November 9 – December 31
The 12 Days of Christmas Daytime
November 9-December 31, daily 9am–5pm
Holiday at the Arboretum features the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, as well as close to 1 million lights throughout the garden at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead—including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of the property. The outdoor exhibit features 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos that come to life, 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 items one finds at Christmas markets such as angels, hand-carved wooden Santas, nativity scenes or snow globes.
The 12 Days of Christmas at Night
November 13–December 29
The garden re-opens for evening hours for the 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit from November 13 through December 31, Wednesday through Sunday from 6-9pm. With more than one million lights illuminating throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead-including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of the property, this display is sure to warm the hearts of guests this season.
The Christmas Village
November 29 – December 31
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.
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.
For a detailed description of activities, visit dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/holiday-at-the-arboretum.