Arts & Culture

Winter Experiences in Dallas

Transition smoothly into 2021 with a mood-boosting time in the city.

Sam Weiger
Posted on Dec 15, 2020

If you've recently reflected on 2020 and thought to yourself, "I wish I had gone out and done more," then it's time to extinguish those regrets now! This winter season provides dozens of limited-time excursions for sports fans, shoppers, foodies and all others yearning for more safe and exciting outings.

Watch the Dallas Mavericks & Dallas Stars
Victory Park
European sensation Luka Doncic and strategic offseason moves have NBA analysts calling the Mavs a dangerous team! There is a possibility that fans will be allowed at the American Airlines Center this upcoming season, so beat the crowds by submitting a priority list deposit. You should also check out Mavs fan watch party bars, like Dodie's or Stan's Blue Note in Lower Greenville.

And don't forget about the Dallas Stars. In October 2020, the Dallas Stars reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years! Expectations for this franchise are high entering the 2021 season, which should start on Jan.13. Like the Mavs, the Stars provide fans the opportunity to register for its priority wait list. Just a few minutes away from the stadium, Hero's expansive modern sports bar presents another option for Stars fans to cheer on the team.

Ice Skating at Galleria Dallas
Far North Dallas
This top-tier rink takes ice skating to new heights with its towering Christmas tree, which happens to be the tallest indoor tree in the nation! What if you're eager to skate alongside your friends or family, but you haven't stepped on the ice before? The Galleria Dallas Ice Skating Center offers lessons for beginners, including holiday mini ice-skating lessons from Dec. 21-30.

Drive-thru dining at local eateries
Lake and Garden, Oak Lawn & East Dallas
For those who prefer staying in the car, grab your food trays and come support one of Dallas' local drive-thru restaurants! Satisfy your taste buds with a sugar topped blueberry muffin or hot chocolate from White Rock Coffee Express, a Grilled Reuben or a hot Heavenly Hero from Great American Hero in Oak Lawn, or a Double Cheeseburger with Jack's Famous Fries at the Burger House in East Dallas.

Visit AT&T Stadium
The 2020-21 NFL season is coming to a close, so don't miss your chance to see the Dallas Cowboys in person! And just three days after the Cowboys' final game, AT&T Stadium will host the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 30. Even if the stadium is empty, you should sign up for a stadium tour to marvel at this record-holding showpiece.
AT&T Stadium is a member of VisitDallas.

Explore the Kessler Park neighborhood
Southern Dallas
Adventurers and athletes, open your Google Maps app and discover one of the most underrated neighborhoods in Dallas. Tee off or serve up an ace at the well-kept Stevens Park Golf Course and tennis courts. Take a stroll with family or friends and search for gnomes in trees along Coombs Creek Trail. If it's especially cold, hop in the car and tour the enthralling houses (1065 and 2126 Kessler Parkway are exceptional!)

Shopping at NorthPark Center
North Dallas
Shoppers, foodies, and parents, why visit NorthPark this winter? You can take advantage of the plethora of sales and promotions, from Tommy Bahama's $50 reward to the End of Season Sale at Ted Baker. You can also enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at the new Eataly Dallas marketplace, and you can let your child's imagination run wild at Trains at NorthPark, the largest miniature train exhibit in Texas!

Sculpture Scavenger Hunt
It doesn't cost a dime to discover dazzling sculptures in Downtown Dallas. Move 'em out and begin the journey with the Pioneer Plaza cattle drive sculpture. Proceed to the Cancer, There's Hope sculpture and use its inspirational message to power through to the grand finale. Soar to new heights with the flying red horse known as Pegasus, one of Dallas' tallest art structures.