Saturday, November 15, 2014

Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum

We always love going to the Dallas Arboretum but our favorite time to go is around Christmas.  It's always so magical this time of year! 
 
This year the Arboretum is celebating Christmas with the 12 Days of ChristmasFirst we were charmed by the live carolers singing joyful Christmas songs to help get us in the spirit.

Christmas Carolers

The 12 Days of Christmas exhibit brings the beloved Christmas carol to life!  The elaborate collection includes 12 life-size Victorian gazebos filled with charming costumed characters, whimsical animals, and delightful music.  Each gazebo is about 25 feet tall.  They are numbered on the top and has a sign in front to let you know which Day of Christmas it celebrates. 

Five Golden Rings display at the Dallas Arboretum

This one is "Five Golden Rings".  It features a Victorian circus with a ceiling swagged in red and white fabric to mimic a circus tent.  The center circus ring has a cute polar bear wearing a vest and collar as he balaces a spinning gold ring on his nose!  He is surrounded by 4 seals wearing adorable ruffled collars balancing spinning bedazzled gold rings on their noses! 

The displays are so wonderful because they are presented in a fun way that even young kids can enjoy. Rachel even felt compelled to dance along to the music!

 
Each Christmas gazebo is magically decorated and include music, lights, and moving parts.  My kids were amazed by each beautiful gazebo we saw!

Two Turtle Doves display at the Dallas Arboretum
 
These sweet turtle doves snuggle together on an arrow that pierces their heart shaped cage as it spins around to the music.  It is so beautiful!

Two Turtle Doves

 
The 12 Days of Christmas will be open daily through January 4, 2015 and is included with your general admission.  Daytime general admission is regular pricing and free for Arboretum members.

Adults: $15 non-members

Seniors: $12 non-members

Children ages 3-12: $10 non-members

Children under 3 are free.
Parking: $10 at the gate.
 
The 12 Days at Night
 
You can also enjoy special admission to see the 12 Days of Christmas at night.  They are even more beautiful lit up!  The 12 Days at Night will be available Sundays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. (Nov. 16-20, Nov. 23-26, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, Dec. 7-11, Dec. 14-18, Dec. 21-23, Dec. 28-30) and special weekend nights: Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 26, 27 and Jan. 2-4.  The Garden is open for special lighted nighttime showings. Festive holiday music provided by carolers.

  
The 12 Days at Night pricing:
Adults: $20 non-members; $12 members
Seniors: $15 non-members; $10 members
Children ages 3-12: $10 non-members; $9 members
Children under 3 are free.
Parking is included with admission.
 
Special Pricing/Promotions:
 
Military and First Responder Mondays
November 17& 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Active and retired military members and First Responders with identification receive free admission during the day and night. Offer available on site at the ticket booth.
 
Wednesday BOGO
November 19-December 31
Buy One, Get One Free ticket. Tickets are valid for daytime only. Offer available on site at the ticket booth.
 
Senior Thursdays
November 20-December 18
$11 day or evening admission with 20% Hoffman Family Gift Store discount. Daytime tickets cannot be used again at night. Offer available on site at the ticket booth.
 
Pearl Harbor Day
Sunday, December 7
Active and retired military members receive free admission during the day and evening. Offer available on site at the ticket booth.
 
Special Holiday Festivities:
 
November 29-December 21
Saturdays and Sundays Noon-4 p.m.
Enjoy visits with Santa, reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
 
November 29-January 4
Daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Daytime tours of the DeGolyer House holiday decorations.  The house will be decorated top to bottom with a collection of Byers' Choice Ltd. Christmas Caroler figurines that were collected throughout the United States and beyond. They are treasured for their simple beauty and on display as they carry out the Victorian theme present in the garden. This significant private collection was generously donated for display at the Arboretum by Kim and John Semyan.

Holiday Tea:

November 28-December 31, 2014

Daily 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. at the Restaurant DeGolyer

Enjoy an elegant, three-course holiday tea for a special Christmas memory for those 12 and older. Prices range between $47 and $57 and include parkingand admission to the garden. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511 or purchased online at http://www.dallasarboretum.org/.

The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, Texas 75218.  For information, please call them at 214-515-6615 or visit the Dallas Arboretum Facebook page.

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