Texas is a huge state with so many great cities to visit. Plano may be one of the most fun ones in the entire region.
Plano is a city in the north part of Texas. It is home to the Heritage Farmstead Museum, a 19th century restored farm and school room. Its Interurban Railway Museum is a great place to find out about the history of the Texas Electric Railway. You can enjoy nature at Oak Point Park or visit Southfork Ranch, the setting for the famous TV series “Dallas”.
With so much to see and do, you can bet that Christmas in Plano will be full of excitement. Here are some things you can do when you pass through.
Plano Christmas Market
The Plano Christmas Market takes place at the Carpenter Recreation Center. It is a great place to find unique holiday gifts including woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, home décor, gourmet foods and more.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas shows at the Willow Bend Center for the Arts every year over the course of a weekend in early December. Guests can come to watch the Peanuts Gang find the true meaning of Christmas.
Scrooge the Musical
Scrooge the Musical is another play that shows at the Willow Bend Center for the Arts. It typically happens in mid to late December. You can come for a live experience or watch it streaming from the comfort of your own home.
St. Andrew United Methodist’s Drive-In Concert
The pandemic has caused the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church to host a series of drive-in concerts. These include a performance of Handel’s Messiah by the England based Academy of Ancient Music and VOCES8, a world-renowned ensemble. The second features holiday tunes performed by the Imperial Brass Band. The final performance is Plano Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays.
Texas Prairie Christmas
A Texas Prairie Christmas happens at the Heritage Farmstead Museum. You can sip a hot chocolate as you ride across the prairie on a mule led wagon and meet Santa Claus himself. You can also tour the museum to learn about the history of the Texas Blackland Prairie region and check out the Farrell Wilson House to see the longhorns in the meadow.
The entire area will be filled with colored lights, glowing lamps and festive music providing an exquisite backdrop for the merriment.
CU*RAT*ED: A Modern Pop-Up Market
CU*RAT*ED takes place at Legacy West, a popular shopping and entertainment venue in the city of Plano. Each year the market has a different theme and this year’s will be “Home for the Holidays”. It includes over 35 local vendors selling a variety of items including clothing jewelry, food and more. There will also be a Photo Wagon on site.
Come down and support the community’s economy.
Other Holiday Shopping
In addition to the seasonal markets, Plano has plenty of shopping destinations that you can visit to cross names off your gift list. For example, the Downtown Plano Arts District is a terrific place to find local boutiques and art galleries.
If you are going for more of a luxury vibe, check out the stores at The Shops at Legacy West and The Shops at Willow Bend. Both Legacy West and Willow Bend will be hosting photos with Santa.
Legacy West also has a Gingerbread Village that is filled with life sized gingerbread and sugar cookie characters, trees, candy canes and snowflakes. Guests can take in the scenic view from their vehicles or get out to pose for photos that make terrific holiday souvenirs.
The Lights at St. Andrew’s Methodist
We already spoke about the fun performances at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, but you can drop by any night of the holiday season to be filled with the Christmas spirit. Its 21-acre grounds transform into an immersive light display with a holiday village full of candy canes, reindeer and snowmen. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are also on hand on select nights.
St. Andrew’s also hosts Light in the Darkness, a highly curated immersive 30-minute light show that happens at the grounds’ trees and creek area. The lights are timed and synchronized to the music of St. Andrew Choirs and Imperial Brass. There will also be visual projections, holiday singers, live handbells, readings and actors that act out the story of Christmas as guests walk through.
Nativity at the Pond in another St. Andrew’s Event. Come by to the island section to see a nativity scene including Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. The area will be decorated with hanging lights, lanterns and luminaries. Peaceful Christmas carols like Silent Night, help set the scene.
Visit the Deerfield Subdivision
There are many neighborhoods in Plano that are sure to be decked out for the holiday season, but the Deerfield subdivision is known for bringing it each year. Stroll or drive through the area to see what the residents have in store this year.
Holiday Open House at High Street Antiques and Design
High Street Antiques and Design is a large indoor antiques mall with over 250 antique dealers. In late October they host a holiday open house event. Guests who spend $100 or more are given free Christmas chocolates. Guests that spend $250 get a beautiful canvas tote. There are also free gift certificate drawings and big sales throughout the mall.
If you are thinking of going out of town this holiday season, Plano is the place to be. With so much to see and do, you may not get a chance to cross everything off your bucket list. But that’s okay, you can always come back next year!