It's the week of Thanksgiving, and the Christmas holiday is also getting closer; that means you can delight in lots of Thanksgiving dining fun and pre-Christmas event experiences that properly get you into the spirits for Santa and presents. But whatever event you attend, this week will surely be an excellent opportunity to gather with friends and family.
Take a look at our selection of must-go events, and scroll all the way down to see our local picks for where to eat and drink this week.
Come right in because here's the only list you need!
When: November 20 to January 5, 2023 | I All day
Where: CityLine Plaza | 1150 State St, Richardson
From November 20 to January 5, 2023, experience the enchantment of CityLine LIGHTS at CityLine Plaza in Richardson. Over half a million holiday lights transform CityLine into a festive wonderland. The plaza comes alive with moving icicle-styled lights, overhead lights on the lawn and an impressive 18-foot Christmas tree, providing a magical backdrop for holiday memories. Join the celebration with friends, family and pets and capture the perfect festive photo.
When: November 20, 2023 | 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Ranch at Las Colinas | 857 West John Carpenter Freeway, Irving
This week, join The Ranch at Las Colinas on November 20, 2023, for a joyful celebration of 15 years with their annual farm-to-fork event. Experience the rich flavors of locally sourced ingredients in a delightful evening of culinary excellence. You can make reservations for this farm-fresh feast and raise a toast to The Ranch's commitment to exceptional dining and community.
When: November 21, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Chido Taco Lounge | 6959 Lebanon Road, Suite 123, Frisco
Chído Taco Lounge in Frisco invites tequila enthusiasts to a special dinner on November 21, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. This exclusive event features a four-course menu expertly paired with selections from Mexico’s best-kept secret, El Tequileño tequila. Explore the flavors of El Tequileño Platinum Blanco, Reposado Gran Reserva, Añejo Gran Reserva, and Reposado Rare alongside delightful dishes like shrimp ceviche tostadas and sous vide pork chop al pastor.
When: November 21, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano
Join the Friends-giving Trivia Night at Legacy Hall on November 21 to test your knowledge of the iconic television show Friends and compete for grand prizes: $100 hall pass for 1st place, $75 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd. Enjoy a night of fun, food, and friendly competition. The trivia buy-in is $30 per team, accommodating up to six players.
When: November 22 to 23, 2023 | 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Where: Round Two | 821 West Davis Street, Dallas
On November 22, transport yourself to the Y2K era at Round Two's Friendsgiving Play 'n Rave. Bring your friends and family to get into the groove with DJ Yuna, decked out in your best Y2K attire, and immerse yourself in beats, lights and nostalgic vibes. Early bird tickets are $15, and VIP options are available for an enhanced experience. For inquiries, email [email protected].
Experience the season's magic at the 4th annual Tour of Trees at Trinity Falls, 7801 Trinity Falls Parkway, McKinney. From November 20 to December 17, 2023, explore this enchanting community adorned with ten uniquely themed Christmas trees. Let the festive decorations, including tributes to first responders and spirited Dallas Mavericks fans, fill you with holiday cheer. The event is free, but registration is requested.
Little Elm Park hosts a spellbinding event: Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience. Enchanting lights and theatrical wonders bring the world of wizards to life. Visitors embark on a trail through a magical forest, encountering creatures like hippogriffs and unicorns. Armed with wands, attendees can cast spells and conjure patronuses, delight in Harry Potter-inspired food, capture memories with fun photos and immerse themselves in the enchantment of Harry Potter!
The African American Museum in Dallas invites you to explore the enduring significance of Deep Ellum and Central Track. The exhibition Central Track: Crossroads of Deep Ellum delves into the 1920s and 1930s, showcasing archival materials and recordings of the era's music. Seeing a World Blind Lemon Never Saw by Alan Govenar explores locations in Blind Lemon's songs. Join them in commemorating these cultural landmarks from November to May.
From November 7 to January 7, 2023, immerse yourself in the luminous world of celebrated Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923) at the Meadows Museum, Dallas. The exhibition, curated by renowned scholar Blanca Pons-Sorolla, features 27 captivating and rarely-seen paintings from private collections in the United States. Delight in Sorolla's characteristic subjects, from sun-bleached sails to lively garden scenes, invites you into the painter's vivid realm.
Experience the Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit from October 5, 2023, to February 19, 2024, at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. Travel back along a half-mile trail with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. They come alive, moving and roaring, offering an enthralling experience and fascinating facts about herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Enjoy interactive elements, a photo-op with a tyrannosaurus rex and an outdoor fossil dig.
Even More Great Things To Do This Week In Dallas & Collin County
Sam Riggs At Billy Bob’s Texas
When: November 22, 2023 | 9:00 p.m.
Where: Billy Bob’s Texas | 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
Asador Dallas Thanksgiving Buffet With Full Seasonal Menu
When: November 23, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. to 15:00 p.m.
Where: Asador Dallas (Renaissance Dallas Hotel) | 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas
Thanksgiving Day Service At Jasper's
When: November 23, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Jasper's Richardson | 1251 State St #950, Richardson
Football In The PGA District
When: Tuesdays 23, 2023
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
Save The Date!
From November 17 to 19, 2023, experience the magic of It's a Wonderful Life at the Willow Bend Center of the Arts. Transported to a live 1940s radio broadcast, the beloved American holiday classic takes on a new dimension. An ensemble of talented performers brings dozens of characters to life, telling the heartwarming story of George Bailey and his transformative Christmas Eve.
When: November 18, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: John Paul II High School | 900 Coit Road, Plano
Discover a winter wonderland at the John Paul II High School Christmas Bazaar on November 18, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hosted by the Cardinal Women's Auxiliary, this event at John Paul II High School features over 150 vendors offering delightful holiday treasures. Your support helps raise funds for JPII and its students. Take the chance to find unique gifts and contribute to a great cause.
When: Nov. 18, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024 | 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Vitruvian Park | 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison
Get ready for a holiday extravaganza at Vitruvian Park in Addison! The annual Vitruvian Lights, North Texas' most magical free holiday event, begins on November 18, featuring 1.5 million sparkling LED lights adorning 555 trees. The festivities kick off with Santa Claus and a live performance by the Dallas-based men’s choir, Vocal Majority. Special event nights between November 18 and 25 will offer live concerts, gourmet food trucks, photos with Santa, reindeer, and more. Don't miss this enchanting holiday experience!
When: December 17, 2023 | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Canyon Creek Project Adventist Church | 2800 Custer Pkwy, Richardson
Gather all friends and family to join the festive fun at Holiday in Whoville on December 17, 2023, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Canyon Creek Project Adventist Church in Richardson. This Christmas celebration promises enjoyment for all ages. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season with joyful activities, good food and holiday cheer at this Whoville-inspired event.