Add these fun events to your Holiday bucket list. 

 

1.  Holiday in the Plaza 

To kick off the holiday festivities, the Las Colinas Association invites you to sip, shop and play in a waterside wonderland at the Las Colinas Holiday in the Plaza marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Shop from over 40 local retailers and vendors at the holiday market curated by Lively Local Markets

  • Get your photo taken with Santa, but you must register online first

  • Nosh on food truck faves and treats from the hot cocoa and cookies bar

  • Take in the stunning views atop a lakeside Ferris wheel

  • Ice skate along to your favorite holiday hits mixed by DJ LC and young artist, DJ AustinB7

  • Enjoy holiday crafts, face painting, caricature artist, photo ops and more!

The event is free, but you must register to attend. Registration includes complimentary parking. In lieu of admission, attendees are asked to help the Irving Police and Fire Departments spread cheer with their Blue Christmas drive.

  • Bring a new, unwrapped toy to help make the season brighter for local, underprivileged children

  • Donation amounts are unlimited, and generosity is encouraged

 

2. Holidays at Heritage

Don't kick off your shoes just yet. After Holiday in the Plaza, hop on down to Irving's Heritage District for Holidays at Heritage. The City of Irving welcomes the holiday season with a holiday parade and tree lighting, beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. This year's parade theme is "Rudolph, Light the Way!" Additional events at Heritage Park range from live music, food vendors, and good 'ol Christmas fun, leading up to the tree lighting in front of City Hall at the end of the night. Admission to all festivities is free.

 

3. Local Live Music Shows

  • How do you celebrate the holidays in Texas? With A Honky Tonk Christmas, of course. Mama Tried and Toyota Music Factory present a special live music show at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, outside in the Texas Lottery Plaza, featuring William Michael Morgan, Curtis Grimes, David Adam Byrnes and Brian Callihan. It's a free event, just be sure to bring your blankets and chairs (and them boots). Hot and cold bevies will be sold at the bars outside and inside Mama Tried.

 

4. Alamo Drafthouse Christmas Movies

Don't you just love to watch holiday movies? Alamo Drafthouse amps it up a notch with their "Gremlins" Movie Party on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, where you can cheer for your heroes and boo the bad guys (whichever you label the gremlins is up to you) - all in a theater packed with fellow fans. Themed props are included. Or perfectly pair a special menu brunch to go along with "The Holiday" on Sunday, Dec. 12. Enjoy Jude Law with a mimosa, or order from their tasty brunch menu. Then on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19, "It's a Wonderful Life" is featured.  

 

5. Local Gift Markets

  • Toyota Music Factory is where you want to be on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 10 p.m. The Boho Market brings local small businesses together offering one-of-a-kind gifts, such as candles, home goods, fashion, woodwork, leather goods, jewelry, pet accessories, baked treats, and more. The event is free and there's free parking available in the TMF garage. Bring your gift list, but don't forget to grab something for yourself.

  • Irving Junction Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Located at Southern Junction, you can browse through local artisans' wares. They sell just about everything, including Tamz Bakery baked goods.

  • The Las Colinas Farmers Market, located at Lamberti's Restaurant, features food vendors, as well as pet treats, body care, crafters, jewelry and woodcrafters. Open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can check on their weekly list of of vendors at Four Seasons Markets Facebook page.

  • Follow the droids you're not looking for to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas for FAN EXPO Dallas Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the admission price of $10 you'll get to enjoy 

    • Shopping with more than 100 vendors, artists and makers  

    • Local comic pros taking commissions and selling their prints

    • Visit with Santa Brad who will be there to collect your letters for the North Pole

    • Walk the Cosplay Red Carpet to win prizes

    • Take amazing selfies with cosplayers feeling that holiday spirit

    • Bring a donation to the North Texas Food Bank and you'll get a little FAN EXPO gift

 

6. Four Seasons Holiday Fun

The Four Seasons Resort & Club is already a magical place to visit, but for the holidays, everything sparkles with excitement!

  • Holiday Afternoon TeaEvery Saturday and Sunday from Dec. 2 to 25, enjoy a traditional tea service featuring Ikaati hot teas paired with sweet and savory bites while overlooking the Resort Pool. Tea time is from 1 to 4 p.m. Pricing is $32++ per person. Call for reservations at 972.717.2420View Menu 

  • Santa's Holiday Shoppe - From Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 2 to 25, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., you can taste the magic of Christmas in Santa's Holiday Shoppe. Purchase sweet delights specially hand-made by the Sugar Plum Fairy herself, Executive Pastry Chef Yudith Bustos, to give away as gifts or savor them for yourself. Items include: canelés, festive macarons, house-made breads, pies, hot chocolate and s'mores kits, spice rubs, La Colombe specialty coffees and more. 

  • Breakfast with Santa - Each Saturday in December is special when you bring the family to enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus from 8 to 11 a.m. Kids, be sure to bring your Christmas wish list, or you can write a letter in the hotel lobby to let Santa know if you've been naughty or nice. Call for reservations at 972.717.2420

  • Gingerbread House Workshop - Bring your aspiring pastry chef on Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 or 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. for a chance to assemble their personal holiday masterpiece at their leisure. Gingerbread house kits are included, as well as an assortment of sweet treats for decorations. This event is for Resort guests and Club members only. Pricing is $30++ per house.

 

7. Irving Arts Center Holiday Experiences

While you're at the Irving Arts Center enjoying these shows, remember to also stop by the art galleries to view the current exhibits - Bob Nunn: A Retrospective; Yikwon Peter Kim: Inevitable Progression III; Robert Batson: New Works (2019-2021); and Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. Galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

  • November 27 & 28 (Carpenter Hall) - The Momentum Dance Company presents its enchanting, annual production of “The Nutcracker” at the Irving Arts Center. Under the artistic direction of Hayley Grafflin and Lacie Sereika, and set to Tchaikovsky’s riveting score, "The Nutcracker" will be a delight to children and adults this season. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for students and seniors, $25 for adults.

  • December 1-3 (Dupree Theater) - MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents "Have Yourself a Broadway Little Christmas," which brings together your favorite holiday songs made famous through Broadway shows and movie musicals. Guests will be swept away by hits from a variety of musical favorites like White Christmas, Mame, Holiday Inn, Broadway’s Elf and many more! The evening will conclude with a holiday sing-along as well as auction and raffle opportunities. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.

  • December 4-5 (Carpenter Hall) - Enjoy "The Nutcracker" presented by Ballet Ensemble of Texas. This 21st annual production of "The Nutcracker" will feature Emily Speed as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Simon Wexler as her Cavalier. The production will feature more than 200 children from Ballet Academy of Texas. These talented pre-professional performers will draw you in to their sugar plum world. Showtime is 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $30-$35.

  • December 11 (Carpenter Hall) - Allen Hightower, Guest Conductor, and the Irving Symphony Orchestra present a timeless classic masterpiece "Handel's Messiah." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39-$50.

  • December 12 (Carpenter Hall) - The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving invites you to attend Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite in Ballet and Jazz, arranged by Duke Elington, with ballet from Momentum Dance Company and guests. This is part of the Sundays at the Symphony series hosted by the Irving Arts Center and NPOI. Showtime is 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.

  • December 18 (Carpenter Hall) - Artistry Ballet Company presents "The Nutcracker" with performances at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $20.

  • December 18 (Carpenter Hall) - Dorothy Gal (Soprano) and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra present a salute to Mozart, as well as many of your holiday favorites. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16.50-$36.50.

 

8.  Photos with Santa

Every day from December 3 to 24, Santa will arrive at the Irving Mall in the Center Court ready to get his picture taken with your family. To help minimize wait times, it's best to make reservations. Photo packages range from $39.99 - $49.99. Times vary each day. Click here for Santa's schedule.

 

9.  Holiday Beer Tasting

Join the fun with The Ginger Man's annual Holiday Beer Tasting at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, where you'll enjoy a guided tour of holiday beers. Beer tasting, chocolate and cheese boards, plus giveaways are all included. Pricing is $45 per person, sales tax and gratuity included. For tickets, call 972.607.4227.

 

10.  Irving Frost Half Marathon

Here's a chance to run off some of those turkey calories before you enjoy your Christmas feast. The Irving Marathon Running Series presents its annual Irving Frost Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Family Fun Run/Walk at Toyota Music Factory on Saturday, Dec. 18. Join the movement with others in-person or virtually who like you, practice wellness and a healthy lifestyle while promoting the fight against childhood obesity. Did you know that all Irving Marathon Running Series events benefit the Irving Schools Foundation? Together they raise funds and awareness to battle childhood obesity at the elementary and middle school level. Visit www.irvingmarathon.com/beneficiary to learn more.