5 Family Friendly Christmas Things To Do In Dallas

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Every Christmas we have a list of Christmasy-type things we like to do as a family. Yes, I am one of those people who can watch ELF year-round and counts down the days to Christmas starting in July. I thought I’d share some family friendly things to do here in Dallas during the holiday season! Get your ugly Christmas sweater ready for wearing, here are 5 things you won’t want to miss!

5 Family Friendly Christmas Things To Do In Dallas 

1. Broadway Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Broadway Show

Christmas show, anyone? Broadway Christmas Wonderland is coming to the Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited engagement – December 6-18. 

Featuring glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole. This is a Christmas show for the entire family!  From Christmas songs that we all know and love to a glistening ice pond featuring two world champion ice skaters – this is a show you won’t want to miss! 

Single tickets for BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND, starting at $20, are now on sale at DallasSummerMusicals.org, by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX (3849) and at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, Suite 542 in Dallas, TX.

While this show is family friendly – we are making it a date night!

2. Christmas at the Anatole

ANNOUNCING A Hilton Anatole Christmas Giveaway soon! Watch our Facebook page for details!

Breakfast with Santa, Lights in the Park, Festive decor, kids popcorn bar, Rudolph’s Reindeer Barn, Photos with Santa, Scavenger Hunt, Face Painting, Geppetto’s Marionette Theater AND MORE! The last few years, one of our Christmas traditions is spending time at the Anatole and somehow each year it gets better and BETTER!

Animated reindeer at the Hilton Anatole
Animated reindeer at the Hilton Anatole

The Hilton Anatole is our go-to for Dallas staycations. The Anatole resort is gorgeous, the service is excellent – but most important for our party of 6, the accommodations are FAMILY FRIENDLY!  


Seriously, look at that Santa – talk about LEGIT! Rosy cheeks, velvet red suit and a perfect white beard. 

The Breakfast with Santa is a ton of fun, and parents – the food is delish. I grew up having to go to hotel brunches for every holiday, and meh. The Hilton Anatole does their Santa breakfast to the NINES. There is food for the littles and food for the adults, you will not be disappointed! 



Enjoying a little pre-Christmas-crazy staycation with these weirdos at #christmasattheanatole

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We already have our staycation booked for closer to Christmas this year. Every year, we keep it a secret from our kids. Unfortunately, EVERY time we go downtown now without telling the kids where we are going (no matter what month it is!) – the kids want to know if they are going to the Anatole. It’s become an on-going joke in our family, but so thankful for this fun Christmas tradition. 

Learn more about the fun activities, breakfast with Santa and family weekend experience at ChristmasAtTheAnatole.com

Make sure to read our Jade Waters at Hilton Anatole Review (they have a pool resort that screams SUMMER STAYCATION!) and about our Christmas experience last year at the Anatole!

3.The 12 Days of Christmas at The Claus Collection Santa Exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is a must-visit when it comes to Dallas. It’s not just a spring thing, it’s a year-round experience! During the holiday season, the gardens are transformed with twelve, twenty-five feet tall gazebos featuring elaborate scenes from the 12 Days of Christmas. 

dallas arboretum - christmas family dallas

Our family went the last 2-years. It’s magical, especially at night. Make sure to bring a coat, and you must get the hot chocolate. The kids are too big now, but when they were smaller – we would bring a wagon, wrap them in blankets and haul them around. 

Here our 2 boys are last year. We forgot their jackets. Not smart, but the hot chocolate made it all better!



Enjoying a little pre-Christmas-crazy staycation with these weirdos at #christmasattheanatole

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The magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit runs until January 8, 2017. Check it out before December 31 to see the new Claus Collection Santa Exhibit at the DeGolyer House. 

Learn more at the DallasArboretum.org

4. ICE at the Gaylord Texan

christmas dallas family friendly

Two MILLION pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, kept chilled at 9 degrees are what awaits you at ICE at the Gaylord Texan. This year’s theme tells the story of the classic television special “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town.” With five two-story tall ice slides, us Texans get a chance to experience what a REAL winter feels like! 

Snow tubing in texas - Dallas Christmas family fun

In Texas, it snows maybe a few days a year here, IF we are lucky. The kids have no idea what real snow looks like nor the fun that playing outside in the snow can bring. No worries, the Gaylord brings the snow to Texas! Well, kind of. They offer indoor snow tubing during the holiday season (actually it’s a 12-land snow tubing hill!). It’s definitely something that you won’t want to miss! 

The Gaylord Texan offers all kinds of family Christmas fun here in Dallas, like an outdoor ice skating rink, gingerbread decorating, breakfast with Rudolph, milk & cookies with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa and more. 

Learn more at GaylordTexanTickets.com

5. Dallas Galleria

Last but NOT least, one of our favorite Dallas family Christmas traditions is visiting the Dallas Galleria. Spoiler alert: I already visited this year, without the family. Check out my Black Friday haul video to get a sneak peek of the AMAZING Christmas tree at the Dallas Galleria.

Dallas Galleria Christmas Tree

Yes, the Christmas Tree is the main attraction at the Dallas Galleria – though, it’s not the only holiday attraction! There is ice skating around the tree. Shopping galore and on the weekends, there are several fun family Christmas activities to enjoy, like Slappy’s Holiday Circus

Check out the Dallas Galleria’s website for all the details: GalleriaDallas.com

Well, there you have it. 5 of our favorite family Christmas things to do in Dallas.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions? What does your family like to do during the holidays in Dallas? Leave a comment!

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