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The holiday spirit is alive in the Dallas region. Whether you are planning your holiday staycation or coming from out of town, Dallas offers a variety of festive experiences for you and your family.


  • Dallas Holiday Parade

    Dec. 25 at 10 am

    Celebrating 33 years of holiday magic in Dallas, this year’s Dallas Holiday Parade will be broadcast locally on CW33. Enjoy new production numbers and clips from the Emmy nominated 2019 Toyota Dallas Holiday Parade from the comfort of your own home.

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  • Dallas Zoo Lights

    Address: 650 S. R. L. Thornton Freeway Dallas, TX 75203
    Now through January 3

    Drive through a holiday safari of lights in your own vehicle! Marvel at more than one million lights in elaborate displays, silk-covered animal lanterns depicting your favorite zoo animals, an ice palace fit for a trio of penguins and more. Don’t forget to stroll through Reliant Holiday Village after.

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  • Holiday at the Arboretum

    Address: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
    Now through December 31

    See elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos showcasing each of the 12 Days of Christmas. In the evenings, the garden comes to life with over one million lights. Don’t forget to visit the Christmas Village, get your picture with Santa Claus, and enjoy entertainment, shopping, and food.

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  • Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan

    Address: 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051
    Now through January 3

    Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan returns for the 17th year with a new immersive exhibition: I love Christmas Movies. The interactive pop-up experience will take you through beloved Christmas movies The Polar Express™, A Christmas Story™, Elf™, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation™, and The Year Without A Santa Claus™.

    Build your own snowman with real snow, go ice skating and snow tubing, and marvel at their extravagant Christmas light displays of more than 2 million lights and 15,000 ornaments.

    Pro Tip: Known as “The Christmas Capital of Texas,” the city of Grapevine offers 40 days of holiday events, activities and experiences. Its small-town charm shines brightly during this season and will make you feel like you’re in a holiday movie. 

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  • Luminova

    Address: 734 Stadium Drive Arlington, Texas 76011
    Now through January 3

    The inaugural Luminova Holidays brings to North Texas 2.7 million twinkling lights, a 10,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink, train rides for the kids, interactive activities, live performances, and more. Santa Clause will be at the winter wonderland, ready to hear everyone’s holiday wishes and take socially-distanced photos. Holiday food and beverages will also be served including local favorite Fletcher’s Corny Dogs.

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  • Radiance!

    Address (Frisco): 7300 RoughRiders Trail Frisco, TX 75034
    Address (Weatherford): 2251 Mineral Wells Hwy, Weatherford, Texas 76088 
    Now through January 3

    The holiday spectacular is a mile-long drive-thru experience featuring two million lights, animated to the tunes of your favorite holiday classics. Enjoy festive food and beverages, including hot chocolate and holiday cookies, from your car.

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  • Reliant Lights Your Holidays

    Address: 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
    Now through December 20

    For 16 nights, this reimagined annual holiday tradition illuminates the Dallas Arts District’s Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, and Sammons Park with 550,000 LED lights. Enjoy pop-up performances from local artists and organizations, festive projections and photo-ops with your family.

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  • Trains at NorthPark

    Address: 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225
    Now through January 3

    For the past 33 years, Trains at Northpark has been one of Dallas’ premier holiday traditions. This miniature toy trains exhibit features trains rolling along 1,300 feet of track on a journey across America. Since 1987, the Trains have raised more than $13 million for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), serving to serve more than 39,000 families.

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