The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village
November 23 – December 31
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden debuts a brand new Christmas Village as part of Holiday at the Arboretum. Inspired by the European Christmas Markets, or Christkindlmarket, The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village is comprised of 12 charming shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet.
Children and adults can explore these large themed houses and experience the holiday businesses including a bakery, a candy shop, Santa’s House and more. At night, the Christmas Village shops and trees shine bright with more than a million lights in the Arboretum. During the weekends and evenings, there are also volunteers dressed as a shopkeeper in each store, most passing out a sample of their wares, such as a piece of candy at the candy shop.
Christmas Village Activities
Photos with Santa
November 27 – December 18
Wednesday Evenings • 6 – 9pm
November 30 – December 22
Saturdays & Sundays • 12 – 4pm
Stop by Santa’s House and take a family photo with the big guy himself! When Santa is residing at the North Pole, take your own photos as you explore his house and giant sleigh in the village.
Christmas Village Shops
Measuring almost 20 feet tall, each house features illustrations and embellishments found in authentic European Christmas Markets. Stop inside each one to find something new!
Bring a letter for Santa to drop off at the post office in the Christmas Village. Be sure to drop the letter in the mailbox and it will make its way to the North Pole. Stay tuned. Santa also plans to read some of the letters he receives on Facebook Live at the Dallas Arboretum throughout the holiday season.
Enjoy viewing illustrations of baked goods and a wood burning stove in the window. Enjoy a small sample, served by the baker.
Visit the candy striper for a candy cane and see how candy is made.
Stop by the bookstore to receive a specially designed bookmark to take home.
See the beauty of our garden come to life at the flower shop. Guests can take home a seed packet to grow their own beautiful flowers.
Over 21 feet tall, the clock tower is made of bricks and stands next to the Bandstand.
Other Christmas Market Shops
Guests can make some noise in the music shop with the tambourine and triangle, and enjoy a jingle bell to take home.
Pick up a specially designed Dallas Arboretum Band-Aid from the resident doctors and nurses in the Christmas Village.
Visit the cobbler and see how he repairs worn soles of shoes. Guests can take a plastic shoe horn home with them.
Enjoy listening to local choirs and ensembles to celebrate the holidays throughout the day and each night. Enjoy a juggler performance on Friday evenings.
Visit our butcher to learn all about the different cuts of meat. Guests are welcome to enjoy a small sample of bacon bits.
Stop in to see all the gorgeous, hats and fascinators from years past. Snap selfies with various hats on sticks.
Guests are welcome to stop by and view what the carpenter has created from wood and may take a pencil home with them.
Historic DeGolyer House
November 23 – December 31
Daily • 10am – 4pm
Select Wednesday nights
In the historic DeGolyer House elegantly decorated for the holidays, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden debuts “Christkindlmarket Treasures,” a collection from 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.
The Christmas Village was a generous donation from Pauline and Austin Neuhoff as a gift to the City this holiday season.
The Christmas Village Sponsors:
Atkinson Candy Company
Jon and Pat Christiansen
The M. R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation
Lisa K. Simmons