The holidays are right around the corner, which means YOU need to start planning how you're going to take advantage of all of the activities our great city offers. From family affairs to light shows to musicals and fun, there is something available to get every type of person in the holiday spirit. We’ve taken the liberty of creating an informative list of all of the holiday happenings this 2015 season and listed them in order by date in each category. Enjoy!
Lights and Festive Attractions
Holiday at the Arboretum 2015 11/8/2015 - 1/3/2015 Dallas Arboretum
Celebrate the season with Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the return of the gorgeous 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit and The Artistry of the Nativity at the DeGolyer House. Placed throughout the 66-acre garden, twelve intricate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos covered in glass are filled with the delightful costumed characters and winter scenes. During the evening, The 12 Days at Night are illuminated for your viewing pleasure. New this year is the addition of 500,000 lights throughout the garden, including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of the property. Admission is $20 for adults and less for children, members, and seniors.
Gaylord Texan presents ICE! Featuring Christmas Around the World 11/12/2015 - 1/3/2016
Marriot Hotel, Grapevine
Guests can experience the magic of Christmas Around the World as they journey through colorful holiday displays in more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures. Celebrate cultural traditions from around the world featuring holiday scenes and children from Mexico, Germany, Sweden, and more. Enjoy two-story tall ice slides, an enchanting Parade of Toys and larger-than-life ornaments. Guests can travel through the North Pole and sit inside Santa’s sleigh. Experience the Frostbite Factory – an interactive ice carving station or conclude your experience with the majesty of a full nativity in stunning, crystal clear ice.You can also slide down a 12-lane snow tubing hill.
Chi Omega Christmas Market 11/18/2015 - 11/21/2015
CENTENNIAL HALL at Dallas' Fair Park
The Chi Omega Christmas Market offers a unique one-of-a-kind shopping experience with over 175 merchants showcasing gifts for every age including holiday décor, women’s clothing and accessories, home accents, children’s clothing and toys, food gifts, and much more!
Prairie Lights - 11/26/2015 - 1/3/2016 <
5700 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prarie
Prairie Lights features 4 million lights set along two miles of path where visitors can drive through and enjoy the scenery. The cost is $20-$35 per vehicle, and hundreds of all-new displays in shapes of all kinds will line and arch over the roads. Halfway through the drive, visitors can get out of their cars for a stop at Holiday Village, where they'll find food, gifts, Santa Claus, an all-new indoor laser show, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest.
Fair Park Holiday Tree Lighting Festival - 12/3/2015
Friends of Fair Park, Dallas
Experience holiday magic with a tree lighting, old fashioned Victorian carolers, stage entertainment, carriage and train rides, children's crafts, and a reindeer petting area! Children will get a visit from Santa and his elves, and adults can enjoy a laser light show illuminating the iconic Esplanade Fountain.
Celebrate the Holidays at Klyde Warren Park 12/5/2015
Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
Join us for a day of winter fun generously supported by Margot and Ross Perot!
Visitors can enjoy free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday music and entertainment, arts and crafts, a live reindeer and more! The celebration culminates with the lighting of the Klyde Warren tree at 5:45 pm!
Fun for the Kids!
Dallas Children’s 28th Annual Holiday Parade 12/5/2015
Market Street and Commerce, Downtown Dallas
A family tradition, the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade starts near Reunion Tower and circles Downtown before finishing off at the Dallas Convention Center. Filled with Holiday characters, marching bands, celebrities, and big floating balloons, this parade is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Buy reserved seats in advance or just grab a curb (get there early!) – it’s a must do on your holiday list!
The Trains At NorthPark™ 11/21/2015 - 1/3/2016
North Park Center, Dallas
The Trains at NorthPark™ benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas is the most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas. Over 1,800 feet of track takes visitors on a journey across America, from New York City to the Golden Gate Bridge. Tickets will be available online starting November 9th and cost $7.00 for adults, and $3.00 for children. Support a great cause and get in the Holiday spirit!
Breakfast with Santa at the HILTON ANATOLE Starting 11/27/2015
Hilton Anatole, Dallas
Santa Claus is coming to the Hilton Anatole this holiday season starting on Friday, November 27! Join Hilton Anatole for festive favorites including breakfast with Santa, holiday movie nights, gingerbread cookie decorating, seasonal scavenger hunts and more. Book a Breakfast With Santa holiday package now to have an unforgettable family Christmas experience!
Panther Island ICE - 11/20/2015 - 1/18/2016
Cyote Drive-In Complex, Fort Worth
The Return of a Fort Worth Holiday Tradition! Fort Worth is about to get a lot cooler as the city's favorite holiday tradition, Panther Island Ice, returns for another season on November 20th. Fort Worth's only outdoor skating rink remains open seven days a week, including all holidays, through January 18th. Tickets will cost you $11, but it’s well worth it. Show your family a white Christmas tradition – no snow required - in Texas!
Musicals & Theatrical Events
Dallas Children's Theater presents Miracle on 34th Street 11/20/2015 - 12/20/2015
Dallas Childrens Theater
The holiday spectacular is back, as jolly Kris Kringle rescues a single mother and her young daughter who have given up on Christmas. Even the hardest hearts will melt as the nostalgic film classic comes to colorful life with holiday music, humor, and merry elves.
Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents Ebenezer Scrooge 11/27/2015 - 12/23/2015
Pocket Sandwich Theater, Dallas
Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents, for the 34th consecutive holiday season, Ebenezer Scrooge, a musical based on Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Written by Joe Dickinson and Laurie Tirmenstein, directed by Nick Haley, this heartwarming show also opens on the 35th anniversary of the theater, which was founded in 1980 by Dickinson and Rodney Dobbs. Tickets cost $12 - $30 and can be purchased at the link below!
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER at Majestic Theater 12/3/2015 - 12/6/2015
Majestic Theater, Dallas
The most famous reindeer of all reindeer lands on-stage in Dallas this Christmas as Wishing Star Productions brings the screen-classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, to life for your whole family to enjoy.
The Holiday Musical, ELF comes to Music Hall at Fair Park 12/8/2015 - 12/20/2015
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
The Broadway favorite, ELF will once again be touring the nation this Holiday Season. Based on the hilarious movie starring Will Ferrell, this critically acclaimed musical is a joyful addition to holiday theater, with enough hi-tech wizardry and songs to keep the kids engrossed, as well as plenty of jokes for the adults. Bring the whole family and don’t forget to buy your tickets ahead of time below!
Experience Peter Pan 360 Musical 11/11/2015 – 12/6/2015
Threesixty Theatre Tent, Dallas
Escape to Neverland like never before with Peter Pan 360 the immersive theatrical adventure performed in the immersive Threesixty Theatre Tent in the downtown Dallas Arts District! The Holiday season is all about magic, and, what's more magical than Peter Pan? Tickets can be purchased at the link below.
Holiday Concert & Music Events
Kiss FM's Jingle Ball 2015 - 12/1/2015
American Airlines Center, Dallas 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2015, presented by Capital One, will feature a star-studded lineup, including One Direction, Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, and DNCE. Tickets can be bought for as low as $30, which is a steal for this lineup. Take the music lover in your family out for an evening of fun!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve 12/20/2015
American Airlines Center, Downtown Dallas
Also at the American Airlines Center, the 2015 Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour will feature the live debut of The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve. TSO will also release their newest full-length album titled Letters From the Labyrinth, with every ticketholder receiving a digital download of the album. Enjoy this Holiday tradition with a rock and roller in your life. Tickets: $46.50-$76.50
Dallas Opera presents Becoming Santa Claus 12/4/2015 - 12/12/2015
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
Like opera? You should go see Becoming Santa Clause. Here’s the premise: In an Elven kingdom in the Far, Far North, Prince Claus will celebrate his 13th birthday with the party to end all parties; however, a bright star has signaled a momentous birth. Claus decides to dazzle this newborn with an assortment of the very latest toys before discovering that love is the most treasured gift of all. Tickets will run you $19 to $214, so don’t miss out on the magical adventure!
Celebrate the Holidays at the Ballet
Avant Chamber Ballet presents Holiday Celebration 12/10/2015
Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas
Avant Chamber Ballet presents Holiday Celebration, a full-length holiday spectacular with the dancing of Avant Chamber Ballet, carols by Bishop Arts Brass and Tchaikovsky's classic Nutcracker.
Ballet Concerto presents A Holiday Special 2015 12/11/2015
Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas
Ballet Concerto presents the 2015 A Holiday Special dance concert. The annual A Holiday Special will begin with Winterwonderland set to familiar Christmas tunes and choreographed by Margo Dean followed by The Princess and the Magical Christmas Star, choreographed by Christine Hay and restaged by Webster Dean as the featured ballet. Tickets are $8-$25.
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker 12/11/2015 - 12/27/2015
Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth
Filled with enchantment and wonder, The Nutcracker is a delightful addition to any holiday celebration. Flying carpets, snow, and our talented dancers make this show unforgettable.
Tuzer Ballet presents The Nutcracker 12/19/2015 - 12/20/2015
Hill Performance Hall, Richardson
Prepare for a spectacular holiday treat and experience real yuletide enchantment as Tuzer Ballet presents its 31st annual production of the classical ballet, The Nutcracker. Discover the magic of this beloved holiday tradition, which has delighted audiences of all ages. Tickets are $15-$50.