Frisco Fall Fun – and Giving Back – in the Age of Social Distancing

In the spirit of ushering in much-needed joy during a difficult year, many people are hopping on winter traditions early – like putting up a Christmas tree before the Thanksgiving turkey is even purchased. Experts agree that it just might be the perfect prescription for brightening the mood.

Meanwhile, there are still plenty of opportunities to celebrate fall and the changing of the seasons in Frisco over the next month. While it might look different this year (adapting is the theme of 2020!), autumn traditions around Frisco can help welcome an atmosphere of gratitude and celebration. Get your pumpkin spice fix at one of these local Frisco shops and then check out these local offerings.

Due to covid-19 safety measures and weather conditions, please confirm each event’s status in advance.

If you’re planning a last-minute trick-or-treating excursion with the kids on Oct. 31, check out The Rail District (3 p.m.-5 p.m.) or Frisco Fresh Market (11 a.m.-3 p.m. – including pet and kids’ costume contests with prizes and a Mad Science event) for free events. For ticketed events, you can experience Sci-Tech’s Spooky Science (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and the NPTA’s socially distanced Drive-Through Trunk or Treat (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Find links to all of these events and more at Lifestyle Frisco.

Pumpkin Patches & Petting Zoos

The whole family will enjoy a trip out to Preston Trail Farms in Gunter, only a 30-minute drive from your home at The Corvalla. Find pumpkins for your fall table or to carve spooky faces at Preston’s Big Orange Pumpkin Farm through Nov. 25. Visitors can also enjoy hayrides, a six-foot hay maze, the cafe and a petting farm for a taste of the country life. You also have just a few more days (through Oct. 31) to visit Pumpkins on the Prairie in Frisco. 

Get outside and find some delight at the Frisco Fresh Market’s 35-animal mini farm petting zoo on Nov. 15 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Watch the mini goats play and interact with a miniature donkey, cow, horse and more.

Virtual Run Events

Shake off some of the 2020 blues and give back by participating in one (or more) of these virtual 5ks. The Run for Refresh event is Nov. 6-8, and for only $15, you’ll help provide hygiene products to kids in need. The North Texas Turkey Trot virtual race, where you pick your distance, benefits the Miracle League, a sports organization for children with special needs. Register by Nov. 10 to get your swag by Thanksgiving Day. 

Give Back

After a lot of uncertainty and job struggles for many this year, you can spread some cheer in the Frisco area by supporting local causes. Donate directly to the Collin County Toys for Tots – or participate in a charity Motorcycle Ride on Dec. 5. Check out how to help local children through the CASA for Children of Collin County. Golfers, take a swing at the 21st Annual Turkey Shootout (on Nov. 25 in Flower Mound) benefitting the American Cancer Society. Finally, discover the many ways to help those with food insecurity via Frisco Family Services, including a food drive on Nov. 27.

’Tis the Season

Start the wonder early at RADIANCE! A Holiday Light Spectacular in Frisco’s Dr. Pepper Ballpark. This drive-through light extravaganza, open Nov. 11-Jan.3, lets you “marvel at two million lights, animated to the tunes of your favorite holiday classics from the safety and comfort of your car.” Magic light glasses for the kids and hot chocolate top off this perfect holiday tradition.

From Nov. 27-Jan. 4, visit Christmas in the Square for a free holiday lights and music show daily. Stroll the Christmas tree lot, skate on the ice rink or give to the toy drive as you are out shopping. The Frisco Square is an easy 12-minute drive from The Corvalla.

Cozy Fun at Home
If you’ve decided to stay close to home this year for your fall festivities, you can fully embrace old traditions and create fresh ones at your new home at The Corvalla. Grab some s’mores and head to one of the fire pits on site. Enjoy the cooler temps while golfing at the Stonebriar Country Club. In your state-of-the-art kitchen, prepare a full turkey dinner from your grandmother’s stuffing recipe to pecan pie. Or save yourself the dishes and order in or eat out at one of the many local Frisco restaurants offering Thanksgiving Day meals.

Let your first holiday season at The Corvalla be marked with joy and anticipation!

A big thanks to Lifestyle Frisco and Visit Frisco for contributing data to this article.