Editor’s Picks: Holiday-themed fun for the family in Rockwall County and beyond

ROCKWALL, TX – November 4, 2021 — Events are listed by date and are subject to change; Check their respective websites for info on social distancing measures.


First Baptist Fate’s Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar

WHAT: Get in the holiday spirit by shopping tons of vendor booths with lots of crafts and homemade goods!

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: First Baptist Church of Fate | 813 W Holiday, Fate, TX 75087

COST: Free to attend; crafts and goods for purchase


Holiday at the Arboretum

WHAT: Stroll the garden to see the 25-foot-tall elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. In the evenings, the garden comes to life for a beautiful nighttime experience aglow with over one million lights. Enjoy a Christmas Village, visits with Santa Claus, entertainment, shopping, food and beverage options and the NEW 50-foot-tall Dazzling Musical Tree with 42,000 lights and holiday tunes.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 10 through Friday, Dec. 31

WHERE: Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden | 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

COST: Daytime Admission – Adults (16-64) $17; Senior (65+) $14; Child (2-12) $12; Members free
Nighttime Admission – Prices vary for members and nonmembers, see website at dallasarboretum.org.



Holiday Open House

WHAT: Enjoy a night of season’s greetings, sweets, sips and more on the Downtown Rockwall Square. The downtown shops will be open late and offer unique discounts and refreshments.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Rockwall Square

COST: Free to attend


Plano Christmas Market

WHAT: Come shop handmade holiday gift items made from glass, wood, fabric and ceramic; jewelry and clothing for adults and kids; candles and soaps; salsas, jams, nuts and dips that are perfect for holiday parties.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 12

WHERE: Carpenter Park Recreation Center | 6701 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75024

COST: Free to attend


Christmas at the Gaylord Texan

WHAT: The Gaylord Texan will be decking the halls with lots of giant Christmas trees, twinkling lights and tons of holiday-themed fun for the whole family! Help Buddy the Elf save the holidays in a unique multi-sensory, interactive challenge; build your own snowman; ice skating; snow tubing; Holiday Heist Escape Room; photos with Santa; and much, much more!

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 – Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022

WHERE: Gaylord Texan | 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051

COST: Ticket prices vary for different events and activities. Visit christmasatgaylordtexan.marriott.com for more info


Holiday Gingerbread House Workshop

WHAT: Learn how to make fantastical gingerbread houses with your kiddos! Young Chef’s Academy will share decorating tips and tricks to help you bring your magical gingerbread house to life.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 13 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Young Chef’s Academy Rockwall | 910 Steger Towne Dr, Rockwall, TX 75032

COST: $60 Child and your favorite Adult; $50 ages 7 & up create your own


Trains at NorthPark

WHAT: Come marvel at the dazzling model train displays and railway cars on display at NorthPark Center! For the past 34 years, the Trains at NorthPark benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), has delighted generations of Dallas families as one of the area’s premier holiday traditions.  Since 1987, the trains have raised more than $13 million for RMHD and served more than 40,000 families.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022

WHERE: NorthPark Center | 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225

COST: Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 – Adults $10, Child (2-12) $5, Senior (65+) $5, Children under 2 free; Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult


Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate

WHAT: This monumental ice-skating spectacular includes 14 classic and modern stories in an epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set. Enjoy over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata”. This is a 100% capacity show. Face coverings are strongly encouraged, regardless of vaccination status. All guests ages 2 and older are required to have a ticket.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

WHERE: Credit Union of Texas Event Center (formerly Allen Event Center) | 200 E. Stacy Road #1350, Allen, TX 75002

COST: Tickets from $20 and up depending on seating. Visit www.ticketmaster.com.


Christmas in Grapevine Craft Show

WHAT: Bring the family for some holiday fun featuring holiday-themed vendors, Christmas music, thousands of unique crafts to make the perfect holiday gift, delicious holiday treats, free drawings, prizes and a visit from Santa.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Grapevine Convention Center | 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051

COST: Admission is $5; Free parking


RHHS Holiday Tour of Homes

WHAT: A community holiday tradition continues as the Rockwall-Heath High School Senior Class of 2022 presents the Annual Heath Holiday Home Tour. Beautiful homes will be drenched in holiday décor and open for touring. New this year will be a Candlelight Tour! The homes will also feature live entertainment and chance drawings for prizes. Ticket sale locations are Rockwall-Heath High School (front desk), Heath Salon and Spa, Bella’s House & Bunches. Or, contact Kitty Allan, 214-405-0195, for tickets or additional information. All tour proceeds benefit the Senior Class of 2022 after prom party at Shenanigans in Rockwall.

WHEN: Candlelight Tour on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5:30-8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Heath, TX

COST: $25 or $40 for both Tours in advance, or $30 at the door of each home


Christmas in Heath – A Hometown Tradition

WHAT: Enjoy the sights, sounds and treats of the season with your Heath friends and neighbors! Watch for more details coming soon.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Towne Center Park | 200 Laurence Dr, Heath, TX 75032

COST: Free to attend


Rockwall Kiwanis Christmas Parade, Hometown Christmas and Tree Lighting

WHAT: The Kiwanis Club of Rockwall County will proudly present the 2021 Christmas Parade: “Christmas Past & Present” in the morning, followed by lots of Christmas-themed family fun activities on the Downtown Square. Capping off the day will be the annual tree lighting featuring Christmas music by the Steve Story Band, Christmas Cookie Zone provided by the Rockwall Women’s League, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), free hot chocolate bar and coffee bar, and a bounce house area.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 4 | Parade from 9-10 a.m. | Hometown Christmas from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m | Tree Lighting from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Hometown Christmas activities take place on the Downtown Square | Tree Lighting on the lawn of City Hall (385 S. Goliad St., Rockwall, TX 75087)

COST: Free to attend


Christmas Light Boat Parade

WHAT: Watch a beautiful parade of lighted boats on Lake Ray Hubbard! All boaters are welcome to decorate your boat and join the parade.

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 11 | Viewing available from Rockwall Harbor Docks at 7 p.m. and Chandlers about 7:30 p.m.; The boats will leave Chandlers Landing Marina South Entrance on the water at 6:45 p.m. promptly , go down shore to The Harbor and then return to Chandlers.

WHERE: The Harbor docks (2059 Summer Lee Dr, Rockwall, TX 75032) and Chandlers Landing Marina South Entrance (1 Harborview Dr, Rockwall, TX 75032)

COST: Free to attend



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