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6 Outdoor Events in Dallas this Holiday Season

Take the family out, see the lights, and take advantage of the most eventful season of the year!  Here are six of the best events the Dallas area has to offer this December.

1) The 12 Days of Christmas

This event, hosted by the Dallas Arboretum, will be an up-close walk through the famous Christmas carol. There will be 12 Victorian gazebos, each 25 feet in length and encased in glass walls. Each gazebo will feature the different mechanically moving gifts in the song (four calling birds, nine ladies dancing, etc.).

The event is running until early January. It’s open daily during the day, but be sure to look through the availability for nighttime events—you won’t want to miss those bright gazebos at night!

Dates and times: November 8th – January 3rd (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) [See website for special nighttime dates and times.]

Price: $15 (Adults, daytime); $20 (Adults, nighttime)

2) Texas Christkindl Market

Here is an outdoor market in Arlington that has a pretty neat history to it.

The Christkindl Market follows the path of a traditional German Christmas market, usually celebrated during the four weeks of advent. Some may not know it, but Arlington’s sister city is Bad Königshofen, which inspired the Texas version.

The market is full of unique vendors selling Christmas gifts, authentic German food, and decorations, and there is live music entertainment throughout the season. There are also a number of children’s activities, including a gingerbread house, a visit with Saint Nicholas (or der Heilige Nikolaus), and a children’s lantern parade honoring a kind historical Roman soldier.

Dates and times: November 27th – December 23rd (Sunday/Friday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

Price: Free

3) Dallas Children’s Health Holiday Parade

The Children’s Health Holiday Parade is celebrating its 28th year in 2015, splashing the streets of downtown Dallas with bright hues and lively characters.

The parade draws over 400,000 onlookers every year and lasts a little over an hour. It has everything you want in a family-friendly, traditional parade: marching bands, massive popular character balloons, and a string of themed floats.

In case you’re interested, there’s also a Parade Preview Party the night before and Breakfast with Santa the morning of.

Date and time: December 5th (10 a.m. CST)

Price: Free

4) A “Picture Perfect” Candlelight

Every year, Dallas Heritage Village puts on a charming candlelight event, and this year’s theme is “Picture Perfect.” If you’ve been to the candlelight event in the past, send a picture you’ve taken there to the Village to possibly receive free tickets!

The event entails walking through a long path of candles flickering in the night air, with a backdrop of carolers, a donkey-pulled carriage, and crafts for your family to make together. There will be several food trucks, as well as original kettle corn, at the event, so go in with an empty stomach.

Dates and times: December 12th & 13th (3 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

Price: $12 (Adults); $8 (Children 4–12)

5) Prairie Lights

Though it’s a little out of the way, Grand Prairie has a dazzling two-mile display of four million lights that’s worth the drive.

Maybe the best thing about it is how many viewing options you have. After riding halfway through the path in your car, you can get out and watch an indoor laser show, drink up some cider, or walk on foot through something called the “Holiday Magic Forest.”

We recommend taking your time as you drive through; savor the experience!

Dates and times: November 26th – January 3rd (Sunday–Thursday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday/Saturday/Holidays: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

Price: $20 (Mon–Thu); $35 (Fri–Sun, Holidays)

6) The Secret Life of Pigeons

If you get all “Christmas'd” out a week into December, don’t worry: there are events you can go to that have nothing to do with the holidays. One involves pigeons—lots and lots of them.

The Pigeon Presentation at Klyde Warren Park is an hour-long event filled with live pigeons, bird origami, homing pigeon messages, for starters. It’s a short, quirky event that young kids in particular are sure to get a kick out of.

Dates and times: November 28th, December 26th, and January 23rd (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.)

Price: Free

The Holidays Are Made for Outdoor Events

As fall matures and fades into winter, you can almost smell the change in the air. The air is crisp and cool, and there’s no better time of year to slip outdoors and have a blast with the family.

What’s the cold without pumpkin spice treats? Check out the best places to find them here!