“The best Christmas event in Texas” is at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, according to Magazine of southern life. It is truly magical to walk through these beautiful gardens at Christmas.
You are probably familiar with the ornately decorated 25 foot tall Victorian gazebos that represent each of the 12 days of Christmas. This display is just epic! All 12 are extremely creative and detailed and include music that matches the theme. It’s nice during the dayâ¦ but at night, the garden really comes alive with over a million lights.
But do you know the Arboretum Nativity scene and the charming Christmas Village?
Inside the historic DeGolyer House, richly decorated for Christmas, is the return of the beloved theme “The art of the Nativity”. This collection includes hundreds of nativity scenes depicting a variety of nativity scenes, depicting the birth of Christ, from around the world. In addition to the Ray Harrington and Joe Christian collections, which are owned by the Arboretum, the exhibit also includes nativity scenes by Tommy Bourgeois and Peter Hall. These unique and quirky cribs are beautifully crafted from many materials including cork, glass, horns, seeds, corn husks, porcelain, silver, wood and more. It’s something to see – an incredible collection and display.
This Christmas village is a stunning replica of 12 charming shops and facades of a picturesque European holiday market. Measuring nearly 20 feet tall, each house features artwork and embellishments found in authentic European Christmas markets. Shopkeepers are stationed outside each building, offering samples of their products, including baked goods, candy, hand-carved pencils and bells. Kids and adults alike can explore these great themed homes and check out vacation businesses including a bakery, confectionery, Santa’s house, and more.
At night, the shops and trees of the Christmas Village shine brightly in the Arboretum. During the weekends and evenings, there are also volunteers dressed as traders in each store, most handing out samples of their wares, such as candy at the candy store.
Make sure and stop by the shops in the Christmas village. You will find something new in each!
Post office – Bring a letter to Santa Claus and drop it off at the Christmas Village post office. Make sure you drop the letter in the mailbox and it will travel to the North Pole.
Pastry shop – Enjoy viewing illustrations of baked goods and a wood stove in the window. Enjoy a small sample, served by the baker.
Candy shop – Visit the candy tracer for a candy cane and see how candy is made.
Library – Stop by the bookstore to receive a specially designed bookmark to take home.
Florist – See the beauty of the garden come to life at the florist. Guests can take home a packet of seeds to grow their own beautiful flowers.
Clock tower – Over 21 feet tall, the clock tower is made of bricks and stands next to the bandstand.
Music store – Customers can make noise in the music store with the tambourine and the triangle, and enjoy a bell to take home.
Doctor’s office – Obtain a dressing specially designed for the Dallas Arboretum from the resident doctors and nurses in the Christmas Village.
Shoemaker – Visit the shoemaker and see how he repairs worn shoe soles. You can take home a plastic shoehorn.
Band holder – Enjoy listening to local choirs and ensembles to celebrate the holidays throughout the day and every night.
Butcher – Go to the butcher to learn all about the different cuts of meat. Customers are invited to sample a small sample of the bacon pieces.
Milliner Shop – Stop to see all the wonderful hats and fascinators from years gone by. Take selfies with various hats on sticks.
Carpenter – Customers are welcome to stop by to see what the carpenter has created from the wood and can take a pencil home with them.
And you certainly can’t miss the imposing Christmas Pyramid! It is a 23-foot-tall German-built structure, and is decorated with hand-carved elements, lighting and character movements on all levels. The Christmas Pyramid is the perfect complement to the Christmas Village and is the iconic element of the Pyramid Square, with an Edelweiss Haus serving food and drink and a larger beer garden and performance space. This adorable village and collection of shops were inspired by the traditional German Christmas markets or Christkindlmarkets.
All Christmas windows are open until the end of December. Note: The Arboretum is closed on Christmas Day, but reopens on the 26the.