Chances are if you’re a longtime Dallasite, you’ve seen the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s 12 Days of Christmas display. The Victorian-style gazebos depict scenes from the classic carol and are always a good choice when it comes to entertaining out-of-town holiday guests.
But this year, the Arboretum is shaking things up a bit. Yes, the gazebos are still there, but check out the brand-new Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village, open to visitors now through December 31. Inspired by European Christmas markets (called Christkindlmarket), 12 adorable wooden structures will make you feel transported to the Old World. Each little building features its own village theme, ranging from the music shop to the candy shop, the bookstore to the post office (where kids can mail Santa a letter), and even a German-inspired bakery and meat market. Bring the kids and don’t miss Santa’s House—stop in for a picture with him on Wednesday evenings or on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The Village is open both daytime and evenings, but pro tip: come in the evening and take advantage of the Arboretum’s million lights that make up their full holiday display. Also during weekends and evenings, catch volunteers dressed as shopkeepers in each store—giving out samples and treats that match each shop (including but not limited to: candy canes, jingle bells, bookmarks, and seed packets).
Can’t get enough? Stop into the DeGolyer House for its Christkindlmarket Treasures display, featuring a collection of more than 500 nativities, angels, nutcrackers, wooden Santas, and Christmas trees courtesy of the Junior League of Dallas members and local philanthropist Mary Templeton.
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