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November 9, 2018 (daytime exhibit) through December 31, 2018.
Holiday at the Arboretum features the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, as well as 500,000 lights throughout the garden at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead—including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property.
The exhibition in the historic DeGolyer House returns with “The Artistry of the Nativity,” with 500 crèches from over 50 countries representing so many cultures from around the world. In addition to the Ray Harrington and the Joe Christian collections, which the Arboretum owns, the private collections of Joyce and Larry Lacerte, Dan and Lydia Novakov, and a life-size crèche from Mary and Mike Terry, will also be on display. This is a unique opportunity to see these crèches as they have never been on public display before. Each of the 500 crèches are made out of unique materials including cork, Waterford crystal, horns, seeds, corn husk, glass, adobe, paper-mache, wood and coconut shells. In addition to the crèches, every room in the DeGolyer House will be elaborately decorated in holiday décor.
The 12 Days of Christmas at Night will be open Wednesday - Sunday nights, November 14 - December 30, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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The garden re-opens for evening hours for 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit, which is on display Wednesday through Sunday beginning November 9 through December 30. With 500,000 lights illuminating throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead-including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property, this display is sure to warm the hearts of guests this season.
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The 12 Days of Christmas
Open daily for all of Holiday at the Arboretum, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Free with paid General Admission
Enjoy elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos on display every day during the holiday festival.
The Artistry of the Nativity
Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., The DeGolyer House | Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., November 29 - December 30 and Monday and Tuesday, November 19 & 20, December 17 & 18.
Visit the historic DeGolyer House this holiday season to view magnificent nativity collections on public display for the first time throughout the elaborately decorated house.
Holiday Drinks & Serious Eats Café on the Green
Daily, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy special holiday drinks including pumpkin lattes, frosted mints, mulled wine and Mexican hot chocolate. Holiday treats include pumpkin bars and holiday paninis. Warm up with a bowl of soup in a Sourdough bread bowl. Café on the Green is a perfect place to listen to holiday tunes and enjoy the stunning, 30 foot Christmas tree.
Live Music on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
Saturdays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Pack a picnic and a beverage of choice and enjoy live music every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. featuring the best of Dallas’ wedding and party bands.
November 17: The Jam Wows!
November 18: Dan Quinn Band
November 24: Monkey Love Band
November 25: In10City Band
Daily Live Holiday Music
November 14 –December 30, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Val Late Garden
Pack a picnic to cozy up on a blanket and listen to beautiful holiday music performances by local singers and songwriters. Enjoy some eggnog as you hum to familiar songs like Jingle Bells.
Holiday Music and Sweets
Wednesday-Sunday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., November 14-December 30, Café on the Green
Enjoy warm holiday-inspired drinks, food and desserts while listening to holiday tunes from local choirs and musicians. Menu items include: warm chestnut soup, potato and leek soup, roasted tomato soup, all-beef Chicago hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, 12 Days of Christmas- themed warm cookies, mulled wine, hot mulled apple cider, Belgian hot chocolate, hazelnut and cinnamon coffee, local artisan micro brews, imported and domestic beers, and a selection of red and white wine and champagne.
Visits with Santa
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., November 14 - December 19 | Saturday & Sunday, 12-4 p.m., November 24-December 23, Ann Stuart Courtyard
Santa is back in the garden this year in the perfect holiday setting, resplendent with twinkling lights. Share Christmas wishes with the jolly old man and take a photo to commemorate the occasion. The Dallas Arboretum Volunteer Advisory Board will be taking pictures of the memorable moments for donations, and guests are welcome to take the photo home.
Santa Letter Writing
Wednesday-Sunday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 14-December 30, Ann Stuart Courtyard
Calling all good children on Santa’s nice list. Write Santa a letter to tell him wishes for this holiday season. Drop off the letter in the beautifully crafted mailbox, and it will make its way to the North Pole.
Wednesday-Sunday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. November 14 - December 30, Ann Stuart Courtyard
Children, come join the elves of Santa’s Workshop while they take a break from making toys. Create a Santa hat or decorate a reindeer using candy canes. Toss a “snowball”, pin the nose on the snowman, or make a holiday hat or card to give to someone.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest
Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. November 15-December 30, Virginia and Algur Meadows Orientation Theater
On Thursday nights, guests are encouraged to wear a favorite ugly or tacky Christmas sweater. Stop by the orientation theater when entering the garden to show off the sweater and check-in for a chance to win two Cool Thursdays Concert tickets.
Live Music by Local Choirs and Ensembles
November 16: Frankston High School Band, 7:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
November 28: Seagoville High School Choir, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
November 29: White Rock United Methodist Church Choir, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
November 30: Wilshire Baptist Community Choir , 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
December 1: Texas Pride Music Festival, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
December 2: Swing Anoba Jazz Ensemble, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., White Rock United Methodist Church Choir,7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
December 5: White Rock Montessori Choir, 7:00 p.m.
December 6: Asterois Chamber Music, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
December 7: St. Paul Choir, 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Salvation Army Texas Divisional Brass Ensemble 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
December 9: First United Methodist Cedar Hill Choir, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
December 12: Dan D. Rogers Elementary School, 7:00 p.m.
December 13: Dallas Police Department Choir, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
December 14: Mesquite Children’s Choir, 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. | St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School Wild Tones Acapella Group, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
December 16: Sachse High School Choir, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
December 21: St. Paul Choir, 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.| The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe Choir 7:30 - 9:00 pm
12 Days of Holiday Beer
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m, various dates below, Val Late Garden
Free with paid garden admission
12 different breweries will join the Arboretum on 12 different dates for holiday festivities. Enjoy tasting holiday and seasonal beers with local breweries.
November 17: Peticolas Brewing
November 18: Steam Theory Brewing
November 24: Celestial Beerworks
November 25: White Rock Ale House
December 1: Lakewood Brewing Co.
December 2: Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
December 8: Austin East Ciders
December 9: Bishop Cider Company
December 15: Community Beer Company
December 16: Pegasus City Brewery
December 22: Texas Ale Project
December 23: On Rotation
Window to the Wild Bird Flight Show
November 17, 10:30 a.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
Join Window to the Wild for a 45-minute outdoor education flight training show. At the end of the show, come to the stage to meet the birds and trainers, ask questions and take pictures.
Outdoor Movie, “The Polar Express”
Thursday, November 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
Nothing brings back holiday memories quite like the movie, “The Polar Express”. Guests can take a ride on the joyful train and explore the mysteries of the North Pole all the way up to Santa’s front door. Bring a friend, bundle up and enjoy one of the holidays most beloved movies.
Reliant Santa Hats
November 29, December 5, 13, 14, 23, 6-9 p.m. Available at main ticket booth only
Get festive with a Santa hat, given to guests who enter the garden on select nights. These hats light up and make the perfect picture opportunity while enjoying the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit at night.
Lake Highlands Wranglers Performance
December 2, 2:00 p.m., Entry Plaza
Watch the local Wranglers dance and perform to some holiday tunes that will get your boots scootin’ and toes tapping.
Pride of Texas Music Festival
December 7, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Jonsson Color Garden and Café on the Green
Hear all the holiday classics as Dallas metroplex students perform songs of the season. Ensembles perform at Jonsson Color Garden and choirs perform in front of the 30-foot Christmas tree.
Wine & Movies: A Perfect Pairing With Hayley and Gary Cogill
January 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$75 | Registration Link Coming Soon
Emmy-award winning journalist and producer, Gary Cogill, and sommelier and founder of Dallas Uncorked, Hayley Hamilton Cogill, lead guests through an interactive and tasty experience, discussing top movies of the year. Gary speaks to a movie palette and lists five of his picks for “Best of 2018”, while Hayley appeals to the taste palette with wines to match.
TECH Truck (Appropriate for Ages 5 and up)
November 17, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., The Moody Oasis
Tinker, Engineer, Create, Hack! Join the TECH Truck staff from the Perot Museum in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden for a hands-on experience.
Thanksgiving Weekend (All ages can participate!)
November 22–25, Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden
Make the Children’s Adventure Garden part of your family tradition and get outside. Join us Thanksgiving Weekend for Thanksgiving-themed activities, crafts, and more.
Creative Corner: Turkey Time, Exploration Center, Sponsored by Neiman Marcus - All Day
Little Adventurers Activities, 10:00 a.m., First Adventure
Plant Lab: Colorful Canopy (ages 6 and up), 11:00 a.m., 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. Exploration Center
OmniGlobe Presentation: Thanksgiving Traditions, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m, Exploration Center
Making the Mayflower: The Physics of Floating, 12:00 p.m., Pure Energy
Rockin’ Art! 4:00 p.m., Incredible Edible
Holiday Hunt for Santa’s Helpers (All ages can participate!),
November 24–December 24, Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden
Help look for Santa’s helpers, like a frog on a log, a deer right here, a fox in the rocks, a squirrel on a whirl, an owl on a trowel, or a bobcat in a hat. Take a picture with four (4) of Santa’s helpers and bring them to the Exploration Center to redeem a prize.
Letter-Writing to Santa (Appropriate for Ages 5 and up)
Mondays-Fridays, November 26 - December 24, All Day, Exploration Center
Come to the letter-writing workshop to write a letter to Santa. Special paper, pens, stickers; everything you would need to catch Santa’s attention is provided. Some of Santa’s helpers may stop by with some inside tips.
Creative Corner: Oh What Fun! (All ages can participate!) - Sponsored by Neiman Marcus
Saturdays and Sundays Only, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. December 1-25, Exploration Center
Stop by the Exploration Center and create a holiday craft to take home.
Plant Lab: Let It Snow (Appropriate for ages 6 and up)
December 3-23, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Exploration Center
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… in the Plant Lab this December! Explore the wonders of melting, snowflakes, and endothermic reactions.
Plant Lab Extravaganza (Appropriate for ages 6 and up)
December 24-30, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Exploration Center
December 24 – Strawberry DNA
December 26 – Elephant’s Toothpaste
December 27 – Monster Molecule Mist
December 28 – Starchy Night
December 29 – How Sweet It Is
December 30 – Let It Snow
Creative Corner: New Year’s Wishes - Sponsored by Neiman Marcus
December 27-31, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Exploration Center
As the new year sneaks closer, warm up in the Exploration Center and create a wishing wand. Using plant parts and other natural objects, decorate wands to take home and bring joy to those around. Frolic through the garden, using a wishing wand to wish New Year’s good luck to everyone.
Every Wednesday through December 26 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Buy one, get one admission every Wednesday.
C. C. Young Senior Thursdays
Every Thursday through December 27 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seniors 65 and older get in for $11 general garden admission on Thursdays and receive a 20 percent discount in the Hoffman Family Gift Store. Discount available at ticket booth only.
**The DeGolyer House is closed for holiday decorating through November 22 and will re-open for The Artistry of the Nativity on November 23.**