'Tis the Season: Ten Top Holiday Happenings Around Dallas

It may not always be a white Christmas, but it's always a bright Christmas in Big D– where the city goes all out for the holidays. And for a perfect example, look no further than Prairie Lights, a drive-through holiday park that showcases one the most impressive Christmas light displays in North Texas. Want to see the city’s most decked-out neighborhoods in style? Then take a ride aboard a luxury van with Dallas By Chocolate Tours. Visit Clark Griswold-esque haunts and score scrumptious sweets from some of Dallas' most delicious dessert destinations. 

There's also nothing more enchanting than the magnificent gardens at the Dallas Arboretum– which celebrates the season with thousands of twinkling lights and elaborate Victorian gazebos filled with whimsical characters inspired by the story, A Christmas Carol.
And if any place knows how to let the good tidings roll, it's Grapevine. Dubbed the "Christmas Capital of Texas," this Dallas suburb boasts a wide variety of holiday events and attractions, including the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas.

We're just getting the party started, there's lots more seasonal fun to be had. From street festivals to Santa chats to snow hills, keep reading–10Best has your ultimate holiday spirit checklist all wrapped up.

George W. Bush Presidential Center
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The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is giving visitors a chance to celebrate the holidays like the First Family with a recreation of A Season of Merriment and Melody, the Christmas theme Laura Bush selected for the White House in...  Read More

Santa's Village
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Every holiday season the City of Richardson transforms the lawn next to the city hall into a virtual winter wonderland, complete with extravagant lighting displays and miniature gingerbread-style houses. Each house offers a variety of fun-filled...  Read More

Downtown Dallas Wanderland
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Eat, drink, shop, and be merry– it's all happening around Main Street, in the heart of downtown Dallas, every Thursday through Saturday from December 1 to December 17. Put on by Downtown Dallas Inc., this winter street fair features everything...  Read More

Christmas at the Anatole
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Your fast track to getting in the holiday spirit begins with the ultimate Santa meet and greet experience. Kicking off the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Anatole puts on its epic Breakfast with Santa series, complete with a decadent brunch,...  Read More

Six Flags Over Texas
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Millions of twinkling lights, thrilling rides, live performances, plus visits with Santa are what you'll find at Six Flags amusement park's massive tribute to festive fun. This year's Holiday in the Park features everything from a spectacular...  Read More

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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This enchanting garden of delights will be lit up for the holidays with the 12 Days of Christmas, an outdoor exhibit running from November 6 through January 8. Taking the theme straight from "A Christmas Carol," the show-stopping display...  Read More

Grand Prairie
Prairie Lights
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If you want to see as many lights as possible, this twinkling drive-through wonderland in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie never disappoints. Every year, folks pile in by the carload ($25 per car during the week and $35 on weekends) to cruise...  Read More

Dallas By Chocolate Tours
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We can't think of a more surefire way to get in a festive mood than by seeing holiday lights while indulging in hot cocoa and premium chocolates. Between November 25 and December 30, Dallas by Chocolate offers a Christmas Lights, Chocolate and...  Read More

Texas Christkindl Market
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During the Christmas season, Arlington's Globe Life Park gets festive by transforming into one of the largest German-themed holiday markets in the Southwest. Think Medieval setting, brats, potato pancakes, German beer and gluhwein: you get the...  Read More

Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas
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When it comes to getting folks into the ho-ho-holiday spirit, few places do it better than the Dallas suburb of Grapevine (AKA: the Christmas Capital of Texas). Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, the downtown area will transform into a magical...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene