5 Reasons to Visit Dallas Galleria During Christmas

galleria christmasEvery year there are certain Christmas traditions that we do with our kids. There is the decorating of the Christmas tree, icing cookies, building a gingerbread house, and then there are Christmas activities around town that have become tradition and visiting the Dallas Galleria is one of them, here is why you should visit Dallas Galleria during Christmas:

The Largest Indoor Christmas Tree in the United States

We valet at the Westin hotel, which is attached to the Dallas Galleria. This makes parking a cinch and is the perfect location to access everything in the mall.  Walk straight through the hotel lobby, into the mall and you will be greeted with the most gorgeous Christmas tree you’ve ever seen.

The Christmas Tree at the Galleria in Dallas stands 95 feet tall in the center of the ice rink (and center of the mall.)

From Friday, November 29 – December 24 – watch the tree at  noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM and 8 PM for the illumination celebration.  With special tree lighting choreographed to magical sounds of the season, it’s a free event your kids will love and you won’t want to miss!

Santa Clause

visiting santa clause at the dallas galleria

Who doesn’t love Santa Clause!  At the Dallas Galleria, Santa looks just like you imagine him. He is at the mall daily on level 2.

Dallas Cityscape

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Think Legos on steroids! On level 1, next to the Grand Lux – experience the best of Dallas during the holidays on a miniature scale with a toy building block display. Benefits East Dallas Community Schools.$5 for adults and children ages 2 and up.

Slappy’s Holiday Circus

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Friday, Nov. 29 & Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 & 21: 1 PM & 3 PM

On level 1, near Nordstrom, visit Slappy’s Holiday Circus – Presented by Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse, experience a classic European circus with puppets, magic, clowns, contortionists and jugglers in a fast-paced show that’s fun for the entire family. Complimentary.

Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration

santa on ice

Viewable from all levels of the Galleria, witness all-star ice-skating performers including: Missile Toes, Galleria’s ice-skating, back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa Claus, live performances from Olympic and National Champions and local children performing to introduce the lighting of the country’s tallest indoor tree. Complimentary

  • Friday, Nov. 29: 12 PM | World Champion Kurt Browning and National Champions Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre
  • Saturday, Nov. 30: 6 PM | World Champion Kurt Browning and National Champions Kim Navarro & Brent Bommentre
  • Saturday, Dec. 7: 6 PM | National Champion Ryan Bradley
  • Saturday, Dec. 14: 6 PM | U.S. Junior Men’s Champion Keegan Messing
  • Saturday, Dec. 21: 6 PM | Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes

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Dining

The lower level of the mall, right next to the ice skating rink has an array of restaurants. This area is known to my husband as the place you go crash with the kids when mom isn’t done shopping.

Parking

Valet parking at the Westin is $17. There are numerous parking garages as well.

Play Area

There is a play area for little kids on level 3 – adjacent to Saks Fifth Avenue. If you are looking for fast food, such as McDonalds – there are several right next to the play area.

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