Holiday teas, Santa sightings and special activities throughout the season round out a holiday visit to the Dallas Arboretum, one of the 15 most breathtaking gardens in the world, according to Architectural Digest, and one of the South’s Best Holiday Experiences according to Southern Living Magazine.
Celebrate Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition during the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit from November 6 to January 8, and the new Claus Collection Santa exhibit, November 25 to December 31 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
For The 12 Days of Christmas, 12 elaborate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos displayed in the 66-acre-garden are filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo is encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience that adds to its “music box” quality, depicting the old English carol from the Victorian era.
Holiday teas, Santa sightings and special activities throughout the season round out a holiday visit to the Dallas Arboretum
“Everything is bigger in Texas, including our holiday displays,” said Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum. “Live music, special holiday performances, appearances by our favorite North Pole residents, and holiday treats make this evening display a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be missed family outing.”
Wednesday through Sunday evenings, the garden re-opens for The 12 Days at Night exhibit, which displays the illuminated gazebos for magical viewings. With 500,000 lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead, including a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree at the center of property, this display is sure to warm the hearts of holiday guests this season.
12 Days of Christmas Sponsors
Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree
Sponsored by Jeanne R. Johnson. The Pear Tree has gold branches sprinkled with rhinestones, green mirrored leaves, and gold, rhinestone encrusted pears. The partridge sits “center stage,” intricately painted and adorned with rhinestones. The tree revolves with the partridge in it.
Day 2: Two Turtle Doves
Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum. The Two Turtle Doves cuddles on an arrow that pierces a heart-shaped cage suspended from the roof of the gazebo. The feather-tailed turtle doves are intricately painted and covered with rhinestones. The outer cage of crystal beading is decorated with fleur de lis banding on top and bottom.
Day 3: Three French Hens
Sponsored by Faye C. Briggs. Day three reflects the native countryside of the Three French Hens. White and gold oval French mirrors bolster Victorian perches for the hens, and this base turns. The hens, black-and-white with red accents,sits in gold straw nests.
Day 4: Four Calling Birds
Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum The Four Calling Birds sit on filigreed, jeweled, Victorian hanging bird perches within an inner oval cage made of iridescent bead strands. The calling birds are multi-colored, with feather plumes and long tails.
Day 5: Five Golden Rings
In honor of Great Grandparents Dolph and Evelyn Bosley and their 5 Gold Rings. The Five Golden Rings feature a Victorian circus with a ceiling draped in red and white fabric to mimic a circus tent. The center circus ring has a pedestal with oval mirrors on which a white bear wearing a vest and collar balancing a spinning gold ring on his nose. The bear is surrounded by four seals wearing ruffled collars that are seated and balancing spinning bedazzled gold rings on their noses.
Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying
Sponsored by Marilyn R. Corrigan The Six Geese A-Laying is set in a snow-covered forest. Snow-flocked trees of varying sizes sit on a mirrored floor that turns. Snow and rhinestone “rocks” are piled high around the edges of the gazebo. Two geese are sitting on nests, two are standing in their nests to reveal golden eggs, and two are nested in the trees. The geese have feathered and rhinestones heads and necks, and feathered bodies.
Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming
Sponsored by Tom and Phyllis McCasland The seven swans float in a snowy, ice crystal palace. The gazebo feature a pond with a tiered fountain and frozen water and icicles in the center of a mirror, or “frozen” pond. The swans, six white and one with black feathers with small crowns on their heads, are around the fountain.
Day 8: Eight Maids-A-Milking
Sponsored by Kathy and Gene Bishop This gazebo feature a truly spectacular English barn divided into four wedge-shaped stalls. There are four intricately painted cows and four beautifully costumed maids sitting on stools while milking. Four other maids are carrying pails.
Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing
In Honor of Chloe Simone Shea. Given by Holly & Tom Mayer, Maile and Charles Shea. Nine Ladies Dancing feature a Victorian ballroom. The ladies are costumed in beautiful Victorian beaded gowns and have elegant period hair styles. All of them move around the gazebo, and four make complete turns.
Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping
Sponsored by The Margot A. and Carl J. Johnson Foundation. This gazebo features ten ice-skating lords. The mirrored floor is a frozen pond. The lords are dressed in Victorian outerwear and ice skates, and all will be skating.
Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping
Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum.
The pipers are dressed as Scottish bagpipe players in red and green tartan plaid. Each piper plays bagpipes. The ceiling is draped in green and red tartan to match the pipers’ kilts, and a circle of horns adorned with roping and tassels will suspend from the ceiling over the pipe major. The pipers also move in this gazebo.
Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming
Sponsored by Myron K. Martin.This gazebo is a spectacular choice to the exhibit. The drummers are dressed in white pants with red and gold piping, red jackets and red hats with gold trim. They move in concentric circles, with one set moving clockwise and another set moving counterclockwise.
In the historic DeGolyer House, lavishly decorated for the holidays, experience the new Claus Collection Santa Exhibit. Whether you call him Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Sinterklaas or Papa Noel, you’ll see the many artistic representations of the jolly gift-giver surrounded by beautiful decorations, on loan from the Junior League of Dallas. The DeGolyer House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours, and on Wednesday evenings during the holiday season, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners at 7 p.m. on these Wednesday evenings.
The Schedule of Events and Exhibits for the Holiday Season includes the following: Continue reading