Santa’s Village, Richardson’s holiday “city within a city,” will officially open Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the giant pecan tree and the arrival of Santa. Visiting Santa’s Village has been a holiday tradition for area families for more than 30 years.

Admission and parking are free. Each of the colorful buildings features a treat and/or fun activity for children, including a visit with Santa at Santa’s House and Workshop. Attendees can also enjoy live performances and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and other treats sold at the Castle Café.

Dates and hours of operation are:

  • Dec. 7-8 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 12-15 from 6-9 p.m.
  • Dec. 19-22 from 6-9 p.m.

Dec. 12 and 19 are designated as “Hometown Thursdays” for Richardson residents and require a free ticket for admission.

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“Hometown Thursdays” Begin at Santa’s Village Dec. 12

“Hometown Thursdays,” nights at Santa’s Village especially for Richardson residents, will be held on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 6-9 p.m. Admission requires a free ticket, available at the following locations during regular business hours:

  • Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Heights Recreation Center, 711 W. Arapaho Rd.
  • Huffhines Recreation Center, 200 N. Plano Rd.

Proof of Richardson residency, such as a driver’s license or water bill, is required to obtain a ticket (up to eight tickets per night). A limited number of tickets are available. Santa’s Village will remain free and open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights and open for strolling 8 a.m.-9 p.m. on days when the buildings are closed.

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