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🎅🏼

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Lights Your Holidays in the Dallas Arts District

Reliant Lights Your Holidays

The AT&T Performing Arts Center presents its annual holiday celebration, Reliant Lights Your Holidays on Saturday, December 4 at the Winspear Opera House on Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District. The family-friendly holiday event is FREE, but you must RSVP in advance to receive general admission tickets.   RSVP for Reliant Lights Your Holidays.

Bring your entire family for an evening of holiday magic and music as Reliant lights up the holiday season at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. They will be illuminating the Center’s campus with brilliant LED lights to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season. 

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Experience the Magic of the Season in The Christmas Capital of Texas

Christmas Grapevine logo

Experience holiday family-friendly fun in Grapevine’s charming Christmas setting. With millions of twinkling lights, experience enormous decorations that perfectly capture the merriment of Christmas, it’s no wonder that Grapevine, Texas is known as The Christmas Capital of Texas

Make plans now to visit the Christmas Capital of Texas for exciting events and activities because it’s merrier in Grapevine.

Gaylord Grapvine Christmas

Gaylord Texan Resort’s Lone Star Christmas

Enjoy acres of twinkling lights and decorations, including a towering 48-foot tall Christmas tree featuring a delightful light show. Join in on all-new holiday activities, shows and events; from snow tubing, snowman building, ice skating to gingerbread decorating.

Your Christmas staycation will feature the Warner Bros. “ I Love Christmas Movies” interactive pop-up experience, where you can walk through the most iconic scenes from your favorite Christmas movies in a multi-sensory experience. You’ll interact and capture moments with the characters, sets, and moments that you know-and-love from holiday film favorites The Polar Express™, A Christmas Story™, Elf™, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation™, and The Year Without A Santa Claus™.

For more information, visit ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com

The North Pole Express

There’s no better place to discover the magic of Christmas than onboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express! You will be presented with a Souvenir Ticket as you begin your journey to the North Pole. Your ticket purchase also includes a “We Believe” Silver Bell, Memory Mug, and a recipe card on how to make Santa’s Special Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk, Delicious Christmas Cookie, and a voucher for a COMPLIMENTARY photo with Santa.

Tickets will sell out fast! Order in advance.

Ticket prices for the North Pole Express are $34 for Touring Class and $38 for First Class, per person. A $5 Lap Child Ticket is required for children under 13 months.
Dates for the North Pole Express are December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.  More information available at GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas.

Experience Great Wolf Lodge’s Snowland

Bring joy to your family this Christmas season with the enchanting spell of Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. This family-friendly resort will whisk you away in the holiday spirit with twinkling lights, holiday trees, and indoor snow showers. Fun-filled Frosty Fest activities are available for families to participate in during Snowland, along with the Great Clock Tower show and nightly Snowland-themed Story Time. 

Apart from the Snowland activities, you can “melt-away” in the comfortable 84-degree weather in the resort’s massive indoor waterpark or enjoy a warm drink from the Hot Cocoa Bar in the lobby. 

For information and reservations, visit GreatWolf.com

More Holiday Fun for the Whole Family…

Spread Christmas Cheer with the Grapevine Christmas Passport: Explore Grapevine’s charming past with the Grapevine Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure. Experience Christmas spirit by visiting Historic Grapevine and participating in take home handmade projects, including:

Stamping brass luggage or gift tag at Millican’s Blacksmith Shop

  • Making a piece of metal tinsel for your tree inside the Grapevine Tin Shop at the Bragg House
  • Decorating a wooden Christmas train ornament at the Cotton Belt Route Section Foreman House
  • Designing a Christmas bookmark inside the Historic Cotton Belt Depot
Grapevine Christmas Passport: $8. Tickets will sell out fast! Order in advance.
Santa Claus and elves

Keepsake Photos With Santa: Take a memorable photo with Santa in the North Pole Express General Store. Located in the Tower Gallery inside Grapevine’s Visitor Information Center. Grapevine’s Tower Gallery is located at (636 S. Main St.)

Gift A Few of Their Favorite Things: Make your list, check it twice and shop for all those who are naughty and nice! With shopping options for every taste and budget in Grapevine, you’re sure to find a little something for everyone. Historic Downtown Grapevine is filled with more than 80 locally-owned shops, boutiques, jewelry stores, winery tasting rooms, home décor studios, collectible shops, and more.

Sip A Little Christmas at Dr. Sue’s Hot Chocolate Happy Hour

Hot Chocolate and Christmas go hand-in-hand, so be sure to savor the chocolatey Christmas flavors at Dr. Sue’s Chocolate Hot Chocolate Bar and Happy Hour.

The aromas of delicious, hand-crafted hot chocolates linger in the air, from 4 – 6 p.m. daily, inviting even the most discriminating palate. The Hot Chocolate Barista serves top quality European cocoa in flavors such as Peppermint, Mexican Spice, and Old Fashioned hot chocolate with customizable toppings, like marshmallows, whipped cream, and spices. Pricing starts at $4.50 per person.

Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas. these and many more holiday events in the Christmas Capital of Texas ❄️

Celebrate the Sights and Lights of the Season

Your Ultimate Guide to the Brightest and Most Festive Christmas Lights in Dallas-Fort Worth!

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Open now Through December 31, 2021

Prairie Lights, the premier holiday light park at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, Texas. This year, instead of the Holiday Village, you and your family will enjoy a complete in-car event. Once you drive up to the entrance of Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with more than 4 million lights set along a two-mile path. There are hundreds of ALL-NEW holiday displays in shapes of all kinds lining and arching over the road.

Halfway through this adventure, you will have the opportunity to order treats and drinks at the new concession drive-thru. The second half of the Prairie Lights drive ends with the new and improved light tunnel – the perfect finale. We suggest buying your tickets in advance.

Dallas Zoo Lights

Dallas Zoo
Open on Selected Nights, Now through January 3

This annual holiday tradition returns to the Dallas Zoo with a safe and socially distant twist! This year’s event has been reimagined as a drive-
thru, allowing your family to enjoy the Dallas Zoo’s brand of holiday cheer without leaving the comfort of your vehicle as you drive through this delightful winter wonderland.

Featuring over one million sparkling lights and elaborate lighted displays, the more than one-mile-long path will take you on a winding route through areas of the Zoo that have not been open to the public for years.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance to allow the Zoo to control traffic and to try to minimize wait times. When purchasing tickets, you must choose a window of time for your entry. Please try to arrive
at the Zoo during that window, so you can join the queue for the drive-thru
. Purchase tickets for Dallas Zoo Lights: www.dallaszoo.com/zoolights.

Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane lane at AAC
Now through December 26

Celebrate the holiday in Candy Cane Lane at the America Airlines Center. This multi-level visual Christmas drive-thru attraction combines all of the wonderful outdoor experiences of Christmas including holiday lights, classic holiday lantern characters, and a wonderland of surprises around every corner. 

Your family will enjoy a safe, memorable experience from the comfort of your own car. Give your kids a Christmas to remember by enjoying all lights and experiences that remind us why Christmas is so special.

There is a special opportunity to get a memorable 2020 photo with Santa Clause himself. Even though your family stays in the vehicle, you can pop your heads out while Santa and his elves socially distanced.  Tickets are $35-$50 for General Admission, or $50-60 for VIP, which includes a socially distanced picture with Santa. Order your tickets for Candy Cane Lane.

Candy Cane Lane is located in the American Airlines Center Silver parking garage* in Downtown Dallas, Texas. The check-in spot for this event is in Lot E at the AAC.

*Please note: Garage max height is 6 foot 7 inches. No buses, RV’s, Hayrides, or riding in the bed of a truck.  All applicable laws apply to vehicles.  Headlights off and running lights on. 5 mph or under.  Ticket prices are per vehicle, so pack up the family and pets! 

More Festive Holiday Lights!

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular

Located Frisco, Weatherford, and Decatur
Now through January 3, 2021

Luminova Holidays

At Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
Through January 3, 2021

The Magic of Lights at The Lakefront in Little Elm

Through January 3, 2021
6:00 to 10:00pm

Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Fort Worth,TX
Through January 3, 2021

Viridian Lights

Arlington, TX
Through January 3, 2021
Follow Concierge Connection on Twitter (@BigDConcierge) for more festive and fun Holday events. #DFWChristmas #DFWHolidayEvents