5 Fabulous Holiday Events Your Family Will Love

The Dallas/Fort Worth has so many festive ways to celebrate the season. From a ICE at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine to  A Christmas Story – The Musical, at the Dallas Summer Musicals, you and your family can enjoy the colors, sights and sounds of Christmas all around the DFW area.

Here are 5 Fabulous DFW Christmas Events Your Family Will Love:

ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman

Gaylord Texan Ice - FrostyNovember 13 – January 3
The Gaylord Texan- Grapeviine, TX

Join Frosty, everyone’s favorite snowman, and his friends on their quest to the North Pole in a colorfully frozen retelling of this original Christmas classic at ICE! Favorite scenes come to life in more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures featuring Frosty the Snowman, including two-story tall ice slides! Enjoy a new bonus area – The Frostbite Factory – and watch masterful ice carvers from Harbin, China up close as they create amazing sculptures before your eyes.

The awe-inspiring ICE! Experience concludes with the wonder and majesty of the Nativity in ice. Purchase an ICE! Fast Pass at the box office for just $15 per person plus tax. The Fast Pass includes front of the line access, a character meet and greet and yummy hot cocoa. For more information about ICE!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reineer

Sunday, December 15, 2019
1:00 and 5:00 pm 
Winsear Opera House

Based on the beloved animated television classic  and the stage production, Rudolph the Red‐Nosed Reindeer this live action musical soars  onto the Winsperar’s stagein December. It’s an adventure that teaches all of us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Tickets are available for the 1:00 and 5:00 pm performances. Visit attpac.com order your tickets.

The Trains at NorthPark

NorthPark  Center
Through January 4

Visit the most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and various other highlights.

The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station as well as interactive features.

For more information, please visit: The Trains of Northpark.

Cost at Exhibit: Tickets are available at the door:
Adults: $7 | Child/Senior: $3 (ages 2 – 12) and SR (age 65+)
Children under 2 admitted FREE
*Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb ($1.00 off regular admission)

Holiday at the Arboretum

Dallas arboretum xmas 2019

Dallas Arboretum
Through December 31

You and your family will delight in the festive decorations at the DeGolyer Estate, take a stroll through the gardens to view seasonal plantings, and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities.

Thousands visit the Arboretum each winter to enjoy the sparkling interior decor of the historic DeGolyer Estate. 2014 will feature the outdoor exhibition, The 12 Days of Christmas. This exhibit will consist of a Victorian collection of three-dimensional, life-size gazebos filled with the charming characters made famous in the old carol.

The Twelve Days of Christmas exhibit will be playful, but with the careful attention to design and detail that visitors have come to expect from the Dallas Arboretum. Please visit www.dallasarboretum.org  for more information and ticket pricing.

Six Flags Over Texas Holiday in the Park

Through January 6, 2015

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas is filled with enchanting experiences to help create those special family fun outings during this magical time of the year. The breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.

Gather with your loved ones to enjoy sparkling lights, glamorous decorations, festive scents and seasonal treats, playful activities, hair-raising rides, and heartwarming shows. Mobility and disability guidelines for certain rides and attractions have recently changed.

Please view the Guide to Rides & Attractions online for more information regarding ride access, height restrictions & special requirements.

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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

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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