Arts & Culture

How to Spend a Long Holiday Weekend

Preparing for a long weekend in the Big D? Explore everything Dallas and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Gabby Johnson
Posted on Dec 4, 2017

Dallas is a city full of fun family-friendly holiday adventures from incredible light displays to musical performances. Get ready for some unforgettable memories.


Day 1 (Thursday)

Take a trip to Enchant Christmas at Globe Life Park in Arlington, open through Dec. 31. This brand-new experience features the world's largest Christmas light maze, an ice skating pond, live music, 21 tasty food trucks, and you might even catch a snapshot with Santa. Don't miss this all new experience. (Open Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm-11pm and there's free parking!)



Day 2 (Friday)

Looking for some snow in Dallas? Well have no fear, the Gaylord Texan is here! The Gaylord Texan continues to deliver with winter wonderlands. From Santa's Wild Workshop Snow Tubing to the colorful ice sculptures and 20-foot tall ice slides at "ICE! Featuring "Twas the Night before Christmas" you will surely get that holiday cheer after a day at the Gaylord.

After all that snow tubing, head over to The Star in Frisco for the Cowboys Christmas Spectacular. If you're a diehard Cowboys fan, this is where you want to be! Enjoy performances from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, rhythm and blues dancers and special appearances by Santa every Friday and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. Admission and Parking are free! (Open through Dec. 22.)


Day 3 (Saturday)

Whether you're traveling solo or embarking on an adventure with your family, the world's tallest indoor Christmas tree at the Galleria Dallas during the Illumination Celebration is worth a visit.  The tree will illuminate to choreographed tunes for daily shows through Dec. 24.  Then stick around to do a little ice-skating or catch up on some Christmas shopping. Bringing the kids? Santa is waiting in his village to take gift requests for the good boys and girls. (Open daily through Dec. 24)



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Day 4 (Sunday)

Looking for a meaningful cultural holiday experience? Wind down your weekend with the 3 p.m. show of the holiday classic,"Black Nativity" by poet/playwright Langston Hughes. Now in its 14th year of production, this family-friendly play at the Bishop Arts Theatre is filled with praise dancing and soulful music to get you in the holiday spirit. Show dates run through Dec.17, so get your tickets in advance as seating is limited.

After the show, swing on over to the Holiday Wonder at Fair Park. Enjoy food tasting from around the world as you take a walk-through winter wonderland while enjoying the famous holiday themed Chinese Lanterns. (Open daily through Jan. 7, 2018 from 5:30-10 p.m.)