Richardson is all decked out for the holidays, and the seasonal spirit is unstoppable. The city has unveiled a panoply of festive events that range from enchanting Santa encounters to jazzy musical performances. And it all kicks off on a high note with a visit to Santa’s Village at Huffhines Park. Residents can freely waltz through holiday-themed crafts and, not to forget, snap a merry photograph with Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves, as per the City of Richardson, Texas.
But Richardson isn't just a wonderland for the kids—classic cinema buffs have the opportunity to nostalgically relive "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at the Richardson Theatre Centre. There's also a thrilling dance interpretation of 'The Nutcracker' presented by Dallas Repertoire Ballet at the Eisemann Center; admission starts at a reasonable $25. Promising to delight are Chamber Music International performances featuring the markable violinist Cho-Liang Lin, with tickets for adults priced at $45.
The CityLine neighborhood serves as the perfect backdrop for the 'Merry Market' where vintage goods and treats await those ready to tackle their holiday shopping lists. Here, the festivities are free and include kids' crafts and live music. For the more tech-inclined, the Richardson Public Library is offering a no-cost crash course in Google’s suite of tools, and it sounds as though anyone with a library card can become a Google master in no time.
Richardson libraries are turning into gaming hubs where young adults can join in on Mario Party Minigame Madness and an Anime Club, providing a safe space for like-minded folks to geek out with absolutely no charge for pleasure. For those dreaming of a musically white Christmas, festive tunes are on full blast at CityLine LIGHTS, where half a million lights brighten up the area in a free display running through early January.
On the more practical side of things, forget about being stranded with a flat tire because the Bicycle Flat Tire Repair Workshop at Huffhines Recreation Center will teach you to get back on two wheels in no time, again for free. Those who wish to gild their evenings further can experience Intensity Dance’s production of "The Grinch" at the Eisemann Center, dishing out tickets for $32.
Finally, Chabad of Richardson has planned a brilliant Giant Menorah Lighting that promises not just an eyeful of lights but a downright giddy GELT Drop by the local fire department. If you're seeking tech guidance, look no further than the Richardson Senior Center's offer of a free smartphone and tablet course to get residents swiping and typing without befuddlement.