Disclaimer :: This guide is sponsored by Texas Ballet Theater School to bring you details on its holiday shows.
Not to be all, “I can’t believe it’s November,” but for real, how did this happen? Time to get ready for cozy holiday vibes. A little hygge action. I once read that putting up seasonal decorations early can make you happier. It’s a psychological technique called “savoring.” Okay then, we’ll savor! We’ll savor!
Remember to check ahead for changes or cancellations.
NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 4
Get your tickets now for this magical holiday tradition presented by Texas Ballet Theater at the Winspear Opera House! Featuring dazzling choreography and exquisite sets, The Nutcracker celebrates the season with enchantment, snowflakes, and sweets. A children’s craft area will be set up in the lobby before Saturday matinee performances.
Tickets start at $25. Visit the link for more details and to purchase.
Run time: approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission
Note: Texas Ballet Theater will also perform The Nutcracker December 9 – 24 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth — another beautiful venue!
Dinosaurs Live! is back at the Heard for the season. Dig into dinosaur geology and walk the animatronic dinosaur trail. And don’t miss the Magic Planet exhibit! 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. General admission is $12/adults, $9/ages three – 12. Kids two and under are free.
Sweet Tooth Hotel: Dreamland
Sweet Tooth Hotel just opened a brand-new flagship location on Elm with a new exhibit (the largest yet). It’s a photo op paradise of cool installations from artists working in different media. If you can, go during off-peak hours for a discount. Tickets from $20.
ALL MONTH, SATURDAYS
Don’t forget about Showtime Saturdays at the Galleria featuring different kid-friendly performances each week: magic shows, circus acts, comedy, etc. On level three near the play area. Shows start around 12:00 p.m. Free!
ALL MONTH, SELECT DATES
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concert Truck
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Concert Truck is back by popular demand. All of these pop-up concerts take place outdoors and last between 45 and 60 minutes. Check the various dates, times, and locations at the link. Free!
ALL MONTH, SELECT DATES
Native American Heritage Month at the Dallas Public Library
The Dallas Public Library has lots of children’s programming planned for Native American Heritage Month. Visit the link for dates, times, and activities at your nearest branch. Free!
Dia de los Muertos Concert
One more for the DSO: The annual Dia de los Muertos concert features traditional Latin American music and culture, guest artists, colorful festivities, ofrendas, and fun-filled events for the whole family. 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $10.
Celebración del Día de los Muertos
It’s the final evening of Celebración del Día de los Muertos at Crown Hill Memorial Park in the Bachman Lake area. Live mariachi music, family art activities, children’s entertainment, concessions, and more. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free!
NOVEMBER 3 & 13
JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday
This month, Irving Art Center’s JumpstART Stories and Art and Second Sunday Funday classes are “Numbers!” and “Sculpt It!” respectively. JumpstART is NOVEMBER 3 at 10:00 a.m. for ages two and up. Second Sunday Funday is NOVEMBER 13 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for families to do together. Free!
NOVEMBER 3 – 13, select dates
Into the Woods
This week NTPA Dallas presents Into the Woods, performed by tweens and teens at Willow Bend Center of the Arts. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Multiple showtimes. Tickets from $12.
First Friday at the Farm
This month, kids can learn all about Victorian clothing at Nash Farm in Grapevine. Registration is required. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. $3 for ages three and up.
NOVEMBER 4 – 6
Greek Food Festival of Dallas
Time for the popular Greek Food Festival of Dallas, a celebration of Greek culture with lots of food, live music and dance, kids’ attractions, and a marketplace brimming with imports and activity. This is now a cashless event. See more details at the link. General admission is $10; kids 10 and under are free.
work/shop Student Art Show
Klyde Warren Park hosts a student art show today. Work/shop is a non-profit helping young artists learn about the business of art. This family-friendly event will have hands-on art activities from work/shop and other arts organizations around Dallas. And you can browse and buy original works like prints, apparel, and more. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free!
This family festival at the Dallas Museum of Art features story times, family tours, performances, plus a chance to create art alongside local artists. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free!
Free First Saturdays at the Nasher
Explore the world-class art collection on the first Saturday of the month along with a rotating schedule of fun activities. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free!
Festival at the Switchyard
Carrollton’s annual festival returns to the Historic Downtown area with something for music lovers, fried food fans, shopaholics, and kids of every age to enjoy. Lots more info at the link. 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Free!
NOVEMBER 5 – 6
Global Village Market
The 16th annual Greenland Hills Global Village Market brings together charitable organizations and fair-trade retailers to offer a unique holiday shopping experience. In addition to gifts, it’ll have live music, a silent auction, and more. Vendor list and times at the link. Free!
Daylight savings ends at 2:00 a.m. Don’t forget, we fall back an hour!
Holiday at the Arboretum
Holiday at the Arboretum begins today (and runs through the end of December). It includes the 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, a Christmas village of charming shops and façades in the style of European Christmas markets, choirs, tons of lights in the garden, and more. See the link for details; start dates and prices vary by attraction.
Veterans Day Celebration
Farmers Branch Historical Park will once again host a big Veterans Day celebration with live performances, a laser light show, and more. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free!
Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash
The Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash is always a delight. You’ll find hand-picked artists, crafters, and designers from near and far selling all kinds of cute stuff. Food trucks, bars, and make-and-take craft areas will be on site. Kids and strollers welcome. 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free!
NOVEMBER 12 – 13
Turtle Creek Arts Festival
The fall edition of the Turtle Creek Arts Festival in Reverchon Park will have up to 125 artist tents along with demonstrations, live acoustic music, a children’s play area, and lots of food and drink options. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free!
The Trains at NorthPark
The miniature trains return for the season today (and run through early January). See the link for varying hours of operation, including holiday hours. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House. $10/adults, $5/children & seniors, kids under age two are free.
SNOWDAY, the magical, multi-sensory event, is back at the Galleria with 20+ enchanting rooms, interactive spaces, and nostalgic moments. Once again, it’s joining forces with Santaland. You can visit either experience separately or purchase a combo package for a 15 percent discount. Tickets from $12, ages three and under are free.
Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot
Participate virtually or in person for the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot 5K walk/run or eight-mile race. Check out details on the Junior Trot 1K for kids ages six to 12 years old — it takes place just before the main event. There’s lots of info in the comprehensive FAQ page.