There’s no place like Dallas for the holidays! While we all know that Christmas is a time of magic and joy, entertaining the whole family all season can get a little bit stressful. Well, don’t get your tinsel in a tangle—we’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in Dallas with kids over the holidays. These top five best things to do with kids in Dallas are sure to guarantee cherished childhood memories.
1. Enchant, World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market, Globe Life Park ($21.95-$84.95)
Enchant Christmas is a magical place. Come and explore the immersive walk-through experience’s millions of lights twinkling away at the world's biggest light maze and help Santa find his nine brilliant reindeers. With an 8500 sq. ft ice pond, a traditional Christmas market, live nightly entertainment, and millions of sparkling festive lights, Enchant is brightening the Lone Star State every night through December 31st. There is so much snow—real snow!—along with a diverse range of food and drink vendors. Kids even get the chance to let Santa know what they wish for in his awe-inspiring Golden Palace; this magical winter wonderland is a can’t-miss experience this Christmas! Get tickets here.
2. The Grapevine’s North Pole Express, Grapevine ( from $25)
Go dashing through the snow aboard the North Pole Express! Board the traditional Victorian Railway carriages at Grapevine, and sing Christmas carols and all the holiday hits with Santa’s little helpers. You will ride through an enchanted forest before Mr. and Mrs. Claus join you for more festive fun. With a meet-and-greet and family photo with the man in the red, the kids will be talking about this right through until the New Year! Get your tickets here.
3. Holiday in the Park - 6 flags over Texas, Arlington (Starting from $63.99 each)
This will always be one of the best things to do with the kids in Dallas, but it is particularly special at this time of year. There are a variety of attractions and goodies available at the 212-acre theme park: sled down the frosty snow hill, marvel at the lone star lights, meet and greet with Santa's reindeer and then pop in to see the man in red to let him know what’s on your wishlist this Christmas. Get tickets here.
4. ICE! Featuring ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, Grapevine (Adults- from $29.99, Children from $16.99)
Bring the spirit of Christmas to the heart of your children at ICE this season. Whether it’s crafts you crave or thrills you seek, ICE has something for the whole family to enjoy. While you’re at it, take a minute to admire the impressive ice sculptures—they’re sure to impress the young ones! Sometimes, it can be difficult to find things to do in Dallas with kids however, this experience also includes the opportunity to build your own gingerbread house, meet Santa, have cookies with Mrs. Claus and offers a cheeky visit to the Build-A-Bear workshop. Whatever you fancy, ICE offers a fabulous yuletide experience. Remember to bundle up though; the whole center is kept at a chilly 9 degrees. Get tickets here.
5. Christmas in the Square, Frisco Square (Free entry/ Prices vary for activities)
Finding things to do in Dallas with kids has just got a whole lot easier! This jolly jamboree in the magical month of December is a Texan family favorite. Ice skate across the frozen pond, meet Santa in his workshop, choose your Christmas tree and don’t forget the choreographed lights and fireworks display; it is not to be missed. The experience runs right through to New Year's Eve, but December 19th is the square’s special event night, including a snow slide, a petting zoo and even a parachute display with Santa and his elves! You can find out more here.