‘Tis the season! There is no shortage of festive holiday events in Dallas this season. We are so excited! From dazzling light displays, to holiday parades, movie nights, markets, holiday pop-ups, and more, your holiday season is sure to be magical. Keep reading to discover the best holiday events in Dallas and don’t forget to send to a friend, because the more the merrier!
The Best Holiday Events in Dallas
Kick off the holiday season with the Dallas Holiday Parade! Join this fun holiday tradition in downtown Dallas and watch a cheerful parade with your whole family. Bleacher seating is available for $25. Did you know that the Dallas Holiday Parade goes back to 1987 when the Adolphus Hotel and the Children’s Medical Center Dallas each reached historic milestones and searched for a fun way to celebrate?
Enjoy a fun holiday festival at Grandscape with the whole family. You’ll get to take pictures with the Grinch, do some Christmas shopping with local vendors, let you kids participate in some fun activities like face painting, grab some food and drink, and watch an outdoor movie screening of The Grinch.
Grapevine AKA the Christmas Capital of Texas is a must-see during the holiday season! From millions of sparkling holiday lights all over downtown Grapevine, to enormous decorations, animated characters, charming holiday shops, the North Pole Express, story time with Santa, and more, Grapevine is the ultimate holiday experience. Best of all, you get to stroll through the streets of downtown while enjoying the beautiful lights and decorations for free. They have some really fun holiday events happening all throughout the season.
You don’t want to miss the Grapevine Parade of Lights. This Holiday event is truly magical and such a fun experience for your whole family. The Parade of Lights features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Make sure to come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street.
Did you know that the 95 foot Christmas tree at the Galleria is the biggest indoor Christmas tree in the US? Join the Galleria for their Grand Tree Lighting Celebration. Enjoy a spectacular ice-skating show with a fireworks finale featuring Missile Toes, Galleria’s famed ice-skating Santa.
Radiance! featuring Frozen is such a fun holiday activity! This holiday light experience is a must-see. It features a total of 3 million lights. In addition to the stunning Radiance! Light Show, you’ll get experience an outdoor Winter Carnival full of thrills, fun and magical memory-making moments. Soar down 2-story ice tubing hills, ice skate under the stars, throw snowballs made of REAL snow at Santa’s snowball toss, ride the giant 108 foot Ferris wheel, Christmas carousel and train, spin out on holiday bumper Cars, meet Santa Claus and much more! Tickets for kids start at $19.99.
SNOWDAY & Santaland
Looking for a fun holiday event in Dallas that is indoors? SNOWDAY & Santaland is such a magical place. Start your experience with a magical journey through Santaland and snap a pic with Santa before exploring all the unique photo opportunities that SNOWDAY has to offer. There are multiple integrated cameras and studio lighting that allow you to capture high quality life-long memories with your friends and family.
Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey is coming to Dallas this weekend for the first time ever! You and your family don’t want to miss this magical open-air experience. Join the elves on a quest to collect the ingredients for Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a journey through twinkling wonderlands to set Santa and Christmas back on course!
One of the best free Holiday light experiences is the Vitruvian Lights. During the holiday season Vitruvian Park transforms into a magical holiday wonderland. Each of the trees in the park will be decorated with colorful holiday lights that beautifully reflect in the creek below. It’s such a fun spot to stroll around with your kids and a great setting for a romantic date night.
On Nov 26 Vitruvian Park will be hosting their “flip the switch” celebration at 6:00pm including performance by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra, gourmet food trucks, sweet treats, free photos with Santa, classic holiday characters, an elf balloon artist, and more!
Join the The Holiday Sip N’ Stroll in downtown Garland. Pick up your collectable Holiday Sip N’ Stroll Mug and a map of all the participating businesses and sip your way through downtown Garland. There will be an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options such as Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, and Mulled Wine, photos with Santa and The Grinch, DIY ornament making, holiday stories, face painting, and live music!
Are you ready for a holiday adventure! Enchant The Great Search is a series of five fascinating adventures including a mystical forest of millions of twinkling holiday lights, art installations, and ice skating trail, sampling delicious holiday treats, visiting the artisan Christmas market, and meeting the Big Man himself, all before stepping into the most magical Christmas light maze. This experience is truly magical and will be the perfect holiday date night. Tickets start at $29.
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Stuff Your Stockings at These Christmas Markets in Dallas
- Mistletoe Market in Downtown Plano
Dec 11–Dec 12
📍 Downtown Plano Arts District
- The Boho Market at the Park
Dec 18 | 10:00am–4:00pm
📍 Main Street Garden Park
- Grapevine Christmas Market
Select days in Nov + Dec| 2:00pm–9:00pm
📍 Town Square Gazebo Grapevine
- Merry Market by CityLine
Dec 4 | 11:00am–5:00pm
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