Christmas time is here, and the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex has no lack of ways to celebrate. Although you might think that the warmer temperatures of a Texas December would conflict with Christmas spirit, there are plenty of local ways (both indoors and outdoors) to experience the season.

Here are just a few stops you can make on a Christmas tour of DFW.


1. Texas Christkindl Market

Located directly beside the Globe Life Park, the Christkindl Market is a Dallas event in the German tradition. This massive, family-friendly open air market offers crafts, gifts and collectibles, all full of European Christmas spirit. Admission is free, opening up your budget to focus on the wide array of wares available.


2. A Christmas Carol

If you lean towards the literary, The Dallas Theater has opportunities to mark the season by seeing a performance of A Christmas Carol. This year’s unique take on the Charles Dickens classic tells the story with Scrooge reimagined as a woman, putting a new spin on the familiar story. Performances will be continuing through the end of the month.


3. North Pole Express

If you venture a little to the north and hit Grapevine, you can take a ride on the North Pole Express. Sponsored by the Great Wolf Lodge, this historic Dallas train is transformed annually into a holiday experience. It starts with the Historic Cotton Belt Depot platform and brings guests through a special “North Pole” experience along the way. This is another unforgettable option for all ages.


4. Christmas on Main

Grapevine considers itself to be the Christmas Capital of Texas, which means that there are multiple events that could make this list. Another highlight that stands alongside the North Pole Express is Christmas on Main, enjoying a decked out historic downtown area while knocking out some holiday shopping.


5. Enchant Christmas

Have you ever wanted to visit the world’s largest Christmas light maze? Fortunately, that maze just happens to be in DFW. Enchant Christmas at Globe Life Park in Arlington is an experience that includes a light maze (with a scavenger hunt), a Christmas market, food and drinks and even ice skating. Tickets get you access to everything that Enchant has to offer!


6. Gift of Lights

If you want a drive by Christmas experience, the Texas Motor Speedway hosts its yearly Gift of Lights just for you. With a drive through Christmas light experience that ends in Santa’s village, it’s a unique way to experience this NASCAR track. There are special events at Gift of Lights throughout December, and you can make sure you’re tuned into those by checking their Facebook page.


7. Trains at Northpark

With the Trains at Northpark, you can enjoy an impressive array of miniature trains for a good cause. The reasonably priced tickets all go towards supporting residents of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. In total, this exhibit features 1,600 feet of train track.


8. The 12 Days of Christmas

The Dallas Arboretum has rapidly established itself as a quality source of events and entertainment year round, and Christmastime is no different. The 12 Days of Christmas at the Arboretum offers exquisite gazebo displays centered around the classic Christmas carol. Lights and holiday music are a part of the experience, and there’s an extra exhibit to catch in the DeGolyer house.

These options are just a few of the things that Dallas has to offer during the most wonderful time of the year. If you’re wanting something a little less conventional for enjoying the best and the brightest of DFW’s holiday cheer, you can always take a helicopter tour over all of the festivities!