Nov 13, 2012 02:47PM
● By tina
Meet Santa at Dallas Galleria
Once again, it’s the time of year to haul out those holiday decorations and prepare to “Deck the Halls” for another season of fun and festivities. We’ve been anticipating the holidays since we first saw signs of Christmas at our local stores. Now that the time is upon us, gather your friends and family and spend some quality time together celebrating the best our area has to offer this holiday season.
Close to Home
Every year we welcome the beginning of holiday magic with the lighting of the ubiquitous Christmas tree, bathing us in a colorful glow of twinkling lights and the sparkle of ornaments passed down for generations. Every glittering icicle on the tree brings a memory of Christmases past to mind and each ornament has special meaning from Great Grandma’s favorite Santa Claus to the slightly crooked snowman you made when you were six.
In Southlake Town Square, the tree lighting will take place at 6:30pm onNovember 17th as part of the kick-off for the Home for the Holidays celebration. Enjoy an evening of family fun from 5:30pm until 8:30pm as Southlake lights up Town Square for the holidays, welcomes the sleigh rides back to town, and heralds the arrival of that man in the red suit. Gather your family and head to Town Square for the fun.
As Home for the Holidays continues in Southlake make some time to take the kids to Santa’s Village to share their list of wishes with the jolly man himself. Then take the whole family on a carriage ride to view the glittering decorations at each store and park in Town Square. Santa will be in residence from Nov. 17th until the big day and carriage rides can be enjoyed all the way until January 1st.
The annual Carol of Lights at Town Square Gazebo Grapevine will take place on Monday, November 19th hosted by Mrs. Claus. Watch Historic Grapevine sparkle and shine as Mayor William D. Tate flips the switch transforming historic downtown Grapevine into the Christmas Capital of Texas®.Musical performances will abound and the hot chocolate will be poured and waiting for you.
You may also want to bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights in Grapevine on December 6th, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine Tradition features lighted floats and marching bands complete with Santa Claus on the last float.
If you’re looking for a unique sort of parade that really floats your boat, make your way to Lake Grapevine on December 1st between 6 pm to 9 pm for the Twinkle Lights Boat Parade. This floating festival full of watercrafts all decked out in sparkling lights begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up more entries at each marina at Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake and is easily visible from shore.
The North Pole Express® experience in Grapevine includes a pre-boarding venue filled with holiday splendor. Once you board the train you’ll enjoy caroling on board, a visit from jolly ol’ Saint Nick and a commemorative gift for each child. As a special treat, a complimentary hot chocolate will be given to all passengers.
Don’t wait a moment longer to plan your holiday getaway to Gaylord Texan Resort. A Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan offers some of the most distinctive holiday entertainment you can imagine from a walk through the fabulously decorated atriums twinkling with more than a half million lights, 12,000 ornaments, and an amazing 52-foot tall Christmas that lazily rotates to a life-sized gingerbread house (yes, it’s made from real gingerbread!).
Make a special holiday memory at the Gaylord Texan with a visit to ICE! Featuring DreamWorks Merry Madagascar. From November 9, 2012 to January 1, 2013, the DreamWorks animated holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and 20-feet tall ice slides carved entirely from TWO MILLION pounds of ice.
The Palace Theatre in Grapevine has several musical offerings throughout this holiday season with a selection that is sure to please everyone’s holiday taste. The Texas Tenors offer a musical mix of country and classical with their own Texan twist guaranteed to make you merry and bright this Christmas. You can find all the details on Grapevine Texas USA.
Hop in the family sleigh (or SUV) and head to Colleyville for the annual “Holly Colley Holiday” celebration in downtown Colleyville on November 30th starting at 4:30 pm and continuing until 8:30 pm. This event features the lighting of the city tree, visits with Santa, games, arts and crafts, and appearances by local children’s choirs, dance troupes, and more.
Holly-Daze in Big D
The Galleria Dallas still holds the record for having the country’s tallest indoor tree soaring 95 feet from the center of the glistening ice rink to the top of the glass atrium. More than 10,000 ornaments and nearly a quarter of a million lights make this tree truly spectacular and the lighting will take place on November 24 after the Holiday Magic on Ice show that begins at noon.
Kick off your holiday season with the very best in high kicking entertainment. Don’t miss out as the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes dance their way into our hearts this holiday season. Celebrating their 85th anniversary they will be bringing their Christmas spectacular to the Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie for a limited engagement November 23rd through December 8th.
Enjoy the splendor of music and dance in the dazzling winter wonderland of “The Nutcracker” performed by Texas Ballet Theater coming to the Winspear Opera House at the ATT Performing Arts Center beginning November 23rd through December 2nd. The magnificent costumes and stunning dance performances bring the story of Clara and her magical nutcracker to life promising a show that is sure to please.
This year the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade will celebrate 25 years of bringing together the magical combination of children, the holiday season, and charity to Downtown Dallas. This year’s parade will start at City Hall and finish at the Adolphus on December 1st at 10:00 am. Drawing crowds of more than 350,000 this parade for a cause is one you need to put on your calendar.
ATT PAC presents Dallas Theater Centers, “A Christmas Carol” in their Kalita Humpreys Theater from Saturday, December 1st to Sunday, December 23rd. No holiday would be complete without a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future to remind us of the true spirit of the holidays.
Cowboy Christmas in Cow Town
You won’t want to miss the spectacular Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights in Downtown Fort Worth on Friday, November 23rd starting around 6:00pm. The parade runs from Belknap Street all the way to Weatherford transforming downtown Fort Worth featuring more than 100 entries illuminated with 500,000 lights.
A host of holiday events are available for everyone in Fort Worth. Bring the family over to see the lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree. The official lighting will take place on November 23rd at approximately 7:45 after the Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights. This year’s tree lighting will occur in an incredible setting. Santa Claus and the comedy group Four Day Weekend will help bring the tree to life with thousand of LED lights and dazzling ornaments.
Experience the power of Handel’s Messiah, a musical masterpiecefull of soaring voices and inspiring melodies, a sacred tradition during the holiday season. Makes plans to attend with the entire family to experience the magic of this musical masterpiece at Bass Hall on December 12th at 7:30pm.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Before we know it the twelve days of Christmas will be behind us and we will all be planning our resolutions for the New Year so make a resolution now to pack in as much family fun as possible this year. Meals are eaten, presents are opened, and family visits pass all too quickly, so take time this year to make some memories that will last long after you take down the tree. Seasons Greetings!