Member Tips and Events
Come see what being a member is all about!
Members absolutely receive the best value at the Dallas Arboretum.
In addition to free general garden admission and a variety of discounts, members are also invited to a number of exclusive events each year including Easter Egg Hunts, Goblins in the Garden, a trick-or-treating event, Garden of Music, a stroll through the gardens filled with the melodies of jazz, harp and guitar, a Members-only and Sweets and Treats, a wintertime event that includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday stories, crafts and treats. *An admission fee is required for The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit for members and non-members.
Current Season’s Member Exclusive Events
Goblins in the Garden
October 28 & 29, 2019—Sold out for Both Dates
Dress up in Halloween costumes with the kids and explore the gardens, trick or treat, enjoy the magical Pumpkin Village, and much more!
The Christmas Village
Be the first to experience the new world-premiere Christmas Village, inspired by European Christmas Markets, or Christkindlmarket, The Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet. As a Member, you are invited to preview this exhibit before it opens to the general public.
Be sure to pick one of the above dates to join in the festivities!
Sweets & Treats with Santa
December 7 & 14, 2019
10:30am and 1:00pm
$21.00 for ages 2 & up
This is one holiday tradition not to be missed! Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to town and will be making a stop at the Dallas Arboretum for stories, crafts and sweet goodies. Don’t forget to bring a camera for pictures with Santa, along with pictures available for purchase.
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Early Morning Walks
Take advantage of your membership with an early morning walk. Refresh and enjoy the peace we often miss in the concrete jungles of our city. The Dallas Arboretum offers an escape where peacefulness is more easily obtained in the early hours of a morning.
Top tips for Dallas Arboretum members
1. Early Morning Access
Spring through Fall, March 10 – November 2, members enjoy early-morning access to the gardens. We open the gates exclusively to members at 7:00am to allow them to experience the garden at its freshest and least busy. Take a stroll, watch our amazing horticulture team at work (but no pictures please, until 9:00am when we’re photo-ready) and take in the dewy wonder of a morning in nature.
2. Keep Up With What’s Happening
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram – it’s the best way to keep tabs on what’s going on in the garden so if something is only happening for a few days, you can stop sneak out on a lunch break or head to the gardens for 30 minutes before we close to experience those fleeting moments like a perfect autumn sunset, a particularly delicious tasting sample, or the wind blowing the petals off the cherry blossoms in spring.
3. Plan For Slower Times
During our spring and fall festivals, the garden gets very crowded on weekends after 11:00am if the weather is decent. Plan to get here right when we open (or earlier) to avoid the crowds while still enjoying the most beautiful garden features.
4. Visit Often
Try to visit us at least twice per season, once at the beginning and once at the end, even if you only have an hour to spare. While the festivals themselves don’t change very much in this time, the garden is always evolving through the unique, north Texas weather, so what you’d see on a walk in May is VERY different from what will be blooming in July.
5. Don’t be afraid of the summer heat.
We offer a lot of ways to keep cool and avoid the sun, such a tons of shade, water features, and misters. And the garden is particularly alive during the summer, with lush, verdant greens, blooming succulents, and blooms full of pollinators everywhere.