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Festive Dallas Scenes to Immerse Yourself in the Holiday Spirit

Light-Filled Sites for a Dose of Instant Cheer

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From over-the-top holiday light displays to lavish local traditions, you can find perfect moments of pure holiday cheer throughout the city of Dallas.

Updated December 2022

 

Electric Lizzyland

Liz Simmons’ 100,000-light display in the Hollywood Heights neighborhood is a work of gloriously kitschy art. Simmons’ home at 714 Newell Avenue opened for free to the public on December 18, and is open every night through Christmas (weather permitting) from 6:00 to 8:30 pm (ish). 

 

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Las Almas Rotas

In addition to offering an incredible mezcal education in Dallas, the Bishop Arts bar and restaurant does the season right. Visit their pop up, Navidad, to fully immerse yourself in the holiday spirit (with a few spirits of your own).

Hudson House

Although all Hudson House destinations get decked out for the holidays, the original Highland Park outpost, with its 2,000 feet of garland laced with 100,000 golden lights, is the season’s must-see

 

Catbird at the Thompson Hotel

Amid the 12 Days of Thompson festivities, find time to ascent to the always-decked-out Catbird, the chic cocktail den perched on the ninth floor of the tony hotel.

 

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Mercat Bistro

The Harwood District bistro essentially becomes a wintery Parisian snowglobe when the holidays hit.

 

Dallas Arboretum

It’s hard to pick a favorite in a garden full of standout holiday moments. The Dallas Arboretum’s German-inspired Christmas Village is always a treat, but the lavish 12 days of Christmas gazebos are pure magic in the evenings.

 

Yellow Rosa

Agave bar Yellow Rosa (the hidden cocktaileria adjoined with Basic Taco in Deep Ellum) brings the snow — and the Sunday mariachi band — this year.

 

Flippen Park

Of all the many parks in the Park Cities, nobody does the holidays quite like Flippen.

 

The Adolphus Winter Village

Through January, the downtown rooftop at The Adolphus is hosting an indulgent, wintery display of igloos, filled with Laurent Perrier champagne.

 

Catbird in The Thompson Hotel

The hallway leading to one of Dallas’ coolest new spots for a cocktail rises to the seasonal occasion with holiday lights and decor.

 

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Nobody does glittery, over-the-top festiveness quite like the longtime Highland Park Village shop.

 

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The Tipsy Elf

The ultimate Dallas holiday pop-up bar is situated in the heart of the Bishop Arts District.

 

Campo Verde

We couldn’t make a list of local, festive destinations without Campo Verde, the classic Mexican restaurant in Arlington. It’s what Texas Christmas dreams are truly made of.

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