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

Dallas Arboretum Hosts Family Fun Festivities in October

Family Fun Weekend: October 26 – 27    

dallas arboretum pumpkin patch

The Dallas Arboretum invites you and your family to partake in Family Fun Weekend during Autumn at the Arboretum on October 26 and 27. You wil enjoy strolling through the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village and surrounding displays featuring 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash and breathtaking fall color throughout the 66-acre garden. 

Dallas Arboretum Pumpkin Village

Themed It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” the Pumpkin Village includes a ‘Great Pumpkin’ topiary; Linus, Sally and Franklin topiaries looking through the pumpkin patch; Snoopy and Woodstock topiaries atop his dog house; Lucy giving garden advice at her booth; a Schroeder topiary standing near his giant topiary piano and more. 

You can trick-or-treat throughout the gardens, decorate pumpkins, get their faces painted, pet animals in the petting zoo and listen to live music all weekend long. On Saturday, October 26, enjoy a live performance from The Berkner Ramblers at noon in the Entry Plaza and a performance by TBA Band, a Dallas-based variety band with a perfect blend of folk, pop, and soul, at 2 p.m. at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.

On Sunday, October 27, enjoy live music featuring The Texas Boys Choir performance at 1 p.m. on the DeGolyer Pergola and The Monkey Love Band from 2-4 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn.  The Volunteer Advisory Board is onsite to capture keepsake photos (for donation) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all weekend.  

On Sunday, October 27 at 7 p.m., watch a special night screening of the movie, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring their own trick or treat bags. Family fun activities are complimentary with paid garden admission.  

Halloween Week at The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Crawl like a scary spider, slither like a spooky snake or hop like a Halloween frog to the biggest monster mash this side of White Rock Lake. Enjoy Halloween programming all week-long starting Friday. The adventure starts with a creepy creative corner, a spooky scavenger hunt, stick-er-treating and more. 

Trick-or-Treating in the Children’s Adventure Garden
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27 

Don’t miss out on a special spooky late night at the Halloween Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden. There will be tricks and treats at every turn! Costumes encouraged for a festive and frightful costume contest. Be sure to stop by the kooky costume spot in the entry plaza! Awards are given at 8 p.m.

For a complete schedule of events happening in the Children’s Adventure Garden, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/visitor-information/gardens-and-pavilions/childrens-adventure-garden/v

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4th of July Activities at the Dallas Arboretum

Celebrate Independence with Live Music at the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden kicks off Independence Day with live music, $2 hot dogs and root beer floats, and more!

You and your family can enjoy patriotic classics, contemporary and jazz musical surprises. Free beer samples from Old Town Brewhouse will be handed out from noon to 3 p.m. at A Tasteful Place.

Active and retired members of the military and first responders with a valid photo I.D. will receive free general garden admission on June 29, June 30, July 4, July 6 and July 7.

1st Cavalry Division Band from Fort Hood takes the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn on June 29 for a patriotic performance from 2-4 p.m., and enjoy free beer samples from Franconia Brewing Company at A Tasteful Place. Winner of the Excellence for Military Concert Bands, the 36th Infantry Division Band, performs June 30 from noon to 2 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert stage and Lawn.

Dallas Arboretum Concert

In The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Fourth of July Weekend, June 29- July 7

Start your holiday celebration off with a booming craft, catch story time with the nation’s bird, Eddie the Eagle, burst with knowledge at the July 4th Plant Lab, and then walk over to visit the patriotic OmniGlobe presentation. The garden is celebrating all week long.

4th of July Activities include:

Saturday, June 29, 2-4 p.m.

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

1st Cavalry Division Band:Enjoy a patriotic performance by soldiers from Fort Hood while picnicking, free with paid garden admission.

Franconia Brewing Company, Noon-3 p.m., A Tasteful Place: Enjoy complimentary beer samples at the Three Sisters Lagoon Overlook.

Sunday, June 30, Noon -2 p.m.

36th Infantry Division Band: Winner of the Excellence for Military Concert Bands, the 36th Infantry Division Band performs on the concert stage. FREE with paid garden admission.

Cherry Pie Demonstration by Emporium Pies, 11 a.m.-Noon

Emporium Pies demonstrates how to make their signature cherry pie from scratch. Learn tips on how to make a traditional flaky pie crust, a delicious cherry filling and a beautiful lattice top. Guests can purchase pie until 2 p.m. FREE with paid garden admission.

Window to the Wild Show

On July 4, Window to the Wild bird show returns at 10:30 a.m., followed by Rushmore Band performing from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. You can enjoy free beer samples from 3 Nations Brewery from noon to 3 p.m. at A Tasteful Place. Bring a picnic to the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn on July 6 to enjoy a performance by Moving Colors, a top party band in Dallas, from 2-4 p.m. On July 7, recording artists from Houston, The Powell Brothers, take the stage from 2-4 p.m.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  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; pre-purchased online parking is $9. For more information, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/summer-at-the-arboretum/