Whether you live in Dallas or are just visiting, you'll find lots of fun things to do for Christmas. Check out the spectacular Dallas Christmas activities listed below.
Galleria Dallas Annual Holiday Celebration
The Galleria, located at 13350 Dallas Parkway in Dallas, isn't just a place to shop for holiday Gifts. It's also a Christmas show in and of itself. Each year a huge Christmas tree is assembled in the middle of the ice rink on the lower level. This enormous glass-roofed mall features a huge holiday extravaganza each year. The Galleria's ice skating Santa Claus named "Missile Toes" performs amazing stunts on the ice while fireworks shoot of of his skates. A choreographed show precedes the lighting of the Galleria's enormous Christmas tree. Carolers and other musicians often perform inside the center. Specialized technology allows the lights to "dance" to the music.
Santa has set up his village on near Saks Fifth Avenue on Level 2 so that children can visit him, tell him what they want for Christmas and have their picture taken. http://www.galleriadallas.com/ (972) 732-6100 (800) 382-3054
Dallas Fair Park in Lights
A holiday walk through Fair Park in Dallas is a great way to have Christmas fun. Each year in December the Esplanade Fountain, thirty-three Christmas trees and many buildings in Big Tex Circle are lit up. Come and watch the Hall of State, the Automobile Building and Centennial Hall glitter. You can also bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the "Navidad in the Neighborhood" toy drive. Drop-off is at the Old Mill Inn. This light show begins in early December and continues on through New Years'.
Christmas Lights in Dallas/Fort Worth Texas
Grab a pint of egg nog and some Christmas cookies and load the family in the
car, because the light shows are on! If you live in Plano, Texas, the Legacy neighborhood is the best place to see Christmas lights. The Lights of Legacy annual tree lighting festival is one of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex's biggest festivals. Due to its popularity, a complimentary shuttle is available from remote parking areas. The best way to get to the Lights of Legacy is to take the Dallas North Tollway and take the Spring Creek/Tennyson Parkway exit toward the Carr America garage parking on Dallas Parkway.
There are also spectacular displays in the Highland Park/University Park area. The owners of the beautiful historic homes in this area go all out in their lighting displays. The main entrance is at Armstong Parkway and Preston Road. Many more lights can be seen in Highland Park Village, an attractive shopping center with Spanish-style pink stucco buildings with red tiled roofs. The center also puts up a huge Christmas tree each year. Horse-drawn carriage rides are a great way to take in the sights.
In the Richardson and Garland area, Parkrise Court in SpringPark offers the most dazzling displays. Near Campbell Road and 190, this neighborhood chooses a theme each year, to which all the residents contribute. There is also a yearly competition and Holiday Hoedown.
In Arlington, just east of Fort Worth in the mid-cities area, the Interlochen area is well known for its annual Christmas set-up. This Christmas lights tour is a holiday extravaganza of about 200 homes. Begin at Westwood drive off of Randol Mill Road just south of I 30.
The Trains at NorthPark
Each year the NorthPark Center presents The Trains at NorthPark, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. More than 40 small locomotives appear in a showcase of over 2800 square feet. These vintage toy locomotives from the private collection of Ban Bywaters pass through an elaborate scene including recreations of the Dallas skyline, New York's Times Square and Mount Rushmore. The exhibit includes over 40 Lionel-type O-Gauge and G-Gauge toy locomotives. The event runs from November through January, and is one of the best places to take the kids during the holiday season. It's an absolute must-see for the train-obsessed. The event costs between $3 and $5. Children under two get in free. Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb grocery stores.
"ICE!" Grapevine, Texas
The enormously popular ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas runs yearly from mid-November through early January. It features hand-carved ice sculptures which include sculptures of a Nativity scene, a gingerbread family, a train depot and an igloo. There is also an ICE! slice with three levels. Parkas and complimentary cookies are provided for all visitors to the exhibit. Be sure to visit the resort's Java Coast coffee shop. (866) 782-7897 (817) 778-2000
Lone Star Christmas, Grapevine, Texas
Also appearing at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, Lone Star Christmas is a dazzling indoor show featuring over a million lights, 10,000 Christmas ornaments, a 40 foot Christmas tree, and electric train displays. Santa will appear in his workshop, and visitors can also see Mrs. Claus and real live reindeer. The event is free, but there is a fee for parking on the property. Visitors to the ICE! event can get free parking for this event.
Sundance Square Sparkles with the Spirit of the Season!
Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth, Texas is plenty of fun at any time of year, yet it's even more spectacular at Christmas. The lighting of the 56 foot tall Christmas Tree in Downtown Fort Worth takes place in late November. The tree is surrounded by an adorable Nutcracker set. You can have you picture taken with Santa on Main Street between Third and Fourth for only $5. Drop by the Bass Performance Hall to take in a Christmas show, such as "A Christmas Carol" which shows from December 21 through 29 in 2007. Several free shows appear around the Fort Worth Christmas Tree, such as "Schola Cantorum Presents Schola Light," "Southwest High School Choir," and "KidzRock, MPowered, Dynasty and Legacy Perform!" www.sundancesquare.com (817) 255-5700
Dallas Symphony Pops: Christmas Pops
Dallas Symphony Pops: Christmas Pops appears yearly at the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. The cost ranges from $26 to $105 per seat. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs classical Christmas hits. The program includes audience sing-alongs. 214-692-0203
NorthPark Center & The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Present Joy! A Christmas Celebration
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by David R. Davidson perform holiday favorites each year to packed audiences. This event, sponsored by NorthPark Center, also features a children's choir, a visit from Santa and Dickens carolers. Order your tickets early as this performance has a tendency to sell out.