The 12 Days of Christmas Is Presented by Reliant

One of "The South's Best Holiday Experiences" - Southern Living Magazine

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, open every weekend for the first time ever.


Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian style gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and music made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.


Enjoy the .75-mile walk through the garden exhibit, as you witness these handcrafted gazebos spread across our winter wonderland.

Dates, Times, and Prices

Daytime: Open through Sunday, January 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Included free with paid general admission

Nighttime: Open Open Wednesday - Sunday, November 8 to December 30, 2017 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (plus special dates December 18, 19 & 26, excludes Dec. 24-25, Dec.31)

The Arboretum is open for special lighted nighttime showings in December. A variety of holiday music is provided throughout the garden. Seasonal sweet and savory treats and hot beverages for children and adults are available for purchase. *The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit requires an admission fee for members and non-members. Scroll down to purchase.

Nighttime Prices for Members and Non-Members

  • $20 per person for adults, $12 for member adults
  • $15 senior adults, $10 per person for member senior adults
  • $10 per person for children, no matter what status

Purchase Night-time Tickets


12 Days of Christmas at Night

The Arboretum is open for special lighted nighttime showings in December. A variety of holiday music is provided throughout the garden. Seasonal sweet and savory treats and hot beverages for children and adults are available for purchase.

Purchase Tickets

Prices

  • $20 per person for adults, $12 for member adults
  • $15 senior adults, $10 per person for member senior adults
  • $10 per person for children, no matter what status

Special Events

Elves Workshop

Wednesday-Sunday Nights, November 8-January 7 (excluding December 24), 6:00-9:00p.m., Ann Stuart Courtyard

Come join the elves of Santa’s workshop while they take a break from making toys. Play “Toss the Snowball,” “Pin the Nose on the Snowman,” or make a special holiday craft to give to someone.


DeGolyer House featuring “The Nutcracker Suite”

Wednesday Nights, November 22-December 27, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Amegy Bank of Texas

View a magnificent nutcracker collection of more than 800 nutcrackers on display in various rooms lavishly decorated to resemble scenes from the ballet, "The Nutcracker Suite." The figurines are from two private collections: Rosemary Thornton Brinegar and the Himert Family Collection.

Sugar Plum Fairy at DeGolyer House

Wednesday Nights, December 13-27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., DeGolyer House

Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in person and take a picture with her as you enjoy an evening tour of the lavishly decorated DeGolyer House this holiday season, each room featuring a different scene from the Nutcracker Suite.


NEW! Toy Soldier Stilt Walker

Wednesday Evenings, November 15-December 20, 6-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays November 24-December 24, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Along the Paseo

Stand at attention and snap a pic with a larger-than-life toy soldier as he marches through the garden.

Holiday Hooping

Saturday Evenings, December 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Holiday Hooping will continue on these evenings with lighted hula hoop performances and a hoop jam as well. Free with admission to the 12 Days at Night Christmas festival.

Visits with Santa

Wednesday Nights November 15-December 20, 6-9 p.m., Ann Stuart Courtyard

Santa is back in the garden this year in the perfect holiday setting resplendent with twinkling lights

NEW! Holiday Karaoke

Sundays, December 17, 6-9 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Ever dream of singing holiday songs to an audience? Now is the chance to make that dream come true. Sing along to all the holiday favorites with friends, old and new.

The Photo Bus DFW - Sponsored by Pollo Campero

Thursday Evenings, December 21, 6-9 p.m., DeGoyler House Drive

The Photo Bus DFW is here with a vintage VW photo booth to take photos of guests and groups. Photos will be free to guests to take home and add to the fridge.

Serenade and Sweets - Featuring Live Music

Explore the beautiful world of Enjoy warm holiday-inspired drinks and desserts while listening to live music. Every night of the 12 Days of Christmas, enjoy beautiful, professional live music. At night, find a musician on the Bella Via and another accompanying your sweet treats and drinks with some sweet sounds!

Thursday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Dan Kyzer - Bella Via

Marc Toussaint - Café on the Green


Friday, December 15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Carolers - Full Grounds

Becky Scherschell - Café on the Green


Saturday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Jonathan & Shannon Camacho - Bella Via

Chris Crook - Café on the Green


Sunday, December 17, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Rob Holbert - Bella Via

Chris Crook - Café on the Green


Wednesday, December 20, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Alison Read - Bella Via

Corey Breedlove - Café on the Green


Thursday, December 21, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Dan Kyzer - Bella Via

Marc Toussaint - Café on the Green


Friday, December 22, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Carolers - Full Grounds

Rob Holbert - Café on the Green


Saturday, December 23, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Alison Read - Café on the Green

Rob Holbert - Bella Via


Wednesday, December 27, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Rob Holbert - Bella Via

Corey Breedlove - Café on the Green


Thursday, December 28, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Dan Kyzer - Bella Via

Marc Toussaint - Café on the Green


Friday, December 29, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Becky Scherschell - Bella Via

Jonathan & Shannon Camacho - Café on the Green


Saturday, December 30, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Alison Read - Bella Via

Rob Holbert - Café on the Green

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Cancelations and Refunds -In the event of inclement weather, tickets for the 12 Days of Christmas evening events may be exchanged for another evening, based on availability. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs, but no refunds will be issued unless the evening event is cancelled and the Dallas Arboretum is closed. If the preferred date for exchange is sold out and the demand is great, we will extend the hours to allow adequate time for as many people as possible to view the exhibit.


Exchanges -Exchanges for reasons other than inclement weather must be requested 72 hours in advance of the reserved date. The exchange request will be granted based on availability and excludes the evenings of November 27 and 28.


12 Days of Christmas Sponsors

November 4, 2017 - January 7, 2017

Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree

Sponsored by Jeanne R. Johnson

The Pear Tree has gold branches sprinkled with rhinestones, green mirrored leaves, and gold, rhinestone encrusted pears. The partridge sits "center stage," intricately painted and adorned with rhinestones. The tree revolves with the partridge in it.

Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The Two Turtle Doves cuddles on an arrow that pierces a heart-shaped cage suspended from the roof of the gazebo. The feather-tailed turtle doves are intricately painted and covered with rhinestones. The outer cage of crystal beading is decorated with fleur de lis banding on top and bottom.

Day 3: Three French Hens

Sponsored by Faye C. Briggs

Day three reflects the native countryside of the Three French Hens. White and gold oval French mirrors bolster Victorian perches for the hens, and this base turns. The hens, black-and-white with red accents,sits in gold straw nests.

Day 4: Four Calling Birds

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The Four Calling Birds sit on filigreed, jeweled, Victorian hanging bird perches within an inner oval cage made of iridescent bead strands. The calling birds are multi-colored, with feather plumes and long tails.

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

In honor of Great Grandparents Dolph and Evelyn Bosley and their 5 Gold Rings

The Five Golden Rings feature a Victorian circus with a ceiling draped in red and white fabric to mimic a circus tent. The center circus ring has a pedestal with oval mirrors on which a white bear wearing a vest and collar balancing a spinning gold ring on his nose. The bear is surrounded by four seals wearing ruffled collars that are seated and balancing spinning bedazzled gold rings on their noses.

Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying

Sponsored by Marilyn R. Corrigan

The Six Geese A-Laying is set in a snow-covered forest. Snow-flocked trees of varying sizes sit on a mirrored floor that turns. Snow and rhinestone "rocks" are piled high around the edges of the gazebo. Two geese are sitting on nests, two are standing in their nests to reveal golden eggs, and two are nested in the trees. The geese have feathered and rhinestones heads and necks, and feathered bodies.

Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming

Sponsored by Tom and Phyllis McCasland

The seven swans float in a snowy, ice crystal palace. The gazebo feature a pond with a tiered fountain and frozen water and icicles in the center of a mirror, or "frozen" pond. The swans, six white and one with black feathers with small crowns on their heads, are around the fountain.

Day 8: Eight Maids-A-Milking

Sponsored by Kathy and Gene Bishop

This gazebo feature a truly spectacular English barn divided into four wedge-shaped stalls. There are four intricately painted cows and four beautifully costumed maids sitting on stools while milking. Four other maids are carrying pails.

Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

In Honor of Chloe Simone Shea. Given by Holly & Tom Mayer, Maile and Charles Shea

Nine Ladies Dancing feature a Victorian ballroom. The ladies are costumed in beautiful Victorian beaded gowns and have elegant period hair styles. All of them move around the gazebo, and four make complete turns.

Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

Sponsored by The Margot A. and Carl J. Johnson Foundation

This gazebo features ten ice-skating lords. The mirrored floor is a frozen pond. The lords are dressed in Victorian outerwear and ice skates, and all will be skating.

Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum

The pipers are dressed as Scottish bagpipe players in red and green tartan plaid. Each piper plays bagpipes. The ceiling is draped in green and red tartan to match the pipers’ kilts, and a circle of horns adorned with roping and tassels will suspend from the ceiling over the pipe major. The pipers also move in this gazebo.

Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Sponsored by Myron K. Martin

This gazebo is a spectacular choice to the exhibit. The drummers are dressed in white pants with red and gold piping, red jackets and red hats with gold trim. They move in concentric circles, with one set moving clockwise and another set moving counterclockwise.

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