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Holiday Events near Dallas - Visits with Santa, Lights, Cut Your Own Christmas Tree, and More

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

Despite COVID's best attempts, holiday celebrations are in full swing this year! Although some annual holiday events near Dallas have been cancelled, there are still TONS of fun and safe ways to celebrate. Many festivities begin mid-November, so make your plans now!

Listed below are the best family-friendly holiday events near Dallas. We've brought you an incredible mix of fun stuff to do, including places to cut your own Christmas tree, where to go ice skating, where to get pictures with Santa, where to see The Nutcracker, and SO MUCH MORE.


Our list is divided into the categories listed below. There is a lot going on this year, so be sure to check out each category for the full scoop!



CATEGORIES OF EVENTS:

  • One-time Holiday Events - parades, breakfasts with Santa, live performances, tree lighting ceremonies, and more

  • Christmas Tree Farms - these aren't your typical parking lots with trees for sale; at these farms you cut your own tree!

  • Outdoor Ice Skating

  • Holiday Lights Displays - drive-thru lights, decked out neighborhoods, carriage rides, and more

  • Unique Holiday Experiences - one-of-a-kind events, immersive experiences, train rides, and more

  • Pictures and Visits with Santa - COVID-safe in-person visits and virtual visits

Did we mention that there are nearly 20 places to see incredible holiday lights this year? We rounded up the best neighborhoods to visit to look at lights (including which carriage ride companies to use), drive-thru displays, and a few individual homes that are too amazing for words!


Most of the special events listed below require you to purchase tickets in advance or make a reservation to ensure social distancing, so be sure call ahead or go online to reserve your spot. We’ve verified online that each place listed is open for business, but because things change on a moment's notice these days, please call ahead to confirm operating hours. Also ask whether you're required to wear a mask if the event is outdoors.


However you choose to celebrate the 2020 holiday season, be safe and have fun!

Did we miss an event, a great neighborhood for lights, or other holiday fun? Please let us know so that we can add it to the list!



One-Time Holiday Events Near Dallas: Parades, Christmas Tree Lightings, Breakfasts with Santa, and more


  • Here you'll find the seasonal, once-a-year holiday events that you don't want to miss.

  • We list all of the local parades, breakfasts with Santa, live performances, tree lighting ceremonies, and more.

  • Click on the image for a full list of events.

  • What did we miss? Tell us HERE.




Pictures and Visits with Santa Near Dallas: COVID-safe in-person visits and virtual visits


  • This year Santa is visiting malls, Bass Pro Shops, outdoor holiday villages, and more.

  • Santa is also having live visits with kids virtually using his laptop - one-one-one conversations or host a virtual party!

  • Click on the image for a full list of events.

  • What did we miss? Tell us HERE.






Holiday Lights Displays Near Dallas: Drive-thru lights, decked out neighborhoods, carriage rides, and more


  • We feature spectacular drive-thru experiences like Radiance!, Zoo Lights at the Dallas Zoo, beach-front light shows, and more.

  • We also list the best neighborhoods in North Texas to look at lights. Don't miss the homes that synchronize their lights to music!

  • Click on the image for a full list of events.

  • What did we miss? Tell us HERE.



Christmas Tree Farms Near Dallas: These aren't parking lots with trees for sale; at these farms you cut your own tree!


  • These aren't your typical parking lots with trees for sale; at these farms you cut your own tree!

  • Most of the tree farms also offer family-friendly events like hay rides, petting zoos, s'mores by the fire, and more.

  • Click on the image for a full list of events.

  • What did we miss? Tell us HERE.




Unique Holiday Experiences Near Dallas: One-of-a-kind events, immersive experiences, train rides, and more


  • It's tough to describe these one-of-a-kind events, but trust us that you will be blown away!

  • Hop aboard the North Pole Express Vintage Railroad, check out an immersive holiday photo experience at SNOWDAY, see over 3 million lights at Luminova, and so much more.

  • Click on the image for a full list of events.

  • What did we miss? Tell us HERE.



Outdoor Ice Skating Near Dallas


  • Nothing says the holidays like ice skating under the open sky!

  • First time on skates? Not to worry - there are options for beginners at each ice rink.

  • Click on the image for a full list of events.

  • What did we miss? Tell us HERE.








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