Santa’s Village – A tiny town of 16 holiday dwellings on the north side of Richardson City Hall (at 411 W Arapaho Rd) is a holiday tradition for families from Richardson and beyond. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity and even a visit with Santa Claus! Attendees can also enjoy live performances, holiday photo ops and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a snack.
Downtown Dallas Wanderland – Eat, drink, shop and be merry– it’s all happening around Main Street, in the heart of downtown Dallas, every Thursday through Saturday from December 1 to December 17. Put on by Downtown Dallas Inc., this winter street fair features everything from dazzling holiday decorations and art demonstrations to live music, outdoor movie screenings (Elf, Christmas Vacation and The Polar Express) and mini pop-up shops set up in rolling trailers. Make sure to drop by the Neiman Marcus flagship for a photo op with Santa (Santa holds residence on the ground floor from 11:30am to 4pm Monday thru Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sunday) and do check out the window displays–they’re always phenomenal!
Six Flags Holiday in the Park – This year’s Holiday in the Park features everything from a spectacular lineup of seasonal shows to a Christmas train ride and a racing hill made of snow. Along with the tallest steel hybrid roller coaster in the world and an assortment of rides to keep thrill seekers of all ages happy, expect to find reindeer dance parties, choreographed light shows, Christmas crafts, holiday karaoke and s’more cookouts around a real campfire. The festivities go on select days during the week and every weekend between November 19 and January 1.
Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas – Be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas, an outdoor exhibit running from November 6 through January 8. The show-stopping display features 12 illuminated Victorian gazebos filled with elaborate scenes and whimsical characters, all of which were crafted by the team that creates sets and costumes for the Dallas Opera. Meanwhile, the historic DeGolyer House will deck the halls with hundreds of Santa figurines and offer afternoon holiday-themed teas plus elegant evening dinners. Also expect to find Santa sightings, musical performances, live reindeer, a holiday market and an assortment of activities geared for the entire family. General admission ranges from $15 for adults to $10 for children ages 3-12.
ICE! – The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine hosts this indoor ice spectacular themed Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town featuring more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, two-story tall ice slides, larger than life decorations, a 12 lane snow tubing hill and more!
Texas Christkindl Market – Inspired by a cherished German tradition, the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, Texas is one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest. This family friendly market features a unique shopping experience for gifts and holiday decorations along with authentic German cuisine, holiday beverages, live entertainment, children’s activities and much more! There’s also everything from storytellers, face painting and carnival games to a 200-foot-long tubing run and a petting zoo. The market features handmade crafts, gift items and food products. Look out for strolling performers, polka dancing and live music too. Entry to the market is free. Through December 23rd.
Prairie Lights – Upon arriving at the entrance of Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along two miles of path. Hundreds of all-new displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Halfway through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, the all-new indoor laser show, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. Once back in your vehicle, the second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget.
A Christmas Carol – Scrooge is back! And she’s cranky as ever! Come kick off the holiday season with us as A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre. In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is immersed in the story with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling from the sky. Full of traditional Christmas hymns in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography and eye-popping special effects, A Christmas Carol is Dallas’ “must-see” Holiday tradition. Through December 28th.
Dallas Jingle Bell Run – The 2016 Dallas Jingle Bell Run promises to be the best and most festive in its 33 year history and we want you and all your family and co-workers to join the fun this year! Mark your calendar and plan on being a part of the celebration. Kids and dogs are welcome! This year the run includes the beautiful new Trinity Strand Trail in the race route. Wednesday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m.
Grand Tree Lighting Celebrations at Galleria Dallas – Visit Galleria Dallas and its iconic 95-foot Christmas tree and take in the weekly tree lighting celebrations. Every show features Missile Toes, Galleria’s back-flipping, pyrotechnic, ice-skating Santa. This year, Galleria Dallas will play host to an amazing array of national and international skating luminaries, including 2012 U.S. National Champions Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, three-time U.S. National Champion and 2006 Olympian Johnny Weir, U.S. Silver Medalist Ricky Dornbush and 2011 U.S. Champion Ryan Bradley.
Santa and His Elves at 470 Feet – ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Santa and his elves are spreading holiday cheer with weekly trips to the GeO-Deck. Guests can enjoy photos with Santa, a balloon artist and tasty treats from Cloud Nine Café! Santa will visit the GeO-Deck every Saturday through December 24 from 12 noon – 3 p.m.
Have a wonderful holiday! We wish the very best and here’s looking to a fabulous new year too!