**This post is sponsored by Reliant Energy. All opinions are 100% our own!**
It’s very popular to complain about turning the clocks back and living in perpetual darkness all winter. I get it. Evening errands become a total drag for me and my self-diagnosed night blindness. Lately though, I embrace the time change because it’s an opportunity for my kids to have nighttime fun without staying up too late. The world looks so different at night, and it can be really magical for the kiddos.
Obviously, the best part about a holiday night out is THE LIGHTS, and Reliant helps make all our twinkle-light dreams come true. This year they’re bringing us three different holiday activities around town. First up, and going on now:
Holiday at the Arboretum
November 4 to January 7 :: Reliant presents Holiday at the Arboretum. This annual favorite features a 12 Days of Christmas exhibit with breathtaking Victorian-style gazebos encased in glass, each depicting a verse from the classic carol. You can also bask in the sparkle of 500,000 lights throughout the garden and a 30-ft Christmas tree.
The gazebos are up during regular Arboretum hours, but special 12 Days of Christmas at Night hours are Wednesdays-Sundays from 6-9pm. Check the link for additional event specifics, and purchase your tickets now! $20/adults ($12/members), $15 seniors ($10/members), $10/children
Dallas Zoo Lights
November 17 to January 2, select nights :: This year Reliant partnered up with the Dallas Zoo for a new seasonal celebration, Dallas Zoo Lights. On 33 select nights, the zoo will be open late and filled with over a million twinkling lights, decorations and sculptures, plus:
- holiday performances and light shows set to music
- winter treats for kids and adults (including gourmet donuts, cookies, hot chocolate, and holiday-crafted adult beverages)
- crafts and activities for the kids
- a carousel and mini-train rides, each lit up by holiday lights
This event is included with zoo admission, so you can come to the zoo and stay late for the lights. OR you can purchase tickets specifically for the evening hours (5-9pm). Click here for a calendar snapshot of the dates and more details!
Reliant Lights Your Holidays
December 2 :: Reliant Lights Your Holidays with a concert and fireworks spectacular at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. This free festival will be illuminated with tons of dazzling lights and includes kids’ arts and crafts, a gigantic fireworks show, and a concert featuring En Vogue, RaeLynn…and SANTA! (Trying to make us think Santa is the headliner when we all know it’s En Vogue…)
Check the link for a schedule of the evening and a parking map. RSVP to let them know you’re coming, and you could win 4 tickets to Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas on New Year’s Day at the Winspear Opera House.
December can get busy with holiday parties and obligations, so we want to bring your attention to these super fun events now. Get them on your family calendar and make a night out of it!