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Things to Do in DFW this December

Posted by Katy Golden

Dec 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Discover all the awesome upcoming events and activities for this December!


December is absolutely full of fun and interesting events and activities to participate in alone or with the whole family in tow! Whether you want to explore Christmas light tours, discover new museum exhibits, or just relax and enjoy the holidays, there is an event or activity for you. While the days are getting colder, DFW is ramping up for one of the most fun holiday seasons yet! Read on to discover our list of fun things to do in DFW this December!

The 12 Days of Christmas at the Arboretum

Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters and whimsical animals made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state. Enjoy the .75-mile walk through the garden exhibit, as you witness these handcrafted gazebos spread across this winter wonderland.

Day-time admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12, and free for children two and under. Additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $15; pre-purchased online parking is $8.

Lone Star Christmas 2016 at the Gaylord Texan

Gaylord Texan Resort’s annual Lone Star Christmas event offers a variety of holiday activities, live entertainment and grand displays to celebrate the season in the Lone Star State. Enjoy two million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments and dozens of lavish holiday displays that include larger-than-life decorations. Admission to view the decorations is free.

Visitors can also enjoy these paid attractions:

ICE!: The theme of this year’s exhibit is the television special Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town. Daily, Nov. 10-Jan. 1. $12.99-$32.99.

Santa's Wild Workshop Snow Tubing: Experience their 12-lane tubing hill that is filled with fun factory craziness and thrilling hills covered in real snow. Daily, Nov. 10-Jan. 1, $18.99 (includes 12 rides).

Glacier Glide Ice Skating: Enjoy a perfect day or evening under the stars by going on a yuletide glide at Gaylord Texan’s 5,000 square-foot outdoor ice rink. Daily, Nov. 10-Jan. 1, $16.99.

Cookies & Milk with Mrs. Claus: Join Mrs. Claus and enjoy milk and cookies as she reads a classic Christmas story. Kids get to take home a special book autographed by Santa’s favorite lady. Daily, Nov. 12-Jan. 3, $19.99 per child and $5 per required accompanying adult.

Photos with Santa: Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, don't miss your chance to have a treasured photograph taken with old Saint Nick before he leaves for the North Pole. Daily, Nov. 10-Dec. 24. Photo packages start at $34.99 plus sales tax (photo purchase required to meet Santa).

Gingerbread Decorating Corner: Choose from two different design options to create either a delectable gingerbread cookie family or a complete gingerbread house. After you've decorated to your heart's content, make your way to meet the gingerbread man for a heartwarming hug you can capture with your own camera. Daily, Nov. 10-Jan. 1. $29.99 per kit.

Santa’s Snowball Throwing Workshop: Head to Santa’s Snowball Throwing Workshop, grab a bucket of real snowballs and aim for the targets created by Santa’s elves. Daily, Nov. 10-Jan. 1. $9.99 per person.

ICE! Meet and Greet: Get together with Kris Kringle or Topper the penguin from Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town for hugs, photos and fun. Daily, Nov. 10-Jan. 1. $12 per child.

A Season of Merriment and Melody: Christmas at the White House at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Classic Christmas tunes are the centerpiece of the new holiday exhibit at the Bush Center, which runs Nov. 17 through Jan. 8, 2017. In 2004, then First Lady Laura Bush chose "Merriment and Melody" as the White House holiday theme. That celebration will be recreated at the Bush Center with holiday music, photographs and videos of the White House's holiday decor, original White House decorations, and the Center's 18-foot Christmas tree, a replica of the White House tree. The Center’s Freedom Hall will feature a holiday video and the entire complex will be decorated with thousands of twinkling lights, wreaths and Christmas trees.  Several special events have been scheduled during the exhibit's run including Deck the Halls Black Friday which offers after-hours family fun and photos with Santa Claus in the Oval Office, Nov. 25, 3-6 p.m. Musical performances are scheduled on Dec. 2, 9, 16. The exhibit is free with admission to the Bush Center: $16 for adults, $13 for ages 62+, $14 for ages 13-17, $10 for children 5-12, free for children 4 years and under. Discounts offered at the door for college students, military and more.

Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano

Nestled in the heart of the Downtown Plano Arts District, Dickens will include live entertainment, food, a variety of attractions, and a visit from Santa. From 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., various live performances from local bands will take place throughout the festival area. At 8 p.m., Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis will take the stage at McCall Plaza to close out this year’s Dickens.

Dallas Ice FX will be onsite this year for their inaugural “Ice Fights”, a competitive ice sculpting exhibition. Take a wild ride at the snow tubing attraction, featuring a 30-foot track of real snow. Don’t miss free horse-drawn wagon rides, along with balloon artists and children’s activities from local non-profit organizations. Be sure to visit Santa at the gazebo and bring your camera or cellphone to capture the moment.

Food vendors are onsite to offer an assortment of tasty treats, including hot drinks, beer and wine, kettle corn, smoked turkey legs, fried fish and shrimp, funnel cakes, and more! Many downtown businesses will extend their hours for this annual event and invite you to browse for the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your “nice” list.

Winter Break at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

From December 24th -January 8th, There is plenty to discover at the Perot while the kids are out of school for the holidays. Guests of all ages can take part in daily brain-boosting adventures, from bookworm readings and science trivia to fun experiments and demos including holiday table "magic." Plus, little ones ages 5 and under can enjoy themed crafts such as turkey headbands and other animal art daily until 3 p.m. Activities are free with general admission.

On Dec. 10, the family-fun Discovery Days: Birds will feature feathered-fun activities on every floor from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition, guests can take in the Birds of Paradise exhibition, 3D films, Giant Gems of the Smithsonian and more. Extended hours: The Museum will offer extended hours until 7 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 1, except for Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) when the Museum will close at 3 p.m. and Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve) when the Museum will close at 5 p.m. General admission: $19 for adults (18-64), $12 for ages 2-17, $13 for seniors (65+). Birds of Paradise is free for members. Children under 2 are free. There is a surcharge for Birds of Paradise exhibition.

The Trains at North Park

The Trains at NorthPark, presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, has been a NorthPark Center tradition for 18 years. The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark features trains rolling across 1,800 feet of track on a journey across America. Cityscapes include New York City’s Time Square and Grand Central Station, Washington D.C.’s White House, New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Albuquerque’s hot air balloons, and of course, Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, State Fair of Texas, Cotton Bowl, Perot Museum, Southern Methodist University and more.

The exhibit encompasses train-themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience - steam engines, coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station. More than 80,000 people visit The Trains at NorthPark each season as a part of their holiday tradition.


There are plenty of DFW events to participate in this December! Of course, there are always holiday parties, lighting of Christmas trees, holiday shopping at malls, and festivals to look forward to as well. Whatever your plans are for this holiday season, be sure to book with Premier Transportation for all your holiday DFW transportation needs! If you're traveling this holiday season, click on the image below to download our FREE list of ways to keep your home safe while you're away! New Call-to-action

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