The festive season is almost upon us, and Christmas is right around the corner. December has never been so exciting across the Lone Star state, and there are lots of magical things to do in Dallas this season. Check out our favorite enchanting experiences, for a family trip that is full of holiday spirit and festive cheer.
1. Enchant, World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market , Globe Life Park ($21.95-$84.95)
There are no questions as to why Enchant takes our coveted top spot! Enchant Christmas, featuring the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market will be making its U.S. debut in Arlington. This experience will bring all your Christmas dreams to life! Navigate through the thousands of sparkling lights to help Santa find his missing reindeer. You can also skate hand in hand across Enchant’s 8, 500 sq. ft. frozen lake and cozy up with a warming drink or festive snack from one of their many foods and drink vendors. You can even snuggle by the campfire while being entertained by their nightly live performances and don’t forget to visit the big man himself in his one-of-a-kind Golden Palace.
Enchant Christmas promises a fantastic experience for all. Although there are many things to do in Dallas this Christmas, Enchant has to be number one. Opening November 24th, Enchant runs through to December 31st. Visit now to create holiday memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Get tickets here.
2. The Grapevine’s North Pole Express, Grapevine ($25)
The Grapevine’s Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express, presented by Great Wolf Lodge, promises a fun-filled festive day out for all the family. Climb aboard the traditional Victorian Rail Coaches, and travel all the way up to the North Pole to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy a singalong with Santa’s happy helpers to all the holiday classics because the fun starts as soon as the train exits the station. This North Pole Express experience promises a memorable time that is sure to leave a little bit of festive magic in the heart of everyone who attends. Get tickets here.
3. The Trains at North Park, North Park Center ($4-$7)
One of the best things to do in Dallas for the past thirty years has been visiting the train extravaganza over at North Park.The train travel experience has over 750 railcars on 1600 feet of elaborate track, depicting fabulously festive scenes alongside your favorite American cities and landmarks. Each member of the family is sure to be amazed by this marvelous spectacle. All while being thoroughly entertained by the activities, crafts and interactive surprises available. Visit the trains between November 18th and January 7th. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards supporting families at Ronald McDonald House of Texas. Get tickets here.
4. The Nutcracker, Texas Ballet Theatre ($20-$115)
Enjoy the enchanting story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince and their adventures in defeating the mouse king in a stunning arrangement at the Texas Ballet Theater this Christmas. Experience Tchaikovsky’s wonderful cascading notes, that are guaranteed to leave you filled with wonder and joy. Some matinee programmes in December will also feature the Kingdom of Sweets event, including story time, crafts, activities and special surprises for children of all ages, and it’s included in price! What a deal!
5. Christmas at the Anatole featuring Peppermint Park, Hilton Anatole Hotel (Prices vary)
The Hilton Anatole hotel, over in the City’s Design district, is one of our favorite things to do in Dallas this Christmas. The hotel is transformed into a magical winter wonderland with sparkling lights and lots of holiday decorations. There are a range of festive treats that everyone will enjoy, including children’s activities and games, train rides, and even breakfast with Santa. Open to the public December 18th-22nd, Christmas at the Anatole promises to be a true delight. Get your tickets here.