I don’t know about you, but Christmas is my absolute favorite. It’s like a month-long party of good food, even better vibes, parties, and an overall feeling of magic and wonder. One thing is for sure: once you’ve exhausted the entire Netflix holiday movie selection, it’s time to get out and experience all the awesome things that Dallas has to offer during the holidays! From downtown to Frisco, there are events galore. Once you have decked your halls (swap out the fall decor for Christmas!), now it’s time to book up your calendar. Grab all your friends and make some plans!

Christmas at the Anatole

We love the Anatole for all the summer fun at the new waterpark. But did you know the Christmas experience here is MAGICAL? Every weekend in December you can visit Peppermint Park for fabulous light displays, games for kiddos, train rides, and even Santa sightings. Even if you don’t have kiddos staying with you for the holidays, it’s a beautiful place! Perfect for a great family photo, too.

Lights at Deerfield

This neighborhood in Plano, Tx is one of the best light displays you can find in North Texas. Put your Christmas PJ’s on, grab a hot drink, and get ready for a beautiful night. You can’t miss it…near the intersection of Legacy Drive and Ohio Drive in Plano!

Take a Carriage Ride in Highland Park

If Plano seems a little far, stick a little closer to Dallas. You won’t see homes like this anywhere else: the magnificence and luxury of Highland Park cannot be rivaled.  The decor is sure to put you in a festive mood! Bonus? There are horse-drawn carriages available in case you’d like to have the ultimate Christmas lights experience. We recommend booking early and making an evening out of it, because this area is famous this time of year.

Santa Crawl in the West End

If you like vodka and love Santa, this is the perfect event for you. It’s not really a “race,” that would be pushing it…but there is a 1/3 mile “trot” followed by an epic vodka party and pub crawl. The streets of the West End will be blocked off, and there will be food and drink specials all night! It all gets started at 8 p.m. on December 16.

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market

This monthly outdoor market is your chance to get unique one-of-a-kind handmade Christmas gifts. Each third Saturday of the month, local vendors come out to display all their beautiful wares in Deep Ellum. From noon to six you can browse and enjoy live music.

Visit the Ugly Christmas Sweater Store

We didn’t even know this was a thing. But yes – if you’re behind on getting what you need for that ugly sweater party, there is an ACTUAL store! Visit the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop in Dallas, Frisco, or Fort Worth. Even if you don’t have a party, these would make fantastic gifts!

Volunteer

What could be better than taking a day or two and giving back to our community? There are so many wonderful organizations that would appreciate a few hours of your time. Serve meals and beverages to the homeless at The Stewpot, or volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank. Want to help animals? Volunteer with the SPCA as they host their annual “Home for the Holidays” event at NorthPark.

Take a Dallas by Chocolate Tour

In charge of planning a fun get-together for your office or family? This is the perfect solution combining the best things of Christmas — treats, wine, and Christmas lights — all wrapped up in one. You can choose from tons of different packages available on their website — they have events that cover everything from desserts to tacos! They will pick you up in a private motor coach, serve you goodies, and take you around to see the lights. How awesome! If you’ve got a big group of 15+, you can reserve a tour. Couples welcome also.

Whatever you choose to do this season, make sure you don’t get to the new year and wonder where the time went. Take the time to do things that really matter to you! Get out and experience the lights, take some time to do something kind for someone else, and instagram the HECK out of your lights, tree, ugly sweaters, and cozy nights! Enjoy all the things the big D has to offer this year.

8 Things to Do in Dallas for Christmas