Christmas Shows and Concerts

The Dallas Fort Worth is filled with the holiday spirit in the form of Christmas concerts, shows, and family-friendly events.

ELF: The Musical

November 27 – December 2, 2018
Music Hall at Fair Park

Based on the hilarious movie, ELF The Musical is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Get your tickets  at Dallas Summer Musicals

A Clint Black Christmas
(with Lissa Hartman-Black)

Clink Black Xmas

Monday, December 5, 7:30
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

GRAMMY award-winning, country music icon, Clint Black will welcome his wife Lisa Hartman Black to the stage for Christmas-inspired performances this December.

The holiday-themed show will include a sampling of Clint Black fan favorites as well as music from both of his Christmas albums: Christmas with You and Looking for Christmas.

Order your tickets online or call the Box Office: 214.880.0202

Christmas Story

December 12 – 16, 2018
Winspear Opera House 

Based on the popular movie of the same name, A Christmas Story follows young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

There’s an infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish.

Order your tickets for Neiman Marcus Kids’ Night invites your child to attend the December 12th performance of A Christmas Story for FREE when you purchase an adult ticket at full price!

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops

December 7-16, 2018
Meyerson Symphony Center

Get into the holiday spirit with this beloved Dallas tradition. You and your family will love hearing the  Christmas classics, sing-along carols, the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the magnificence of the Meyerson decked out in her holiday finest.

Get your tickets soon. This event always sells out quickly!

Big Brassy Christmas Organ Extravaganza

December 10, 2018
Meyerson Symphony Center

Christmas favorites ring out as members of the DSO brass and percussion sections perform a special Christmas program featuring the Lay Family Concert Organ. Order your ticket for this holiday concert.

A Christmas Carol

Dallas’ Theater Center’s holiday tradition.
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Kevin Moriarty
Now Through December 30, 2018
Wyly Theater

Tis the season to be jolly when Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition returns to the Wyly Theatre! Three spirits have come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and to take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future that annually delights audiences across North Texas.

Order tickets online for A Christmas Carol. 

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Discover the Magic of Christmas in Grapevine Texas

Christmas Grapevine logo

Experience seasonal family-friendly fun at more than 1,400 events in 40 days. With more than 1,400 events in 40 days, Grapevine’s charming Christmas setting makes the city the must-visit Texas destination of the season.

Millions of magical lights, enormous decorations, and seasonal events perfectly capture the spirit of Christmas, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Walk through a winter wonderland at the largest ICE! event in the state at Gaylord Texan Resor
  • Experience a journey to Santa’s Workshop aboard the North Pole Express
  • Watch beloved Classic Christmas movies at the Palace Theatre and a whole lot more.

Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas and ICE!

Gaylord Texan Ice 2018Christmas at The Gaylord Texan
November 9 – January 1, 2019.

Join in the Reindeer Games at Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas and ICE! – Christmas is back and better than ever during Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas!

Be amazed this Christmas season with more than two million twinkling lights, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree adorned with 15,000 ornaments, an 8-foot-tall gingerbread house, cookies and milk with Mrs. Claus, and ICE!, featuring the classic story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, carved from more than two million pounds of ice.

The beautiful ice sculptures are hand-carved by a team of remarkably talented master ice artisans from Harbin, China and feature magical holiday scenes, brilliant characters, “On the Blocks” ice bar (21 and up) and two-story tall ice slides.

The 17,500-square-foot attraction is kept at a wintry 9 degrees and the resort provides complimentary parkas, but bring your own mittens and hats. Additional fun activities include an outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Snow Tubing, Gingerbread Decorating Corner and so much more!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com

Journey to Santa’s Workshop at Great Wolf Lodge

Journey to Santa’s Workshop On Board the North Pole Express
November 23, 24, 25 and 30
December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.
Tickets: $28.50 per person.

There’s no better place to feel the magic of Christmas than on board the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express!

Board the beautifully decorated Grapevine Vintage Railroad coaches and begin your journey to the North Pole while enjoying Santa’s Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk, served in a special memory mug, with a delicious Christmas cookie.

As the train arrives at Reindeer Ridge, Mrs. Claus boards the train and presents each child a “We Believe” bell. After the train arrives at the North Pole, guests walk through the North Pole Forest before entering Santa’s Workshop, where a cast of elves and Santa’s helpers are busy fulfilling Santa’s toy requests. Then, Santa arrives and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas before meeting guests in the North Pole General Store for a complimentary photo.

More information is available at GVRR.com.

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge

Snowland Great Wolf Lodge November 24 – January 4, 2019

Bring joy to your family to Great Wolf Lodge this Christmas season for an uninterrupted family time under the enchanting spell of Snowland.

You will be swept away in the holiday spirit with twinkling lights, holiday trees, and indoor snow showers along with special visits from Santa, cookie decorating events with Mrs. Claus and dining inside of a life-size Gingerbread House.

Snowland activities continue throughout the resort with a daily Polar Wolf Walk, the Great Clock Tower show and nightly Snowland-themed Story Time. Apart from the Snowland activities, families can “melt-away” in the comfortable 84-degree weather found in the resort’s massive indoor waterpark.

For information and reservations, visit GreatWolf.com,

Story Time with Santa

You and your family can explore the North Pole Neighborhood where all good little girls and boys can have their photo taken with live reindeer; ride the Carousel.

Enjoy festival food; and hear Christmas tales and sing a song with Santa during Story Time with Santa, November 27 and 28; and December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, 3 – 3:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 per child; sibling discount available.

For more information and to purchase reservations for Story Time with Santa, visit MainStreetSanta.com.

Celebrate a Bricktacular Holiday at LEGOLAND

December 15, 16, 22 and 23

Don’t miss your chance to meet LEGO® Santa at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Holiday Bricktacular.  Put your skills to the test and help our Master Model Builder create a Holiday Quilt, write letters to Santa and more! Dive into SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and find out if you’ve been naughty or nice when Scuba Diving Santa returns!

More Family-Friendly Christmas Events

November 19 – January 6, 2019: Hometown Christmas
Grapevine’s Tower Gallery,  636 S. Main St

Experience the charm and spirit of a classic American town preparing for Christmas. Stroll through vintage vignettes and snap pictures to create Instagrammable memories. This interactive Christmas exhibition will delight kids of all ages. FREE

https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

November 23–December 23: Sweet Christmas Treats at Dr. Sue’s Hot Chocolate Happy Hour
417 S. Main St
2:30 – 5 p.m. daily
Pricing starts at $4.50.

An Elvis Kind of Christmas
Sunday, December 2 at 4 p.m.

Kraig Parker and the Royal Tribute Band” returns with his new show that promises to put you in the holiday spirit. Tickets start at $25. Kids 12 and under, $15.

Classic Christmas Movies  
Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre

  • Movies include Home Alone – November 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • A Christmas Carol – November 30 at 7:30 p.m.
  • A Christmas Story – December 3 and 16 at 7 p.m. and December 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Holiday Inn – December 5 at 7 p.m.
  • White Christmas – December 7, 18 and 22 at 7 p.m. and December 18 and 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Miracle on 34th Street – December 9 and 17 at 7 p.m.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life – December 10, 19, 20, 21 and 23 at 7 p.m. and December 20 at 2 p.m
  •  A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas  (an animated double feature) December 22 and 23 at 2 p.m. and December 22 at 4 p.m.
HOLIDAY HOTEL PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE. For additional information, please contact the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com
ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all related elements © & ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC. All rights reserved

Holiday at the Arboretum: 12 Days of Christmas

Holiday at the Arboretum, Featuring 12 Days of Christmas
and “The Artistry of the Nativity” in The DeGolyer House
November 9-December 3

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum.

From November 9 to December 31, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcome everyone to enjoy Holiday at the Arboretum.

The 12 Days of Christmas

Stroll through the garden and see the Victorian-style gazebos come to life, featuring each scene from the traditional carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. Each gazebo features movement to depict the different beloved characters such as the Three French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming and Seven Swans a Swimming, to name a few.

The garden will reopen for extended hours Wednesday through Sunday from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy more than 500,000 lights throughout the Arboretum, trimming the historic homes and featuring a 30-foot-tall spruce tree in the center of the property. The DeGolyer House features “The Artistry of the Nativity.” The house is open daily during garden daytime hours and on Wednesday nights.

The Artistry of the Nativity

The exhibition in the historic DeGolyer House returns with “The Artistry of the Nativity,” with 500 crèches from over 50 countries representing so many cultures from around the world.  Each of the 500 crèches is made out of unique materials including cork, Waterford crystal, horns, seeds, corn husk, glass, adobe, paper-mache, wood and coconut shells. In addition to the crèches, every room in the DeGolyer House will be elaborately decorated in holiday décor.

Daily & Seasonal Programming for the Main Garden:

The 12 Days of Christmas
Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
November 9-December 31
Adult: $15, Seniors (65 or older): $12, Children (2-12 years): $10
Enjoy elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos on display every day during the holiday festival.

The 12 Days of Christmas at Night featuring 500,000 lights
Wednesday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m.
November 14-December 30
Adults: $20, Seniors (65 or older): $15 Children (2-12 years): $10
The garden will be open late five nights a week for a special, lighted night-time experience.
In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners on November 28, December 5, 12, 19, 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 7 p.m.

The DeGolyer House “The Artistry of the Nativity
Daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., November 24-December 31
Wednesday evenings 6-9 p.m., November 29-December 30
Visit the historic DeGolyer House this holiday season to view magnificent nativity collections on public display for the first time throughout the elaborately decorated house.

Holiday Tea
Daily, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Bring family and friends together and create an annual tradition with holiday tea at Restaurant DeGolyer, lavishly decorated for the season. Reservations required. Call 214-515-6511. Ages 13 and up are permitted in the tea room.

Daily Live Holiday Music
Through December 30
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Val Late Garden
Pack a picnic to cozy up on a blanket and listen to beautiful holiday music performances by local singers and songwriters. Enjoy some eggnog as you hum to familiar songs like Jingle Bells.

Holiday Music and Sweets
Wednesday-Sunday evenings, 6-9 p.m.
Through December 30
Café on the Green
Enjoy warm holiday-inspired drinks, food, and desserts while listening to holiday tunes from local choirs and musicians. Menu items include: warm chestnut soup, potato and leek soup, roasted tomato soup, all-beef Chicago hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, 12 Days of Christmas- themed warm cookies, mulled wine, hot mulled apple cider, Belgian hot chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon coffee, local artisan microbrews, imported and domestic beers, and a selection of red and white wine and champagne.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
Every Thursday evening, 6-8 p.m.
Through December 30
Virginia and Algur Meadows Orientation Theater
On Thursday nights, guests are encouraged to wear a favorite ugly or tacky Christmas sweater. Stop by the orientation theater when entering the garden to show off the sweater and check-in for a chance to win two Cool Thursdays Concert tickets.

Live Music provided by local choirs and ensembles
December 1               Texas Pride Music Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
December 2               Swing Anoba Jazz Ensemble, 12-2 p.m.

White Rock United Methodist Church Choir, 7-8 p.m.
December 5               White Rock Montessori Choir, 7 p.m.
December 6               Asterois Chamber Music, 7-9 p.m.
December 7               St. Paul Choir, 7-7:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Texas Divisional Brass Ensemble 7:30-8:30 p.m.
December 9               First United Methodist Cedar Hill Choir, 7-8 p.m.
December 12            Dan D. Rogers Elementary School, 7 p.m.
December 13            Dallas Police Department Choir, 7-9 p.m.
December 14            Mesquite Children’s Choir, 7-7:30 p.m.

Reliant Santa Hats
November 29, December 5, 13, 14, 23, 6-9 p.m.
Available at the main ticket booth only
Get festive with a Santa hat, given to guests who enter the garden on select nights. These hats light up and make the perfect picture opportunity while enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit at night.

Dallas Arboretum Discounts
BOGO Wednesdays*
Every Wednesday through December 26
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday.

C. C. Young Senior Thursdays
Every Thursday through December 27
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seniors 65 and older get in for $11 general garden admission on Thursdays and receive a 20 percent discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount available at ticket booth only.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 2-12 and free for Arboretum members and children under 2. On-site parking is $15 or $9, if purchased in advance online.