8 Fun Things To Do with Holiday Visitors in DFW

IMG_1560The gifts are unwrapped, the big Christmas dinner is over and now you have a house full of bored out of town guests. Now what? You could go shopping for after Christmas sales or you could entertain your holiday visitors with a few of the festive sights and sounds of the season in DFW.

1. The Trains at NorthPark

The Trains at NorthPark is 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; New England’s fall foliage; 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.  Thru 1/5/2014 at NorthPark Center.

2.  Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas is transformed into a winter wonderland with spectacular holiday shows, thousands of twinkling lights, traditional seasonal food and strolling carolers. Thru 12/29/2013

3.  Dallas Cityscape at Galleria Dallas

Experience the best of Dallas on a miniature scale during the holidays with the Dallas CityScape at Galleria Dallas. Benefitting the East Dallas Community Schools, see iconic Dallas buildings and landmarks made completely from toy building blocks. Thru  1/5/2014

4.  Polar Ice House Grapevine Lasar Skate

Take the whole family out to the Polar Ice House Grapevine, Inside Grapevine Mills Mall for  the “coolest” party in town. On Friday and Saturday nights the house lights go down, the strobe lights come on, and a DJ comes out on the ice to spin some tunes. Laser Skate night is open to adults and children and takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night.  Thru 2/1/2014

5.  Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park Dallas

Everyone will love the beautiful and colorful Chinese Lantern Festival. Twenty-four spectacular displays  include a pagoda composed of 68,000 pieces of porcelain dishware – plates, bowls, spoons, and cups – all hand-tied using traditional techniques. Thru 1/5/2014

6.  Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Gift of Lights, a holiday spectacular drive-thru show featuring more than two million LED lights. You will enjoy more than 600 unique and exciting holiday displays across 1.7 miles at Texas Motor Speedway (3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth). Guests pay $20 per car Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays and $15 per car Monday thru Thursday. Displays range from Santa Claus, carolers, toy drum, a nativity scene to reindeer flying school, and the Old Lady who lived in a shoe. You can drive through the colorful displays Monday – Thursday 6:00 pm – 9 pm and Friday – Sunday, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Thru 1/5/2014

7.  Sparkle! at the Anatole Hotel

One of the most fun is Sparkle! at the third annual Christmas at the Anatole celebration. Sparkle! brings together one million Christmas lights, an outdoor skating rink, live entertainment and drop-ins from local celebrities from the Dallas Stars and Dallas Zoo to the Anatole Dallas hotel.

8. Ice at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine

Don’t miss the  magic of a Lone Star Christmas with ICE at Gaylord Texan Resort.  Over 1.5 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments and an amazing 54-foot-tall rotating Christmas tree will create the perfect holiday vacation. Spend the day enjoying their holiday events:  ICE! featuring The Nutcracker, Kung Fu Panda Awesome SNOW Tubing and so much more. Thru 1/5/2014

These are just a few of the many fun ways to entertain your out of town guests. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season.