Top Ten Holiday Attractions Happening Around Dallas

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15 Nov 2018

November in DFW means the beginning of the holiday season is here. If you are wondering what to do during this joyous season with you and yours, then look no further. Crescent Estates has a list of the top ten area attractions for you to visit with the family this holiday season. With so much to do and see, you will run out of days before you make it through this list.

Dallas By Chocolate Tours

We can’t think of a more surefire way to get in a festive mood than by seeing holiday lights while indulging in hot cocoa and premium chocolates. Between November 24 and December 30, 2018, Dallas by Chocolate Tours offers patrons a Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Sips tour package. The tour starts with a visit to the best local dessert venues and then continues on to neighborhood after neighborhood to view festive lights. Other holiday light tour offerings include a pizza and chocolate experience as well as a taco and margarita tasting. The tours start at $43 and last between three and four hours.

Christmas in the Square – Frisco Square

Over 175,000 lights choreographed to music set the scene for Frisco’s Christmas in the Square. This year there will be lots to see and plenty of holiday fun to partake in, including open-air carriage rides, an outdoor ice rink, a snow maze, trackless train rides, a tubing snow slide, live entertainment and even a parachuting Santa. This year’s celebration runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m., November 23 through December 31, 2018.

Santa’s Village – Richardson

Every holiday season the City of Richardson transforms the lawn next to City Hall into a winter wonderland, known as Santa’s Village. There’s a miniature train, Santa photo ops and nightly live performances by local choirs, singers, musicians and dance groups. The festive fun begins December 2 and runs on Friday – Sunday nights through December 17, 2018.

Six Flags Over Texas Holiday in the Park – Arlington

A plethora of twinkling lights, live performances, visits with Santa and, of course, rides. This is what to expect at Six Flags amusement park’s enormous tribute to the holidays. This year’s Holiday in the Park features everything from a spectacular lineup of seasonal shows to a Christmas train ride and a racing hill made of snow. The festivities occur during select week days and every weekend between November 17, 2018, and January 7, 2019.

Christmas at The Anatole – Design District

The Anatole offers the ultimate Santa meet and greet experience.  Start with the epic Breakfast with Santa Series and then visit the newly added Peppermint Park, an outdoor interactive family holiday adventure that features live entertainment, light displays, miniature train rides and more. Christmas at The Anatole starts November 25 and runs through December 30, 2018. Better still, the hotel is offering family holiday getaway packages starting at $209 per night. However, you don’t need to be a hotel guest to get in on the fun, the activities are open to the public. Before your visit, be sure to check the website for more information on pricing and availability.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – Dallas

The Dallas Arboretum is always stunning regardless of the time of year, but this amazing 66-acre oasis becomes downright enchanting during the holiday season. With over 500,000 lights illuminating the gardens, the Arboretum has decided to bring back its ever-popular 12 Days of Christmas, an outdoor exhibit featuring twelve illuminated Victorian gazebos filled with elaborate scenes and whimsical characters. Holiday events run from November 4, 2018 through January 8, 2019, and general admission ranges from $10 for children ages 3-12 to $15 for adults.

Christmas in Grapevine – Grapevine

When it comes to Christmas in Texas, Grapevine likes to think of itself as the North Pole. They claim to be the Christmas Capitol of Texas! Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, Downtown Grapevine will be transformed into a magical winter dreamland filled with holiday lights and Christmas decorations. Expect to find over 1,400 daily events and activities, like a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad or a lovely walk inside 14,000-square-feet of hand-carved ice sculptures at ICE!, the annual event put on by the Gaylord Texan Hotel.

Prairie Lights – Grand Prairie 

If seeing as many lights as possible during the holiday season is your thing, this twinkling drive-through in Grand Prairie never disappoints. Every year, visitors pile in by the carload ($35 per car during the week and $45 on weekends) to cruise through four million lights and hundreds of custom displays set along 2 miles. The park opens nightly at 6 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. on Sunday – Thursday and at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Prairie Lights opens on Thanksgiving and will remain open until December 31.

NorthPark Center – North Dallas

Need to pick up some last-minute gifts, but can’t get rid of the kids? What better place to get it all in than at a shopping center? NorthPark has got to be one of the most festive ones in the metroplex during the holidays. They have decorations, free marionette shows, live musical performances, an elaborate model train exhibit and, of course, a Santa meet and greet. Festivities start Black Friday with a reindeer festival at 10:30 a.m. and continue until Christmas Eve.

Texas Chriskindl Market Inside Enchant! – Arlington 

Arlington’s Globe Life Park is going to be even more festive this season as they host the annual Texas Christkindl Market. This Texas-sized holiday extravaganza features local vendors and artisans, nightly entertainment, seasonal eats, ice skating and more than 2 acres of lights. The festivities open for the 2018 Christmas season on November 24 and run through December 31. General admission tickets start at $29.95 for adults and $21.95 for children (ages 5-14), seniors and the military.

Crescent Estates is always happy to bring you fun things to do in DFW, regardless of the season. Want to learn more about a Crescent Estates community? Find the perfect custom home for you in Dallas by contacting Crescent Estates today.

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