Free or Budget-Friendly DFW Events in December

by Cash Store Staff

Free Family-Friendly Events

Parade Santa 

  • 12/01 - Rockin' in a Winter Wonderland - Ft. Worth
    This FREE community holiday celebration will feature live music and appearances by Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and Disney's favorite winter princesses Elsa and Anna. Activities will include ornament decorating, letters to Santa, a giant inflatable slide, a snow globe photo booth, giveaways, cookies and cocoa and more! Donations of an unwrapped toy for a child in need are encouraged.

  • 12/01 - Community Origami Folding Event - Irving
    This holiday season, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas proudly partners with local non-profit organization Paper For Water to display two 12-foot Christmas trees in the hotel lobby. Guests can assist in decorating the tree and purchase origami ornaments with all proceeds going to paper for water. Holiday refreshments and snacks will be provided.

  • 12/01 - 2018 Holiday Show and Tree Lighting - Dallas
    The free event features a festive day of family-friendly activities and entertainment, including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, crafts, games and live holiday entertainment.

  • 12/01 - Hometown Christmas Celebtration - Rockwall
    The day begins at 9AM with the annual Kiwanis Christmas parade. After the parade head downtown for a visit with Santa in San Jacinto Plaza, snow flurries included!. Other activities on the square include: Find Frosty Scavenger Hunt, caricature artist, hot chocolate bar, bounce houses, snow tubing hill and more.

  • 12/01 - Dallas Holiday Parade - Dallas
    Thousands will line the streets in downtown Dallas to see festive floats, marching bands, dance teams, giant balloons and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. *Free unless you wish to purchase stadium seating.

  • 12/01 - Christmas in the Stockyards - Ft. Worth
    Take a photo with Cowboy Santa and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, plus there’ll be carolers, cowboy poetry, a Wild West Show, the Fort Worth Herd’s Longhorn cattle drive and a holiday parade. 

  • 12/01 - Christmas in the Branch - Farmers Branch
    Welcome in the yuletide with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting now at Liberty Plaza. There will be ice skating, fun activities for children, hot chocolate and cookies, festive holiday music and the lighting of the Christmas Tree that will include Santa Claus himself. 

  • 12/01 - Hot Cocoa Walk - Allen
    Join us for our first Hot Cocoa Walk from 4—6 p.m. hot cocoa, carolers, raffle prizes and more holiday festivities.

  • 12/01 - Irving Holiday Extravaganza & Parade - Irving
    With a North Pole theme this year, the parade through Irving's Heritage District will feature floats inspired by Santa Claus’ hometown and workshop. The parade is followed by a festival with music, dance, crafts and children’s entertainment. There will be free burgers from In-N-Out Burger and complimentary hot chocolate.

  • 12/01 - Merry Main Street - Frisco
    Frisco's traditional kick-off for the holiday season will feature the official tree lighting at 6 p.m, free photos with Santa, performances by local children's choirs, free carriage rides, Kids Holiday store, crafts, food and shopping.

  • 12/01 - Wylie Tree Lighting - Wylie
    Head for historic downtown Wylie to be on hand when the big switch is thrown and the holiday season officially begins. Hot chocolate, cookies, kids' crafts and activities, performances by local choirs, and Mayor Eric Hogue's traditional reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas are all part of the evening's fun.

  • 12/05 - Holiday Family Movie Night - Arlington
    Enjoy food, drinks and hot cocoa and wear your favorite pajamas for a free screening of the Polar Express in the Live Arena.

  • 12/06 - Polar Express Fest on the Hill - Cedar Hill
    The Polar Express-themed event will have plenty of fun activities including train rides, a snow hill slide, festive crafts, live entertainment, photos with Santa and the official lighting of the Cedar Hill Christmas tree.

  • 12/06 - Grapevine Parade of Lights - Grapevine
    More than 100 lighted floats and marching bands will make their way along Grapevine's historic Main Street for what organizers say is among the largest lighted parades in North Texas. The theme of this year's parade is "Holiday Magic on Main." Stay till the end if you want to wave to Santa; he'll be on the very last float.

  • 12/07 - Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops Concert - Dallas
    Celebrate the season with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops Concert at NorthPark Center. Expect all of your holiday favorites, including The Nutcracker, The Polar Express and special sing-alongs for the whole family. This free concert takes place in NorthCourt, on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy's. 

  • 12/07 - Holiday Magic Christmas Tree Lighting and Family Festival - North Richland Hills
    The festival will include live music, community entertainment, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, the Christmas Tree lighting and fireworks show, holiday scenes and of course Santa.

  • 12/08 - Arlington Holiday Lights Parade - Arlington
    Bring your friends and family to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Followed by the tree lighting, photos with Santa and a seening of "Elf"!

  • 12/12 - Holiday Movie Night - Arlington
    Enjoy food, drinks and hot cocoa and wear your favorite ugly sweater and watch a free holiday movie in the Live Arena. Blue Moon will be on site doing Paint Your Pint.

  • 12/16 - Bowling with Santa at Bowl & Barrel - Dallas
    Join Bowl & Barrel as we spend the day Bowling with Santa! Dress Up as Santa, Mrs. Claus or in an Ugly Sweater and get 1 hour of FREE Bowling!  Get a free picture with Santa when you bowl!

  • 12/1/2018-12/30/2018 - Christmas at the Beach - Little Elm
    Santa Land is a village set in Little Elm park that features elf houses and beautiful decorations. Stroll through Santa Land Dec. 1-31. Admission is free. 

Free Recurring Events

Boot camp


  • Fridays and Saturdays through 12/22/2018 - Christmas Spectacular - Frisco
    Celebrate the season at Dallas Cowboys headquarters in Frisco with a holiday show starring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, appearances by Santa and more.

  • Monthly on the Second Saturday - Boot Camp on the Square - Carrolton
    This FREE all-levels boot camp is held the second Saturday of the month. Start your weekend off right with a morning workout before the days get hot.

  • Recurring monthly on the first Wednesday - Tea and Talk - Fort Worth
    Discover the joy of looking at art slowly, deliberately, and thoughtfully. Take an in-depth look at selections from the collection as visitors participate in lively discussions and enjoy teatime with fellow art enthusiasts.

  • Recurring weekly on Saturdays - Free Saturday Fitness - Fort Worth
    Jump into Fitness at The Trailhead with a free outdoor fitness class on Saturdays this season. 

  • Recurring weekly on Saturdays - Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge - Nature Hike - Fort Worth
    The trails at the Nature Center provide a close viewing of acrobatic insects, blooming wildflowers, aerial shows from birds and more.

Budget-Friendly Events

Santa Paws
  • 12/01 - Old Town Holiday Stroll and Christmas Parade - Lewisville - $5
    Enjoy a pancake breakfast, take in the parade, enjoy shopping, crafts and live music, then finish the day with a holiday movie under the stars!

  • 12/01 - Jingle Bell 5k - Garland - $22
    Run it, walk it, skip it...just don’t miss it! The Naaman Forest Class of 2019 will be hosting the 10th Annual JINGLE BELL RUN at the Historic Downtown Garland Squaret.  A great way to kick off the holiday season!

  • 12/07 - Friday Night Open Gym - Flower Mound - $12
    Participants can jump on the trampolines, play in the foam pit, tumble on the rod floor, play games on the Big Blue Floor, or swing on the bars. A snack is also provided.

  • 12/08 - The Nutcracker Suite - Dallas - $15
    This production is a family-friendly one-hour performance - you'll enjoy a perfect introduction to live classical music and dance with the music of Vivaldi and the best parts of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker with all the characters that you love.

  • 12/11 - Ugly Sweater Bingo - Dallas - 17
    Wear your tackiest sweater and join us on the GeO-Deck for merry mingling and Bingo. Catch some views, sip some holiday cheer and win some prizes!

  • 11/16/2018-01/01/2019 - Dallas Zoo Lights - Dallas - Free-$15
    After the animals head in for the evening, the Dallas Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with over one million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season.

  • 11/20/2018-01/06/2019 - Trains at NorthPark - Dallas - Adults: $7; Kids: $4
    The Trains at NorthPark™, presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dalls, has been a NorthPark Center tradition for 20 years. The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark™ features trains rolling across 1,800 feet of track on a journey across America.

  • 11/21/2018-12/30/2018 - Holiday at the Arboretum - Dallas - $10-$25
    The 12 Days of Christmas at Night, features 12 elaborate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. 

  • 12/1/2018 & 12/2/2018 - Deck the Paws Holiday Pet Expo - Dallas - $10
    Make your holidays extra merry and bright at Deck the Paws, a two-day pet-topia of fun!

  • Now - 1/14/2019 - Panther Island Ice - Ft. Worth - $6+
    Fort Worth's only outdoor skating rink brings a winter wonderland of fun and excitement!

  • Now - 12/30/2018 - Gift of Lights - Fort Worth - $30/car
    Gift of Lights drive-thru Light Park and Santa’s Village at Texas Motor Speedway: The drive-thru lights will include over 2 miles of amazing light displays, with almost 3 million lights, while you get to stay in your warm car, listening to Christmas music on KLTY!

  • Weekly on Tuesdays - Toddler Tuesday - Grapevine - $15 (one adult & one toddler); Free for 2 and under
    Mini-marine explorers can enjoy big fun at Sea Life and Legoland will also offer activities and workshops like animal bingo and color recognition.

  • Weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays - Line Dancing 101 - Duncanville - $5
    Line dancing, whether to rhythm and blues, hip hop, pop, rock, country music or anything in between, is a great way to get everyone out on the dance floor. Line Dancing 101 will show you all the basic moves to get started and have fun.

Sips & Snacks

Holiday cheers


  • 12/02 - Tamale and Beer Pairing Flight - Dallas - $20+
    Join us for our next CASA MASA Tamale & Beer Pairing Flight! Featuring handcrafted tamales paired with 4 brews from North Texas Craft Breweries.

  • 12/02 - Donuts and Beer Pairing - Dallas - $25+
    Enjoy four 10 oz. craft brews paired with four mini doughnuts from Hypnotic Donuts.

  • 12/09 - Cheesecake and Beer Pairing Flight - Dallas - $20+
    We're excited to announce our first ever Cheesecake Royale Cheesecake & Beer Pairing Flight!

  • 12/13 - Art and Wine Walk - Plano - $12
    The Art & Wine Walk is a sip and shop event where participants sample wine while enjoying live music, curated art exhibitions, and exclusive discounts from shops in the arts district. The final Art & Wine Walk of the year is themed "Winter Onesie-Land." Wear your onesie, most festive onesie wins a prize.

  • 12/15 - Naughty or Nice Greenville Avenue Bar Crawl - Dallas - $15+
    Check in at the Libertine between noon and 2 p.m. to collect your commemorative glass, a map and wristband, then crawl your way up or down Greenville Ave.

  • 12/8/2018 & 12/9/2018 - Sweets and Treats with Santa - Dallas - $25
    5th Annual Sweets and Treats with Santa at Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park is a one of a kind event with Santa Claus, Crafts, Storytime, Mrs. Claus and Sweets and Treats! Get your family photo and visit the butterfly garden in one visit!

  • Weekends 11/24/2018-12/23/2018 - 12 Days of Holiday Beer at the Dallas Arboretum - Dallas - $15
    12 different breweries will join the Arboretum on 12 different dates for holiday festivities. Enjoy tasting holiday and seasonal beers with local breweries.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Toys


  • 12/08 - Habitat Builders - Grapevine
    Help us enhance wildlife habitat in Grapevine parks! Be a part of these rewarding projects by monitoring plant growth, documenting wildlife, planting native species, and keeping invasive plants out.

  • Any Time - Toys for Tots - Farmers Branch
    Help sort toys at the Toys for Tots warehouse!

  • Any Time - Wilkinson Center - Dallas
    Work in the tutor, assist in the patry, or help with admin support.

  • Any Time - The Stewpot - Dallas
    Volunteer with the Kid'd Club

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