Hidden Holiday Gems Of DFW

December 3, 2011 6:00 AM

(Photo: Atrium) credit: : http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan

We all know what the Dallas Fort Worth community has to offer each holiday season, but what about those hidden gems that you might not know about because they aren’t highly advertised. This guide will show you where to celebrate the holidays that aren’t always mentioned in other local guides.

Ice Sculptures at Gaylord Texan

1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, Texas 76051

Individual Reservations: 866-782-7897
Phone: 817-778-1000
November 11, 2011 – January 1, 2012

Admission starting at $21.95 adults, children 4-12 $11.95, discounts for groups and seniors.


Officially called ICE! and Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord features a 14,000 square foot ice exhibit including a Shrek theme for 2011, 1.5 million holiday lights, a 52 foot rotating Christmas tree, a life-size gingerbread house, 12,000 ornaments, and Santa Claus himself! ICE! is kept at a frigid 9 degrees Fahrenheit so dress appropriately for a holiday memory you won’t soon forget! See the website for times and a full schedule of events.

Lantern Light at Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano

1900 West 15th Street
Plano, TX 75075


December 3, 2011.

Admission $8 adults and $5 children and seniors



An annual holiday experience that includes readings, a tour of the Farrell Wilson House, magical stories, children’s choir, games and crafts for kids, tasty treats, silent movies circa 1900 displays, wagon rides, a visit from Father Christmas and more!

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A candlelight vigil is held. (credit: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images)

Candlelight at Dallas Heritage Village

1515 South Harwood Street

Dallas, Texas 75215


December 10 -11, 2011

Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children; costs more at the gate


2011 is the 40th anniversary of this traditional holiday celebration! Carriage rides, story telling, blacksmithing, holiday treats, carolers, historic buildings decorated in 1840-1910 period decorations, games, and a picture with St. Nicholas himself! Discounted admission starting November 1 through December 8 check out website for details.

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Santa Claus prepares his reindeer and sleigh. (credit: Oliver Morin/AFP/Getty Images)

Mrs. Baird’s Visit with Santa:

7301 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76134
(817) 615-3000

Dates: December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at various times.

Admission FREE


Annual event first began in 1939 and is a North Texas tradition! This FREE event includes visits and pictures with Santa, crafts for kids, treats such as cinnamon toast and hot chocolate, and more all in a Candyland theme for 2011. This year Mrs. Baird’s will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots during the event.

 Hidden Holiday Gems Of DFW

Photo Credit: Christie Cone

Nativity Display in Carrollton

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
4000 Nazarene Dr
Carrollton, TX 75010-6491

December 1st through December 3rd

Admission FREE


Visit this Christmas traditional event which hosts over 100 nativity displays from members of the community, professional singers, choirs, and individual vocalists from across the DFW metroplex, and more at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 4000 Nazarene Drive in Carrollton. Check out the website for times and full schedule of events.

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City of Richardson Santa’s Village

Richardson City Hall

411 West Arapaho Road

Richardson, TX 75080-4551
(972) 744-4100

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Open’s December 3rd

Admission: Free


This annual event is targeted to people of all ages and especially includes fun things for children to do! From pictures with Santa to balloon sculpturing elves to a marionette show, there’s something for everyone – including over a dozen “North Pole” dwellings! Food is available for a minimal cost. See the website for times and a full schedule of events.

Allie Van Wagoner is a native Texan who grew up in the Dallas area, got married three states away, had 3 boys, and then moved back to her hometown in North Texas to raise her family. She loves the outdoors, spending time with her family, creating recipes (read eat) and volunteering in her community. She owns and writes at screweduptexan.com and publishes her photography at alliefrancesphotography.com.

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