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The Ultimate Guide to Dallas Family-Friendly Holiday Events {2017}

While your schedule may be getting full, it’s never a bad idea to put everything aside and spend some holiday time with your family. We have the ultimate guide to Holiday Events around the Dallas metroplex that will be a surefire way to keep everyone involved and happy! 


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Light the Night :: Watters Creek :: November 18, 2017 (4:30-6:30pm) Get in the holiday spirit with FREE performances from the Allen Symphony Chorus, complimentary carriage rides, holiday craft activities, music & festive entertainment. And what’s better than lighting over 145,000 twinkling lights and a fireworks display to wrap up the night! 

Reindeer Park & Festival :: Northpark Center :: November 24, 2017 (10:30am-2pm) Join Santa, Rudolph, and friends in the Northcourt, then head outside for a live reindeer corral, photo opportunities, reindeer games and crafts, a holiday DJ, giving opportunities with the Angel Tree, and holiday treats and surprises.

Home for the Holidays :: Downtown McKinney :: Friday, November 24-Sunday, November 26, 2017 Start your holiday season by traveling back in time with historic Downtown McKinney Square! Enjoy non-stop family activities, entertainment, food galore, a chance to finish your Christmas shopping by candlelight, and much more.

Farmer’s Branch Tree Lighting :: Farmers Branch Historical Park :: Saturday, December 2, 2017 (4:00-9:30pm) This is a FREE event and open to the public, so expect a crowd! Located at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Dallas. 

Dallas Holiday Parade :: Downtown Dallas :: Saturday, December 2, 2017 (10am-noon) Brought back from cancellation by a very generous last-minute donation, the Dallas parade is kind of a Christmas miracle this year! Free to attend, although ticketed bleacher seats are available for purchase if you prefer. Check that link for more details, including a parade map.

All Season Long

Holiday in the Park :: Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington :: November 19, 2017-January 2, 2018 Each year, Six Flags over Texas is transformed into a Winter Wonderland! Enjoy sparkling lights, glamorous decorations, festive scents and seasonal treats, playful activities, hair-raising rides, and heartwarming shows. 

Trains at NorthPark Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas :: NorthPark Center, Dallas :: November 18, 2017-January 7, 2018 Since 1987, The Trains at NorthPark has been a favorite for children of all ages! The exhibit (located on level 1 near Nordstrom) 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. Tickets are inexpensive – $7 adults, $4 children, and under 2 are free, but purchase at a Tom Thumb and get another $1 off! See our review from the archives here.

Holidays at the Bush Center :: George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas :: November 16, 2017-January 7, 2018 Visitors will be treated to a number of activities and special events based around the theme “All Things Bright & Beautiful: Christmas at the White House 2005” including scheduled readings for children and seasonal menus at Café 43 and the Courtyard Café. The Bush Center’s architectural centerpiece, Freedom Hall, will feature a holiday video and the entire complex will be decorated with lights, wreaths, and Christmas trees. There’s no additional charge for these activities, but you will need tickets

Holiday Wonder :: Fair Park :: November 21, 2017-January 7, 2018 (5:30-10pm) Take a magical walk through an outdoor winter wonderland of holiday-themed Chinese lanterns. Enjoy food from around the world, a holiday market with souvenirs, the two-story Santa’s Arctic Slide, snowball throwing, and a world-class acrobatics show. Tickets are $12 for kids 3-12, $20 for adults, or you can buy a family 4-pack for $54.

Enchant :: Globe Life Park :: November 24 – December 31, 2017 (Open Tuesday-Sunday’s from 5:00pm – 11:00pm) This is a brand new event in the DFW area for 2017. Kids will love this as it boasts as having the “World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze” and North Texas’ Largest Outdoor Christmas Tree. In addition to strolling through the lights, you can visit Santa in his Palace, shop the Christmas Market, sample from over 21 Food Trucks, and rent a pair of skates at the ice skating pond. There will be nightly entertainment and FREE PARKING! Tickets are $29.95 for adults & $21.95 for children ages 5-14. 

Christmas at the Anatole :: Hilton Anatole, Dallas :: November 24-December 25, 2017 Enjoy the millions of holiday lights both indoors and strewn throughout the Anatole’s on-property 7-acre park and bring the whole family for Breakfast and photos with Santa, nightly entertainment, kid-friendly crafts and more! Note: Breakfast with Santa Event is open to the public from December 18-22, 2017; however hotel guest packages available for remaining dates. Tickets for seating: adults – $53, children – $24 

Santa’s Wonderland :: Bass Pro Shop, Garland  :: November 11-December 24, 2017 Who knew you’d find so many festive events at a pro shop! Throughout the season, you’ll find a variety of children’s crafts, games, activity tables, moving trains, and of course, photos with Santa. (They’ll event let you have 1 for free!) Check your store for dates, times, and specific events. 

Gaylord Texan A Lone Star Christmas :: 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine :: November 11, 2017- January 1, 2018 You and your family will marvel at 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments and dozens of lavish holiday displays that include larger-than-life decorations. Enjoy Milk & Cookies with Mrs. Claus, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast, an Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt and ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas :: Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine :: November 10, 2017- January 1, 2018  Enter the interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and 20 feet tall ice slides retelling the classic story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Tickets are pricey, but children 3 and under are FREE.

Magical Winter Lights :: Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie :: November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018 Here’s a way to get a multicultural look into the Holidays. This larger-than-life festival divides itself into multiple areas featuring unique looks into various light & lantern traditions from around the world. Tickets are $21 for adults, $13 for Children ages 4-12 & Seniors. Children under 4 are free.  

Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing :: Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine :: November 10, 2017-January 1 ,2018 Last year, the Gaylord reinvented this favorite attraction; with up to 12 lanes for an extreme tubing experience. Be careful before booking your tickets. Children must be at least 36″ to ride with an adult and 42″ to ride independently. Make sure to get all the details here before reserving your tickets. All ages: $18.99

Cowboys Christmas Spectacular:: The Star, Frisco :: November 24, 2017-December 22, 2017 (6pm, Fridays and Saturdays only) For the Cowboys superfans among us, Cowboys Christmas Spectacular is a weekly holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, appearances by Santa, and more. Parking and admission are free!

Snowland :: Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine :: December 2, 2017-January 1, 2018 Water = Snow, so who says it can’t be a holiday destination? Explore the enchanted winter wonderland– from snow showers and twinkling lights in the Grand Lobby to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes. Soak in the holiday spirit with caroling, photos with Santa,  Snowploma assignments all while splashing in the 84-degree water park. You must be guests of the hotel to participate in the activities. Reservations can be made online

Holiday Bricktacular :: Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine :: December 16 & 17 and 23, & 24, 2017 (11am – 4pm) Throughout these weekend dates, Legoland will have a variety of holiday activities for kids to participate in such as Winter Wonderland Big Build, Santa Invasion and Scavenger Hunt, and Meet LEGO® Santa. Make sure to check their website for actual dates and times as they won’t necessarily be all the same day. We also highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance!

Santa’s Village :: 411 W. Arapaho Rd, Richardson :: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Dec. 2-3, 8-11 and 15-17 (6 – 9 pm) This small “North Pole-like” Village has become hugely popular FREE event for North Dallas residents! There are 15 dwellings that have a special craft, snack, or activity for children to enjoy including Santa’s House and Workshop. Various bands, dance troops, and performers take the Prancer’s Performance stage each weekend to entertain guests. New this year: Hometown Thursdays. Richardson residents can pick up an advance ticket at participating locations for a special Thursday opening of Santa’s Village. See Kelly’s review from the archives here.


Dallas's 2017 Holiday Guide for Families

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