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Fun festivities for the holiday season in DFW

Hi friends! It is the best time of year … and I am not talking about my birthday (surprising, I know). Are you getting in the holiday spirit!? I can smell the hot chocolate and hear the Christmas carols already!

Whether you are having a date night, a girls (or bros) night or taking your relatives out on the town, there are so many fun festivities to celebrate the holiday season in DFW! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites below. I know you might be thinking November just started, but some of these activities start THIS upcoming weekend and I didn’t want you to miss out!

Holiday festivities:

  1. ICE, SNOW tubing slides and Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Resort (November 9 – January 1) – Did you know Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas? The Gaylord is like an indoor Winter Wonderland with 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, life-size Gingerbread house (unfortunately, you can’t eat it), over 2 million pounds of colorful, hand-carved sculptures, huge ice slides and an eight-lane tubing hill covered in snow! Fun for the whole family!
  2. Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum (November 9 – December 31) – enjoy holiday drinks and treats while working through the 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, over 500,000 lights throughout the garden at night and a 30-foot-fall-tree.
  3. Dallas Zoo lights (November 16 – January 1) – the zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with over one million twinkling lights, sleigh photos, the Elves’ Workshop, smores and delicious treats, ornament-making activities, nightly music and Santa!
  4. Holiday in the park at Six Flags (November 17 – January 1) – glittering lights and light shows, illuminated trees, holiday entertainment, seasonal treats, Santa’s village and ride into a winter wonderland with Six Flag’s popular rides.
  5. Prairie Lights (November 22 – December 30) – a drive-through lighted holiday park with over 4 million lights! On top of that, there is a snowmazing maze, carnival rides, holiday magic lighted walk-through in the forest, Santa and a whole lot more.
  6. Enchant Arlington (November 23 – December 13) – this is amazing! It is the world’s largest Christmas maze. You can explore the Christmas light maze and help Santa find eight gifts hidden by the mischievous Elf. Ice skating trail through light displays, visit Santa & Mrs. Claus, nightly live music and shows and indulge in seasonal food and treats.
  7. Home for the Holidays in McKinney (November 23 – November 25) – this event is only Thanksgiving weekend. Tree lighting, traditional live Christmas music, Santa, petting zoo, Ferris wheel, carousel, and free admission!
  8. Vitruvian Park in Addison (November 23 – January 1) – walk around the magical holiday wonderland during the Vitruvian lights in Addison. You’ve never seen trees this beautiful! Music, gourmet food trucks, sweet treats, photos with Santa, holiday characters, a balloon artist and more.
  9. Christmas in the Frisco Square (November 23 – December 31) – outdoor skating rink and take a walk through the square to look at holiday lights and see different music shows. Over 175,000 lights!
  10. Christmas at the Anatole (November 23 – December 23) – winter festival in Peppermint Park including a holiday experience, children’s games, holiday shows, light displays, Santa, a magic train ride, attend Elf School and make holiday slime with the Grinch.
  11. Dallas by Chocolate Christmas (December 2 – December 23) – um did someone say chocolate? Heck yes! Taste treats and beverages from local dessert venues while riding in style to view Christmas lights and holiday displays.

Additional events in Dallas:

  1. Christmas carriage rides at Highland Park (December 1 – December 30) – take a carriage ride through Highland Park in Dallas to view Christmas lights. There are many different carriage options you can choose from to take a carriage ride.
  2. Ice skating at the Galleria Mall – skate indoors around the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the US!
  3. Klyde Warren – festive family-friendly activities and events throughout the holiday season. Activities including Santa and Mrs. Clause, face painting, games, live entertainment, and a tree lighting.
  4. The Perot Museum – light-themed science and breathtaking lights throughout the entire museum.
  5. The Nutcracker Ballet – there are many different locations around Dallas/Fort Worth to see this wonderful ballet and get in the holiday spirit!

*This post will continue to be updated throughout the holiday season! Make sure to check back for more.

Have a happy holiday season! Leave a comment with the holiday festivities you will be attending!


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