Holiday at the Arboretum is Dallas' favorite holiday tradition

Presented by Reliant

November 4 2017 to January 8 2018

Holiday at the Arboretum features the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, 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.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Holiday at the Arboretum featuring the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, from November 4 to January 7. The DeGolyer House features a new “Nutcracker Suite” exhibit, with a collection of more than 800 nutcracker figures on display throughout the historical home beginning November 24 through January 7. According to Southern Living, the festival is "one of the South's best holiday experiences."

Experience Dallas’ coolest holiday tradition with a festive stroll through the gardens and revel in The 12 Days of Christmas Exhibit, twelve breathtaking gazebos depicting each day in the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo is encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience that adds to its "music box" quality, depicting the old English carol from the Victorian era. Watch these magical scenes come to life in each gazebo. Be dazzled by the partridge in a pear tree, discover the hidden creatures hidden within eight maids a-milking and sway along with the “nine ladies dancing” gazebo.

The garden re-opens for evening hours for 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit, which is on display Wednesday through Sunday beginning November 8 through December 30. With 500,000 lights illuminating throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead-including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property, this display is sure to warm the hearts of guests this season.

In the historic DeGolyer House lavishly decorated for the holidays, experience “The Nutcracker Suite” collection, sponsored by Amegy Bank of Texas. The historic home transforms into a Christmas wonderland with more than 800 nutcrackers on display. Take a tour during the day or on a chilly Wednesday night. Each room is decorated to allow each guest to feel as though they are dancing through the Nutcracker ballet. 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 on December 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 7 p.m.


The 12 Days of Christmas

November 4-January 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (excludes Nov. 24, Dec. 25, Jan. 1)

Sponsored by Reliant

Elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos on display every day throughout the garden.

The 12 Days of Christmas at Night Featuring 500,000 lights

Wednesday-Sunday, November 9-December 30 (excludes Nov. 24, Dec. 24-25, Dec.31), 6-9 p.m.

Sponsored by Reliant

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. Learn more about the 12 Days of Christmas daytime and nighttime showings, and buy tickets to nighttime showings.

DeGolyer House featuring “The Nutcracker Suite”

November 24-January 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Wednesday Nights, November 29-December 27, 6-9 p.m.

Sponsored by Amegy Bank of Texas

View a magnificent nutcracker collection displayed throughout the DeGolyer House.

Mistletoe Kissing Booth

November 4-January 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Café on the Green

Smooch someone special under the mistletoe at our kissing booth for an unforgettable holiday photo opportunity.

Holiday Tea

November 6–January 7, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Restaurant DeGolyer

Bring family and friends together and create an annual tradition with holiday tea at the lavishly decorated Restaurant DeGolyer. Call 214-515-6511 or visit the teas page for reservations.

Special Events

Elves Workshop

Wednesday-Sunday Nights, November 8-January 7, 6-9 p.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.

Serenade and Sweets

Wednesday-Sunday Nights, 6-9 p.m., November 8-December 30, Cafe on the Green

Enjoy warm holiday-inspired drinks and desserts while listening to live music.

Visits with Santa

Wednesday Nights, November 15-December 20, 6-9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, November 25-December 24, 12-4 p.m., Crape Myrtle Allee

Santa is back in the garden this year in Crape Myrtle Allee, the perfect holiday setting resplendent with twinkling lights.

NEW! Toy Soldier Stilt Walker

Wednesday Evenings, November 15-December 20, 6-9 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.

NEW! Holiday Karaoke

Sundays, November 26, December 3, 10 & 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.

NEW! Outdoor Movie, “Elf”

Thursday, November 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Nothing spreads joy like an elf. Join the Arboretum for the first-ever outdoor movie experience. Bring a friend, bundle up, and enjoy one of the holiday season’s most beloved movies.

Elegant Holiday Night Dinner in Restaurant DeGolyer

November 29, December 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 at 7 p.m.

Enjoy an elegant three course dinner. Reservations required at 214-515-6511. Limited seating available. Reservations open soon.

The Photo Bus DFW

Thursday Evenings, November 30, December 7, 14, 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.

The Holiday Market

Saturday and Sunday, December 2 & 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Crape Myrtle Allee

‘Tis the season for giving and the search for a unique, personal gift is ever present. Visit the Holiday Market to find vintage and handmade items including knitwear, antiques, fused glass and jewelry.

Holiday Hooping

Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn

Internationally renowned hula hoop group, ChulaHoop USA showcases a holiday themed hula hoop performance, followed by a Hoop Jam on the concert lawn. The Jam is where each guest is custom-fitted with a hoop, along with instruction from a seasoned professional for guaranteed successful hooping. Event is free with garden admission.

Saturday Evenings, December 9 & 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.

Texas Pride Christmas Music Festival

Thursday-Friday, December 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jonsson Color Garden & Café on the Green

Hear all the holiday classics as Metroplex students perform songs of the season. Ensembles perform at Jonsson Color Garden; choirs perform at Cafe on the Green.

Wine and Movies: A Perfect Pairing with Gary and Hayley Cogill

December 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rosine Hall

$75 ($70 for Members)

Join us for a delightful evening with Emmy Award winning journalist and Film Producer, Gary Cogill and his wife, sommelier and Dallas Uncorked Founder, Hayley Hamilton Cogill. The evening will begin with a glass of bubbly as you mix and mingle with the Cogills. Then the real fun will begin! Gary will share some of the best films of 2017. For each film, Hayley will select a perfectly paired wine and share what makes it the right selection for that film.

Purchase Tickets

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden

TECH Truck (Appropriate for Ages 5 and up)

Saturday, November 11, 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!

Thanksgiving Weekend (All ages can participate!)

Friday-Saturday, November 24 – 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden

Join us Thanksgiving Weekend for Thanksgiving-themed activities, crafts, and more.

Craft Corner: Thanksgiving Edition Exploration Center, throughout the day

OmniGlobe: Thanksgiving Traditions,

11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., Exploration Center

Making the Mayflower: The Physics of Floating

12:00 p.m., Pure Energy

Thanksgiving Twister

4 p.m., Incredible Edible

Holiday Hunt for Santa’s Helpers (All ages can participate!)

November 24– December 24, Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden

Explore the Children’s Adventure Garden and look out for Santa’s helpers, like a frog on a log, a deer right here, a fox in the rocks, a squirrel on a whirl, an owl on a towel, or a bobcat in a hat. Take a picture with four of Santa’s helpers and then bring pictures to the Exploration Center to redeem a prize.

Letter-Writing to Santa (Appropriate for Ages 5 and up)

Mondays-Fridays Only, November 27– December 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Exploration Center

Guests and kids are welcome to attend a letter-writing workshop to write a letter to Santa. Special paper, pens, stickers; everything needed to catch Santa’s attention will be provided.

Craft Corner: Holiday Style (All ages can participate!)

Saturdays and Sundays, December 2–24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Exploration Center

Stop by the Exploration Center and create a holiday craft to take home.

Plant Lab: Let It Snow (Appropriate for ages 5 and up)

December 4-24, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., Exploration Center

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… in the Plant Lab this December! Explore the wonders of melting, snowflakes, and endothermic reactions.

Plant Lab Extravaganza (Appropriate for ages 5 and up)

December 26-31 , 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., Exploration Center

  • December 26 – Strawberry DNA
  • December 27 – How Sweet Is It?
  • December 28 – Elephant’s Toothpaste
  • December 29 – Liquid of Life
  • December 30 – Monster Molecule Mist
  • December 31 – Let It Snow

Happy “Noon” Year’s Eve! (All ages welcome!)

Sunday, December 31

Ball Drop at Noon

Come out December 31 for a child-friendly event to celebrate the coming of the New Year! This “alternative to keeping your kids up until midnight” will be full of science, crafts, and music. A celebratory “ball drop” will take place at NOON, and a myriad of activities the Children’s Adventure Garden has to offer.

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden will be closed for preventive maintenance Jan 1- Feb 23. **Mark Your Calendars** for the Children’s Adventure Garden Reopening Kick-Off Event, Saturday, February 24!

Don't Miss a Single Adventure

Visit to sign up for the Children's Adventure Garden email list with weekly updates, including exciting programs and activities. A SPECIAL PERK: During the close (January and February), subscribers receive a science/nature activity to do at home each week!


Special Nighttime Pricing

Purchase discounted tickets to The 12 Days at Night exhibit early to see the 12 elaborate 25-foot Victorian style gazebos throughout the garden at night and 500,000 lights throughout the garden.

Purchase discounted tickets between October 1 - 31

$12 per ticket for children, adults and seniors for evening entrance on any day of the 12 Days at Night festival. (This offer excludes dates: November 17 - 26 & December 15 - 23).

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.

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.

Group Sales

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

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

12 Days of Christmas Sponsors:

November 4, 2017-January 7, 2018


Dave Perry-Miller

Amegy Bank of Texas


Jaguar Land Rover Dallas

Century Glass

Atlantis Services

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