Holiday Fun Comes to Dallas This Season, Along with New & Noteworthy Hotels


DALLAS – (Nov. 20, 2019) – Dallas invites visitors to get into the holiday spirit with its many new and can't-miss experiences, in addition to first looks at eagerly anticipated hotel openings and renovations. Everything is bigger in Texas, and the holidays are no exception. The 'Big D' spreads cheer this season and creates a magical visit with endless light displays, trips to the North Pole, festive parades, tree lightings and more. 


  • Holiday at the Arboretum (Nov. 9 through Dec. 31): Open year-round, the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum is one of the world's premier gardens. This year's annual "Holiday at the Arboretum" will include a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of the garden and a "12 Days of Christmas" themed outdoor exhibit featuring 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos-- each depicting different scenes from the beloved Christmas carol, such as Three French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming and Seven Swans a Swimming, to name a few. Close to one million lights will be streamed throughout the garden, which guests can walk through during extended nighttime hours to fully enjoy the holiday magic. New this year is The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village. Inspired by European Christmas markets, the village is comprised of a dozen charming shops and façades to mimic a quaint European hamlet.
  • The Trains at NorthPark (Nov. 16 through Jan. 5): The Trains at NorthPark features an enchanting exhibit of toy trains traveling across 1,600 feet of train track through miniature recreations of iconic U.S. destinations, such as Dallas, New York City and the Grand Canyon. The exhibit opens in mid-November for its 32nd year and all proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
  • Deck the Plaza (Dec. 6): Join Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson at the city's annual Deck the Plaza. The official illumination ceremony of City Hall is a festive, family-friendly (not to mention free!) event that will include a Texas-sized tree lighting and a special arrival from Santa Claus. Guests can enjoy holiday treats including hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies.
  • Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops (Dec. 6-15): Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops, a holiday tradition located at Meyerson Symphony Center, returns with the Dallas Symphony Chorus performing transcendent anthems, classical holiday favorites and sing-along carols. Word on the street is that Santa Claus may make an appearance, too!
  • The Dallas Holiday Parade (Dec. 7): One of the city's most spectacular holiday events is The Dallas Holiday Parade, which features marching bands, festive floats, and tasty food trucks and vendors. The 32nd annual parade will march down Commerce Street in Downtown Dallas Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. to ring in the holiday season.
  • Christmas at The Anatole featuring Peppermint Park (Nov. 29 through Dec. 22): Each holiday season, Peppermint Park at Hilton Anatole comes to life. The winter holiday festival for kids and families transports guests to the North Pole where they can enjoy holiday shows, train rides, endless light displays, and much more. This year, Peppermint Park will welcome new activities, like an escape room and miniature golf.
  • Party on the Plaza (Dec. 31): Party on the Plaza is the city's official countdown to New Year's Eve. Join the crowds at City Hall to indulge in food trucks, drinks and live entertainment from American Idol-favorites Jason and Michael Castro and the Emerald City Elevation Band. When the clock strikes 12, enjoy the most unforgettable fireworks show set off from Dallas' landmark, Reunion Tower.
  • 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (Jan. 1): Continue the celebrations on New Year's Day with one of the NHL's biggest events of the year, the NHL Winter Classic. The outdoor hockey game will take place at the historic Cotton Bowl at Fair Park as the Dallas Stars host the Nashville Predators.


Just in time for the holiday rush, travelers can be among the first to experience the city's newest accommodations.

  • Virgin Hotels Dallas: The highly anticipated Virgin Hotels Dallas is set to open this December in the hip and growing Design District. The lifestyle hotel will cater to the new, savvy traveler, removing fees for many amenities such as Wi-Fi and late checkout, as well as a complimentary spirit hour for members of The Know. The third property from Virgin Hotels will have 268 chambers, two penthouse suites, multiple restaurants and bars, and a rooftop pool. The hotel will also be home to Commons Club, a restaurant, bar and lounge designed to feel like a modern and sophisticated social club that offers guests a swanky location to exchange ideas and stories. Guests will sip on thoughtfully crafted cocktails from The Bar, delight in delectable dishes driven by a seasonal French menu from The Kitchen, and take in the 70's inspired vibe at private dining space The Shag Room.
  • Hall Arts Hotel: The art-forward, boutique hotel concept will open late Fall 2019 and sit directly across from the AT&T Performing Arts Center, housing 183 guest rooms throughout eight floors, including 10 suites with views of the Downtown Dallas skyline. Contemporary art will live throughout Hall Arts Hotel to complement its proximity to the Dallas Arts District, and the hotel has plans for two restaurant concepts, as well as 27,000 square-feet of private indoor and outdoor event space. What's more? Ellie's, one of the restaurants at the ritzy hotel, will have Oprah Winfrey's former private chef leading the kitchen. 
  • Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek: In celebration of the hotel's 40th anniversary, the iconic Dallas hotel will reveal a redesign of its guestrooms, suites and lobby in January 2020. Drawing inspiration from the Mansion's rich history and heritage, while simultaneously incorporating modern amenities and contemporary style, the soon-to-be unveiled spaces have been conceived by leading residential interior designer Thomas Pheasant and are at the same time refined and relaxed. These latest enhancements are part of the property's extensive, multi-year refurbishment, which previously introduced a new pool and event lawn in 2018.

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