Oh, there's no place like Dallas for the holidays! With festive flavors, cooler temps and decorations hung with cheer, there's no holiday like a Big D Holiday. Here are our favorite dishes, drinks, events and holiday happenings in Dallas this December.
Comfort food & festive drinks:
Dishes and drinks that bring comfort and joy this holiday season.
- Did someone say souffle? Rise offers the perfect upscale comfort food for chilly December days. Slip into this charming French restaurant and dip into the marshmallow soup - no marshmallows are involved but it will knock your socks off!
- Keep spirits bright with food that feeds your soul. Grab the family for an unforgettable hearty dinner at Sweet Georgia Brown in South Dallas or swing over to Oak Lawn for a brunch of crispy fried chicken at Street's Fine Chicken. Check out our guide to Dallas Soul Food for more savory seasonal eats.
- There are so many cheery holiday cocktails & bars around Dallas that we can't wait to dive into. From the Tipsy Elf in Bishop Arts to Leela's in Lower Greenville and many places in between, check out a few of our favorite holiday bars here.
Christmas Time in the City
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! Check out a few of our favorite places to spy drive-thru lights, the world's largest indoor Christmas tree, Santa Claus, hotels decked out for the holidays and decorations around Dallas.
- Neighborhood lights – Swiss Avenue and Highland Park
- Santa sightings – NorthPark Center and Dallas Arboretum
- Giant Christmas trees – Galleria Dallas and Klyde Warren Park
- Hotels that decked the halls – Crescent Court and Hilton Anatole
- Ice skating – Enchant and Galleria Dallas
- Spectacular sights – Omni Dallas and Dallas Zoo Lights
- Sounds of the season – Christmas Pops and The Nutcracker
- Local Christmas shopping – M'antiques and Jade & Clover
Fun Days to Celebrate (and ways to enjoy them!)
- Dec. 2 – National Mutt Day. Take your favorite furry friend to Mutt's Cantina in Uptown. Your dogs will love it here just as much as you do. Find out more ideas for a dog-friendly vacation in Dallas.
- Dec. 5 – National Ninja Day. Along those Japanese warrior lines, did you know Dallas has a Samurai museum? The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection has been selectively amassed by Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller and their children over the past 25 years. The museum is located in Dallas' Harwood District in Uptown.
- Dec. 10 – Human Rights Day. Celebrate this day at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, which is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Human Rights Day honors the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being, in 1948.
- Dec. 15 – National Cupcake Day. The whole world should know about Fluellen's glorious cupcakes. This local, Black-owned cupcake shop in Downtown Dallas only offers high-quality soft and heavenly cupcakes. Grab one – or a dozen – on your next visit.
- Dec. 20 – National Sangria Day. Ever since our first visit to Barcelona Wine Bar in the Knox/Henderson neighborhood, our team can't stop raving about their amazing sangria. Split a pitcher and tapas with your friends during the holiday.
Notable December Events and Attractions:
- Now-Dec. 5: Hamilton - Fair Park
- Now-Dec. 31: Holiday at the Arboretum - Dallas Arboretum
- Nov. 19-Jan. 2: Zoo Lights - Dallas Zoo
- Nov. 19-Jan. 17: SnowDay - Galleria Dallas
- Nov. 26-Dec. 5: Texas Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker - Winspear Opera House
- Dec. 4: 2021 Dallas Holiday Parade - Downtown Dallas
- Dec. 4: The Boho Market – Dallas' West End
- Dec. 10-12: BWM Dallas Marathon - Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
- Dec. 11: She & Him Christmas Party - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
- Dec. 18: The Aces - The Echo Lounge and Music Hall
- Dec. 30: Manheim Steamroller - Winspear Opera House
- Dec. 31: Over the Top NYE 2021 - Fireworks show at Reunion Tower