If you’re in the mood for a relaxing, cozy day full of holiday cheer with loved ones or even by yourself, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a great spot to go. The majority of the property was once part of a 44-acre estate known as Rancho Encinal owned by geophysicist Everette Lee DeGolyer. His wife Nell DeGolyer’s interest in her extensive flower gardens provided the foundation for the Dallas Arboretum. Today, the arboretum is more than 66 acres of beautiful gardens, complete with a view of White Rock Lake that includes the Dallas skyline.
The Dallas Arboretum has a busy 2019 holiday schedule starting with the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 12. The arboretum’s gorgeous gazebos will be lit for the first time, carolers will fill the gardens with music, and Santa Claus himself will make an appearance to mark the official start of the Dallas Arboretum’s holiday season.
The arboretum will also transform itself for the season. From November 29-December 31, the historic DeGoyler House will become a “Christkindlmarket,” where each room features a collection of treasures typically found in the European Christmas markets.
This year, the arboretum will debut a Christmas Village as part of its holiday programming. Inspired by European Christmas Markets, The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades that represent a quaint European hamlet. The miniature houses, which range from 16 to 19 feet in height, will feature illustrations and decorations appropriate for their respective businesses, such as the bakery walls displaying baked goods. The Christmas Village can be explored by children during the day and will be lit by holiday lights in the evening.
Holiday at the Arboretum will also feature an outdoor exhibit focusing on the 12 Days of Christmas and illuminated at night by 1 million lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead. Twenty-five-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos depict different characters from the carol such as three French hens and twelve drummers drumming. The exhibit runs from November 13 through December 31, Wednesdays through Sundays from 6-9 pm.
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