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Holiday Family Fun Directory — Part II

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 holiday season.


Adventure Kids Playcare
Holidays are more fun at Adventure Kids! Holiday break features new themes each day with some of our favorite themes: Cookie Combustion, Reindeer Games, Maker Mania, NY Glow Party and more!

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Get jolly with Virtual Merry Members on December 5 exclusively for Carter members featuring personalized videos from Santa, holiday storytelling, and art-making. Become a Carter Family member to join in on the festive fun.

Christmas at the Beach
The Town of Little Elm is your go-to destination for family fun holiday activities this year! From Christmas at the Beach to an Elf Village, and even a magical drive-thru light display, Little Elm, TX is the place to be this holiday season.

The City of Highland Village
Take a stroll through Doubletree Ranch Park to see beautiful holiday lights and decorations. Enjoy the magic of the season with your family and friends all through the month of December!

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Holiday at the Arboretum featuring the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit and retun of the popular Christmas Village, November 27–December 31. Nightly visits with Santa start November 27. Timed tickets required. No walk-ups allowed. Face coverings required for all guests, for ages 5 and older.

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival
This year our festival will kick off the holiday spirit in Denton a little differently. We will be offering a drive up location to grab a gift bag and photo with Santa. Digital concerts and neighborhood lighting.

Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation
Christmas in the Branch. Celebrate holiday festivities in Farmers Branch! Enjoy skating under the stars at our outdoor ice skating rink. Stroll under twinkling lights in Santa’s Village.

Fort Worth Zoo
Enjoy family time this holiday season at the Fort Worth Zoo. Give a Zoo membership now and enjoy later with yearlong access and perks like free parking. Simply activate the adventure anytime before September 30.

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!

Heritage Farmstead Museum
Texas Prairie Christmas on December 10, 11, and 12 from 6pm until 10pm. Tour the 1920s holiday themed Farrell Wilson House. Enjoy a socially distanced visit with Santa in the historic pole barn. Take a ride across the prairie on our Texas mule wagon.

Hilton Anatole
Christmas at the Anatole presents Breakfast with Santa. Enjoy night-before-breakfast activities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, including a family photo with a live reindeer and s’mores by the outdoor fire pit. Book your Breakfast with Santa or Santa Suite package today!

Irving Arts Center
Explore Irving Arts Center online or in-person this holiday season! We have our 28th Annual Holiday Tree Decorating Competition Exhibition, online Santa Saturdays with readings from special guests and our monthly kid’s art activities online. It’s free holiday fun for the family!

Luminova Holidays
Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights, Luminova Holidays will brighten up your 2020! Visit Santa, ice skate on an outdoor pond, snap pictures with family around larger-than-life light displays in a socially safe way.

Museum of the American Railroad
Get into the holiday spirit at the Museum of the American Railroad’s TrainTopia—a miniature world of trains! Mask up and enjoy an operating G-Scale train layout that journeys through Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas (including a miniature downtown Dallas). Fun for the family!

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.

Panther Island Ice
Panther Island Ice returns this holiday season! Fort Worth’s outdoor ice skating rink will operate 7 days a week at Coyote Drive-In from November 20 through January 18 including all holidays! Enjoy the real ice, full menu, and more. Advanced tickets required at pantherislandice.com.

Reunion Tower
Sprinkle the holiday cheer from 470 feet above Dallas! Let your creativity shine as bright as the Ball during our holiday-themed paint nights. Visit our website for dates and other upcoming events.

Fort Worth Stockyards
Celebrate the holidays Stockyards style December 1-24. Holiday gift giveaway, photos with Cowboy Santa, holiday lights, 30’ Christmas tree, live music, endless entertainment, good food and so much more! Visit fortworthstockyards.com.

The Shops at Highland Village
Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, nightly Christmas tree lightings, Victorian Carolers, sneaky elves, and more at The Shops this holiday season. Spend $250 in retail/AMC sales and receive a $25 restaurant gift card from December 4–13. Visit website for full event details.

The Trains at NorthPark
All aboard! From November 14, 2020–January 3, 2021, support the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas while enjoying the best train exhibit in DFW. For COVID-19 protocols or exhibit hours, visit thetrainsatnorthpark.com.

Twin Coves Park & Campground
Twin Coves Park is a great place to explore the great outdoors this winter with friends and family! Take a hike on the walking trails and enjoy the view by the campfire.

Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery
Create your own hand-blown glass ornaments at Vetro Glassblowing Studio this holiday season! Or visit our onsite Fine Art Gallery to purchase beautiful artist-made ornaments, along with fine art glass jewelry, lighting, sculptures, and more.

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