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Head to Farmers Branch for Skating Under the Stars, Santa, Holiday Marketplace and More

Discover it all at 50 Days of Christmas in the Branch.

Step into a living Christmas card during Farmers Branch’s holiday extravaganza, Christmas in the Branch. An action-packed 50 days of Christmas cheer will take place through January 17 with Skating Under the Stars, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, a Holiday Marketplace, and more all in Farmers Branch.

The Dallas area, of course, isn’t known for its outdoor ice rinks…except this holiday season with Skating Under the Stars. Head to Farmers Branch to skate under the blanket of the Texas night sky at the Children’s Health StarCenter.The skating rink is open daily through January 17, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day. For admission prices, skate rental information, group rates, and daily operating hours, visit

Officially kick off the season with friends and family—even the family dog–at the Farmers Branch annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Marketplace from 5 to 9 PM Saturday, December 7 at Liberty Plaza and The Grove. The lighting of the 75-foot-tall Christmas tree, led by Farmers Branch Mayor Robert C. Dye and Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive by firetruck, will take place among Liberty Plaza’s twinkling lighted displays. There’s something for all ages as you stroll through Santa’s Village filled with unique holiday gift vendors, live entertainment from local schools and theater groups, and a variety of festival foods and concessions, including beer and wine. Reminisce with screenings of holiday classic movies Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland. You may even spot Elsa and Olaf from Frozen! Holiday Marketplace will be open for all of your holiday gift buying needs December 7, 14, and 21 at The Grove. Shop for unique gifts at three Holiday Marketplace venues, each featuring live entertainment, activities for children, and concessions.

Other recurring Christmas in the Branch activites beginning December 6 throughout the month include Bah Humbug! A Children’s Christmas; Dickens of a Christmas exhibit tours and lantern-led exhibit tours; Howliday Pawty and Christmas Open House; A Christmas Carol Teas; A Dickens of a Dinner Progressive Pop Up Dinner in the Park; and Pancakes and Pajamas. For specific dates, times, and registration and ticket information, visit


Skating Under the Stars Children’s Health StarCenter Farmers Branch, 12700 North Stemmons Freeway

Holiday Marketplace and Santa’s Village Liberty Plaza and The Grove, 12700 Denton Drive

Event Hotline: 972-919-1433

Sponsored by: Dallas Medical Center, Brookhaven College, Metro Nissan Dallas

About the City of Farmers Branch: The City of Farmers Branch, with a residential population of 40,209 and a daytime employment population of 67,000, is located on the northwest border of the City of Dallas. The City’s 27 parks and lush greenbelts feature nationally-acclaimed, award-winning soccer fields, football facilities as well as baseball and softball complexes. The city’s location in the center of the Metroplex and only 15 minutes away from both DFW Airport and Love Field, along with its 2,200 hotel rooms, making Farmers Branch an ideal location for residents and for business. For more information, visit or


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