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10 Affordable Holiday Traditions To Start in DFW

Lise Mannering

Lise Mannering attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she worked on her Bachelors of Fine Arts...

Lise Mannering attended the University of Texas at Arlington where she worked on her Bachelors of Fine Arts...

Feb 8 4 minutes read


Living in DFW means there’s no shortage of fun, and affordable, things to do once December rolls around. Even though it may not be a white Christmas, Dallas knows how to celebrate right, with so many events across the city you won’t know which one to head to first. 


1. Visit the Lights at Frisco Square

Complete with “snow flurries” every 15 minutes (on Fridays and Saturdays), ice skating, and an incredible light display, Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square is an experience for all ages you don’t want to miss. 

2. Visit Downtown Grapevine “the Christmas Capital of Texas”

The self-proclaimed “Christmas Capital of Texas” has more than 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days. Most notably, ICE! At the Gaylord Texan features a 54-foot tall Christmas tree, lifesize ice sculptures, Santa’s Wild Workshop snow tubing, and a live ice-carving show to watch artists create right before your eyes. 

3. Check out The Galleria’s incredible Christmas Tree

The Galleria has holiday events all month long, including visiting Santa in his village, a holiday pet adoption event, and an illumination celebration of the largest indoor Christmas tree in the nation. 

4. Dallas Theater Center’s Presentation of “A Christmas Carol” 

An unforgettable show, you won’t want to miss the Dallas Theater Center’s presentation of Charles Dickens’ classic story, featuring Brad Leland from Friday Night Lights as Ebeneezer Scrooge. The show runs all month long, with special discounts for students and teachers. 

5. See A Movie at the Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Cinema and Drafthouse show special holiday movies at each other their locations. See National Lampoon’s Christmas on the 10th, or Elf on the 18th, 20th, and 21st at the Cedars location. 

6. Ice Skate at Panther Island Ice

Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink is a must-see attraction this holiday season. Whether you go with a group of friends or take the entire family, you won’t be able to ice skate outside anywhere else. 

7. See the Trains at Northpark

For 30 years, the Trains at Northpark have benefitted the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD). This year’s exhibit runs from November 18 - January 7 and features 1,600 feet of track, rolling from coast to coast, on a tour of America. 

8. Brunch with Santa at the Hilton Anatole

You don’t have to stay at the Hilton Anatole to have breakfast or brunch with Santa. The hotel, located in the Design District, transforms into a holiday wonderland each year with kid’s activities, train rides, festive decor and of course, breakfast with Santa himself. 

9. Dallas By Chocolate Tours

For $33 you can have your fill of chocolate, hot chocolate, and Christmas lights from the comfort of a private motorcoach. Dallas By Chocolate takes tour-goers past some of Dallas’ most beautiful holiday attractions, with enough chocolate to quench your sweet tooth. 

10. Visit the Holiday Oasis at Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is stunning anytime of year, but during their 12 days of Christmas celebration, it’s especially gorgeous. With lighted displays, gazebos featuring costumed characters, whimsical animals, and music, the .75 mile walk through the display will quickly become a holiday favorite. 

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