The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum

What? The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum

Where? Dallas Arboretum

Cost? Buy tickets!

$20 per person for adults, $12 for member adults

$15 senior adults, $10 per person for member senior adults

$10 per person for children, no matter what status

Were you amazed by the pumpkins at the Autumn at the Arboretum? Maybe you’re a fan of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Either way, if you’ve been the Dallas Arboretum, you know you’re going to get an amazing display of beauty and fun. The same can definitely be said for their holiday attraction, The 12 Days of Christmas, going on now through Dec 24th.


Full disclosure, I did not even see this attraction in the dark and it was still gorgeous. I live an hour away from the Dallas Arboretum so being out late enough to enjoy the lights is tough. That being said, we actually intended on being there right at dusk. We got to the park at 4pm and to my (unprepared self) I was disappointed to learn they close the park at 5pm and reopen at 6pm for the 12 Days of Christmas. Everyone must leave the park and PAY for the holiday exhibit. Even members have to exit and pay for the exhibit, though it is discounted. So we decided since we are members and didn’t have to pay to enter the grounds, we would make the most of our hour and then go to dinner at a nearby restaurant, Smoky Rose. It was super yummy by the way.

The gazebos are like giant music boxes, each telling the story of the 12 Days of Christmas song (“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me”). We started with The First Day of Christmas and followed the guided trail to each one. My son and daughter danced to the music at each (of the 12) gazebos and watched in amazement at the characters inside. We imagined how beautiful they’d be lit up but honestly, with a gorgeous Texas sunset coloring the sky orange, pink and yellow, lights weren’t even needed to make it picturesque. At night 500,000 lights adorn the park so it is most definitely a gorgeous scene. The trail took my crew an entire hour but as mentioned before, we had to stop to dance at each one and they’ve got little legs. There are many opportunities for cute pictures so definitely dress the kids in those holiday outfits (weather permitting)!

If you go during the day like me, check the schedule for other fun activities like visits from Santa, a mistletoe kissing booth, sleigh photos with a green screen to look like you’re flying through the sky, Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers and much more! Check here for a schedule as well as more information on all the activities available. Enjoy the fun!!

Your Out and About Friend,



The Gist

Day and time we visited- Sunday 4pm

Level of crowds– Low

Restrooms- Yes

Changing Table- Yes

Cleanliness of Bathroom- Excellent

Recommended age- All

Food Options-Yes

Allowed to bring in food and beverages- Yes

Stroller friendly– Yes

Staff supervision provided- No

Safety concerns- No

Member discounts or deals?Yes

Some shade– Some pockets of shade by trees/ outdoors

Non Field trip days? Mondays

Gift Shop– Yes

Coupons/Discounts- Yes

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