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Top Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth in December

There’s always something special happening in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, particularly when the holidays roll around. Here are some of our favorite things to do in December.

Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops (©Sylvia Elzafon)

Dec. 6-15 Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops

This is an annual tradition not to be missed. Taking place in a holiday-adorned Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the symphony is joined by the Dallas Symphony Chorus for classic holiday songs and a special visit from the jolly old elf himself.

Dec. 6-22 Courtyard Theater

Home to a variety of live music styles, the theater in Plano stages “Elf the Musical,” Dec. 6-8; “Scrooge the Musical,” Dec. 13-15; and “Hope in the Heartland,” a bluegrass Christmas musical, Dec. 20-22.

Dec. 6-8, 13-23 The Grapevine Vintage Railroad

The railroad operates a 1920s-era Victorian train 10 months out of the year, with weekends in December reserved for the North Pole Express. The journey to the North Pole includes a stop at Reindeer Ridge, with cookies and a mug of Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk. Once inside Santa’s Workshop, guests are treated to a Broadway-style Christmas performance.

Dec. 7 Holiday Show & Tree Lighting

Spend the afternoon at Klyde Warren Park taking photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, playing games, listening to Christmas music and watching the tree-lighting.  

Holiday Round Up (Courtesy Sid Richardson Museum)

Dec. 7 Holiday Round Up at the Sid Richardson Museum

The museum focuses on paintings of the American West by lauded Western artists. It also plays host to special events, programs and family-focused activities. Its Holiday Round Up promises a day of fun, creating holiday-themed bandanas, a scavenger hunt throughout the gallery and more.

'Once on This Island' (©Joan Marcus)

Dec. 17-22 ‘Once on This Island’

Travel with peasant girl Ti Moune as she journeys to find love in this Tony Award-winning musical at the Winspear Opera House

Dec. 19 Cher

 “If I Could Turn Back Time” I’d be sure to catch the superstar at the American Airlines Center on her Here We Go Again Tour. Hear classics like “I Found Someone” and “Believe.”  

Dec. 20 ‘The Nutty Nutcracker’

For one night, the Texas Ballet Theater returns with its send up of “The Nutcracker.” See Clara’s historic journey take a turn into current events and pop culture references at Bass Performance Hall.

Dec. 21 Trans-SiberianOrchestra

The TSO brings its brand of holiday rock to the American Airlines Center.

Through Dec. 16 ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Accolades and rave reviews are many for the musical that took home six Tony Awards in 2017 including Best Musical. Don’t miss the events that shape the life of the title character at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Holiday at the Arboretum (Courtesy Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden)

Through Dec. 21 Holiday at the Arboretum

The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden feature 25-foot-tall gazebos decorated to represent each of the days, all enclosed in glass. 

Through Dec. 26 Dallas Mavericks

Get a look at the 2019-2020 version of the team when they host the New Orleans Pelicans (Dec. 7-8), the Miami Heat (Dec 14), the Boston Celtics (Dec. 18) and the Denver Spurs (Dec. 26) at the American Airlines Center. 

Through Dec. 28 ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Winspear Opera House

This is the home of the Dallas Opera, which puts on amazing shows during its season. When the opera breaks at the end of the year, the opera house gets festive. Catch “The Nutcracker” through Dec. 28, before the musical “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” lands Dec. 15 (one performance only).

Through Dec. 31 The Trains at NorthPark

Discover America through this exhibit, with 1,600 feet of track going coast-to-coast.

George W. Bush Presidental Museum and Library( ©George W. Bush Presidential Museum and Library/Flickr)

Through Jan. 5, 2020 George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George W. Bush Library and Museum presents 'Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas at the White House 2007' featuring the decorations that adorned the White House in 2007 as well as photos of Mrs. Bush's visits to 31 National Parks and events held in support of the parks.