Dallas Moms Need to Know :: A Guide to the Month of December

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And just like that, it’s December! Holiday events in Dallas are vast and varied, and we already gathered all the major ones in a special spot for ya – our Complete Guide to the Holidays has info on tree farms, twinkling lights, Santa sightings, special events, and more. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are a TON of good ideas over there.

The guide below has a few more low key holiday events plus other kid-friendly outings around town. December is always busy; be sure to take time for stress-free fun with the kids when you can.

Final Thoughts! The older I get, the more aware of this I become: We like to imagine the holiday season as a dreamy, joyful affair. But for anyone struggling with hard life stuff, this time of year can be a challenge, to say the least. As 2019 comes to a close, we hope everyone can find some peace and magic, no matter their circumstances. Much love to you all!

things to do in dallas in december

As usual, we maintain a full calendar of events here, and when you subscribe to our Newsletter, you’ll get this list sent straight to your inbox.

dallas theater center a christmas carolRight now the Dallas Theater Center is all about A Christmas Carol. I grew up going to this show, and it is unquestionably one of my favorite holiday memories. They change it up a bit each season, so it never gets stale. And DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty makes a point to focus on racial and gender diversity in casting, which we can all appreciate.

Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, this performance would be a perfect family holiday outing. It runs from NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 29 at the Wyly Theatre.

Ticket prices vary by seat, basically starting at $20 for kids/$40 for adults. Use promo code: TinyTim to ensure best available pricing.

Start a new friends & family holiday tradition this year!


All Month :: Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard continues. The museum closes at 5pm, meaning anyone arriving after 4 won’t get to walk the dino trails, so plan accordingly. They are open Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday. $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12, 2 & under free.

December 1 :: Head to the Dallas Farmers Market to get a taste of Texas Christmas at their annual Tamale Day. Pick up one-of-a-kind gifts at the Holiday Market while you’re there. Santa will be posing for pics from 11am-2pm. Market hours: 9am-5pm. Free!

December 1 :: The Lake Highlands Alamo Drafthouse hosts their Polar Express Party today, which means fun props, tasty treats, and interactive fun as you watch the movie. See link for more details. Note: Richardson Alamo Drafthouse will do this same event on December 7.

December 3 :: I would never deny you a freebie. In honor of their self-declared “Coolest Day of the Year,” Bahama Buck’s will be giving a free 12 oz. Sno to each guest who visits their Abrams location today. 11am-9:30pm. Free!

December 7, 14, 21 :: Slappy’s Holiday Circus at the Galleria is a classic European-style circus with puppets, magic, clowns, contortionists, aerialists and jugglers. Showtimes are at 1pm and 3pm on Level 1 by Nordstrom. Also at the Galleria, Showtime Saturdays as usual from 11:30am-12pm, with ballon artists and face painters after the first show of each month. Free!

December 5 :: Irving Arts Center’s JumpStART Stories and Art offers “Deck the Halls: The Art of the Holidays!” for ages 2 and up. It’s a story time that combines art and children’s literature. Kids create a take-home art project and then you can all browse the galleries together. 10am. Free!  (If you can’t make this Thursday morning time, consider their Sunday option, a couple spots down on this list.)

December 6 :: The Farmers Branch Historical Park hosts Bah Humbug! A Children’s Christmas for ages 3-6. Enjoy Christmas crafts and activities and a snack inside their historic structures. Tickets $2 per person.

December 7 :: If your children aren’t ready for the full Nutcracker experience, this might be just the ticket. The Tuzer Ballet will perform excerpts from the show at the Richardson Library from 3:30-4pm and 4:30-5pm today. Tickets available at 3pm on the day of at the Youth Services Help Desk. Free!

December 7 :: Did you know the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park hosts regular Family Sleepovers? Aquarium Overnights are for ages 5 and up plus a parent (limit 5 kids per adult). Learn about sea life via up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, and a special keeper animal feeding, then sleep amongst the aquariums. 7pm-10am. Tickets $55.

December 8 :: Second Sunday Funday at the Irving Arts Center has a “Holiday of Masterpieces!” theme this month. Find your inner artist and celebrate the season with creative arts & crafts activities for the whole family. Drop in from 1-4pm. Free!

December 11, 14 :: Barnyard Buddies at Dallas Heritage Village gives us the convenience of a weekday or weekend option. Kids ages 18 months to 5 years can hear a story, then do a hands-on activity and craft. Feel free to play in The Parlor after the program until 1pm. Story time starts at 11am sharp. $5 admission for ages 2 and up.

December 17-22 :: Once on this Island is the next show in the AT&T Performing Art Center’s Broadway Series. It’s a variation on The Little Mermaid, set in the French West Indies. I used to listen to this soundtrack SO MUCH as a child. It’s a gem! Runtime is 1.5 hours, no intermission. Recommended for ages 12 and up. *December 19 is Kids Night – get one child ticket free with adult ticket purchase.

December 19-20 :: The American Girl Doll Store has a whole bunch of cute events this month, like Santa Brunch (ages 3 and up), Cookie Decorating, Gingerbread House Decorating, and their annual Holiday Tea. At the tea party, they’ll serve a selection treats and drinks for both kids and adults. Kids can craft and also create their own party favor at the build-your-own hot chocolate station. $22 per person, reservations required.

December 27 :: Join the Farmer’s Branch Historical Park for The Clock Strikes Noon and ring in the New Year with your littles at a reasonable hour. The event will be filled with crafts, snacks, and celebrating 2020 at noon. 10am-12pm. Tickets $15.

December 27 :: Bookmarks at NorthPark invites you to Chanukah presented by Chabad of Dallas. Listen to the Giant story of Chanukah, make awesome arts & crafts, have some delicious holiday treats, and light the menorah. 10:30am. Free!

December 27 :: Play Street Plano hosts a Hanukkah Celebration tonight with stories, games, crafts and traditional Hanukkah treats like brisket, carrots and potato latkes from Eatzi’s and, of course, jelly donut holes. 6:30-8:30pm. Tickets $15 per person.

December 31 :: Dallas NYE Party on the Plaza features food trucks, drinks, and live entertainment at City Hall (American Idol favorites CASTRO and the Emerald City Elevation Band) as you wait for the count down to Reunion Tower Over-The-Top fireworks at midnight. 7:30pm-12:30am.

The fun never stops, y’all. Check out our Collin County Guide to Winter Events and December Events Guide for EVEN MORE family-friendly activities right around the corner.

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