Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring 12 Days, DeGolyer House “Christkindlmarket Treasures” and our Christmas Village
Holiday at the Arboretum is Dallas’ Favorite Holiday Tradition.
November 9 – December 31
The 12 Days of Christmas
November 9 through December 31
Holiday at the Arboretum features a 30-foot tall tree at the center of the gardens, as well as the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit with 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos depicting scenes from the traditional carol.
Each gazebo features movement to depict the different beloved characters such as the Three French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming and Seven Swans a Swimming, to name a few. The historic DeGolyer House is also lavishly decorated in a European-style with greenery and fruit, along with a collection in each room of items one finds at Christmas markets such as angels, hand-carved wooden Santas, nativity scenes or snow globes.
The 12 Days of Christmas at Night Featuring More Than One Million Lights
November 13 through December 29
Wednesdays-Sundays • 6-9pm
The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, comes alive during the evening hours with over 1 million lights illuminating the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead.
See the splendor of the 30-foot-tall tree at the center of the property and the twelve 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos depicting scenes from the traditional carol. This display is sure to warm the hearts of guests this season.
The garden re-opens for evening hours for The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit from November 13 through December 31, Wednesday through Sunday from 6-9pm.
The World Premiere of the Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village
November 23 through December 31
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will debut a brand new Christmas Village as part of Holiday at the Arboretum.
Inspired by the European Christmas Markets, or Christkindlmarket, The Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet.
The village houses vary in size, and the heights range between 16 to 19 feet. Each house is themed and large enough so that several children and adults can enter at a time and experience that particular business. The interior walls of each house feature illustrations and embellishments appropriate for that business. For example, the Bakery walls show baked goods and a wood-burning stove, and the Music Shop features paintings of shelves filled with instruments.
During the day, children can learn, have fun and explore these houses at their own pace. At night, the Christmas Village is lit by a holiday glow of lights, which are in addition to close to 1 million lights decorating the Arboretum. During the weekends and evenings, there are also volunteers dressed as the shopkeeper in each store, many of whom will pass out a sample of their wares, such as a piece of candy at the candy shop.
Christmas Village Shops
- Candy Shop
- Clock Tower
- Doctor’s Office
- Flower Shop
- Hat Shop
- Music Shop
- Post Office
- Santa’s House
Holiday Daytime Admission
Includes admission to 12 Days of Christmas, the DeGolyer House “Christkindlmarket Treasures”, and our Christmas Village.
|November 23 – December 31|
|Adults||November 23 – December 31: $17|
|Seniors||November 23 – December 31: $14|
|Children 2-12||November 23 – December 31: $12|
|Groups||November 23 – December 31: $12|
Holiday Nighttime Admission
Includes admission to 12 Days of Christmas at Night, the DeGolyer House “Christkindlmart Treasures”, and our Christmas Village.
|November 23 – December 29|
|Members||November 23 – December 29: $12|
|Non-Members||November 23 – December 29: $23|
|Senior Members||November 23 – December 29: $10|
|Senior Non-Members||November 23 – December 29: $18|
|Children 2-12||November 23 – December 29: $11|
|Group (15 or more)||November 23 – December 29: Starting at $9|
Holiday Classes and Seasonal Events for A Tasteful Place
Holiday classes, special events and garden-to-table dinners, all happening at A Tasteful Place.
Boozy Hot Tea, Hot Toddy & Hot Chocolate Cocktail Workshop
Presented by Bar and Garden Dallas
December 7 • 3 – 5pm, $60
Learn to create a hot toddy, a hot tea cocktail and a boozy hot chocolate. These cocktails can be made to serve one or an entire group. Attendees get to take home chocolates, tea, and a mug in addition to their holiday cocktail knowledge.
Champagne Infused Macarons
Presented by My French Recipe
December 8 • 6 – 8pm, $80
My French Recipe teaches attendees to bake macarons in this hands-on class. This special holiday class features champagne infused ganache macarons. Each person goes home with a gift box of macarons and a recipe booklet.
Organic & Natural Wine | Winter Wellness Demonstration
Presented by Bar and Garden Dallas
December 14 • 1 – 2pm, free with paid admission
Wine is usually thought of as an artisanal product, however modern winemaking often employs additives that make it anything but. Join us as we discuss and taste low intervention, beautifully made wine and why it matters to both our bodies and the planet. We will also explore ways to stay well during the winter party season. Drink Better, Feel Better, Naturally.
We will have 6 wines open to taste, each showcasing the myriad of styles of natural & organic wine.
Chocolate Making Class
Presented by Yelibelly Chocolates
December 20 • 6 – 8pm, $70
This hands-on chocolate class teaches participants how to create flavor-infused chocolate ganache, work with liqueur infusions and prepare truffles and bonbons. Each student has the opportunity to sample a variety of chocolate, experiment with different flavors and take home boxes of their own handmade chocolates.
DeGolyer House “Christkindlmarket Treasures”
November 23-December 31
Daily • 10am-4pm
Wednesday Evenings • 6-9pm
Included with garden admission or 12 Days at Night admission
In the historic DeGolyer House elegantly decorated for the holidays, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden debuts “Christkindlmarket Treasures,” a collection from Sustainers of the Junior League of Dallas members and Mary Templeton from November 23 to December 31. Displayed together for the first time, the Dallas Arboretum showcases more than 500 nativities, angels and nutcrackers, wooden Santas and Christmas trees. Each room in this historic home showcases a collection of treasures typically found in European Christmas markets. The elaborate décor provides a unique and magnificent experience for guests to enjoy daily and on Wednesday evenings, beginning November 23.
Daily, November 29-January 3 • 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. Call 214-515-6511 to reserve your seat now.
December 4, 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 • 7pm
$59 per person ages 2 and up
Make Reservations Here
Join us for our annual Holiday Dinner! Dinner is served in the beautiful holiday-decorated DeGolyer Restaurant. It is $59 per person ages 2 and up. You must purchase nighttime admission tickets to take advantage of the dinner. Payment will be made to hold the reservation but menu selections can be made 7 days in advance. Please call 214-515-6511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Soup or Salad (Choose One)
Friché Garden Salad with Julienned Vegetables
Choice of Roquefort, Ranch or Champagne Vinaigrette Dressings
Classic Caesar Salad
Romaine Heart with Aged Parmesan and Toasted Croutons
Potato and Leek Soup with Crème Fraîche, served with Herbed Biscuit
Tomato Basil Soup with Pesto Gremolata, served with Herbed Biscuit
Entrees (Choose One)
Chicken Picatta with Artichokes and Capers, served With Wild Rice and Fresh Vegetables
Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Green Peppercorn Sauce, served With Rosemary Potatoes and Vegetables
Fettuccine Primavera Alfredo with Shrimp in a Lemon Cream Sauce, Parmesan and Pecorino Cream Sauce
Kale and Garbanzo Cake with Tomato Sauce, served With Wild Rice and Vegetables (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free)
Dessert (Choose One)
Hazelnut Roulade with Caramel Sauce
Molten Lava Cake with Wild Cherry Sauce
NY Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce
December 11 and 18
Wednesday Evenings • 6-9pm
December 7 – December 22
Saturdays & Sundays • 12-4pm
Santa is back in the garden in the perfect holiday setting – Once The Christmas Village opens Santa will move to his home away from the North Pole in our newest exhibit. Share your Christmas wish with the jolly old man, and take a photo to commemorate the occasion. Keepsake family photos are available for a donation to the Volunteer Advisory Board.
November 29 – December 29 • Select Dates and Times
- Meadow View Church of Christ Choir, December 6 at 6pm
- St. Phillip and St. Augustine Catholic Academy Choir, December 6 at 6:30pm
- Rodgers Baptist Choir, December 6 at at 7:30pm
- Grace Lutheran Church Choir, December 6 at 8pm
- Meadow View Church of Christ Choir, December 7 at 10am
- Grandview Baptist Church Choir, December 7 at 10:30am
- Chapel Hill UMC Choir, December 7 at 11am
- The Potters Music Duo, December 7 at 1pm
- Mater Dei Catholic Church Choir, December 7 at 6pm
- Hunter Glen Baptist Church, December 7 at 7pm
- Macedonia Baptist Choir, December 8 at 2pm
- Lake Highlands Baptist Church, December 8 at 3pm
- White Rock United Methodist Church Choir, December 8 at 7pm
- Dallas Police Department Choir, December 11 at 4pm
- South Garland Baptist Church, December 11 at 7pm
- Northside Baptist Church Choir, December 12 at 6pm
- White Rock Montessori School, December 12 at 7pm
- Mesquite Children’s Chorus, December 13 at 7pm
- Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Youth Choir, December 14 at 1pm
- Light Church Choir, December 14 at 3pm
- J.J. Pearce High School Choir, December 14 at 6pm
- St. Marks Handbell Choir, December 14 at 6:30pm
- Lakewood Victorian Chorus, December 14 at 7pm
- Soundtraxx Glee Choir, December 15 at 2pm
- Forest Meadow Baptist Church Choir, December 15 at 3pm
- Abiding Grace Church Choir, December 15 at 6pm
- Dan D. Rogers Choir, December 15 at 6:30pm
- Mesquite CPC Choir, December 15 at 7pm
Daily & Seasonal Programming
With beautiful sights and special activities happening daily, the Dallas Arboretum is your home this holiday season.
The 12 Days of Christmas
Daily, 9am – 5 pm, November 9 – December 31
Adults: $17, Seniors (65 or older): $14, Children (ages 2 – 12): $12
Enjoy elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos on display every day during the holiday festival.
The 12 Days of Christmas at Night
Featuring More Than One Million Lights
Sponsored by Reliant
November 23 – December 29, 6 – 9pm
Adults: $23, Seniors (65 or older): $18, Children (ages 2 – 12): $11
Ages 2 & under: Free
The garden is open late five nights a week for a special, lighted night-time experience. In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer is open for reservation-only dinners on December 4, 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 at 7pm.
Café on the Green
Daily, 11am – 3pm
Enjoy special holiday drinks including pumpkin lattes, frosted mints, mulled wine and Mexican Hot Chocolate, as well as holiday eats, which include pumpkin bars, holiday paninis and soup.
November 29 – January 3, 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 $59 per person. Reservations are required. Call 214.515.6511. Ages 13 and up are permitted in the tea room.
Hoffman Family Gift Store Events:
Ugly Sweater Contest
Every Thursday Evening 6 – 8pm
Wear a favorite ugly or tacky Christmas sweater, and enter the contest for a chance to win two Cool Thursday Concert tickets.
Window to the Wild – 12 Birds of Christmas
December 14, 12 – 2pm, Jonsson Color Garden
Enjoy a 2-hour meet-and-greet program with birds and their trainers from Window to the Wild.
Family and Homeschool Holiday Camps
December 23, 10am – 12pm | 2 – 4pm, Education Classrooms
The NEWEST addition to our family programming at the Dallas Arboretum, Holiday Camps are 2 hour sessions throughout the year that feature hands-on discovery around science topics related to seasonal holidays. Join us for Christmas Village on December 23. Classes also include full access to the Main Garden and Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (March – December). Classes are designed for parents and children, Kindergarten – 5th grade.
Sampling, Cooking Demonstrations, Learn To Grow Presentations, Horticulture Presentations, and Daily Harvests.
Every Day, 10am – 4pm
Try three free different samples featuring a dish using a vegetable, fruit or herb growing in the garden. Click here for past, current and future recipes.
El Centro College Cooks, Every Monday, 11am –12pm
Participate in this popular cooking demonstration, taught by talented chefs from El Centro’s nationally recognized culinary school. Two recipes are demonstrated each month followed by samples.
Kale and Fruit Salad and
Warm Leeks with Pecan Vinaigrette
Every Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30am
Join our Horticulture staff as they harvest produce in the garden and provide tips.
Demonstration Cooking: Chef-tastic Cooking Series
November 9 – December 28
Wednesdays & Saturdays • 11am – 12pm
Chef-tastic Cooking Series, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 11am –12pm
Watch a demonstration from local chefs as they show how to make one of their signature dishes with a small taste for attendees to try.
December 7: Casa Masa with John Hernandez
John Hernandez grew up making tamales in the southeast Texas town of El Campo. At just 8 years old, he would help his grandmother, Emilia, make tamales that she sold in front of her home on weekends. As a teenager, he worked at his family’s Tex-Mex restaurant where he began experimenting with a variety of tamale fillings and masa flavors. You can find him at his CASA MASA pop-ups at local breweries, bars, and retail stores throughout DFW. There is a tamale for everyone’s taste from savory to spicy, vegan or sweet, and to the always popular, Abuela’s, his grandmother’s recipe. Today he uses the same techniques and masa recipe he learned from his grandmother.
December 11: Brunchaholics
December 14: Greenville Avenue Pizza Company
December 18: Bam’s Vegan
December 21: YeliBelly Chocolates
December 28: Ocean Prime Dallas
National Day Celebration Series
Demonstrations at various times
Join us throughout the winter with this series that highlights national days where guests can watch a cooking demonstration with samples. Enjoy unique and tasty products also available for purchase.
December 10: Beer Day: Empanada Cookhouse (1pm) & Custom Café Foods (3pm)
Holiday Baking How-To
November 15 – December 27
Fridays • 11 am – 12pm
Learn tips from some of the best bakers and pastry chefs as they demonstrate popular holiday baked goods followed by a small sample for attendees to enjoy.
December 13: Pastry Chef Kristen Massad of Joy + Oliver Blog
Join Pastry Chef Kristen Massad of Joy + Oliver blog as she demonstrates how to make a fun and festive recipe that the kids can help with in the kitchen—holiday chocolate bark!
December 20: La Casita Bakeshop
December 27: Carol Pock
“Places I’ve Seen” Speaker Series
December 12 and 19 • 1-2pm
Enjoy engaging presentations from world travelers who have trekked through countries across the world and have interesting stories and inspiring photos of their adventures to share. Destinations featured include Iceland and European Christmas Markets.
December 12 Michael Hamilton, German Christmas Markets
December 19 Braxdale Travel, European River Cruises
12 Days of Beer
November 16 – December 22
Every Saturday & Sunday • 12 – 3pm
Three Sisters Lagoon Overlook
Guests 21 & over can enjoy complimentary samples from local breweries at the Three Sisters Lagoon Overlook.
December 7: Bishop Cider
December 8: Pegasus City Brewery
December 14: Denton County Brewing Company
December 15: Old Town Brewhouse
December 22: Bishop Cider
Holiday Crafting How-To
November 17 – December 29
Sundays • 1 – 2pm
Charlotte and Donald Test Pavilion
Learn how to make unique holiday décor, gifts and how to store decorations.
December 8: Florist Mia Fiori shows how to construct a holiday centerpiece full of texture for holiday parties
December 22: Holiday designer Michael Hamilton shows how to properly store treasured decorations
December 29: Bee Organized shares tips on best ways to take down décor to be organized for next holiday season
November 12 – December 31
Tuesdays • 11 am – 12pm
Join experts from local florist shops as they show creative ideas to make floral arrangements, wreaths and more.
December 10: McShan Florist
December 17: Avant Garden
December 24: Ruibal’s
December 31: McShan Florist
The Rory Meyer Children’s Adventure Garden
November 9 – December 31
Holiday Hunt for Santa’s Helpers (All ages)
December 1 – December 24, Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden, 9am – 5pm
As you explore the Children’s Adventure Garden, be on the lookout for Santa’s helpers. Take a picture with four (4) of Santa’s helpers and then bring your pictures to the Exploration Center to redeem a prize.
Creative Corner: Oh What Fun! (All ages)
December 7 – 22, 10am – 2pm, Exploration Center
Warm up in our Exploration Center every weekend in December as you visit our Creative Corner. From preparing presents for your loved ones to decorating your cozy home, creating crafts is sure to spread some Christmas cheer so join us for a make and take every weekend until the next year! On Saturdays and Sundays only.
Letter Writing to Santa (All ages) Mondays – Fridays, December 2 – 24, 9am – 5pm, Exploration Center
Make sure Santa knows what you want for Christmas! Come to our letter-writing workshop to write your letter to Santa. You’ll receive special paper, pens, stickers; everything you would need to catch Santa’s attention. We may even have some of Santa’s helpers stop by with some inside tips! Monday – Fridays only.
12 Days of Christmas Sponsors
Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree
Given in the name of Jeanne R. Johnson
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
Sponsored by A Friend of the Dallas Arboretum
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
In honor of Great Grandparents Dolph and Evelyn Bosley and their 5 Gold 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
Sponsored by Phyllis and Tom McCasland
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
Sponsored by Kathy and Gene Bishop
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
In Honor of Chloe Simone Shea. Given by Holly & Tom Mayer, Maile and Charles Shea
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
Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum
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
Sponsored by Myron K. Martin
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.