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Holiday Family Fun Directory — Part I

Cozy nights by the fire are not going to keep the kids entertained for long. Dig out your winter gear and your calendar because we’re delivering the ultimate list of what you can’t miss this season.

Don’t miss these events and activities:

Adventure Kids Playcare
Holidays are more fun at Adventure Kids! Thanksgiving week features camps like Totally Trending, Around the World, Challenge Island, and more! Holiday break features new themes each day with some of our favorite themes: Cookie Combustion, Reindeer Games, Maker Mania, NY Glow Party, and more!

City of Highland Village
Come out and join us for the annual Tri-Town Amazing Race. This year, twelve pit stop challenges will be offered throughout Flower Mound, Highland Village, and Lewisville. Visit hvparks.com to learn more and sign up!

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Holiday at the Arboretum is Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition! Experience the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit, our expanded Christmas Village, Santa visits starting November 27 and more. Timed tickets required.

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival
Pick up swag bags with children’s crafts and holiday goodies. Hear Christmas music. Visit Santa in a Snowglobe for photos. Tour Denton’s best-decorated neighborhoods. Bring toys to donate or donate online. Donated toys will be distributed to Denton County families in need. dentonholidaylighting.com.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Worth Symphony invites you “Home for the Holidays,” the annual celebration perfect for the whole family featuring favorite holidays songs, lots of snow, and even a visit from Santa! Spend the holidays with us!

Gaylord Texan Resort
11/13/20–1/3/21. Generosity of space. Millions of twinkling lights and our soaring 48-foot Christmas tree. Hundreds of enhanced cleaning protocols. Boundless family-friendly holiday events, from tubing and ice skating to our brand-new I Love Christmas Movies™ immersive pop-up experience featuring ELF™, THE POLAR EXPRESS™, and more!

Gaylord Texan Resort
Gaylord Texan’s 17th annual Lone Star Christmas events include a brand-new marquee pop-up exhibition, “I Love Christmas Movies”; and a brand-new outdoor holiday lanterns attraction, Yuletide Bright in addition to fan-favorite activities including snow tubing, ice skating, gingerbread decorating, and more!

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas®! With 40 days of Christmas events, such as millions of lights, enormous decorations, classic Christmas movies and more, it’s easy to see why it’s more merry in Grapevine!

Irving Arts Center
JumpstART Stories & Art is on December 3 and Second Sunday Funday is on December 13 with virtual storytime and artmaking. Head to irvingartscenter.com to see all of our virtual tours and artmaking. Come take a free tour of our art galleries with your family

Log Cabin Village
Celebrate the season with a 15-minute virtual video chat with Santa! Time slots available from 9am–5pm, Saturday, December 5. Register online through our website to secure your time slot. Pre-payment required; cost $15/family.

Museum of the American Railroad
Come explore TrainTopia, a miniature world of trains! TrainTopia features 2,000 square feet of G-scale trains that run through a beautifully detailed layout. We also offer guided tours of our outdoor collection of real trains!

North Texas Performing Arts
Don’t miss the 10th annual production of “Scrooge the Musical!” Tickets available for in-person or virtual viewing! Get into the Christmas spirit with this classic Plano holiday tradition. Masks required for in-person tickets. Winter break camps also available for grades K–12, in-person or online!

NorthPark Center
Shop for all the gifts on your list and enjoy your favorite traditions, including The Trains at NorthPark, festive plantings, decor, live music, beautiful lights, and more. Visits with Santa Claus are going virtual, with a reimagined experience benefiting Children’s Health.

Reunion Tower
Spread the holiday cheer atop Reunion Tower! See Dallas from a whole new perspective with a 360 degree view. Check our website for hours and upcoming events.

The Shops at Highland Village
Enjoy free horse drawn carriage rides around The Shops, and listen to the Living Christmas Card carolers on weekends and select dates from November 28 thru December 23. Visit our website for full details.

The Trains at NorthPark
The Trains at NorthPark are your first stop for holiday fun! Support the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas while visiting the most impressive trains display in DFW. Visit our website for COVID-19 protocols and tickets.

Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery
Vetro is a state-of-the-art glassblowing studio and fine art gallery. Vetro offers opportunities for guests to assist in creating their own, unique art glass. Visit Vetro to shop handcrafted fine art glass.

For more options, see Part II of the Holiday Family Fun Directory and our DFW Community Events calendar for Christmas-themed events.