24 Things to do in Dallas this Winter

Embrace the cooler weather and enjoy all the bright lights of the city, holiday festivities and the winter sports scene in Dallas.

Posted on Dec 21, 2017 By Ashley Turner

See the Dallas Cowboys take on the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 24 at AT&T Stadium. It's the last home game of the season, so you don't want to miss it.

2. Enjoy some exciting college football bowl games. The Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl will feature the University of Utah and West Virginia University on Dec. 26 at Cotton Bowl Stadium, and the Cotton Bowl Classic will feature Ohio State and USC on Dec. 29 at AT&T Stadium.

3. Attend the Lights All Night festival on Dec. 29-30 at Dallas Market Hall. This two-day EDM festival will showcase some of the top DJ's and musical acts like Bassnectar, Marshmello, Porter Robinson and more!

4. Check out all the holiday lights and displays around Dallas. The city is glowing in festive lights all around town, from the world's largest light maze at Enchant to the magical 3D displays at Dallas Zoo Lights, check out our list on where to see the best lights in Dallas! 

5. Don't miss the Journey to Space exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature of Science that closes on Dec. 31. This hands-on and interactive exhibit lets you get up close and personal with the sights and sounds of all things space. 

6. Throw out the old and ring in the New Year in Dallas. There's tons of NYE celebrations happening around the city, like the AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower, the Saint Rocco's New Year's Eve Celebration, Brew Year's Eve at Noble Rey Brewing Co., and so much more. Check out all the NYE events here.

7. Enjoy an indoor winter wonderland at ICE! at the Gaylord Texan through Jan. 1. This walk-through holiday attraction features two million pounds of ice sculptures, ice slides and more.

8. Celebrate the New Year at Day 1 Dallas on Jan. 1 at Fair Park. This annual family-friendly event will include kids' activities, live music, food and a fireworks show.

9. Be amazed by Lightwire Theater's production of "A Very Eclectic Christmas - Max's Holiday Adventure" on Jan. 1 at the Winspear Opera House. Lightwire Theater has been featured on America's Got Talent and is known for their unique combination of skill and grace as told through the technological innovations of moving light characters.

10. Experience Christmas at the White House circa 2005 during Holidays at the Bush Center through Jan. 7. The "All Things Bright and Beautiful" exhibit showcases behind-the-scenes photos, murals and a recreation of the Blue Room Christmas Tree.

11. Take the kids to see the Trains at NorthPark – a 1,600-foot elaborate configuration of tracks and scenes with more than 750 railcars. This exhibit is on display through Jan 7.

12. Visit the Meadows Museum to see the extraordinary paintings of Francisco de Zurbarán in an exhibit titled, Jacob and His Twelve Sons. It's the first time any such series of paintings by Zurbarán has been presented in the United States, so be sure to see it before it leaves on Jan. 7.

13. Explore the newest exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center titled, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony.  This exhibit centers on an immersive environment representing a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and it's on display through Jan. 7.  

14. Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the MLK parade on Jan. 15. 

15. See a concert at the American Airlines Center. Katy Perry, Shakira and Lana Del Rey will all headline this season.

16. Head to the Dallas Museum of Art for the Truth: 24 frames per second exhibit, on display through Jan. 28. The exhibit brings together 24 pioneers of film and video focused on pressing contemporary themes like race relations, political unrest, sexual identity and the media.

17. Cheer on the Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars at a game this season at the American Airlines Center.

18. Enjoy A Night at the Meyerson at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on Feb. 11. The concert will feature hundreds of choral and orchestra musicians from all over the United States.

19. Celebrate Mardi Gras in Dallas at the 10th annual parade in Oak Cliff on Feb. 11.

20. Treat your loved one to a Valentine's Day getaway in Dallas on Feb. 14. Stroll through the butterfly house at Texas Discovery Gardens or have a date night at Reunion Tower with their romantic couples' package.  

21. Make plans to attend the Chinese New Year Festival at Klyde Warren Park on Feb. 17. Presented by the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the festival will have art demonstrations, food, live music and fireworks.

22. See the Mourning a President exhibit at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza through Feb. 19. The moving exhibit explores how a grieving nation paid its respects and the elaborate plans of John F. Kennedy's funeral showcasing photos, film and remembrances from around the world.

23. Take a trip to the Dallas Arboretum to see the largest floral festival in the Southwest at Dallas Blooms that opens on Feb 24. 

24. Get your green out for the St. Patrick's Day Parade along Greenville Ave. on March 17. 

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