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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.

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