While many are rushing to find the perfect present, the most meaningful gifts are the experiences that you create with the ones you love. Here are some ideas for making new holiday traditions in the city.
Have a Healthy Holiday Competition
With all the holiday feasts, encourage your family to stay active with a new holiday fun run tradition. Come dressed in your favorite holiday gear and jingle all the way through the Dallas Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 21 at the Hilton Anatole. This family-friendly event includes a nighttime 5k race, 1-mile run and a post-race party with live performances and complimentary food and beverages (registration ends on Dec. 21). You and your clan can also sprint into the New Year with the New Year's Eve 5k on Dec. 31 beginning at Nobel Rey Brewing Co. The race starts at 2 p.m., leaving you with plenty of time to prep for your evening NYE festivities.
Celebrate the Season with a Show
It's the best time of year to enjoy a festive musical. Take the kids to the Dallas Children's Theater to see "A Charlie Brown's Christmas" or "Frosty and Friends." Attend a Broadway sensation like "Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" or a classic musical like "The King and I" at the Winspear Opera House. Add a personal touch by taking your loved ones out for hot chocolate and Christmas light scavenging after the show.
Go on a Merry Mall Trip
Shopping for holiday gifts doesn't have to be a stressful event. Plan a leisurely mall trip with the little ones where they can enjoy the Trains at NorthPark Center or Storytime with Santa while you shop for those last-minute finds. Head to Galleria Dallas to visit Santa's Village and the largest indoor Christmas tree in the nation. Don't forget to take them ice skating for an extra treat!
Take a Festive Stroll
With so many twinkling lights and enchanted attractions, making a tradition of taking a holiday stroll through the city is easy. This year, roam through Downtown Wanderland for shopping, crafts, fun photos, food trucks, happy hours, movies, music and more! Downtown Wanderland is open through Dec. 16. It is also the perfect time of year to visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Walk through the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit and stop by the Nutcracker Suite at the DeGolyer House for more festive feels. You can see the exhibit through Jan. 7, 2018.
Shout with Glee at a Game
There is no doubt that the holidays and sports go hand in hand. Bring your folks together to cheer on your favorite team. See the Dallas Mavericks or the Dallas Stars play at the American Airlines Center. Plan to attend the last Dallas Cowboys home game at the AT&T Stadium on Dec. 24, or go to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (USC Trojans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes) on Dec. 29. You can also head to the Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park for the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl to see Utah and West Virginia face off on Dec. 26.