The easiest way to save this holiday season.
Posted on Nov 12, 2018 By Ashley Turner
The Dallas CityPASS, a booklet offering discounted admission to five of Dallas' top attractions, is making holiday trip planning even sweeter! It's a great addition to your Dallas getaway, as most of the attractions included have holiday events and exhibits to ring in the season.
Perot Museum | Nov. 3 – Jan. 6, 2019
See the Perot Museum of Nature and Science transform into an illumination of lights! Illuminate will showcase light-themed science with special instillations illuminated with projections and lights throughout the museum. There will be two special installations including a special, commissioned original work of projection art, The Velocity of Light – A Kaleidoscopic Journey, by local artist Carmen Menza. There will also be tons of activities like illumination trivia and a giant kaleidoscope to take pictures with.
Dallas Arboretum | Nov. 9 – Dec. 31
Get into the holiday spirit at Holiday at the Arboretum. The exhibit opens on Nov. 9 with the return of The 12 Days of Christmas, the Arboretum's annual holiday display showcasing beautifully decorated gazebos filled with characters, whimsical animals and music from the popular Christmas carol. Take a stroll through the gardens during the day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or at night (6 – 9 p.m.) for the best time to see the dazzling lights and the 30-foot Christmas tree. Holiday at the Arboretum will also feature various programming and events like daily live holiday music, visits with Santa, 12 Days of Holiday Beer and more! See their website for the full list of events.
Sixth Floor Museum | Nov. 13 – Aug. 13, 2019
Visit the Sixth Floor Museum and stop by the newest exhibit 55 Years, a tribute to President John F. Kennedy's life and legacy. This year marks the 55th anniversary of Kennedy's death, and this exhibit showcases how his image has been depicted across dozens of magazine covers over the last five decades through a visual timeline. The exhibit includes 57 magazines representing 55 years of covers, including publications like TIME, Newsweek and Vanity Fair, each bringing a unique perspective to the remembrance of the president.
George Bush Library | Nov. 15 – Jan. 6, 2019
Experience Deck the Halls and Welcome All: Christmas at the White House 2006 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Since 1961, every President and First Lady has chosen a theme for the holidays at the White House. In 2006, the Bush's chose the theme Deck the Halls and Welcome All, and you can see a beautiful recreation in a special exhibit at the museum. The exhibit will include traditional and elegant decorations of the White House, behind-the-scenes photos, and a replica of the White House Blue Room Christmas tree.
Dallas Zoo | Nov. 16 – Jan. 1, 2019
The Dallas Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland during Zoo Lights, beginning on Nov. 16. The zoo will dazzle with more than a million lights, lighting up ZooNorth (located near the main entrance where the flamingo pond and children's zoo). Check out the dozens of light displays, holiday light shows and nightly musical performances throughout the zoo. There will also be tons of kid-friendly activities like Santa meet-and-greet events, ornament making sessions, The Elves' Workshop, as well as plenty of photo ops for mom and dad to capture every moment. Zoo Lights will be open for select nights from 5 – 9 p.m. through Jan. 1, so be sure to check their website to plan your trip.
Reunion Tower | Dec. 31
Visit Reunion Tower for GeO-Deck The Halls for kid-friendly holiday activities all season long. Activities include visits from Santa and his elves (Nov. 24 – Dec. 22) ugly sweater bingo (Dec. 11) and up-close experiences with animals from the Dallas Zoo (Dec. 2, 7 and 14).
On Dec. 31, Reunion Tower will ring in the New Year with the third annual New Year's Eve fireworks. The fireworks show is the only 360-degree, panoramic fireworks show in the Central time zone and will feature new pyrotechnics and lighting effects with an extended 10-minute show! You can see the fireworks from any location in view of Reunion Tower, but the best views will be on the west side of the Trinity River, along the levees and the Trinity Overlook Park. Be sure to scout out your location early before the clock strikes midnight.
Header photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo