Popular Holiday Events Close to Home

Dallas Holiday Parade
Dallas Holiday Parade | Image by Dallas Holiday Parade/Facebook

Are you searching for fun holiday ideas that don’t require you to travel too far? The Dallas Express has compiled a list of holiday picks to lift the spirits and help make your season extra special.

2023 Dallas Holiday Parade

The Dallas Holiday Parade is the city’s largest one-day event, according to its website. Scheduled for December 2, the annual holiday parade includes festive floats, marching bands, dance teams, food and drinks, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Admission is free, but bleacher seats are available for purchase if you want a guaranteed spot. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and lasts about two hours. It runs through Downtown Dallas, beginning at the intersection of Commerce and Houston Streets. For more information, click here.

Holiday at the Arboretum

Enjoy the popular Christmas Village, 12 Days of Christmas gazebos, and the 50-foot-tall Dazzling Musical Tree, both day and night, now through January 5, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden at 8525 Garland Rd. For additional details, check out this article by The Dallas Express.

Christmas at Gaylord Texan

Make your way to Grapevine and immerse yourself in a magical sub-zero wonderland at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. Get ready to be amazed by the breathtaking ICE! exhibit and ice sculptures inspired by the classic holiday tale of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Visit the Gaylord Texan now through December 31 to check out the exhibits. Gaylord Texan is located at 1501 Gaylord Trail in Grapevine. Click here for additional information and to purchase tickets.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour

Another favorite holiday event is Mannheim Steamroller, a neoclassical concert featuring holiday classics with contemporary twists. Lights and projections will make it an experience to remember.

According to the website, the tour will make seven venue stops in Texas between December 5 and December 30 at the Majestic Theatre, LeTourneau University Belcher Center, Texas Trust CU Theatre, Smart Financial Centre, Bass Concert Hall, and the Buddy Holly Hall. For more information on these particular locations and to purchase tickets, click here.

Dallas Zoo Lights

The Dallas Zoo is currently hosting a special seasonal event that features holiday-themed displays with over 2 million lights shining bright. Along with the stunning light displays, visitors can indulge in festive holiday attractions. Take a trip to Santa’s Village, listen to musical performances, or enjoy a choreographed light show.

There’s something for everyone to do at this fun-filled event that runs from now until January 2. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Trains at NorthPark

Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the Trains at NorthPark have sparked the imagination of the young and young-at-heart for the past 36 years. Boasting 1,600 feet of track, you can follow the trains through New England foliage, New York City, and Dallas, to name a few of the sights along the way. The exhibit will run through January 5. For additional information, click here.

Galleria Dallas

Are you on the lookout for one of the tallest indoor Christmas trees in the country? Look no further than the Galleria Dallas. Its 95-foot-tall tree and host of activities are sure to amaze. Check out the immersive photo experience called SNOWDAY, visit Santa in Santaland, or enjoy other attractions like the holiday circus, ice skating, and a back-flipping pyrotechnic Santa. There is much to see and do at the Galleria Dallas this holiday season. For additional information, click here.

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