Holiday at the Arboretum

Made possible by IBERIABANK, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District and Amegy Bank.

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 from November 8 to January 3 and The Artistry of the Nativity at the DeGolyer House, November 27 to January 3.

In the historic DeGolyer House lavishly decorated for the holidays, The Artistry of the Nativity exhibition returns with 500 crèches from around the world. In addition to the Ray Harrington Collection, which the Arboretum owns, the George Dvorsky collection will return. Mr. Dvorsky’s long career on Broadway and a lifetime spent traveling has allowed him to amass a collection of unique and collectible crèches from around the globe.

The DeGolyer House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours, and on Wednesday evenings during the holiday season, it is open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on these Wednesday evenings.

New this year is the addition of 500,000 lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead—including a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree at the center of property.

Holiday tea, Santa sightings and special activities round out a visit to the Dallas Arboretum.

The Artistry of the Nativity

Made possible by Amegy Bank

Tour of DeGolyer House Exhibit

Daily, November 27 – January 3

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The DeGolyer House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours. Daytime tours of the DeGolyer House’s exhibit, The Artistry of the Nativity, showcase the Harrington and George Dvorsky collections of crèches from around the globe.

Wednesday Evening Dinner

Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

7 p.m. seatings

On select Wednesday evenings during the holiday season, Restaurant DeGolyer is open from 6 to 8 p.m.

In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners on Wednesday evenings for guest to enjoy an elegant dinner and tour The Artistry of the Nativity. The three-course elegant dinner is $52 per person, excluding alcohol.

Cafe on the Green

A special holiday menu is available at Cafe on the Green during the duration of the Holiday at the Arboretum festival.

Special Daytime Holiday Festivities

Saturdays and Sundays

November 28 – December 20,

Noon-4 p.m.

Enjoy visits with Santa, a live reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Crape Myrtle Allèe

Free with paid garden admission
The Holiday Bazaar will feature local artists, artisans, crafters and others who create unique gift items and will be stationed in Crape Myrtle Allèe, a picturesque spot at the Dallas Arboretum. Items like handmade soaps, jewelry, artwork, accessories and many unique treasures will be found for those hard-to-shop-for people that everyone has on their lists.

Holiday Tea

Daily, November 27 – January 3

11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Restaurant DeGolyer

Enjoy an elegant, three-course holiday tea for a special Christmas memory for those 12 and older. Tea service begins with a demitasse of select soup, followed by a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a third course of sweet treats. Price includes general garden admission and parking. Cost is $47 per person and $57 per person for champagne tea. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511 or purchased online at

Children’s Christmas activities

Tuesday, December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

11 a.m.


Activities include stories, sing-alongs and more.

Berkner Rambler Country Western Dance

Wednesday, December 2

2 p.m.

Since 1996 the Berkner High School Ramblers from Richardson Texas have been entertaining audiences with their boot-scootin’, whoopin’ and hollerin’, grab-your-hat good time, precision country western dance moves.

International Conservatory of Performing Arts

Wednesday, December 9

3:30 p.m.

Entry Plaza

The musical theater students at the International Conservatory of Performing Arts will treat guests to a special performance.

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Thursday, December 10

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Pecan Grove

The Home Depot team will be here to help crafty kiddos create a toolbox for themselves or for someone special.

Dallas Police Department Choir

Friday, December 11

1 p.m.

Entry Plaza

The Dallas Police Department’s choir – the only “all sworn” acapella choir in the United State – will perform songs for guests to enjoy.

Seagoville High School Band

Friday, December 18

1 – 3 p.m.

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage

The Seagoville High School Band perform Christmas tunes for guests to enjoy.



Buy Tickets


Special Pricing and Promotions

Military and First Responder Mondays

November 16 – December 28

Active and retired military members and first responders with identification receive free admission during the day and night on Mondays. Offer available only on site at the ticket booth.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays

November 11 – December 30

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Buy one, get one free admission. Valid for general garden admission only. Limit one per customer. Tickets can only be purchased onsite and are valid for daytime only.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

November 12 – December 31

Tickets on these Thursdays are $11 for day or evening admission for those 65 and older along with a 20% discount that day at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Daytime tickets cannot be used again at night. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

Free Parking After 3 p.m.

Monday - Friday

Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Wednesday, Nov. 25

Self parking is free for guests who arrive after 3 p.m. Valet parking not included.

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm