November 2015 Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex Activities

November Events in DFW 2015

Texas weather makes for year-round fun! Find shows, events and what’s going on at top attractions around the Metroplex during the month of November.Notable holidays in the month of November include Veteran’s Day and of course, Thanksgiving!

In honor of these days, we offer the following quotes:

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” Jeff Miller 

As you make your seasonal plans, don’t forget to check events of interest for opportunities to participate in corresponding food drives or holiday donation collections.

Date and Time Venue
November 1 -25, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dallas, TX
Autumn at the Arboretum
Daily activities, including live music, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and much more, highlight the festival. Daily discounts abound for autumn activities
November 5, 2015
11:00 am
Dallas, TX
Stories and More! Yucky Worms! By Vivian French
Join our butterflies for story time! We’ll make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks! The programs end with our daily noon butterfly release and are geared for the under-five/stroller crowd. Let’s read! Adults pay regular admission. $8 ages 3-11 / $6 members $3 ages 1-3 / $2 members At door purchase; $2/child surcharge.
November 7, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Grapevine, TX
Grapevine Veterans Parade
Come thank Grapevine’s active duty and retired service members this Veterans Day Weekend! The parade honors U.S. Military Veterans past and present. The parade will include floats, marching bands and military and antique vehicles.
November 7, 2015
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grapevine, TX
Veterans Fair
The Veterans Fair will feature live music, games, military vehicles and the American Fallen Soldiers Art Gallery. Food will be burgers from AMBUCS and corn from Elks Lodge. There will be 20 booths set up with resources for veterans.
November 7, 2015
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dallas, TX
Galleria Dallas’ Showtime Saturdays Presents: Magic Mike Williams
Every Saturday DFW children and families are invited to enjoy the amazing FREE entertainment provided by Galleria Dallas and our friends from Slappy’s Playhouse. Magic Mike Williams, half comedian and half magician, will be sure to entertain with his sleight of hand tricks and comedy magic. Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3.
November 7, 2015
11:00 am
Sachse, TX
Veterans Day Ceremony
Come join us in honoring those who served our country.
November 7, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dallas, TX
North Dallas Toy Show
Hot Wheels, Action Figures, Comic Books, Collectible Toys, Transformers, Matchbox cars, Star Wars, Batman, Marvel Legends, DC Comics, Star Trek, Pop Vinyl, Sci-Fi, Horror toys, die cast cars, Vintage toys and much more! FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY! Admission is $2.00 (kids under 12 are free).
November 7, 2015
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Highland Village, TX
Fall Festival
Join us for the 2015 Fall Festival on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Unity Park! The event will kick off with a Race Against the Odds 1K/5K benefitting The Cure Starts Now Foundation. The race will be followed by FREE, FUN, FAMILY activities. Patrons will enjoy a live performance by Zane Williams, petting zoo, wiener dog races, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artist, dog Frisbee and freestyle dance demonstrations, artisan displays, food vendors, and more!
November 7, 2015
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
McKinney, TX
Veterans Day Ceremony
Come join us in honoring those who served our country.
November 7, 2015
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Denton, TX
Night Under the Stars
Thanks to UNT for the gate-share! Join Explorium Denton fora great night under the stars. Tickets are $5 cash at the gate. It’ll be a great night for stargazing, music, food, and prizes! This is a Family-friendly (or date night!) fall fundraising event. Raffle tickets and food may be purchased using either cash or card. Seating is available or you may bring a camping chair or picnic blanket. The property is very dark to maximize viewing of the sky. Gate opens at 5:30. Parking is free but limited- consider carpooling!
November 7, 2015
From 6:30 am – Midnight
The Colony, TX
American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans and Fireworks
The City of The Colony and American Legion Post 21 is once again proud to celebrate and honor all the men and women who are currently serving or have served our country at this all-day festival. Activities include a fun run/walk, car/bike/truck show, family entertainment, great food, live music featuring the Gin Blossoms, silent auction, patriotic Veterans ceremonies and an incredible fireworks show.
November 8, 2015
8:00 am
Dallas, TX
Dallas/Fort Worth Purplestride – Klyde Warren Park
The DFW Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is hosting its annual PurpleStride 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 at 8AM with special emcee Ginger Allen, Senior Investigative Reporter of the CBS 11 Investigative Team. The walk through the heart of downtown Dallas begins and ends at Klyde Warren Park and will bring awareness to the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
November 8, 2015
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Flower Mound, TX
Veterans Day Celebration
The Town of Flower Mound will honor local veterans in a special Veterans Day ceremony and family picnic on Sunday, November 8 at Flower Mound High School’s football stadium. The picnic will take place from 1 to 2 p.m.; free hot dogs, cake, and lemonade will be provided. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m., and will include a Veterans Review, where approximately 200 local Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and ROTC units parade before the Veterans in uniform.
November 8, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Dallas, TX
Holiday at the Arboretum
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit from November 8 to January 3 and The Artistry of the Nativity at the DeGolyer House, November 27 to January 3.
November 11, 2015
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Fort Worth, TX
Kimbell Kids Drop in Studio: Salty Seascapes
This free program introduces children (ages 12 and younger) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Space is limited; sign-up begins one hour prior to the program.
November 11, 2015
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Flower Mound, TX
Veterans Day Relay Run After-Party
On November 11, the Town will hold its annual Veterans Day Relay Run where veterans and their family members will follow a course throughout Flower Mound carrying the American flag. After the event, the public is invited to attend a special post-run celebration from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Community Activity Center (CAC), 1200 Gerault Rd. Refreshments will be served and Veterans Day Relay Run commemorative T-shirts will be available for $20. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go to the Denton County Veterans Coalition non-profit organization.
November 11, 2015
5:26 pm
McKinney, TX
Veterans Day Sundown Ceremony
Come join us in honoring those who served our country.
November 11, 2015
11:00 am
Rowlett, TX
Veterans Day Ceremony
Join us at the Rowlett Community Centre as we recognize and honor our local veterans. Veteran’s Day is a time when the community gathers together to give thanks to those who have served our country. Please gather at the Rowlett Community Centre with us to show your support and appreciation to those who have made sacrifices for our freedom.
November 11, 2015 – December 6, 2015
Dallas, TX
Peter Pan 360
Don’t miss the theatrical experience that’s as big as Texas! Fly to Neverland in a whole new way with this spectacular innovative live stage production of Peter Pan in the Threesixty Theatre – a state of the art 100-foot high structure that is a luxurious climate-controlled, world-class theatre-tent.
November 12, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Grapevine, TX
Lone Star Christmas
The Gaylord Texan Resort brings the magic of a winter wonderland indoors with its annual ICE! exhibit, featuring more than 2 million pounds of ice hand carved by a team of Chinese artisans. You’ll pile on a heavy parka (provided, but bring a pair of gloves) and stroll through a maze of themed ice sculptures throughout a 14,000-square-foot exhibit hall kept at a numbing 9 degrees. Think 2 million pounds of ice carved, by more than 40 ice sculptors, into symbols of Christmas and well-known, holiday animated characters. There are also huge ice slides to ride down. ICE! also boasts one-and-a-half million twinkling lights, 12,000 ornaments, a 52-foot-tall rotating Christmas tree, and a life-sized gingerbread house. The temperature inside the exhibit is a chilly 9 degrees so make sure everyone is dressed warmly.
November 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Monday – Thursday, 3pm – 8pm
Friday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Grapevine, TX
Gingerbread Decorating Corner Sponsored by PEEPS
The holiday season just got a whole lot sweeter! Choose from five decorating options ranging from a gingerbread family to decorating a gingerbread train set. All of the delectably tasty decorations are provided for families to ice, sprinkle, and gum drop
November 13 – 22, 2015
Fort Worth, TX
Stockyard Station – Shrine Circus
Join us for a Shrine Circus performance under the big top in the North Forty!
November 13 – 14, 2015
10:00 am
Rockwall, TX
Festival of Lights
The 2015 Helping Hands Festival of Trees will begin November 13 and 14 at 10 am sharp with a bevy of Christmas shoppers flooding the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront hotel to kick-off their holiday shopping with touring and purchasing the amazing Christmas trees and wreaths. It is a magical, festive event as the community comes together once again in the spirit of this wonderful holiday season for a common cause — the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate of our community.
The annual event benefits Rockwall County Helping Hands – a non-profit agency that helps keep families in crisis in their homes with the utilities on and nutritious food on their tables, and its Health Center offers basic affordable medical care.
November 14, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fort Worth, TX
Kimbell Art Museum- Children’s workshop: Fort Worth Bridges: Collages Inspired by Caillebotte
Connect with artworks, new friends, and creative activities during Saturday workshops for children (ages 6–12) and their adult partners. Visit kimbellart.org for pricing and individual program descriptions.
November 14, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fort Worth, TX
Cabela’s Kids Explorer Workshop – Big Game
What do deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, bison and bighorn sheep have in common? They’re all ungulates, or animals with hooves. Come learn about this amazing group of animals, which can be found all across North America. We’ll learn about the Whitetail deer’s white tail, the pronghorn’s remarkable running and why some ungulates have horns. By the time you’re done, you’ll be a deer expert!
November 14, 2015
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Nature Center – Veteran Appreciation Day
We are very grateful for what our Service men and women do for our country. As a thank you, we would like to invite all Veterans and their families for a fun and FREE day at the Nature Center.
All Veterans and their families are allowed FREE admission to the Nature Center (made possible by Lockheed Martin).  List of activities will be handed out at entry gate. FREE (admission included).
November 14, 2015
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dallas, TX
Galleria Dallas’ Showtime Presents: Critterman
Every Saturday DFW children and families are invited to enjoy the amazing FREE entertainment provided by Galleria Dallas and our friends from Slappy’s Playhouse. Take a walk on the wild side with Critterman’s entertaining performance involving live animals! Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3.
November 14, 2015
2:30 pm
Flower Mound, TX
Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert
The Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra will present a chamber music concert on November 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library. The Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra of professional and amateur volunteer musicians. The orchestra performs the standard professional orchestral repertoire, as well as pop and jazz.
November 14, 2015
8:00 am
Dallas, TX
Second Saturday Bird Walks
Learn more about birding at Second Saturday Bird Walks! These walks are intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. Reservations are not required; however, make sure to arrive on time.
November 14 – 15, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Irving, TX
BrickUniverse Dallas Lego Fan Convention
Release the builder within at BrickUniverse Dallas, the ultimate LEGO lover’s paradise that will take over the Irving Convention Center on November 14 and 15. Choose from Saturday or Sunday admission, and experience hands-on LEGO attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain. This fun, family-friendly event will have tons of amazing LEGO creations to gawk at, building zones to unleash your creative energy, guest speakers and more in the LEGO theater, and vendors selling the latest LEGO sets, mini-figures, and accessories.
November 20 – 21, 2015
7:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 6:00 pm
Fort Worth, TX
Ballet Frontier of Texas – The Nutcracker
“Ballet Frontier’s enchanting production of The Nutcracker has captivated audiences for eight years. Its 2015 performances promise a cast comprised of professional dancers, talented youth, dazzling costumes, and world class choreography. This year the show will also feature a special guest artist from American Ballet Theatre. Come enjoy The Nutcracker for an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages.
November 20 – 21, 2015
Waxahachie, TX
3rd Annual Festival of Trees – A Home for the Holidays
Benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County
November 20, 2015 – January 18, 2016
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fort Worth, TX
Panther Island Ice
Fort Worth is about to get a lot cooler as the city’s favorite holiday tradition, Panther Island Ice, returns for another season on November 20th. Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink remains open 7 days a week, including all holidays, through January 18th. Check out our website for hours and prices at pantherislandice.com (hours vary).
November 20 – 22, 2015
Fri 2:00 PM-12:00 AM,
Sat: 9:00 AM-1:00 AM
Sun: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fort Worth, TX
Anime North Texas
Anime North Texas (or ANT) is a convention centering around the themes of Anime and Japanese pop culture. With Voice actors, game room, interesting panels, DANCE!! and so much more. If you fail to Pre-Register, you can register on site, but Pre-Register, save some money!
November 21, 2015
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dallas, TX
Galleria Dallas’ Showtime Presents: Kirk Marsh Comedy
Every Saturday DFW children and families are invited to enjoy the amazing FREE entertainment provided by Galleria Dallas and our friends from Slappy’s Playhouse. Kirk Marsh in “Bald and Funny!” brings nonstop laughs for the whole family. Kirk blends together magic, juggling and high energy comedy in wacky ways with side-splitting results. Seen in more than 40 countries, this show is not to be missed! Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3.
November 21, 2015
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Southlake, TX
Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting
Join us as we get in the holiday spirit with our annual Tree Lighting Celebration! Activities include: Complimentary photos with Santa, Snow hill & snowman building, ornament and cookie decorating, Activities and crafts, Letters to Santa, Live entertainment, holiday refreshments, carriage rides and more!
November 21, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Dallas, TX
The Trains at Northpark Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
The Trains at NorthPark™, presented by Bank of Texas, is a NorthPark Center holiday tradition. The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark™ includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl and the Perot Museum; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Station; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and hot air balloons in Albuquerque.
November 21 – 22, 2015
Sat 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Plano, TX
Plano Christmas Market
This fun and FREE event will showcase handmade holiday gift items made of fabric, wood, ceramic, and glass. Other exhibitors will have jewelry and clothing for adults and children, along with candles and soaps. There will also be a wonderful selection of salsas, jams, nuts and dips for gifts or holiday parties. In addition, Collin County seniors will stock the Hip Hip for Gray booth with a variety of crafts including quilts, baby items, ornaments and more.
November 22, 2015
From 6pm
Fort Worth, TX
2015 Fort Worth Parade of Lights
The Sundance Square Christmas Tree will come to life immediately following the XTO Energy Parade of Lights! Santa will move from the parade to the tree, and bring to life this incredible Downtown icon. We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful evening, and “Let the Season Begin!”
November 22, 2015
2:30 pm
Plano, TX
Plano Community Band Fall Performance
The Plano Community Band is a volunteer organization made up of approximately 70 musicians from all walks of life who share a passion for music. The band performs a Spring concert and a Fall concert each year at the beautiful Eisemann Center in Richardson, but is best known for its Summer concerts at Haggard Park, abutting old downtown Plano. The Summer Series begins the first Monday in June, and performances at the park continue every other Monday evening for a total of five concerts. The band has themes for each concert including kids’ night, big band and a patriotic concert. The band also performs at the Plano Senior Center and the Plano Christmas Tree Lighting in Haggard Park.
November 22, 2015
4:00 pm  – 7:00 pm
Plano, TX
Lights at Legacy
Santa Photos will be available around the corner from Del Frisco’s Grille with a portion of the proceeds going to Children’s Health, ride our Christmas Train and enjoy live entertainment, craft activities with Mrs. Claus, balloon animals, face painting, caricature drawings,  magic with Mr. Scrooge, Christmas parade plus the lighting of the sixty five foot tree!
November 23, 2015
From 5:30 pm
Grapevine, TX
Carol of Lights
It will be a memorable winter wonderland this Christmas in Historic Grapevine, Texas. Grapevine is the essence of holiday décor as the city becomes blanketed with millions of lights, enormous decorations and a whole lot more! With all of this plus great shopping for everyone on your list, Grapevine truly is the “Christmas Capital of Texas.”
November 24, 2015 – January 3 2016
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Grapevine, TX
Magic of Christmas Light Show
See twinkling lights each and every night! This brilliantly-choreographed show runs continuously nightly starting November 24. Sing along with the city’s Christmas tree, enjoy the lights and see the joy on the faces of everyone in the family as you watch this show.
November 27 – December 19, 2015
1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Dallas, TX
Slappy’s Holiday Circus at the Galleria Dallas
Presented by Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse, experience a classic European Circus with puppets, magic, clowns, contortionists and jugglers in a fast-paced show that’s FREE fun for the entire family. Shows are located on Level 1, near Nordstrom and Belk.
November 27 – December 20, 2015
Fri 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat Noon – 5:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Grapevine, TX
Christmas on Main
Step back in time this season at Christmas on Main! With the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows and wreaths and set aglow with twinkling lights that children of all ages can enjoy.  Tractor-drawn wagon rides will depart behind the Gazebo during select hours.
November 27, 2015
Frisco, TX
Christmas in the Square
Christmas in the Square draws over than 665,000 visitors annually. Families, friends and holiday guests from throughout North Texas, the DFW Metroplex and southern Oklahoma came and enjoyed the spectacular show. Lights! Music! Snow! Holiday lights and music (available on 107.3 FM) choreographed by Frisco’s own Jeff Trykoski (Illumimax LLC). With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords.
Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen. The same snow machines used by Disney create a “Winter  Wonderland” on the sidewalks of Frisco Square, Texas. Experience on Fridays and Saturdays.
November 27 – 29, 2015
Fri & Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun Noon – 5:00 pm
McKinney, TX
Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays is Downtown McKinney’s premier festival. It’s a new spin on an old favorite with horse-drawn carriages, traveling carolers, visits with Santa Claus, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and activities for all ages. Plus a chance to finish all that holiday shopping in one place with over 100 boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, apparel, gifts and antiques.
November 28, 2015
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Dallas, TX
Galleria Dallas’ Showtime Saturdays Presents: Magician Mike Squires
Every Saturday DFW children and families are invited to enjoy the amazing FREE entertainment provided by Galleria Dallas and our friends from Slappy’s Playhouse. Magician Mike Squires combines comedy and magic for a show that will both entertain and amuse. Shows are located near the Children’s Play Place and Nordstrom on Level 3.
November 28 – 29, 2015
6:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Irving, TX
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Kick off your Christmas season with the magic if everyone’s favorite Christmas Eve story! With magical scenery, favorite Christmas classics, and an award winning choreographer, this sugar coated event will be enjoyed by all. It’s a fairytale Christmas production for the whole family.
Amanda Thomas, BrokerRealtor®, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE , Providence Group Realty   
Phone: 469.645.6363Mobile: 469.298.9706Email: amanda@amandathomas.comWebsite: www.providencegrouprealty.comAddress: 3308 Preston Rd #350-124, Plano, TX 75093

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