The magic returns when Frisco Square's beloved holiday tradition Christmas in the Square kicks off November 24, but those looking to get into the spirit a little earlier are in luck.
The outdoor skating rink will open on November 18, starting Frisco Square's transformation into a winter wonderland even earlier this year (and remain open through January 3).
What else shouldn't you miss when you go? Here are five golden rings — er, things to check off your list.
1. Marvel at the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas
With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring, and eight miles of extension cords, this dazzling extravaganza choreographed by Frisco's own Jeff Trykoski is a can't-miss. This free show runs 6-10 pm daily, and can be enjoyed either by tuning into 107.3 FM in your car or listening to the music as it's piped through the square's speakers.
2. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride
The only thing better than walking under the Christmas lights is riding under them. Provided by North Star Carriage Rides and sponsored by Life Storage, these first-come, first-served cost $6 per person and are available every Friday through Sunday from 6-10 pm. Load at the corner of Coleman Blvd. and Frisco Square Blvd.
3. Claim your Christmas tree
Help Boy Scout Troop 51 raise money for necessary equipment and to send scouts to summer camp by purchasing your Christmas tree from their lot. Fresh-cut Fraser firs, Douglas firs, and Scotch pines are available, and trees range in height from five to twelve feet.
4. Let it snow
Experience "snow flurries" every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays, thanks to the same snow machines used by Disney. No matter the North Texas weather, you can inhabit your very own winter wonderland on the sidewalks of Christmas in the Square.
5. Help fill Santa's bag
Donate new, unwrapped toys or clothing items November 27-December 18 for the Toys for Troops Drive, a proud partnership with Operation Once in a Lifetime. This military nonprofit group helps make the dreams of U.S. soldiers and their families come true, and during the holiday season that includes helping military families provide a good Christmas for their children. Find a list of drop spots here.
And don't forget to mark your calendar for December 16, when Christmas in the Square's special event night will bring even more magic to Frisco. It all starts at 5 pm with a parachuting Santa, and continues with trackless train rides, a four-lane inner-tubing snow slide, holiday treats and vendors, interactive snow play area, inflatables, and visits with Santa at his workshop. Get the full schedule here.