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Where to spend the holidays with the family in Dallas, TX

Posted at Thu, Oct 20, 2022 5:15 PM

The holiday scene in and around Dallas, Texas, is full of entertainment and excitement for everyone big and small. The mild winter weather and the sheer number of local attractions have resulted in an incredible selection of events to check out in your new vehicle from Planet Ford Dallas. You’ll find everything from a roller coaster thrill just before Christmas Eve to an entire town that’s devoted itself to 40 days of holiday events. Here’s a look at the top attractions for the holidays in Dallas. 

Holiday in the Park — Six Flags Over Texas

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas starts before Thanksgiving and runs all the way through to New Year’s Day. The amusement park puts on a variety of displays, shows, and rides and features a holiday-themed food festival. The park is only open at weekends until the last two weeks of the year when it’s open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ticket prices vary seasonally and are available on the Six Flags Over Texas website. 

The main show for the season involves the Nativity story, complete with live animals to delight viewers, and Holiday in the Park encourages guests to sing along to popular holiday songs at locations around the park. All of this takes place against a backdrop of millions of Christmas lights strung throughout the park, along with holiday-themed zones featuring distinctive decor. There's even falling snow, a nice surprise for an area that almost never gets a snowfall. Santa lights up the giant Christmas tree every night and settles in for picture-taking with elves of all ages afterward.

Dallas Zoo Lights

The Dallas Zoo Lights start the weekend before Thanksgiving and run all the way through January. The zoo turns the lights on from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on select dates. The event consists of a mile-long drive through the zoo, and tickets are $50 per car for members of the zoo and $65 for non-members. The zoo has limited timed entry tickets available, so it's highly recommended to buy your tickets well in advance and arrive at the zoo to be in line at the time on your ticket.

It's worth cramming as many people as possible together into your car to experience the Dallas Zoo Lights. There are well over a million lights hung throughout the zoo, giant animal lanterns, 3-D lighted sculptures, and video projection mapping to transform some areas of the path. The Reliant Holiday Village awaits you at the end of the path and is bigger and brighter than ever before. 

Texas Christkindl Market

The Texas Christkindl Market opens on the Friday after Thanksgiving and ends on Dec. 23. It's located in North Plaza at Globe Life Field and features booths selling traditional German gifts and foods. Many of the vendors come from Germany and sell alongside local vendors throughout the duration of the market. You'll find everything from European glass Christmas ornaments to shine brightly on your tree to traditional German and Swiss foods served hot alongside cold draft German beers.

There's no admission fee, and you're free to walk around and shop as you please. Food tents are everywhere, and seating is available so you can sit down, eat, and relax when you're ready. 

Holiday at the Arboretum

Holiday at the Arboretum is a long-standing event held at the Dallas Arboretum. It opens in the second week of November and runs through Dec. 31. Admission to the event includes access to the Christmas Village and the Arboretum. The event requires members and non-members to reserve tickets in advance. 

You can attend the event during the daytime or nighttime, but be aware that ticket prices vary greatly depending on the day and time you wish to attend. If you're looking to make a saving, the least expensive tickets are available during the first three days and priced at $10 for everyone.

Live actors play out the 12 Days of Christmas in the gazebos located throughout the arboretum, and there are regular sessions for visits with Santa. Cooking demonstrations are held daily, acoustic performances of holiday music are held on the weekends, and you can enjoy holiday tea at the Restaurant DeGolyer daily throughout the event. 

Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas

The town of Grapevine bills itself as Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas®. Once you see what the town does for the season, it's easy to understand why. Around 1,400 Christmas events are held over 40 days. The events start around Thanksgiving and run all the way to Jan. 1. Grapevine gets its name from the wineries surrounding the area, and they host Christmas Wine Trains to help you reach each participating winery for a tasting. 

The town of Grapevine has restored its historic buildings to create a downtown that makes you feel like you've stepped into the past. Make sure to take a ride on the North Pole Express® by heading to the train depot in the Cotton Belt Railroad Historic District, then have the younger crowd take a picture with Santa. 

The Grapevine Ice Rink gives you the opportunity to get your ice-skating fix even when it's warm out. Make sure to stop at the Nash Farm to see what Christmas was like in the late 1800s and see heritage breeds of livestock up close and personal.

Enjoy the Holiday Events in Your New Ford From Planet Ford Dallas

This "wraps" up our list of holiday events and destinations to check out in and around the Dallas area. At Planet Ford Dallas, we want you to have the best possible time of it during the holidays, and we're ready to help you get into a new Ford or keep your current model running as it should with the help of our service department. In the meantime, if we missed an event that you feel belongs on our list, drop us a line and let us know. We'll be sure to include your suggestion in our next update.

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