We haven't even made it to Halloween yet, but the holidays are already on our minds. For those visiting Dallas during the holidays for the first time or locals hosting family and friends in Dallas this holiday season, it's key to have plans secured and tickets booked to some of the most joyful and popular holiday events in the city well in advance. Use our list to start planning now!
Holiday Tea at the Adolphus
Nov. 3-Jan. 15
It's known as one of Dallas' most revered holiday traditions and we're here to tell you it does not disappoint. The three-course tasting menu features savory and sweet bites along with teas and champagne, all in a beautiful setting inside The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel.
Reservations went live on Oct. 5, so availability might already be tight. The best way to secure a seat at tea is to take advantage of the hotel's Holiday Tea for Two package, which includes overnight suite accommodations, complimentary valet parking and tea reservations for two.
Holiday at the Arboretum
Nov. 9-Dec. 31
Southern Living Magazine called it Texas' best Christmas event and we have to agree! Every year, the gardens are transformed with elaborate Victorian-style gazebos, each representing the stories of the famous Christmas carol. At night, the gardens shine brightly with more than a million lights! There's also a Christmas village, Santa Claus visits for the kids and shopping and entertainment to enjoy.
Dallas Zoo Lights
Nov. 19-Jan. 2
See the zoo after dark! On select nights through Jan. 2, the Dallas Zoo comes to life along a one-mile route with more than a million lights, intricately designed displays and oversized lighted animal displays. The dancing lights are perfectly timed to music, so while you're in the car, tune into the zoo's radio broadcast to fill the car with holiday tunes. Once through, park and enjoy the holiday village and take your photo with Santa.
Holiday Buffet at The Zodiac Room at Neiman Marcus
Nov. 26 through the holidays
After a year off, the holiday buffet at The Zodiac Room is back! The famous restaurant inside the flagship Neiman Marcus in Downtown Dallas is perfect for a holiday lunch, and the food selections this year will surely delight: classic and festive salads, mouth-watering entrees like slow-roasted prime rib and holiday herbed turkey and a delectable selection of holiday desserts. Book through Open Table for reservations as early as Nov. 26.
Texas Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky's most famous composition takes over the Winspear Opera House for eight dates in November and December (they start the weekend after Thanksgiving, for those hosting family for turkey!) and it's definitely one of those must-do holiday events in Dallas.
Nov. 26-Jan. 2
Soon after the State Fair of Texas packs up the Midway, Fair Park transforms once again, this time into the holiday oasis known as Enchant, a Christmas village and maze with an adorable story. Rent a pair of ice skates to enjoy a spin around the rink or book your visit for nights with special events like Feasts and Treats Night, Spirit of Dallas (dedicated to everything Dallas) and Paws and Claus, when your furry BFF is invited to join in on the fun.
Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is back with its beloved holiday tradition, Christmas Pops, for a week-long run at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The show is filled with classic holiday favorites and sing-along carols – and we hear there's even a little bit of snow!
The rock band behind more than 10 million concert tickets and 10 million albums sold is back in Dallas for a one-night event. On Dec. 2, make your way to the American Airlines Center to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform all The Ghosts of Christmas Eve complete with all the best from the legendary group. There are two shows in Dallas on Dec. 22: an afternoon show at 3 p.m. and an evening show at 8 p.m.