'Twas the time before Christmas, when all through the city, there are decorations galore and sites lit up so pretty. Big D Holiday is one of our favorite times of the year with festive concerts, holiday bars, hotels decked out in garland and bows and unique expressions of Christmas cheer in every Dallas neighborhood. Check out some of the most spectacularly decorated attractions and holiday pop-ups in Dallas.
1. Santaland & SnowDay
If you've ever dreamed of visiting the North Pole, or at least making it look like you did, then you're in luck! Take a ride on the Santaland express, then wander far enough through snowy Christmas trees to find yourself in Santa's house. Make sure to go through your wish list and snap a photo with him while you're there! And if photos with Santa aren't your thing, a few spins around in a small maze of hanging lights will brighten up any feed.
2. Holiday at the Arboretum
Walk through 12 Days of Christmas and a charming German-inspired Christmas village at the Dallas Arboretum for endless Instagrammable moments. Take a time-lapse of the Christmas Tower or pose with your favorite tiny village shop.
3. Miracle on Commerce at The Adolphus
This can't miss rooftop experience features igloos, live entertainment and specialty food and beverages. Bubbly and igloos on a downtown Dallas rooftop? It doesn't get much more insta-worthy than that.
4. Dallas Zoo Lights
There will be plenty of moments of awe to capture cute moments of wonder on your child's face as you walk through one million lights at the Dallas Zoo! Finish off the visit with a photo-op under lighted ornaments just outside the zoo's gates before heading home.
Enchant at Fair Park offers maximum Instagrammable moments at every turn. From lighted displays to ice skating to photos with Santa, make sure your phone is fully charged before your visit!
6. AT&T Discovery District
Head to The Exchange food hall and order a treat or Christmassy concoction as tasty props, then strike a pose in front of the enormous and festively decorated tree on the lawn or wait until the Globe or the Media Wall wall turns shades of red, green or white to get the for an ultra-modern look.
7. Giant Red Ornaments at the Omni Dallas Hotel
The Omni Dallas features a display of several lacquered red ball ornaments. These larger-than-life ornaments serve as a great backdrop for family photos. For even more photogenic moments, book the Santa Suite Package for skyline views, sweet treats and festive decor.
Looking for a cup of Christmas cheer among endless festive lights? Check out our guide of some of our favorite holiday bars in Dallas. For those with visions of sugar plums dancing in your heads, right?), rest snug in a cozy bed at one of these 4 hotels decked out for the holidays.