Christmas Events in Dallas

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Published Jan 30, 2017

Christmas is approaching, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! But where are all the fun events? Here is our schedule:

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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:

Christmas Events in Dallas

LightWire Theater “A Very Electric Christmas”

When: December 4
Where: Irving Arts Center

Irving Arts Center embraces “Holiday Movie Magic” for its 23rd annual holiday open house. Enjoy several unique performances including LightWire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas,” a captivating and magical tale of adventure, friendship and love, centered around a young bird named Max. The spectacular presentation brings a whole new meaning to coming “home for the holidays.”

The Trains at North Park 

When: ongoing until January 3
Where: North Park Center

The Trains at North Park, will celebrate its 17th year at North Park Center. The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at North Park includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Since 1987, The Trains at North Park presented by Bank of Texas, has raised money for the children and families served by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

The 12 Days of Christmas Exhibit

When: Ongoing until January 3
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.

Winter Wonderland

When: Several shows up until January 3
Where: Geppetto's Theater & Workshop

Take a whirlwind journey to the North Pole in this charming holiday show that features a cast of over 60 hand-carved marionettes. Meet the Winter Wizard, the North Pole dancing elves, the magic toys of Santa’s workshop, and a whole host of other holiday favorites including Rudolph and Frosty. This musical variety show is colorful and fast-paced and engages the audience with special effects, audience interaction and musical sing-a-longs. It even snows over the audience.

A Season of Stories: Christmas at the White House 2003

When: Ongoing until January 3
Where: George W. Bush Presidential Center

White House Residence staff members designed, crafted, and decorated replicas of favorite children's storybook characters to display throughout the White House in 2003. For the 2015 holiday season, these one-of-a-kind decorations - including characters and scenes from Clifford the Big Red Dog, Harry Potter, and the Cat in the Hat - are back on display in Dallas.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

When: December 4-5, 12, 18-20 (several shows)
Where: Art Center Theatre (Plano)

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple! Features plenty of enjoyment for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!

Reliant Lights Your Holidays

When: December 5
Where: AT&T Performing Arts Center

Reliant lights up the holidays at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, so bring your entire family for an evening of holiday magic. We’ll be illuminating the Center’s campus with dazzling LED lights to celebrate the holiday season. This FREE festival includes a Holiday Concert and Fireworks Show featuring live performances by The Polyphonic Spree, Bubba Hernandez y los Super Vatos, and cast members of the national tour of Jersey Boys.

A DSO Family Christmas

When: December 5
Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Start your holiday season with A Dallas Smyphony Orchestra Family Christmas. The best family holiday event in Dallas is back for one performance only. If you're good, Santa himself might make a special visit. Enjoy crafts and an instrument petting zoo in the lobby before the concert.

Not A Creature Was Stirring

When: December 5-6, 12-13, 18-20, 22-23 (several shows)
Where: Dallas Children's Theater

Journey with two adventurous mice as they make their way through a maze of pipes and passages and ultimately emerge to appreciate the safety and comfort of family. With a delightful showcase of various puppetry styles, this holiday story will give you and your little ones a memorable snuggle.

Valentine Davies' Miracle on 34th Street

When: Saturdays and Sundays until December 19, plus Friday December 18
Where: Dallas Children's Theater

The beloved sell-out holiday spectacular is back again! See why audiences were smitten with DCT's jolly Kris Kringle who rescues a single working mother and her young daughter who have given up on Christmas. Make this miracle a holiday tradition and see why everyone agrees that Santa Claus is alive and well on our stage!

Family Funday & Photos with Santa

When: December 5, 12, and 19
Where: Irving Arts Center

Enjoy Family Fundays featuring: themed hands-on art activities, free photos with Santa, and Holiday greeting card workshops. Also, be sure to visit the galleries as well as the Annual Holiday Exhibition & Tree Decorating Competition. Adults 18 and over can vote for their favorite tree!

A Christmas Carol

When: December 5-13 (multiple shows)
Where: Wyly Theatre

See Scrooge return to the Wyly Theatre, where the audience will be surrounded by magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor and snow falling on everyone, bringing this timeless story to vivid new life. With two years of record breaking box offices, only subscribers are guaranteed access to this beloved holiday classic!

Rockefeller Christmas Spectacular

When: December 6 (2 shows)
Where: Dallas Youth Ballet

Reserve your spot to see some of Dallas’ TOP student singers and dancers + guest artist, Arron Scott of American Ballet Theatre!  Presented by Dallas Youth Ballet

Elf the Musical

When: December 8-19 (multiple shows)
Where: Fair Park

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas: Cookies & Castles

When: December 12 (two seatings)
Where: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Gather the kids in your life and bring them to a gingerbread extravaganza like no other. Decorate an extra-large castle or oversized gingerbread man cookie with icing and all the candy their little hearts desire. Also, visit with Santa and take a look at wonderful raffle items up for grabs. The event benefits hospital’s Prosthetics department as well as Tri Delta Foundation’s Crescent Fund.

Candlelight: Picture Perfect

When: December 12-13
Where: Dallas Heritage Village

For over 40 years, Candlelight has been a tradition among families. With 13 acres of decorated buildings, flickering candles lining the paths, strolling carolers, carriage rides with Nip and Tuck, and crafts for those young and young at heart, Candlelight captures the holiday spirit for all.

Holidays at the Heard

When: December 12, 18, 19
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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. Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to have a photo taken with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase. Family-friendly entertainment will complement the holiday atmosphere. 

Family Film Festival: Muppet Christmas Carol

When: December 13
Where: Irving Arts Center

Irving Arts Center continues to embrace “Holiday Movie Magic” with a three-part Family Film Festival. The first screening will be “The Muppet Christmas Carol". (showtime starts at 2pm).

Family Film Festival: The Polar Express

When: December 20
Where: Irving Arts Center

Irving Arts Center continues to embrace “Holiday Movie Magic” with a three-part Family Film Festival. The second screening will be “The Polar Express”. (showtime starts at 2pm).


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

Written by Jan Cleaver

Yes, I know Jan Cleaver is almost "June Cleaver" from Leave it to Beaver!  My parents had a good sense of humor.

I was a freelance writer years ago, and excited to do some editing for ChatterBlock.

The subject matter is ideal for me as a stay-at-home mom, who loves planning activities for my kids and their playmates.

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