It’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate and enjoy all sorts of community traditions and festivities with your family! Here’s a list of some of the best local Christmas events this year:
When: Novermber 17-December 23 (several shows)
Where: Dallas Children's Theater
Christmas time means Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and friends are back at DCT by popular demand. Rediscover the true reason for the season while sharing laughs with the Peanuts Gang along the way. As a live combo fills your heart with music, merriment, and warmth, Charles Schulz’s classic special makes you nostalgic for days gone by. Button up your coat, and meet on the ice.
When: Saturdays, November 25-December 23
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.
When: November 25-December 24
Where: North Park Center
Gather around Santa’s picture-book cottage to hear stories about the North Pole. Located on level one in Macy's Court.
Santa has been telling tales at NorthPark Center for over 25 years, and you're invited to make it a part of your family’s holiday tradition.
When: Ongoing until January 7
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. New this year is the addition of 500,000 lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead—including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property.
When: Several shows up until December 30
Where: Geppetto's Theater & Workshop
Winter wonderland takes the audience on a whirlwind trip to the NorthPole 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 NorthPole elves.
Next stop – the Christmas tree forest, where magical things happen on stage and in the audience. Watch penguins that skate and polar bears who juggle.
When: December 2-15, 22-23
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.
See a candle-covered Victorian Christmas tree and the holiday extravaganza of the Roaring Twenties all in one place. Tours begin at the flagpole and are approximately one hour in length.
When: December 5-17 (multiple shows)
Where: Winspear Opera House
Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the Music and Book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas.
When: December 6-7 (2 shows)
Where: Irving Arts Center
Rudolf, the red-nosed….MOOSE?? Mooseltoe dreams big– North Pole big! He longs to join Santa’s reindeer team. Follow Mooseltoe’s adventures on his quest, as he learns many valuable lessons along the way. Al Roker narrates this wonderful family musical, perfect for kids 8 and under and families of all ages. Mooseltoe to the rescue –Christmas is saved!
When: December 7
Where: Backyard Wildlife Resource Center
The one and only Goji Claus the Bearded Dragon is coming to town! Bring your smartphone or camera to capture a photo with him! While you're waiting, please enjoy our complimentary cocoa bar and holiday scavenger hunt!
When: December 9-10
Where: Dallas Heritage Village
“Cultures of Candlelight,” the theme of the 46th annual Candlelight celebration will highlight the many cultures of 19th century families featured at 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.
When: December 9
Where: Engine Shop
Come meet Santa, enjoy some coffee and hot coco, and participate in the festivies! Happy Holidays! This year we are supporting North Dallas Shared Ministries and asking that everyone bring new kids clothing items such as socks, underclothes, pajama's or coats for donations.
When: December 15-16
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.
When: December 12-20
Where: Galleria Dallas
Celebrate Chanukah with a large-scale Menorah with another lit candle every evening. The menorah is located on level one near the Guest Reception Center.
When: December 13-24
Where: Sea Life Aquarium - Grapevine
Celebrate the holiday season and see Scuba Diving Santa, along with his elf, make a festive appearance in a water wonderland amongst sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, fish and other marine life, during special holiday dive shows. Guests can also watch the aquarium’s animals receive special holiday treats and enrichment gifts in the ocean tank and Stingray Bay.
When: December 16
Where: Park Cities Baptist Church
Bring the family to this giant outdoor Christmas festival with interactive Nativity, rides, games and more open to the community.
For more family friendly holiday events, check out ChatterBlock’s full list of Events in Dallas!