Looking to celebrate the holidays? We’re so lucky to have so many to experience but here’s our shortlist of must-go Holiday Events in DFW 2017!
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Ready for the holidays? Don’t worry, they’re already here, so get ready. And in the DFW metroplex, from Dallas, Grapevine, Arlington and Fort Worth (and of course everything in between), there are plenty of great ones to choose from every day of the week. However, there are a few events that you need to have on your must-do, must-go, must-see list for the holidays in 2017! (And make sure to look as some of these have giveaways too!)
1. Holiday Wonder
Fair Park Dallas / Nov. 21 – Jan. 7
Prices: $20 for adults, $12 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children under 3 years of age with accompanying parents (but 40% off for mamachallenge readers!)
Holiday Wonder debuts this winter as a new, unforgettable, family-friendly event in Dallas’s Fair Park to celebrate a season of light and magic. With 750,000 sq. ft. of holiday displays in 17 acres, around the historic lagoon at Fair Park in Dallas, you’ll enjoy magical lights, interactive attractions, performances and food from around the world. Don’t miss the thrilling, two-story-tall arctic slide! Get the details and your 40% off offer!
2. Enchant Christmas
Globe Life Park / Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
Tickets: $29.95 for adults, $21.95 for children ages 5 -14, and free for children 4 and under with accompanying parent.
New to DFW, wander through the world’s largest light maze and help Santa find his missing reindeer, get the best Christmas goodies in the marketplace (including a trip to the Texas Christkindl Market), enjoy delicious food and drink, and enjoy live entertainment. You’ll find a 100-foot Christmas tree, a ice skating pond, hear some of DFW’s best entertainment, and don’t miss Santa Claus. Get the details.
3. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at AT&T Performing Arts Center
Winspear Opera House / Dec. 5-Dec. 17
Tickets starting at $25.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
might be is my favorite Christmas tale (sorry Nutcracker.) And the songs, let’s not even start because it’s nothing but a full-on concert when it’s on at our house. Lucky this year, we can experience something much easier on the eyes and the ears with the musical version at Winspear Opera House. Narrated by Max the Dog, the animated story comes to life with magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) all inspired by the amazing Dr. Seuss’. Get the details.
4. Christmas at the Anatole
Hilton Anatole / Nov. 24 – Dec. 30
Rates and prices range based on activities.
When it comes to having some real face-time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas at the Anatole is the perfect place. The legendary hotel transforms into a winter wonderland complete with festive décor, Santa fun and new this year Peppermint Park with all kinds of kids activities like a train. But waking up with Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus might be the icing on the Christmas cookies! Make a weekend of it with a stay at the hotel which includes a holiday movie night or try to snag one of the select opportunities for Breakfast with Santa only. Either way, you’ll make some great memories! Get the details.
5. Holiday at the Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum / Nov. 4 – Jan. 7, 2018
Prices range with activities (some activities included with admission.)
Holiday at the Arboretum features the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, as well as 500,000 lights throughout the garden at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead—including a 30-foot-tall tree. But that’s just the beginning! You can snag a kiss under the mistletoe, get a glimpse of Santa and a real reindeer and much more. There are activities available both morning and nights, throughout the week and the weekends so make sure to check the schedule to get your favorites. Get the details.
6. ICE! at the Gaylord Texan
Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center / Now – Jan. 1, 2018
Rates and prices range based on activities. (For a limited time, get 50% off with code HUSTLE for select dates.)
If you’re looking for a winter wonderland, you won’t find more ice and snow than at the Gaylord Texan for their annual Lonestar Christmas! From its ICE! at the Gaylord Texan exhibit with 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice inside the 9 degree, 14,000 sq.-feet exhibit, outdoor ice skating, On the Rocks Ice Bar, Santa’s Snow Throw and Snow Tubing, you’ll get your fix. Looking for something a little warmer? Get lost inside the new Santa’s Christmas Cottage Escape Room, decorating your own gingerbread house or eating Breakfast with The Elf on the Shelf, you can Christmas to your heart’s content. Once your all Christmased out, stay the night for a full holiday hotel experience. Get the details.
7. Fam-o-lee Back the Country Jamboree
Bass Performance Hall / Dec. 30
Tickets starting at $55.
Oh, if there’s a Christmas song to sum up our Christmas, I’ll admit it’s Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas from the Family.” One of my all-time favorite Texas legends (he was one of my first concerts and many more have followed), REK and his band kick up Christmas favorites with his own sound of storytelling, bluegrass and always lots of fun. And where else would you want to enjoy him than in Cowtown for a little Christmas fun. Get the details.
Santa’s Toy Factory at The Parks at Arlington