Dallas-Fort Worth Events Calendar December

Your Guide to Holiday Fun

There are a lot of fun things to do in December if you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Here are just a few fun activities. Many are holiday-related activities and perfect for the enire family. Get out and do something fun. Don't be a couch potato!

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    woman with red lipstick eating chocolate bar
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    View holiday lights in style on our private bus! Begin by tasting scrumptious treats at such chocolate venues as Tiff's Treats, Nib Chocolate and more. Then relax as you glide past some of Dallas' most spectacular displays in the Park Cities while enjoying great drinks. Bring a blanket (makes it cozy on the bus), listen to holiday music, sit back and relax. Price ($39)includes transportation via private bus, many food samples, and wonderful drinks. Great for families, friends, groups and individuals! dallasbychocolate.com

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    View holiday lights in style on our private bus! Begin by tasting scrumptious treats at such chocolate venues as Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Donna's Pie House Cafe and CocoAndre Chocolatier. Then relax as you glide past some of Dallas' most spectacular displays in the Park Cities while enjoying great drinks. Bring a blanket, listen to holiday music, sit back and relax. Price ($39) includes transportation via private bus, many food samples, and wonderful drinks. Great for families, friends, groups and individuals! dallasbychocolate.com

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    The annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour will feature four homes in Highland Park, Texas + one bonus home.

    Tickets are on sale for $20 in advance from ABPA members, on the Tour website or at Tom Thumb stores. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at the homes for $25.

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    Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade

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    The Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade kicks off the holiday season with a parade of floats, bands, music and more. The parade route starts on Commerce and ends up at City Hall Plaza. Miss America, Miss Texas and Texas Ranger Derek Holland will be riding in this year’s parade.

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    Formerly known as the White Rock Marathon, the Dallas Marathon is usually at Fair Park in Dallas. Cross the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, run through the Dallas Arts District and more. Don't be left behind. The events the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

    Lace up your running shoes and enjoy the Full Marathon, half marathon, and 5-Person Relay.

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    It's a traditional German holiday market featuring live holiday music, authentic foods and beverages, and unique shopping in an Old World atmosphere. Admission and parking are free. Road to Six Flags, next to the Rangers Ball Park in Arlington.

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    What: The  Dallas Jingle Bell Run benefiting the Trinity Strand Trail and the Mavericks Foundation is set at the Hilton Anatole. This is a family friendly and dog-friendly festive event. There is a 1-mile fun run in the evening. For those who want to work off some of those holiday treats, the 5K race starts at 7 p.m. Party at the finish line with food, drinks, and entertainment.

    Where: Hilton Anatole 

    Chip Timing Available

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    Where to catch musicals, plays, concerts and holiday-related shows. Some holiday events actually start in November. Hurry before you miss out.

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    ••• The Dallas skyline at The Trains at NorthPark. Courtesy of The Trains at NorthPark

    What: Lovers of choo-choo trains can enjoy 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.

    Where: NorthPark Center

    Cost: Adults: $6; Kids 3-12 and seniors: $3; free for kids two and under. Discount tickets at Tom Thumb stores. Proceeds provide almost one-third of the annual operating budget for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. 

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    All Month Long: Holiday at the Arboretum

    Holiday at the Arboretum featuring the Artistry of the Nativity. Don't miss this seasonal spectacular with santas, lights, costumed characters and more. A great place to take your kids' photos with Rudolph or Frosty for the Christmas card this year. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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    What: Prarie Lights is 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, new walk-through lighted displays, pictures with Santa, seasonal food and family fun. About halfway through the drive, Holiday Village has Santa, carnival rides (rides are included with the cost of admission), snacks, and souvenirs. Cars with up to eight people in them cost $15 Mon-Thu, $20 Fri-Sun and holidays. Limos and buses cost more.

    When: Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve

    Where: Lynn Creek Park is at 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie. Take I-30 or I-20 to 360 and go south. Make a left of Camp Wisdom Road and a right on Lake Ridge Parkway.

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    It's all your favorite things: roller coasters, pink things and millions of twinkling lights, shows, and Santas. Enjoy through the new year!

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    December Festivals

    Don't miss the Winter Solstice Celebration.

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    DFW has lots of options where you can ring in the new year in style, have a nice dinner with your sweetie, or take the kids to see Prairie Lights or the Dallas Stars. There's something for everyone here.