Watters Creek Lights up the Holiday Season
Watters Creek at Montgomery Farms will kick off its holiday season on Sat., Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. with its annual Light the Night festival. In addition, Watters Creek will offer a line-up of free, family-friendly events and activities that will keep the holiday spirit alive throughout the season.
Holiday festivities include:
Light the Night– Nov. 18 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Join Watters Creek for a magical evening to kick off the holiday season and welcome Santa. Starting at 4:30, KISS FM’s Billy the Kidd, the evening’s emcee, will help everyone get into the holiday spirit. Mrs. Claus will be passing out free cookies, and there will be complimentary carriage rides, hot cider, caroling, face painting, and more.
The evening’s entertainment includes a performance at 5 p.m. by the Allen Symphony Chorus. They will perform seasonal favorites by the fireplace near The Village Green to keep the “ho-ho-ho” in holidays.
Thanks to the Allen Arts Alliance, Watters Creek will also host costumed performers from the Allen Civic Ballet, children’s crafts, Pop-in-Art and an Allen ISD art exhibit at Blue House Too, located near the Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides.
At 6:15 p.m. guests will be dazzled when Santa lights up the 30-foot tree, the centerpiece of Watters Creek’s holiday display. The 30-foot tree leads a 145,000-glittering light display that includes 20 other trees and Santa’s sleigh with reindeer. The lights are synchronized to holiday music and play every hour from 6 – 9 p.m., daily through New Year’s Day.
The evening’s festivities will top off with a spectacular fireworks display.
Sounds of the Season
Throughout the holiday season, Watters Creek guests can enjoy the annual, Sounds of the Season, a musical collage of seasonal delights. Enjoy performances by local schools, churches and professional musicians for a memorable holiday experience.
Complimentary Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
- Nov. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.
- Nov. 24 and 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Rides from 6 to 9 p.m. on: Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 13-16, 18-23
What could be more charming than a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride on a crisp winter evening? Bring the family or that someone special for a horse-drawn carriage ride around Watters Creek. Carriages hold up to six passengers. Rides are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick-up located by DSW. Weather permitting.
Santa Photos – Nov. 19 - Dec. 24
Everyone’s favorite jolly guy will be available to take photos with children and listen to holiday wishes through Christmas Eve. Visit him at his home away from home, located on Village Green Dr. across the street from The Green and next door to Tangerine Salon. Specific dates and times are located on Watters Creek website atwww.watterscreek.com/events. Holiday photo packages start at $25.95.
Santa Paws, Pet Photos with Santa – Nov. 27 and Dec 4 & 11, 5 – 8 p.m.
Four-legged friends will have their own special time for photos with Santa. Dogs and cats must be leashed at all times or kept in an appropriate carrier while at Watters Creek. $5.00 from the sale of each photo package will be donated to the League of Animal Protectors (LAP).
Black Friday Holiday Shopping Promotion, Nov. 24
Watters Creek is offering a special holiday shopping promotion for one day only. Guests will receive a $30 Watters Creek gift card when they spend $150 at the shopping center on Black Friday, Nov. 24 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Guests receive a $15 gift card from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 24 and until 6 p.m. on Nov. 26, with $150 in same-day Watters Creek receipts. To obtain the gift cards, guests should bring their same-day receipts (as proof of purchase) to Guest Services located in the breezeway between The Cellar and Pure Barre on Village Green Drive. Gift cards are available while supplies last. Limit one gift card, per person, per day. Excludes grocery receipts. Other restrictions may apply.
A Very Jazzy Christmas – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23
Enjoy the holiday music of Eddie Crocetti Jazz from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. The jazz duo will be playing and entertaining guests every Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1-3 p.m. in front of Vera Bradley on Watters Creek Dr.
Watters Creek Toy Drive – Nov. 24 through Dec. 10
Watters Creek invites the community to help give back this holiday season by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for children and/or teens to the Watters Creek Guest Services, The Lofts leasing office, or Santa’s Corner on Village Green Dr. Toys will be distributed through the newly formed Collin County Toys for Tots.
Trees for Troops – Dec. 2, 4 – 8 p.m. and Dec. 3, Noon – 8 p.m.
Watters Creek will join FedEx Freight and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation in honoring members of the U.S. Armed Forces by providing 100 Christmas trees that will be distributed to service members and their families. Guests can participate by stopping by the Trees for Troops tent, located next to Frogg Coffee Bar & Creperie, to write a note of appreciation that will be attached to a Christmas tree and received by a service member or family.
Merry Tuba Christmas – Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m.
Come watch an assortment of tuba players play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites on The Green on Sun., Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tubists of all ages will participate and fill the green with the sound of low brass. Spectators are encouraged to sing along with the Christmas carols and holiday favorites. Merry Tuba Christmas is in partnership with the Allen Philharmonic and musicians will be conducted by Jeff Baker, principal Tuba with the Allen Philharmonic.
Elves, Inc. every Thursday in Dec., 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. AND 5 - 7 p.m.
Located at Blue House Too, the Allen Arts Alliance space on the south end of Market Street, Elves, Inc. offers fun holiday craft projects each Thursday in Dec. On Dec. 7, 11 and 21 kids can participate in creating their own special holiday craft project. It’s open to preschool ages through elementary and is free to participate.
Free valet on weekends
Watters Creek offers free valet to all customers Friday and Saturday from 5 – 11 p.m. throughout the year. Valet is located on Garden Park Dr. across from The Blue Fish, and on Village Green Dr. in front of Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt.
In the event of inclement weather, outdoor events will be cancelled or rescheduled. For the most up-to-date information on Holiday events, visit the Watters Creek website at http://www.watterscreek.com or follow the shopping center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Watters Creek Guest Services can be reached at 970.747.8000.