Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas in Dallas: My Holiday Bucket List

This will be our first year really celebrating the Christmas season in Texas and there are so many things I want to see and do!  It is difficult to the get the Mister excited about the holidays being the Grinch and all but I guess that makes me Cindy Lou Who, and it’s my job to warm his heart with the Christmas spirit!  I wanted to share with all of you the things I plan for us in the next weeks before 2016 is behind us.  I’m really hoping I will get to the majority of these plans, but with visiting family out of state as well as my niece due to arrive this Friday (YAY), I may not be able to see/do all of them.  I have included links to everywhere on my list so that you can easily look up prices or buy tickets to any of these events/locations!

1. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden – I put this at the top of my list because frankly, this is a place I'd like to go any time of the year because I haven't had a chance yet!  This December their lights theme is “12 Days of Christmas”.  Looking through pictures of the Arboretum with the beautiful gazebos & all the different shrubs/flowers, I can’t help but want to go and take a million pictures there!  If I don’t make it out for Christmas, then I will definitely make it there this spring!

2. Downtown Grapevine – So apparently Grapevine is the “Christmas Capitol of Texas” and has amazing lights all throughout downtown and different events/festivals the month of December.  I love looking at Christmas lights and know this is right up my alley!  The Historic Main Street has so many little unique shops that will be perfect to pick up some amazing last minute gifts for my friends and family while strolling under all the lights and maybe even stopping by Santa’s Workshop

3. Dallas Galleria Mall – The Dallas Galleria Mall is gorgeous and ornate all on its own so adding Christmas décor to it only increases the beauty!  The best part of the mall is the indoor ice skating throughout December.  They have public ice skating as well as shows with a back-flipping Santa!  I have only been ice skating once and was terrible at it, but I would love to give it another try!

4. Gaylord Texan – At the Gaylord Texan, also located in Grapevine, they decorate from floor to ceiling with amazing lights, ornaments, and SNOW!  The Gaylord Texan gets completely transformed into a Winter Wonderland! They have a maze of ice sculptures, Santa’s workshop, & an area for snow tubing! This is something I am really looking forward to since snow is rarity in Texas!  I hope the hot cocoa is delicious because I will definitely need some with the keeping it around 10 degrees in there!!

5. Dallas Zoo – Okay, okay, so maybe there isn’t anything specifically special about the Zoo during December but it is “Penguin Days” and the prices are lower so that’s something.  I am a HUGE animal lover (& pitbull advocate) so I go to the zoo AT LEAST twice a year.  If we travel, a trip to the local zoo is always on my agenda. San Diego Zoo (so excited since so many rank it as the #1 US zoo) & Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs are both scheduled for 2017 already!  So if you love animals, this is a great time of year to go in Texas because the weather is much more forgiving!

6. Magnolia Market – This is not technically DFW located but is well worth the drive if you’ve never been! I travelled to Magnolia Market in Waco, TX this past summer with a friend and it was so much fun!  The atmosphere, food trucks (Crepe food truck was to die for), & people were great but the store itself is just magnificent!  The Silos Baking Co was still in the making while we were there and now that it’s finished, I really want to make a trip back!  For the holidays, they sell Christmas trees and have events as well so I can only imagine the gifts that I could pick up there this time of year!

I hope to make it to at least of few these and can’t wait to share my experiences with everyone!  What are your plans for this December?   Do you make a Christmas bucket list? If you're in DFW, let me know if there is something that I should have on my list!  


  1. I bet Magnolia would be so fun at Christmas time! Yes - go to the Gaylord. It's a cool place anytime of year. I've never been for ICE! and really want to go.


    1. I am pretty excited about Gaylord but a little less so after this very chilly weather this morning! :)

  2. THis is the perfect post for me! We just moved to Lewisville, about 10 min from Grapevine Mills, so it'll be fun to explore the DFW area during Christmas!

  3. I'm in the DC Metro area and the Air Force band always has a holiday concert, I'm hoping to finally go this year 😊

    1. Oh I bet that would be amazing! I'm sure DC is lit up and beautiful!

  4. We love going to Gaylord every year to look around and go through the ICE exhibit! We actually stayed there last year for 2 nights and it was amazing!

    =) Bridget |


Blog Design by Get Polished | Copyright Basically Joy 2017