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Dec 11

7 Ways To Experience Winter In Allen

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 4:32 PM by Cambria Jones

Though we generally have mild weather and lack of snow this time of year, we still have signs of holiday cheer. If you’re looking for something to do, we have plenty of ways to keep you busy this season. Put on a light jacket and let’s take a sled ride through seven of the best holiday happenings this winter!

1. Carriage
1.  Experience An Enchanting Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Looking to rest your feet after spending your day shopping for gifts? Watters Creek offers complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides with enough space for you and five of your closest companions. Starting at Designer Shoe Warehouse, you and your crew will experience a cozy, charming 15-minute ride around Watters Creek, and feel the crisp winter air while marveling the spectacular lights. Visit our calendar for a complete schedule and plan your ride. Your chariot awaits!  

2. Sounds of Season
2. Indulge In Live Jazz Tunes This Season
Looking for something more soothing than the sounds of shopping bags and bustling feet? We’ve got you covered. Also at Watters Creek, you can experience a very jazzy Christmas and enjoy the smooth sounds of Eddie Crocetti and his band. A polished musician since the age of 14, Eddie’s been delivering smooth jazz and blues for over 25 years. Kick back, relax, and enjoy a soulful blend of jazz and blues, available Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season on Market Street in front of Vera Bradley. Visit our calendar for a complete list of showtimes!

3. Ice Skating
3. Practice Your Ice Skating Skills 
Say it ain’t snow (OK, it’s not – but that doesn’t mean we won’t whisk you away to a wonderful winter experience)! Allen Community Ice Rink boasts an 80 by 200 foot ice surface, perfect for gliding across the ice with ease and grace, or getting your hockey on and striking some pucks to lead your team to victory. Anyone can try out our grand, icy facility and show off their moves for just $5 entry and $3 skate rentals.

4. Sesame Street
4. Go Happy Tappin’ With Elmo And The Sesame Street Gang
Have your little ones made the “nice” list this year? Give them the gift of seeing their favorite television characters up close and in-person with Sesame Street Live! at Allen Event Center from December 28 through December 30, the characters of Sesame Street will be providing a live, interactive show just for your kids, adding a “Sunny Day” to your Winter break. Join in the fun and sing along to both new and familiar Sesame Street tunes with your favorite cast members including Cookie Monster, Ernie, Elmo, Big Bird, and much more. Practice your Do Wop Hop and grab your tickets today! 

5. Topgolf and Pinstack
5. Test Your Swing At Topgolf Or Score Some Strikes At Pinstack
Take the fun indoors by visiting Topgolf or Pinstack. Topgolf is different from your traditional golf range, with its use of technology. Computer chips are embedded in each golf ball to keep track of your score. The closer your ball lands to the target, the more points you earn. Competing with your friends may drain you of your energy, so keep the party going by refueling with delicious food and refreshing drinks as you play, courtesy of their full-service restaurant and bar.

For more fun and games, check out Pinstack, one of our newest attractions, home to state-of-the-art bowling lanes, an LED rock climbing wall, two-level laser tag, bumper cars, an arcade, and more. There’s something for everyone in your family, whether you’re a kid, teen, or adult!  The fun doesn’t stop there: keep your family fed with Pinstack’s full-serviced restaurant, featuring a diverse chef-inspired menu, sure to satisfy all your cravings. For lively libations, make your way to one of the bars to see what holiday spirits are on the menu.

6. Warm Beverage
6. Enjoy A Warm Beverage 
There’s just something about sipping a warm beverage in the winter time. We’ve got several cafes that make for the perfect setting to do just that. Black Walnut Café features a cortado, a velvety coffee consisting of a double-shot of espresso, topped with steamed milk to balance the acidity of the espresso. Seasonal favorites, such as the white chocolate mocha and peppermint mocha, are also available to get you into the holiday spirit. 

At Frogg Coffee Bar and Creperie, you’ll find a selection of handcrafted coffees with ambiance of a quaint, European restaurant. Frogg offers warm, classic drinks including smooth macchiatos, sweet white chocolate mochas, and classic foamy lattes paired with specialty crepes you can only find at this locally-owned restaurant. Take a look before you sip, and you may be surprised at the festive flair of latte art included in your cup, surely making your drink Instagram-worthy. 

Caffe Promenade, another place you’ll only find here, brings you premium beverages and a comfortable atmosphere. With creamy, spicy chai lattes, rich espressos, strong americanos and classic cappuccinos, mochas in a variety of flavors, and lattes, this café has got all types of brews to satisfy your coffee cravings. 

7. Shopping
7. Finish Your Holiday Shopping Without The Stress of A Crowded Mall 
Still missing a couple of gifts from your holiday wish list? You can finish up your holiday shopping right here! The Village at Allen offers both big box chains, such as Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and local retailers, including Allen Jewelers, for a diverse shopping experience. The Village also boasts an outdoor fireplace under a pavilion with comfortable seating to keep you warm during your shopping breaks. Plus, there’s a dog park, a children’s playground, and a Texas-shaped hedge maze to keep all your children occupied (whether they have fur or not)!

Another premier shopping experience awaits at Watters Creek. You’ll find stores like Ann Taylor, Bath and Body Works, ACO Boutique, Altar’d State, and more. Watters Creek also has interactive public art, walking trails, a treehouse playground, and an outdoor fireplace to really enhance your time here.

We know with so many things to experience this season, it may be tempting to extend your visit – and we hope you do!