10 Best Things to Do in the Dallas Area 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 activities and plenty of seasonal cheer.

Feeling Festive? Then you’re in luck. In addition to Dallas’ other holiday attractions, you can check out the city’s impressive light displays and score scrumptious sweets from a slew of delicious dessert destinations with Dallas By Chocolate Tours. There’s also Texas Christkindl, a traditional German-themed holiday market at Arlington’s Texas Live Plaza, and ICE!–a walk-through winter wonderland of hand-carved ice sculptures at the Gaylord Texan.

Oh, and we’ve got the lowdown on a few less traditional things to do too. Running until the end of December is the immensely popular Sweet Tooth Hotel. No, it’s not really a hotel, it’s a totally immersive art exhibition in which Instagram dreams are made of. And for something even more offbeat, how about taking your holiday to new frights at Dark Hour’s Christmas-themed haunted house?

Still looking for more things to do? Then be sure to check out the rest of these activities, events and attractions happening in the Dallas area throughout December 2018.

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 Deck the Halls and Welcome All Exhibit, the Christmas theme Laura Bush selected for the White...  Read More

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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'Tis the season for carols and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has that all covered with its annual Christmas Pops concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Running December 7 through 16, 2018, the show features all your favorite yuletide staples...  Read More

NorthPark Center
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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

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
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The Perot is decking the halls with luminous dinosaurs for its dazzling, light-themed science exhibition--"Illuminate." From November 3, 2018 through January 6, 2019, visitors can see the likes of T. rex, Frenelopsis (a 110-million-year-old...  Read More

Dallas Theater Center-Wyly Theatre
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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

Dark Hour Haunted House
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If you thought haunted houses were only for Halloween, think again. This 30,000-square-foot house of horrors has switched out the goblins for evil elves this holiday season with its special attraction, "Wreck the Halls: The Christmas Wars."...  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 30 and December 30, Dallas by Chocolate offers a Christmas Lights, Chocolate and...  Read More

ICE! at Gaylord Texan Resort
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The Gaylord Texan always pulls out all the stops for the Christmas holidays—think 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, 12,000 ornaments, a life-sized gingerbread house plus ice skating, scavenger hunts, games,...  Read More

Texas Christkindl Market
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One of area's largest German-themed holiday markets is back this year at Arlington's new entertainment venue, Texas Live. And with it comes brats, potato pancakes, German beer and gluhwein plus plenty of polka dancing and live music too. Need to...  Read More

Victory Park
Sweet Tooth Hotel
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Dallas' most Instagram-worthy dessert-themed art and retail pop up, which made its debut this past summer-- is back with a new psychedelic space-centric adventure titled "1955." On display from November 2 through December 31, 2018--the...  Read More


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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