Holiday at the Arboretum

November 6, 2016 - December 31, 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 opens on November 6 through January 8, 2017 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. 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, 6 - 9 p.m., (excludes Nov.24, Dec. 24-25)

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 30,

Wednesday Evenings: 6 p.m.-9 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 26 – December 17, 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 $47 per person and $57 per person for champagne tea. Reservations required: call 214.515.6511 or email teas@dalasarboretum.org 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.

Special Daytime 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.

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. Crepe 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.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Thanksgiving Weekend

November 19-27

Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden

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.

Don’t Miss a Single Adventure

Visit www.dallasarboretum.org to sign up for the Children’s Adventure Garden email list. You’ll receive weekly updates, including all the exciting programs and activities you won’t want to miss.

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

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 18 - 27 & December 16 - 23).

After October 31, every night of the 12 Days of Christmas at Night will be full priced, according to the prices below:
Non-member senior adult: $15 per person

Non-member adult: $20 per person

Non-member children: $10 per person (ages 3-12)

Member senior adult: $10 per person

Member adult: $12 per person

Member children: $9

**All tickets must be purchased for a specific date, but can be exchanged for another date based on availability.

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 speakers@dallasarboretum.org.

12 Days of Christmas Sponsors

November 6, 2016-January 8, 2017

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