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Best Things to Do to Celebrate Christmas in Dallas TX

The holidays are right around the corner, and for many, that includes holiday shopping, dinner parties, and other ways to celebrate Christmas in Dallas!

From classical holiday music to Christmas pop-ups, Dallas is devoted to a gleeful and magical holiday season this year. Read on to learn about the endless ways to celebrate Christmas in Dallas, including themed bars and restaurants, and start planning some festive-filled adventures with the family!

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Celebrate Christmas at the Dallas Galleria Mall

People ice skating around an indoor Christmas tree

For information such as scheduling and ticket pricing (if applicable), visit their website.

  • Enjoy a timeless European Circus featuring holiday-themed puppets, magicians, clowns, contortionists, and jugglers in a fun show for the whole family. You can catch it Friday, Nov. 24 and on Saturdays, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2023 at 1pm and 3pm. FREE!
  • Attend the Grand Tree Lighting Celebration and experience a spectacular ice-skating show, featuring Olympic skaters and the Galleria’s renowned ice-skating Santa, followed by indoor fireworks! Events will be Nov. 24, 2023, at 12pm & Nov. 25, 2023, at 12pm. FREE! <Watch Video>
  • Accompanied by a spectacular music and light show, watch the nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree come to life! Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, 2023 at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. FREE!
  • Come by and meet lovable, adoptable dogs and cats from Operation Kindness. Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, 2023, on Thursdays – Saturdays, from 10am – 6pm and Sundays from 12pm – 6pm.
  • Listen to Mrs. Claus’ favorite Christmas stories during this holiday storytime. Nov. 25- Dec. 23, 2023, at 11:30am. FREE!
  • More than 70 local groups will showcase their talent by performing beloved holiday favorites throughout the center. The dates are Mon – Fri: Nov. 27, 2023 – Dec. 20, 2023. 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. FREE!
  • Join in the holiday festivities at Galleria Dallas with a ticketed skating show benefiting The Family Place and Broadway Dallas. The Grand Holiday Ice Show will be hosted on Dec. 3 & 10, 2023 at 9am. Reservations are $150 for an “igloo” fitting up to 6 guests.
  • Join in celebrating the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of a large-scale Menorah and insightful remarks by Temple Shalom. Dec. 7, 2023, at 6pm.

Cute Photo Ops & More at SNOWDAY

SNOWDAY is an immersive event featuring over 20 festive photo ops, perfect for your feed or annual Christmas cards! Created by the creatives at Baymo Studios, SNOWDAY takes you on an interactive adventure through more than 20 imaginative rooms filled with hundreds of surprises.

The experience lasts for about an hour. Nov. 17, 2023 to Jan. 7, 2024. Tickets range from $10 to $75, depending on age and peak times. Tickets are available online.

Ride the SANTALAND Express

Enjoy a multi-sensory immersive train experience through a magical moonlit forest and enchanted path filled with starry surprises, including polar bears and Santa himself! Nov. 17 to Dec. 24, 2023. Get your tickets online, which range from $10 to $90 depending on age and peak times.

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‘Lots of Food & Festive Drinks – Christmas in Dallas

Dallas has no shortage of Christmas-themed bars and restaurants! So many in fact we had to dedicate a whole post to it. Read about all the festive places to dine and drink in Dallas!

Holiday Things to Do & Christmas Activities in Dallas TX 2022

Christmas Shows in Dallas

The Nutcracker

An adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” this captivating ballet is about a young girl named Clara who embarks on a magical journey on Christmas Eve after her toy nutcracker comes to life as a prince. This heartwarming tale is filled with delightful characters, enchanting music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the timeless spirit of Christmas.

Below is a list of venues across Dallas hosting this classic Christmas performance:

Winspear Opera House & Bass Performance Hall

Performed by the Texas Ballet Theater. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here. Nov. 24 – 26, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 – 3, 2023.

The Dallas Ballet Center

Performed by the Dallas Ballet Company for their 37th annual performance of The Nutcracker. Ticket are sold out, but you can purchase the livestream performance for $40 here. Dec 1- 10, 2023.

Moody Performance Hall & Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium

Performed by Avant Chamber Ballet. Tickets start at $31.50 and can be purchased online for either venue here. Dec. 8 at 7pm, Dec. 9 at 2pm and 7pm, Dec. 10 at 2pm in Dallas; Dec. 22 at 7pm and Dec. 23 at 2pm in Fort Worth.

Majestic Theatre

Espresso Nutcracker performed by the Dallas Black Dance Academy. Tickets start at $55. Purchase tickets here. Dec. 9, 2023 at 7pm.

Performing Arts Center at Allen High School

Allen Civic Ballet, featuring guest artists Stephanie Rae Williams and Elias Re from the Dance Theater of Harlem, and accompanied by the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets start at $20. Dec. 9 at 7pm & Dec. 10, 2023 at 2pm.

Fair Park Music Hall

Returning for their 30th anniversary, the Ukrainian Principal Artists will be performing alongside young, local Dallas artists from local studio, the Dance Movement. Tickets start at $59 and can be purchased online. Dec. 10, 2023, 3pm and 7pm.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Add a twinkle to your holiday calendar with Dallas’ Candlelight: Holiday Special featuring The Nutcracker — held in the enchanting atmosphere of Frontiers of Flight Museum, bathed in candlelight.

This event presents the timeless pieces of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker performed by a talented local string quartet. Beyond the ballet, the evening will be filled with a selection of holiday classics that capture the essence of the season. Please note that all merry-makers under the age of 16 need to be joined by an adult.

Dec. 17 and Dec. 23, 2023 at 6:45 pm and 8:45 pm. Ticket price ranges from $29 – $66. Purchase your tickets here.

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Deaf Theatre

The Egelston Akers Black Box Theatre at the Willow Bend Center of the Arts will portray this classic tale as a 1940s radio show performed by both deaf and hearing actors. Please note that the show contains mentions of suicide, though no death is depicted on stage. Tickets begin at $12 and are available online. Nov. 17 at 7pm, Nov. 18 at 2pm and 7pm, & Nov. 19, 2023 at 2pm.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Dallas Children’s Theater

Join Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and friends in rediscovering the true reason for the season, accompanied by live music. There will also be “ice-skating” at the Baker Theater after the show. Tickets start at $29 and are available here. Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2023.

A Christmas Carol at the Dallas Theater Center

Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a transformative journey as three spirits visit him, guiding him through Christmases past, present, and future. Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, this classic tale is a heartwarming story of joy, redemption, and the true spirit of Christmas. Tickets start at $40.50 and are available online. Nov. 30 – Dec. 30, 2023.

Christmas Pops at the Meyerson Symphony Center

Popular holiday vocalists will join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the choruses, performing classical Christmas favorites and sing-along carols. Santa will also make an appearance! Tickets start at $55 and are available here. Dec. 1 – 10, 2023.

A woman in a black dress gracefully poses on a staircase,

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Theatre Coppell

A couple attempts to organize a church Christmas pageant, only to face the challenge of casting the mischievous Herdman kids – possibly the most creatively troublesome kids ever. Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for seniors and students *plus fees. 2023 dates are: Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8pm; Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 2:30pm.

A Very Sinatra Christmas Special at The Artisan in Dallas

Dallas decks the halls with its own swingin’ style at “A Very Sinatra Christmas Special,” where the smooth sounds of Sinatra’s best-loved Christmas tunes fill the air.

A top-notch local jazz vocalist will take the stage, bringing to life the holiday spirit with the same charisma and charm that made Sinatra a legend. It’s a perfect blend of nostalgia and celebration, set in the modern and elegant venue, the Artisan.

Dec. 7, 13 and 20, 2023, with showings at 6pm and 8:30pm. Ticket prices ranges from $45 to $70 per person. Purchase your tickets here.

The 24 Days Before Christmas at the Ennis Public Theatre

In this adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s The 24 Days Before Christmas, follow Vicky Austin’s journey as she navigates her role as the youngest angel in the Christmas Pageant, all while anticipating the arrival of a new sibling. Dec. 7 – Dec. 17, 2023.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Dickies Arena

TSO’s performance of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tells the story of a runaway little girl who decides to return to her family after she enters a rundown theater for shelter and encounters the spectral performers. Created by TSO’s late founder Paul O’Neill, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” has been a cornerstone of their holiday performances, with narration by award-winning actor Ossie Davis. Tickets begin at $59 and can be purchased online. Dec. 8, 2023, 3pm and 7:30pm.

Candlelight: A Jazzy Holiday ft. Ella Fitzgerald – Sold Out

Swing into the festive season with “Candlelight: A Jazzy Holiday,” where Dallas jazzes up the holidays with the smooth tunes of the greats — Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and more.

Imagine sitting in a softly lit room, filled with the iconic jazz renditions of classic holiday songs that have shaped the sound of Christmas for generations. The ambient glow of candles creates the perfect backdrop for the soulful melodies.

Mark your calendars for Dec. 14, 15 and 16, 2023 at the Filter Building. There will be showings at 6:30 pm and 8:45 pm. Ticket prices ranges from $37 – $65. Purchase your tickets here.

A Magical Cirque Christmas at Texas Trust CU Theatre

Witness extraordinary feats, acrobatics, and performances brings excitement of Christmas to life on stage. Tickets start at $29. Dec. 14, 2023 at 7:30pm.

The Polyphonic Spree at Majestic Theatre

Enjoy your favorite holiday classics with a unique blend of a choir, diverse instruments, and a fusion of pop and rock sounds from the Polyphonic Spree. Tickets start at $102 and can be purchased online. Dec. 15, 2023 at 7pm.

Jose Hernandez’ Merry-achi Christmas at Majestic Theatre

A Merry-achi Christmas, presented by Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez, is a mix of Mexican and American holiday tunes, along with other festive music. Tickets start at $79 and can be purchased online! Dec. 23, 2023, from 7pm – 10pm.

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Celebrate Christmas in Dallas: Give Back

Adopt an Angel

The Salvation Army Angel Tree will be at the NorthPark Mall from Nov. 3 to Dec. 2, 2023. Select an Angel and donate presents, clothing, and necessities. Drop off your unwrapped gifts at The Salvation Army Mobile Truck, located in the northeast parking lot at NorthPark on December 1 and 2 between 11:30 AM and 5 PM.

There will also be a Salvation Army Angel Tree at the Galleria Mall. Choose an Angel by December 2 and drop off your unwrapped gifts at the Drive Through Gift Drop Off on Dec. 1 and 2 between 11:30am and 5:30pm. The Salvation Army will deliver them in time for Christmas. Nov. 3 – Dec. 2, 2023.

Benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County

Make memories with Santa at the Fairview Town Center! Simply choose a timeslot and your $10 booking fee includes a gift for each child, and photos by one of Santa’s Helpers with your camera/phone. All proceeds from the booking fee will be donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. Nov. 18 and Dec. 23, 2023.

Donate to the Salvation Army

Spread the holiday cheer at NorthPark, by giving your spare change to The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. This initiative raises essential funds for year-round programs at over a dozen Salvation Army centers in North Texas. Digital gifting options are also available for added convenience. Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, 2023.

Participate in a Toy Drive

Enjoy the magical atmosphere of Adriatica Village in McKinney and lots of fun, family-friendly events. All toys donated at their annual Toy Drive will go to the Boys & Girls Club and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $250 gift card. Admission to this event is free and tokens are available for some of the activities. Dec. 9, 2023 from 11am – 4pm.

You can also drop off your toy and book donations at the Stonebriar Centre through Nov. 30, 2023. The drop box can be found near the children’s play area.

Volunteer or Donate to the North Texas Community food Bank

Volunteering or donating to the North Texas Community Food Bank is a heartfelt and impactful way to give back. It’s the season for giving, and there’s no better way to feel the holiday spirit than by helping folks in our area who could use a hand.

As a volunteer, you can help in a variety of ways, such as sorting and packing food, distributing food at mobile pantries, or helping with administrative tasks. If you are unable to volunteer, you can still make a difference by donating food or money. Let’s show what the holidays are all about: sharing, caring, and community.

Best Free Christmas Events in Dallas

Light the Night at Watters Creek (Nov. 18, 2023)

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with caroling, children’s crafts, hot cocoa, carriage rides, and live entertainment at “Light the Night!” The festivities kick off at 4:30 pm.

At 6:30 pm, Santa makes a grand entrance to illuminate the tree, adorned with 145,000 lights synchronized to music, culminating in a dazzling fireworks show. 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

Enjoy photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, face painting, crafts, games, and even experience the magic of snow flurries! The day culminates with a live show featuring performances of holiday music, appearances by Santa’s friends Frosty and Rudolph, and, of course, the highlight of Klyde Warren Park’s annual Christmas tree lighting. Dec. 2, 2023, from 3pm – 6pm.

Grandscape Holiday Kick-Off (Nov. 18, 2023)

Get into the holiday spirit at the Grandscape Holiday Kick-Off! There will be live performances on the stage, carolers, and a holiday vendor market.

Capture the joy of the season with pictures with Santa and marvel at the real reindeer for a touch of Christmas wonder.

For the little ones, there’s a special letters to Santa station, and everyone can warm up with hot cocoa shared with beloved holiday characters. 4pm to 8pm.

Then, through Dec. 22, there will be a number of events where you can enjoy festive markets, explore homestead stores, meet the Grinch, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, indulge in a holiday movie marathon and much more! Check out their website for a list of upcoming events.

Lights at Legacy (Nov. 19, 2023)

Enjoy the holiday festivities with complimentary train rides, balloon artists, toy soldier stilt walkers, little drummer boys, live entertainment, and complimentary food and drink samples from The Shops at Legacy retailers and restaurants. 4pm to 7pm. Santa photos are from 4pm to 6:15pm with 50% of the proceeds benefiting My Possibilities.

A display of colorful Christmas trees at a holiday market

Christmas on the Farm (Nov. 24-26, Dec. 2-3, 2023)

If you want a Christmas with a little country flair, you’ve got to go to Christmas on the Farm at Tx-Ture Farm.

Take a magical ride on the PACA Express, a barrel train ride that takes you through the farm’s Christmas tree fields, where you’ll spot alpacas grazing peacefully. Plus, you can wander the local artisan market and find all kinds of awesome handmade gifts.

It’s a laid-back place with plenty of laughs, good eats, and maybe even a new alpaca friend to selfie with.

Texas Christkindl Market (Nov. 24 – Dec. 23, 2023)

The largest open-air holiday market in the Southwest, the 13th Annual Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington is a festive and family-friendly market offering a special shopping experience for unique holiday gifts and decorations.

Enjoy tree lighting ceremonies, live entertainment, a variety of vendors, and the chance to meet St. Nikolaus (hours may vary). Don’t forget Fur-Family Fridays, where even pets can join in the festive fun! North Plaza at Globe Life Field. 11am to 8pm.

Christmas at the Perry (Nov. 30, Dec. 7 & 14, 2023)

Embark on a magical journey through Pearl Perry Gravley Park in Carrollton as it transforms into a winter wonderland of glowing lights. Take a leisurely stroll and peek into the Christmas huts, offering a glimpse of holiday celebrations from the turn of the 20th century.

Step inside the Perry home, adorned in traditional Victorian-style Christmas decor with a modern twist, and immerse yourself in a world of holiday wonders. Capture precious family moments with enchanting photo opportunities, both indoors and outdoors. 5:30pm to 8pm.

Sounds of the Season at Stonebriar (Dec. 1-15, 2023)

Live Christmas music will be performed daily by local groups and schools inside the Stonebriar Centre.

Holidays in Klyde Warren Park (Dec. 2, 2023)

Enjoy photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, face painting, crafts, games, and even experience the magic of snow flurries! The day culminates with a live show featuring performances of holiday music, appearances by Santa’s friends Frosty and Rudolph, and of course, Klyde Warren Park’s annual Christmas tree lighting. 3pm to 6pm.

Prosper Christmas Festival (Dec. 2, 2023)

Join Mayor David Bristol for the Community Tree Lighting at 7pm, marking the start of this annual celebration in downtown Prosper.

Against the picturesque backdrop of Prosper Town Hall, the festival offers a range of attractions, including Santa’s Workshop, a Kids Christmas Shoppe for young shoppers, a Kids Zone, a community stage, Santa’s Selfie Station, horse-drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, and artisan exhibits. Excitingly, this year introduces a captivating drone show to add a new dimension to the festivities! 3pm to 7pm.

Flower Mound Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting (Dec. 2, 2023)

Enjoy the magic of lighted floats parading down Spinks Road, live performances from local groups, pictures with Santa, a community tent, food trucks, kids’ activities, and a thrilling countdown to the illumination of over 100,000 LED lights on the magnificent 50-foot-tall Christmas tree. 6pm to 9pm.

Christmas in the Branch (Dec. 2, 2023)

Experience the festive magic with Farmers Branch’s new holiday drone show and more in the Farmers Branch Historic Park!

Join in for outdoor ice skating, fun activities for children, the NEW Dasher’s Silent Disco, and the enchanting lighting of the Christmas tree with none other than Santa Claus himself!

Dive into more fun at the Kids Zone in Liberty Plaza, featuring carnival rides, face painters, balloon artists, and strolling characters. Cheer on local schools as they perform, explore unique handmade gifts at the Holiday Marketplace at The Grove, and savor delicious treats.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Santa from 5 pm to 9 pm, with a short break from 6:50 pm to 7:10 pm for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. The night concludes with a mesmerizing low-level fireworks show at 9 pm.

You can also revel in the warm glow of holiday lights in Farmers Branch Historical Park through the upcoming holiday season!

See their website for a complete list of holiday events!

Santa on the Square in Downtown Carrollton (Dec. 2, 2023)

Come and join for a special night as Santa and his reindeer stay out late to illuminate the Square in Historic Downtown Carrollton. Celebrate the holiday season with enchanting attractions such as the giant snow globe, live reindeer, toy soldiers, crafts, and more! Explore local businesses for unique gifts to share with friends and family while you’re at it! 4pm – 8pm.

Merry Main Street (Dec. 2, 2023)

Get ready for the festive extravaganza at Merry Main Street, presented by Texas Health Hospital Frisco.

The day kicks off with the Santa & Friends Parade and the opening of the Holiday Gift Market. Enjoy the melodic performances of Frisco Elementary School Choirs on three stages throughout the event.

As the sun sets, witness the magical City Tree Lighting Ceremony, marking the official start of the holiday season. Engage in delightful children’s activities, and be sure to explore the unique offerings at the Holiday Gift Market before it closes. 3pm to 7:30pm.

Arlington Holiday Lights Parade (Dec. 9, 2023)

The Arlington Holiday Lights Parade is a cherished tradition in Dallas. This lively parade fills the streets of Arlington with a dazzling array of colorful lights, themed floats, and cheerful participants. The parade begins at 6pm, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Prior to the parade, enjoy seasonal festivities like pictures with Santa (2pm – 5pm) at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library and live entertainment at the Levitt Pavilion. See their website for the full schedule.

Best Ticketed Christmas Events in Dallas

Sea Life Grapevine’s Winter Wonderland

Delve into the Christmas spirit at this Dallas area aquarium, where the venue is adorned with thousands of festive lights, and don’t miss Santa and his trusty elf making a special appearance as they embark on a deep-sea adventure on select days. Tickets start at $19.99 (Winter Wonderland is included with admission) Nov. 17, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024.

Ice Skating at Stockyards

If you’re in Dallas and want to do something unique and exhilarating for Christmas, you’ve got to try ice skating at the Stockyards. It’s a popular seasonal attraction that transforms the historic Fort Worth Stockyards into a winter wonderland. It’s a must-do holiday activity for all ages.

After your skate, warm up with a hot cocoa or a bite to eat from one of the many nearby restaurants and shops. Open from Nov. 20 – Jan. 7, 2024. It starts at $20 for kids and $25 for adults. Every session lasts for 90 minutes.

NorthPark Holiday Events

NorthPark will have events going on from Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, including train rides, pictures with Santa, holiday performances (FREE), a puppet theater shoe (FREE), gingerbread house kits, and movie showings that benefit the mental health programs at Children’s Health. See the full holiday list and map here.

Home for the Holidays Festival

Experience the holiday magic at the Bass Performance Hall with the Home for the Holidays Festival! Come and join this festive celebration in Fort Worth, filled with seasonal joy and enchantment! Tickets are available online from $181. Nov. 24, 2023 at 7:30 pm.

Four Weeks of Christmas

The Angelika Film Center in Plano will be featuring Christmas-related films every Wednesday from Nov. 29-Dec. 20 at 7pm. See the line-up and purchase tickets here.

Holidays, Cocktails & Comedy Night

Attend an improv show at Four Weekend Comedy club. There will also be a full-service bar, including espresso martinis in a take-home glass bottle. Seats will be first-come, first-served, so it’s recommended you arrive early. Tickets are available here. Nov. 30, 2023, 8pm to 10pm.

Cookies with Santa

Your ticket includes a cookie decorating kit, visits from Santa at each table, a special gift bag for every child, story time with Santa, and a designated photo area where children can sit on Santa’s lap for memorable photos using your personal camera.

This event is approximately two hours long. Pricing for those 2 and up is $25. For those under the age of 2, there will not be a cookie kit, but there will be a toddler-friendly snack. Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, 2023.

Home on the Range for the Holidays

Get set for an unforgettable holiday experience at PGA Frisco! Try your hand at “Putting for Presents” on a 2-acre green, meet real reindeer and Texas longhorns, and take a joyous ride on the Holiday Express Train.

Write a letter to Santa, craft a unique ornament, and snap a selfie with giant toy soldiers. Top it off with the tree lighting ceremony at 6pm, a cozy holiday movie screening at 7pm, and capture festive memories with photo ops throughout the event. It’s a holiday bash you won’t want to miss!

There will also be themed food and beverages from the on-site restaurants and pop-up stations for sale. While you’re at it, shop for gifts at the on-site stores: Gimme Toys, PGA Shop, Blue Lacy, and Vineyard Vines.

Tickets are $30 and are available online. Fridays & Saturdays, Dec. 1 – 23, from 5pm to 9pm.

Holiday Lights Trolley Ride

If you’re in Dallas and love Christmas lights, you have to try the Holiday Trolley. For $25, you get to cozy up for a one-hour tour through the city’s glowing, festive decorations. It’s perfect for a night out with your significant other or a fun time with friends and family. They also play Christmas music, making the ride even more enjoyable!

The Holiday Trolley is a popular attraction, so it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. Dec. 1 – 24, 2023. Times vary; rides take place from 6pm – 8pm.

Christmas Lights, Chocolate & Sips Tours: Park Cities

Indulge in a sweet holiday experience on a private heated motorcoach! Enjoy the festive views of holiday lights while savoring delectable treats from premier local dessert venues (venues may vary, as several tours may be going on at once). Tickets are available online from $10-$35. ​Dec. 2 – Dec. 30, 2023, 6:30 PM –7:30 PM.

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Santa Day at Frontier of Flights

Santa decides to take a different ride this time and flies from the North Pole in a helicopter! His arrival time at the Frontiers of Flight Museum is estimated to be 10:30 am. Photos with Santa will last from 11am to 1pm. There will also be music, sweet treats, and drinks to sip on. Dec. 2, 2023, 10am to 2pm. This event is included with admission into the Frontier of Flights Museum.

Annual Naughty or Nice Bar Crawl

Hosted by Dallasites101, this themed bar crawl will include 12+ bars along Greenville, two afterparties, and exclusive drink specials. Check-in location will be the Four Day Weekend Comedy Club. Then, you’re free to hop from bar-to-bar at your own pace, with lots of music, photo ops, and decor. You’re encouraged to come in your favorite holiday costume! Dec. 9, 2023, 12pm to 5pm. Afterparties last from 5pm to 7pm. Purchase tickets here.

An additional one will also be hosted on Dec. 2, 2023 at Legacy West from 12pm to 5pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

Breakfast with Santa

Fairview Town Center

Indulge in a delightful breakfast experience featuring a personal visit with Santa at the Fairview Town Center. Each child will receive a gift bag, and enjoy story time with Santa.

Capture the magical moments at the photo area, where you are welcome to use your own camera. There is a limit of two “under 2” tickets (which are free) per paying adult.

The full buffet costs $35 per person and you can buy tickets here. Dec. 2, 9 & 16, 2023.

Joe Farmer Recreation Center

Santa is turning JFRC into his very own workshop, so come and meet Santa in person!

Explore Santa’s toy shop for lovely gifts, take part in festive holiday crafts, savor a delightful breakfast with Santa, and don’t forget to capture the occasion with a picture alongside the jolly old man himself! The first 100 attendees will receive free breakfast. Dec. 9, 2023. Breakfast will be 9:30am to 10:30am. The event will end at 2:30pm.

Christmas at the Hilton Anatole

The whole family can enjoy an array of holiday-themed activities and experiences. Guests can enjoy breakfast with Santa, create holiday crafts, and experience over 40 shows and activities across three main areas described as the North Pole Adventure. This includes a Christmas Village, Holiday Maze, Toy Factory, Elf Village, and of course, the Winter Wonderland.

A new feature introduced in recent years at Christmas at the Anatole is Peppermint Park. The beautiful courtyard between the hotel and Jade Waters water park has been included as part of the festivities.

Tickets are available for between $29 and $100. Dec. 8 – 30, 2023, from 11am – 8pm. Closed Christmas Day

Tamale Day at the Dallas Farmers Market

Come out and enjoy 10 varieties of fresh tamales, with varieties like corn husk, banana leaf, traditional, vegan, dessert-based, and more! There will also be a vendor market and your usual goodies at The Shed. Tamal sales start at 9am. Santa will also visit for photos from 11am to 3pm. Dec. 9, 2023, 9am to 5pm.

Hot Cocoa with Santa

Experience the joy of the season as Santa visits the Nature Center at Ray Roberts Lake State Park – Johnson Branch! Join him for a delightful morning of hot cocoa and coffee. Listen to heartwarming stories, ask him questions, and don’t forget to share your Christmas list with the jolly old man himself!

The program is included in park fees ($7 per person 13 years and older, free for 12 years and younger). Dec. 16, 2023, from 10am to 11am.

Old City Park’s 51st Candlelight

Experience the magic of the season at Old City Park’s 51st Candlelight, the longest-running holiday event in Texas!

There will be 13 acres of beautifully decorated buildings, strolling carolers, craft vendors, food trucks, and engaging crafts for kids.

As night falls, the walkways will glow with candlelight, creating a perfect holiday setting for friends, dates, and families to come together and celebrate the spirit of the season. Tickets are available for between $10 and $20. Dec. 16 & 17, 2023, from 3pm to 9pm.

Ride the Polar Express

The North Pole Express 2023 trains are all full, but you can still grab a ticket and experience the magic of the After Christmas Trains. They will transport you to the Fort Worth stockyards for a look around, as well as the “Great Train Heist,” where you’ll help catch a bank robber! Tickets can be purchased online for $18 – $72. Dec. 26-30, 2023.

Hall-idays at Legacy Hall

There will be trivia nights, several live music events, story time with Santa, and even themed cocktails to celebrate the holiday season. Check out their list of events for dates/times and to purchase tickets.

Holiday Igloos at the Art Park – Updates Coming Soon

Enjoy the luxury of the Art Park’s pop-up igloo, surrounded by fire pits and Christmas lights, as you enjoy seasonal cocktails in the cutest cups.

More Christmas Activities in Dallas

  • 8624 Palermo Way, McKinney AKA The Gift of Light – This massive house on a corner lot has every inch of its lawn covered in a variety of holiday inflatables. You’ll be baffled to know it actually took the owners of the home 2 MONTHS to put up everything! There is also a little table with a QR code where you can donate to the American Heart Association, as well as a little background on the family’s health struggles and why the charity is important to them.
A tunnel of lights on a park

Where to Take Christmas Photos in Dallas

Bass Pro Shops (FREE)

Santa will be in store for photos with the family from Nov. 4 through Christmas Eve 2023! You can even shop for a loved one while you wait and enjoy giveaways while they last!

Firewheel Town Center

Come and get your Christmas photos taken in style at the Firewheel Town Center in Garland. Nov. 17 – Dec. 24, 2023. Book your timeslot here.

There will also be pet photos with Santa offered on Dec. 10 near Five Below, next to the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop (no reservation required), and a photo session for individuals with special needs on Dec. 3 from 9:30am to 10:30am. Reserve your spot here.

The Christmas Extravaganza at the Star (FREE)

Capture the magic of the season with a festive photo opportunity after the enchanting lighting of the Star’s impressive 67-foot-tall Christmas tree.

Stay entertained with lively performances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and more, and get ready for special appearances by none other than Santa Claus and some beloved former Dallas Cowboys. Nov. 17-Dec. 16, 2023. See the website for their list of special guest appearances.

The Village Country Club

Capture the holiday cheer with festive photos! Put on your Christmas sweaters or wear matching t-shirts for a professional photoshoot, delivered digitally for just $15 per purchased photo. This picture-perfect event is open to all, so make sure to secure your spot with a ticket. Nov. 17 from 6pm – 8pm. Get your tickets here.

You can also take photos with Santa and enjoy crafting fun holiday keepsakes together in the heartwarming atmosphere of the season. Dec. 2 and 3 from 1pm – 4pm. Tickets can be purchased below:

Santa at the Star

Santa will pose for photos in front of his Cowboys-themed cottage at the Star from Nov. 17- December 24, 2023. Times vary so click here to purchase a timeslot.

Tour of Trees at Trinity Falls (FREE)

Experience the magic of the holiday season with a unique twist at Trinity Falls in McKinney, Texas. The community is hosting a FREE Tour of Trees event that is sure to light up your Instagram feed and your holiday spirit.

Each tree at the event has been decorated with an adorable theme. Visitors can marvel at trees decked out in Barbie decor, comic book flair, Dallas Mavs memorabilia, and even a heartfelt tribute to our brave First Responders.

But the fun doesn’t stop at photo ops. By snapping a picture in front of your favorite tree and uploading it to the Trinity Falls website, you could be one of two lucky winners to receive a $500 gift card!

Although the event is free, registration is required on the Trinity Falls website. Nov. 18-Dec. 17, 2023.

Galleria Mall

Capture a special moment this holiday season with your precious fur baby, under 100 lbs, at Galleria Dallas for a photo with Santa. Nov. 29 – Dec. 20, 2023, from 6pm until closing time.

During the Galleria’s Santa Cares event, kids of all spectrums of special needs are encouraged to visit with Santa. Dec. 17, 2023, from 8am – 11am.

Legacy West Plano (FREE)

You can expect several bright and unique holiday displays, including live music, small business pop-ups, and kid’s crafts. See their website for the full 2023 schedule.

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Huffhines Park (FREE)

Come and join a festive celebration of the holiday season at Santa’s Village in Huffhines Park! This free holiday event offers complimentary parking, photos with Santa, musical performances, and interactive activities within each village dwelling. Dec. 2-3, Dec. 8 – 10, Dec. 15-17, 2023. Fridays 6 pm – 9 pm. Saturdays and Sundays 5 pm – 9 pm.

Chestnut Village

Come and join for a cherished 50-year tradition benefiting the Heritage Village at Chestnut Square – a captivating collection of historic homes in downtown McKinney.

Experience the charm of Chestnut Square with additional activities, and don’t miss the virtual bonus tours that add an extra layer of holiday magic to this time-honored tradition. Priced at $50, you can purchase tickets here. Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10, 2023.

Stonebriar Centre

Santa will visit daily for photos on the Lower Level of Stonebriar Mall near the Macy’s Court through Dec. 24, including a sensory-friendly option on Dec. 3 from 10:30am to 11:30am. You can also snap photos of your pet with Santa now through Dec. on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 4pm to 7pm.

Gingertown Dallas (FREE)

Snap photos with the largest gingerbread house in North Texas, Dec. 6-Jan. 1, 2024. The live build will take place at NorthPark Mall in front of Nordstrom on Dec. 5 at 5pm.

Dallas Farmer’s Market (FREE)

Enjoy this gorgeous Christmas photo opportunity with a bench out front and Christmas trees all around, as well as opportunities for photos with Santa on Dec. 9 & 23, 11am to 3pm.

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Museum of Neon Lights

If you’re looking for a unique backdrop for your holiday photos with your significant other or the whole family, the Museum of Neon Lights in Frisco has a whole array of cute sets for ‘lots of options! Click here to book your timeslot.

Candy Santa and his Pecan Reindeer (FREE)

Located inside the NorthPark Mall near Neiman Marcus, is a one-of-a-kind Christmas photo opp. While you’re out shopping for your loved ones, be sure to swing by to check out this stunning holiday display and take some cheerful pictures!

Farmers Branch Historical Park

Tour the themed, freshly decorated grounds and learn a little about a piece of literature or a time in history with a Christmas twist. Dates will be posted here for December. Tickets are $5 per person.

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Write Christmas Letters to Santa in Dallas

  • Farmers Branch Aquatic Center – Continue the heartwarming tradition of writing letters to Santa! Drop off your family’s messages at the Margaret Young Natatorium, and anticipate the joy of receiving a personalized reply from Santa Claus himself. Make this holiday season even more magical by sharing your wishes and dreams with the jolly man in red! Drop off between November 10 & December 8, 2023 in the Margaret Young Natatorium (14032 Heartside Pl.)
  • Joe Farmer Rec Center – Letters to Santa can be dropped off in one of his mailboxes located at Joe Farmer Recreation Center or the Don Rodenbaugh Aquatics Center. They can also be written online. Nov 25, 2023 – Dec 14, 2023

Go to a Christmas Parade in Dallas

GM Financial Fort Worth Parade of Lights

The GM Financial Fort Worth Parade of Lights is where the holiday magic happens in Dallas. It is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on Dallas’s festive calendar. A night where the whole city lights up with twinkling floats and merry music. You can watch them all go by, with entertainers making you laugh and dance along.

The best part? Santa shows up at the end, which is perfect for getting everyone excited for Christmas. The parade begins at 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 19, 2023

Lights of Ennis Parade

Get into the holiday spirit as the season kicks off with the Christmas Parade of Lights, Block Party, and Christmas Market on November 30, 2023!

Richardson’s 51st Annual Christmas Parade

Embrace the spirit of the season with this year’s theme, “The Parade of Misfit Toys.” The parade makes its return to the West side of town, starting at Richardson High School, heading North on Coit Road, and concluding at JJ Pearce High School. The event supports the Network of Community Ministries. Dec. 2, 2023, at 9am.

Parade of Lights (The Colony)

Starting at 5:45pm, the route will begin at Peters Colony Elementary parking lot, proceeding west on Nash to Blair Oaks, and then south to The Five Star Complex.

At the same time, enjoy Holiday in the Park at 5 pm in Perryman Park (4930 S. Colony Blvd.), featuring festive holiday music, performances, activities, rides, and a holiday light trail. The day will also mark the kickoff of the city’s Christmas Spectacular light show at Central Fire Station. Dec. 2, 2023, from 5pm – 8pm.

Holiday Main St. Fest & Parade (Rowlett)

Discover the magic of the season at the Holiday Main St. Fest, featuring a diverse selection of holiday craft and food vendors.

Explore the vendor booths, find the perfect holiday treasures, and indulge in tasty delights that will surely satisfy your cravings. From handmade ornaments and unique gifts to scrumptious treats and savory delights, there’s something for everyone! Dec. 2, 2023, from 5pm – 8pm

Dallas Holiday Parade

The Dallas Holiday Parade stands as the city’s largest one-day outdoor event, broadcast on more than 350 television stations in 159 markets. Evolving into a popular holiday tradition, it attracts thousands of families from North Texas and coast to coast. There will be parade treats, merchandise, and more! Dec. 2, 2023, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Tickets start at $25 and are available on their website.

March of the Toys (Plano)

Attend downtown Plano’s returning parade with appearances from Santa, cheer squads, Plano ISD bands, and JROTCs. Dec. 2, 2023, at 2pm.

Santa & Friends on the Move (Farmers Branch)

The local fire and police department will be escorting Santa along a parade route on Dec. 9, 2023. Parade route map will be released on their website soon.

McKinney Rotary Club Christmas Parade of Lights

The parade is set to kick off at 6:30pm, and the organizers want you to have a hassle-free experience in Historic Downtown McKinney!

Since parking is limited, take advantage of the free trolley service available from 5pm to 9pm the day of the event. Hop on the trolley at First Baptist Church (1615 W Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069), and enjoy a convenient ride to Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park, just one block west of the square.

After the parade, the trolley will pick you up at Mitchell Park to smoothly return you to your vehicles at First Baptist. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Movie Magic.” Dec. 9, 2023, at 6.30pm.

Shop at a Christmas Market in Dallas

Holiday Vendor Market at Grandscape

Accompanying their holiday movie nights will be a nighttime market at Grandscape. It’s hosted in partnership with Happily Ever Sip & Shop and features over 60 local market vendors throughout Grandscape’s center, offering a variety of unique gifts and goods.

In addition to the market, the event includes live performances, carolers, and opportunities for photos with Santa. You can even spot live reindeer and write letters to Santa! The event is scheduled to take place on November 18, 2023, from 4pm to 8pm.

Another notable event is the NTX Vintage Market’s Holiday Bazaar at Grandscape, which will be held on December 17, 2023, from 12pm to 5pm.

For where to find great sales after Christmas, check out some of my recommendations!

Christmas in the Village

If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, you can’t miss Christmas in the Village at McKinney Farmers Market.

The market is beautifully decorated with twinkling lights, and you can smell delicious holiday treats all around. You can do some holiday shopping as local artists and vendors sell special handmade gifts. The festive market will host a variety of new holiday attractions, like cookie decorating and storytelling by Santa’s elves.

As the day draws to a close, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and indulge in a variety of toppings from the free toppings bar. Dec. 16, 2023 from 8am to 12pm.

Decorator’s Warehouse (Arlington)

Renowned as Texas’ number one Christmas Store, it is a favorite destination for both locals and visitors alike. This festive haven offers sales leading up to Christmas, featuring special holiday collections such as the Gingerbread Collection, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, and more—all at great prices!

The Shops at Park Lane

You’ve got to check out The Shops at Park Lane. This place lights up with Christmas decorations that make you feel like you’ve stepped into a holiday postcard. You can hunt for gifts at all the cool stores—there’s something for everyone on your list. And when you need a break, just drop by one of the cozy cafes or restaurants. They also have this huge 14-foot snow globe that you can step inside for an awesome photo – talk about the perfect spot for a memorable Christmas picture!

The Shops at Park Lane also host a number of holiday events throughout the season. These events include carolers, tree lighting ceremonies, and even a visit from Santa Claus. Be sure to check the mall’s website for a complete schedule of events

Indulge in Holiday Spa Treatments

At Vivian’s Spa you can take a break from all the holiday chaos with their relaxing holiday spa treatment offerings. Try a Candy Cane Forest Foot Ritual, a Cinnamon Maple Syrup Marshmallow Massage, or one of their themed packages like the “Holiday Hug.” It’s definitely something that will leave you relaxed and in the holiday spirit!

Stay at a Christmas Hotel in Dallas

Hilton Anatole

Visit Texas’ very own North Pole with over 40 on-site Christmas activities!

There will be three different sections with all kinds of crafts, shops, shows, and more! You can also get tickets for breakfast with Santa, which includes a buffet, games, and cookie decorating.

Save even more with the North Pole Hotel Package, which includes one ticket to the North Pole per hotel guest, 50% off parking, and late check-out. North Pole tickets can be purchased online. Weekends between Nov. 18 and Dec. 24, 4pm to 10pm (12pm to 4pm on Christmas Eve).

Thompson Hotel

If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays in style, the Thompson Hotel Dallas is the place to be. From the moment you step into the lobby, you’re wrapped in luxury with a holiday twist. The hotel goes all out with festive decor, so everywhere you look, there’s a bit of Christmas sparkle.

For a truly unforgettable experience, book a stay during the hotel’s “12 Days of Thompson” event. Each evening, guests are treated to a special holiday-themed event, from live music and carolers to festive cocktails and delectable treats. The event lasts from Nov. 21 to Dec. 22, 2023.

Omni Dallas

For a more upscale experience, check into the Santa Suite at the Omni Dallas hotel! This two-bedroom suite comes with full holiday decor, a personal hot cocoa bar, some of the best views of Dallas, and a credit for the hotel. Nov 25, 2023 through Jan 3, 2024.

Hall Arts Hotel 

If you are dreaming of a Christmas brunch that will delight the whole family, you’ve got to check out the Hall Arts Hotel. They’re hosting a magical ‘Brunch with Santa’ that’s sure to sprinkle a little extra joy on your holiday season.

Imagine savoring delicious brunch classics with a gourmet twist, and who walks in? Santa himself is ready to share smiles and snap photos with everyone. But that’s not all—gather ’round as Santa gives a heartwarming reading of ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ It’s an enchanting moment that captures the essence of the holidays. Dec. 02 and 09, 2023. Ticket price is $50 for adults and $25 for children. 

The Adolphus

You’ll get an all-out holiday experience at the Adolphus Hotel! There’s a giant Christmas tree, Christmas tea, a Christmas hot cocoa lounge, and an upstairs Christmas bar with holiday tents! Check out our full holiday review of the Adolphus Hotel.

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Gaylord Texan

The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine always hosts fantastic holiday events! Come and see this year’s exhibit, ICE!, over 2 million pounds of carved ice displays featuring scenes from Dr. Seus’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

There will also be Christmas light shows, snow tubing, ice skating, and photos with Santa. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, these activities are perfect!

Omni PGA Frisco Resort

Get ready for a jolly good time at the Omni PGA Frisco Resort this Christmas! Starting from December 1st, they’re throwing a holiday bash called “Home on The Range for The Holidays”. You’ll get to see Santa and engage in some fun crafts. Yee-haw! Click here to add this package to your stay.

Can’t get enough of the Cowboys? Swing by the Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza where you can cheer on gameday performers and get into the holiday spirit!

Craving something sweet? They’ve got you covered with s’mores on the terrace every night. Nothing says ‘holiday season’ like toasting marshmallows under the stars!

And guess what? They’re opening their doors to everyone, not just guests, every Friday and Saturday evening. So, come one, come all!

And finally, don’t miss out on their sparkling Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a cozy holiday movie screening. It’s going to be lit!

With their Ticket to Wonder offer, you’ll receive up to 20% savings, a $10 beverage credit, two Kate Weiser artisanal chocolate bars, and a chance to win a five-night stay at any Omni destination. Find a periwinkle ticket hidden inside our Kate Weiser artisanal chocolate bar, offered exclusively with this package. Click here to add it to your stay.

So, grab your festive sweaters and head over to the Omni PGA Frisco Resort this holiday season. It’s going to be a holly, jolly Christmas!

Christmas Things to Do Beyond Dallas

If you’re willing to take a little bit of a drive, consider some amazing day trips for some holiday fun including:

  • Riding the Polar Express in Palestine, Texas <Watch Video>
  • Visiting Santa’s Wonderland in College Station (Nov. 10-Dec. 30)
  • Christmas Carnival at YesterLand Farm in Canton (Nov. 24-Dec. 23)

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Celebrate Christmas in Dallas: Final Thoughts

Building family traditions and making core memories with loved ones is what makes Christmas so special. Cherish these moments when everyone is together and take the opportunity to check out some of these amazing Christmas things to do in Dallas that are happening this 2023 holiday season, including several decked-out DFW bars and restaurants!

Christmas in Dallas
Christmas in Dallas
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1 Response
  • Casey Lee Walker
    December 22, 2019

    So many great ways to spend Christmas!! Will have to check these out next year!