5 Festive and Fun Family-Friendly Holiday Events

Dallas/Fort Worth has many festive ways for you and your family to celebrate holidays. From family favorites like the Trains of NorthPark and events in Grapevine, The Christmas Capital of Texas to the cuddly bear Paddington at the Dallas Children’s Theater.

The DFW area is filled with the bright and beautiful sights and sounds of the season. Stay up to date with the latest news about all of the more holiday events and attractions in North Texas. Follow Concierge Connection on Twitter: @BigDConcierge  #DFWHolidayEvents🎅🏼

Here are 5 Festive Christmas Events Your Family Will Love

Trains of Northpark

The Trains at NorthPark

NorthPark  Center
2nd Floor – ​Between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom
Through January 4, 2022

The Trains at NorthPark has been a holiday favorite for generations of Dallasites. The elaborate exhibit includes 1600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America.

The Trains travel from the autumn foliage of New England to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, with stops along the way to see New York City, Washington DC. Then on to our beautiful city of Dallas and the desert Southwest including the Grand Canyon and the Garden of the Gods—we even have some interplanetary visitors from Outer Space!  More than 70,000 visitors are entertained each season.  

This holiday tradition 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.

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm  Exhibit Closed:  Christmas Day
Early Closings:
Christmas Eve: 10 am-4 pm, New Year’s Eve: 10 am to 4 pm, New Year’s Day: 11 am to 6 pm


$10.00 for adults
$5.00 for children (ages 2 – 12) and senior citizens (age 65 and older) 
Children under 2 admitted free.

​All tickets provide admission to the Trains at NorthPark on any day that we are open. A reservation is not required, and they are not specific to any date/time. All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. 

Tickets are available online or in person at the ticket window when you arrive. For more information, please visit: The Trains of Northpark


Dallas Children’s Theater

Now thru Dec. 23, 2021
Suitable for Ages 4 and up

It’s holiday time in the Brown household, and Paddington — the beloved bear in the red hat, is here to save the day. When he and the Brown’s housekeeper, Mrs. Bird, run out of sugar for the seasonal marmalade jam they are preparing, Paddington heads next door to borrow some from the neighbor, Mr. Curry.

Bur, the grumpy Mr. Curry is even more grumpy than usual. When the good-natured Paddington offers to help Mr. Curry with his chores, chaos ensues, leading to n an unexpected outcome! Watch Paddington try to fix everything in time for everyone to celebrate the holidays?

Order your DCT tickets online: Advance reservations are required. The show will likely sell out ahead of time. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door on show day.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

December 11 (2 performances)
Winspear Opera House

You and your children will love The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical. This magical event will transport you to the North Pole with music and dance. With an original story and score, dazzling sets, and costumes, this joyous and uplifting celebration will leave audiences captivated by the splendor of the season.

Make it Extra Special with The VIP Experience: Complete your The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical experience with the exclusive post-show photo opportunity featuring Scout Elves! Photos will take place in front of a magical North Pole backdrop. VIP packages are included with seats in the first six rows of the Orchestra Section.

Tickets are available online or call the Box Office: 214.880.0202

Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas

December 18
Strauss Square (Dallas Arts District)

With a captivating story of family and friendship set to timeless holiday music by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, and Tchaikovsky, the Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas will delight the whole family.

Take a look at the other dazzling holiday events at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in December.

ATTPAC Safty Protocols: All staff and visitors entering our buildings are required to wear face masks covering the nose and mouth while inside. Masks are required while moving about and seated, regardless of vaccination status.

Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge

Now thru January 5, 2022

Create a new holiday tradition this year. Spend time together under the twinkling lights of Snowland at Great Wolfe Lodge in Grapevine’s Christmas Capital of Texas. Visits with Santa,  Snowflake Story Time, beautifully decorated holiday trees, and magical indoor snowfalls are just a few of the holiday memories you will make at Great Wolf Lodge.

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