Big D Holiday

How to spend the holidays in Dallas

We're already thinking about our favorite time of the year.

Diana Trujillo
Posted on Sep 24, 2019

Fall has barely began but we can already see the twinkling lights and hear the sounds of the holiday season. Start thinking about where to take the family for a holiday getaway this year – and learn what Dallas has to offer!

It's still early, so while this list mentions a few of the highlights and major events happening this winter in Dallas, it's certainly not everything. From tree lightings and holiday performances to artistic experiences, our growing list of holiday events can be found at


Kick it off Dallas style

Start the festivities at Deck the Plaza, a tree lighting ceremony and family-friendly festivity on Dec. 6 at City Hall Plaza in Downtown Dallas. That same weekend, Klyde Warren Park and the AT&T Performing Arts Center will also host their annual tree lighting ceremony, with both venues hosting their respective celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 6. And the famous Dallas Holiday Parade also happens on Dec. 7, with the first float making its way down Commerce Street at 10. a.m.


Make it a cultural experience

Various arts organizations throughout the city offer holiday shows, including several in the Dallas Arts District. The Wyly Theater and the Dallas Theater Center will present A Christmas Carol Nov. 1 through Dec. 7, while The Winspear Opera House and Texas Ballet Theater will present Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker Nov. 29 – Dec. 8.


Light up the night

Brighten up an evening out with the family with a trip to one of Dallas' many interactive light displays. Dallas Zoo Lights presented by Reliant kicks off on Nov. 15 and runs on select nights through Jan. 5, transforming the zoo grounds into a winter wonderland. At the Dallas Arboretum, Holiday at the Arboretum returns Nov. 9 – Dec. 31 and will once again feature the garden's popular 12 Days of Christmas gazebo displays along with more than 500,000 lights through the Arboretum.


We didn't forget about New Year's Eve! Head to City Hall Plaza on Dec. 31 for Party on the Plaza and a fantastic view of the fireworks at Reunion Tower. The family-friendly party starts at 7 p.m. and will feature food trucks, drinks and live entertainment from American Idol favorites CASTRO, plus the Emerald City Elevation Band.


Stay through New Year's Day

Dallas is hosting the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2020 – and it's one of the league's biggest events each year. This time around, the outdoor hockey game will take place at the historic Cotton Bowl at Fair Park as the Dallas Stars host the Nashville Predators. Tickets are mostly sold out but check Ticketmaster (the NHL's official ticketing partner) for resale offers. Can't make it to the big game? Other NHL fan events will soon be announced – and many will be free! -  so stay tuned for more details.