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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Holiday at the Arboretum

Holiday at the Arboretum

Featuring the 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas Village.

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November 10–December 31


Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, is Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition! Stroll the garden to see the 25-foot-tall elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. In the evenings, the garden comes to life for a beautiful nighttime experience aglow with over one million lights. Enjoy our Christmas Village, visits with Santa Claus, entertainment, shopping, and food & beverage options. Back by popular demand, the Dazzling Musical Tree, a 50-foot-tall tree animated with over 42,000 lights, returns with a new show for the season.

A Winter Celebration Featuring:

  • Over One Million Lights
  • Our Renowned Christmas Village
  • Cooking Demos
  • Children’s Activities
  • Music & Entertainment
  • + More!

Texas’ Best Christmas Event

– Southern Living Magazine


Holiday at the Arboretum features The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village, The 12 Days of Christmas, a stunningly decorated DeGolyer House, with The Artistry of the Nativity, and our NEW treasure, the Dazzling Musical Tree, a 50-foot-tall tree animated with over 42,000 lights and merry holiday tunes.

Join us November 9 as we kick off a magical holiday season at the Dallas Arboretum! Our official opening is a members-only event from 6-9pm. Then, on Wednesday, November 10, Holiday at the Arboretum opens to the public during the day, and nights continue throughout the season with the return and further expansion of our Christmas Village.

The Christmas Village is wonderful during the day, but it’s magical at night with lighted trees, shop owners passing out samples and live entertainment. Each house is individually designed for the Arboretum, with the Christmas Village as an attraction for everyone. Santa Claus even has his own house and a sleigh for photo opportunities! He is with us select nights in November, and then after Thanksgiving, he is here every night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Our German-built authentic Christmas Pyramid that includes animation on every level returns along with our tavern for delicious food and drinks with a larger biergarten and performance area.

Each day, and every Monday-Wednesday evening, beginning November 9 (November 10 to the public), you are invited to visit our historic DeGolyer House, elaborately decorated by renowned designer Michael Hamilton, and explore The Artistry of Faith and Culture, as we celebrate the three holidays Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in a collaborative community-sourced exhibit.

We continue to have timed ticketed entry for the garden, so we encourage you to reserve your preferred dates early. After your visit to The Christmas Village, we invite you to stroll the garden, and continue to enjoy the Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of The 12 Days of Christmas.

The gazebos come to life at night, daily beginning November 9, except for Thanksgiving Day (closed) and December 24 (closes at 5pm). Holiday at the Arboretum features over a million lights throughout the garden, trimming the historic homes and our 30-foot-tall spruce tree in the center of the garden. It’s the perfect place for getting you in the holiday spirit!

2022 Daytime Admission

Includes admission to Holiday at the Arboretum and our Christmas Village. Both members and non-members are required to reserve tickets in advance.

November 10–December 31
Adult (13-64) $17
Senior (65+) $14
Child (2-12) $12
Members Free

Reserve Day Tickets

2022 Holiday at the Arboretum at Night Admission

Includes admission to Holiday at the Arboretum at Night and our Christmas Village. Both members and non-members are required to reserve tickets in advance.

Nov. 14–Dec. 30
Sunday-Tuesday • 6–9pm
Nov. 14–Dec. 30
Wednesday-Thursday • 6–9pm
Nov. 14–Dec. 30
Friday–Saturday • 6–10pm
Member Adult (13-64) $12 $13 $13
Member Senior (65+) $10 $11 $11
Member Child (2-12) $10 $11 $11
Non-member Adult (13-64) $15 $25 $35
Non-member Senior (65+) $14 $18 $18
Non-member Child (2-12) $13 $15 $15

Event Overview

Daily Programming

With beautiful sights and free and repeating activities happening daily, the Dallas Arboretum is your home this winter. 


Seasonal Tastings

Daily • 10am–4pm
Ruthie Pack Tasting Plaza

Try three different samples featuring a seasonal vegetable, fruit or herb growing in A Tasteful Place garden. Visit dallasarboretum.org/recipes for past and current recipes.


Dallas College Cooks

Mondays at 11am

Participate in this popular demonstration cooking class taught by a chef instructor from the college’s nationally recognized culinary school. Two recipes are demonstrated each month. Visit dallasarboretum.org/recipes  

December Good Luck Braised Cabbage; Parsley, Celery and Mushroom Salad


Tasteful Tuesdays

Tuesdays at 11am

Join Dallas’ floral and horticulture experts as they show you how to create tasteful centerpieces and seasonal arrangements for your family and guests to enjoy.

December 21 Latina-owned Plant & Sip demonstrates winter succulent plant care


Daily Tastings Cooking Demo 

Tuesdays at 1pm

Join our Chef Isabel as she demonstrates how to prepare the week’s featured recipes that are inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients straight from our garden.


Learn to Grow Horticulture Presentations

Select Fridays at 11am

Enjoy special tips and presentations on winter gardening and harvesting, presented by the North Texas Master Gardeners and the Dallas Arboretum Horticulture staff. 

December 17 Plant Propagation: we all like an assortment of plants in our gardens, but buying new plants every year can get expensive. Learn how to save money by growing your own plants, using seeds, cuttings and other methods of propagation!

Seasonal Programming

Come to one of our many seasonal activities happening this holiday season!

Visits With Santa

11/9 6-8pm

11/12-13 12-3pm & 6-9pm

11/19-20 12-3pm & 6-9pm

11/21-23 6-9pm

11/25-27 12-3pm & 6-9pm

12/3-4 12-3pm & 6-9pm

12/10-11 12-3pm & 6-9pm

12/17-23 12-3pm & 6-9pm

12/24 12-3pm

Santa is back at the perfect Holiday setting—The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village. 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 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12-3pm beginning November 26 through December 24.


Holiday Entertainment in the Christmas Village

Nothing says holiday like live music in the garden. Enjoy the live performances from local schools, churches and community groups as well as local professional performers in The Christmas Village. All performances are included with your Holiday at the Arboretum ticket.

Weekend Entertainment at Jeanne’s Pavilion

Select Dates • 12–2pm

Join us in the Shadow Garden at Jeanne’s Pavilion for acoustic performances each weekend of Holiday at the Arboretum. Grab a lunch or bring a blanket for these intimate performances.

Holiday Tea

November 7 to December 31 at 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. Learn more here.


Holiday in the DeGolyer House

Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 12-4pm
Monday-Wednesday Evenings 6-9pm

Explore the artistry of the season’s three holidays. The DeGolyer House is transformed to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in a collaborative community-sourced exhibit.

holiday cookies

Seasonal Classes

Register for these delightful & interactive seasonal classes!


Holiday Brunch Boards Class with Amor y Queso

December 11 from 10–11:30am
$80 per pair ($75 per member pair)

Each pair will create their own holiday-themed charcuterie board with wholesome ingredients. Amor y Queso will provide hands-on tips and tricks as you build your boards.



Bar & Garden Holiday Wines & Recharge

December 12 from 1–3pm
$89 per couple ($79 per couple for members)

Julie Buckner Lane, founder of Bar and Garden Dallas, helps you savor the holiday bustle. Enjoy a wine tasting and educational class sampling six varieties of seasonal wines, and make and take home a delicious and refreshing electrolyte drink to recharge after your holiday party (or workout).



Perfect Holiday Dinner Rolls with La Casita Bakeshop

December 19 from 1–3pm
$89 per couple ($79 per couple for members)

Best of Big D Bakery and “wonderland of sweets” La Casita Bakeshop helps you create the quintessential holiday baked good for your dinner table: the perfect herbed dinner rolls. Learn hands on how to make rolls, so you can make them for ever every family holiday plate!


2022 Sponsors

Gray Reed
Southwest Data Systems
United Healthcare
Century Glass
GFF Architects

12 Days of Christmas Sponsors

Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

There’s always something in season