10 Ways To Let the Good Tidings Roll In Dallas This December

December in the Dallas area might not be a winter wonderland, but what we lack in snow we make up with loads of holiday activities and plenty of seasonal cheer.

And when it comes to seasonal cheer, if any place knows how to jolly up the holiday 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.

More festive spirit awaits at the Texas Cristkindl Market, which this year has become part of Enchant, a veritable holiday festival featuring 85 vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, a light maze and an outdoor ice skating rink.

Don’t like ice skating? How about sledding?  At Six Flags Over Texas' Holiday in the Park celebration, you’ll not only find a snowy hill for sledding, there’s also reindeer dance parties, light shows, s'more cookouts and of course a slew of epic rides.

And there’s nothing like the twinkle of Christmas lights to ring in the season and one of the best places to see them is at Prairie Lights, a drive-through holiday park that showcases one the most impressive light displays in North Texas.

So, if you want to have the most wonderful time of the year in Dallas, these 10best yuletide happenings are sure to dazzle the entire family.

Santa's Village
Photo courtesy of City of Richardson Parks & Recreation

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 offering a variety of fun-filled...  Read More

Dallas Theater Center-Wyly Theatre
Photo courtesy of Dallas Theater Center

There's nothing more quintessentially Christmas than A Christmas Carol, the beloved holiday classic about a cantankerous loner who discovers the meaning of Christmas with the help of three mysterious apparitions. And no place puts on a more...  Read More

Dallas By Chocolate Tours
Photo courtesy of Dallas By Chocolate Tours

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 24 and December 30, Dallas by Chocolate offers a Christmas Lights, Chocolate and...  Read More

NorthPark Center
Photo courtesy of NorthPark Center

You need to pick up some last-minute gifts, but your kiddos want to be entertained too, so what better place to get it all in than at a shopping center, right? And as far as shopping centers go, NorthPark has got to be one of the most festive...  Read More

Christmas at the Anatole
Photo courtesy of The Hilton Anatole

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
Photo courtesy of Six Flags Over Texas Facebook

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

Grand Prairie
Prairie Lights
Photo courtesy of Prairie Lights Facebook

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 ($35 per car during the week and $45 on weekends) to cruise...  Read More

Texas Christkindl Lane inside Enchant!
Photo courtesy of Dale Klippenstein

This Christmas season, Arlington's Globe Life Park is going to be even more festive as the annual Texas Christkindl Market joins up with Enchant, a Texas-sized holiday extravaganza featuring local vendors and artisans as well as everything from...  Read More

Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas
Photo courtesy of Visit Grapevine

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

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Photo courtesy of Dallas CVB

Though anytime of the year is magical at the Dallas Arboretum, this stunning 66-acre acre oasis becomes even more enchanting during the holidays when it undergoes a magnificent seasonal makeover. Along with over 500,000 lights illuminating the...  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. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene