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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Volunteer Opportunity: Saving Mussels with Dallas Zoo

Your Dallas Zoo's Take Action Team is on a mission to Create a Better World for Animals. Join them as they work to restore habitat for Texas wildlife!

Cleaning up litter around the park to keep our parks and waterways clean and healthy for mussels and other wildlife

Danieldale Park
540 W Wheatland Rd, Dallas, TX 75232
*Meet at picnic tables near the main parking lot
**Please note bathrooms may not be available during the event**

All participants are encouraged to register for this event so you can stay up to date on any changes (e.g., cancellation due to extreme weather, etc.), however registration is not required.
Because of the physical nature of this activity, it’s most appropriate for those over the age of 6. Participants should wear long sleeves, pants and closed-toed shoes. Making a difference can be messy, so keep the mud in mind!


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The TEX Gala brings the beach to the ballpark

The TEX Gala will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023 on the field at Globe Life Field.

The TEX Gala will feature a red-carpet arrival, VIP reception, premium food and beverage and will culminate in a special performance featuring Kenny Chesney.

For questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Sponsorship and Tickets: TexGala | Texas Rangers (


Monday, January 30, 2023

Adopt an Animal - Valentine's Day gift idea


Adopt-An-Animal Package with Eco-Friendly Plush | $98

Now through Feb. 14, Adopt-An-Animal online or at the Dallas Zoo for an aROARable Valentine’s Day gift. Adoptions will include Valentine’s-themed packaging, and option to customize message to your special someone. 

Adopt-An-Animal package includes a super-soft plush and can be mailed to you or sent directly to a gift recipient.

Eco-friendly plush
Customized adoption certificate
Educational zookeeper report
Exclusive photo
Two general admission tickets to visit the Dallas Zoo

For special orders or if you have any questions, please contact Tele Durham at 469-554-7420 or

Each adoption helps the Dallas Zoo in Creating a Better World for Animals!

Adoptable animals: 
African lion, African elephant, African penguin, Caribbean flamingo, Nile hippopotamus, reticulated giraffe, Sumatran tiger cub, two-toed sloth, western lowland gorilla

Thursday, January 26, 2023

An Evening with Bryan's House on March 30

An Evening with Bryan's House

Thursday, March 30th
6 pm to 10 pm
The Mason Dallas

Bryan’s House is hosting an exclusive event to benefit children with special needs and their families. The event will be an exclusive chef-driven multi-course dinner. Creativity will be displayed as the chefs prepare all the food exclusively on smokers and grills. It will be an evening of FANTASTIC food and entertainment by local favorite Ricki Derek and his rat-pack music reminiscent of 1960s Vegas. Other entertainment includes a femme fatale champagne lady, cigar-rolling station, magic photo mirror, and live and silent auctions.

Participating chefs are:

PEJA KRSTIC, Event Chair

JUNIOR BORGES, StarChefs Rising Star
BRUNO DAVAILLON, Michelin Star Recipient
OMAR FLORES, James Beard Award Nominee
MATT McCALLISTER, James Beard Award Nominee
REGINO ROJAS, James Beard Award Nominee
JOHN TESAR, Michelin Star Recipient
DIANA ZAMORA, Acclaimed Pastry Chef

Monday, December 12, 2022

Stewpot Alliance Soup's On! Luncheon and Art Sale Jan. 30

 The 15th annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On Luncheon and Art Show will be held on Monday, January 30 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Thompson Dallas in downtown Dallas. Artists Christy Coltrin and Brad Oldham chair the annual fundraising event benefitting The Stewpot.

“No two clients at The Stewpot are the same. Effectively helping our homeless and at-risk neighbors requires a deep knowledge of the issues and resourceful thinking to customize programs and services,” Christy said. “We want to celebrate the creative thinking used at The Stewpot that translates into real help. The luncheon theme is creativity.” 

“The Stewpot’s Art Program uses art for both therapeutic exploration and a source of income for those they serve,” Brad added. “As artists, we see how lives are changed through such a program, and we are challenging ourselves to share our skills at Soup’s On. For example, instead of a floral centerpiece on the luncheon table we made a limited-edition bronze sculpture called Otter Guides that will be for sale.”

Otter Guides by Brad Oldham Sculpture
100 bronze editions, each artist signed and individually numbered
$550 each

The featured speaker is Dallas Mavericks CEO and author Cynt Marshall, who boldly confronts tough issues in business and in life in her new book titled You’ve Been Chosen. Cynt shares how she beat personal and professional odds while also helping others see how they are uniquely equipped to thrive. Dallas Mavericks DJ Ivy Awino will serve as emcee and sound producer for the luncheon. 

Featured Speaker, Cynt Marshall

As always, some of Dallas’ finest chefs – including Jeff Bekavac, PILF Group; J. Chastain, Sister;  Kevin Curry, Fit Men Cook; Omar Flores, Muchacho Tex Mex; Danyele McPherson, 80/20 Hospitality; Janice Provost, Parigi; Anastasia Quiñones Pittman;, José; Javier Reyes, The Stewpot; Jeramie Robison, Thompson Dallas; Abraham Salum, Salum under the direction of Chef Brian C. Luscher, culinary director of 33 Restaurant Group – will prepare signature soups for the occasion. 

Central Market sponsored a recipe booklet featuring the soup recipes and cooking tips as a gift for luncheon goers. Each guest will also take home a commemorative soup bowl featuring artwork from The Stewpot artists as well as have the opportunity to view and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of art crafted by artists in The Stewpot Art Program.  

“Soup’s On is one of the most heartfelt luncheons in Dallas, and we look forward to treating our guests to a unique fundraiser while helping raise much-needed money for The Stewpot,” Katy King, The Stewpot Alliance president said. 

“Demand for our programs and services like Rapid Rehousing is up, and we need the additional support to keep individuals and families off the streets,” Brenda Snitzer, executive director of The Stewpot said. “The winter months are especially difficult month for our clients to stay out of the often harsh weather conditions. Each person rehoused or stabilized to stay housed can literally be a life saved.”

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit The Stewpot which now, in its 48th year serves our neighbors who are experiencing and at risk of homelessness by providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, counseling and case management, rapid reshousing, medical and dental services via onsite partners, youth and family stabilization programs, as well as therapeutic and vocational activities.

Single tickets for Soup’s On begin at $250 with Early Bird pricing before December 15. Sponsorships are available. For more information, sponsorship opportunities, and tickets, please visit The Thompson Dallas is located at 1401 Elm Street. Complimentary valet parking is available to all guests.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Actress and Human Rights Activist Julia Ormond Illustrated the Power of Small Choices at NFNL Luncheon

Award-winning actress Julia Ormond inspired a crowd of nearly 800 attendees at the November 4 New Friends New Life (NFNL) Luncheon by illustrating how small choices can have a monumental impact. In addition to discussing how the everyday choices we make can create a better, safer world, Ormond cleverly demonstrated how even a small donation can add up to a large sum when magnified by the power of many.

Co-Chair Melissa Sherrill Martin; Co-Chair Kristi Sherrill Hoyl; Julia Ormond; Bianca Davis, CEO, New Friends New Life; Tracey Nash-Huntley, board chair, New Friends New Life; Co-Chair Katherine Wynne; Hon. Co-Chair Matrice Ellis-Kirk; Hon. Co-Chair Ambassador Ron Kirk

As emcee Shelly Slater stated at the start of the program, “while the issue of human trafficking is heavy, heartbreaking, and hard, you will learn today the New Friends New Life is offering hope, healing, and a measure of happiness to hundreds of brave survivors and vulnerable youth each year.”

Slater introduced luncheon Co-Chairs Katherine Wynne, Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, and Melissa Sherrill Martin who thanked friends and supporters. Wynne kicked things off by recognizing Honorary Co-Chairs Matrice Ellis-Kirk and former Dallas Mayor, Ambassador Ron Kirk for “caring about this critical cause.” Hoyl shared that there are an estimated 313,000 human trafficking victims in Texas, with 79,000 being minors. She highlighted the work of NFNL’s Youth Resource Center, which has provided hope for nearly 550 girls, ages 12-22 since opening in 2018. Martin recognized top sponsors Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, Tracey Nash-Huntley and David Huntley, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Southwest Airlines, and the Jensen Project as well as Nancy and Randy Best and Carolyn and David Miller.

Maggie Kipp, Katherine Wynne, Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, Melissa Sherrill Martin, Elizabeth Saab

Following an invocation by Dr. Cynthia Mickens Ross, Matt Osborne and Priya Murphy of NFNL presented the 2022 ProtectHER recipients, who were honored for the impact they make as advocates and volunteers. 

Lynn McBee, a philanthropic and leadership force in Dallas and longtime champion for women and girls, understands that education is a key that can unlock access and opportunity for vulnerable youth. A biochemist who spent years as a research scientist, McBee now serves as CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network.

The three ProtectHER Award Recipients pictured with Honorary Co-Chair Matrice Ellis-Kirk; Suzanne Massey representing Santander Consumer USA Foundation, Inc; Nissi Hamilton; Lynn McBee

The financial and volunteer support of Santander Consumer USA Foundation has provided the funding for an on-site Legal Advocacy Clinic with a staff attorney working on site at NFNL to help members with legal contracts and cases preventing them from moving forward in life. Additionally, Santander employees have volunteered countless hours, including giving survivors skills needed to face the world.

Diondra Wilcher, Kaileigh Johnson 

Dr. Nissi Hamilton, a child sex trafficking survivor who became an award-winning advocate, gave an impassioned acceptance speech to the riveted audience. Dr. Hamilton won the Foundation for Improvement of Justice’s 2022 Paul H. Chapman Award for her advocacy in the passing of the Texas Smart Act, which was signed into law in 2021 and provides protection and resources to trafficking victims. She is a passionate leader in the national anti-trafficking movement, a sexual abuse counselor, and CEO of the nonprofit Nissi’s Network, Inc. She captivated the audience with a powerful recount of her journey from trauma to triumph. “Human Trafficking is a second slavery. By the time I was 15, I had slept on countless bathroom floors. I was a homeless teen mother. I had to stand in front of a judge who did not honor me, protect me, or see me. I lived in foster care and was transferred to live in my trafficker’s home with my children by the time I was 16. I lost my children and studied law to get them back – eight in all.” She encouraged attendees to be a “burden barrier,” see trafficking survivors and offer support as they rebuild their lives.

ProtectHER Award Recipient Santander Consumer USA Foundation, Inc.: Francisco Pineda, Jaime Patrick, Don Smith, Baxter Cantrell, Kelli Chavez-McDonald, Suzanne Massey

New Friends New Life CEO Bianca Davis took the stage highlighting the work of the nonprofit’s Youth Resource Center, a place where 546 girls “have come to feel seen, safe, and supported.” She shared impactful stories and stated that the program now provides a tailored path forward for varying age groups.

Davis then introduced keynote speaker, Emmy award-winning actress, founder, and activist Julia Ormond, who flew into Dallas three days prior to immerse herself into the work of the organization, meet the women in the program, visit with supporters, and participate in one of NFNL’s educational bus tours illustrating that trafficking is happening everywhere.  Ormond is the first and former United Nations Goodwill Ambassador against Trafficking and Slavery. She has traveled the world and has been fighting trafficking since the 1990s.

Shelly Slater began the conversation by noting that in all the years of this luncheon, she did not recall any speaker so passionate about the mission that they would come into town days early to learn more about the work of the organization and those it serves. She asked Ormond about her attachment to fighting trafficking. 

Ormond shared from her perspective that “enslavement and forced labor are like the cancer in humanity. With cancer you do chemo to get right to the tumor. With trafficking we also need to take a laser-like approach that gets right to the tumor. We need to understand that when we buy a product from a supply chain, we are supporting value chains, the people who are in forced labor.”  She shared how businesses as well as the consumer play roles in ensuring the supply chain for goods is free of slavery and that we need to make sure that “workers have access to human rights.”

Shelly Slater, Julia Ormond

She talked about visiting shelters all over the world and always leaving with sadness. When walking into New Friends New Life, “all were so welcoming and achieving a goal of providing a safe space with hope.” She complimented the skilled staff who lead the bus tours which she described as “something very clever” demonstrating trafficking is happening everywhere while sharing her new knowledge of the “high-five” area in Dallas. “We must have the courage to step up and hear it” to make an impact. 

Slater asked her about her trips around the world and the slavery she had witnessed. She highlighted her trip to Lake Volta in Ghana where enforced labor of children was discovered because children’s bodies were washing up onto the shores. When traveling there, she expected to see skinny children, but instead she saw “a very muscular, well-built young man.” She was told by those she was with that by his height they believed him to be 12 years old, and he had likely done about five years of hard labor.

She began to think about the fish they were catching and wondered, “Any chance I have purchased and eaten this fish or fed it to my children? If so, I am supporting a system trapping people in enslaved and forced labor. My mission became to work on transparency to protect people.”

Shelly Slater, Jessica Brazeal, Julia Ormond, Priya Murphy, Bianca Davis, Melissa Sherrill Martin, Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, Katherine Wynne

Ormond is the founder of the nonprofit ASSET Campaign, which is the source of global legislation the Transparency in Supply Chains Law that requires major businesses to publicly disclose their policies to prevent human trafficking and forced labor in product supply chains.

“Through this new law, we now look at a company’s disclosure and see everything, and if that leads to a company who has found 25 child slaves, then this company showed up and transparency works.”

Slater summarized, “It really is all about education and transparency, and thinking where did that come from? I am not getting that Tilapia from across the sea if it is tied to this. It all comes back to dignity.”

“With small choices, we can vote for the world we want,” Ormond stated. “This law is helping us to see who is doing what, and we can start as consumers to support those who we think are doing the right thing. So, every time we spend a dollar, we can vote for the world that we want.”

Chris Kleinert, Ashlee Kleinert, Nancy Ann Hunt

Ormond then illustrated the power we each have to make a difference in the world. She said that you need resources in the world to do the heavy lifting, such as New Friends New Life, but we should never lose sight of the fact that a small choice has power and can be effective.

She then asked the audience how they would feel about giving $10 right now to NFNL, inviting someone to the stage with a calculator for this exercise. “With 800 people in the room, that comes to $8,000, which is nice, but what if everyone did that once a month.  Times 12, that amount changes to $96,000. Does everyone have ten friends? That brings it to $960,000. Multiple by 12, and you have $11,520,000.” 

David E. Ross, III, Cynthia Mickens Ross

At the conclusion of the luncheon, the impact of Ormond’s words was evident when day-of donations totaled $99,000 helping NFNL surpass its goal with $560,000 in net proceeds raised. 

Luncheon attendees included Robin Bagwell; Elizabeth Gambrell; Nancy Ann Hunt; Maggie Kipp; Ashlee and Chris Kleinert; Jan Langbein; Wendy Messmann; Caren Prothro; Jenna Quinn; Ted Poe; Pat Schenkel; Beth Thoele; Gail and Dr. R. Gerald Turner; Jessica Turner-Waugh; and Jimmy Westcott.

Photos by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Cass

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Dallas Arboretum’s Great Contributors Awards Event Honored Laura Bush and Kay Bailey Hutchison

 On November 15, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s annual Great Contributors Award dinner honored two remarkable Texas women —Laura Bush and The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison.

The Great Contributors Award is bestowed on individuals whose contributions have made an important positive impact on the state, country and world as the Dallas Arboretum works to contribute to Dallas recognition from throughout the world. Funds raised help the Dallas Arboretum fund the 100,000 school-age children who attend field trips; underwrite 25,000 tickets to provide access to the garden to those unable to pay; and provide upkeep for the 66-acre garden to remain ‘best in class.’

Will McDaniel (DABS board chairman elect), Marilyn Weber (DABS event honorary co-chair), Rena Pederson, Ben Weber (DABS event honorary co-chair), Jim Ryan (DABS board chairman)

Jim Ryan, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, welcomed 200 guests. “We want to thank all of you here tonight – for your support, sponsorship and friendship to the Dallas Arboretum. It’s my pleasure to introduce our event honorary co-chairs, Marilyn and Ben Weber, who will introduce this year’s Great Contributors honorees when our program begins.

Tom Gilcrest sang the invocation with two Texas favorite songs—"Deep in the Heart of Texas” and “God Bless America.” 

Sam Coats, The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bailey Hutchison, Tom Gilchrist 

Ben Weber introduced Laura Bush. “One of the most beloved and admired First Ladies of Texas and of the United States, Laura Bush continues to bring dignity and honor to our state and our country. A champion of key issues in the fields of education, health care and women's rights, Mrs. Bush remains committed to issues of global concern through her work at the George W. Bush Institute. As a lifelong conservationist, Mrs. Bush has visited more than 30 national parks and historic sites, spotlighting our country's national treasures and natural wonders. She is passionate about prairie restoration, native plantings and saving our migrating birds. Mrs. Bush is the proud founder of Texan by Nature, which brings conservation and business together to protect our state's people, plants and prosperity. I now introduce to you, former First Lady but first in our hearts, Laura Bush.”

Ben Weber (DABS event honorary co-chair), Marilyn Weber (DABS event honorary co-chair), Laura Bush (Great Contributor Award honoree), Jim Ryan (DABS board chairman)

Laura Bush remarked, “I am thrilled to be here to accept the Dallas Arboretum’s Great Contributor Award because, as I’m sure many of you know, I am an outdoor enthusiast. 

Well, the reason I agreed to accept this award tonight is so I could come on stage to recognize the true greatest contributor in the room – and that’s Mary Brinegar. Mary brought her passion for education to the Arboretum, furthering the nonprofit’s mission to build and maintain a public garden that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and join me in giving a heartfelt thanks to the Dallas Arboretum’s Greatest Contributor, my friend, Mary Brinegar.”

Marilyn Weber introduced Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rena Pederson who moderated the discussion. “The Dallas Arboretum is pleased to bestow its Great Contributor Award to The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison. Her lifetime of service to our nation has been extraordinary. For 20 years, she served the State of Texas as a U.S. Senator, and for more than three years, she served as the United States Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She has written three books, and continues to serve on many prestigious local, national and international boards. Recognizing her lifetime of service, the Dallas City Council named the city's Convention Center after her. Her alma mater, the University of Texas, proudly houses The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business.”

Ben Weber, Marilyn Weber, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Kathy Helm, Larry Helm 

Laura Bush was interviewed by Rena Pederson, known as a trailblazer for women in journalism and named by Texas Monthly as one of the most powerful women in the state. Pederson has written four books, served on the Pulitzer Prize Board for nine years and received national recognition as Vice President and Editorial Page Editor at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years.

Pederson asked Hutchison questions about the world affairs, particularly Poland, NATO, Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan and more. Hutchison had a front seat to many of these developments in her role and shared the history of these situations. The riveting conversation kept the audience engaged. 

Jim Ryan closed the evening. “Thank you for attending tonight to honor these great women. And thanks to each of you as you are also our Great Contributors and have continued to believe the dream of what we offer to our guests.”

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Ireland Funds Will Honor Sean Donohue, DFW International Airport CEO

 The Ireland Funds has announced Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), as the recipient of its 2023 Distinguished Leadership Business Leader Award. He will be honored on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the Texas Emerald Ball, which will be held at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. The Ireland Funds made the announcement on November 17 at the Dallas Arboretum in front of key members and supporters.

Mike Corboy, Sean Donohue, Tom Codd, John Tillotson, John Grimes
Photo credit: Can Turkyilmaz

The Ireland Funds’ Texas Vice President of Development, Meg Finley, welcomed everyone. Ireland Consul General Robert Hull, based in Austin, talked about the long-standing connections between Ireland and Texas with their cultures, businesses, and sports.

The Ireland Funds National Board Member, Thomas W. Codd, recounted the organization’s history and introduced Donohue. “We look forward to honoring Sean with the Distinguished Business Leader Award. A great leader, he has shown his ability in running one of the most successful airports in the world. He’s also a great family man and friend.”

Donohue said, “I am honored to be selected by The Ireland Funds for this prestigious award and look forward to March 18th.” 

Sean Donohue - CEO of DFW International Airport

Donohue spoke about his role leading DFW International Airport, particularly the magnitude of the 17,000+ acre location. “We grow as the region grows. We’re the second largest airport in the world [in terms of passengers] and serve nearly 80 million customers. We have 2,000 DFW Airport employees, but if you add the airlines and other businesses to our employees, there are 65,000 total.” He also talked about taking care of the minority and women-owned small businesses at the airport during and after the pandemic—a priority of his.

Michael and Jennifer Fitzpatrick

The Texas Emerald Ball’s honorary co-chairs are Mary Lee and Fritz Duda, community leaders and supporters of The Ireland Funds. The event’s proceeds support many charitable causes across the island of Ireland. For a complete list, visit Focus Areas - The Ireland Funds, Progress through Philanthropy.

Mary Lee and Fritz Duda, Co-Chairs

Entertainment includes Chloë Agnew, Irish singer and songwriter, the youngest original member of Celtic Woman.

Chloe Agnew, Entertainer

Sponsorships are available now for the March 18th Texas Emerald Ball. Visit

About The Ireland Funds: The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network. Established in 1976, The Ireland Funds’ mission is to harness the power of a global network of friends of Ireland to promote and support peace, culture, education, and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and among Irish communities around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has provided support to more than 3,200 deserving organizations across the globe. For more information, visit

Friday, November 25, 2022

Holiday at the Arboretum

 Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, returns with a garden transformed to get people into the holiday spirit with The Christmas Village, The 12 Days of Christmas and the 50-foot-tall Dazzling Musical Tree. These three large-scale outdoor displays are perfectly designed for the 66-acre garden and are open to the public both in the daytime and evening. In the historic DeGolyer House, the Dallas Arboretum debuts The Artistry of Faith & Culture that features the three world holidays celebrated during the season—Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa—along with Diwali celebrated in the fall. The holiday festival runs through December 31. 

 The Christmas Village

Inspired by European Christmas Markets, or Christkindlmarket, The Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades representing a quaint European hamlet. The Christmas Village is wonderful during the day, but it’s magical at night with lighted trees, shop owners passing out samples and live entertainment. Each house is individually designed for the Dallas Arboretum, with the Christmas Village as an attraction for everyone. 

 Santa Claus has his own house and a sleigh for photo opportunities. He is in his house on select days and nights in November and December (check schedule online). New this year, the Arboretum offers exclusive private photo opportunities with Santa for the entire family throughout the festival with Ivey Photography.

The Marilyn and Ben Weber Family Christmas Pyramid, a 23-foot-tall German-built structure, is decorated with hand-carved elements, lighting and character movement on every level. The Weber Pyramid is the perfect complement to the Christmas Village and is the signature element in Pyramid Square along with an Edelweiss Haus serving food and drinks and a larger biergarten and performance area. 

Dazzling Musical Tree

Holiday at the Arboretum also features the return of the Dazzling Musical Tree, a 50-foot-tall tree animated with more than 42,000 lights and merry holiday tunes, presented on the hour and every half hour of the day and evening on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn. 

 The 12 Days of Christmas Gazebos

Guests can continue to enjoy the 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of The 12 Days of Christmas with some updated characters. The gazebos come to life at night beginning November 9, except for Thanksgiving Day (closed) and December 24 (closes at 5 p.m.), December 25 (closed) and New Year’s Eve (closes at 5 p.m.). These glass gazebos resemble an oversize music box with mannequins and animals that move along with music and lighting.

 A Million Lights in the Garden

Holiday at the Arboretum has more than a million lights throughout the garden, trimming the historic homes and the 30-foot-tall spruce tree in the center of the garden. It’s the perfect place for getting into the holiday spirit. 

 Tickets, which range from $10-$35, are required for entry for the garden, so guests are encouraged to reserve preferred dates early. For more information, visit

Holiday Karaoke Night 
November 29 & December 20  -  6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Start warming up those vocal cords, and head out to the Dallas Arboretum for Holiday Karaoke night in The Christmas Village. All the holiday classics are ready for you to sing from our performance gazebo in our cozy biergarten. Free with paid evening admission. 

 Bingo Night  
December 13  -  6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Grab your Bingo dauber, and get ready for a fun night of Holiday Bingo in The Christmas Village! We provide Bingo cards and pens; just show up and enjoy the fun in our festive Biergarten. Free with paid evening admission.

Holiday Tea
Daily •11 a.m. & 2 p.m. 

Bring your family and friends together and create an annual tradition – holiday tea at the Restaurant DeGolyer, lavishly decorated for the season. Reservations required. Call 214-515-6511 to reserve your seat now.   

e DeGolyer House is transformed to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in a collaborative community-sourced exhibit.

  Kids Holiday Truffle Class with Yelibelly Chocolate 
December 21 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Child member 8+ (with an adult) $50 
Child guest 8+ (with an adult) $60 
Additional Child 8+ $35 

Kids, get ready for a hands-on truffle making class with Yelibelly Chocolates. We bring everything you need to make fun and delicious hand rolled truffles. We provide a variety of toppings to make your truffles even more irresistible. Once you get your truffles home, you can share them as gifts or simply enjoy them together as a family.

 Noche Buena with Chef Mollie G 
December 22 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Adult member $69
Adult guest $79 

Food and Wine alumna and Master Chef contestant Chef Mollie G returns with a showcase of tamales to celebrate Noche Buena, which translates to “the good night,” a yearly holiday in which communities celebrate Christmas on the night of Dec. 24.