With Christmas time just around the corner, your little ones will be wanting to visit with Santa. With so many places to choose from in the DFW area, making choices like this can be difficult. Here are five of the best places to take photos with Santa and enjoy a little Christmas spirit.
Santa’s Village at The Galleria Dallas
13350 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, TX 75240
Dates: Through Dec. 24, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Come visit Santa in his very own village through December 24, 2013. Go to level 2, near Nordstrom, and get ready to see your child’s face light up. Give your kiddos the experience of being at the North Pole with Santa. He wants to hear what your child wants for Christmas, and photo opportunities are available. After your visit, take the opportunity to shop for the holiday season. Who can resist a visit to the most famous mall in Dallas? Grab your list and remember who’s been nice. Santa Clause is coming to The Galleria.
Christmas in the Stockyards
500 N.E. 23rd St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Date: Dec. 7, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Get your cowboy on and head out to the Ft. Worth Stockyards for Christmas. On December 7, 2013, the festivities will begin. Enjoy a Christmas tree lighting, pony rides, chicken roping, a petting zoo, a holiday parade and so much more. Get your picture taken with a cowboy Santa to make your holiday experience really special. This event is free and open to the public so, don’t miss out. Enjoy a little country Christmas this holiday season.
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Denton Holiday Lighting Festival
110 W. Hickory St.
Denton, TX 76201
Date: Dec. 6, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy the 25th annual lighting festival at Denton’s historical courthouse. Enjoy musical and dance presentations, horse-drawn carriage rides and a chance to meet with Santa. Don’t miss the Denton Community Band, who will be offering live entertainment and has been since the inception of this wonderful festival. Since 1988, Denton has been offering the community this wonderful holiday celebration. So grab the family and head on down to the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. You’ll be glad you did.
5700 Lake Ridge Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Dates: Through Dec. 31, 2013
Experience the Prairie Lights festival in Grand Prairie for a Christmas experience to remember. Come anytime between Thanksgiving night to New Year’s Eve. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. There are over four million lights that cover over 600 displays. Don’t miss the Holiday Magic Light Show Theatre, which offers a 10-minute light show for all to see. There is a gift shop, concessions and photos with Santa to make every child’s Christmas special. Hurry out to the Prairie and make your family’s Christmas grand.
The North Pole Express
705 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
Dates: Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-23, 2013
All aboard the North Pole Express! Looking for a fun and different way to see Santa? Head on out to Grapevine and take a Christmas train ride. With entertainment onboard, chocolate milk for the kiddos to enjoy and a journey through the enchanting Christmas tree maze, your family is guaranteed to have a great time. Each child will receive a souvenir gift, a holiday bell and keepsake photo with Santa. The train ride is so unique that your family will make memories that will be passed down from generation to generation. So, climb aboard and enjoy the ride.
Judy Serrano writes romantic thrillers at JudySerrano.com. She graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a BA in English. She is also a freelance writer for Examiner.com. She lives in Texas with her husband, four boys and five dogs.