31 Things to Do in Dallas This December

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in Dallas with these festive events.

Posted on Nov 29, 2018

  1. See the Perot Museum in a whole new light during Illuminate (Nov. 3-Jan. 6), featuring special illuminated installations in the Life Then and Now Hall and the Gem and Minerals Hall. Visitors can also participate in light-themed science activities throughout the museum.
  2. Be moved by two temporary historical exhibits, 55 Years (Nov. 13-Dec. 31) at The Sixth Floor Museum and Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty (until Jan. 21) at the African American Museum.
  3. Celebrate the holidays at the Dallas Arboretum and see the 12 Days of Christmas (Nov. 14-Dec. 30), an outdoor exhibit that lights the gardens with 500,000 lights, 12 decorated gazebos and a 30-foot-tall tree. There's tons of fun to be had by all with holiday activities for kids in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, and activities for adults like the 12 Days of Holiday Beer. See here for a full list of events.
  4. Head to Holiday in the Park (Nov. 16-Dec. 31) at Six Flags Over Texas to add some thrill to your holiday plans. The theme park will be decked out with holiday lights and décor and has plenty of holiday attractions for the whole family.
  5. Experience a display of over one million twinkling lights covering the Dallas Zoo during Dallas Zoo Lights (Nov. 16-Jan. 1). There will be family-friendly activities to enjoy as well, like a Santa meet and greet, ornament crafting and nightly musical performances in ZooNorth.
  6. Get your holiday shopping and holiday fun done all in one place at NorthPark Center. The mall has attractions and events taking place all season long, including the Trains at NorthPark exhibit, portraits with Santa and much more. See here for more information.
  7. Enjoy a reimagination of a classic holiday production, A Christmas Carol (Nov. 21-Dec. 30), performed by the Dallas Theater Center at Wyly Theatre.
  8. See the Texas Ballet Theatre's performance of The Nutcracker (Nov. 23-Dec. 2) at the Winspear Opera House. The timeless ballet tells the story of a girl named Clara and a Nutcracker Prince who travel to the Sugar Plum Fairy's Kingdom of Sweets.
  9. Step into a winter wonderland at Christmas at the Anatole on Nov. 23-Dec. 23 at the Hilton Anatole. The hotel is hosting a special outdoor attraction, Peppermint Park, which has family-friendly activities like train rides, a petting zoo, holiday-themed games and entertainment. Park admission is $24 for adults, $19 for kids ages 3-17 and free for those under 3.
  10. Get your holiday cheer on at Miracle (Nov. 23-Dec. 31), a Christmas pop-up bar at HIDE. The Deep Ellum bar will be transformed with extravagant holiday décor and serve up festive and innovative cocktails for the season.
  11. Bring your little ones to see Santa at 470-feet in the air at Reunion Tower GeO-Deck on Nov. 24-Dec. 22 for pictures and holiday crafts. This event is only open on Saturdays.
  12. Go and see a holiday favorite movie turned Broadway musical, Elf: The Musical, on Nov. 27-Dec. 2 at the Music Hall in Fair Park.
  13. Enjoy the classic and contemporary sounds of the holidays at the Meyerson Symphony Center, with concerts like A John Williams Christmas (Nov. 30-Dec. 2), Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (Dec. 5), Christmas Pops (Dec. 7-16) and Big Brassy Christmas & Organ Extravaganza (Dec. 10).
  14. Get in the spirit of the holidays at the Dallas Holiday Parade on Dec. 1. Kicking off at 10 a.m., the parade will march down Commerce Street in Downtown Dallas with marching bands and festive floats. Tickets for bleacher seating start at $20.
  15. Attend the free Klyde Warren Park Holiday Show and Tree Lighting on Dec. 1, which will include a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and kid-friendly games. Afterwards, head over to the AT&T Performing Arts Center for Reliant Lights Your Holidays, another free lighting and concert with a firework show included.
  16. Watch the lighting of the tallest indoor tree in the nation at the Dallas Galleria's Grand Tree Lighting on Dec. 1. The event also features performances by Olympic ice skaters and an ice-skating, pyrotechnic Santa Claus. And don't miss out on the Chanukah Menorah Lighting on Dec. 2-10 each day at sunset.
  17. Include your furry friend in on the holiday fun by taking them to Deck the Paws on Dec. 1-2 at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. The two-day event includes shopping, photo ops with Santa, an interactive art exhibit for dogs, festive entertainment and more. Tickets start at $10.
  18. Cheer on your favorite sports teams all month long at AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys or at American Airlines Center for the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars.
  19. Enjoy a show at the American Airlines Center. This month you'll have a chance to see Andrea Bocelli (Dec. 5), Elton John (Dec. 14-15) and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Dec. 22) in concert or see former first lady Michelle Obama (Dec. 17) stop by to discuss her anticipated memoir, Becoming.
  20. Participate in the BMW Dallas Marathon weekend (Dec. 7-9) by attending the opening Health and Fitness Expo at the KBH Convention Center on Friday and running one of the many races happening on Saturday and Sunday. Register today here.
  21. Be whisked away to pioneer Victorian-era Texas during Christmas time at the 47th Annual Candlelight on Dec. 8-9 at Dallas Heritage Village. Listen to cowboys tell tales around a bonfire, take carriage rides, meet St. Nicholas himself and enjoy food and all sorts of holiday entertainment. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for kids ages 4-12 and free for those under 4.
  22. Take the little ones to see Peppa Pig live on stage at Peppa Pig's Surprise show on Dec. 8 at the Winspear Opera House.
  23. Pull out your tackiest holiday sweater for Ugly Sweater Bingo on Dec. 11 at Reunion Tower, where you'll play mingle with friends, play some bingo and sip on drinks while enjoying the view.
  24. Catch a musical production at the Winspear Opera House. This month includes A Christmas Story: The Musical (Dec. 12-16), Chicago (Dec. 18-23) and A Bronx Tale (Dec. 26-Jan. 6).
  25. Have a jolly good time at the 16th Annual Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 15 at the Majestic Theatre. Bring a new toy and canned foot item for donation, then dance and sing the night away in your favorite holiday outfit.
  26. Travel to a galaxy far, far away and watch Star Wars: A New Hope (Dec. 20-22) accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing John Williams' legendary score at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
  27. Go to a football game over the holiday season. The SERVPRO First Responders Bowl makes its first year debut on Dec. 26 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium, and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic takes place Dec. 29 at the AT&T Stadium.
  28. End the year on a high note by living it up at Lights All Night on Dec. 28-29 at the Dallas Market Hall. The party welcomes over 30,000 guests for two nights of musical performances by EDM, dance and hip-hop artists alongside a stunning visual production. Tickets are on sale now.
  29. Let you and your family be dazzled by Lone Star Circus' Forever (Dec. 28-Jan. 1) at the Dallas Children's Theater, a modern-day circus with exciting performances by acrobats, clowns, four-legged friends and more.
  30. Indulge in an evening of elegance at the symphony with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert on Dec. 31 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
  31. Ring in the New Year by counting down the minutes until 2019 at watching the Reunion Tower light up in a spectacular panoramic firework show as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

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