Holiday at The Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a true gem to all of us who reside in the Dallas area. They are known for their gorgeous spring gardens and massive displays of pumpkins in the fall. Did you know that they also have a holiday event? We have been several times already and were so excited to go back again this year to see what they have added.

Holiday at the Arboretum runs from November 23rd-December 31st. It is the perfect event for the entire family! It features a 30-foot tall tree at the center of the gardens, over 1 million lights, as well as the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit with 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos depicting scenes from the traditional carol.

Each gazebo features movement to depict the different beloved characters such as the Three French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming and Seven Swans a Swimming, to name a few. The historic DeGolyer House is also lavishly decorated in a European-style with greenery and fruit, along with a collection in each room of items one finds at Christmas markets such as angels, hand-carved wooden Santas, nativity scenes or snow globes.

This year marks the debut of the Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village. Inspired by the European Christmas Markets, or Christkindlmarket, The Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet.

The village houses vary in size, and the heights range between 16 to 19 feet. Each house is themed and large enough so that several children and adults can enter at a time and experience that particular business. The interior walls of each house feature illustrations and embellishments appropriate for that business. For example, the Bakery walls show baked goods and a wood-burning stove, and the Music Shop features paintings of shelves filled with instruments.

During the day, children can learn, have fun and explore these houses at their own pace. At night, the Christmas Village is lit by a holiday glow of lights, which are in addition to close to 1 million lights decorating the Arboretum. During the weekends and evenings, there are also volunteers dressed as the shopkeeper in each store, many of whom will pass out a sample of their wares, such as a piece of candy at the candy shop.

We were able to attend a preview before the village opened to the public and we loved it! The girls had such a great time going from shop to shop and exploring the unique decor in each one. They also loved finding the hidden animals and talking to the shopkeepers.

We also explored the gardens to find each of the 12 Days of Christmas gazebos. They are so beautiful and intricate. Our favorite for sure was #9 (Nine Ladies Dancing).

Holiday music fills the air everywhere you go and the holiday spirit is infectious. We can’t wait to go back again next year. This is one of our favorite holiday events in the area.

For more information and to purchase tickets, head to: . If you have family coming into town, this is the perfect event to take them to!

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