Deals & Discounts: Free Holiday Events

In tough economic times, frugal shoppers are looking for deals and smart business owners are giving them.  Here are a few deals we've found for the week of Nov. 16-20.

Amy Yates-Garmatz has a ton of deals each week in her Penny Pinching blog.  Find out more here


The City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department will host its 31st annual Christmas Crafts Fair Nov. 21 & 22. Booths will offer handmade holiday decorations and gifts including a large selection of Santas, angels, tree skirts, ornaments, and wreaths. Jewelry and clothing will also be available. The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Plano Centre, 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway. Admission is free.  More information here.

Also on Saturday, The Village at Allen will kick off the holiday season with Santa's arrival and a tree lighting at 6 p.m.  Rumor has it Santa will flip the switch on the 35-foot, interactive tree's 100,000 lights.  More information here.

Another tree lighting ceremony will take place in Southlake on Saturday.  Head over to Southlake Town Square Saturday night for the Festival of Trees (an event running Friday through Sunday) to see the tree lighting.  More information here.

Saturdays and Sundays at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., The Legends of Texas Gunfight Shows take place at Stockyards Station in Fort Worth. The shows are free and attendees can learn about about the history of this part of North Texas between 1835 and the early 1900s.

On Saturday at Dallas' Main Street Garden enjoy live music from Thrift Store Cowboys and Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights. Bring the dog, stretch your legs on the Great Lawn and enjoy a drink while relaxing in the middle of Downtown. Get more information here.


Brite Smile in North Park Mall is offering a 61 percent discount on a skin analysis and Five-Star custom facial.  The $150 facial can be had for $91. See more at

Every Monday through Dec. 31, The Dermatology Southwest Aesthetic Center in Burleson is offering microdermabrasion for only $50.  Call 817-568-0500 or visit them online at

Dunkin' Donuts is offering a medium coffee for only $.25 every Monday through the NFL season.  The offer is good at most participating DFW locations from open to noon. Additionally, customers can redeem their Cowboys game ticket stubs at any Dunkin’ Donuts location to receive a free medium hot coffee on weekdays after every home game.


LeSara Cupcake Bar is offering discount ice cream with a cupcake purchase every Tuesday during the month of November.  The cupcake bar is located in Colleyville and open Tuesday through Saturday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Posados is offering a free nacho bar Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The nacho bar includes beans, meat, queso, lettuce, tomato, salsa and one sopapillia.

On Tuesdays, shoppers older than 55 will be given 15 percent off their purchase at all Metroplex Catherine's Plus clothing stores.


Volunteers with the Dallas Bar Association will answer questions about divorce, child support, wills, insurance, criminal law and more each Wednesday between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.  There is no cost ... call 214-220-7476.

Enjoy a free game of bowling at the Allen Bowl on Greenville Avenue.  The offer is good through the end of the year, though you will need to print out a coupon to receive your free game.  You can get the coupon here.

Dos Pericos Mexican restaurant and cantina in Lake Worth offers all you can eat enchiladas (beef, chicken and cheese) plus rice and beans for only $6.99.

The Core Golf School at Chase Oaks in Allen is offering golf lessons for half price on Wednesdays as well as the ability to bring a friend along for free through the end of the year. Students can bring anyone they would like and get great golf instruction for the price of one.  For more information email Rob Sanders at or call 214-207-0625.  Ladies can ask for assistant instructor Carrie Chambers.  She is hosting a clinic for ladies every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for only $15 ... and private lessons are half-price.  Carrie can be reached at 469-371-7357.


Soft-Text Plus in Fort Worth is offering a reduced rate on printing 500 business cards now through the end of the year.  Call 817-546-9093 for details.

Methodist Richardson Cancer Center is offering free chair yoga classes on the first and third Thursday of each month. The class helps cancer patients manage stress and fatigue.  Call 469-726-6100 for more information.

Law Enforcement Counseling and Consulting Services are offering a free first counseling session for any law enforcement officer or military officer (current or retired) and 20 percent off every other counseling session after that. Call 817-283-5900 for more information.

Billy Bobs Texas offers free line dance lessons every Thursday at 7 p.m. Admission on Thursday is reduced until 8 p.m.


The holidays begin in downtown Dallas on Friday in the Main Street District with the Neiman Marcus building lighting and holiday window unveiling beginning at 7 p.m.  At 7:30 p.m., a parade of lights will weave through the promenade from Neiman's to the Main Street Garden where the city's 60-foot tall tree resides. Visit the cocktail corner at Pegasus Plaza complete with a free photo booth, henna art and DJ Billy Biscuits spinning. Get more information here.


Maggiano's Little Italy wants you to have leftovers "Today & Tomorrow."  First, choose an entree from a special selection of items -- then Maggiano's will give you a second selection to take with you after your meal to enjoy as your dinner the next day. The promotion is available for dine-in only -- find out more on




.  The offer is good through Nov. 25.

Through Dec. 31, Olive: the beauty lounge is offering anyone employed by the Mansfield ISD a $55 facial. The 1 hour customized facial (reg. price $80.00) includes double cleanse, skin consulatation, professional exfoliation, massage, mask and moisturizer. Proof of employment is required (school ID badge) to recieve the special. Call 682-518-1000 or visit their Web site for more information.

Danette's Urban Oasis in

Fort Worth

is offering specials on massages, manicures and pedicures.  For example, a one-hour massage and manicure will cost only $40.  call 817-882-8883 for more information.

You can check out 72 works of art from NASA including drawings and photographs of space exploration for free now through Nov. 22. For more information call the Irving Arts Center at 972-252-ARTS or check out here.

Medieval Times will throw you a birthday party featuring a free feast and tournament on your birthday, all you have to do is join their Birthday Fellowship and purchase on regular-priced admission. Freebies started Jan. 1 and end Dec. 31, 2010. More information at Medieval

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