And just like that, it’s December! Holiday events in Dallas are vast and varied, and we’ve already gathered all the major ones in a special spot for you; 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 holiday events plus other kid-friendly outings around town. As usual, stay masked and distant and check for last-minute cancellations before heading anywhere.
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 this absolutely bonkers year comes to a close, we hope everyone can find some peace and magic, no matter their circumstances. Much love to you all!
All Month :: Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard continues. The museum closes at 5pm, meaning anyone arriving after 4 won’t get to walk the trails, so plan accordingly. They are open Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday. Visitor tips here; COVID protocols here. Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.
All Month :: Looking for something educational and out-of-the-house? WalkSTEM’s Family Explorers booklet provides lists of about 70 locations you can explore, with links to short videos highlighting STEM connections to these locations, all self-guided and self-paced. There’s also an app you can get to streamline things. Check the link for lots more info, including their Deep Dive PDF, which includes best ages for all stops. Free!
All Month :: And don’t forget about our guide to local Outdoor Spaces. Use this list to discover your favorites!
All Month, Saturdays :: If you’ve ever taken your kids to the Galleria for Showtime Saturdays, maybe they’d enjoy seeing the Slappy’s Playhouse gang from home? Head to the Galleria’s Facebook to watch. 11:30am-12pm. Free!
All Month, select dates :: The Drive-In at Central’s Rooftop Cinema Club continues to show family favorites on the big screen with the Dallas skyline in the background (located near Haskell/Central). You can bring your own food or buy from them. See link for showtimes and safety info. They’re showing a ton of different holiday movies this month. Tickets per vehicle, from $28.
All Month, select dates :: The Joule presents Cheer!, a pop-up experiential holiday exhibition featuring works by women and artists of color. You’ll see 4 different, photo-worthy exhibits interpreting the moods and feelings of the holiday season. 20 minute time slots with a max of 8 people per slot. 10am-5pm, Thursdays through Sundays. $20/adults, $5/kids 10 and under.
All Month, select dates :: Have you heard about the DSO Concert Truck? It’s 45-60 minute pop-up concerts from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, at different spots all over town. See the link for dates and locations like NorthPark, Klyde Warren, the Arboretum, One Arts Plaza, local schools and churches, and more. Free!
December 2 :: Grandparent gift alert! The Dallas Public Library has a Macaroni Art in a Jar virtual program today for elementary aged kids. The theme is “Winter Wonderland.” You’ll find the supply list at the link – be sure you have them ready to go when class begins. Registration is required for interaction, or you can simply watch the livestream. 4-5pm. Free!
December 5 :: We’re hosting a super fun holiday event! Deck the Walls is a one-of-a-kind virtual wreath making party, where we’ll all learn how to make beautiful holiday wreaths with instructions from a professional. Swag, laughs, crafts… you need this! See the link for all the details, including the different ticket options. 10am.
December 5 :: Free First Saturdays at Home with the Nasher Sculpture Center allows kids to explore artist-designed projects and experiences. You can find previous months’ activities at the link, too. Check out the upside down drawing from November!
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. The program is virtual, but all supplies are provided via curbside pickup on December 3 from 8am-12pm. Free! (If you can’t make this Thursday morning time, consider their Sunday option, a few spots down on this list.)
December 6 :: The Dallas Conservatory presents Nutcracker in the Park at Klyde Warren Park, a 45-minute show for anyone missing the beloved ballet production this year. See link for details on masks, lawn seating, chairs, etc. Shows at 1pm and 3pm. Purchase tickets at the link or sit on the lawn for free.
December 5-6 :: Get your family’s creative juices flowing with a take-home gingerbread cookie kit from Camp Gingerbread at NorthPark. Sales of the kits will benefit Shared Housing Center, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing options and supportive services for those in need. You’ll find them on Level 1, near Macy’s.
December 9 :: Robotics with the Perot Tech Truck, but make it virtual. Registrants will be able to receive a kit with materials needed to create their own robot, while supplies last. Just enter your contact information and the library branch of your choice for curbside pickup. Don’t wait! 4-5pm. Free!
December 12 :: 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 10am-2pm. Market hours: 9am-5pm. Free!
December 13 :: Second Sunday Funday at the Irving Arts Center is “The Art of the Holidays” this month. Find your inner artist and celebrate the season with creative arts & crafts activities for the whole family in a to-go format with curbside pickup, while supplies last. 1-4pm. Free!
December 13 :: One more Dallas Conservatory event at Klyde Warren Park this month – Rockefeller Christmas in the Park is a 45-minute Rockettes-style holiday extravaganza for all ages. See link for details on masks, lawn seating, chairs, etc. Shows at 1pm and 3pm. Purchase tickets at the link or sit on the lawn for free.
December 15 :: The Dallas Public Library hosts Merry Navidad, Santa, a virtual bilingual story time with holiday songs and dance. Registration is required. Details on how to participate will be emailed. 6:30-7:30pm. Free!
December 19 :: Join Collin County Moms for Stories With Santa at Legacy Hall! See the big man on stage reading Christmas stories, get a photo with Mrs. Claus and Blitzen, write letters to Santa, decorate marshmallows, and more. See link for details. 10am-12pm. Free!