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50 Festive Things To Do for the Holidays in Dallas/Fort Worth

Ring in the Christmas season with local events, outdoor light displays, musical performances, and community activities.

As part of the popular 50 Things To Do series on TheFlashList.com, this special holiday edition includes fun wintertime activities like Christmas theater productions, horse-drawn carriage rides, toy train displays, live concerts, glassblowing events, seasonal markets, classic movies, an ice-skating Santa, and lots of opportunities to drink hot chocolate.


A Christmas Carol

DALLAS | 11/23/16 - 12/28/16

In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens' classic, the audience is immersed with magical ghosts and snow falling from above.

Christmas Lights, Chocolate & Sips Tour

DALLAS | 11/25/16 - 12/30/16

Taste scrumptious treats from premier local dessert venues, sip hot chocolate, and view festive holiday lights from a private motorcoach.

Trans Siberian Orchestra

DALLAS | 12/22/16

The 2016 Winter Tour will expand the rock opera based on TSO's multi-platinum DVD that was a fan favorite during the 2015 Winter Tour.

Holiday in the Park

ARLINGTON | 11/19/16 - 1/2/17

One of Six Flag's most popular seasonal events features a snow-sledding hill, holiday shows, and hundreds of thousands of lights.

Jingle Bell Run

DALLAS | 12/21/16

Post-event festivities of this family-friendly 5K race and 1K fun run through the Design District include food, beverages, and entertainment.

© Photo by The Flash List

Highland Park Lights and Carriage Rides

DALLAS | 12/1/16 - 12/31/16

Set out to enjoy an elaborately-decorated neighborhood in Highland Park by putting a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride on your agenda.

Holiday Tea at the Dallas Arboretum

DALLAS | 11/25/16 - 1/3/17

Three-course tea service at the Historic DeGolyer House includes soup, sandwiches, sweet treats, scones, and seasonal tea selections.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

GRAPEVINE | 12/12/16 - 12/22/16

Screenings of this classic film along with How the Grinch Stole Christmas are part of the holiday movie series at the Palace Theatre.

The Lights at Interlochen

ARLINGTON | 12/16/16 - 12/25/16

Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and plan to wait to get into this established neighborhood for the much-anticipated annual holiday display.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

FORT WORTH | 12/29/16

Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a musical show that has been one of America's favorite holiday traditions for over 30 years.

© Photo by Tressavent Photography

Trains at NorthPark

DALLAS | 11/19/16 - 1/8/17

The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas heralds the seasonal holidays at one of Dallas' favorite shopping destinations.

Christmas at the White House 2004

DALLAS | 11/17/16 - 1/8/17

The Center brings back to life the celebration which wove holiday music and traditional Christmas carols throughout the White House decor.

Armed Forces Bowl

DALLAS | 12/23/16

This annual collegiate football bowl game with inspiring patriotic overtones is played in honor of the armed forces of the United States.

It's a Wonderful Life (Live Radio Play)

PLANO | 12/15/16 - 12/24/16

One of the all-time great Christmas stories comes to life in a live 1940s-style radio broadcast with all the roles created by just five actors.

Prairie Lights

GRAND PRAIRIE | 11/24/16 - 1/1/17

Be dazzled by 4 million lights set along two miles of path, see an indoor laser show, or get out of your car to walk around Holiday Village.

© Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

12 Days of Christmas

DALLAS | 11/6/16 - 1/8/17

An elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian-style gazebos feature charming costumed characters, whimsical animals, and festive music.

An Elvis Hometown Christmas

TYLER | 12/16/16

Kraig Parker, the world's foremost Elvis tribute artist, performs for a magical night of Christmas favorites and the greatest hits of Elvis.

Panther Island Ice

FORT WORTH | 11/18/16 - 1/16/17

Fort Worth's first outdoor skating rink, located on the Coyote Drive-In complex, is open seasonally in winter months including all holidays.

Elf (2003)

GRAND PRAIRIE | 12/18/16 - 12/20/16

Holiday films glisten on the big screen of this fully-restored theater and performing arts center that charms with historic 1950s ambience.

Gift of Lights

FORT WORTH | 11/24/16 - 12/31/16

This two-mile drive through the world-renowned Texas Motor Speedway features over 200 lighted displays with more than two million lights.

© Photo courtesy of Gaylord Texan

Lone Star Christmas and Ice!

GRAPEVINE | 11/10/16 - 1/1/17

The Gaylord Texan creates a winter wonderland of two million lights, 50-foot Christmas tree, train displays, live entertainment, and more.

Rocky Mountain Christmas

DALLAS | 12/23/16

Jim Curry performs a heartwarming holiday tribute to John Denver in A Rocky Mountain Christmas at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Speedway Candy Cane Classic

FORT WORTH | 12/17/16

This 1K and 5K run will feature Christmas activities, hot chocolate, and a holiday movie on the world's largest high-def LED video board.

A Christmas Story (1983)

DALLAS | 12/18/2016 & 12/22/16

The Majestic Theatre presents a holiday movie series which includes a screening of A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life.

Tour of Lights

FARMERS BRANCH | 11/25/16 - 12/30/16

One of North Texas' longest animated drive-through light shows returns with festive music, over half a million lights, and Santa himself.

© Photo courtesy of Texas Christkindl

Texas Christkindl Market

ARLINGTON | 11/25/16 - 12/23/16

Inspired by a cherished German tradition, this free, family-friendly market is one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest.

Mercy Me with Dallas POPS

DALLAS | 12/16/16

Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian band MercyMe performs a special holiday concert spectacular with the Dallas POPS.

Santa Claus: A New Musical

FORT WORTH | 11/25/16 - 12/23/16

Santa announces that this will be his last Christmas, and the search is on for someone to fill some very big shoes - or in this case, boots.

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular

ALLEN | 12/17/16

The cast performs incredible feats of strength, skill, and grace to holiday music favorites performed by the Dallas POPS live symphony.

Christmas in the Square

FRISCO | 11/25/16 - 1/1/17

Over 675,000 visitors attend this annual event where the same snow machines used by Disney now create a winter wonderland in Frisco.

© Photo courtesy of Galleria Dallas

Illumination Celebration

DALLAS | 11/25/16 - 12/24/16

The iconic Galleria shopping destination hosts Olympic medalists and America's tallest indoor Christmas tree in an eight-week celebration.

The Texas Tenors

GRAPEVINE | 12/13/16 - 12/17/16

The trio, known for their journey on America's Got Talent, brings their unique blend of country, gospel, classical, and Broadway to the stage.

Magic of Christmas Light Show Spectacular

GRAPEVINE | 11/22/16 - 1/8/17

Sparkle and shine at this beloved light show which is approximately 20 minutes long and runs continuously nightly throughout the holiday.

Sights and Sounds of the Season

DALLAS | 11/26/16 - 12/21/16

Catch your favorite community group as performance artists take the stage at NorthPark Center this season in celebration of the holidays.

The Nutcracker

FORT WORTH | 12/9/16 - 12/24/16

Texas Ballet Theater ushers in the holidays with one of North Texas' most acclaimed productions presented at Bass Performance Hall.

© Photo courtesy of Vetro Glassblowing

Ornament Help Create

GRAPEVINE | 11/19/16 - 12/31/16

Visit Vetro Glassblowing to select and apply colors to hot molten glass gather in this creative and memorable ornament-making experience.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

RICHARDSON | 12/23/16

All-star dancers, a DJ, and a violinist transform E.T.A. Hoffmann's story of a palace of sugarplums into a romance set in 1980s Brooklyn.

Vitruvian Lights

ADDISON | 11/25/16 - 1/1/17

Vitruvian Park transforms into a holiday wonderland with concerts and millions of sparkling LED lights wrapped around more than 550 trees.

A Very Kacey Christmas

FORT WORTH | 12/21/16

Two-time Grammy award-winner Kacey Musgraves will be ringing in the holiday by launching her very first Christmas headlining tour.

White Christmas (1954)

GRAPEVINE | 12/12/16 - 12/22/16

Screenings of this classic film are part of the holiday movie series at the restored art deco-style Palace Theatre in downtown Grapevine.

© Photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo

Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo

DALLAS | 12/1/16 - 2/28/17

As a holiday gift from the Dallas Zoo, visitors can see African penguins and all the other animals at the Dallas Zoo for just $7 per person.

Merry TubaChristmas

DALLAS | 12/23/16

This family-friendly annual event at Thanks-Giving Square features over 200 tubas playing well-known Christmas songs for holiday visitors.

Broadway Christmas Wonderland

DALLAS | 12/6/16 - 12/18/16

This most-loved Christmas show features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast, and high-kicking chorus girls at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Cowboy Christmas

FORT WORTH | 12/19/16

Singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey has contributed beloved songs of his generation and returns with his annual Christmas event.

Mariachi Christmas

FORT WORTH | 12/16/16 - 12/17/16

Ring in the season with Latin flair at this sellout holiday tradition featuring the sounds of traditional mariachis and special theatrical guests.

© Photo courtesy of Palace Theatre

A Merry Little Christmas Show

DALLAS | 12/16/16

Ricki Derek performs a tribute to Frank Sinatra and the most wonderful time of the year at Lower Greenville's Granada Theater concert hall.

Downtown Wanderland

DALLAS | 12/1/16 - 12/17/16

Stroll along Main Street and Pegasus Plaza to explore holiday shopping, live music, movie screenings, seasonal activities, and more.

The Dallas Bach Society

DALLAS | 12/19/16

The celebration of Handel's immortal masterwork, complete, features the Dallas Bach Orchestra and Chorus with solo vocalists and more.

The Art of the Cocktail

DALLAS | 11/18/16 - 11/12/17

This exhibition follows development of the art and culture of the cocktail through the wares in which they were prepared and served.

Santa Land

TYLER | 11/1/16 - 1/4/17

This 24-acre drive-through is comprised of 2 1/2 million lights including Christmas Tree Lane, Elfland Carousel, and the Tunnel of Lights.


For more holiday activities, see additional information below or check out our events calendar, date night ideas, top news stories, or the complete 50 Things To Do series.


Holiday at the Arboretum Experience the stunning, visual beauty of the holiday season at the Dallas Arboretum, including the 12 Days of Christmas gazebos. Holiday at the Arboretum
Vetro Handblown Ornaments Adults and children are invited to participate in the creation of their own hand-blown art glass ornament at Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery in Grapevine! Visit our website at www.VetroArtGlass.com for details. Vetro Handblown Ornaments
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