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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Holiday at the Arboretum

Holiday at the Arboretum

Featuring the 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas Village.

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Dates

November 10–December 31

About

Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, is Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition! Stroll the garden to see the 25-foot-tall elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. In the evenings, the garden comes to life for a beautiful nighttime experience aglow with over one million lights. Enjoy our Christmas Village, visits with Santa Claus, entertainment, shopping, food & beverage options and the NEW 50-foot tall Dazzling Musical Tree with 42,000 lights and holiday tunes.

A Winter Celebration Featuring:

  • Over One Million Lights
  • Our Renowned Christmas Village
  • Cooking Demos
  • Children’s Activities
  • Music & Entertainment
  • + More!

Texas’ Best Christmas Event

– Southern Living Magazine

About

Holiday at the Arboretum features The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village, The 12 Days of Christmas, a stunningly decorated DeGolyer House, with The Artistry of the Nativity, and our NEW treasure, the Dazzling Musical Tree, a 50-foot-tall tree animated with over 42,000 lights and merry holiday tunes.

Join us November 9 as we kick off a magical holiday season at the Dallas Arboretum! Our official opening is a members-only event from 6-9pm. Then, on Wednesday, November 10, Holiday at the Arboretum opens to the public during the day, and nights continue throughout the season with the return and further expansion of our Christmas Village.

Also new this year, we’ve extended our evening hours of Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm. 

The Christmas Village is wonderful during the day, but it’s magical at night with lighted trees, shop owners passing out samples and live entertainment. Each house is individually designed for the Arboretum, with the Christmas Village as an attraction for everyone. Santa Claus even has his own house and a sleigh for photo opportunities! He is with us select nights in November, and then after Thanksgiving, he is here every night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Our German-built authentic Christmas Pyramid that includes animation on every level returns along with our tavern for delicious food and drinks with a larger biergarten and performance area.

Each day, and every Monday-Wednesday evening, beginning November 9 (November 10 to the public), you are invited to visit our historic DeGolyer House, elaborately decorated by renowned designer Michael Hamilton, with the return of our beloved theme, The Artistry of the Nativity.

We continue to have timed ticketed entry for the garden, so we encourage you to reserve your preferred dates early. After your visit to The Christmas Village, we invite you to stroll the garden, and continue to enjoy the Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of The 12 Days of Christmas.

The gazebos come to life at night, daily beginning November 9, except for Thanksgiving Day (closed) and December 24 (closes at 5pm). Holiday at the Arboretum features over a million lights throughout the garden, trimming the historic homes and our 30-foot-tall spruce tree in the center of the garden. It’s the perfect place for getting you in the holiday spirit!

Daytime Admission

Includes admission to Holiday at the Arboretum and, after Thanksgiving, our Christmas Village. Both members and non-members are required to reserve tickets in advance.

November 10–December 31
Adult (13-64) $17
Senior (65+) $14
Child (2-12) $12
Members Free

Reserve Day Tickets

Holiday at the Arboretum at Night Admission

Includes admission to Holiday at the Arboretum at Night and our Christmas Village. Both members and non-members are required to reserve tickets in advance.

November 10–13
Pricing reflects Member, Non-member and Groups
Adult (13-64) $10
Senior (65+) $10
Child (2-12) $10
Nov. 14–Dec. 30
Sunday-Tuesday • 6–9pm
Nov. 14–Dec. 30
Wednesday-Thursday • 6–9pm
Nov. 14–Dec. 30
Friday–Saturday • 6–10pm
Member Adult (13-64) $12 $13 $13
Member Senior (65+) $10 $11 $11
Member Child (2-12) $10 $11 $11
Non-member Adult (13-64) $15 $25 $35
Non-member Senior (65+) $14 $18 $18
Non-member Child (2-12) $13 $15 $15

Reserve Night Tickets

Event Overview

Daily Programming

With beautiful sights and free and repeating activities happening daily, the Dallas Arboretum is your home this winter. 

 

Seasonal Tastings

Daily • 10am–4pm
Ruthie Pack Tasting Plaza

Try three different samples featuring a seasonal vegetable, fruit or herb growing in A Tasteful Place garden. Visit dallasarboretum.org/recipes for past and current recipes.

 

Dallas College Cooks

Mondays at 11am

Participate in this popular demonstration cooking class taught by a chef instructor from the college’s nationally recognized culinary school. Two recipes are demonstrated each month. Visit dallasarboretum.org/recipes  

November Braised Leeks with Roasted Garlic; New Orleans Collard Greens
December Good Luck Braised Cabbage; Parsley, Celery and Mushroom Salad

 

Tasteful Tuesdays

Tuesdays at 11am

Join Dallas’ floral and horticulture experts as they show you how to create tasteful centerpieces and seasonal arrangements for your family and guests to enjoy.

November 2 McShan Florist highlights the top fall flowers
November 16 Casa de Avella Floral Design crafts gorgeous autumn arrangements
November 30 Dr. Delphinium makes the perfect holiday arrangements for your December gatherings
December 2 Lil’ Red Flower Truck, demonstrates their signature holiday arrangements
December 7 Uptown’s chic new florist Token Flowers arranges tastefully modern holiday flowers
December 14 Bishop Art’s Oasis Plants shows how to care for your indoor plants during winter
December 21 Latina-owned Plant & Sip demonstrates winter succulent plant care

 

Daily Tastings Cooking Demo 

Tuesdays at 1pm

Join our Chef Isabel as she demonstrates how to prepare the week’s featured recipes that are inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients straight from our garden.

 

Chef-tastic Cooking Series

Select dates at 11am

See how pro chefs, seasoned bakers and rising Instagram stars perfect their recipes and sample some fruits of their labor. The series features a demonstration from renowned chefs and bakers as they take center stage in our A Tasteful Place kitchen.

November 4 Parisian street food expert Great Galettes makes savory crepes
November 5 Puerto Rican food truck El Chifrijo cooks food truck favorites
November 6 Kevin the Pie Dude prepares Sweet Potato Pie in his Signature Pie Series
November 11 Great Galettes is back and makes fruit crepes 4 ways
November 13 Rich in nostalgia, Granny’s Scratch Kitchen bakes their favorite holiday cake 
November 17 Community builder Soulgood prepares veggie fried rice
November 18 Great Galettes returns to create their namesake dessert, French galettes
November 26 Dallas Farmers Market favorite Krav’s makes Ghanan pie dough balls – they’ll be your new fave treat!
December 4 The Jelly Queens prepare their signature Cranberry Cake, perfect for dessert or a family breakfast treat!
December 5 Healthy Holiday Sides with nutritionist and author, Cindy Kleckner, RD
December 9 Midnight Kreations, cooks delectable holiday treats for you to enjoy

 

Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentations

Select Fridays at 11am

Enjoy special tips and presentations on winter gardening and harvesting, presented by the North Texas Master Gardeners and the Dallas Arboretum Horticulture staff. 

November 5 Celebrate Arbor Day as we discuss Texas tree planting and care during the perfect time to plant trees in North Texas.
November 19 Container Gardening: many people don’t have large gardens, but that shouldn’t stop you from growing! You can grow almost anything in a container, adding color and texture to your outdoor space, no matter the size. Learn what to plant, how to plant, and how to keep your containers thriving year round!
December 10 Slow Food DFW Celebration with the Farmer Kim. Learn what it means to mindfully grow, prepare and enjoy a nourishing meal with family and friends.
December 17 Plant Propagation: we all like an assortment of plants in our gardens, but buying new plants every year can get expensive. Learn how to save money by growing your own plants, using seeds, cuttings and other methods of propagation!

Seasonal Programming

Come to one of our many seasonal activities happening this holiday season!

 

Holiday Entertainment in the Christmas Village

Nothing says holiday like live music in the garden. Enjoy the live performances from local schools, churches and community groups as well as local professional performers in The Christmas Village. All performances are included with your Holiday at the Arboretum ticket.

November 9 Caroling with Holiday Cheer (6–9pm)
November 10 Gaston Middle School Dance Team (6–7pm); LHHS Wranglers (7–7:30pm); Mustang Stampede (7:30–8pm)
November 11 Mountain Natives (6–9pm)
November 12–18 Accordionist Paul Salvie (6–9pm)
November 19 Window to the Wild bird show (6–8pm)
November 20 Calvary Bible Church Choir (6–9pm)
November 21 Window to the Wild bird show (6:30–8:30pm)
November 23 Dallas Piano Academy (6–7pm)
November 24 Kenny Haddox (6–9pm)
November 26 Carly Carroll, singing pianist (6–9pm); Juggler DK Hernando (6:30–8:30pm)
November 27 Juggler DK Hernando (6:30–8:30pm)
November 28 Carly Carroll, singing pianist (6–9pm)
November 29–December 2 Mountain Natives (6–9pm)
December 4 Accordionist Paul Salvie (6–9pm); Juggler DK Hernando (6:30–8:30pm)
December 5 Dallas Tap Dazzlers (1–2pm)
December 5–8 Accordionist Paul Salvie (6–9pm)
December 9 Wylie High School Choir (6:30–9pm)
December 10 Lakewood Presbyterian Varsity Victorian Chorus (6:30–9pm)
December 11 Berkner Ramblers (12–12:30pm); Accordionist Paul Salvie (6–9pm); Juggler DK Hernando (6:30–8:30pm)
December 14 John Lefler, acoustic pop/folk (6–9pm)
December 15 St. Philip & St. Augustine Catholic Academy Choir (6–7pm); Lavon Drive Baptist Church Choir (7–8pm); Coram Deo Academy Flower Mound Choir (8–8:30pm)
December 16 Mesquite High School Choir (6–9pm)
December 17 Mountain Natives (6–9pm); Dallas Tap Dazzlers (6:30–7:30pm)
December 18 Caroling with Holiday Cheer (6–9pm); Juggler DK Hernando (6:30–8:30pm)
December 19 St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (6–9pm); Juggler DK Hernando (6:30–8:30pm)
December 20 Carly Carroll, singing pianist (6–9pm)
December 21 John Lefler, acoustic pop/folk (6–9pm)
December 22 Corey Breedlove, jazzy acoustic pop (6–9pm)
December 23 Juggler DK Hernando (6:30–8:30pm)
December 26 Juggler DK Hernando (6:30–8:30pm)

 

Weekend Entertainment at Jeanne’s Pavilion

Select Dates • 12–2pm

Join us in the Shadow Garden at Jeanne’s Pavilion for acoustic performances each weekend of Holiday at the Arboretum. Grab a lunch or bring a blanket for these intimate performances.

November 13 Mountain Natives, alt folk
November 14, 20 & 21 Cool Side of Easy, acoustic guitar
November 22 Mountain Natives, alt folk
November 23 & 26 Corey Breedlove, jazzy acoustic pop
November 27 Mountain Natives, alt folk
November 28 Corey Breedlove, jazzy acoustic pop
December 4 New Song Music Academy (11am–2pm)
December 5 Arabesque Studio of the Dance
December 11 St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church Choir; Singing Girls of Texas (2–2:30pm)
December 12 Corey Breedlove, jazzy acoustic pop
December 18 Calvary Bible Church Choir
December 19 Kenny Haddox, acoustic pop (11am–12:30pm); Abiding Grace Choir (1–2pm)
December 20 Christian Levens
December 21 WRUMC Choir
December 22 Lee Harbaugh
December 23 Carly Carroll, singing pianist
December 27 Christian Levens
December 28 Lee Harbaugh
December 29 Corey Breedlove, jazzy acoustic pop
December 31 Lee Harbaugh

 

Holiday Tea

November 18 to December 31 at 11am & 2pm

Bring your family and friends together and create an annual tradition – holiday tea at the Restaurant DeGolyer, lavishly decorated for the season! Reservations required. Learn more here.

 

Holiday in the DeGolyer House

Daily starting on November 26 from 10am–4pm
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings starting on November 9 at 6–8:30pm 

Visit the DeGolyer House to view its magnificent transformation into a stunning holiday home featuring The Artistry of the Nativity.

 

Leftover Lovers

December 1 & 29 • 11am

Resident chef Lisa Roark creates hors d’oeuvres and new meals with your holiday leftovers. Learn how to create meals by adding just a few fresh ingredients from the farmers market!

December 1 Thanksgiving leftovers: Green bean casserole, waffles topped with fried turkey and a cranberry drizzle
December 29  Christmas leftovers: Slow cooker turkey in adobo sauce with leftover veggie frittata

 

Holiday Vendor Market

December 11 from 10am–3pm
Main Entry Plaza

Join your favorite local vendors for a delectable array of holiday treats and artisan gifts as you stroll through the stunning garden. We have over two dozen vendors featuring jewelry, ornaments, holiday treats and more. Enjoy Holiday at the Arboretum and complete  your shopping.

holiday cookies

Seasonal Classes

Register for these delightful & interactive seasonal classes!

Earthy & Whimsical Creations

November 6 from 1–3pm
$89 ($79 for members)

Melina Molina is back by popular demand with a make and take class featuring gorgeous succulent pumpkin terrariums. Melina gives all the tips and tricks for an autumn-themed living creation for your side or coffee table.

Register

 

Healthy Holiday Desserts with YeliBelly

Parent & Child Class
November 7 from 1–3pm
Price for adult & child: $89 ($79 for members)

Did you know Dallas’ chocolatier Yeli is also a registered dietitian? She’s here to teach you how to create healthy, kid-friendly desserts. This is a hands-on experience that will send you home with treats, too!

Register

 

Kid’s Holiday Apple Pie with Kuluntu Bakery

Parent & Child Class
November 13 from 1–3pm
Price for adult & child: $69 ($59 for members)

Two time Best of Big D winner Stephanie with Kuluntu Bakery teaches you and your kiddos how to create apple pie made from phyllo dough instead of the traditional pie crust. It’s a must see – and eat – that you can replicate at home! Suitable for ages 8 to 12. 

Register

 

Kids’ Comfort Food Class with CAJUKIKU

Parent & Child Class
November 14 from 10:30am–12pm
Price for adult & child: $30 ($25 for members)

Chef Kuma, resident chef at The Village Dallas’ Anise teaches a healthy cooking class with a fancy grilled cheese and pumpkin tomato soup to warm you up. Suitable for ages 8–12.

Register

 

Holiday Entertaining with Chef Sharon Van Meter

November 14 from 1–3pm
$65 ($59 for members)

A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, and an integral part of our Food & Wine Festival, Chef Sharon Van Meter brings more than 40 years of award-winning and acclaimed culinary experience to the garden for a one-of-a-kind hands-on class for the holidays. Sharon guides participants in pairing perfect holiday wine and hors d’oerves for easy entertaining. You’ll leave well equipped for all your holiday parties!

Register

 

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop with Token Flowers 

November 20 from 2–4pm
$69 ($59 for members)

Uptown’s contemporary florist Token Flowers teaches a hands-on Thanksgiving centerpiece-making class using mini gourds, seasonal flowers like mums and sunflowers and dried wheat with a saturated fall color palette! Make your table look spectacular for Thanksgiving.

Register

 

Couples Authentic Greek Cooking

November 21 from 1–3pm
$89 per couple ($79 per couple for members)

Couples, learn how to create papoutsakia (stuffed eggplant with meat sauce topped with béchamel and parmesan), black eyed pea salad, and spanakopita from Greek Chef Dimitrios Vagenas. Enjoy your Greek feast, together and take recipes to recreate at home!

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Seasonal Soup Pot with Mary Chamberlin & Sharon Van Meter

November 27 from 11am–1pm
$65 per person ($59 per person for members)

Legendary James Beard Foundation member chef Mary Chamberlin joins the queen of the Dallas food scene Chef Sharon Van Meter for a homestyle hands-on class that fills your soul. Create seasonal soups with them as they share their food stories. This is a class that warms the heart and feeds the soul – plus, you go home with new go-to recipes for winter family meals.

Register

 

Holiday Brunch Boards Class with Amor y Queso

December 11 from 10–11:30am
$80 per pair ($75 per member pair)

Each pair will create their own holiday-themed charcuterie board with wholesome ingredients. Amor y Queso will provide hands-on tips and tricks as you build your boards.

Register

 

Bar & Garden Holiday Wines & Recharge

December 12 from 1–3pm
$89 per couple ($79 per couple for members)

Julie Buckner Lane, founder of Bar and Garden Dallas, helps you savor the holiday bustle. Enjoy a wine tasting and educational class sampling six varieties of seasonal wines, and make and take home a delicious and refreshing electrolyte drink to recharge for your holiday parties.

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Perfect Holiday Dinner Rolls with La Casita Bakeshop

December 19 from 1–3pm
$89 per couple ($79 per couple for members)

Best of Big D Bakery and “wonderland of sweets” La Casita Bakeshop helps you create the quintessential holiday baked good for your dinner table: the perfect herbed dinner rolls. Learn hands on how to make rolls, so you can make them for ever every family holiday plate!

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Sponsors

Reliant
Movestar
Gray Reed
Southwest Data Systems
Amazon

12 Days of Christmas Sponsors

Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree

The Pear Tree has gold branches sprinkled with rhinestones, green mirrored leaves, and gold, rhinestone encrusted pears. The partridge sits “center stage,” intricately painted and adorned with rhinestones. The tree revolves with the partridge in it.

Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

The Two Turtle Doves cuddles on an arrow that pierces a heart-shaped cage suspended from the roof of the gazebo. The feather-tailed turtle doves are intricately painted and covered with rhinestones. The outer cage of crystal beading is decorated with fleur de lis banding on top and bottom.

Day 3: Three French Hens

Day three reflects the native countryside of the Three French Hens. White and gold oval French mirrors bolster Victorian perches for the hens, and this base turns. The hens, black-and-white with red accents,sits in gold straw nests.

Day 4: Four Calling Birds

The Four Calling Birds sit on filigreed, jeweled, Victorian hanging bird perches within an inner oval cage made of iridescent bead strands. The calling birds are multi-colored, with feather plumes and long tails.

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

The Five Golden Rings feature a Victorian circus with a ceiling draped in red and white fabric to mimic a circus tent. The center circus ring has a pedestal with oval mirrors on which a white bear wearing a vest and collar balancing a spinning gold ring on his nose. The bear is surrounded by four seals wearing ruffled collars that are seated and balancing spinning bedazzled gold rings on their noses.

Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying

The Six Geese A-Laying is set in a snow-covered forest. Snow-flocked trees of varying sizes sit on a mirrored floor that turns. Snow and rhinestone “rocks” are piled high around the edges of the gazebo. Two geese are sitting on nests, two are standing in their nests to reveal golden eggs, and two are nested in the trees. The geese have feathered and rhinestones heads and necks, and feathered bodies.

Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming

The seven swans float in a snowy, ice crystal palace. The gazebo feature a pond with a tiered fountain and frozen water and icicles in the center of a mirror, or “frozen” pond. The swans, six white and one with black feathers with small crowns on their heads, are around the fountain.

Day 8: Eight Maids-A-Milking

This gazebo feature a truly spectacular English barn divided into four wedge-shaped stalls. There are four intricately painted cows and four beautifully costumed maids sitting on stools while milking. Four other maids are carrying pails.

Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

Nine Ladies Dancing feature a Victorian ballroom. The ladies are costumed in beautiful Victorian beaded gowns and have elegant period hair styles. All of them move around the gazebo, and four make complete turns.

Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

This gazebo features ten ice-skating lords. The mirrored floor is a frozen pond. The lords are dressed in Victorian outerwear and ice skates, and all will be skating.

Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping

The pipers are dressed as Scottish bagpipe players in red and green tartan plaid. Each piper plays bagpipes. The ceiling is draped in green and red tartan to match the pipers’ kilts, and a circle of horns adorned with roping and tassels will suspend from the ceiling over the pipe major. The pipers also move in this gazebo.

Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

This gazebo is a spectacular choice to the exhibit. The drummers are dressed in white pants with red and gold piping, red jackets and red hats with gold trim. They move in concentric circles, with one set moving clockwise and another set moving counterclockwise.

There’s always something in season