Christmas Parades, Tree Lightings, Activities In DFW Area

2020 Christmas Party flyer

2020 DFW Area Christmas Parades-Tree Lightings-Holiday Activities

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and who says you can’t be jolly while social distancing and wearing a mask?
Yes, COVID-19 has changed the way things are being done in 2020, including Christmas celebrations. However, the area still has numerous activities planned to celebrate the holidays.

Cedar Hill

December 1, 2020 Holiday on the Hill Drive-Thru Parade

Cedar Hill Holiday on the Hill flyer

The City of Cedar Hill is kicking off the holiday season with a “Holiday on the Hill Drive-Thru Parade” on ❄️December 1st, at 6:00 pm at Valley Ridge Park. We will have various city departments represented, and will be handing out holiday goodies + cheer for the kids. Please join us! Sponsored by City of Cedar Hill and Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

December 3 Virtual Tree Lighting & Concert 6pm-8pm

We invite you to our annual Tree Lighting with Mayor Mason, as well as a holiday concert via Facebook Live. Please join us for this festive holiday event the whole family can enjoy from home!

DeSoto Holiday Drive-In Movie

Drive in Movie Poster

Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:30 PM CST – 10:15 PM CST

Grimes Park $20 per vehicle/per movie with concessions available

5:30-7pm Elf

8:30-10:15 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

DeSoto Winter Wonderland December 12

DeSoto Winter Wonderland Poster

DeSoto Parks & Recreation and the DeSoto Public Library bring you Winter Wonderland with Arts, Crafts, and Painting on December 12th at the DeSoto Civic Center from 11 AM to 3 PM. This event is free for all ages under 13. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their Elves will be there to greet you. Join us as we celebrate the Holiday Season.


Ennis Christmas Celebrations

Ennis downtown shopping map

Calendar of Events:

Nov 28 Small Business Saturday with Carolers and Live Reindeer
Dec 3 Christmas Bluebonnet Market & Sip Shop & Stroll
Dec 5 Cookies with Mrs. Claus & Lucky’s CC Car Show and Toy Drive
Dec 11 Giant Snow Hill
Dec 12  Snow Hill
Dec 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession

Grand Prairie Christmas Activities

Grand Prairie Lights Poster

Prairie Lights Drive-Thru Holiday Light Experience – A Total In-Car Event for 2020.November 26-December 31 (Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve), 6-10 PM daily
*Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake
*$30 per car (up to eight people), price reduced for 2020. A Fast Pass (line jump pass) is available for $99. Additional fees apply for limos, shuttles, and commercial vehicles.

*Videos from Santa, through Dec. 20. Would you like a personalized video from Santa?
Complete the requested information and get a personal, customized video greeting from Santa for your child. One video per child. $30 per video. Video greetings will be sent to the e-mail provided during purchase from the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Call the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce with questions 972-264-1558 or e-mail

Mansfield Hometown Holidays


Mansfield announced changes to their Hometown Holidays schedule due to a ride in COVID-19 cases. We have all the details in an article


Midlothian Tree Lighting flyer

Midlothian Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 1, 6-7 p.m. Usher in the holiday season with an evening of community fellowship, Christmas spirit and the ​lighting of the beautiful Christmas tree in Heritage Park on North 8th Street.

Festivities will continue in historic downtown on Saturday, Dec. 5 with the Southern Star Christmas Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. and the annual Light-Up Parade at 6 p.m. Finally, on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. “The Grinch” will be shown. For more information, go to

Southern Star Christmas

Christmas Adventure

Christmas is coming! Is your family ready to celebrate? Our Drive Thru Christmas ADVENTure is an interactive, drive thru event for families on Dec 2nd from 6-8pm. We will walk through the four weeks of Advent to help us get ready for the coming of Jesus in engaging, fun activities! Stations around our parking lots will focus on HOPE, PEACE, JOY, LOVE and the miracle of CHRISTMAS and end with our live nativity. Bring your friends and neighbors, pile into the car, dress up in your favorite christmas attire, and spread some JOY! This is a community event, there is no registration or cost to our families.
If you would like a free four week Christmas devotional and supplies for your family (Advent in a Box) please register at this link:

Dallas Trains at Northpark

Trains at Northpark
Trains at Northpark 2016

Seeing the trains at Northpark has become an annual tradition for many DFW families. The exhibit is open from November 14 until January 3. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.

This year ALL tickets must be purchased online in advance for a specific date so they can manage capacity. All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Admission prices listed below:$10.00 for adults
$5.00 for children (ages 2 – 12) and senior citizens (age 65 and older)
Children under 2 admitted free.

Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

These tickets are non-refundable. Please be sure to pick your preferred, correct date of admission.

Waxahachie Christmas Events

In lieu of the Community Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade, Christmas cheer will abound in Waxahachie with safe alternative events for both residents and visitors alike to enjoy!

City of Waxahachie Virtual Facebook Tree Lighting – December 1
Downtown Holiday Window Reveal & Decorating Contest – December 3
Downtown Kick-Off to Christmas – December 4
Christmas Tour of Lights – December 4 – 19

We’ll keep updating this list as cities update their event calendars.


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