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Christmas Events in Dallas 2019

Published Nov 14, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

The holidays are about to be in full swing! We've got you and your family covered for the best Christmas events and activities for the most wonderful time of the year.

It’s a heartfelt time of year to celebrate and enjoy all sorts of community traditions and festivities with your near and dear. Here’s a list of some of the best local Christmas events this year.

The Elf on a Shelf: A Musical

When: December 29, 2019
Where: Majestic Theatre

This is a new musical and premiere stage production brought to you by the Majestic Theatre. This musical will take families to Santa's North Pole where they will meet Santa and learn about the lives of Scout Elves. Experience the magic of Christmas with this beautiful story. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show

When: Select dates November 23 to December 29, 2019
Where: Dallas Children's Theater

This holiday favorite at the Dallas Children's Theater brings to life one of the most beloved children's stories. This performance is filled with puppets, adorable animals, and lots of holiday magic. 

The Nutcracker at the Winspear Opera House

When: Select dates from November 29 to December 8, 2019
Where: Winspear Opera House

A Christmas tradition not to be missed! Be amazed by jaw-dropping choreography and beautiful costumes. Watch Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel throughout a winter wonderland to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. 


Slappy's Holiday Circus

When: Saturday, November 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Galleria Dallas

Experience a classic European circus with puppets, magic, clowns, contortionists and jugglers in a fast-paced show that’s fun for the entire family. Presented by Slappy’s Playhouse. Held on level one near Nordstrom and Belk.

Gingertown Dallas

When: December 10, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Where: North Park Center, level one in Nordstrom Court

This is the tenth year of Gingertown Dallas, and it is one of the biggest gingerbread house events in North Texas. This is a live gingerbread building competition that features local design and engineering talent. All proceeds benefit the Children's Craniofacial Association. The public is welcome to watch the live building of the gingerbread houses on December 10. Once they are completed, the houses will be on display through December 24. 

The Majesty of Christmas

When: December 8 and 15, 2019
Where: Park Cities Baptist Church

Celebrating family, church, and community! Heartwarming scenes and glorious songs of Christmas for the entire family, with over 200 musicians, featuring sing-along carols, Nativity, soloists, and children’s choirs. This event is free and no tickets are required. 

The 12 Days of Christmas Exhibit

When: November 9 to December 31, 2019 
Where: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit. The exhibit comes alive on Wednesday to Sunday  nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with over 1 million lights illuminating the garden. Don't miss it!

Winter Wonderland

When: Several shows on weekends from December 7 to 22
Where: Geppetto's Theater & Workshop

Winter wonderland takes the audience on a whirlwind trip to the North Pole to visit Santa’s workshop and the elves. Kids will delight when the toyshop springs to life, and laugh at the crazy antics of the North Pole elves.

The next stop is the Christmas tree forest, where magical things happen on stage and in the audience. Watch penguins that skate and polar bears who juggle.

Deck the Paws

When: December 14 and 15, 2019
Where: Mesquite Convention Center

Make your holidays extra merry and bright at Deck the Paws, a two-day pet-topia of fun! Promising to be your new fur-vorite holiday tradition, you’ll love the festivities including holiday shopping for pets and pet lovers, Santa’s village with photo ops with old Saint Nick himself, North Texas’ first art exhibit for dogs, and much more!

Christmas Tours

When: December 6 to 21, Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Farmers Branch Historic Park

Experience Christmas in the 1885 Victorian Cottage, 1890s Old Church, 1900 School House, and 1927 General Store. Each building is decorated with holiday cheer in keeping with the years in which it was built.

This year's tour theme is a Dickens of a Christmas. You'll join Ebenezer Scrooge on his journey visiting the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Tours are free, but registration is recommended. 

Holiday Open House

When: Friday, December 6
Where: Irving Arts Center

Irving Arts Center shines with the sights and sounds of a Lone Star Christmas. At this annual extravaganza, attendees are treated to stilt walkers, jugglers, sculpture garden train rides, cookies, refreshments and performances featuring the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, Irving Chorale, and Momentum Dance Company. This is a free event!

Annual Candlelight at the Dallas Heritage Village

When: December 14 to 15, 2019
Where: Dallas Heritage Village

This annual holiday event – the largest public fundraiser for Dallas Heritage Village – features carriage and hay wagon rides, holiday storytelling, Victorian carolers, musical entertainment, crafts, St. Nicholas, hand-weaving, blacksmithing, and many other festive activities such as the American Flyer model train exhibit in the Depot.

Holidays at the Heard

When: December 13 to 14, 2019
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Guests will see lights and holiday décor along a half mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty.

For more family friendly holiday events, check out ChatterBlock’s full list of Christmas events in Dallas!

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