Dallas Arboretum, holidays, Christmas Village

Date/Time

November 10, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Location

Dallas Arboretum View map
8525 Garland Road,
Dallas, TX, 75218

Additional Information

  • Website: https://www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/holiday-at-the-arboretum/
  • Line/Box Office Phone: 214/515-6615
  • Cost: Free with general admission during daytime hours: $17 adults; $12 children; free for children under 2. The 12 Days of Christmas at Night will be open on select evenings with a special admission ticket required. Purchase your tickets in advance.
  • Ages: All ages

Description

Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, has a new treasure that’s sure to get visitors in the holiday spirit: the Dazzling Musical Tree, a 50- foot-tall tree animated with more 42,000 lights and merry holiday tunes that play every half hour. The holiday festival, which opens November 10 and runs through December 31, also features The Christmas Village, and the DeGolyer House with The Artistry of the Nativity. The 12 Days of Christmas at Night will be also open on select evenings, with a special admission ticket required. Nighttime pricing for nonmembers starts at $15 for adults and $13 for children.

Holiday at the Arboretum opens November 9 with an official tree lighting for members- only from 6 to 9pm, led by the Marilyn and Ben Weber Family. Then, on Wednesday, November 10, Holiday at the Arboretum opens to the public during the day, and nights continue throughout the season with the return and further expansion of The Christmas Village. Also new this year, the garden has extended its evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm.

Look online for all the special events and details for this year's festivities, including special entertainment, cooking and tasting events.

The Christmas Village:
Inspired by European Christmas Markets, or Christkindlmarket, The Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades representing a quaint European hamlet. The Christmas Village is wonderful during the day, but it’s magical at night with lighted trees, shop owners passing out samples and live entertainment. Each house is individually designed for the Dallas Arboretum, with the Christmas Village as an attraction for everyone. Santa Claus even has his own house and a sleigh for photo opportunities. Santa is in his house select nights in November, and then after Thanksgiving, he is present every night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons (see below for exact dates).

Dallas Arboretum, Christmas Village, toy store

Christmas Pyramid:
The Marilyn and Ben Weber Family Christmas Pyramid, a 23-foot-tall German-built structure, is decorated with hand-carved elements, lighting and character movement on every level. The Weber Pyramid is the perfect complement to the Christmas Village and is the signature element in Pyramid Square along with an Edelweiss Haus serving food and drinksand a larger biergarten and performance area.

The Artistry of the Nativity:
Each day, and every Monday-Wednesday evening, beginning November 10, the community is invited to visit the historic DeGolyer House, elaborately decorated by renowned designer Michael Hamilton, with the return of the beloved theme, The Artistry of the Nativity. This collection features hundreds of crèches representing a variety of cultures from around the world. In addition to the Ray Harrington and the Joe Christian collections, which the Arboretum owns, the display also includes crèches from Tommy Bourgeois and Peter Hall. These objects are crafted beautifully from many materials including cork, glass, horns, seeds, cornhusks, porcelain, silver, wood and more.

The 12 Days of Christmas Gazebos:
After a visit to The Christmas Village, visitors are invited to stroll the garden, and continue to enjoy the 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of The 12 Days of Christmas with some updated characters. The gazebos come to life at night beginning November 9, except for Thanksgiving Day (closed) and Dec. 24 (closes at 5pm), December 25 (closed) and New Year’s Eve (closes at 5pm). These glass gazebos resemble an oversize music box with mannequins and animals that move along with music and lighting.

Holiday at Dallas Arboretum, 12 Days of Christmas gazebos

Visits with Santa:
Santa is back in the garden in the perfect holiday setting – The Christmas Village. Share your Christmas wish with the jolly old man, and take a photo to commemorate the occasion. Keepsake family photos are available for a donation to the Volunteer Advisory Board during daytime Santa hours on Saturdays and Sundays.
November 9: 6–8pm (members only)
November 10 & 17: 6–9pm
November 23: 6–8pm
November 24: noon–3pm
November 26-28: noon–3pm and 6–9pm
Monday–Friday: November 29–December 17: 6–9pm
Saturday-Sunday December 4–23: noon–3pm and 6–9pm
December 24: noon–3pm