Dallas at Christmas
Despite the 'far from snowy' weather in Dallas in December, there are plenty of great things to do to get into the celebration spirit - including great entertainment from local sports heroes - the Dallas Cowboys, Stars and Mavericks.
And don't think everything needs to be themed around Santa. One of our favourite Dallas activities is the Christmas Bird Count at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, and if you're there on the week before xmas you must check out the Holiday Trail of Lights on the evenings of 17th, 18th and 19th December 2011. And the City Lights get power on the evening of November 19th in downtown Dallas.
It's a magical walk along a 1/2 mile nature trail with Christmas lights synchronised to music, roaming carol singers and hot drinks.
The Dallas Convention Center holds the annual Chi Omega Christmas Market for three days at the end of November. Over the last 30+ years this market has collected and donated more than $6million to local charities and scholarships, so it's not just a chance to see nearly 200 stall holders selling their wonderful Christmas gift items - from decorations to clothes - but an opportunity to support the local area.
Things To Do At Christmas 2014
The Dallas Christmas Festival is held at Plano's Preston Baptist Church. The pageant is one of the largest in the United States and features and amazing 'Gift of Christmas' stage show - a huge cast, spectacular special effects and flying angels in addition to a delicious holiday buffet with plenty of turkey! One of the great highlights of the season.
Another favourite is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Every year The DeGolyer House is decorated in a fairytale theme from the end of November through the last day of December 2014. There are usually fun family activities in the weekends.
If you're looking for something a little more historical, then we suggest the Candlelight celebrations at Dallas Heritage Village. The big event happens on December 10th and 11th 2011, and you can enjoy wandering around the candlelit village, take carriage rides, listen to choirs, carolers and story tellers, watch dancers, mingle with historians in traditional costume and of course enjoy wonderful food and drink.
As we all know, Santa is very busy at this time of year, but he occasionally takes time out to say hello to good children in Dallas.
One place to keep an eye out is Traders Village where he'll be from November 26th 2011 to December 18th 2011. You can also meet him at the Chi Omega Christmas Market at the Dallas Convention Center in the week before.
Christmas Lunch or Dinner in Dallas?
Although Christmas Day is a national holiday, there will still be a wide choice of places to eat out. Most of the larger hotels will lay on special christmas meals including turkey and all the trimmings. You definitely need to make a reservation, especially if you're not staying as a guest.
Alternatively you'll find some of the more expensive / upmarket restaurants are also open, but these tend to be fully booked very quickly, so don't waste any more time!