Holidays at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

By Salah Izzedin

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“Holiday at the Arboretum” was voted “Texas’ Best Holiday Event” by Southern Living Magazine, and it is easy to understand why. The botanical gardens are a popular destination year-round, but they are transformed into something truly magical at Christmas time. 

Decorations at the Dallas Arboretum

12 enormous Victorian-style gazebos are cheerfully decorated to represent each of the twelve days of Christmas. At night, the garden itself is ablaze with over one million twinkle lights, leading the way to a massive, 50-foot tree that plays Christmas carols. Guests will be amazed by a 23-foot-tall German Christmas Pyramid with charming animations on each level. 

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The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village

The decor alone is reason enough to visit the Arboretum this time of year, but there are also plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. Visitors can stroll through the famous Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village where Santa has his own house and a red sleigh for photo opportunities. 

Live music and local vendors passing out samples of treats add to the merry atmosphere. 

Food and Drink at the Gardens

Daytime dining options include the Restaurant DeGolyer and the Cafe on the Green. At night, visitors can enjoy authentic German cuisine at the pop up tavern and biergarten. Local food vendors include:

  • Papi’s Kitchen
  • Kevin the Pie Dude
  • Parlors Ice Cream
  • Cinnaholic
  • Custom Café Foods
  • KRAVS Foods LLC
  • DarkArts Chocolates
  • Granny’s Scratch Kitchen
  • Avery’s Savory Popcorn

Artistry of the Nativity

Returning this year is another cherished tradition: the historic DeGolyer home is exquisitely decorated by designer Michael Hamilton in the theme of “Artistry of the Nativity.” Hamilton has been transforming the DeGolyer house for over twenty years. 

It takes five full days to finish the decorations, and each year is something completely new. Hamilton credits his attention to detail and exaggerated depth to the fact that he has only one eye, which he calls his “God’s gift.”

Reserve Your Tickets for Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum

You won’t want to miss this classic Dallas holiday event. Holiday at the Arboretum is happening through December 31, 2021. Tickets are timed, and you can reserve your spot online

About the Author: Salah Izzedin

Salah Izzedin has lived in Dallas for over twenty years. He is an entrepreneur and enjoys exploring all the city has to offer.

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