25 October . 2022
Our holiday guide to festive events in Frisco, Plano, Allen and McKinney
One of the best things about The Grove Frisco’s “Four Corners” location is that we’re close to festive holiday traditions in our hometown of Frisco as well as our neighboring cities of Plano, Allen and McKinney. To make sure you don’t miss any opportunity for merrymaking, we’ve wrapped up this list of 10 family-friendly activities.
Many of these holiday events are free, while some require tickets. Please check the links provided to confirm dates and admission policies – and enjoy!
‘Neath the Wreath Gift Market in Allen
On Nov. 10-13, the 27th annual 'Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market unwraps at the Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel & Convention Center. Brimming with unique holiday and home décor, ladies and children’s clothing, jewelry, gourmet food and much more, this event is the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Collin County, raising over $4.7 million for education and community projects since its inception. Join over 13,000 jolly fellow shoppers and more than 125 merchants to find great holiday gifts that give back to a worthy cause. For serious (and social) shoppers, the Ladies Night Out Preview Party on Nov. 9 is a must.
Frisco’s Christmas in the Square
More than 180,000 lights and 200 dancing snowflakes make Frisco’s Christmas in the Square a magical place to be from Nov. 18 through Jan. 3. Billed as the largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas, this show lights up historic Frisco Square each evening. New for 2022, this free extravaganza will have additional roof lighting, a color changing canopy, and an unforgettable light show with 10 songs. It also includes the area’s only outdoor ice rink, cookie decorating and visits with Santa, horse carriage rides and more. Scouts Troop 51 will continue the tradition of offering Christmas trees for sale.
Radiance! & Frozen Frisco
Billed as the largest ice and light spectacular in Texas, Radiance! and Frozen Frisco offer two shows with one ticket. Radiance! is a holiday light spectacular where the family can stroll through over 3 million twinkling lights and amazing displays. Frozen Frisco is a winter carnival where you can slide down two-story ice tubing hills, ice skate under the stars, throw snowballs, and build snowmen with real snow. These events begin Nov. 18 and continue through Dec. 31.
Colorful Christmas at Crayola Experience
Celebrate Colorful Christmas at Plano’s Crayola Experience beginning Sat., Nov 19 and continuing through Jan. 3. The holiday fun includes making handmade gifts, a seasonal scavenger hunt, snow and much more. The most colorful family destination in Texas, Crayola Experience offers 25 hands-on attractions for interactive, creative play, including a 4D coloring adventure and a live manufacturing show.
Lights on the Farm in Plano
Beginning Fri., Nov. 25 and continuing through Dec. 30, the Lights on the Farm event at Plano’s Heritage Farmstead Museum features over 1 million twinkling lights and animated displays along a quarter-mile trail. The all-outdoor scenic stroll begins on Candycane Lane, then meanders through Santa’s farmshop, where you can take a photo with the Jolly Old Elf. There’s also an illuminated tunnel of lights with music and a 20-foot Christmas tree. You can warm yourself up with tasty treats such as hot cocoa, kettle corn and make your own S’mores. Fun holiday light-up merchandise includes reindeer antlers, Christmas bulb necklaces, snowflake wands and more.
McKinney’s Home for the Holidays
Starting Fri., Nov. 26, McKinney’s annual Home for the Holidays festival continues all weekend, offering visits with Santa, children’s activities, and extended shopping hours in the historic downtown area, filled with more than 100 unique boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. There’ll also be live music, food booths and local arts and crafts vendors. Horse-drawn carriages, traveling carolers and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony will add to the festivities.
Christmas Lights, Chocolate & Sips Tours
Starting Dec. 2, Dallas by Chocolate Tours offers themed bus tours of spectacular holiday lights displays in Frisco and nearby Addison, with scrumptious treats from premier local dessert venues. Tours are open to all ages, with hot chocolate served and BYOB welcome. Themed dinner tours include tacos and margaritas, pizza, cheese and charcuterie boards, and vegan. Tours are offered nightly through Dec. 30 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas).
Merry Main Street
On Sat., Dec. 3, Frisco’s Merry Main Street event begins at 3:30 p.m. with the Santa & Friends Parade and a Holiday Gift Market with food vendors. Later, choirs from Frisco elementary schools will perform and the unique Kid’s Holiday Store will open. This store is stocked with gifts for kids from ages 4 to 12, donated by sponsors. Shoppers purchase tickets online to reserve a 20-minute shopping experience, where kids can choose two gifts with the help of Santa’s elves. The City Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 6 p.m., with festivities continuing until 8 p.m.
Frosty 5K and Merry Mile
On Sat., Dec. 3, enjoy a festive fun run and help raise funds for the City of Frisco’s Parks and Recreation Department’s SOAR scholarships, which help qualified residents participate in recreation programs and special events. The Frosty 5K and Merry Mile starts in downtown Frisco and weaves through the historic Main Street and plaza area. Join the fun and feel good about indulging in those extra holiday treats! If one holiday run isn’t enough, there’s also the Holly Jolly 5K and Fun Run in Allen on Dec. 3.
Homemade McKinney Rotary Club Christmas Parade of Lights
“Christmas in Toyland” is the 2022 theme for the McKinney Rotary Club’s annual Parade of Lights, rolling out on Sat., Dec. 10. This brilliant event is free to viewers, and entry fees paid by parade participants help support Rotary Club projects such as child health and improving basic education and literacy. There will be a free trolley shuttle to the parade route in downtown McKinney.
The Frisco Bowl
Not exactly a holiday event, but an annual gift for football fans, the 2022 Frisco Bowl is set for Sat., Dec. 17 at Toyota Stadium, which is home to the MLS team FC Dallas and has a capacity of 17,200. The Frisco Bowl is an annual college bowl game owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, and is affiliated with all Group of Five conferences. Its mission is to deliver the highest quality post season college football experience for our student-athletes, teams, fans, attendees, and stakeholders, while showcasing the positive sports-centric climate of the community.
Photos courtesy of Radiance! & Frozen Frisco and Frisco Square
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