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Dallas Arboretum: 12 Days of Christmas 2020

The holiday exhibit that brings in magic, light, and festive spirit


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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

A Christmas carol comes to life every winter at Dallas Arboretum. The nostalgic holiday exhibit is held in November and December in a spacious 66-acre garden located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake. The park gets transformed into a fairytale land with 25-ft-tall Victorian-style gazebos, dedicated to the famous song 12 Days of Christmas. Each lavishly decorated and extravagant gazebo is dedicated to one of the days from the Christmas carol. Costumed characters and animals are showcased inside lit-up gazebos, protected by glass. Meet 12 drummers, two turtle doves, three French hens, and many others! The site looks especially magical in the evening when the garden and gazebos are illuminated with over one million lights.

The Christmas Village, opening after Thanksgiving, contributes to the holiday atmosphere in the garden. It features special entertainment, visits with Santa Claus, gift-shopping, and food.

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