Updated: 6 days ago
The holiday season is upon us, and the Love List team couldn't be in a merrier mood! Use this list to track all the sweetest, sparkliest and most Instagrammable holiday events around town, and plan you Christmas itinerary accordingly! Keep this page in your back pocket, because we WILL be updating the list as more events trickle in. And if you're looking for events in Fort Worth or Tarrant County, scroll down to item 21 or after.
Enchant, which makes the BOLD claim to be the "world's largest Christmas light maze and village," is open Nov. 25 through Jan. 1 at Fair Park. Tickets start at $34 for adults and $20 for the kiddos. A night at Enchant is a magical evening with over 4 million sparkling lights, the story-themed walk-thru light maze, Ice Skating, and maybe even a visit with Santa!
2. vitruvian lights
This year, they're celebrating the 10th anniversary of Vitruvian Lights in Addison, and they are once again DOING IT BIG. Vitruvian Park transforms into a magical wonderland, and the best part is that the lights are free for viewing nightly from 5-11 p.m. from Nov. 26 through Jan. 1. Kids can also get their photo taken with Santa for free here! Parking is $15 CASH ONLY, however. They'll flip the switch for the first night of viewing on Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.!
3. dallas zoo lights
If you just can't wait until after Thanksgiving to go see some Christmas lights, the Dallas Zoo has about a million reasons to come to Dallas Zoo Lights 2022! More than 1 million lights will be strung up, and the Zoo is open for walk-through viewings on select days starting Nov. 17 through Jan. 1, 5:30-10 p.m. Check the schedule and buy tickets here. They're $13 for youth members ($17 for non-members) and $17 for adult members ($21 for non-members) — and it's all a few bucks cheaper on "non-premium" nights!
4. grand prairie — prairie lights
Prairie Lights is one of the premier holiday light parks in Texas, located at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie. Prairie Lights 2022 will feature Holiday Village, the magical walk-thru forest, carnival rides, photos with Santa, holiday shopping and more. They're open every night From Thanksgiving to New Years Eve, starting at 6 p.m., and they'll let you line up in your car until 10. They're charging $50 per car, or $149 per car if you want to skip the line with a fast pass.
5. festive photo op with this sign in bishop arts
Oh, Bishop Arts, please don't ever change. We absolutely adore this "Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal" sign that has been posted outside of Eno's Pizza Tavern in one of our favorite neighborhoods in town for the past couple holiday seasons. We're not exactly sure when the heartfelt wishes will show themselves this year, but last year, we know the sign was up by Nov. 24. So keep looking if you're trying to be the first to get your off-color photo op here this year!
6. dinner at st. henry's winter wonderland rooftop pop-up
The rooftop bar at The Henry in Downtown will be transformed into an exclusive holiday pop-up, complete with amazing cocktails and a festive experience! Reservations are encouraged for parties of 6 or fewer, but walk-ins are usually able to get in as well. Something to note — upon entry, St. Henry staff will collect a $6 donation per person at the door, which benefits the North Texas Food Bank. It looks like the first day The Henry is accepting reservations for the pop-up is Nov. 22.
7. ruibal's at the farmers market
Get the fullest trees and your beautifully festive live wreaths at Ruibal's at the Dallas Farmers Market, and it comes with a huge bonus. Look at that backdrop of Downtown against the luscious selection of Christmas trees! It's truly one of the perfect holiday photo ops in town — you just have to capture it for yourself.
8. winter village at adolphus
From November to January, the pool deck at The Adolphus transforms into a winter village complete with themed cottages, cozy winter cabins, live music, warm boozy cocktails, festive s’mores and Croque Monsieur winter soldiers. This year the wintery fun begins Nov. 15 and runs through Jan. 28. They're open Tues.-Thurs. 5-11 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 3p.m.-midnight. Check pricing and make reservations here.
9. holiday tea at the french room
Holiday Tea at The Adolphus is one of Dallas’ most revered holiday traditions. Year after year, The Adolphus transforms afternoon tea into a beloved holiday destination with elaborate décor, seasonal music and inspired menus to create a haven for unforgettable holiday memories. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — book your tea time here!
10. cocoa lounge in the french room
If you're unable to get the time you wanted for Holiday Tea at the French Room, a trip to the Cocoa Lounge is the next best thing! Reservations aren't required, and the Cocoa Lounge is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday - Wednesday through Jan. 8. You'll find colorful curiosities, festive takes on your favorite winter cocktails, and boozy hot cocoa options. Looking to bring your littles? Children can enjoy their choice of Valrhona hot cocoa or non-alcoholic French cider.
11. festive photo op at the adolphus christmas tree
There's just so much holiday charm at the Adoluphus at every turn, isn't there? Their ever-so extravagant Christmas tree is even more impressive in person! It’s the perfect spot for a LIT gram worthy photo after you enjoy Holiday Tea or drinks at the Cocoa Lounge!
12. Festive photo op at civic garden
The Civic Garden in Downtown on Main Street is aglow in its annual Holiday Butterfly Lights display! It's another gorgeous spot for the whole team to gather and get in the spirit with family or group photos.
13. Northpark Center model train exhibit
This is absolutely the perfect idea if you've got littles at home and you're looking for something affordable to do that will bring that special holiday twinkle to their precious little eyes. Tickets for the Trains at Northpark exhibit are just $10 for adults and just $5 for kids, and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House, so you're doing some holiday good just by showing up! The exhibit is open through Jan. 6.
14. leela's christmas pop-up bar
Leela’s is absolutely stunning during the holiday season, and this year they're hosting a Disco Christmas Wonderland experience, which is right up our alley. No reservations necessary here! It’s the perfect spot to bring your girls for a GNO to get in the holiday spirit this year. It’s nice and cozy, covered in dreamy decor and serving up the cutest cocktails!
Snowday and Santaland at the Galleria are back and better than ever for the fourth year in 2022. You're in for an always changing immersive holiday photo experience when you enter, and your Insta feed will reap all the rewards! Roam through the explorable adventure and imaginative rooms where hundreds of surprises await, for all ages! Have fun, strike a pose, and snap a picture, especially at the five extra-special photo moments with integrated cameras and lighting. Get your tickets here.
16. photo op — tallest indoor christmas tree in the u.s.
And while you're at the Galleria, your Insta feed is absolutely BEGGING you to get a few selfies with the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the nation for the festive feed vibes. Ice skaters twirling, lights twinkling and the mega-huge 100-pound, 10-foot tall LED-lit star at the top — it's a SCENE. The giant tannenbaum soars 95 feet in the air and is adorned with 450,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments, y'all.
17. holiday at the arboretum
Holiday at the Arboretum is an ABSOLUTE MUST every year for us. It's the incredible CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND that feels like the perfect way to kick off the most wonderful time of the year! It is open now, through Jan. 31 — don't miss the 12 Days of Christmas and the daily visits from Santa! Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for children and free for members — get them here.
18. Tipsy Elf Pop-Up Bar
The Tipsy Elf is BACK, BABY — this year at the Mermaid Bar in Bishop Arts! Naughty or nice, all are welcome to grab a cup of cheer at this classically decorated mega pop-up. They've got two different bars with several Christmas cocktail options and unlimited festive photo ops at every turn.
19. host your private holiday party at pinstack
Grab your private, VIP bowling suite at any of the three Dallas-area Pinstack locations (Allen, Plano, Las Colinas) and take your private catered holiday party up a notch! Enjoy lane-side cocktails and snacks and ensure your festive affair avoids the boring pitfalls of the traditional sit-down dinner. You can get up to eights lanes all to yourselves, and you can still enjoy the massive game room, which features bumper cars, laser tag, arcade games, a ropes course, rock climbing, virtual reality games and so much more! Click here to learn more.
20. frisco — christmas in the square
This year at Christmas in the Square in Frisco, the family-friendly fun includes visits with Santa ($15 per person), skating in the Square ($15 per skater), horse carriage rides ($15 per rider), storytime with Elsa, Anna and Olaf ($20 per person) and free access to the chroeographed light show! The event is open now through Jan. 3!
21. miracle pop-up bar
The pic above is from Miracle's Dallas location for 2022 at 38 Royal, but you can catch other Miracle pop-ups around town at Texas Live! in Arlington, at The Aussie Grind in Frisco and at Nickel City on South Main in Fort Worth! As ever, Miracle is THE over-the-top holiday cocktail experience. At Royal 38, you'll be treated to two bars, a covered patio and a ceiling absolutely dripping in Christmas lights!
22. sippin' santa pop-up
The pic above is from Sippin' Santa's Dallas location for 2022 at Hide (taken in a previous year), but you can also catch the Sippin' Santa tiki-themed pop-up in Fort Worth at The Down N Out from Nov. 21 through Dec. 31. The Dallas location at Hide is open Nov. 16 though New Years Eve. At all Sippin' Santa locations, this year’s roster of cocktails features new drinks like the Island of Misfit Toys, Jingle Bird, Yule Tide, Undertow Toddy, and Rudolph’s Rum Rhapsody. Popular tropical staples returning include Kris Kringle Kolada, Sippin’ Santa, and Holiday On Ice.
23. miracle pop-up bar (but in fort worth)
As mentioned previously, the Miracle pop-up bar experience is also alive and well in Fort Worth, this year at Nickel City on South Main. Sip some holly jolly cocktail favorites any time from now until December 30th — no reservations necessary!
24. stockyards rodeo rink
The Stockyards Rodeo Rink is open now for the perfect day of family-friendly holiday fun. Take in the daily cattle drive, visit Santa at his cabin outpost (Wed.-Sun.) and take a gander at some of the most festive holiday decor in the Metroplex while you're wandering to and from all the hottest bars and boutiques!
25. grapevine — the christmas capital of texas
Not only is this the most festive holiday experience in the metroplex, with countless photo opps and instagrammable moments at every turn, but the wineries that dot Grapevine's Main Street make this an extra saucy Holiday Extravaganza! You see, Grapevine has named itself the Christmas Capital of Texas, and by the way they deck out Main Street, it's a title they take very seriously. You've got to see this for yourself!
26. grapevine's hotel vin
While you're strolling through the Christmas Capital of Texas, DON'T MISS all the goings-on at Hotel Vin just off Main Street. These cozy bubbles are decked out in ski lodge decor with fur blankets, heaters, and more! Plus their cocktail menu is absolutely FIRE. We loved the S'Mores Martinis and the Coconut Margaritas! Bubbles are available for Happy Hour, two-hour lounge experiences or a full dining experience that comes with a three-course dinner and a bottle of wine. Hotel Vin also has an ice skating rink and a holiday pop-up called the Holly Jolly Bar.
27. grab a bite at campo verde
Campo Verde in Central Arlington is the most festive restaurant in Texas, bar none. You won’t want to miss it, especially if you’re looking for a spot start celebrating Christmas a bit early! From train sets making their way around the ceilings, Christmas lights hanging every which way, shining stars, neon lights and basically an instagrammable photo opp everywhere you turn.
28. light park
The Light Park at Hurricane Harbor in Arlington is open now through Jan. 1, and it is FESTIVE with a capital "F"! Tickets start at just $29 per car for this drive-through experience with MILLIONS of lights, the best Christmas tunes, fun props and Electric Lemonade (it lights up)! This is unique because as you drive through the immersive experience, you tune you car radio into to the proper frequency, and the lights dance along with the Christmas music blaring from your speakers!
29. decorators warehouse
Want to take your holiday decor to the next level? Then you need to level up to Decorators Warehouse in Arlington. This is without a doubt the Number 1 holiday store in the great state of Texas. It's 60,000 square feet of trees, wreaths, decorations, knick-knacks, in every kind of holiday theme you can imagine. Want a neon Christmas this year? This is where you make that happen. Go now, and thank us later.
30. christmas pop-up at proper
Proper on Magnolia couldn't be cuter on a regular day. But during the holidays? Fahgetabahtit! They have pages and pages of festive cocktails and amazing small bites to enjoy while you soak up the holiday spirit all around you They haven't transformed the place just yet this season, but we'll update you when it's all in place.
This is without a doubt the most aesthetic and wonderful holiday light experience that Tarrant County has to offer. Lightscape is set up at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as a family friendly, illuminated walking trail. It's a full mile of suspended strands, light tunnels, captivating displays and a beautiful fire garden. Enjoy wine, beer, hot cocoa and snacks while you make your way to the Japanese garden featuring colorful lights that dance along to the music. Learn more and get your tickets here.
32. photo op — stockyards christmas tree
There are so many fun and festive things to do around the Stockyards this year, and while you're out enjoying one of our favorite parts of town, be sure to stop by and get some pics with the gorgeous Stockyards Christmas tree!