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Posted on: October 12, 2018

Kick off the holiday season with Plano Parks and Recreation


Fall is in the air, and with the cooler temps come some of Plano Parks and Recreation’s most beloved events.

From Halloween family fun to free and/or affordable holiday events, we have just what you need to be happy, healthy and having fun all the way through New Year’s.

Upcoming events:

Boo Bash

Bring the family out for a BOO-tasticly good time at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center on Thursday, Oct. 25. Make way for all of the local ghouls, Disney princesses, goblins and every superhero imaginable expected to be in attendance at this popular event! Children ages 12 and under are encouraged to play dress-up as their favorite Halloween character and experience great trick-or-treating indoors. The entire recreation facility is transformed into a wonderland of friendly monster scenes, arts and crafts tables, games, prizes and an endless flow of yummy candy (don’t forget your trick-or-treat bag)!

When: Thursday, Oct. 25 (5-8 p.m.)

Where: Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, 5801 W. Parker Road

How much? Free with a canned food item to be donated to a local food bank.

More info: Boo Bash

Plano Christmas Market

christmas marketOur 40th annual Plano Christmas Market at Carpenter Park Recreation Center boasts 80-plus North Texas vendors under one roof. This fun and FREE event showcases handmade holiday gift items as well as jewelry, clothing, candles and soaps (and don’t forget the wide array of salsas, jams, nuts and dips for your holiday parties!). While the Christmas Market is a way for these local artisans to show off their talents, it is also a great way to support 

local businesses

When: Nov. 17 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Nov. 18 (noon-4 p.m.)

Where: Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road

How much? Free!

More info: Plano Christmas Market

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Dickens is a FREE annual event produced by the City of Plano. Nestled in the heart of the Downtown Plano Arts District, Dickens is the holiday event of the year! Live entertainment, delicious food, a variety of attractions, and a visit from Santa allow for everyone in the family to have something to enjoy.

Food vendors are onsite to offer an assortment of tasty treats, including hot drinks, beer and wine, kettle corn, smoked turkey legs, fried fish and shrimp, funnel cakes, and more! Many downtown businesses will extend their hours for this annual event and invite you to browse for the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your “nice” list.

The event is located in Haggard Park, McCall Plaza and on a limited section of 15th Street in Downtown Plano. Free parking is available at the Plano Municipal Center (1520 K Avenue) and public lots off 14th Street. Families and leashed dogs are welcome!

When: Friday, Nov. 30 (5 p.m.)

Where: Downtown Plano Arts District

How much? Free!

More info: Dickens in Downtown Plano

Crafty11Breakfast with Santa

Santa is making a special trip to Carpenter Park Recreation Center to eat breakfast with you and your family! While enjoying tasty breakfast treats, create your Santa wish list and holiday crafts. Little ones can enjoy some one-on-one time with Santa as well and receive a souvenir photo.

When: Saturday, Dec. 8 (9-11 a.m.)

Where: Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road

How much? $9/family

More info: Breakfast with Santa

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