Dallas' Best Holiday Attractions: From Pumpkin Patches to the North Pole

Planning a trip to Dallas in the late fall or early winter? You're in luck - Big D features some of the best holiday attractions and activities in the U.S. We've put together the best of the best things to do that are sure to make you feel that the holidays are indeed the best time of year!

Kick off the holiday season with a trip to one of many Dallas attractions that highlight the lovely late autumn and Christmas seasons in Texas. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features a gigantic pumpkin patch with life-sized fairytale pumpkin houses that make the perfect background for family photos in November and then the beautiful 12 Days of Christmas exhibit in December. Or escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head east to the little town of Canton and its annual YesterLand Farm attraction.

In December, choose from a wide variety of Santa-themed activities and events ideal for the little ones. Take them to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus on the North Pole Express train in Grapevine, or treat them to one of the best Santa Claus's in town at the upscale NorthPark Center.

Adults will enjoy one of many holiday-themed events at the Myerson Symphony Center, and party lovers can't miss the biggest New Year's Eve party in Dallas at Big D NYE in Victory Plaza.

No matter what you do, you'll have a great time in Dallas during the holidays!

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Northeast Dallas

In addition to top-notch stores and delectable eateries, NorthPark also boasts an incredible collection of world-class art, with past exhibit pieces by Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Roy Lichtenstein. The art collection includes a wide variety...  Read More

Outside the City
YesterLand Farm
Photo courtesy of Denise Brandenberg

If you want to get out of the city and experience the country life for the holidays, there's no better place to take the kids than YesterLand Farm. Just go East on I-20 for about an hour to reach it. This popular spot features a ton of amusement...  Read More

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Facebook page

Located on the eastern shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features 66 acres of blooming flower beds, manicured lawns and lush trees. The gardens house over 2400 types of azaleas, including the only publicly...  Read More

Located in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Dallas, the Myerson Symphony Center is one of the best spots in town to celebrate the holidays. With numerous concerts and events highlighting the best of the best when it comes to Christmas...  Read More

From the moment you arrive at the grand front entrance at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center, you'll be taken to a winter wonderland that features a gigantic Christmas tree and millions of lights throughout the Texas-themed atrium...  Read More

Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children's Christmas Parade

Traditionally held the first Saturday in December, this annual Dallas Christmas extravaganza features holiday floats, antique cars, marching bands from local schools, large inflatable balloons and an appearance by Santa Claus. The parade is a...  Read More

Victory Park

Located right in the middle of the always-happening Victory Plaza near the American Airlines Center, Big D NYE is the New Year's party of the year in Dallas. It features free admission, and annual party goers enjoy live music played on multiple...  Read More

Ice-skating is always a magical experience, especially for kids, so make sure to schedule a family trip to the Galleria Ice Skating Center. Located in the famous Galleria Dallas shopping center, this lovely rink offers year-round public skating...  Read More

Take the whole family to the North Pole via the Grapevine Vintage Railroad's North Pole Express, one of the most popular holiday attractions in Dallas. The holiday train experience starts at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot platform where riders...  Read More


Meet Denise Brandenberg

Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years.

Denise started her career as an advertising...  More About Denise

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