What to Do in Dallas During the Holidays

Need a break from shopping, baking and mailing holiday cards? Create some new traditions with family and friends at DFW’s favorite holiday-themed entertainment venues. There will be plenty of time for roasting chestnuts over an open fire later. DFW has some of the best activities during the holidays with fun for everyone.

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    ••• Angela Patterson

    The tree is up! Don't miss the famous 95-foot Christmas tree above the Galleria's Ice Skating Rink with 1,700 branches, 450,000 twinkling LED lights, and 10,000 colored ball ornaments. Visit a real-bearded Santa in his Village. He's listening to gift requests and taking photos, level 2, near Saks Fifth Avenue. 

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    ••• Texas Christkindl Market

    Christkindl Market is an enchanting family market in the tradition of markets held throughout Germany during the Holiday season. Featuring authentic German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts and holiday gifts. Admission and Parking are free.

    November 25rd - December 23rd, 2016

    Main entrance is at Road to Six Flags and Ballpark Way.

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    ••• Photo courtesy of Children's Medical Center

    What: The 29th annual Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade is a free event open to the public. Sidewalk seating is available along the Parade route. Tickets for reserved bleacher seating may be purchased online. Free 2 and under.

    When: Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10 a.m.

    Where: It begins on Commerce, passes The Adolphus Hotel and ends up at Dallas City Hall.

    Parking/DART: There are multiple street and garage lots for public parking. You can also take DART to the parade. Visit the DART for more information. The parade route is only a few blocks from the Akard Station, the West End Station, Union Station and the Convention Center Station.

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

    Catch the largest exhibition of trains in the southwest at NorthPark. Trains open on November 9, 2016 - January 8, 2017.

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    What: Ice! is back. From November 10, 2016, to January 1, 2017, Santa Claus will be coming to town—the classic TV special will be depicted in a scene made of two million pounds of ice sculptures at the Gaylord Texan Resort.

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    What: Holiday in the Park is the seasonal transition where Six Flags Over Texas transitions into a winter wonderland each year. Enjoy spectacular seasonal shows, tasty holiday treats and an unprecedented Christmas celebration like none in North Texas. Sled down a Frosty's Snow Hill and participate in crafts and sing-alongs. Don't miss the parade 30 minutes before closing.

    When: Holiday in the Park is open weekends and some days beginning November 19, 2016, through January 1, 2017.

    Where: Six Flags over Texas, 2201 Road To Six Flags, Arlington, TX 76010. 817-530-6000.

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    The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to SMU. Imagine 200 beautiful costumes, 9 larger-than-life puppets, and amazing ballet dancers performing the beautiful holiday classic.

    Dates: November 18th and 20th, 2016

    Where: SMU's McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75205. 214-768-3139.

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    What: Downtown McKinney’s premier festival, Home for the Holidays, is right around the corner.  An old-fashioned Christmas festival with horse -drawn carriages, strolling carolers, visits with Santa Claus, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and activities for all ages. Periodically during the month of December, the shops in downtown McKinney will stay open for extended hours for holiday shopping with over 100 boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, apparel, gifts, and antiques. 

    About the Festival
    Home for the Holidays…A McKinney Christmas is the best way to start your Christmas celebration. The weekend after Thanksgiving in Historic Downtown McKinney features non-stop family activities, entertainment, food galore, a chance to finish your Christmas shopping and much more. 

    Christmas Tree Lighting and Candlelight Shopping
    Watch faces light up at the tree lighting on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6:15 p.m. and start (or finish) your Christmas shopping with Candlelight Shopping until 8 p.m. at all...MORE the unique shops on the square. Candlelight Shopping will continue periodically throughout the holiday season.

    Where: Historic Downtown McKinney

    When: Nov 27-29, 2015.

    For more information: 972-547-2660.

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    ••• Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

    Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 26-foot Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters and whimsical animals that are made famous by the beloved 12 Days of Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.

    When: It runs from November 6, 2016 through December 31, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

    Where: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218.