Holiday at the Arboretum features three large-scale exhibits, a million lights and an indoor exhibit featuring three global holidays

The holiday festival runs from November 10 to December 31

DALLAS, TX/ACCESSWIRE/October 11, 2022/ Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, returns with a transformed garden to get people into the holiday spirit with The Christmas Village, The 12 Days of Christmas and the dazzling 50-foot-tall musical tree. These three large-scale outdoor displays are perfectly designed for the 66-acre garden and are open to the public during the day and evening. In the historic DeGolyer House, the Dallas Arboretum launches The Artistry of Faith & Culture which features the three global holidays celebrated during the season: Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. The holiday festival opens on November 10 and ends on December 31.

The Christmas Village is open day and night with quaint shops, a 23-foot Christmas pyramid, and entertainment.

Holiday at the Arboretum also features live seasonal performances from local schools, churches, community groups and local professionals at the Christmas Village. Other special events include a special concert by the Bishop String Quartet (November 29 and 30), holiday tea (daily), vendor markets (select weekends), and more. Check the website and social media for the latest schedule.

“Arboretum vacations are the perfect way to celebrate the season with something for everyone,” said Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman Jim Ryan. “It’s a great place to take the kids and grandkids to meet Santa, learn about other holiday traditions at The Artistry of Faith & Culture exhibit, and sip hot chocolate while strolling through the garden. It’s magical at night with a million lights too!”

The Holidays at the Arboretum is hosting an official members-only tree lighting on November 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., in front of the Marilyn and Ben Weber family Christmas pyramid lighting at 7 p.m. Then, on Wednesday, November 10, Fêtes à l’Arboretum open to the public day and night. The garden is open in the evening until 9 p.m. Check the website for details and to purchase tickets in advance.

“At Reliant, we’re passionate about supporting the communities we serve, and lighting up the holidays is one of our favorite ways to do it,” said Andrea Russell, Vice President of Reliant. “We are thrilled to partner with the Dallas Arboretum to spread holiday cheer to the North Texas community and encourage everyone to get into the holiday spirit by visiting this spectacular exhibit.”

The Christmas Village:

Inspired by European Christmas markets, or Christkindlmarket, the Christmas village is made up of charming shops and facades representing a picturesque European hamlet. The Christmas Village is beautiful during the day, but magical at night with lighted trees, vendors handing out samples, and performances. Each home is individually designed for the Dallas Arboretum, with the Christmas Village as an attraction for everyone.

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The Christmas Village has decorated shops inside and outside where children and adults can go inside to visit.

Santa Claus has his own house and a sleigh to take pictures. He is at home on certain evenings in November. Then after Thanksgiving, he’ll be home every night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. New this year, the Arboretum is offering exclusive private photo opportunities with Santa for the whole family throughout the festival with Ivey Photography.

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Santa’s house is a place to talk to Jolly Old St. Nick and take a picture.

The Marilyn and Ben Weber Family Christmas Pyramid, a 23-foot-tall German-built structure, is decorated with hand-sculpted elements, lighting, and character movement throughout. The Weber Pyramid is the perfect complement to the Christmas Village and is the defining feature of Pyramid Square with an Edelweiss Haus serving food and drink and a larger biergarten and performance space.

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The Marilyn and Ben Weber Family Christmas Pyramid was built in Germany with movement and characters at every level.

The art of faith and culture:
Every day and every evening from Monday to Wednesday, starting November 10, the community is invited to visit the historic DeGolyer house, elaborately decorated by the famous designer Michael Hamilton. New this year is The Art of Faith and Culture exhibit, which celebrates the diversity of the holiday season. The display highlights the three global holidays celebrated during the season: Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. In addition, the exhibition also features Diwali, the festival of lights, which takes place at the end of October.

Dazzling Musical Tree:

Holidays at the Arboretum also mean the return of Dazzling musical treea 50-foot-tall tree animated by more than 42,000 lights and cheerful holiday tunes, performed hourly and half-hourly throughout the day and evening on the Martin Rutchik concert stage and lawn.

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The dazzling 50-foot-tall musical tree plays holiday music.

The belvederes of the 12 days of Christmas:

Customers can continue to enjoy the 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos that depict each of the 12 Days of Christmas with updated characters. The gazebos come alive at night starting November 9, except Thanksgiving Day (closed) and December 24 (closes 5 p.m.), December 25 (closed), and New Year’s Eve (closes 5 p.m.). These glass gazebos look like an oversized music box with mannequins and animals that move with music and lighting.

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The 12 Days of Christmas features 25-foot-tall glass-enclosed gazebos depicting the beloved carol.

A million lights in the garden:

Holiday at the Arboretum has over a million lights throughout the garden, balancing the historic houses and the 30-foot-tall spruce in the center of the garden. It’s the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit.

Tickets, which range from $10 to $35, are required to enter the garden, so patrons are encouraged to book their preferred dates in advance. For more information visit

In addition to Reliant as presenting sponsor, other sponsors include Pegasus Bank, Kirkland & Ellis, Movestar, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, GFF Architects, Century Glass.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeast shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is also home to the internationally renowned Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the festival during the day is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older, and $12 for children ages 2-12, and free for Arboretum members and children under two years old. On-site parking is $11. Evening tickets range from $10 to $35. The Dallas Morning News is the Presenting Partner of the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. The WFAA is an official media sponsor of the Dallas Arboretum.


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