The 12 Days of Christmas Holiday at the Arboretum

Holiday at the Arboretum features The 12 Days of Christmas, the DeGolyer House Christkindlmarket Treasures and the New Christmas Village with more than one million lights add to the nighttime ambiance to the holidays!

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden invites you and your family to celebrate the holidays with a classic tradition and a brand new magical exhibition during Holiday at the Arboretum, from November 9 to December 31, 2019.

The 12 Days of Christmas, depicts each day in the beloved Christmas carol with 12 Victorian-style gazebos, returns to delight people of all ages. You can see them during the day or lit up at night, with more than one million lights adorning the garden and the 30-foot-tall spruce tree.

The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and opens for extended hours for The 12 Days of Christmas at Night, Wednesday through Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m., starting November 13. 

DeGolyer House Christkindlmarket Treasures

Beginning November 29, the DeGolyer House will be open daily and on Wednesday evenings.  Excitement will fill the garden with the arrival of the brand new holiday attraction, The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village.

The festive holiday spirit fills the lavishly decorated DeGolyer House Christkindlmarket Treasures. Each room in this historic home showcases a collection of holiday treasures typically found in European Christmas markets. The elaborate décor provides the ambiance to create a unique and magnificent holiday experience.

The Christmas Village features 12 old-world European-style shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet. Measuring 16 to 19 feet tall, each house is themed and large enough so that several children and adults can enter at a time and experience that particular business.

And back by popular demand, this holiday season is the 12 Days of Beer series, and a tasting experience held every day at A Tasteful Place. Every Thursday night, an Ugly Sweater Contest will also be held for a chance to win two Cool Thursday Concert tickets. For more information and a full listing of holiday events and activities, visit www.dallasarboretum.org/holiday

 “One of the things we love most about the holidays is celebrating the season with family and friends, and there’s no better place to do that than the Dallas Arboretum,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant. “We’re honored to be part of such a special tradition where the community comes together to experience the more than one million dazzling lights at Holiday at the Arboretum.”

Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant

Other Holiday Events at the Dallas Arboretum

Christmas tree branch with ornaments
  • Visits with Santa, Wednesday Evenings 6-9 p.m., November 13-December 18, Saturday & Sunday Noon-4 p.m., November 30-December 22: Bring the kids to share their Christmas wishes with the Jolly Old Man, and take a keepsake photo to commemorate the occasion.  Santa Claus has his own house and a sleigh for photo opportunities every Wednesday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. *The Dallas Arboretum Volunteer Advisory Board provides the commemorative pictures for a donation.
  • Holiday Drinks & Eats Café on the Green, Daily 11 a.m.-3 p.m: Enjoy special holiday drinks including pumpkin lattes, frosted mints, mulled wine and Mexican Hot Chocolate, pumpkin bars, holiday paninis, and soup served in sourdough bread bowls.  
  • Holiday Tea, Daily, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m: Holiday Tea is served inside the charming and historic DeGolyer House lavishly decorated for the holidays, where you can indulge in a seated, 3-course tea experience. Tea prices begin at $49 per person and include parking and admission. Raise a glass to the most wonderful time of the year by adding champagne service for $59 per person. Reservations are required. Call 214-515-6511. Ages 13 and up are permitted in the tea room
  •  Ugly Sweater Contest Every Thursday Evening 6-8 p.m.: Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater, and enter the contest for a chance to win two Cool Thursday Concert tickets. 
  •  A Texas Kind of Christmas Author Speaker Series, November 23, 11 a.m.: Don’t miss the special presentation of A Texas Kind of Christmas, a holiday-themed collection of three connected stories set in 1859 in Dallas and based on the true history of the St. Nicholas Hotel, one of the most fashionable grand hotels of its time. The authors include Jodi Thomas, a New York Times bestselling author, Cecile Bonaduce and Rachael Miles. Their presentation is followed by a Q&A and a book-signing for guests who bring their beloved books.
  • Outdoor Movie Party: White Christmas Presented by Alamo Drafthouse, November 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.:  Spark holiday cheer with this timeless classic starring Bing Crosby. This show-stopping musical keeps everyone dancing and singing along, so bring blankets and bundle up with the entire family to enjoy a memorable evening. Paint
  • Create Your Own Keepsake Holiday Ornament, December 5, 6-8 p.m., Create a one-of-a-kind painted holiday glass ball ornament. Anne Gunthner demonstrates and works with each participant to create a beautiful hand-painted glass ornament of a house or personal animal portrait. Those interested in painting a portrait are asked to bring a good quality photo for reference.
The 12 Days of Christmas, Daily
9 a.m.-5 p.m. November 9-27, Adult: $12, Seniors (65 or older): $12, Children (2-12 years): $10
November 29-December 31, Adult: $15, Seniors (65 or older): $12, Children (2-12 years): $10
For more information, visit www.dallasarboretum.com

Six Flags Over Texas: San Antonio


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Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio. (PRNewsFoto/Six Flags Fiesta Texas)

San Antonio is home to Fiesta Texas, The Thrill Capital of South Texas. This year they introduce The Joker Carnival of Chaos as the perfect complement to their expanding theme park! With a speed of up to 75 miles per hour, this cutting-edge marvel also reaches a stunning 17 stories in the air! This MASSIVE pendulum swings back and forth while rotating counterclockwise, and as it whips back and forth — higher and higher it gives riders a staggering view of the world below them.

What’s New at Fiesta Texas!

Set in the newly announced DC Universe section of the park, it will further compliment the park’s trilogy of Super Heroes, by re- introducing the Joker villain to the mix of branded rides and attractions. 

Fiesta TX Wonder Woman Roller Coaster

Six Flags Fiesta Texas recently introduced a new industry innovation, WONDER WOMAN: Golden Lasso Coaster, the world’s first single rail coaster with a single track design that is only 15 and 1/2 inches wide. 

Their Mardi Gras, Fright Fest and Holiday In the Park events all return in 2019 to amaze and delight, as well as a newly announced year round operating schedule to include weekends and holidays. 

Visit San Antonio and see why Six Flags Fiesta Texas is the prime location for thrills, deep in the heart of Texas!

Contact your concierge for a special link to purchase discounted tickets.

Waterpark Season is Here!

The weather in North Texas is getting hotter and that means it’s time to splash it up at one of our wonderful waterparks. Here are a few of our favorites:

Hawaiian Falls 

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks

Hawaiian Falls offers you relief from the summer heat and gives your family the chance to share experiences that they’ll remember fondly for years to come. With multiple Dallas and Fort Worth waterpark locations including Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, and Waco, there’s a location near you no matter what part of North Texas you’re in. Hawaiian Falls overflows with aquatic fun for the whole family.

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks are notable for their clean environment, free parking, and fun-filled attractions that range from extreme to serene.

Contact your concierge for discounted tickets, and visit www.hfalls.com for more information. 

Bahama Beach Family Waterpark

Bahama Beach is your Daycation Destination!

Conveniently located only 10 minutes south of downtown Dallas, you can get away from it all without ever leaving town. Enjoy attractions such as 45-foot-tall slides for the big kids and adults who are young at heart, to an interactive water playground with a 1,000-gallon dumping bucket for the little ones. For those who want to kick back and relax, grab a tube, wade into one of two zero-depth entry beaches, and take a float down the lazy river.

To top it all off there is plenty of shade, private cabanas, and food and beverages to satisfy all of your summertime cravings. Get out in the sun and join in the fun!

For more information, visit www.bahamabeachdallas.com. Contact your concierge for discounted tickets. 

NRH2o Family Water Park

NRH2O is North Texas’ favorite family water park, conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth. The park offers a full day of fun for everyone in your family! Whether you want to ride the waves in the wave pool, brave thrilling water slides, or just relax in the Endless River, they have something for everyone!

Be sure to check out their events for Dive-In Movies, fireworks, and much more! NRH2O is also the best place to host your next group outing or birthday party! NRH2O offers free tubes, life jackets, and parking. Coolers are welcome.

Contact your concierge for a special link and promo code to purchase discounted tickets. For more information, visit www.nrh2o.com

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown (Formerly Wet & Wild Splashtown ), features over 40 exciting slides and attractions. Houston’s largest waterpark introduces an innovative new six-story waterslide–Wahoo Wave, along with new Caribbean themes and improvements throughout the park. 

The 48-acre park also features a bold new, Caribbean-inspired theme, s well as new rides and dining locations. For more information, visit www.wetnwildsplashtown.com

Hurricane Harbor

Embark on a family adventure at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor . The park has 47 acres of water wonderland to enjoy!

Hurricane Harbor has something for everyone, including Hook’s Lagoon, an interactive water playhouse, 9 stories of wild water on Sea Wolf. Try to hang 10 on Surf Rider, take on the “zero gravity” slide—Mega Wedgie, or hop on Dive Bomber, a 5-story free fall experience that will leave you breathless. Enjoy heart-pounding  rides like Typhoon Twister, Tsunami Surge, and Wahoo Racer or just relax in one of the many shaded cabanas.  

Kick Off Summer Right at DFW’s Largest Waterpark! Whether it’s with friends, family or both, head out and have a great time together on this extended weekend! Where will you take the plunge first? Perhaps a refreshing dip to Splashwater Beach or Surf Lagoon is in order. Or maybe more thrilling attractions like Der Stuka or Tornado might be calling.

No matter what you decide, there’s no better way to stay cool in the Texas heat like a visit to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts

For your discounted Bahn Break at ALL Texas parks, contact your concierge for a special link and promo code! You will receive a 10% discount off of general admission tickets to New Braunfels, South Padre Island, Corpus Christi, and Galveston. Concierge discounts are available online ONLY and require an advance purchase. For more information, visit www.schlitterbahn.com

Don’t forget, the Concierge has great deals on amusement park admission tickets. Contact your concierge for special promo codes and links.