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The 12 Days of Christmas at Night will be open Wednesday - Sunday nights, November 14 - December 30, PLUS additional, special offerings Monday and Tuesday nights, November 19 & 20, and December 17 & 18, 2018, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Buy Regular 12 Days at Night Tickets
Purchase your tickets to see the 12 Days of Christmas at Night on select Wednesday Through Sunday Nights
All Children (Aged 2-12): $10
Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian style gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and music made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.
Enjoy the .75-mile walk through the garden exhibit, as you witness these handcrafted gazebos spread across our winter wonderland.
The Artistry of the Nativity
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.
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.
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
Sponsored by 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.
Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum
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.
Sponsored by Faye C. Briggs
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.
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.
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.
Sponsored by Marilyn R. Corrigan
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sponsored by The Margot A. and Carl J. Johnson Foundation
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.
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.
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.