A Very DFW Christmas

img_9016There’s something about Christmas lights, holiday music, and cute kids freaking out when they’re forced into taking pics with Santa that brings out the joy in people around this time of year. With only days left until Christmas I can’t possibly be the only one who panics at the idea of not doing all thing Christmas-y before we are forced into New Year’s Resolutions. We can all be honest with ourselves and admit that skating around the Galleria Christmas tree is far more appealing than running on a treadmill just to shed off those holiday pounds. Not sure how to spend the next week and a half doing all things jolly? Check out a few of Dallas/Fort Worth’s holiday traditions.

The 12 Days of Christmas at Night at the Dallas Arboretum is an outdoor exhibit that features one of our favorite childhood carols “The Twelve Days of Christmas” right before our eyes. No need to stop by Starbucks on the way because you can buy anything from (alcohol free) cider, to mulled wine for the lushes who prefer to stay nice and toasty in more ways than one.


Grapevine, Texas better known as the “Christmas Capital of Texas” is just what you’d expect. With a small-town feel, but with big city (Christmas) lights to turn any Bah Humbug like character into a jolly ol’ spirit themselves.unadjustednonraw_thumb_367

  1. ICE at The Gaylord Texan will display “Santa Clause is Comin’ To Town” thru January 1st. With beautifully designed larger than life ice sculptures and a story theme to keep any child engaged and adults feeling like a kid again, it’s a guaranteed good time. Plus, they give you these extra-large fashion forward coats to keep it interesting.
  2. Make your way down Main Street to Dr. Sue’s Chocolate for a sober twist on your typical wine infused Happy Hours, and have some hot cocoa between 3-6 pm from now until 12/23.

Galleria Dallas will never get old during this time of year. Even if the heavy shopping crowds send you into a tailspin of crazy, there’s no denying that the holiday magic is in the air when you see the grandeur Christmas tree with bundled up ice skaters gliding around it. The answer is no you do not have to be a pro, but yes, expect a four-year old doing a triple axel to remind you that you are in fact thirty, and there’s no need for competition. Broken bones before Christmas aren’t a good look.

For a very Texas holiday then head on down to Fort Worth and enjoy the very classic Nutcracker Ballet at Bass Hall. Then walk on over to see the lit tree that sits right in the heart of Sundance Square.

Happy Holla Days!


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