The Most Festive Events in Dallas This Holiday Season
Brighten up your winter.
Whether you have a favorite holiday tradition or you’re looking to start a new one, you’ll find so many festive events in Dallas that even Santa would have trouble experiencing them all. Luckily for you, we’re highlighting 21 ways to catch the holiday spirit this year, so bundle up (including your face mask), then surround yourself with sparkly lights, laughter, and the sound of jingle bells around every corner of North Texas.
Sure, Breakfast with Santa’s geared for the kids, but they wouldn’t offer mimosas and Bloody Marys by the carafe if they didn’t want adults partaking in the socially distanced fun. In addition to eating, drinking, and being merry with the Clauses, you can also have a photo opp with a live reindeer, make s’mores around a fire pit, and enjoy themed cocktails at the North Pole Café. Or make a weekend of it with a Santa Suite package.
Cost: $45 per adult
Eight lanes of snow-covered hills await with unlimited rides all day long for one price. Add on snowball target practice, ice skating, or a walk through a 50,000-square-foot outdoor light display or bundle several activities together for a discount. As always, the indoor holiday light show and atrium holiday displays can be accessed for free.
Cost: $21.99 (tubing all-day pass); additional activities extra
Lowest Greenville; The Union
The annual holiday bar experience, Miracle, returns to Dallas at 2010B Greenville Avenue, one of more than 100 venues in the world to host the cocktail pop-up. Meanwhile, Sippin’ Santa is a companion experience at Royal 38, a restaurant and bar from the founders of HIDE (Miracle pop-up’s former home) featuring a holiday beach theme and tropical decor. Reservations are highly recommended for both experiences.
White Rock Lake
The great outdoors make for one of the safest ways to experience the holidays with others and the Dallas Arboretum has more than 66 acres and one million lights to enjoy. Highlights include a 25-foot-tall Christmas tree, a life-size Christmas village, and a dozen Victorian-style gazebos representing everything from 12 drummers drumming all the way back to that partridge in a pear tree.
Tower over 1600 feet of tracks meandering through multiple holiday-themed American landscapes from coast to coast. For the past 33 years, this holiday tradition has benefited the great work of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, raising more than $13 million to date.
Cost: $10 for adults
If you’re a sucker for photo ops, this festive, interactive experience features plenty of holiday-themed backdrops to amaze your online friends, family, and followers. Bring your own camera or pose for the integrated professional cameras with instant, touchless, digital delivery. Make sure to visit the nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree at the Galleria ice rink before or after.
Complete your holiday shopping with plenty of local businesses through a safe, virtual experience in this completely reimagined event. Live performances will be streaming on social media, too, for an extra dose of holiday cheer.
More than 3 million lights in musical light tunnels, safe photos with a masked Santa, and ice skating highlight this indoor/outdoor experience. Strolling performers and adult beverages add to the festive vibe.
Cost: $24.99 for adults (parking and ice skating extra)
In addition to many of the regular thrill rides and coasters (including Riddler Revenge and the classic Shock Wave), visitors can enjoy dozens of special holiday-themed activities and entertainment. Sled down a hill covered in real snow, kiss someone under Texas-sized mistletoe, and marvel at the nightly tree-lighting spectacular.
Cost: $19.99-39.99 (adult one-day admission); $59.99 (2020/2021 season pass)
The Jewish Community Center of Dallas kicks off the eight-night Hanukkah celebration with the lighting of the tallest menorah in Texas, on display outside. Festivities include a car parade that starts at Chabad of Dallas and ends at the lighting ceremony at the JCC.
The classic Frank Capra holiday film comes to the stage as a 1940s radio broadcast with five actors portraying all the characters. To maintain social distance from people outside your household or quaranteam, tickets will be sold by the table, each seating between two and six people.
Frisco, Decatur, Weatherford
This year’s Radiance! Holiday Light Spectacular takes place in three different cities, each with a 20-30 minute drive-thru experience now through January 3. Purchase tickets to one or all three, with VIP upgrades for faster access, hot chocolate for each person in the car, and magic viewing glasses for kids.
Cost: $30 per vehicle ($50 VIP)
Not to be confused with the road trippable Marfa lights that may or may not appear when you want them to, the Prairie Lights drive-thru experience features more than 4 million lights along a two-mile path to experience from the warmth and comfort of your car. Concessions will also be available for purchase at the half-way point should you want to make it a dinner-and-show kind of night.
Cost: $30-189 (depending on vehicle size & fast-pass status)
This year’s Dallas Zoo Lights extravaganza has been reimagined as a drive-thru experience with more than one million lights, some glow-in-the-dark monkeys and other creatures, plus a real-life penguin threesome hanging out in an ice palace.
Cost: $65 per car ($50 for zoo members)
Klyde Warren Park
Bring your own blanket or lawn chair to join DJ Haze for some Chanukah beats, pre-packaged sweets and treats, and an interactive art installation. From 6 - 6:15 pm each night, the menorah will be lighted as part of the holiday celebration.
Everybody’s favorite, slightly judgmental church lady takes to the virtual stage to bring a holiday version of her 701 Club, complete with a cavalcade of special guests. The ever-witty creation of Paul J. Williams, Sister Helen Holy will have you laughing ‘til you wet your stockings. Luckily, you’ll be in the comfort of your own home.
Magic of Lights at the Lakefront delivers a drive-thru twinkle-light extravaganza, with a free walk-through night on December 5. Travel a little over a mile and pay per vehicle for one low price, with a significant discount for advance tickets.
Cost: $26-$35 for standard vehicles
Bishop Arts District
Get in the holiday spirit(s) at this insanely fun holiday pop-up bar inside Good Companions. Thematic cocktails, including the Rebel without a Claus, add to the enjoyment of the seriously decked-out halls complete with elves on shelves and super-sexy, ultra-“frageelay” leg lamps. Plus, a major highlight will be drag queen Gloria Devine as a jello shot-selling Mrs. Claus.
Ella’s Swinging Christmas puts a nostalgic spin on the holiday season with Feleceia Wilson Benton starring as the iconic singer in this on-demand video event.
Cost: $19 (individual); $29 (family-style)
Meander through multiple light displays or perch yourself in a lawn chair and simply absorb the experience at this leashed-dog-friendly outdoor event. Bring your own snacks, or visit one of several food and beverage vendors on-site to make it a perfect date night.
Cost: Free (including parking)
Reserve your tickets then get the pickup location for the Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Sips Tour from Dallas by Chocolate. This 21+ version of the experience allows motorcoach riders to bring their own boozy drinks to enjoy between stops around the city to marvel at holiday decorations while listening to festive music and snacking on sweet treats from top local businesses.
Cost: $54 (adults only)
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