When it comes to festive fun for the holidays, there’s no shortage of things to do in Dallas, TX. The city comes alive with enchanting events for families and couples. If you live in the Dallas area, make the most of the upcoming holiday season by checking out these can’t-miss events.
1. See Missile Toes at Galleria Dallas | Through December 20
Only in Dallas can you watch Missile Toes, the ice-skating, back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa Claus. He takes to the ice beneath a dazzling 95-foot-tall Christmas tree — the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the United States, boasting almost 250,000 lights and over 10,000 ornaments. It’s the perfect spectacle as you take a break from all your holiday shopping.
2. Visit the trains at NorthPark | Through January 4
The holiday season isn’t complete without seeing a locomotive chugging down the track. With 1,600 feet of track depicting such familiar Texas destinations as downtown Dallas and the State Fair of Texas, plus iconic American landmarks as the Grand Canyon, Route 66, and San Franciscio’s Golden Gate Bridge (and even the North Pole!), the trains at NorthPark can’t be missed. It’s the most elaborate toy train exhibit in Texas, and it draws more than 50,000 people each holiday season. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for kids 2-12 and senior citizens (kids under 2 are free).
3. Sip afternoon tea at The Adolphus | Through December 31
Get ready to raise those pinky fingers — O Christmas Tea at The Adolphus is one of the most fun things to do in Dallas TX during the holidays. You’ll feel like royalty sipping a variety of flavorful, spiced teas and nibbling scones, pastries, chocolate truffles, and more. The hotel is gloriously bedecked in holiday decorations, complete with a classical pianist playing holiday tunes on the hotel’s 1893 Steinway piano, which once formerly belonged to the Guggenheim family of New York. Reservations required; Tuesday–Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4:45 pm; $40.
4. Take a carriage ride through Highland Park | Through December 31
There’s no better way to take in the stunning lights and homes of Highland Park than in a horse-drawn carriage. When you climb aboard, you get to cozy up with a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy the twinkling lights and beautiful homes on a one-hour tour. Christmas music drifting through the air adds the perfect festive touch. Reservations required; daily from 6 p.m.–9:45 p.m.; $180–$250.
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