Your guide to enjoying the holidays around Dallas! From Christmas markets to visits with Santa, and tree lightings to holiday bar crawls, there's so much festive fun happening around DFW. Explore the list and start crossing events off your holiday bucket list below!

Updated December 2023



Gaylord ICE!

11/17 - 12/7: Snowday

Photo ops, enchanted rooms, interactive spaces, and nostalgic moments! / North Dallas

11/23 - 12/31: Gaylord ICE

Discover a holiday getaway with ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” fan-fave activities, and live shows! (pictured) / Grapevine

11/24 - 1/5: Trains at Northpark 

A 1,600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America! / North Dallas

11/30: Dallasites Cocktails & Comedy 

An improv show that will have you enjoying festive cocktails and giggling all night long! / Lower Greenville

12/1 - 12/2: Barnhill Country Christmas 

A night of live country music, a delicious meal, and a great glass of wine while hanging out, free hot chocolate, and s’mores! / Anna

12/3 &12/10: Grand Holiday Ice Show

Experience a breakfast buffet, face painting, and other family-friendly activities. Then enjoy the show from your private pod overlooking the Galleria’s ice rink! / North Dallas

12/6: Christmas Sip and Stroll

Enjoy festive sips, Christmas music and photo moments, gift shopping, exclusive offers, hot cocoa, and much more during this sip & stroll featuring 15+ participating shops & restaurants in The Star District! / Frisco

12/7: Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with the lighting of the large-scale Menorah and remarks by Temple Shalom! / North Dallas


12/8: Harwood Holiday Market

Head to the stunning Hotel Swexan to shop local vendors, plus enjoy hot cocoa, Isabelle’s classic martinis, and a bites menu! / Harwood District


12/16: North Pole in the Plaza

Enjoy real snow covering The Plaza, hop on the Choo Choo Express for a ride, face painting, photos with an elf, cookie decorating, and a DJ spinning holiday tunes! / Richardson

12/16 - 12/17: Old City Park’s Candlelight Celebration 

Visit Old City Park to take in the 13 acres of decorated buildings along with local craft vendors, strolling carolers, food trucks, and a whimsical candlelit park in the evening! / Cedars

12/20 - 12/28: Candlelight Concerts

Discover the Holiday Special featuring “The Nutcracker” a live, multi-sensory musical under the gentle glow of candlelight! / Downtown

12/25 - 12/23: Holiday Circus

Experience a classic European Circus with holiday-themed puppets, magicians, clowns, contortionists, and jugglers in a fun show that’s free for the entire family!  / North Dallas




11/17 - 12/24: Santa at the Star 

Take a photograph with Santa inside his custom Dallas Cowboys cottage! / Frisco

11/17 - 12/24: Santaland 

Enjoy a multi-sensory immersive train experience, journey through a magical moonlit forest and enchanted path filled with starry lights, polar bears, and photo ops, then find Santa who already knows every child’s name and what they want most for Christmas! (pictured) / North Dallas

11/18 - 12/24: Photos with Santa

Book your visit to Main Street for photos and story time with Santa! / Grapevine

11/29 - 12/20: Santa Paws

Have your precious fur babies who are under 100 lbs take a photo with Santa! / North Dallas

12/2, 12/9: Brunch with Santa

Come for a jolly time at Ellie's, featuring a delicious brunch buffet, hot cocoa bar, a mimosa bar, pictures with Santa, holiday crafts & tunes, and a reading of The Night Before Christmas by Santa! / Downtown

12/2 - 12/23: Brunch with Santa

Welcome the season's most famous guest to Bacchus on Saturdays in December for Brunch with Santa! / Grapevine

12/3: Caring Santa

Take your photo with Santa! This event is exclusively for children with special needs! / Garland

12/10: Pancakes with Santa

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a delightful and exclusive event at Farina's Winery & Cafe for pancakes with Santa! / Grapevine


Food & Drink

Naughty or Nice Crawl


Through 1/5/24: Polar Bear Room

Dine with adorable polar bears and dazzling decor inside Mercat Bistro, a quaint French cafe! / Harwood District


11/22 - 12/31: Miracle on Harwood

Step inside a British pub decked out in festive decor, featuring holiday-themed eats and drinks! / Harwood District


11/24 - 12/23: Dr. Sue’s Chocolate Hot Chocolate

Savor top-quality hot chocolate made with fine European chocolate with customizable toppings like marshmallows, crushed peppermint, whipped cream, and holiday spices! / Grapevine

11/29, 12/13: Holiday Chocolate Workshops 

Learn the art of chocolate truffles while enjoying wine and charcuterie in a beautiful atmosphere, with valet parking included at Ellie's! / Downtown

11/30, 12/14: Christmas Wine Train 

An evening ride on the Grapevine Christmas Railroad with savory bites, a delicious dessert, and two complimentary glasses of Texas wine! / Grapevine

12/2: Naughty or Nice Holiday Crawl

Explore 8+ businesses in Legacy West, discounted & themed drink specials at each stop, holiday music throughout, and a festive photo op! (pictured) / Plano

12/3: Gingerbread Cookie Making

Have some family fun and bake delicious and festive gingerbread cookies at Eataly! / North Dallas

12/9: Naughty or Nice Holiday Crawl

Hop from 12+ bars along Greenville and then keep the party going at the after-parties, including one at Stan’s Blue Note and River Pig! / Greenville

12/15: Cocktails by Candlelight

This high-end 21+ event will feature food, drink, and music provided by local vendors and artists, and will be an opportunity for community members to grab a bite and mingle with other Dallasites before the revelry of the Candlelight Celebration! / Cedars


12/21: Holiday Cookie Decorating

Stop by Saint Ann for an evening filled with cookies and holiday cocktails! / Harwood District



Grapevine Christmas

12/2 - 12/23: Grapevine Christmas Market 

Located in the Town Square Gazebo, meet with artisans and vendors to find handcrafted, unique gifts for everyone on your list! (pictured) / Grapevine

12/4: Cityline Merry Market 

Shop your favorite local makers and vendors from the Night Markets featuring handmade and vintage goods, plus live music, and more holiday fun to enjoy while you shop! / Richardson

12/9: Mistletoe Market 

Enjoy fantastic vendors, live entertainment, a photo in the mistletoe photo booth, holiday cocktails, complimentary food, a visit with Santa, a chance to write your Christmas letter at the holiday craft station, and even face painting! / McKinney

12/16 - 12/17: Holiday Vibe Market 

An indoor 2-day event featuring 100+ artisans, DJ Lifted & complimentary cocktails! / Downtown




11/28 - 12/22: Christmas Cartoons & Crafts 

Bring the little ones for a cheerful good time as we watch a Classic Christmas Cartoon and make a fun Christmas-themed craft! / Grapevine

12/3: Christmas Ornaments Workshop 

Design your own unique set of glass baubles or ceramic ornaments at this fun holiday workshop! / The Colony

12/8: Embroidered Ornament Class 

Learn to create unique embroidered felt holiday ornaments to gift or keep for your holiday decor and enjoy complimentary warm beverages! / Oak Cliff

12/12: Christmas Centerpiece Floral Arrangement Workshop 

Enjoy an evening of wine and floral arrangements! Sip wine, enjoy some Eataly delicacies, chat with friends, and build your own custom floral creation to take home! (pictured) / North Dallas

12/13 - 12/28: Hot Molten Ornament Workshop 

Create your own hot molten ornament with one-of-a-kind glass art pieces that are perfect holiday gifts for friends and family! / Grapevine