The Dallas Arboretum’s highlight of the season is the “12 Days of Christmas” holiday exhibit, which features a dozen elaborate outdoor vignettes depicting scenes from the classic Christmas carol of the same name. Attend during daylight hours or go after dark, when the gardens will be illuminated by 1 million lights. Special programming throughout the season includes Santa visits on select dates, music and other entertainment, holiday teas, “The Artistry of the Nativity” exhibit at the DeGolyer House and the return of the Christmas Village and the 23-foot-tall wooden Christmas pyramid. New this year is a 50-foot-tall tree with more than 42,000 lights playing holiday tunes.
The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and in the evening Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Daytime admission: $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 2-12, free for children younger than 2. Entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $3 extra. $15 for parking or $10 if bought online in advance. Nighttime admission: $15-$35 for adults, $14-$18 for seniors 65 and up, $13-$15 for children 2-12, free for children younger than 2. Parking is included with nighttime admission. Tickets must be reserved in advance.