The DeGolyer House is closed for maintenance until 8/16. Garden reservations required for members and non-members.

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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November 9–December 31


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 more.

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.


The 12 Days of Christmas

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


The 12 Days of Christmas at Night

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

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

Upcoming Events

  • Learn More about Holiday Tea

    Located at DeGolyer Restaurant

    November 26th – December 31st, 2021 Daily, 11am & 2pm. Closed Christmas & New Year’s Day. For Tea questions, call 214.515.6511 or email

    Reservations are only available when booking at least 24 hours in advance.  If you have questions please call us at 214.515.6615 or email us at

    More Details about Holiday Tea

    Holiday Tea

    Monday, November 8 at
  • Learn More about Visits With Santa

    Located at Christmas Village

    Santa is back in the garden in the perfect holiday setting – from his home in the North Pole to the Christmas Village!
    More Details about Visits With Santa

    Visits With Santa

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at
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Event Overview

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 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 Ciders of Christmas

Presented by Trinity Cider

Dec. 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 • 12–3pm

A Tasteful Place Lagoon Overlook

Join us for tastings of 12 different hard ciders (two each day) from local favorite, Trinity Cider. Based in Deep Ellum, their ciders are sophisticated, complex and deeply dry – you’ll never go back to your old cider-drinking ways. Free with admission for guests 21 and older.


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.


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!


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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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