Things to Do in Dallas and Fort Worth in December

Tours, Holiday Lights, Parades, and Charity Runs

If you live in or plan to visit the Dallas and Fort Worth area in December, then there are a bunch of things to do. Many of the activities are holiday-related activities, like the Dallas Holiday Parade or the Prairie Lights display, which are perfect for the entire family. For a non-holiday event, consider one of the many city tours that introduce you to Dallas through your taste buds.

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Taste Tours of Dallas

Potatoes and greens on plate

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Address
3839 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204, USA
Phone
+1 214-272-2327

Tour Dallas via your taste buds on a private bus. Depending on the tour you choose, you can be tasting chocolate, wine, Italian food, barbecue, or tacos and margaritas.

The guided tour helps you explore the city through your stomach. The tour includes transportation via private bus, food samples, and drinks. This type of tour works well for families, friends, groups, and individuals. 

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Homes for the Holidays Tour

Massive hipped roof on a suburban American home inspired by the French countryside
Photo © Jackie Craven

The Homes for the Holidays Home Tour is a tour of four homes—of varying styles (for example, French provincial, renovated historic, or contemporary)—in the Highland Park and University Park area.

Proceeds raised from the tour are used to purchase instructional materials, books, technology, and math materials for kindergarten and first-grade classes at Armstrong and Bradfield elementary schools.

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Dallas Holiday Parade

Neiman Marcus-Adolphus Children's Parade
Louis Curtis, Jr.

The Dallas Holiday Parade kicks off the holiday season. One of the largest parades in the United States, the parade attracts a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. The parade features spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons, and much more. The parade was formerly known as the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade.

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BMW Dallas Marathon

Address
718 N Buckner Blvd #424, Dallas, TX 75218, USA
Phone
+1 214-800-2087

Formerly known as the White Rock Marathon, you can lace up your running shoes and enjoy the BMW full marathon, half marathon, and five-person relay through Dallas. The racecourse highlights iconic landmarks throughout the city and features hundreds of thousands of spectators cheering on participants. Texas' oldest marathon, the race attracts runners from every state and across the globe each December. 

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Enchant Light Maze and Market

Address
1000 Ballpark Way F, Arlington, TX 76011, USA

Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights, you can navigate through a giant Christmas light maze, glide around the ice-skating pond, waltz through the Christmas marketplace, enjoy live entertainment, or share hot cocoa with your loved ones.

The market features gifts from home decor, jewelry, gourmet foods, holiday gifts, and more. The vendor market also includes an Arlington favorite, the Texas Christkindl Market, now known as the Texas Christkindl Market Lane.

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Jingle Bell Run

Address
2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
Phone
+1 214-748-1200

The Dallas Jingle Bell Run benefiting the Trinity Strand Trail and the Mavericks Foundation begins from the Hilton Anatole. This is a festive family-friendly event with a nighttime 5K race, 1-mile fun run, and a lively post-race party. Participants come dressed in their spirited holiday attire and get a pair of jingle bells and glow sticks to "jingle all the way" through the race. Carolers and music are along the racecourse.

The post-race party is held in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole with a live performance and usually an appearance by the Mavs Maniacs, photo opportunities with the Dallas Mavericks Dancers and complimentary (adult and kid-friendly) beverages & snacks.

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Holiday Shows

The Dallas and Fort Worth area features a number of festive plays, concerts, and musicals that offer something for everyone, from a variety of performances of "A Christmas Carol" and Christmas concerts to rock performances and a staging of "The Nutcracker" performed by puppets.

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Trains at NorthPark Center

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Address
8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225, USA
Phone
+1 214-631-7354

The Trains of NorthPark Center offers train lovers 2,500 feet of train track that winds through miniature landmarks like Reunion Tower, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore. More than forty locomotives pull train cars around the track to the delight of kids and adults.

Since 1987, the trains have raised more than $13 million for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, which has helped more than 37,000 families.

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Holiday at the Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical GardensDallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
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Address
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, USA
Phone
+1 214-515-6615

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden present Holiday at the Arboretum featuring the return of the 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit from November 4, 2017, to January 7, 2018. Check out the new “Nutcracker Suite” exhibit, with a combined collection of more than 800 nutcracker figurines.

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Prairie Lights

Address
5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052-3067, USA
Phone
+1 972-237-4569

From Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, you can enjoy Prairie Lights, a two-mile stretch of decorations and festive fun featuring over 4 million lights, hundreds of new displays, an all-new holiday magic light show, a snow maze, walk-through lighted displays, pictures with Santa, seasonal food, and family fun. About halfway through the drive, the Holiday Village has Santa, carnival rides (rides are included with the cost of admission), snacks, and souvenirs. 

 

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Six Flags' "Holiday in the Park"

Holiday in the park

 Six Flags

Address
2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76010, USA
Phone
+1 817-640-8900

Select days from November 17, 2017, to January 7, 2018, Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas, twinkles with Christmas lights. It's the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences—like when rollercoasters mix with a giant dose of Santa Claus. The breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.

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New Year's Eve Parties

New Year's Eve party
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Address
2200 N Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202-1006, USA
Phone
+1 214-978-2583

The Dallas and Fort Worth area has a number of options for you to ring in the New Year in style. Go enjoy a rockin' New Year's Eve show at the Dallas House of Blues or head over to the world's largest honky-tonk at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth for their New Year's Eve show. 

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Things to Do in Dallas and Fort Worth in December