Christmas Begins in Carrollton
The festive fun begins early at the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, but travels to Downtown Carrollton for Santa and his friends on the Square. It picks up again with gift wrapping and holiday tunes, and then heads over for 12 days of learning, listening, and laughing at the Library.
Photo opportunities abound and the fun won’t stop until the kiddos head back to the classroom in January. Kids, remember to send those letters to the North Pole. Santa has already placed a mailbox in Downtown Carrollton through Monday, December 6.
Christmas at the Perry – Start the season off right. Stop by the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum (1509 N. Perry Road) on Thursday, December 2, 9, and 16 from 5:30-8 p.m. and see how Carrollton is helping Santa get ready for his big night.
Stroll through beautiful Pearl Perry Gravley Park to see the lights, photo opportunities, and decorations inside Christmas huts throughout the park. Decorations will be on display beginning Thursday, December 2 through Friday, December 31. Preregistration is required to self-tour the Perry Homestead, decked out in 1900s Christmas décor at cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow.
Santa on the Square – Santa will be out late this year to help light up the Square at a new time from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 in Historic Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway), and he’s bringing along a few elves, toy soldiers, and one of his prize reindeer.
Come for the tree lighting at 6 p.m. and don’t miss the special 50-drone light show at 6:15 p.m., presented by Sky Elements Drone Shows skyelementsdrones.com. There will be a photobooth for pictures with Santa in the Gazebo on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as other family photo op areas. Snap a photo with a live reindeer, enjoy the 16-foot decorated tree, and have a friend photograph the family inside the giant 15-foot inflatable snow globe. Take in the lights, visit the face painting booth, and purchase some homemade fudge from one of the vendors. Young crafters can make do-it-yourself ornaments, paper Christmas trees, and mini snowmen. For more information, visit cityofcarrolltoncom/santaonthesquare.
Christmas Tunes & Gift Wrapping – Sing along to favorite Christmas tunes for a fun Saturday on the Square activity on December 11 from 5-7 p.m. in Historic Downtown Carrollton. Now, those special Christmas presents can get wrapped without any peeking eyes. Attendees can bring their holiday presents, gift-wrapping supplies will be provided.
Carrollton Wind Symphony Holiday Concert – The Carrollton Wind Symphony will present a free holiday concert on Friday, December 17 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 led 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 for 12 days of fun. Different activities will be featured each day from Wednesday, December 22 through Wednesday, January 5. Both Library locations will be closed on Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25, and Saturday, January 1. 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 for preschoolers to teens. Find “Programs & Events” at cityofcarrollton.com/library and click on “12 Days of Winter Break” for a complete list of activities. Limited space for in person events may require preregistration at carrolltonpl.libcal.com or call 972-466-4800. Grab & Go kits are first come, first served, while supplies last.
Winter Reading Challenge – Readers of all ages can engage in a reading challenge during those slow winter months when a good book can mean taking part in an adventure without leaving the comfort of a cozy chair. The Winter Reading Challenge is sponsored by the Friends of the Carrollton Public Library and runs from Monday, December 20 through Sunday, February 20. Register at carrolltonlibrary.READsquared.com beginning Wednesday, December 1.
For more information on these and other fun activities around town, visit cityofcarrollton.com/calendar.