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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town! With another rough year under our belt, many of us are more than ready to welcome the holly, jolly Christmas season.

That’s right Mr. Grinch, we will say it again. Cancel the wallowing in self-pity, staring into the abyss, and wrestling with your self-loathing because we come with enough Christmas cheer to melt any big Grinchy heart. To help you pep up, we’ve gathered all of our holiday events and happenings, wrapped them up here, and topped them off with a nice tidy bow.

So string your Christmas garland and twinkling lights then head out to Garland for additional holiday delight! We are covering all angles, from making holiday shopping a snap to helping you find all the Christmas merriment in town.

Kick-off the season with A Garland Christmas at Firewheel. Garland's traditional Christmas celebration temporarily continues at Firewheel Town Center due to the significant downtown revitalization project. There will continue to be plenty of holiday cheer and merriment for the annual holiday celebration.


Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Visit the Landmark Museum during open hours to receive Downtown Scavenger Hunt clues, a lanyard, and starting instructions. Head to the business described in its corresponding clue and pick up a souvenir pin. Each stop on the hunt has its own unique pin.

Small Business Saturday

Nov. 26 | 11 AM - 2 PM
Kick off the season with an all-day shopping experience on Small Business Saturday in Downtown Garland! Check-in from 11 AM to 2 PM right outside Latham Bakery (700 Main Street) for a complimentary hot drink, a special holiday ornament, and a scratch-off ticket to redeem at a downtown business.


Christmas Lights Festival

Nov. 27 | 5 - 8 PM
Look forward to a Christmas tree lighting, musical performances, bounce houses, and Santa during Lavon Drive Baptist Church's Christmas Lights Festival!


Magical Candlelight Christmas-Town

Dec. 2 | 5 - 9 PM
Several homes on Garland's 11th Street and in nearby historic Embree will be decorated for Christmas and open to the public during "Magical Candlelight Christmas-town 2022" from 5-9 p.m. Friday, December 2.

Carolers On Corners

Dec. 3 | 5 - 9 PM
Hear the sounds of the season and enjoy delicious treats during Carolers on Corners on the Downtown Square, presented by GDBA Saturday, Dec. 3.

The Nutcracker

Dec. 2 - 11 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM
The holiday classic,
The Nutcracker
, presented by the Dallas Ballet Company, is making its appearance at the Granville Arts Center this season. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, which will feature world-renowned guest artists and company members.

Christmas Is For The Birds

Dec. 3 | 10 - 11:30 AM
Preschool and elementary school children are invited to make biodegradable bird feeders out of peanut butter and bird seed. The feeders are then hung in the forest. It's a fun activity that allows children to get a bit messy.

"A Christmas Carol" Presented By CORP

Dec. 9 - 17

In this adaptation of Dickens' novel, Jacob Marley is the guiding spirit to Ebenezer Scrooge's change of heart. Full of fun, thrills, and heart, this version helps audiences see this often adapted classic through a fresh approach.

Holiday Sip And Stroll

Dec. 9 | 6 - 9 PM
The Garland Downtown Business Association is hosting its second annual Holiday Sip and Stroll! Visit participating downtown businesses to shop and sip tasty seasonal beverages.

Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest

December 2022
Downtown storefronts will be dressed to the nines this holiday season! Stroll past the festive, twinkling displays throughout Downtown Garland as businesses show off their unique holiday decor. Vote for your favorites on the Visit Garland Facebook page from Dec. 9 through 19.


Urban Market

Second Saturday of Each Month, Feb - Dec
This “Food & Finds” market features local vendors specializing in farm-fresh foods as well as vintage, repurposed, upcycled, and handcrafted goods.

Thirsty Third Thursday

Dec 15 | 5 - 8 PM
Knock out your holiday shopping and sip complimentary beverages at participating Downtown businesses, all while enjoying the festive sights of storefronts decked out for the holiday season.

Garland Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert

Dec. 16 | 7:30 PM
A special holiday concert featuring Aquiles Machado. Plus the Annual Carol Sing-Along of holiday favorites!


Oh Cozy Night

Dec. 17 | 5 - 9 PM
Downtown businesses will keep their doors open late on the last Saturday before Christmas. Get your last-minute shopping done, and keep an eye out for Santa and the Grinch!

Holiday Movies

Enjoy this holiday season with the family while watching a few of the classic Christmas movies that the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland has to offer!

A Christmas Story

Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
7:00 p.m.


The Santa Clause

Thursday, Dec 15, 2022
7:00 p.m.

It's a Wonderful Life

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2022
7:00 p.m.



Elf

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022
2:00 p.m.


Santa Sightings

One of our hard-working elves is gathering all the Santa Sightings around town so you can visit, snap your picture, and place it over the mantel well before he stops by on Christmas Eve. We will continue to add to the list as we catch up with the jolly old fellow.


Firewheel Town Center Santa Photo

Nov. 18 - Dec. 24
'Tis the season to book Santa photos! Be sure to schedule your Santa Photo Reservation today!


Christmas Lights Festival

Nov. 27 | 5 PM - 8 PM
Come out to Lavon Drive Baptist Church's first ever annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival on Sunday, November 27th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Be sure to stop by Santa's workshop for a free photograph with Santa!

A Garland Christmas at Firewheel

Dec. 1 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Garland's traditional Christmas celebration will feature the lighting of the official Christmas Tree, live performances, Santa, and live reindeer!

Snacks with Santa

Dec. 6 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Look forward to an evening of holiday fun on Tuesday, Dec. 6! Enjoy making crafts at Santa's Craft Workshop, playing some reindeer games, taking pictures with Santa, instructor lead demonstrations, and having a snack with Santa and his helpers.



Santa Land

Dec. 9 | 6 PM - 8 PM
Enjoy a walk-through photo-op experience featuring "Santas in training", the REAL Santa, a Dancing Lights display, and tasty Christmas treats. FREE for the whole family!




Pancakes with Santa

Dec. 10 | 8 AM - 12 PM
Enjoy pancakes and take your picture with Santa! Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets include all-you-can-eat pancakes, one sausage patty, milk or coffee and a photo with Santa!



Breakfast with Santa!

Dec. 10 | 8 AM - 1 PM
Join Santa for breakfast at the Branding Iron at Firewheel Golf Park! Bring your camera for a photo with Santa and a toy for the Toy Drive.



The Urban Market

Dec. 10 | 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Santa is coming to town! More specifically, to the last Urban Market of the year. Mark your calendars so you can see the big guy and shop for the holidays from local vendors.
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