The holidays are a wonderful time of year to spend quality time with family and friends. Whether you are local to North Texas or here on business or leisure, there are lots of captivating attractions, performances and shows to take in — and DART lets you spend less time driving and parking, and more time enjoying!
On the first day of Christmas, my DART pass gave to me…
AN ELEPHANT IN A PEAR TREE?
Dallas Zoo Lights has a million lights that bring the grounds to life with dozens of animal-shaped light sculptures, lanterns, and more. Catch the magnificent display on select evenings from Nov. 16 through the end of the year. The Dallas Zoo Station drops you off at the entrance.
Where: Dallas Zoo | 650 S. R. L. Thornton Fwy. Dallas
When: Sat. Nov. 16 – Sun. Jan. 5
2 MOUSE KINGS
The Nutcracker Ballet is a much-beloved tradition. Who can forget the Sugar Plum Fairy or the Mouse King? Chamberlain Performing Arts’ production features two New York City Ballet principal dancers and choreography by the legendary George Balanchine. It’s an enchanting evening at the Eisemann Center, steps from Galatyn Park Station.
Where: Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Dr. Richardson
When: Fri. Nov. 29 – Sun. Dec 1
3 FLYING GHOSTS
A Christmas Carol is another favorite holiday tradition that captures the season with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer. The Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic tale of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas. The family crowd-pleaser plays at the Wyly Theater, a 7-minute walk from the Pearl/Arts District Station.
Where: Wyly Theater | 2400 Flora St. Dallas
When: Fri. Nov. 22 – Mon. Dec. 9
4 SKATING KIDS
Skating Under the Stars offers fun outdoor ice skating along with holiday activities in Farmers Branch. Stop by from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 1 for a tree lighting with a festival-like atmosphere. On Dec. 8 and 15, the Holiday in the Grove market will be bustling with yuletide activity. It’s all centered on Farmers Branch Station.
Where: Children’s Health StarCenter Farmers Branch | 12700 N Stemmons Fwy.
When: Fri. Nov. 28 – Fri. Jan. 17
5 CHARMING BLOCKS
Christmas on the Square will have thousands of lights adorning Downtown Garland. The season begins with a tree lighting on Weds. Dec. 5, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Enjoy carolers, hot chocolate, and a visit with Santa. The family fun is a few blocks from Downtown Garland Station.
Where: Downtown Garland | 520 W. State St. Garland
When: Thurs. Dec. 5 – Tues. Dec. 31, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
6 CAROLERS CAROLING
Dickens in Downtown Plano is like stepping into a nostalgic Christmas card. The Downtown Plano Arts District becomes a wonderland with strolling carolers in costume, Polar Express Fun at the Interurban Museum, a visit from Santa and a tree lighting in Haggard Park. This trip to Downtown Plano Station is a trip back in time.
Where: Haggard Park | 901 E. 15 St. Plano
When: Fri. Dec. 6, 5:30 – 9:30 pm
7 DECKS A DAZZLING
Klyde Warren Park Holiday Show & Tree Lighting Celebration is an afternoon of entertainment and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, crafts, games, and real snow! Enjoy performances of holiday music, visits from Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The grand finale is the tree lighting – made even more dazzling with the deck park’s downtown Dallas backdrop. It’s a 7-minute walk from St. Paul Station; the M-Line Trolley serves the park directly.
Where: Klyde Warren Park | 2012 Woodall Rogers Fwy. Dallas
When: Sat. Dec. 7, 2 – 6 pm
8 TINY HOUSES
Santa’s Village is Richardson’s miniature holiday-themed town with colorful buildings offering children fun activities. Enjoy live musical performances and holiday photo ops, hot chocolate, and a visit with Santa. The village is in front of City Hall. It’s a 9-minute walk or short ride on Bus Route 361 from the Arapaho Center Station.
Where: Richardson City Hall | 411 West Arapaho Rd. Richardson
When: Fridays – Saturdays, Dec. 7 – Dec. 22
9 MOM-AND-POP STORES
Santa on the Square in Downtown Carrollton features lights, decorations, and festivities. Catch Santa from 12:30-6:30 pm, Dec. 7. The square’s unique mom-and-pop shops will be in full seasonal splendor. The Square is a couple of blocks from the Downtown Carrollton Station.
Where: Historic Downtown Carrollton | 1106 S. Broadway St.
When: Sat. Dec. 7, 10:30 am – 4 pm
Village of Rowlett Downtown Main Street Fest & Holiday Parade gets you in the spirit with music, dance, and festive floats. The parade starts at 6 p.m. The event is near Downtown Rowlett Station.
Where: Village of Rowlett Downtown | 4000 Main St. Rowlett
When: Sat. Dec. 14, 3 – 8 pm
11 GUITARS TWANGING
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ 20th Annual Holiday Shindig showcases a husband-and-wife duo who are Texas music mainstays. There are two shows to choose from at the Kessler Theater. That’s a mile from the Bishop Arts stop of the Dallas Streetcar; Bus Route 542 connects the two, or you can stroll and shop in the Bishop Arts District.
Where: Kessler Theater | 1230 W. Davis St. Dallas
When: Fri. Dec.13 | Two shows, 6 and 9 pm
12 ROCKERS SPREEING
The Polyphonic Spree Christmas Show stars one of Dallas’ most famous musical exports – part rock band, part choir, and part orchestra. Expect a rousing performance from the dozen-plus bandmates and front man Tim DeLaughter. The show is at the Majestic Theatre, three blocks from St. Paul Station.
Where: The Majestic Theatre | 1925 Elm St. Dallas
When: Sat. Dec 14, 7 pm