If you find yourself in Dallas this holiday season, you’re in luck. Both travelers and locals alike can enjoy a wide variety of enchanting experiences. From creative and sometimes eatable holiday motifs, to live entertainment, to the great outdoors, Dallas has plenty of holiday events to bask in, whether you and yours are under the mistletoe or not.
November 9 – December 3
Holiday at The Dallas Arboretum, Featuring The 12 Days of Christmas
Step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum. Once the sun goes down, the true magic happens. Twelve gazebos feature moving figures display the classic 12 Days of Christmas and feature more than one million lights. The entire 66 acres are outfitted for the holidays. Enjoy nativity scenes, specialty houses, and much more. This event has day and night showings. *Tickets start at $10.
November 22 – December 29
A Christmas Carol by Dallas Theater Center
The classic holiday tale of the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge follows what happens when three spirits of Christmas past, present, and future visit him while delivering a dose of perspective and empathy. As Scrooge learns hard truths about himself, you may as well. *Tickets start at $12.50 at the Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
November 29 – December 8
The Nutcracker by Texas Ballet Theater
Take a walk through a mystical winter wonderland with Clara and her Nutcracker prince as they battle the evil rat King and his army of mice, embarking on a delectable journey to the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Kingdom of Sweets. *Tickets start at $25 at the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
November 29 – January 1
Vitruvian Lights at Addison’s Virtuvian Park
Head north to Addison’s Virtuvian Park as 12 acres are transformed into a winter wonderland of brightly lit and colorful Christmas trees. Special events with live music, food trucks, Santa photos, and more take place on November 29 and December 7 and 14. *Free at Virtuvian Park.
Dallas Holiday Parade 2019
Take a stroll down historic Commerce Street for the 32nd annual Dallas Holiday Parade as crowds of more than 450,000 gather downtown. Holiday celebrations include captivating festive floats, marching bands, and showstopping majorettes. Club tickets include swag bags, treats, and a Meet-n-Greet with Santa. *Tickets start at $20, with times between 10 am-12 pm at 1902 Main Street in Dallas.
Over five acres of greenspace is transformed for the holidays with the infamous annual tree lighting ceremony in Klyde Warren Park, a perfect location in the middle of downtown Dallas. Come enjoy holiday music, story time with Mrs. Claus, face painting, crafts, games, visits from Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman, and even real snow. *Free, from 2-6 pm.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
This television classic comes to life on the big stage at the Toyota Music Factory. Sing some carols alongside Linus, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang as you revisit your childhood and enjoy moments of nostalgia. *Tickets start at $29. Doors open at 6 pm at The Pavillion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.
December 27 – 28
Lights All Night at Dallas Market Hall
With a lineup that includes dubstep powerhouses Skrillex, Tritonal, Bassnectar, Zomboy and more, you’ll want to make sure your outfit is blacklight-friendly. Get ready for a high-energy night of holiday fun. *Tickets start at $99 at Dallas Market Hall. Doors open at 6 pm.
November 15 – January 1
Dallas Zoo Light at the Dallas Zoo
The animals go in and the lights come out. The Dallas Zoo transforms into an enchanted winter wonderland by featuring over one million brilliant lights in ZooNorth. Come marvel at the holiday light show and enjoy nightly musical performances, Santa meet-n-greets, an elves’ workshop, animal encounters at the Children’s Zoo, s’mores, hot chocolate, and more special treats. *Tickets start at $17. Times are from 5-9 pm.
Whatever adventures you embark upon, enjoy your 2019 holiday season in Dallas. As they say, “come one, come all”. May your holidays be merry and bright.
Writer: Camille Todaro