Guide to Christmas


To spread Christmas spirit, teachers have decorated their class rooms with Christmas trees, lights, and ornaments.

Lauren Payne, Staff Writer

The holiday season is filled with shows, musicals, and performances, many of which can be found right here in the community. Below are a list of different popular shows and events occurring from now to January in the nearby cities. For more events, visit Around Town Kids Allen for things going on nearby.


Christmas Through the Decades

Saturday, Dec 14 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Allen Heritage Village

400 Saint Mary Dr. Allen, TX 75013

Free, suitable for all ages


Holiday Trail of Lights

Saturday, Dec 14 6:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

McKinney, TX

Adults & Seniors – $9

Children (age 3-12), kids 2 and under free. Buy online in advance and save $2 per ticket

Suitable for all ages

Thousands of lights, many synchronized to holiday music, and holiday décor cover along a half mile nature trail, with live music complementing the atmosphere.


Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks

Sunday, Dec 15 7:00p

Allen Event Center

Allen, Tx

Tickets range from $82 to $192

Suitable for all ages

Audiences can expect a rock and roll performance of re-imagined Christmas classics such as “Jingle Bells” and “The Nutcracker Suite”, and original holiday tunes like “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” and “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus.”


Classic Series at Cinemark

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Sunday, December 15 at 2:00p and Wednesday, December 18 at 2:00p and 7:00p

Encore presentation at 2:00p and 7:00p on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24

Cinemark Allen 16

921 SH 121, Allen, TX 75013

Rated PG


The Gift of Christmas

Friday, December 13 at 7:00p

Saturday, December 14 at 2:00p and 7:00p

Sunday, December 15 at 2:00p and 7:00p

Prestonwood Baptist Church

6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX, 75093

Suitable for all ages

Tickets range from $15 to $80 a person

Including flying angels, live animals, including camels, and incredible choirs, The Gift of Christmas is a live nativity and a telling of the Christmas story like never seen before.


McKinney Rotary Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 14 at 6:30pm

McKinney Rotary Club

Downtown McKinney, Tx

Suitable for all ages; Free

The McKinney Rotary Club presents the 14th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights, the “Twelve Days of Christmas”, a parade of decorated and lighted floats to kick of the Christmas season going through downtown McKinney.


Christmas in the Square

Occurs daily until Saturday, January 4

Simpson Plaza at City Hall

6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco

Suitable for all ages; most activities are free

Frisco Square installs over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring, and 8 miles of extension cords to create a computerized light show nightly between 6:00p and 10:00p.


The Polar Express: An IMAX Experience

Occurs daily until Monday, December 23

Showtimes and prices vary

Fort Worth Omni Theater

1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, 78107

Suitable for all ages


Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Occurs daily until Tuesday, December 31, closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Six Flags Over Texas

2201 Road to Six Flags Arlington, TX 76010

Prices begin at $38

Suitable for all ages

More than 1 million lights twinkle at the amusement park for this seasonal event filled with choirs, carolers, Santa, and tasty holiday treats.


Plano Lions Annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 14 from 9:00a to 11:00a

Begins at the parking lot of the Plano ISD administration building

2700 W. 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075

Free and suitable for all ages

This years theme of the parade is “Have a holly, jolly Christmas”, and will be featuring many people in entertainment as they parade through Plano.