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Moms In the Know :: Your Monthly Guide to Dallas in December

Reliant Energy is partnering with Dallas Moms Blog this month for our monthly events roundup. All opinions are our own!

December is one of our favorite month’s of the year. Texas is finally starting to cool off and moms everywhere are pulling out our favorite sweaters and curling up by a fire. But the best part about this holiday month is the endless list of ways we can spend quality time with our families. Whether you’re driving through a never-ending light trail or capture the “not-so-perfect” Santa photo at one of the many locations across the city, you don’t have to look far to find something that everyone will enjoy. 

The Guide below is just a glimpse at some of the more unique events happening around the city to help you plan your December. We maintain a full calendar of events here! It’s filled with cool events and awesome ideas on how to keep your tiny tots and school-aged sweeties intrigued. Happy Holidays!

 

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This Month’s Featured Events hosted Reliant Energy: 

Saturday, December 3 :: Reliant Lights Your Holidays

People enjoy fireworks and the dazzling display of more than 550,000 LED lights during the Reliant Lights Your Holidays at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Invision for Reliant/AP Images)

People enjoy fireworks and the dazzling display of more than 550,000 LED lights during the Reliant Lights Your Holidays at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Invision for Reliant/AP Images)

Reliant is lighting up your holidays!  Bring your entire family to the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 5:30pm for an evening of holiday magic. 

Reliant will be illuminating the Center’s campus and trees with thousands of dazzling LED lights to celebrate the holiday season. The FREE festival includes photos with Santa, live holiday concerts featuring entertainers RaeLynn and A.B. Quintanilla y Elektro Kumbia, an appearance from Miss America 2017 and a fireworks show to cap off the evening. Click here for more information on the schedule of events and parking details.
 

RSVP HERE if you plan to attend and be entered to win a family 4-Pack of tickets to the New Year’s Day performance in the Winspear Opera House of Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas!
 

NOW through December 9 :: Reliant Gives

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season and support a local nonprofit? Kicking off on Giving Tuesday, November 29 at 9 a.m. (to Friday, December 9), the public is invited to cast their vote for one of three Texas nonprofits to win $100,000 as part of Reliant Gives.
  • CYCLE: Changing Young Children’s Lives through Education in Houston rewards students with new bicycles for achieving better academic performance in the classroom.
  • Snowdrop Foundation in Houston provides scholarships for college-bound pediatric cancer patients and childhood cancer survivors.
  • The Warren Center in Dallas provides resources and support to children from birth to five years of age and their families who struggle with developmental delay or disability.

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Family-Friendly Events Around the Metroplex: 

All Month :: Don’t miss out on 12 Days of Christmas at the Arboretum! Explore these beautiful, life-like displays with your family during the day or stop by in the evening to see these Victorian gazebos lit up at night!

All Month :: The Trains have rolled into NorthPark Center. This is a must holiday activity for all families and tickets benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

All Month :: Clone Troopers have invaded the Star Wars MINILAND at Legoland Discovery Center! This display is coming to an end on February 6th, so make your way over before a new display goes in. 

All Month :: It’s that time for the Dallas Zoo’s Annual Penguin Days. Admission starts at $7/person. 

December 1 :: Come see a natural winter wonderland in Fair Park’s Texas Discovery Gardens and stay for the monthly Stories and More! with the butterflies.  $8, 11 AM- 12 PM

December 3, 10, 17-24 :: Santa must want a view because he’ll be at Reunion Tower 470 feet in the air. Enjoy balloon art and Dallas Zoo animals (11-11:45 AM). Santa visits will be from 12-3pm  with admission into the GEO-Deck.

December 3 :: Experience the holidays with a little piece of Germany thanks to German ISD Christmas Market. There will be food and drinks, Christmas books, and arts & crafts.  

December 3-4 :: Who doesn’t love Gingerbread!? NorthPark Center invites little ones to decorate gingerbread cookies on level one near Macy’s for $10/child.  

December 3 :: Target First Saturdays is an easy way to explore the Arts District with your families. Bring the kids for free admission from 10 AM-5 PM and themed family activities from 10 AM-2 PM such as yoga in the garden, storytime, and art scavenger hunts.

December 3 :: Join Dallas Moms Blog on Saturday, December 3 for Breakfast with Santa from 9:30-11:30am from crafts, activities, a Santa Story time and photos, and admission into the Texas Discovery Garden’s Butterfly House. Tickets are limited, so register now!

December 3 :: Reliant is lighting up your holidays!  Bring your entire family to the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 5:30pm for an evening of holiday magic. 

December 7 :: It’s a free family storytime at the Richardson Public Library at 6:45 PM! Ages 3-7 years will participate in kid-friendly activities  in addition to a featured book.

December 9 :: If you’re looking for a festive holiday party for children, then join Play Street Museum (Plano) for a Gingerbread House Decorating Party from 6-8 PM. Admission includes play time and activities. $25/child

December 10 & 11 :: If you haven’t experienced Christmas time by Candlelight, here’s your chance! Come see over 13 acres lit up by Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park. Activities for children include food trucks, carriage rides, carolers and dancers, and more! Tickets are required for this 2 day only event.

December 15-18 :: The Plano Children’s Theatre presents Scrooge The Musical. Each show begins with favorite Christmas Carols of the cast and audience. Special after-show backstage tours featuring photo opportunities with Scrooge and the rest of the cast are also available. Special Christmas treats and gifts will be available before the show and at intermission. $15/ticket. 

December 16 :: Experience Santa on the farm at Heritage Farmstead in Plano. Tickets start at $20 for 1 parent & 1 child and includes breakfast, a photo, craft & storytime. 

December 16 :: Mom & Dad, if you’re the Lego fan in your house, leave the kids at home and head out for a Date Night at Legoland Discovery Center. Join them for a Holiday Ugly Sweater party from 7-9 PM

December 19 :: Curl up with a cup of Hot Chocolate and a holiday favorite at Alamo Drafthouse! Tickets start at $11/person and each ticket comes with all you can drink hot chocolate, a bell from Snata’s sleigh and souvenir train ticket. PJ’s welcome!

December 22 :: It’s not the holidays without music from Trans Siberian Orchestra. They’ll be in town for 1 day only (3:30 PM & 8 PM) at the American Airlines Center.

December 26 :: Happy Hanukkah! Join Galleria Dallas as they light the first candle on the Menorah at 6pm. 

Need More Activities for December? Check out our …

2016 Dallas Metroplex Holiday Guide

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