There's a lot of fun things to do in December if you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Here are just a few fun activities. Many are holiday-related activities and perfect for the enire family. Get out and do something fun. Don't be a couch potato!
Courtesy Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade
Elizabeth Gillies kicks off the holiday season with a parade of floats, bands, music and more. December 1, 2012 at 10 a.m.
"Deck the Halls with Chocolate" Tour, Saturday, December 1 from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Start your holiday season with a visit to some of Dallas' leading chocolate venues. Make merry with chocolates, pastries and other delights, accompanied by wines. Price includes Price includes bus transportation, 2 wines served onboard and many samples. $30.00
Take a cozy ride to view holiday lights while eating chocolate and sipping wine or hot chocolate. Does that sound awesome or what! Sit back with friends or a special person as we explore the lights of Highland Park and Kessler Park as well as a few chocolate stops along the way. Price includes bus transportation, hot chocolate or coffee, wine and treats at 3 or more chocolate establishments. $30 per person. Make reservations ASAP. Sunday, December 2, 2012 5-8 p.m.
The 13th annual Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association Homes for the Holidays Home Tour will feature four homes in Highland Park, Texas + one bonus home.
When: December 7, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets are on sale for $20 in advance from ABPA members, on the Tour website or at Tom Thumb stores. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at the homes for $25.
5. Dec 8: The Jingle Bells Bazaar on Bishop
The Jingle Bells Bazaar on Bishop is a 17 year tradition put on by the merchants of the Bishop Arts District as a launch to the Holiday Shopping Season. Enjoy caroling, live music, cider, and Santa for the kids! Be a part of this tradition! More details to be announced.
When: December 8, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m..
The Jingle Bells Bazaar on Bishop, In the Historic Bishop Arts District
What: The 2012 Dallas Jingle Bell Run benefiting the Trinity Strand Trail and the Mavericks Foundation is set for Wednesday, December 19 at the Hilton Anatole. This is a family friendly and dog friendly festive event. There is a 1 mile fun run at 6:30 p.m. For those who want to work off some of those holiday treats, the 5K race starts at 7 p.m. Party at the finish line with food, drinks and entertainment.
When: December 19, 2012
Where: Hilton Anatole
Chip Timing Available
Formerly known as the White Rock Marathon, the Dallas Marathon is set for Sunday, December 9, 2012 in Fair Park in Dallas. Cross the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, run through the Dallas Arts District and more. Don't be left behind. The events the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
Lace up your running shoes and enjoy the Full Marathon, half marathon and 5-Person Relay.
Where to catch musicals, plays, concerts and holiday-related shows. Some holiday events actually start in November. Hurry before you miss out.
Courtesy of The Trains at NorthPark
What: Lovers of choo-choo trains can enjoy 2,500 feet of train track that winds through miniature landmarks like Reunion Tower, the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. More than forty locomotives pull train cars around the track to the delight of kids and adults.
When: November 17, 2012 to January 6, 2013. M-Sat 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday noon to 6 pm. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Where: NorthPark Center
Cost: Adults: $6; Kids 3-12 and seniors: $3; free for kids two and under. Discount tickets at Tom Thumb stores. Proceeds provide almost one-third of the annual operating budget for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
Holiday at the Arboretum featuring the Artistry of the Nativity. November 23 - December 31, 2012. Don't miss this seasonal spectacular with santas, lights, costumed characters and more. A great place to take your kids' photos with Rudolph or Frosty for the Christmas card this year. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218. 214-515-6500. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.