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5 FREE holiday weekend events around Dallas

Parading Santas
Parading Santas
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the 5 free things series. The series will include listings of great free events, and just plain old cool things to do around town. If you know of a fun free event, send me the details.

Capital One Bank Adolphus Children's Parade
Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.
This festive parade benefits Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. According to the Web site, bleacher tickets are sold out, but there will be lots of space along the parade route to watch the parade. It is recommended that you arrive by 7 a.m. to get a good seat. Folding chairs and blankets are allowed.

The parade will begin at the corner of Austin and Commerce Streets. Click here for  parade route, transportation and parking information, and complete details.

Irving Holiday Extravaganza
Saturday, December 5
Holiday Parade, 4 p.m.
The annual holiday parade starts at O’Connor and Rock Island roads, and travels southbound on O’Connor Road, eastbound on Second Street, northbound on Lucille Street, westbound on Irving Boulevard and northbound at O’Connor Road.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Irving City Hall, 5:30 p.m.
Irving City Hall is located at 825 W. Irving Blvd. The ceremony will feature a variety of performing artists including Dana’s Dance School, Irving High Toy Tigers drill team, and the Irving Bible Church choir. Following a fireworks show, the Irving Symphonic Band will present a holiday concert. Other activities include Santa visits and children’s activities and concessions.

Winterfest at Norbuck Park
Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Winterfest is a free community event featuring live entertainment, vendor areas, horse drawn carriage rides, face painting, balloon artists, holiday storytelling and more. Call 214.670.8889 for more information or email

Arts and Crafts at Home Depot
Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
On the first Saturday of each month, Home Depot hosts a kids’ workshop for children ages 5-12. Store staff will lead children in woodworking and craft projects. The stores provide all needed supplies and tools. To find a workshop near you, visit

MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday
Sunday, December 6, 2 – 7 p.m.
Free admission to all Fair Park museums during MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday. Here are just a few of the great events happening on the fair grounds:

  • Official City of Dallas Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Dallas Wind Symphony Quintet
  • Unveiling of the newly renovated “Bellagio-style” Esplanade Fountain
  • The Holiday Children’s Area in Centennial Hall will house arts and crafts, ornament-making, do-it-yourself gift wrapping (kids only), pictures with Santa, bounce houses, and a variety of activities and entertainment.
  • The 500 Inc. Holiday Market, featuring a variety of quality merchandise, gifts and holiday décor.


  • Jennifer Jones 5 years ago

    Great info! Thanks!!!

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