14 Things To Do In Dallas During The Holidays
For The Grown Folks –
Sweet Tooth Hotel – This pop up art installation is one of the best kept art secret in Dallas. The amount of daily visitors are limited so even when the tickets sell out there is a level of intimacy the exhibit maintains. Their installations are only available for a limited amount of time and they are currently on chapter 2 of their installation. This current piece is titled “1955” which is focused on “retro-futurism.” If you’re into art, this is definitely something you want to put on your to-do list!
Catch a Game – There are tons of games coming up and with that Christmas spirit in the air, you just may make friends with someone who doesn’t know better and roots against Dallas. Mavericks, Stars, and The Cowboys all have games coming up in December, click the link to find a game that works for you.
The Dallas Symphony – If you’re feeling fancy, the Dallas Symphony is always a good idea. They have a special “Christmas Pops” show running until the 16th but you honestly can’t go wrong regardless of whichever one you choose. The tickets are relatively affordable especially if you don’t mind being a little further from the stage. This is the perfect date night idea, throw in dinner and you’re golden! Thank me later 🙂
Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl – There are tons of different types of pub crawls happening all year round in Dallas but the Christmas themed ones are definitely my favorite. Wait.. actually, no. Halloween themed pub crawls are my favorite but Christmas is a close second for sure! I always try to look for crawls that have drinks included because you don’t realize how quick those tabs will ring up if not. Definitely a fun idea for a girls night out or date night.
Trans Siberian Orchestra – This is a Christmas time staple but this year is even more special because it’s the TSO’s 20th Anniversary! They’ll be performing at the American Airline Center and tickets start at only $49. They will have 2 shows on 12/22, a 3:00 pm and an 8:00 pm. Don’t think of your regular, fufu orchestra performance – this show will have lots of lasers, rock music, and a great rendition of The Ghost of Christmas Eve! This show sells out year after year, so get your tickets now!
North Park Salvation Army Angel Tree – Every year the Salvation Army partners with shopping centers, malls and companies to spread Christmas cheer to families in need of some extra help this season. After being interviewed by the Salvation Army, families fill out tags with their information on it to hang up on the tree. So all you have to do is pick an angel from the tree, get them a gift while you’re already crossing those names off your list, drop it off at the donation site and that’s it! You will have fulfilled a Christmas wish without too much effort. I highly encourage you to give in any way you can during this holiday season. *If North Park isn’t close to you, click here to find a local Angel Tree near you*
Miracle: A Christmas Pop-up Bar – I love HIDE, it’s one of my favorite bars in Deep Ellum. They have COMPLETELY decked the halls for this Christmas season! From ceilings to floors, chair backs, bar rails, everything is covered in Christmastime decor! It’s definitely the most festive bar on the block and their signature drinks don’t ever disappoint.
For The Little Folks –
Christmas In The Square – If you live in more of the northern region of the DFW, head to Frisco Square to see a dope light show. With over 175,000 lights used this will definitely get you in the spirit. There are also a good amount of food, shops, and things to do in the area so you definitely could make a day of it!
Ice Skate @ Panther Island – It’s not very often you can enjoy outdoor ice skating in the south, so when you can, you better take advantage. Located at the Coyote Drive-In Ft. Worth this outdoor skating rink is a great way to kill a few hours before your movie starts! Cost $12 for GA including skates so not too shabby!
ICE! @ The Gaylor Texan – We’ve been to ICE a few times and it’s always a blast! Ticket prices vary depending on if the day you’re going is classified as a “VALUE” – “GENERAL,” or “PEAK” day. So if you’re a homeschooling mama, you can save some money by going during the week when tickets start at $14 for the kiddos. If it’s during peak hours, tickets start at $20.
Snowland @ Great Wolf Lodge – Great Wolf Lodge is already a blast for the family but when it’s transformed into a winter wonderland, it’s taken up a notch. There are gingerbread house, snow showers, and countless activities for the kids. This is included in your nightly price so keep that in mind when booking because this isn’t a cheap thrill!
Visit Santa’s Village – Right by the Richardson City Hall, Santa’s Village is the perfect place to squeeze your way onto the nice list. There are 16 different dwellings that kids can enter and do activities in. There is FREE parking, FREE pictures with Santa, and live music! This is a completely free event and it’s open to the public during the weekends. If you’re a Richardson resident you get access on Thursdays too!
Visit Santa @ North Park Center / Galleria – Is it even the holidays if you don’t get your obligatory photo with Santa? I didn’t think so! This year, I played it smart and knocked out my photos early. We went to the Galleria and had a really great experience. I was happy to beat the rush, Santa was so sweet to Mal, and the prices weren’t bad! If you’re going to procrastinate, just beware, the lines can get atrocious!
12 Days of Christmas @ The Dallas Arboretum – The Arboretum has made it’s way on all my things to do post and for good reason! I love that they get so festive no matter the occasion. During this Christmas season you can celebrate by visiting the massive garden exhibit they’ve built based off the famous Christmas story. They also have workshops, lettering writing, and other fun activities for the little(s) to enjoy! Check the link for pricing and hours.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are tons of things to do during this holiday season. The most important thing is to spend this time spreading love!