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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Holiday at the Arboretum

Holiday at the Arboretum

Featuring the 12 Days of Christmas. Tickets on sale now!

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November 7–December 31, 2020


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. After Thanksgiving, enjoy our Christmas Village, visits with Santa Claus, entertainment, shopping, food & beverage options and more.

Holiday Christmas Village

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

Dates & Times

View dates & times for the 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Christmas at Night and our expanded Christmas Village, which opens after Thanksgiving.


The 12 Days of Christmas

November 7–December 31 • 9am–5pm

Enjoy elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos on display every day during the holiday festival.


The 12 Days of Christmas at Night

November 11–25
Wednesday–Sunday • 6–9pm

November 27–December 30
Sunday–Wednesday • 6–9pm
Thursday–Saturday • 6–10pm

The garden is open late for a special lighted nighttime experience with over a million lights! To start the yuletide season, the 12 Days of Christmas at Night features the beloved gazebos. Additionally after Thanksgiving, enjoy our expanded Christmas Village, visits with Santa Claus every night, entertainment, shopping, food & beverage options and more!


Christmas Village

Daytime Hours
November 27–December 31 • 9am–5pm

Evening Hours
November 27–December 30
Sunday–Wednesday • 6–9pm
Thursday–Saturday • 6–10pm

Included with general admission or 12 Days at Night admission.

Inspired by European Christmas Markets, or Christkindlmarket, The Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades representing a quaint European hamlet. In total, 14 delightful shops and façades debuted in 2019 and more will be added this year.

New this year is the handcrafted German-built Christmas pyramid, which measures 23-feet-tall and is decorated with hand-carved elements and beautiful lighted motion on every level. The Christmas Pyramid is the perfect complement to the Christmas Village and is the signature element in Pyramid Square along with three new shops including an Edelweiss Haus with food and drink, a Chocolate Shop and a Toy Shop.  Known for their beautiful handiwork and woodwork, German artisans from the Erzgebirge region (Ore mountains) created the octagon-shaped Christmas Pyramid. Carving each figure by hand, 15 workers spent 2,150 hours to design and build this handmade, one-of-a-kind pyramid. Each of the four levels spins and is illuminated by four candles.

Measuring 16 to 19 feet tall, each house or shop is themed and large enough so that several children and adults can enter at a time and experience that particular business. During the day, children can learn from the portrayals of the shops’ interiors on its muralled walls, have fun and explore these shops as they would a playhouse. At night, The Christmas Village shines with a holiday glow of lights strung throughout the trees and outlining the roof of each shop.

The Christmas Village is a generous donation from Pauline and Austin Neuhoff as a gift to the city and the Dallas Arboretum. The Marilyn and Ben Weber Family Christmas Pyramid is also a generous contribution this season. 

Daytime Admission

Includes admission to 12 Days of Christmas and, after Thanksgiving, our Christmas Village when it opens. Both members and non-members are required to reserve tickets in advance.

November 7–December 31
Adult (13-64) $17
Senior (65+) $14
Child (2-12) $12
Members Free

Reserve Day Tickets

12 Days of Christmas at Night Admission

Includes admission to 12 Days of Christmas at Night and, after Thanksgiving, our Christmas Village when it opens. Both members and non-members are required to reserve tickets in advance.

November 11–25
Wednesday–Sunday • 6–9pm(Member / Nonmember Cost)
November 27–December 30
Sunday–Wednesday • 6–9pmThursday–Saturday • 6–10pm(Member / Nonmember Cost)
Adult (13-64) $12 / $20 $13 / $25
Senior (65+) $10 / $15 $11 / $20
Child (2-12) $10 $11

Reserve Night Tickets

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Seasonal Programming

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


Holiday Tea

November 27–December 31
Weekday seatings at 11am & 2pm

Holiday Tea is served inside the charming and historic DeGolyer House lavishly decorated for the holidays, where guests can indulge in a seated, three-course tea experience. Tea prices begin at $49 per person and include parking and admission. Raise a glass to the most wonderful time of the year by adding champagne service for an additional $10 per person. Reservations are required. Visit our Tea page for reservations and more information.


Visits with Santa

November 11, 18 & 25 • 6–9 pm

November 27–December 23
Weeknights • 6–9pm
Saturdays & Sundays • 12–3 pm

December 21–24 • 12–3 pm

Santa is back in the garden in the perfect holiday setting. Once The Christmas Village opens, Santa moves to his home away from the North Pole into his Santa house. Children are invited to share their Christmas wish with the jolly old man, and take photos to commemorate the occasion. Keepsake family photos are available for a donation to the Volunteer Advisory Board on Wednesday evenings and weekend afternoon.


Ugly Sweater Contest

Every Thursday evening • 6–8pm

Virginia and Algur Meadows Orientation Theater

Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite ugly or tacky Christmas sweater. Stop by the orientation theater to show it off, and enter the contest for a chance to win two Cool Thursday Concert tickets.


12 Birds of Christmas

Presented by Window to the Wild

November 21 • 11am–1pm • Jonsson Color Garden

December 6 • 12–2pm • Christmas Village

Enjoy a two-hour meet-and-greet program with the birds and their trainers from Window to the Wild. Get up close to see all the colorful and intricate characteristic of each bird, ask the trainers questions and take pictures.


Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Saturdays at 11am

Christmas Village

Visit Mrs. Claus for story time every Saturday in December in the Christmas Village. Enjoy a classic Christmas story each week.


Reliant Santa Hats

Select evenings • 6–8pm

Entry Plaza

Guests get their own Santa Hat that lights up the holidays, with thanks to Reliant, presenting sponsor of Holiday at the Arboretum. The lighted hats make the picture-perfect opportunity, while you enjoy our 12 Days of Christmas at Night and The Christmas Village.


Shop Local Friday

November 27 • 10am–2pm

Shop locally at favorite vendors in the garden. Visit The Christmas Village for the first time this season, and hear singer/songwriter Eddie Coker at one of his concerts at 11am and 2pm.


Outdoor Movie Party Double Feature

Presented by Alamo Drafthouse

December 11
6:15–8pm • Elf
8:15–9:45pm • Christmas Vacation

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn

Spark holiday cheer a double feature. Enjoy a family friendly showing of Elf at 6:15om, then at 8:15pm the adults are invited to attend the showing of Christmas Vacation. Bring blankets and bundle up to enjoy a memorable evening that will help attendees get into the holiday spirit!

holiday cookies

Seasonal Classes

Register for these delightful & interactive seasonal classes!


Young Chef’s Cooking Program 

Presented by Yelibelly Chocolates

November 29 • 1–3pm

Adults $25, Children $15

Bring the tiny chefs for a classic holiday tradition and learn how to make fudge with Yelibelly’s decadent chocolate.

Registration link coming soon.


Holiday Cookie Decorating Class

Presented by Creative Cookies & Pops

December 4 • 6–8pm

$60 ($50 for Members)

Celebrate National Cookie Day by decorating holiday shaped cookies. Creative Cookies & Pops show participants the tricks of the trade to create a perfectly decorated set of scrumptious sugar cookies. Each attendee leaves the class with a half dozen cookies that are tiny works of art.

Registration link coming soon.


Young Chef’s Cooking Program

Presented by Creative Cookies & Pops

December 5 • 1–3pm

Adults $25, Children $15

Create a fun, memorable afternoon with children or grandchildren during an interactive adult/child cookie-making class just in time for the holidays.  Participants learn how to decorate the perfect sugar cookie. Each pair leaves with half a dozen decorated cookies that they decorated.

Sold out.


World Tour of Chocolates Class

Presented by Yelibelly Chocolates

December 10 • 6–8pm

$70 ($60 for Members)

Travel around the world, tasting delicious chocolates created by one of Dallas’ favorite chocolatiers.

Registration link coming soon.


Flavor-Infused Ganache & Swirled Truffles Class

Presented by Yelibelly Chocolates

December 18 • 6–8pm

$70 ($60 for Members)

At this festive, hands-on chocolate making class, participants learn how to make flavor infused ganache and swirled truffle pops. These treats are sure to impress everyone during the holidays.

Registration link coming soon.

Daily Programming

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


Dallas College Cooks

Every Monday • 11am–12pm

A Tasteful Place

Participate in this popular demonstration cooking class, taught by Chef Lisa Roark from the college’s nationally recognized culinary school. Two new recipes are demonstrated each month.

November Broccoli & Greens Soup and Roasted Fennel Bruschetta

December Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Cauliflower & Rosemary Soup


Chef-tastic Cooking Series

Select dates • 11am–12pm

A Tasteful Place

See how the pros do it and sample a small bite of the fruits of their labor. Enjoy a demonstration from renowned chefs and restaurants as they take center stage in our demonstration kitchen.

November 21 Whitness Nutrition
November 28 Custom Café Foods
December 2 Vestals Catering
December 3 The Lyons Share Nutrition
December 4 Hey Y’all Bakery
December 9 Yelibelly Chocolates
December 12 Full Circle Bakery at 11am; Whitness Nutrition at 1pm
December 19 Charlie’s Treats


Tasteful Tuesdays

Every Tuesday • 11am–12pm

A Tasteful Place

Ever wanted to learn how to make your own floral arrangement or how to pick the best flower from your grocery stores? Now you can! Learn helpful tips from pros from Dallas’ local flower shops. A new floral demonstration is inspirational for people to step up their flower arranging skills.

November 24 Michael Hamilton
December 1 Energy Garden
December 8 McShan
December 15 Michael Hamilton
December 22 Ruibal’s
December 29 Earthy & Whimsical


Daily Harvest

Every Tuesday & Thursday • 10am

A Tasteful Place

Horticulture Manager Joseph Farmer harvests vegetables, fruits, or herbs right out of the garden in A Tasteful Place.


Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentation

Select dates • 11am–12pm

A Tasteful Place

Presented by the North Texas Master Gardeners and the Dallas Arboretum Horticultural staff. Enjoy special tips and presentations on gardening.

November 20 Create holiday decorations using materials from your garden.
December 11 Winter’s on its way, so learn the best way to prep the garden for the cold weather.


Century Glass
Gil's Elegant Catering
Park Place
SHM Architects
Southwest Data Systems

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