Dallas residents rarely, if ever, have snow on Christmas, but that has never stopped DFW-area residents from celebrating the holidays. Some standard holiday traditions are adapted for Texas, while other holiday traditions are unique to Dallas-Fort Worth. Here are the holiday events and activities that make spending this time of year in Dallas special.
The Lights of Highland Park
When it comes to Christmas lights, everything really is bigger in Texas. The homes throughout Highland Park are well-known for their holiday decorations. Highland Park Village, however, takes decorating with lights to a whole other level. At Highland Park Village, lights spiral around each tree, covering every twig.
People from all over Dallas-Fort Worth come to Highland Park for the Christmas lights. After shopping at Highland Park Village, there are several ways to enjoy the surrounding homes' displays. Some people prefer to fill a thermos and walk around the neighborhood streets, while others stay in their cars and drive through the neighborhood. During the holiday season, horse-drawn carriages and limousines will be offering tours of Highland Park. Most depart from Highland Park Village.
The Trains at NorthPark
The Trains at NorthPark will be installed at NorthPark Center, commonly called NorthPark Mall, from November 17, 2012, to January 6, 2013. This display of toy trains, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, encompasses 1,600 feet of track and over 4,000 square feet total. As the Trains at NorthPark wind their way throughout the display's cityscapes, from New York City's Big Apple to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, they mesmerize people of all ages. Of course, the trains pass through Downtown Dallas and the Cotton Bowl Stadium along the way.
The Trains at NorthPark are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all week, with reduced hours (12 p.m. to 6 p.m.) on Sundays. However, hours during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's are altered. Specific times for those weeks are available on the Trains at NorthPark's website. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children and seniors; children under 2 are free. Proceeds from this event benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
'Rein-Steers' Throughout Dallas-Fort Worth
Every year, Texas' beloved longhorns take on holiday duties. A Texas longhorn steer can quickly be turned into a rein-steer by adding antlers, a Santa hat, and some festive apparel. These rein-steer have become a Texas tradition, and residents should keep their ears perked for the mention of rein-steer events this holiday season, such as the Camp Bowie Christmas, a family holiday festival on December 15 at the Village at Camp Bowie in Fort Worth that will feature Santa and his rein-steer.
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