Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum and GIVEAWAY!

The Dallas Arboretum is glorious this time of year!  Holiday at the Arboretum is a great way to experience wonderful Christmas events that are fun for the whole family such as a Holiday Tea, family fun weekends with Santa and his live reindeer, festive music and tasty treats!  

It will also be the last opportunity to visit the houses of The Adventures of Great Explorers, a tribute to the newly opened 8-­‐acre amazing Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.  The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is not just a garden!  It's full of fun hands-on activities that teach kids about nature, science, math, and art!  Learn more about the amazing Children's Garden HERE.

The Angels in DeGolyer is an amazing collection of 500 angels, courtesy of the Dallas Pi Beta Phi Alumnae, presented in the lavishly decorated DeGolyer Mansion.  Moms and Dads, please note that strollers are not allowed inside the DeGolyer house.  And obviously before you take children into the exhibit, you will want to talk to them about the importance of the rule "look but don't touch" and of course, no running and horsing around inside the mansion.

The angels are simply beautiful but in order to make the exhibit a little more fun for the kids, you might want to challenge them to find unique angels on display.  Nicholas noticed that one blue angel is slightly different than the others.

He was also very impressed by this amazing pine cone angel.  I asked if he thought he could make one like it for our home!

The Seashell Angels were some of my favorites.  They are just naturally perfect.

Rachel loves angels and she was very excited to see so many on display all around her.

These beautiful angels are wearing starched paper dresses!

Here are some details on the Holiday at the Arboretum events:

Angels in DeGolyer:

Over 500 angels on display courtesy of the Dallas Pi Beta Phi Alumnae
November 29–December 31, 2013 10 a.m.-­‐4 p.m. daily

Pictures with Santa Claus:

Bring your own camera for this great photo opp as your child sits on Santa's knee to share their most desired toys this year.  
November 29 -­ December 22, 2013
Friday, November 29: 12-­‐4 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 12-­‐4 p.m. 

Live Reindeer and Costumed Characters:

November 30 -­ December 22, 2013
Saturdays and Sundays, 12-­‐4 p.m.

Holiday Tea:

An elegant, three-­course holiday tea for a special Christmas memory for ages 12 and older.  Prices range from $47-$57 and include parking, admission to the Garden and access to the Angels of the DeGolyer display.  Reservations are required. 
November 29 -­ December 31, 2013 
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. seatings

The Adventures of Great Explorers: 

November 29 -­ December 31, 2013

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  They are open daily 9am – 5pm and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Admission prices: Adult - main garden and children's garden $18, main garden only $15; senior age 65+ - main garden and children's garden $15, main garden only $12; children ages 3-12 - main garden and children's garden $13, main garden only $10; children age 2 and under free.  Parking is $10 onsite or $5 at Gaston/Garland lot. For more information about the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, please check out the Dallas Arboretum website (be sure to watch the video tour at the top of the page!)

Want to win 2 free general admission tickets plus free parking to the Dallas Arboretum?  Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below on how to enter the giveaway - you can enter all five ways if you want!  And don't worry, your email address will not be published and you will not receive any emails from me (unless you are the winner!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms: Passes are for free general admission and parking.  Passes must be used by 12/31/13.  Winner will be chosen by random and notified by email.  Winner must respond and claim prize within two days or forfeit the prize.


  1. We really want to get to the arboretum this season!

  2. our favorite arboretum experience so far was the glass art installation they had last year. our was amazing!

  3. I have always wanted to go the the arboretum in the winter.

  4. We can't wait to check out the Children's Garden!

  5. This sounds like a great holiday activity.

  6. My favorite time to go to the Arboretum is in the fall with cooler temps and beautiful scenery! I imagine it is even more magical during the holidays.

  7. One of my favorite places in DFW & the new Children's garden is AMAZING!!!

  8. I enjoyed the Storybook playhouses.

  9. I followed, I commented & I shared, lol. Thanks for offering this! What a great thing to do! We've never been and it's on our Homeschool Bucket list!!

  10. The Arboretum is a lovely place to visit year round. The pumpkins are awesome this year. Would like to see the holiday decorations at the DeGoyer Mansion and the Holiday Tea looks yummy!

  11. Looking forward to seeing the holiday decorations at the DeGoyer home - and the Holiday Tea looks yummy!