November 6, 2016 - January 8, 2016

Celebrate Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition during the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Arboretum, made possible by IBERIABANK.

Holiday at the Arboretum features the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, open November 6 through January 8, 2017, including every weekend for the first year ever, and “The Claus Collection” – Santa figures on loan from Members of the Junior League of Dallas, as well as 500,000 lights throughout the garden at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead—including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property.

In the historic DeGolyer House lavishly decorated for the holidays, experience the new Claus Collection Santa Exhibit this season (open November 25 - December 31). For the first time to ever be displayed as a collection, we are showcasing Santa figures on loan from Active and Sustaining Members of the Junior League of Dallas. The Claus Collection’s individual pieces will pique the interest of all generations. Whether you call him Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Sinterklaas or Papa Noel, see the many artistic representations of the jolly gift-giver surrounded by beautiful decorations. The DeGolyer House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours. In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners at 7 p.m. on select evenings (see below).

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

Holiday Events & Exhibits

The 12 Days of Christmas (daytime exhibit):

Three-Dimensional, Life-sized Victorian style gazebos outdoor exhibit

Daily, November 9 - January 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., (excludes Nov.24, Dec. 25, Jan. 1)

The 12 Days of Christmas at Night (special evening showings):

Wednesdays – Sundays, November 9 – December 30, PLUS Nov. 21 & 22 and Dec 26 & 27, 6 - 9 p.m., (excludes Nov.24, Dec. 24-25)

Click the link above to purchase tickets for the 12 Days of Christmas at Night

Open every single weekend for the first time!

The Arboretum is open every weekend for special lighted nighttime showings. 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.

Tour of the Santa DeGolyer House Exhibit: The Claus Collection

Treasured Santas on loan from Members of the Junior League of Dallas

Daily: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 25 - December 31,

Wednesday Evenings: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Whether you call him Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Sinterklaas or Papa Noel, see the many artistic representations of the jolly gift-giver surrounded by beautiful decorations in the lavishly decorated historic DeGolyer House. Sponsored by Amegy Bank.

Holiday Tea:

Daily, November 25 – January 3, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Restaurant DeGolyer

Enjoy an elegant, three-course holiday tea for a special holiday memory for those 13 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 $49 per person and $59 per person for champagne tea. Reservations required: call 214.515.6511 or email or purchase online.

Elegant Holiday Dinner in Restaurant DeGolyer

November 29, December 7, 14, 21, 22, 23 & 28 7 p.m.

Enjoy an elegant three course dinner. The three course elegant dinner, $55 per person, excluding alcohol. Reservations are required.

Reservations required at 214-515-6511. Limited seating.

Evening Visits with Santa

Wednesdays Evenings, November 26-December 21, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Evening visits with Santa. Bring your camera to capture this beautiful moment in front of DeGolyer.

Special Weekend Holiday Festivities:

Saturdays and Sundays, November 26 – December 20, Noon-4 p.m.

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


November 9, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. - Children's Adventure Garden Entry Plaza

Celebrate the opening of the 12 Days of Christmas at Night with Christmas Carolers

Gingerbread House Contest

November 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join the holiday fun by becoming a contestant in our 1st annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. All ages are welcome to join and bring their creations to the Arboretum to be judged. The winning house will be displayed on property during The 12 Days of Christmas festival and receive a membership or Cool Thursdays Concert tickets.

All entry forms must be completed and submitted by November 27. Click here for registration form, click here for full contest rules, or contact Megan Lucas at 214-515-6605 with questions.

Completed entries must be delivered to the Sewell Boardroom on Wednesday, November 30 between 9 a.m. and noon, judging will occur between noon and 5 pm

Mingle Jingle Happy Hour Series

November 17 – December 29, Thursday Evenings, 6:30 p.m.(Excluding 11/24)

Get into the holiday spirit with some spirits behind the bar. Join us for a holiday mixology series with local bartenders who will demonstrate seasonal cocktails. Participating bars include Windmill Lounge, Toulouse Café, People’s Last Stand, Libertine Bar and Savor Gastropub.

Mistletoe Kissing Booth

November 9 – December 31, Daily, Café on the Green

Don’t miss your chance to kiss a loved one under our mistletoe kissing booth. This makes a great holiday photo opportunity.

Lecture and Q&A Session with Adrian Tinniswood

November 19, 10 a.m.

The author of The Long Weekend will be in Rosine Hall for a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet, mingle and ask questions of the famous author.

Holiday Market

December 3-4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Crape Myrtle Allee

This popular market returns, boasting a spectacular outdoor shopping experience. Join in on the holiday cheer at the Arboretum with gift ideas such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and baked goods.

Holiday Themed After-Hours Classes:

Enjoy a plethora of evening activities and classes to get you in the holiday spirit this season. Some activities include holiday photography lessons, wine and vodka tastings with 12 days themed cocktail recipes, fused art glass classes and various holiday gift crafts. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Koi Feedings

Saturdays and Sundays, November 5 - 27, 2:00 p.m. - Lay Family Garden

Families will join staff to learn about the koi that call our garden home

Kids' Corner

November 9 - December 30, Wednesday - Sunday Nights (excluding November 25 and December 24 & 25), 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Behind Café on the Green

Volunteer lead crafts and activties, especially for kids. Activities include a snowball toss game, Pin the Nose on the Snowman, and a peppermint reindeer making.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Thanksgiving Week

November 19-27 (excluding November 25)

Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden

Children are invited to join in on the holiday cheer of the 12 Days of Christmas at night, with activities including a snowball toss game, Pin the Nose on the Snowman, and a peppermint reindeer making.

Get outside and make The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden part of your family tradition. Join us for stories about nature, crafts made from the garden, a scavenger hunt and more. Look for a special insect visit from the Texas Discovery Gardens Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon!

Storytime: The Christmas Pumpkin by Debbie Reece

Saturday, November 26, 10am, The Moody Oasis

Join author, Debbie Reece, as she reads her children’s book, The Christmas Pumpkin. Stay after the reading for a book-signing and craft.

Craft Corner: Holiday Style

Weekdays, November 28-December 24, 9-11 a.m., Exploration Center

Stop by the Exploration Center every weekday and create a holiday nature craft to take home. Whether you give it as a present or decorate your house, your child’s creation will surely bring joy to those around you.

Letter-Writing to Santa

Saturdays & Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, The Moody Oasis

Make sure Santa knows what you want for Christmas. Come to our letter-writing workshop to write your letter to Santa. You’ll get special paper, pens, stickers – everything you need to catch Santa’s attention. We may even have some of Santa’s helpers stop by with some inside tips!

Plant Lab: Starchy Night

November 14-December 23, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Exploration Center

Is it solid? Is it liquid? Is it both? In this holiday lab, we use the endosperm of corn to make a non-Newtonian fluid called oobleck with shockingly sticky results.

TECH Truck

December 22, 1-3 p.m., The Moody Oasis

Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack! Join the TECH Truck staff from the Perot Museum in The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for a hands-on experience where the only limit to creating is your brain!

End of the Year Extravaganza

December 24-31, Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden

Join us the last week of December for a blowout of Children’s Adventure Garden programs. The schedule will be jam-packed with exciting, educational programs. Fan of our Plant lab? Stop by every day for a different lab experience.

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be closed for preventive maintenance January 1- February 24. We look forward to seeing you in the garden in the spring.

Group Sales

For inquiries regarding discounted tickets for groups 15 or larger, contact or 214-515-6520.

Special Pricing and Promotions

Groupon - $20 for Two to Any 12 Days of Christmas at Night

$20 for admission for two to 12 Days of Christmas at Night (up to $40 value) - The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit runs Wednesdays – Sundays, November 9 – December 30, 6 - 9 p.m. The Groupon offer is for November – December 3 excluding Nov 24-29.

Buy the Groupon Here.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) Wednesdays

November 9 – December 28, 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. Discount not valid on the 12 Days of Christmas at Night.

C.C. Young Senior Thursdays

November 10 – December 29Tickets on these Thursdays are $11 for day or evening admission for those 65 and older along with a 20 percent discount that day at the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Daytime tickets cannot be used again at night. Tickets can only be purchased onsite.

Speakers Bureau

For those wanting to have a representative come to their club or organization to share information and photos of The 12 Days of Christmas or another topic, contact the Dallas Arboretum speakers bureau at

Holiday at the Arboretum and 12 Days of Christmas Sponsors

November 6, 2016-January 8, 2017

  • HKS
  • MoveStar, Inc.
  • Amegy Bank
  • Target

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