With the holidays just weeks away, now is the time to plan your Christmas activities. We may lack snow this far south, but Dallas has Christmas spirit. Here are four Dallas Christmas events that would put even the Grinch into a festive mood.
Move over New York and make room for Dallas’ holiday parade. The Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade is in its 22nd year and expected to draw over 300,000 people to downtown Dallas on Saturday, December 4, 2010. This year’s themes include winter wonderland, toyland, sounds of the season, country cookies and home for the holidays. The parade benefits Children’s Medical Center and fittingly the parade’s grand marshals are five patients from the medical center. The parade is free to the public though reserved bleacher seats can be purchased online at the parade website. Those without reserved seats will want to find their spot early along the parade route – the parade begins at 10 a.m.
Everything is bigger in Texas – including Christmas. Each year, the Gaylord Texan Hotel transforms its four acre indoor garden into a winter wonderland complete with a 52 foot rotating Christmas tree, 1.5 million lights and 12,000 ornaments. In addition to fabulously decorated winter scenes, the Gaylord once again offers ICE! In early autumn, artists travel from northern China to carve over 2 million pounds of ice into spectacular sculptures. Guaranteed to delight children young and old, this year’s ICE! theme is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Come see the Peanuts Gang carved from colored ice blocks and kept frozen in a temperature controlled, 14,000 square foot tent. And while at ICE! be sure to take a trip down their unique ice slide. A stroll through the Gaylord Texan’s winter wonderland is free. ICE! tickets are from $10.95 – $24.95 with advance tickets recommended on weekends and holidays. The Gaylord provides parkas for ICE! but also recommend you dress appropriately for the cold temperatures including hat and gloves.
Young children will enjoy the holiday magic at the Trains at NorthPark exhibit in the NorthPark Shopping Center. The toy train exhibit has delighted Dallas children since 1987 with proceeds benefitting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Advertised as the most elaborate train exhibit in Texas, 30 locomotives pull toy trains through miniature city replicas of Dallas, Washington D.C. and New York. Trains at NorthPark are on display from November 20, 2010 – January 2, 2011. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children and seniors – discounted tickets can be purchased in advance at Tom Thumb grocery stores.
Looking for a holiday activity for teens? Put your teenager in the holiday spirit with a visit to Six Flags over Texas in Arlington for its annual Holiday in the Park. The amusement park is open weekends from November 26 through December 12, and then daily from December 17 to January 2, 2011. Aside from closures on the water rides and a few areas under renovation, most rides are open during Holiday in the Park. Enjoy the fabulous evening light display, visit Santa’s Castle and see Six Flag’s Majesty of Christmas show through December 23. Discount tickets for Holiday in the Park can be purchased online at the Six Flags website.
From holiday parades to miniature trains; from ice sculptures to amusement parks, Dallas Christmas events entertain and make the season bright. Happy Holidays!