Enchant at Globe Life Park ($30) – Y’all, this is the Christmas event of the year. From insane light displays to an ice skating rink and everything in between, Enchant is a MUST if you live out in DFW. I’m so sad to be missing it, and you bet I will find a way to make it out next year. Christmas paradise in Dallas, and it’s only in December!
Watch the Nutcracker at Bass Hall ($40+) – One of my families favorites is going to see the Nutcracker Ballet! Bass Hall puts it on every year throughout December and their symphony hall is just one of the most stunning. Get dressed up and go enjoy it with the fam!
Grapevine Christmas (Free) – Grapevine (aka my hometown!) is actually known as the “Christmas Capitol of Texas” for how all-out the city goes with decorations. Take a walk down Grapevine Main Street and enjoy the decor; you will actually feel like you’re living a Hallmark Christmas Movie. AND while you’re there, you can check out the Gaylord and take a ride of the Polar Express (details below!)
Polar Express – Very sad to say this holiday gem is full for 2017, but adding it so you can prepare for 2018! If you’ve got little kids, then this is a MUST (I did it as a child every year, can vouch). Your kids get to ride the famous Polar Express, hear the enchanted stories, and get a special visit from Mrs. Clause. It’s an absolute treat for any family.
ICE at the Gaylord ($20+) – I have never seen a hotel go as all-out for Christmas as the Gaylord. Their entire lobby is full blown Holiday Cheer, coupled with their yearly ICE show featuring some incredible ice sculptures! The price is a bit steep, but you definitely won’t regret it.
Carriage Rides Highland Park ($100+) – Grab a large group of friends to split up this horse-drawn carriage ride through the Highland Park lights. If you’re looking to impress a special someone, I would definitely say this will knock their fuzzy socks off!
Prairie Lights ($35 per car) – Let’s all agree that nobody wants to get out of their warm car when it’s freezing outside, and with Prairie Lights you don’t have to! Drive through 4 million Christmas lights from the comfort of a heated vehicle? Yes please! Open throughout December.
Vitruvian Park Lights (FREE) – From now until New Years you can walk around the Dallas version of Austin’s Trail of Lights in Addison! This holiday gem is a blast, AND it’s completely free.
Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas Light Show ($20) – Throughout December you can walk through the Arboretum’s 12 Days of Christmas featuring light shows, music, and hot cocoa! Their displays include and elves workshop, Holiday Karaoke, and plenty of live music to enjoy.
Galleria Ice Skating ($14) – Pair ice skating and shopping and you already have me sold. Skate around the giant Galleria Christmas tree from now until January 7th!
Whole Foods Ice Skating ($10) – From Nov. 24 – January 15th the rooftop of the Whole Foods downtown turns into a giant ice rink! Grab a skating buddy and hit the rink. Heads up, it isn’t very large but it sure is fun!
Four Seasons Gingerbread Open House (FREE) – Check out the life sized “Austinopoly” in the lobby of the Four Seasons, a great treat for kids especially!
Mozarts Light Show (FREE) – One of the Austin Holiday classics is the Mozarts light show. Every half hour from 6-11pm you can grab some coffee and desserts and watch the lights dance along to music. An amazing display of technical talent and a treat for everyone!
Zilker Trail of Lights (FREE/$3) – Take a walk through the incredible light display at Zilker Park from now until December 23rd, featuring some local Austin food trucks, a ferris wheel, and a rather large lit up Austin Christmas Tree! Some dates are free and some are $3, so we recommend checking out the calendar first!
Winter Wonderland COTA ($16) – I cannot express how excited I am to have this new treat in Austin from 12/8 – 12/30! It’s Trail of Lights x10 and a true Winter Wonderland. They’ve got incredible light displays, movies, a human snow globe, and so much more. Austinites, you’ve gotta check it out!
Blue Genie Art Bazaar (FREE) – If you are in need of Christmas gifts and love shopping local, definitely check out the Bazaar until it closes on Christmas Eve!
Houston Ballet – The Nutcracker ($20+) – As all cities in Texas, Houston has it’s own showing of the Nutcracker that is a must for any arts lover! Only available now until January 6th!
Festival of Lights in Galveston ($44) – If you want everything holiday in one place, then this is definitely that place. A winter wonderland, light show, ice skating, music playing, film watching, cookie eating, and train riding good time. They’re open now through January 7th but you’ll have to buy your tickets before it’s too late!
Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo ($12+) – From now until January 7th, the Houston Zoo has transformed itself into a light show in celebration of the holidays. Grab your kiddos (or your friends if you’re a zoo lover like me) and check out the elephants AND the Christmas lights all at once!
Magical Winter Lights ($21) – Right in the heart of Houston at Gulf Greyhound Park is a Christmas carnival perfect for everyone! Open now until January 2nd.
Sugar Land Holiday Lights ($14) – If you love a good light show but don’t want to drive into downtown Houston (can’t blame ya), then check out the Holiday Lights in Sugar Land which are a treat on their own! Only open in December!
Old Town Spring Home for the Holidays (FREE) – If you’re looking for a more low key holiday experience, then Old Town Spring Holidays is a great pick! From now until Christmas Eve you can knock out some holiday shopping at their mini Christmas markets and enjoy yummy treats from local vendors
Ice Skating at Discovery Green ($14) – My GOAL this year is to get Viktor to go Ice skating here with me! Discovery Green in downtown Houston turns itself into a giant ice skating rink from now until January 15th and you bet I am obsessed.
Gingerbread Build Off (FREE) – While it is too late to participate, you must check out this Gingerbread Build Off from teams in Houston. The competition will take place in Hermann park on December 9th and winners will be on display until December 15th at the Houston Public Library.