Not to be all, “I can’t believe it’s November,” but for real. How did we get here? I know everyone is ready for some cozy holiday vibes. A little hygge action. I read recently that putting up decorations and getting in the holiday spirit early can make you happier. It’s a psychological technique called “savoring.” Fine then, we’ll savor! We’ll savor!
And of course, it’s important to remind you that things are still changing. Check the Dallas County Coronavirus website to be in the know about risk levels before you plan any outings in public with your family. And be sure to double check in advance for cancelations or changes to activities.
All Month :: Don’t forget about our guide to local Outdoor Spaces. Use this list to discover your favorites!
All Month :: We may not be able to go to the the theater yet, but the Dallas Children’s Theater Digital continues to offer an abundance of streaming options. Current shows include Miss Nelson Has a Field Day (for ages 5 and up) and THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE: A Virtual Children’s Musical (for ages 8 and up).
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? First up this month is Magic Mike Williams and his magic/comedy show. 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 movies this month. Tickets per vehicle, from $28.
November 1 :: Daylight savings ends at 2am. Don’t forget to fall back an hour.
November 1 – 2 :: Head to Oak Cliff for the 11th annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration hosted by CocoAndré Chocolatier and friends. Bring your flowers, treats, alcohol, trinkets or photo copy of your loved one to place on the community ofrenda and enjoy the walk-thru art show featuring local artist. Masks required. As a COVID-19 safety precaution, photo copies of loved ones and other ofrenda items will not be returned to attendees. 6-10pm. Free!
November 5 and 8 :: Irving Arts Center continues JumpstART Stories & Art (11/5) and Second Sunday Funday (11/8) TO GO, while supplies last. Pick up your craft kits curbside in the parking lot from 10am-12pm on November 5. This month’s JumpstART theme is “Animal Tales,” and Second Sunday Funday focuses on National STEM/STEAM Day. Free!
November 7 :: 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.
November 10 – 21 :: The 43rd annual Chi Omega Christmas Market pivots to virtual this year, with 12 days of shopping from curated gift guides. More details to come!
November 14 :: The Trains at NorthPark return for the season today. This is an indoor event, of course, so be sure to take a close look at their COVID protocols – masks and advanced ticket purchase required; capacity guidelines enforced. See the link for varied hours of operation, including holiday hours. $10/adults, $5/children & seniors.
November 14 :: It’s a Simply Irresistible Christmas Open House at the Dallas Farmers Market. Shop the Very Merry Christmas Market (8am-5pm) and if the timing works out, attend story time and write letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus (4-6pm). Free!
Related: Dallas-Area Farmers Market Roundup!
November 14 and 21 ::
Klyde Warren Park hosts Movies in the Park again this month. Be sure to check for last minute cancellations. First up is The Lego Movie (11/14), followed by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (11/20). Grab a socially-distanced spot on the lawn and enjoy a food truck picnic. 7-10pm. Free! Update: Movies in the Park has been cancelled this month.
November 20 – January 3 :: SNOWDAY, the magical, multi-sensory event returns. This year it’ll be at the Galleria. Staying space-conscious, they have doubled the square footage this year and are fully equipped with new touchless ticketing and photo booths. In order to ensure the safest experience, tickets are limited. $22/adults; $8/kids 4-12; 3 and under free.
November 26 :: The 53rd annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has gone virtual! You can join the 5K walk/run or 8 mile race from wherever you are. Pick up your packets or have them mailed. See here for a good FAQ on this year’s virtual race.
November 26 :: Prairie Lights returns to kick off the Christmas season. This was naturally a COVID-safe event due to the drive-thru situation, but this year ticket prices are reduced and they’ve taken steps to make it even more germ-free. Take a look at this FAQ for all the details you need to know. Open nightly, 6-10pm. $30 per vehicle.