Festive Activities to Do Around the DFW Metroplex

Jun 15th 2022

Whether you've lived in the DFW metroplex for 30 years or you're visiting us from out of town, our community has so many fun Christmas events —  we just had to share some of our favorites! We hope this list gets you dreaming of a Texas holiday and gives you the best ideas to make life-long memories with your loved ones!

Holiday Events in DFW

The Best Holiday Events in DFW

Here are some of the events our team looks forward to every year (and a few new ones we can't wait to try out).

Dallas Area

Holiday at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum lights up for the holidays! With gazebos decorated as the 12 Days of Christmas, a million lights in the gardens, a Christmas village, shopping, food, special programming, and more — you simply can't go wrong with this family favorite.

Highland Park Carriage Rides

Enjoy the nostalgic Highland Park carriage ride through one of the most historic and stately neighborhoods in Dallas. With gorgeous views and the sound of horse hooves, you won't regret taking the time for a sleigh ride.

Trains at Northpark Center

For 35 years, the Trains at Northpark and its viewers have supported the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. The exhibit is a dynamic display that shows trains from sea to shining sea. People of all ages love this treasured display and about 50,000 people make their way through each year. 

Tea at the Adolphus Hotel

One of the most beloved events is experiencing a Holiday Tea at the historic and luxurious hotel's French Room. The three-course menu has delicate sweets and savory treat along with your tea and drinks in a memorable setting. Enjoy time for two with this delightful and historic tradition.

Dallas Zoo Lights

Our magical Dallas Zoo puts on an amazing lights show, set to music, with animal-themed imagery with lighted tunnels, animal lanterns, and a capstone Holiday Village for photo ops with Santa. Take your family for an event that they'll remember!

Enchant Christmas at Fair Park

With the entire property turning into a wonderland, complete with an ice-skating trail, light maze, forest, and Christmas market, you can enjoy activities for adults and kids alike! Running from the end of November through the beginning of January, you can enjoy this festive event all season long! Costs $20+ per person.

Grapevine Area

Gaylord Texan Elf

Get the mission and save Christmas! This interactive experience invites you into a world with dancing, games, and more. 

North Pole Express Train Grapevine

Join Mrs. Claus in the best North Pole Express story as they climb the rails to the North Pole on a vintage train ride! Enjoy 40-45 minutes of this magical ride.

Grapevine Christmas Spectacular

Enjoy seeing this historic downtown light up its Main Street — and all the other fabulous activities in the Christmas Capital of TexasⓇ

Fort Worth

Lightscape at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a 1-mile walk through the internationally-acclaimed Lightscape as it comes to Fort Worth for the first time. From making s'mores over a fire to experiencing the most magical lights, it will be a night to remember.

GM Financial Parade of Lights

Come out for the largest holiday parade of lights in Texas with a 2.2-mile route with about 100 floats! It's a free event from the sidewalk but you can reserve a seat in the street for $15!

Gift of Lights

Texas Motor Speedway in North Fort Worth opens up with millions of lights — all proceeds benefit local charities like Ronald McDonald Home. The cost is $30+ per car. 

Arlington / Mid-Cities Area

Interlochen Lights

Mid-December — Christmas Day, this neighborhood in northwest Arlington celebrates with a spectacular festive lights display. Located just off I30, it always has a long line to enter the attraction, so make plans to use the entire evening to enjoy this free event.

Prairie Lights

This two-mile long drive in holiday park ends with your family or friends taking a jaunt through Santa's Village with photos, rides, and a forest to enjoy. Tickets range from $40 per car to $129 for a fast pass experience. You can enjoy this special event starting the end of November through December 31st.

Holiday in the Park

Have fun at Six Flags Over Texas in a new way with these Holiday in the Park events that are sure to please! Food, shows, rides, and more make this a family-fun event to relive year after year.

Day Star Lights

Find yourself in lighted tunnels, a nativity scene, Christmas town, and other fun vignettes at the Day Star Lights show!


Relive an epic German-inspired Christkindlmart at Globe Life Field in Arlington! With fun activities, food, and more, you'll enjoy this traditionally-themed experience.

We hope this list inspires you to have the best holiday ever with your loved ones, enjoying the best of festive Christmas events in DFW!

Decorator's Warehouse

Enjoy the most amazing shopping experience with us, Texas' #1 Christmas decoration's store! We have exclusive collections as well as traditional Christmas decor, fit for every style and budget. You can browse our delightful trees, enjoy the lighting display from DW Pro Lights, and feel the warmth of a family-run store with employees who love the holidays with all their hearts!