Downtown Holiday Lights, Sights, Shops, & Stops

on December 18, 2020 / by Megan Spooner / in Blog Posts, Dine and Drink, Live Like a Local!, Parks and Public Space, Things To Do

The holidays are in full swing and you’ll want to hit the town and see what Downtown Dallas has to offer this yuletide season. Well, do we have some ideas for you! From lights to eats & drinks to shopping and more…come on down and get your holiday cheer on.  

Let’s start with where to see some Festive Lights. 

While Downtown, you may notice a tree made of vintage car parts. That’s right, car body parts! The Neiman Marcus Car Tree calls Pegasus Plaza home. It’s a sight to be seen with its construction from car trunks, tail fins, taillights, and more taken from thirteen classic cars. This display is a photo op must for car enthusiasts and holiday light fans alike. 

Another favorite from the Neiman Marcus Legacy Holiday Collection is the collection of Butterflies at Belo Garden. The beautiful metal sculpture of eight LED-lit butterflies is on display at Belo Garden through New Year’s Eve.  

How about making your way over to visit Main Street Garden to witness their gorgeous holiday tree, featuring 3,000 bulbs, 10,000 mini lights, and 450 ornaments…quite a display! Quick – count them all! We bet you lose count with all the beautiful light distractions. 

 Don’t forget the many hotels who also have amazing trees and lights on their premises, just to name a few – Thompson Dallas, The Joule, Omni Dallas, the Adolphus Hotel, and the Statler Hotel. Those hotels and many more are home to a beautiful tree and festive decorations on site. 

 While exploring Downtown, cruise by AT&T Discovery District to see their festive décor. Klyde Warren Park always gets into the holiday spirit with their own towering tree to make Dallas proud. Of course, the Omni Dallas Hotel and Reunion Tower are both always lit for every occasion and the holidays are no exception. 

 Wind your way all over the Downtown area, see how festive Dallas can be with all the light displays, and find your favorites. Be sure to share and tag your photos of these beautiful lights with #MYDTD. We want to see what you enjoyed! 

Special Events and Holiday Happenings 

 Go check out Nights Before Christmas at Thompson Dallas for 12 Days of Thompson! 

 Explore grandiose holiday décor and Christmas lights while taking in the sights of the season. Partake in some specialty cocktails, or some cozy hot chocolate, as you enjoy live music nightly in the Thompson Dallas lobby through December 23rd. Plus, each holiday cocktail gives you the chance to win one of many exclusive gifts this season. Drawings will take place nightly at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Lights, decorations, cocktails, cocoa, and prizes? Yes, please! 

 Experience the wonder of CHEER! at The Joule. CHEER! is an ongoing experiential, site-specific exhibition arts initiative featuring works by women and artists of color produced by Gossypion Investments and Headington Companies. CHEER! will extend to artist retail pop-ups in The Joule hotel lobby shop now through January 2, 2021, Thursday through Saturday. The exhibition will be open to a maximum of eight people at a time rotating in 20-minute slots. 

Tickets will be available for $20; children 10 years and under are $5. All proceeds will go to supporting Dallas artists through Gossypion Investments. 

Purchase here: https://bit.ly/2VnQppV 

 Cabins, curling and cocktails all wrapped up in a Winter Woodland Wonderland for Miracle on Commerce at The AdolphusThe Downtown Dallas rooftop of The Adolphus delivers an over-the-top Woodland experience with open-air seasonal festivities every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night through January. Gather some friends and rent an exclusive cabin or igloo for a couple of hours with a little champagne, along with a menu featuring some holiday temptations like Nutcracker Chili, Kris Kringle’s Clam Chowder, or Giant Gingerbread Ice Cream.    

 After the lights and the fun events, you have worked up an appetite, and you’ll need some energy for some shopping afterwards. 

The Gift of Food… 

 The Dallas Farmers Market is the best spot in the city to visit if you’re looking for locally grown produce, artisanal foods, and expertly made crafts. While you’re at it, be sure to visit The Shed, an open-air pavilion where you can shop from regional vendors who grow, raise, make, and produce food! You may find some unique food gifts for someone special, or just find things that you like and enjoy!  

 So many choices that your eyes and stomach may get overwhelmed with the amazing options. From Indian cuisine to Neapolitan Pizza to Cajun fare to tacos and beyond. Plus, great treats like macarons, gourmet popcorn, and shaved ice can be had as you make your way through.   

 Don’t forget the shopping!  

 Whether you’re looking to window shop or are in the market for unique gifts, tech gadgets, clothing, or jewelry, Downtown Dallas has you covered. It’s easy to find the perfect items for your home, gifts for your favorite foodie, furry best friend, or keep them all for yourself! Retail therapy has never been easier.  

 While wandering through the Farmers Market, you will also find great shops full of unique gifts, as well as some authentic Texan offerings. Don’t forget all the folks on your list that you need to buy for. With options like funny tees and socks, soaps & candles, stylish clothing, artisan-crafted Mexican creations, photography & artwork, and so much more, you may need to borrow Santa’s bag to carry your haul. Check out one of our recent blogs featuring the Farmers Market and use it as a guide for your visit. 

 From Dallas staples like Neiman Marcus and Forty Five Ten, to the Hotel Shop at The Joule, to the trendiest styles at Traffic Los Angeles, we’ve got your luxury gifts coveredPlus, all kinds of unique shops for whatever you are looking for…or maybe things you didn’t know you were looking for. Don’t forget the museums peppered throughout Downtown and their gift shops for your lovers of the arts and antiquities. Possibly a stop at Wild Bill’s for some authentic western wear and the rugged scent of leather. Wherever you go to shop, you will find gifts beyond your imagination in Downtown Dallas. Need more help? Check out our full breakdown of Downtown Dallas’ awesome shopping opportunities at downtowndallas.com/experience/shop! 

 With all of this activity, you’ll surely work up an appetite. With almost 200 places to dine and drink (open with COVID -19 precautions), there’s something for everyone. Check out our complete list of Open Businesses for your yuletide fun!  

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