23 Things To Do in Dallas this December

Celebrate the end of the decade with these events.

Posted on Nov 26, 2019 By Melaina Jackson

The days in Dallas are quickly turning into cold, crisp nights filled with soothing pumpkin spice aromas with a sprinkle of holiday cheer. There are numerous of ways to bask in the excitement of the last month of 2019 – discover them here!


  1. Kick off the holiday season at Holiday at the Arboretum at the Dallas Arboretum, now through Dec. 31. Gaze at the illuminating Christmas light show with The 12 Days of Christmas, displaying over 1 million dazzling lights and 25-foot Victorian-styled gazebos, or explore a brand new addition to the arboretum, The Christmas Village, with European-styled charming shops and Santa's House.
  2. Enjoy a shiny night of over 1 million twinkling lights at the Dallas Zoo during Dallas Zoo Lights through Jan.5. The zoo transforms into a wonderland with musical performances, ornament-making, and animal encounters throughout the evening.
  3. Journey into a magical winter wonderland at The Plaza at Preston Center SnowDay through Jan. 5. This immersive experience features plenty of photo op moments and enchanted rooms filled with holiday cheer.
  4. Watch a classical performance of The Nutcracker, presented by Texas Ballet Theater at the Winspear Opera House Nov. 28-Dec. 8. The ageless ballet performance follows Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets.
  5. Gather around and listen to Christmas tales from Mr. Kringle at Storytime with Santa at the NorthPark Center29-Dec. 23. For the past 30 years, Santa has been traveling from the North Pole to NorthPark Center to spread holiday cheer with his visits and stories.
  6. Fa la la la la and be merry at the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck the Halls, every Saturday from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14. Enjoy events like pictures with Santa and holiday drinks or a day with Santa's elves with arts and crafts at 470-feet high.
  7. Pop in at Downtown Dallas' annual holiday pop-up shop – Unbranded from Dec. 5-21. This creative pop-up shop host dozens of brands each week and is your one stop shop for everything from crafts to clothing to beer. See a full list of vendors and dates here.
  8. Enjoy a spectacular tree lightning at City Hall Plaza during Deck the Plaza on Dec. 6. The family-friendly event brings the North Pole to Downtown Dallas with a visit from Santa and his elves, holiday crafting and real snow to make snow angels in.
  9. Get into the holiday spirits at Klyde Warren Park's Tree Lighting Celebration on Dec. 7. Take pictures with Santa, enjoy a reading of Christmas tales from Claus or take part in other activities and games, ending the evening with the annual tree lighting in the park. This is a free event.
  10. Create new holiday memories at the annual Dallas Holiday Parade on Dec. 7. Starting at 10 a.m., watch jolly marching bands and charming floats travel down Commerce Street in Downtown Dallas.
  11. Sing along to your favorite artist(s) in Dallas this month. The American Airlines Center will host the Jonas Brothers on Dec. 6., Ariana Grande on Dec. 9, and Cher Dec. 19.
  12. Put your brain to the test at Museum of Illusions, opening on Dec. 7 in the Historic West End. This imaginative yet educational illusion museum has over 80 immersive exhibits that are tailored to provide a unique visual, sensory and proprioceptive experience. Opening day will include an onsite illusionist, Zak Mirzadeh. Santa Claus will make an appearance on Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-22 for kids to take pictures with in the illusions and exhibits, giving families a fun twist on the classic picture with Santa tradition! 
  13. Groove to the sounds of over 50 local bands and musicians at the 31st Dallas Observer Music Awards in Deep Ellum Dec.7-8. This two-day event is for crowds 21+, and portions of the proceeds will be donated to Foundation 45.
  14. Partake in the annual BMW Dallas Marathon Weekend Series events from Dec.13-15. Start off by attending the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, then complete a running event through the lively neighbors of Dallas on Saturday and Sunday. Get your tickets here.
  15. Enjoy the classical hymns of Christmas carols with 40 Years of Fa La La at Moody Performance Hall on Dec.13-15. The three-day extravaganza includes special guest Chloe Agnew performing alongside the carolers.
  16. Bring the kids to see the famous Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Winspear Opera House on Dec. 15. The Christmas classic hops off the screen to the stage in a lively performance about the tradition tale of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  17. End the decade with a raving concert at Lights All Nights on Dec. 27-29 at Dallas Market Hall. The two-day party is biggest electronic dance shindig of the year and features numerous of acts to create an unforgettable ending to the decade.
  18. Catch a football game during the holiday season. The Goodyear Cotton Bowl kicks off on Dec. 28 at AT&T Stadium and the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl pays tribute to our first responders on Dec. 30 at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
  19. Find the whimsical Elf on the Shelf-A Christmas Musical at Majestic Theatre on Dec. 29. The new stage production of the Elf on the Shelf follows the magical lives and stories of Scout Elves in the North Pole.
  20. Start your New Year's Eve festivities at NYE In Dallas: Party On The Plaza on Dec. 31 at Dallas City Hall. Bite into delicious food from food trucks and take delight in live entertainment from CASTRO and Emerald City Elevation Band until the countdown of Reunion Tower's Over The Top firework show at midnight.
  21. Ring in the new year with the Reunion Tower Over The Top firework show Dec. 31. View the only 360-degree, panoramic show light the Dallas skyline up at 11:59 p.m. CST to start the new decade in awe.
  22. Treat yourself this season to a Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars game at the American Airlines Center, or the Dallas Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium. See a full schedule for the teams here.
  23. Gift the gift of smell with a personalized, blissfully scented candle at the Candle Bar pop-up in Deep Ellum this month. Enjoy a workshop that guides you step by step in wax-pouring and candle-making, making it the perfect holiday date or new tradition for the family.

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