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6 Essential Christmas Shows In Collin County

There's more to enjoy than Santa's visits this season
Photo: Prestonwood Baptist Church | Facebook

Tis the season for holiday performances, and fortunately for us, Collin County boasts a lot of great ones! The spirit of Christmas is all around with these must-see Christmas shows that feature carols, classic theater productions, dancing, spectacular lights, and in one case, even live camels!

The Gift of Christmas

Where: Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano
When: Dec. 1 - 3 and 6 - 10

One of the most jaw-dropping indoor Christmas shows in Plano: The Gift of Christmas at Prestonwood. Photo: Prestonwood Baptist Church | Facebook

This visually stunning multimedia event is complete with special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, a live orchestra, flying angels and much more! Featuring camels and kings, flying angels and eye-popping virtual scenery, the Christmas story comes to life in a breathtaking way. A bold lighting and scenic design give a unique look to inspire and engage the audience, enhancing the message of The Greatest Story Ever Told! The scenic pieces, costumes and choreography are highlighted by a brilliant, original musical score.

Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza

Where: The Star in Frisco
When: Every Friday and Saturday, Nov 17 - Dec 16 | 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

Photo courtesy of The Star in Frisco

This electrifying 20-minute show begins with the lighting of The Star’s 67-foot Christmas tree, lit with digital LED lights, and leads into a holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Rookie Squad, Dallas Cowboys Drumline, mascot Rowdy, Santa, and special Dallas Cowboys guest appearances.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Where: Art Centre Theatre, Plano
When: Nov. 30 - Dec. 3

Photo: MS_studio | Shutterstock

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on!

Home for the Holidays

Where: Memorial High School Frisco
When: Dec. 16 | 4:00 p.m.

Photo: Plano Symphony Orchestra | Facebook

The Plano Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Vocal Majority for this annual holiday performance. Vocal Majority has released more than two-dozen recordings that feature their diverse musical repertory, including sacred and inspirational, patriotic, time-honored barbershop, jazz, Broadway, pops, and Christmas. If you miss the Frisco show, the PSO will feature two shows on Dec. 17, 2023 at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano.

Christmas at the Cathedral: An Original Christmas Production

Where: Elevate Life Church, Frisco
When: Dec. 15 - 17
Admission: Free

You're invited to an immersive, fun, and all-original Christmas show in Frisco: Christmas at the Cathedral production! The free, family-friendly production is designed with exciting elements including music, dancing, acting, and more. Kids will be able to take photos with Santa and make it snow with Elsa. It’s an unforgettable Christmas experience that will be fun for the entire family.

Scrooge - The Musical

Where & When: Courtyard Theater | Dec 6 - 10 and Willow Bend | Dec. 13 - 17

NTPA Community Theatre presents "Scrooge - The Musical," a fast-paced and fun full-length, live musical production. This classic Christmas show includes pre-show Christmas Carols, family fun, and more! This wonderful Plano Christmas Tradition, now in its 11th year, has been critically acclaimed and plays to sell-out crowds.