Dec 7, 2022 - Things to Do

A guide to holiday fun in Dallas

The Dallas Arboretum's LED tree. Photo courtesy of Cormac West

If you happen to be heading to North Texas for the holidays, we've got some tips to make the journey as bright and gay as possible.

What to do: If you do nothing else, you must go to the Dallas Arboretum to see the annual Christmas displays.

  • "Holiday at the Arboretum" includes 12 ornate vignettes depicting the 12 days of Christmas and an elaborate Christmas village with drinks, snacks and various goodies for sale.
  • There's also a mansion on site that features art from a variety of other cultural holidays.
  • Buy tickets ahead of time. Prices range from $11 to $35.
Fake swans swimming
Fake swans, fake swimming, real holiday magic. Photo courtesy of Cormac West

Other options: Grapevine, right between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the official Christmas Capital of Texas.

Where to stay: Stay at the Gaylord or Hotel Vin, which is right next to the train stop. Both are all decked out for the holidays.

Yes, but: If you'd rather see some amazing light displays from the comfort of your car, try these neighborhoods.

  • If you'd rather sit back and drink while someone else drives, you can book limo or bus tours through Dallas' most opulent 'hood, Highland Park.

The bottom line: Whether you like your holidays with Dickensian decadence or you're just looking for some special experiences with the kids, North Texas has something great for you.


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