls
Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December 15 and Friday, December 28 & Saturday, December 29.
Sentient toys are rising up against their oppressors… evil elves. A lonely toy’s wish is granted by an ancient genie bringing life to all the other toys in the world. And they want revenge. So they rise up in arms with the genie who leads a battle against Krampus and his army of elves. You’re stuck in the middle of this battle royale in a winter wonderland. Who’s side are you on? Tickets range from $24-$71.

Home for the Holidays
Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
With over 300 musicians of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Home for the Holidays includes seasonal favorites for orchestra and chorus, the popular audience sing-along, visitors from the North Pole, humor, and plenty of surprises. Tickets range from $20-$49.

Holiday Film Viewings

ELF at the Angelika Film Center
Sunday, November 18 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this cheerful movie as the perfect start to the holiday season before the Lights at Legacy tree lighting ceremony! Tickets are just $9. 

It’s a Wonderful Life at Studio Movie Grill
December 2 at 12:00 p.m. & December 3 at 7:00 p.m.

A Christmas Story Watch Party at Legacy Hall
Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Grab your deranged Easter bunny pajamas and join Legacy Hall for a free viewing of A Christmas Story in the Box Garden. Check out Legacy Hall’s slew of holiday fare to munch and sip on as you watch the movie!

ELF at Studio Movie Grill
December 5 at 7:15 p.m.

Home Alone at Studio Movie Grill
December 9 at 12:00 p.m. & December 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Miracle on 34th Street at the Angelika Film Center
Monday, December 10 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A family holiday tradition, bring the family and watch Miracle on 34th Street on the big screen! Tickets are $10.50.

The Polar Express at Studio Movie Grill
December 12 at 7:15 p.m.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Studio Movie Grill
December 17 at 7:15 p.m.

ELF Watch Party at Legacy Hall
Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Son of a nutcracker! It’s time for a free viewing of ELF! And this time you won’t have to pass through a sea of swirly-twirly gum drops to watch it — because it’ll be on the big screen in the Box Garden. So, grab your cotton-headed ninny-muggins and join Legacy Hall. Be sure to grab some holiday cocktails and festive fare to get you in the spirit of the season.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker at the Angelika Film Center
Sunday, December 23 at 11:55 a.m. and Wednesday, December 26 at 7:00 p.m.
The Nutcracker invites audiences of all ages on a magical journey, through a world of enchantment, complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. The timeless holiday classic returns to the Bolshoi stage this December for a live broadcast. Tickets are $20. 

A Christmas Story at Studio Movie Grill
December 26 at 7:15 p.m.

Please visit the event’s individual websites for the most up-to-date information. For more events in Plano, click here.