Welcome to The City That Plays! No matter the way you play, Frisco has something for everyone. This two-and-a-half-day itinerary walks you through the highlight reel of Frisco as you discover that the best way to play is your way.
Where to Stay: Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star
Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star is the place to be for the full holiday experience in Frisco. Located on the 91-acre world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys, Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star presents a unique experience such as their rooftop pool deck with a view better than Santa’s sleigh of Tostitos Championship Plaza, where the Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza happens every Friday and Saturday night November 17 through December 16. Book your stay at omnihotels.com/hotels/frisco.
Day 1: The Star
Breakfast: Ascension Coffee
After a rejuvenating night's sleep at The Omni, it is time to start the first quarter in The City That Plays. Make your way over to Ascension Coffee to begin your day at The Star. Walking Distance from The Omni, Ascension offers a warm, inviting, and relaxing environment perfect for a bearded visitor from the North Pole.
Shopping: The Star District
Santa and his elves work extra hard every year to make sure toys are made and delivered across the globe, but sometimes the elves shop in Frisco. For the sports fans in your life, follow the blue star to Charlotte Jones Collection for Dallas Cowboys products you can only find at the team’s world headquarters.
From Charlotte Jones Collection, head over to Flea Style. This larger-than-life retail experience brings the authenticity of a flea market, and uniqueness of a boutique together in a magical way. Customize a hat at their famous hat bar, shop trendy clothing in their boutique, and gather gifts for everyone on your nice list.
Lunch: Heirloom Haul
Without leaving Flea Style, head over to your reservation at Heirloom Haul, located inside of the boutique. To see why Santa makes Rudolph stop on this roof, try their Big Tex Grilled Cheese, specialty tea service, or their macarons.
Shopping Round 2: Stonebriar Centre
A short drive away you will find where the big man himself is taking photos and present requests in Stonebriar Centre. This Frisco mall is sure to spark the Christmas spirit in even the greenest grinch, with seemingly endless retail options,
Outside of the Box Idea: Dallas Cowboys' Headquarters Tour
The Star Tour is the best way to get to know the district you are staying in. Learn about Ford Center, the Super Bowl Memorabilia & Station, and more as you step inside the life of a Dallas Cowboys player on their turf. Get your tickets at thestarinfrisco.com/tours.
Dinner: Lombardi Cucina Italiana
After a day full of shopping, styling, and exploring, head back to The Star for dinner at Lombardi Cucina Italiana. This stunning authentic Italian restaurant is the perfect place for an intimate holiday season dinner. Be sure to order the Foie Gras to start, and the Bucatini Cacio E Pepe for your entree. Make your reservation at lombardicucina.com.
Christmas Lights: Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza
After dinner, walk over to Tostitos Championship Plaza for the tree lighting of the century. Featuring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Santa, and more, the Cowboy's Christmas Extravaganza is a show that you don’t want to miss.
Nightlife: Snowbird Cocktail Lounge
The tree is lit, the sun is down, and now it’s time to experience Frisco’s nightlife. From Tostitos Championship Plaza, walk over to Snowbird Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen. This adult only lounge is new to Frisco and brings a high-class vibe with unique cocktails and upscale experience.
Day 2: The Rail District
Good morning! We hope you slept well in your Omni suite and are ready for your second day in Frisco. Today, we are taking you up to Frisco’s historic downtown, known as The Rail District, where Santa stops each year to watch the dancing lights.
Breakfast: La Finca Coffee & Bakery
With recipes straight from Mexico, Lee and Patricia Gonzales are always excited to welcome toy-making visitors to their breakfast and brunch stop. When you order, be sure to try one of their freshly roasted coffees, sourced from farmers in Mexico who are close friends of the Gonzales family. P.S. The chilaquiles are an amazing way to start your day.
Shopping: Rail District Boutiques
If you love to shop local like Santa, Frisco is the place to be. In The Rail District, you can find Bittersweet Ivy, Apple Blvd, Willow House, and more. What’s the best way to shop, you ask? This is it:
From La Finca, head over to Tumbleweed TexStyles where you can find one of a kind Texas and Frisco apparel, accessories, and more. Apple Blvd, just one block west of your breakfast, is a boutique that carried trendy clothing and accessories. From there, make sure you check out Style House Frisco, where owner Amanda Embry has combined a salon and trendy boutique under one roof.
As you continue down Main Street, you will pass Willow House, where there is never a cloud in the sky, and Bittersweet Ivy Boutique. Located on the corner of Fifth Street and Main, Bittersweet Ivy offers clothing, accessories and gifts.
Lunch: Didi’s Downtown
This historic home-turned-restaurant is the perfect spot for lunch after shopping at The Rail District. Start with the tempura fried artichoke hearts and end with the dessert of the week, which we hear is what Santa is requesting this year next to his milk. For your meal, we recommend the skillet chicken or the fried BBQ mac n cheese. No reservation required for this delicious and historic stop on Main Street.
Outside of the Box Idea: National Soccer Hall of Fame
After lunch, make sure you have your tickets ready for the National Soccer Hall of Fame experience. This immersive exhibit takes you inside the world of soccer, where you can even picture yourself playing in the World Cup. Design your own scarf, play virtual soccer games, and more with your tickets. Purchase your day pass at nationalsoccerhof.com/visit/ticket.
Dinner: eight | 11 Place
The weather may be frightfully cold, but these outdoor fire pits will have you singing “Let it Snow” no matter the weather. One of Frisco’s favorite outdoor patio spots, eight | 11 Place serves specialty wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and food that warms the soul. Try one of their wine flights paired with their take on a charcuterie board, Artisan style pizzas, and end your meal with the s’mores board. Make your reservation by calling 469-888-4037.
Lights: Frisco Square
Before heading back to the Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star for a good winter's nap, drive through Frisco Square with your radio tuned to 107.3 FM. Experience these award-winning choreographed Christmas lights as they dance above you, beside you, and in front of you fully covering Frisco Square. Christmas in the Square begins on November 18, 2023. Be sure to park and try your hand at outdoor ice-skating right across from the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Day 3: Must See Before You Go
Before you head out of town, fuel yourself with brunch and stock up on holiday Instagram photos.
Brunch: Aussie Grind
One of the most unique brunch spots in Frisco comes all the way from Australia. Head over to Aussie Grind on Preston Rd. for your fix of freshly squeezed juice, rocky road French toast, or avo smash.
The Instagram-able Museum of Neon Lights
Your last stop is your booking at the Museum of Neon Lights, where you and your family can take photos of every Christmas scene and more. Pose with a disco ball tree, wish your Instagram followers a merry kiss-mas from their lip-shaped couch setting, or convince them you are as sweet as candy while posing between two giant candy canes. Get your tickets at museumofneonlights.com.
While these only account for a portion of what Frisco has to offer this holiday season, we are excited you are joining along for this itinerary. This schedule was built based on a four-day three-night trip, or with plans to arrive for breakfast on day one.
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Want to check out more holiday events and light shows? Read more about what is happening in Frisco on our blog.