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Top Ten Thursday – Dallas-Fort Worth Holiday Events

Posted on - Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by admin

 By: Travis Blythe

The Holiday Season is upon us and  just because it is turning colder here in Dallas-Fort Worth, doesn’t mean you can’t get out and have some fun and see some cool stuff. Granted we probably won’t be having a white Christmas this year, but you can still partake in these Ten plus events that will make your kids love you. We have lights, ice, musicals and train rides. Try them all and tell us what you think!

12 Days of Christmas

November 8, 2015 – January 3, 2016
The Dallas Arboretum brings back the Holiday event that started last year to get you in the Holiday Spirit! 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with costumed characters and whimsical animals that are made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state. Special Events are planned throughout the holidays.


Lone Star Christmas

November 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016
The magic of the Christmas season comes to life at Gaylord Texan Resort. You and your family will marvel at dozens of lavish Lone Star Christmas displays that include more than 2 million twinkling lights and acres of larger-than-life decorations.  Enjoy heartwarming visits with Santa, ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World, display is enough but then they add in Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing,  Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating, Milk & Cookies with Mrs. Claus, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt and other exclusive holiday events and attractions to get you in the spirit of the season!


Panther Island Ice

November 20, 2015 – January 18, 2016
Boasting North Texas’s only outdoor ice skating rink, they have plans for visits from Santa, seasonal music and more.  Since it is located within the Coyote Drive in, you can also catch a couple of movies while you are at it! Drive in movies are awesome and they are even having a Star Wars light show on the 19th!


The Trains at NorthPark 

November 21, 2015 – January 3, 2016
In 2015, The Trains at NorthPark, will celebrate its 17th year at NorthPark Center. The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and various other highlights. The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station as well as interactive features. Benefits the Ronald McDonald House.

North Pole Express

Weekends starting November 27 – December 23, 2015
The experience begins at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot platform where riders board the beautifully decorated Victorian Rail coaches. As the train departs and the anticipation of arriving at the North Pole builds, elves will welcome the guests and sing traditional Christmas music. Then, a magical moment! As the train draws closer to the North Pole, Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance to give each child a “We Believe” silver Santa bell.  Guests then arrive at the North Pole and walk along a snowy Christmas Tree trail, where, as they wait for an appearance by Santa, guests are entertained with songs and magical Christmas moments.  Finally, Santa arrives! Santa wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and then shares his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk served in a memory mug to all the boys and girls. Families will also receive a voucher for a complimentary Family Photo with Santa.

Gift of Lights

November 26 – December 31, 2015
With over 2 million LED lights, this drive-thru display of Holiday Lights at the Texas Motor Speedway is a MUST DO! This year, Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway will be bigger and better than ever, with several hundred new displays as well as an all new Santa’s Village with lots of new festivities. Donate a Toys-for-Tots toy and you will get $5 off.


WEST 7TH Starlight Symphony 

From: Nov 20, 2015 – Jan 06, 2016
Tap into the energy of the season with Starlight Symphony at West 7th and start a new, exhilarating tradition!  This rousing music and light show features animated holiday stars and other seasonal sparkle, all synchronized to spirited versions of your favorite holiday tunes.  The 5-minute show on Crockett Street plays nightly on the hour from 6-10pm and runs from November 20th through January 4th.
Opening Night of Starlight Symphony is cause for celebration, so join us on Friday, November 20th as we kick off the holiday season with carriage rides, Santa, carol singers, fun holiday characters and more. We will start the first Starlight Symphony show at 6 pm, so don’t be late!


Vitruvian Lights

From Dec 1, 2015 – Jan 1, 2016
Wander through Vitruvian Park’s 12 acres and view more than 550 illuminated trees in this modern-looking display (the large number of single-color trees adds to the effect). There’ll be performances by Mars Hill on Dec. 6, Dallas String Quartet on Dec. 13 and Chris Rivers Band on Dec. 20. Free. Times: 6:00 – 10:00 PM


Prairie Lights

From Dec 1, 2015 – Jan 4, 2016

More than 4 million bulbs twinkle in this drive-through holiday attraction with new displays. Visitors can hop out at the Holiday Village, check out a walk-through area and see a laser show. This year, there’s a VIP pass with no waiting in traffic lines, a guided tour through the drive-through, fast passes for carnival rides and more (check the website for details). Continues through Jan. 4 at Lynn Creek Park, Grand Prairie. $20-$30 per car; light show and walk-through cost extra.



From Dec. 17-22 7 to 10 p.m. and Dec. 23-25 from 7 to 11 p.m
This Arlington neighborhood has gained legendary status for its lights and decorations, and more than 200 homes usually participate. Police will direct traffic as Christmas draws closer, official hours are Dec. 17-22 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Dec. 23-25 from 7 to 11 p.m. (Be prepared: There tends to be a lot of traffic close to the holiday.) The neighborhood’s drive-through entrance point is at Westwood Drive and Randol Mill Road.

The Nutcracker

December 11 – December 27, 2015
This classic tale comes to life with Texas Ballet Theater only at the Bass Performance Hall this year.  It’s the perfect family traditional Christmas show. Get your tickets now.  And don’t forget to look into the Nutty Nutcracker – a PG-13 version of the show – I hear it’s a riot!

A Christmas Carol

November 25 – December 26, 2015
This classic tales comes to life on stage this season. Fun for the whole family, get your tickets early – I hear they sell out every year!



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