Dallas Spreads Holiday Cheer with Festive Films, Dazzling Lights, and Family-Friendly Fun Across the City

Dallas Spreads Holiday Cheer with Festive Films, Dazzling Lights, and Family-Friendly Fun Across the CitySource: City of Dallas
Margie Townsend
Published on December 07, 2023

The holiday season is upon us, and Dallas is decking its halls with a sleigh-load of festive fun for families and visitors. From movie nights to markets and mesmerizing light displays, every elf and their neighbor can join in the celebrations scattered throughout the city.

Fair Park is set to host a "Movie Night in the Park" on December 8 featuring a showing of "The Grinch." The event is warming up, not just with the holiday classic but also with offerings like free pictures with Santa and not your garden variety hot cocoa and coffee courtesy of Cafe Ciro. The activities kick off at 5:30 p.m., though movie enthusiasts are encouraged to snag their spots on the lawn before the film starts at 6:30 p.m., according to the City of Dallas.

Meanwhile, each Friday this December, you can get your film fixed at the Fair Park African American Museum. The venue will screen a series of holiday favorites, starting with "Last Holiday" on December 8, followed by titles including "The Preacher’s Wife" and "Jingle Jingle", the bulletin details.

For those wanting a dash more dazzle in their pre-Christmas agenda, the third annual "Holiday at the Farm" sets up shop at Samuell Farm on December 9. Families can flock to enjoy an artisan gift market, food vendors, a holiday hayride, and visits with Santa and, his leading lady, Mrs. Claus. A snow hill and various reindeer games add to the yuletide joy.

Kiest Park is also transforming into a yuletide playland on December 9, where, according to Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn King Arnold, you can be drenched in holiday spirit at the Kiest Park Holiday Festival. From 4-8 p.m., folks can frolic through a flurry of free festivities. Additionally, a drive through Kiest Park from December 9 to January 1 promises to sparkle with a holiday light display that's on show from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and until 10 p.m. on weekends.

There won't be any coal in your stockings if you're looking for photo ops, thanks to Dallas Park and Recreation. Their "Magical Moments Photo Ops" pepper the city with seasonal cheer until January 1. Snap a picture in a vintage Santa sleigh at Willie B. Johnson Recreation Center or with a life-size ornament stack at Bachman Lake Park, the bulletin suggests.

Not to be outshoned, the Dallas Arboretum is bringing back its Christmas Village and the enchanting 12 Days of Christmas exhibit, with the addition of a Dazzling Musical Tree. And for animal lovers, while the critters catch their Z's, the Dallas Zoo lights up the night sky, promising over one million lights and a walk-thru winter extravaganza until January 2 from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m., as per the City of Dallas.