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High Five — Santa Sightings

Nov 26, 2013 04:22PM ● By Anonymous

The North Pole will be eerily quiet — no creatures will be stirring, not even a mouse — this weekend as Kris Kringle himself makes a visit to Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s time to indulge in hot cocoa and the winter wonder as families make the trek to the top five Santa sighting locations throughout the Metroplex.

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, Reunion Tower has become an icon for the city. In October, the rotating tower installed its very own GeO-Deck, which allows visitors to step out on the outdoor level of the deck 470 feet above Dallas. The observation deck is also the ideal spot for Santa and his elves to make weekly visits with DFW residents. Santa will make the GeO-Deck his regional headquarters throughout the holidays beginning Friday, Nov. 29.

Admission to the GeO-Deck includes a complimentary photo with the Big Guy and Cloud Nine Café holiday fare for visitors, including holiday cookies created by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

“We are excited about making a visit to Reunion Tower a holiday tradition,” said Chris Kleinert, Chairman and CEO of Hunt Realty Investments. “We hope that Dallas residents and visitors alike will join us and experience the city as if they were riding along with Santa himself!”     

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Thousands flock to the Dallas Arboretum every holiday season to experience the historic real estate and dazzling winter festival. Holiday at the Arboretum will feature more than 500 angels that will grace the halls of the historic DeGloyer Mansion. The 2013 collection will be curated with inspiration from the Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Barboque Creche, which are both on display the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Guests will also have the chance to sit on Santa’s knee to go over their Christmas lists before the big day arrives. The Big Guy must return promptly to the North Pole at 4 p.m. on Dec. 22, so he can load up his sleigh. While chatting with Santa, make sure to greet one of his reindeer as they take turns visiting the Arboretum throughout the week beginning Nov. 29.

Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are also making pit stops in Dallas this holiday season. Both iconic Christmas characters will be available to take photos to capture the holiday spirit.

Lone Star Christmas

The magic of the holiday season has descended upon the Gaylord Texan Resort, featuring 1.5 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments and a stunning 54-foot-tall rotating tree.

Situated in the heart of the stunning Christmas display sits the main attract, Santa Claus. Attendees will have the chance to get a treasured photo with the Big Guy. However, the meet and greets don’t stop there. The DreamWorks Animation gang is also on deck, including Po, The Kung Fu Panda.

As the children relive moments with some of their favorite characters, parents will have the chance to do the same as they relive some of their favorite scenes from the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. The original Tchaikovsky score accompanies the ICE! hand-carved sculptures and slides.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Grapevine is known as The Christmas Capital of Texas, and for good reason. The city wants visitors and residents alike to create their own Christmas memories in the heart of the city, with more than 1,400 events for everyone in the family to participate in.

The most infamous attraction the city holds during the holidays is the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express. Upon arrival, guests will take a ride in decorated Victorian Rail Coaches as they enjoy live entertainment and a reading of a Christmas story. As riders arrive to a newly transformed platform, they will enter the North Pole to go on a quest in search of Santa. Upon the Big Guy’s discovery, families will receive a portrait alongside chocolate milk and warm laughs. Attendees can begin boarding the North Pole Express on Friday, Nov. 29.

Santa’s Village

Kids of all ages are invited to meet jolly ole Saint Nick at Santa’s Village in Southlake Town Square’s Rustin Park. John and Deanna Ashley of Ashley Nostalgia Photography are on hand to mark the holidays with pictures of Santa Claus.

After the cherished holiday tradition is captured, children will have the opportunity to drop off a letter to the fella in the big red suit at the Village Post Office. It’s important to put a return address, as Santa himself will send a response back.