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Holiday at the Arboretum

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.

Experience the visual beauty of Holiday at the Arboretum.


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):

Elaborate, Life-sized Victorian style gazebos outdoor exhibit

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

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

Wednesdays – Sundays, November 9 – December 30, PLUS Dec 26 & 27, 6 - 9 p.m., (Dec. 24-25 & 31)

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 featuring 500,000 lights throughout the garden. A variety of holiday music (all but guitar provided by Triple Point) is provided throughout the garden. Seasonal sweet and savory treats and hot beverages for children and adults are available for purchase.

Free Visits with Santa and Other Special Weekend Holiday Festivities:

Saturdays and Sundays, November 26 – December 18, Noon-4 p.m.

Santa will be here every Saturday and Sunday through December 18, from 12-4pm, for guests to take holiday photos with their children for free - but bring your own camera! Also enjoy a live reindeer (cancelled on December 4 & 5 due to weather), Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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 500 Santas on display in the elegantly decorated historic DeGolyer House. Sponsored by Amegy Bank.

Daytime Choir Performance

Come enjoy the magic of the holiday spirit with these performances by local choirs and music groups.

  • Friday, 12/2/16 – Mesquite ISD Choir
  • Thursday, 12/8/16 – Pride of Texas Music Festival
  • Friday, 12/9/16 – Pride of Texas Music Festival
  • Sunday, 12/11/16 – Lake Highlands High School Wildcat Wrangler Performance
  • Monday, 12/12/16 – Terrell ISD Choir
  • Wednesday, 12/14/16 – Wylie ISD Choir
  • Friday, 12/16/16 – Dallas Police Department Choir

Pride of Texas Music Festival Vists

Thursday and Friday, December 8 (10:20am-1pm) & 9 (10am-4:30 pm)

Thursday Schedule

  • 10:20 Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence (Choir)
  • 10:40 Tidwell MS Orchestra
  • 11:20 Paschal HS Electronic Shock (Orchestra)
  • 12:00 Pike Middle School Orchestra
  • 12:40 Aubrey MS Band

Friday Schedule

  • 11:40 Bossier Elementary Choir
  • 12:00 Barnett Junior High Show Choir (Show Choir)
  • 12:20 Bessie Coleman Select Treble (Choir )
  • 12:40 Travis Middle School Band
  • 1:00 Bessie Coleman Choir
  • 3:20 Castleberry High School Jazz Band
  • 3:40 UME Prep Academy Choir
  • 4:00 A plus band

Other live music during the festival includes a guitarist, harpist, violinist, and pianist playing on select nights of the 12 Days of Christmas at night, and a visit by a Violin Duet on December 4 and 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

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 teas@dallasarboretum.org or purchase online.

Elegant Holiday Dinner in Restaurant DeGolyer

November 30, 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 30-December 21, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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

Kids' Corner

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

Behind Café on the Green

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


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.

Special Gift Store Events

December 3, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (Hoffman Family Gift Store)

Come enjoy a trunk show by Lynda Jameson Jenglein of Silver Linens Jewelry. Henglein makes antique monograms from around the world come to live with intricate, expert silver working.

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.

Holiday Demonstrations

December 2 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Holiday themed craft demonstrations in the main garden.

Holiday Market

December 10-11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Crape Myrtle Allee

Dallas Arboretum’s Holiday Market is the ultimate holiday experience! You’ll find foods and fashions, gifts that glitter, music and magic – everything to make your holidays bright.


The Pride of Texas Music Festival

December 8 & 9 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Entry Plaza & DeGolyer Pergola

Area high school choirs and ensembles perform the sounds of the season.

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.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

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 groupsales@dallasarboretum.org 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 7.

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 29 (excluding November 24)
Tickets 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 speakers@dallasarboretum.org.

Holiday at the Arboretum and 12 Days of Christmas Sponsors

November 6, 2016-January 8, 2017

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