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Friday Freebies: December 11-December 18

Check Maricar's Friday Freebies blog every week for a list of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to her blog or send your submissions at least one week before the date of the event to moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

Here's some events for Friday, December 11 through Friday, December 18:

SPECIAL EVENTS

FREE TREES FOR ARLINGTON RESIDENTS: In conjunction with NBA Cares, Arlington Parks and Recreation Department will lead an effort to plant 2,010 trees over the course of 100 days leading up to the NBA All-Star game on Feb. 14, 2010. As part of this partnership, Arlington’s forestry program, Let’s Enhance Arlington’s Forestry or L.E.A.F, will distribute approximately 1,200 trees to area businesses and individuals. Applications are now being accepted from individuals and businesses who want to participate in the program. Trees will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply for a tree, visit www.naturallyfun.org for an application. For more information about this program, call the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at 817-459-5474 or send an e-mail to Parksdepartment@arlingtontx.gov.

Recommended ages: All

Where: Arlington

Info:  817-459-5474, parksdepartment@arlingtontx.gov

Cost: FREE!

FREE HEALTHY HOLIDAY CLASS PASS: Try one of more than  80 group exercise classes such as Step, Zumba, Cycle, Yoga at one of the three Arlington YMCA branches.

Good to know: The pass can be used multiple times during the Class Pass period. Each time you come to a class, you can enter into a raffle for a free three-month family membership. If you join between November 15 and December 31, 2009, the joining fee will be waived (a savings of $75!).

Recommended ages: All

When: November 15-December 31

Where: Central Branch-2200 S. Davis Drive, Arlington, 817-274-9622; Cooper Branch-7120 S. Cooper St., Arlington, 817-419-9629; North Branch-1005 Skyline Dr., Arlington 817-548-9622

Info: http://www.ymca-arlington.org/fitnessClasses.asp

Cost: FREE! CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE PASS: http://www.ymca-arlington.org/PDF/YMCA%20Class%20Pass.pdf



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11

Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center:
Children of all ages are invited to gather with Santa Claus in front of his new Tudor-style cottage, complete with thatched roof, half timbers and vaulted ceiling (located at Macy's Court), for a very special storytime.  Children's imaginations soar as Santa Claus uses the art of storytelling to share personal accounts of hard-working elves, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus and around-the-world travels on Christmas Eve. 

Good to know: Through December 23.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 11; 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 12; noon, Sunday, December 13; 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 14; 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 15; 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 16; 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17; 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18. 

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Friday Lunch Time with Santa: Children of all ages are invited to eat lunch with Santa and enjoy tales about life at the North Pole. Complimentary lunches for children will be provided, while supplies last.

Good to know: The event will be at the Fireplace near The Green

Recommended ages: All

When: Noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 11, December 18

Where: Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen, Texas 75013

Info: 972-747-8000, http://www.watterscreek.com/

Cost: FREE!



Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark: Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life through the magic of puppetry.  And if you think you know the story, Scrooge is here to show and tell you otherwise!  Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, the grumpy yet wonderfully delightful Scrooge, played by John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette, brings audiences a humorous and interactive adaptation of the central character from "A Christmas Carol." Come back time and again to enjoy this every-changing presentation. 

Good to know: Performances are every hour on the hour. Find Scrooge Puppet Theatre at a new location on Level One in the hallway between XXI Forever and LOFT, near Bookmarks. Through December 24 (10 to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve)

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 11; noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 12; noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, December 13; noon to 8 p.m., Monday, December 14; noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 17; noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Christmas Hayride: A hayride with Christmas storyboards, lights, Christmas Carols and homebaked goods. 

Good to know: Fridays and Saturdays through December 19

Recommended ages: All

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19.

Where: South Hills Baptist Church, 7350 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76123

Info: 817-423-8800, www.southhillsbc.org

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visit Santa's village, which includes animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer, a Lionel® old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a Nerf® soft gun range and slot car racing. Kids can write their letters to Santa at the activity area, where there will also be fun crafts. Don't forget to visit Santa!

Good to know: Customers can get a free 4x6 photo with Santa and his reindeer (photo and gift packages will also be available). If the line gets too long, you can grab a Bass Pass to set your appointment with Santa. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 11; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, December 12; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 13; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, December 14; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 17; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Info: 972-724-2018, http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=18

Cost: FREE!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

Santa and His Reindeer: Meet Santa, sit in his sleigh and get up-close with his beloved reindeer on The Green. Families will have the opportunity to take their own photos, at no charge.

Good to know: The event will be at the Fireplace near The Green

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, December 12

Where: Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen, Texas 75013

Info: 972-747-8000, http://www.watterscreek.com/

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visit Santa's village, which includes animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer, a Lionel® old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a Nerf® soft gun range and slot car racing. Kids can write their letters to Santa at the activity area, where there will also be fun crafts. Don't forget to visit Santa!

Good to know: Customers can get a free 4x6 photo with Santa and his reindeer (photo and gift packages will also be available). If the line gets too long, you can grab a Bass Pass to set your appointment with Santa. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, December 12; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 13; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, December 14; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 17; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Info: 972-724-2018, http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=18

Cost: FREE!



Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center: Children of all ages are invited to gather with Santa Claus in front of his new Tudor-style cottage, complete with thatched roof, half timbers and vaulted ceiling (located at Macy's Court), for a very special storytime.  Children's imaginations soar as Santa Claus uses the art of storytelling to share personal accounts of hard-working elves, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus and around-the-world travels on Christmas Eve. 

Good to know: Through December 23.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 12; noon, Sunday, December 13; 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 14; 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 15; 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 16; 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17; 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18. 

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Showtime Saturdays at the Galleria Dallas: Watch weekly family-friendly entertainment while you shop! Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley of Slappy’s Playhouse present holiday shows every Saturday through December 26. Today's show features Variety Show with Slappy & Monday.

Good to know: All shows are adjacent to Play Place on Level 3.

Recommended ages: All

When: 11:30 a.m., Saturday, December 12

Where: Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway(I-635 LBJ and Dallas North Tollway), Dallas  75240

Info: 972-702-7100, http://www.galleriadallas.com/

Cost: FREE!



Holiday Showcase Benefitting Cook Children's:  Hosted by West 7th Development, this family event includes a balloon artist, face painting and live music from the TCU Christmas Carolers, Eric Tipton, Chatterton, Ricki Derek & The Vegas Six.

Good to know: Photos with Santa will be available for purchase with proceeds benefitting Cook Children's

Recommended ages: All

When: Noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, December 12

Where: Crockett Street, between Norwood and Currie, in Fort Worth

Info: http://www.west-7th.com/, https://www.cookchildrens.org/Pages/default.aspxCost: FREE!

Target Second Saturdays at the Latino Cultural Center: Kids will enjoy bilingual storytelling, Latin American children's games and dance workshops.

Good to know: Every second Saturday of the month

Recommended ages: All

When: Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 12

Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204

Info: 214-671-0045, http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/

Cost: FREE!



Free Photos with Santa: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos in the Texas Big Game Museum. There will also be children’s holiday coloring and Santa wish list activities as well as taste samplings of fudge, roasted nuts and dips.

Good to know: The Texas Big Game Museum is located on the lower level near the hunting department.

Recommended ages: All

When: Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 12, Sunday, December 13, Saturday, December 19, and Sunday, December 20

Where: Cabela's, 12901 Cabela Drive (I-35W North and State Highway 170 at Exit 65 near Alliance Airport), Fort Worth 

Info: 817-337-2400,www.cabelas.com/fortworth

Cost: FREE!

Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark: Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life through the magic of puppetry.  And if you think you know the story, Scrooge is here to show and tell you otherwise!  Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, the grumpy yet wonderfully delightful Scrooge, played by John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette, brings audiences a humorous and interactive adaptation of the central character from "A Christmas Carol." Come back time and again to enjoy this every-changing presentation. 

Good to know: Performances are every hour on the hour. Find Scrooge Puppet Theatre at a new location on Level One in the hallway between XXI Forever and LOFT, near Bookmarks. Through December 24 (10 to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve)

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 12; noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, December 13; noon to 8 p.m., Monday, December 14; noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 17; noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!

Free Holiday Home Decor Consultations: Dallas-area interior decorator Sheri Harrah will offer free home decorating consultations and tips for holiday décor and New Year’s parties.

Recommended ages: Adults

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13

Where: Alliance Town Center, Kirkland’s, 9550 Sage Meadow Trail, Fort Worth

Info: http://www.kirklands.com/

Cost: FREE!

Skate with Santa: Get the kids active this holiday season and skate around the rink with St. Nick. This annual event includes a free public skate, skating with Santa and a Holiday Ice Show.

Good to know: Free public skate begins at 1:30 p.m.; Skate with Santa begins at 2:30 p.m.; and the Holiday Ice Show starts at 3:30 p.m., followed by a free public skate at 4:45 p.m.

Recommended ages: All

When: 1:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Where: Dr Pepper StarCenter, 1400 S. Pipeline Road, Euless

Info: 817-267-4233 

Cost: FREE!



Family Funday at Irving Arts Center: Create greeting cards to share with friends and family, take photos with Santa and take part in holiday-themed art projects. All supplies provided.

Good to know: Event happens on the first three Saturdays in December.

Recommended ages: All

When:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 12; Saturday, December 19

Where: Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062

Info: (972) 252-7558, http://www.irvingartscenter.com/

Cost:  FREE!



Gold Medal Holiday Celebration at the Galleria Dallas: Watch ice skating shows with U.S. National Skating Champions and 2010 Winter Olympic hopefuls. Joining each show is Missile Toes, Galleria's ice skating, back-flipping Santa Claus, along with students from Galleria's ice skating school. Today's show features U.S. National Dance Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White

Good to know: Through December 24, watch the Illumination Celebration -- where Galleria's famous tree lights magically dance to symphonic sounds of the season -- daily at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (no 8 p.m. show on Sundays).

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m., Saturday, December 12

Where: Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway(I-635 LBJ and Dallas North Tollway), Dallas  75240

Info: 972-702-7100, http://www.galleriadallas.com/

Cost: FREE!

Arlington’s Holiday Lights Parade: Annual parade that ends at City Hall with the tree-lighting. Santa will be at Levitt Pavilion after the parade — bring your own camera to take photos with him.

Good to know: The holiday tradition also includes the official lighting of the tree immediately after the parade in front of City Hall.

Recommended ages: All

When: 6 p.m., Saturday, December 12

Where: Parade starts at Main and Center streets in Arlington. Levitt Pavilion is at Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St.

Info: http://www.holidaylightsparade.com/

Cost: FREE!



Christmas Hayride: A hayride with Christmas storyboards, lights, Christmas Carols and homebaked goods. 

Good to know: Fridays and Saturdays through December 19

Recommended ages: All

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, December 12; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19.

Where: South Hills Baptist Church, 7350 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76123

Info: 817-423-8800, www.southhillsbc.org Cost: FREE!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center: Children of all ages are invited to gather with Santa Claus in front of his new Tudor-style cottage, complete with thatched roof, half timbers and vaulted ceiling (located at Macy's Court), for a very special storytime.  Children's imaginations soar as Santa Claus uses the art of storytelling to share personal accounts of hard-working elves, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus and around-the-world travels on Christmas Eve. 

Good to know: Through December 23.

Recommended ages: All

When: noon, Sunday, December 13; 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 14; 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 15; 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 16; 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17; 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18. 

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Free Photos with Santa: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos in the Texas Big Game Museum. There will also be children’s holiday coloring and Santa wish list activities as well as taste samplings of fudge, roasted nuts and dips.

Good to know: The Texas Big Game Museum is located on the lower level near the hunting department.

Recommended ages: All

When: Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 12, Sunday, December 13, Saturday, December 19, and Sunday, December 20

Where: Cabela's, 12901 Cabela Drive (I-35W North and State Highway 170 at Exit 65 near Alliance Airport), Fort Worth 

Info: 817-337-2400, www.cabelas.com/fortworth

Cost: FREE!

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visit Santa's village, which includes animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer, a Lionel® old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a Nerf® soft gun range and slot car racing. Kids can write their letters to Santa at the activity area, where there will also be fun crafts. Don't forget to visit Santa!

Good to know: Customers can get a free 4x6 photo with Santa and his reindeer (photo and gift packages will also be available). If the line gets too long, you can grab a Bass Pass to set your appointment with Santa. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 13; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, December 14; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 17; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Info: 972-724-2018, http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=18

Cost: FREE!



Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark: Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life through the magic of puppetry.  And if you think you know the story, Scrooge is here to show and tell you otherwise!  Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, the grumpy yet wonderfully delightful Scrooge, played by John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette, brings audiences a humorous and interactive adaptation of the central character from "A Christmas Carol." Come back time and again to enjoy this every-changing presentation. 

Good to know: Performances are every hour on the hour. Find Scrooge Puppet Theatre at a new location on Level One in the hallway between XXI Forever and LOFT, near Bookmarks. Through December 24 (10 to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve)

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, December 13; noon to 8 p.m., Monday, December 14; noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 17; noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Free Holiday Home Decor Consultations: Dallas-area interior decorator Sheri Harrah will offer free home decorating consultations and tips for holiday décor and New Year’s parties.

Recommended ages: Adults

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, December 13

Where: Alliance Town Center, Kirkland’s, 9550 Sage Meadow Trail, Fort Worth

Info: http://www.kirklands.com/

Cost: FREE!



National Scouting Museum Free Funday: Kids can see original Norman Rockwell scouting art and the World's Largest Pinewood Derby Car. They can also participate in interactive exhibits, virtual-reality gamebike adventures and the laser shooting gallery. Good to know: Admission is free every Sunday and Monday

Recommended ages: All

When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 13 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, December 14

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

Info: 800-303-3047, http://www.nationalscoutingmuseum.org/

Cost: FREE!

Lighting of Hannukah Menorah at Galleria Dallas: Galleria Dallas recognizes many important holiday traditions including the lighting of the first candle of the Galleria Dallas Hanukkah Menorah, which towers above 15 feet, and will be located on Level 1 near Sephora. Rabbi Dubrawsky from the Chabad of Dallas will lead the event.

Good to know: Following the first lighting, there will be entertainment, refreshments, goodies for the kids and fun for the entire family.

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m. Sunday, December 13

Where: Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway(I-635 LBJ and Dallas North Tollway), Dallas 75240

Info: 972-702-7100, http://www.galleriadallas.com/

Cost: FREE!

Latino Cultural Center's Posada: Join the Latino Cultural Center in celebrating the Latin American tradition of Posadas. In Latin America, a "Posada" represents the journey Mary and Joseph took on their way to Bethlehem. As part of the tradition, the community sings traditional Latin American carols - stopping at various locations seeking "shelter." Procession will begin at Central Square Park at the corner of Swiss Ave. and Oak St. at 4 p.m. At the end of the procession, carolers will be welcomed to the LCC Plaza by Matachines dancers.

Good to know: Traditional refreshments available for purchase.

Recommended ages: All

When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, December 13

Where: Procession will begin at Central Square Park at the corner of Swiss Avenue and Oak Street. in Dallas and end at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204

Info: 214-671-0045, http://www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/

Cost: FREE!



MONDAY, DECEMBER 14

Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center:
Children of all ages are invited to gather with Santa Claus in front of his new Tudor-style cottage, complete with thatched roof, half timbers and vaulted ceiling (located at Macy's Court), for a very special storytime.  Children's imaginations soar as Santa Claus uses the art of storytelling to share personal accounts of hard-working elves, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus and around-the-world travels on Christmas Eve. 

Good to know: Through December 23.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 14; 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 15; 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 16; 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17; 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18. 

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark: Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life through the magic of puppetry.  And if you think you know the story, Scrooge is here to show and tell you otherwise!  Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, the grumpy yet wonderfully delightful Scrooge, played by John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette, brings audiences a humorous and interactive adaptation of the central character from "A Christmas Carol." Come back time and again to enjoy this every-changing presentation. 

Good to know: Performances are every hour on the hour. Find Scrooge Puppet Theatre at a new location on Level One in the hallway between XXI Forever and LOFT, near Bookmarks. Through December 24 (10 to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve)

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 8 p.m., Monday, December 14; noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 17; noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visit Santa's village, which includes animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer, a Lionel® old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a Nerf® soft gun range and slot car racing. Kids can write their letters to Santa at the activity area, where there will also be fun crafts. Don't forget to visit Santa!

Good to know: Customers can get a free 4x6 photo with Santa and his reindeer (photo and gift packages will also be available). If the line gets too long, you can grab a Bass Pass to set your appointment with Santa. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, December 14; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 17; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Info: 972-724-2018, http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=18

Cost: FREE!



National Scouting Museum Free Funday: Kids can see original Norman Rockwell scouting art and the World's Largest Pinewood Derby Car. They can also participate in interactive exhibits, virtual-reality gamebike adventures and the laser shooting gallery. Good to know: Admission is free every Sunday and Monday

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, December 14

Where: 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving

Info: 800-303-3047, http://www.nationalscoutingmuseum.org/

Cost: FREE!



TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15

Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center: Children of all ages are invited to gather with Santa Claus in front of his new Tudor-style cottage, complete with thatched roof, half timbers and vaulted ceiling (located at Macy's Court), for a very special storytime.  Children's imaginations soar as Santa Claus uses the art of storytelling to share personal accounts of hard-working elves, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus and around-the-world travels on Christmas Eve. 

Good to know: Through December 23.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 15; 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 16; 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17; 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18. 

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark: Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life through the magic of puppetry.  And if you think you know the story, Scrooge is here to show and tell you otherwise!  Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, the grumpy yet wonderfully delightful Scrooge, played by John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette, brings audiences a humorous and interactive adaptation of the central character from "A Christmas Carol." Come back time and again to enjoy this every-changing presentation. 

Good to know: Performances are every hour on the hour. Find Scrooge Puppet Theatre at a new location on Level One in the hallway between XXI Forever and LOFT, near Bookmarks. Through December 24 (10 to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve)

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 17; noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visit Santa's village, which includes animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer, a Lionel® old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a Nerf® soft gun range and slot car racing. Kids can write their letters to Santa at the activity area, where there will also be fun crafts. Don't forget to visit Santa!

Good to know: Customers can get a free 4x6 photo with Santa and his reindeer (photo and gift packages will also be available). If the line gets too long, you can grab a Bass Pass to set your appointment with Santa. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 15; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 17; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Info: 972-724-2018, http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=18

Cost: FREE!



WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16

Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center: Children of all ages are invited to gather with Santa Claus in front of his new Tudor-style cottage, complete with thatched roof, half timbers and vaulted ceiling (located at Macy's Court), for a very special storytime.  Children's imaginations soar as Santa Claus uses the art of storytelling to share personal accounts of hard-working elves, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus and around-the-world travels on Christmas Eve. 

Good to know: Through December 23.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 16; 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17; 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18. 

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark: Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life through the magic of puppetry.  And if you think you know the story, Scrooge is here to show and tell you otherwise!  Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, the grumpy yet wonderfully delightful Scrooge, played by John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette, brings audiences a humorous and interactive adaptation of the central character from "A Christmas Carol." Come back time and again to enjoy this every-changing presentation. 

Good to know: Performances are every hour on the hour. Find Scrooge Puppet Theatre at a new location on Level One in the hallway between XXI Forever and LOFT, near Bookmarks. Through December 24 (10 to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve)

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 17; noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visit Santa's village, which includes animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer, a Lionel® old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a Nerf® soft gun range and slot car racing. Kids can write their letters to Santa at the activity area, where there will also be fun crafts. Don't forget to visit Santa!

Good to know: Customers can get a free 4x6 photo with Santa and his reindeer (photo and gift packages will also be available). If the line gets too long, you can grab a Bass Pass to set your appointment with Santa. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 16; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 17; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Info: 972-724-2018, http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=18

Cost: FREE!



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17

Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center:
Children of all ages are invited to gather with Santa Claus in front of his new Tudor-style cottage, complete with thatched roof, half timbers and vaulted ceiling (located at Macy's Court), for a very special storytime.  Children's imaginations soar as Santa Claus uses the art of storytelling to share personal accounts of hard-working elves, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus and around-the-world travels on Christmas Eve. 

Good to know: Through December 23.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17; 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18. 

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark: Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life through the magic of puppetry.  And if you think you know the story, Scrooge is here to show and tell you otherwise!  Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, the grumpy yet wonderfully delightful Scrooge, played by John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette, brings audiences a humorous and interactive adaptation of the central character from "A Christmas Carol." Come back time and again to enjoy this every-changing presentation. 

Good to know: Performances are every hour on the hour. Find Scrooge Puppet Theatre at a new location on Level One in the hallway between XXI Forever and LOFT, near Bookmarks. Through December 24 (10 to 3 p.m., Christmas Eve)

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 17; noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visit Santa's village, which includes animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer, a Lionel® old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a Nerf® soft gun range and slot car racing. Kids can write their letters to Santa at the activity area, where there will also be fun crafts. Don't forget to visit Santa!

Good to know: Customers can get a free 4x6 photo with Santa and his reindeer (photo and gift packages will also be available). If the line gets too long, you can grab a Bass Pass to set your appointment with Santa. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 17; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18.

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Info: 972-724-2018, http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=18

Cost: FREE!

Big Screen on the Green -- Holiday Edition: Families are invited to bring a blanket and watch an entertaining holiday movie on a gigantic two-story inflatable movie screen located in the heart of Watters Creek on The Green. Tonight's movie is Elf, rated PG; Home Alone, rated PG, Dec, 18; A Christmas Story, rated PG, Dec, 19. 

Good to know: No lawn chairs, coolers or alcohol permitted. 

Recommended ages: All

When: Weather permitting movies begin at 6:30 p.m., December 17, December 18, December 19.

Where: Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen, Texas 75013

Info: 972-747-8000, http://www.watterscreek.com/

Cost: FREE!



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

Storytime with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center: Children of all ages are invited to gather with Santa Claus in front of his new Tudor-style cottage, complete with thatched roof, half timbers and vaulted ceiling (located at Macy's Court), for a very special storytime.  Children's imaginations soar as Santa Claus uses the art of storytelling to share personal accounts of hard-working elves, flying reindeer, Mrs. Claus and around-the-world travels on Christmas Eve. 

Good to know: Through December 23.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 18; 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 19; noon, Sunday, December 20; 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 21; 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 22; 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 23 

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Friday Lunch Time with Santa: Children of all ages are invited to eat lunch with Santa and enjoy tales about life at the North Pole. Complimentary lunches for children will be provided, while supplies last.

Good to know: The event will be at the Fireplace near The Green

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 18

Where: Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen, Texas 75013

Info: 972-747-8000, http://www.watterscreek.com/

Cost: FREE!



Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark: Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life through the magic of puppetry.  And if you think you know the story, Scrooge is here to show and tell you otherwise!  Celebrating his 33rd year at NorthPark Center, the grumpy yet wonderfully delightful Scrooge, played by John Hardman of Le Theatre de Marionette, brings audiences a humorous and interactive adaptation of the central character from "A Christmas Carol." Come back time and again to enjoy this every-changing presentation. 

Good to know: Performances are every hour on the hour. Find Scrooge Puppet Theatre at a new location on Level One in the hallway between XXI Forever and LOFT, near Bookmarks. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: noon to 8 p.m., Friday, December 18; noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 19; noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, December 20; noon to 8 p.m., Monday, December 21; noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 22; noon to 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 23; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, December 24

Where: NorthPark Shopping Center, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info: http://www.northparkcenter.com/

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visit Santa's village, which includes animated and live elves, nutcrackers, reindeer, a Lionel® old-time model train area, remote control cars, a Red Ryder® laser arcade, a Nerf® soft gun range and slot car racing. Kids can write their letters to Santa at the activity area, where there will also be fun crafts. Don't forget to visit Santa!

Good to know: Customers can get a free 4x6 photo with Santa and his reindeer (photo and gift packages will also be available). If the line gets too long, you can grab a Bass Pass to set your appointment with Santa. Through December 24

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, December 19; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 20; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, December 21; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 22; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, December 23; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, December 24

Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051

Info: 972-724-2018, http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=18

Cost: FREE!



Christmas Hayride: A hayride with Christmas storyboards, lights, Christmas Carols and homebaked goods. 

Good to know: Fridays and Saturdays through December 19

Recommended ages: All

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19.

Where: South Hills Baptist Church, 7350 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76123

Info: 817-423-8800, www.southhillsbc.org

Cost: FREE!

Big Screen on the Green -- Holiday Edition: Families are invited to bring a blanket and watch an entertaining holiday movie on a gigantic two-story inflatable movie screen located in the heart of Watters Creek on The Green. Tonight's movie is Elf, rated PG; Home Alone, rated PG, Dec, 18; A Christmas Story, rated PG, Dec, 19. 

Good to know: No lawn chairs, coolers or alcohol permitted. 

Recommended ages: All

When: Weather permitting movies begin at 6:30 p.m., December 17, December 18, December 19.

Where: Watters Creek, 970 Garden Park Drive, Allen, Texas 75013

Info: 972-747-8000, http://www.watterscreek.com/

Cost: FREE!

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