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

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!

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.

Fort Worth / Mid-Cities Area

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.


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.

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!