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The Best Dallas Christmas Events for Families in 2021

The Best Dallas Christmas Events for Families in 2021

Christmas is coming to the Big D in a big way! There are many Christmas activities in Dallas, and local hotels go all out with great holiday packages. It’s easy to take a quick getaway or a special stay-cay for Christmas in Dallas.

Whether you prefer a fancy breakfast with Santa, or seeing the light displays at the Dallas Zoo, there is something to warm every family’s heart. Sugarplums and candy canes and gingerbread houses, oh my! Usher in the holiday season any way you like, just don’t miss out on the best Dallas Christmas events in 2021. 

Dallas Christmas Events in 2021

Dallas Christmas Parades and Tree Lightings

Christmas Events in Dallas include tee lightings
Main Street Garden | Photo by VisitDallas

The 33rd annual Dallas Holiday Parade takes place on Commerce Avenue in downtown Dallas on the morning of December 4, 2021. Ring in the season with a jingle bell and a drum beat as you watch festive floats roll down the street.

The full parade lasts about two hours, but don’t worry, there will be food trucks at Belo Garden and Main Street Garden for lunch after the parade. For a spot on the street, there is no charge and you are allowed to bring your own chairs. However, ticketed stadium seats are also available for purchase.

You can buy tickets for seats at the Dallas Holiday Parade in advance on their website.

Two tree lighting events downtown provide double the chance that you get to see the big Christmas tree reveal live and in person. Deck the Plaza takes place at City Hall Plaza on November 27, 2021 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. This year it will be a drive-through event.

The Holiday Show & Tree Lighting at Klyde Warren Park happens December 4, 2021. Expect plenty of family-friendly activities at Klyde Warren Park during this event from 4-6pm.

The Dallas Arboretum

Christmas Events at the Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum, Photo by Flickr/Scutter

The Dallas Arboretum is truly a one-stop holiday shop full of festive cheer, exquisite decorations, shopping, delicious treats, and kid-friendly fun.

They will be hosting a Holiday Tea on select dates November 26 – December 31, 2021

The incredibly beautiful Holiday at the Arboretum runs from November 10 – December 31, 2021.

The 12 Days of Christmas exhibit features dynamic dioramas inspired by scenes from A Christmas Carol housed inside Victorian gazebos. Advance tickets are required to limit capacity due to Covid-19. 

Of course, thousands of Christmas lights will be sparkling throughout the property as well. back this year is The Pauline and Austin Neuhauff Family Christmas Village. It is a European-inspired Christmas market that is open daily from November 27 – December 31, 2021. 

Let the kids run around at the Holiday Hunt for Santa’s Helpers in the Children’s Adventure Garden on weekends in December.

They will also be hosting a Holiday Tea on select dates November 26 – December 31, 2021.

For travel to Dallas any time of year. Here is our list of Top Things to Do in Dallas with Kids.

Christmas Events at the Dallas Zoo

Christmas Events in Dallas
The Dallas Zoo, Photo by Flickr/Dylan H.

The Dallas Zoo is a kid-favorite venue year round, but it turns up a notch to the celebrate the holiday season. Zoo Lights is open on select nights November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022 from 6-9:30pm.

This drive-thru event features one million lights, lots of holiday-themed displays and 3D lighted sculptures, as well as the ever-popular lanterns shaped like your favorite animals.

Advanced purchase tickets are required. Expect this event to sell out early so buy your tickets now!

Looking for more Christmas events nearby? Grapevine, The Christmas Capital of Texas, is less than an hour away. Check out Your Guide to the Christmas Capital of Texas which includes memorable experiences at the Gaylord Texan.

Special Meet & Greets with Santa

Christmas Events in Dallas
Peppermint Park at the Hilton Anatole, Photo by Marty Perlman/Hilton Anatole

Throughout November and December, the American Girl Store in the Dallas Galleria hosts several different Christmas events. Register early as these events frequently sell out.

Take your favorite American Girl Doll fanatic to enjoy holiday cookie decorating, gingerbread cookie house decorating, or a holiday tea with crafting activities. Santa will be in the store on December 12th and 19th for a special family brunch, including time with Santa for wishes and photos. 

Don’t miss Missile Toes, Dallas Galleria’s famous ice skating Santa, at the Galleria’s indoor ice skating rink. He’ll light up the centerpiece of the rink, the country’s tallest indoor Christmas tree, in spectacular fashion. The skate show featuring Missile Toes takes place on Saturday evenings and the rink is open to the public for skating daily.

Santa sits for photos with the kids on the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower on Saturdays, December 4 through 18, 2021.

Admission includes sweet treats and time to share your Christmas list with Santa. Reunion tower offers panoramic views of downtown Dallas from 50 stories high, complete with telescopes from the outdoor GeO-Deck.

Dallas Hotel Christmas Offerings

The Hilton Anatole grounds magically turn into North Pole Texas in December. Treat your little ones to a fun-filled winter wonderland.

Decorate cookies, enjoy a train ride, watch Santa’s Magical Marionette Theater, dance at the Reindeer Dance Party, write letters to Santa, and more! This experience is open to hotel guests as well as those not staying on property. Reservations are required.

Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there presiding over all of the festivities with plenty of good cheer. The hotel also offers Breakfast with Santa.

The Fairmont Dallas hosts a Tea with Santa, a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, and a Christmas Day Brunch. Tea with Santa includes a large brunch spread topped off with decorate-your-own cookies and a keepsake photo with Santa.

Note: The hotel has not yet updated their website with information regarding holiday 2021. Check with hotel for more information.

Christmas in Dallas- Holiday Shows

Winspear Opera House
Winspear Opera House, Photo by Timothy Hursley

There’s something magical about getting a little bit dressed up and heading out for a night at the theater with the family. Especially if it becomes an annual tradition that the family eagerly anticipates every holiday season.

If the traditional route speaks to your family, the Dallas Theater Center presents a lovely production A Christmas Carol November 24 – December 26, 2021 while the Texas Ballet Theater has perfected their production of the The Nutcracker which runs November 26 – December 26, 2021..

If your little ones aren’t quite ready for those big hitters, try Paddington Saves Christmas at the Dallas Children’s Theater December 5-23, 2021.

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