"To young and old, meek and the bold," --- ah, I can't help but to start caroling when I wrote the title of this post (Carol of the Bells, anybody?). Can you believe that it's Thanksgiving next week? Some of y'all have probably even got your Christmas tree up at home! Well. to kick of this festive season with a joyful ring, I've put together some of my favorite things to do in Dallas with my family for the holidays!
Read along and at the end of the post, I have an awesome surprise for you :)
1. Visit the DMA for the Yayoi Kusama Exhibit and More!
There are so many things that you can do and experience at the DMA during the holidays, and this year, they have some really awesome stuff going on! I personally like Yayoi Kusama's All The Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins exhibit, where you can take whimsical holiday photos by these magical illuminated pumpkins, instead of a typical pumpkin patch. They only allow 2 people spending only 45 seconds per viewing, so plan your visit ahead! There's also Truth : 24 frames per second (not suitable for young children) and Waxed : Batik from Java (y'all, show my home country some love and learn about our world-renowned heritage, called batik! It ends on 12/3 so come check it out asap).
2. Stroll around the magical Dallas Zoo Lights
This is the newest holiday tradition in town, and it opens officially on 11/17!! The largest zoological experience in Texas is transformed into a magical holiday wonderland, with 3D light sculptures and hanging lights illuminating the trees.
In addition to that, they have live performances, winter treats (including gourmet donuts!), and crafts & activities for kids! Want to come to the zoo during the day and stay back for the lights? You can do that at no cost, as this even is FREE with zoo admission. Click here to get more information so you can plan your visit ahead!
3. Watch Charlie Brown Christmas at Children's Theater
Christmas won't be complete without Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and friends! Oh the nostalgia! And starting also on 11/17, you get to bring your young ones and experience the stage adaptation of this classic cartoon by the late Charles M. Schulz. Read more about it here and plan your visit ahead. The show goes on till January 1st.
4. Experience the Holiday Wonder at Fair Park
Kicking off on 11/21, the Holiday Wonder is also one of the newest holiday traditions in the Big D, featuring more than 2 million lights! What??!! Oh if that doesn't sound magical to you, I don't know what does! There will be illuminated sculptures and Chinese lanterns, as well as a gigantic slide and snowball throwing, music and more! Click here for more info :)
5. Watch the classic The Nutcracker Ballet at Winspear Opera
I am personally looking forward to this one. I have only seen a Nutcracker performance by the Rockettes at New York City's Radio City Hall. But it was only a part of a whole another play and I've never seen a performance of the actual two-part Nutcracker ballet, adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". Could be a good date night! Click here to get tickets!
6. Drive around & check out Highland Park neighborhood lights
This last one is a bonus one, I just had to put it because over the years, it has become a part of my family’s holiday tradition! Highland Park is known for its extravagant homes, and during the holiday season, homeowners go all out with their holiday decorations.
They have illuminated sculptures, inflatable santas, and some residences even have Christmas carols playing in their front yard every night, for us spectators to enjoy! If you prefer a fancier way to tour the neighborhood, you can board the famous carriages from Highland Park Village.
Now, nothing rings in the holiday cheer like a giveaway, so in partnership with Visit Dallas, I am giving away :
1 VIP photo with Santa at NorthPark Center | 2 guest passes to Nasher Sculpture Center | 2 tickets to the Dallas Arboretum | 2 adult and 2 youth passes to the Dallas Zoo | 4 tickets to the Reunion Tower GeO Deck | 2 passes (good for 4 admissions) for the Charlie Brown Christmas Show at the Dallas Children's Theater | 2 tickets to the DMA's Truth : 24 frames per second | 2 passes (good for 4 admissions) for the Frosty & Friends show at the Dallas Children's Theater | 4 tickets to the Perot Museum | ANDD THE GRAND PRIZE!!! Free stay at the Hilton Anatole hotel!!!!