Celebrate the Season in Carrollton
The City of Carrollton has a full lineup of fun this holiday season and invites all residents to come enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Activities start early with Photos with Santa at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, run right along with the Kids’ Santa Dash in Downtown, and wrap up with festive activities at the Carrollton Public Library including the annual Harry Potter-themed Yule Ball.
Photo opportunities abound and the fun won’t stop until the kiddos head back to the classroom in January. See the complete list of activities below; and, kids, remember to send your letters to the North Pole. Santa placed a mailbox in Downtown Carrollton until Saturday, December 8 to make sure he receives your requests.
Photos with Santa – Start the season off right by taking a few snaps with Santa on Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (1509 N. Perry Road). These family memories are guaranteed to last the whole year. Photos are taken by a professional photographer. The $20 resident/$22 non-resident fee is per family (up to four people) and includes one digital photo. Additional photos will be available for order. There also will be hands-on activities, crafts, and refreshments. Registration is required by Friday, November 16 at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas – A timeless tradition in Carrollton, this popular, free celebration sees everything from Victorian carolers, Santa Claus, tours of the historic 1909 Perry home, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo. Bring the family out for a fun night to welcome the season on Friday, December 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (1509 N. Perry Road). Hot chocolate and cookies will be served and Mrs. Claus will be on the back porch reading stories.
Santa on the Square & Kids’ Santa Dash – Grab your stockings and Santa hat for a fun and festive run that will have the little ones laughing with glee as they chase Santa around the Square on Saturday, December 8. The Santa Dash is open to participants ages 12 and under. Register online at cityofcarrollton.com/santadash by Friday, November 30 to receive the $12 rate; the price goes up to $15 on race day. Dash check-in is from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and the run starts at 10:30 a.m. Stick around for our FREE event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which includes free pancakes from 10 a.m. to noon while supplies last, a free photostrip of four poses with Santa inside the Gazebo, a variety of vendors and sponsors to shop from, and live holiday music from pianist Scott Willis, solo artist Remy Reilly, and acoustic duo Two Far Gone. Take your own picture at one of our many photo ops including a live reindeer, a 16' decorated tree, and the inside of a giant 15' snow globe. Pre-registration is not required for photo ops.
Carrollton Snow Globe – Didn’t get a chance to enjoy the 15’ inflatable holiday snow globe at Santa on the Square? No worries, the globe will be up on Saturday, December 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway) for those who want a creative backdrop for their holiday photos. There is no cost to take photos inside the snow globe but make sure to arrive early for a good spot in line. Weather permitting.
Brookhaven Bell Choir – Everyone's favorite ringers return to Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road) on Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. Enjoy a concert of holiday favorites, old and new, presented by the Brookhaven College Handbell Choir, under the direction of Bonnie Riddle. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Winter Wonderland – Got some little ones who aren’t in school yet? Stop by Hebron & Josey Library (4220 N. Josey Lane) on Wednesday, December 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to read stories with Mrs. Claus, enjoy some milk and cookies, and meet Santa!
Carrollton Wind Symphony Holiday Concert – The Carrollton Wind Symphony will present a holiday concert on Friday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Make the season merry with this free concert at Creekview High School (3201 Old Denton Road). The Carrollton Wind Symphony is an all-volunteer community concert band directed by Artistic Director Jim McDaniel and Associate Director Jim Moen. Visit carrolltonwindsymphony.org for more information.
Twelve Days of Winter Break – The kids will need activities to keep them busy during the winter break, so bring them to the Carrollton Public Library. Different activities will be featured each day from Wednesday, December 26 through Monday, January 7 that highlight the winter holidays and traditions. Stop by either the Josey Ranch Lake location (1700 Keller Springs Road) or the Hebron & Josey location (4220 N. Josey Lane) to pick up a schedule of events.
Harry Potter Yule Ball – Attention Potter fans of all ages! Join us for our 2nd annual Yule Ball inspired by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Friday, January 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road). In addition to the festive Yule Ball, complete with dancing and music, there will be Harry Potter-themed crafts, activities, a photo booth, and a costume contest. Dressing up is highly encouraged.
For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/calendar.