Retailers aren’t the only ones getting an early start on holiday specials. The Dallas Arboretum is not only getting in the Christmas spirit earlier than usual, it’s adding a new treat to its annual festivities.
Thanks to longtime Arboretum supporters Pauline and Austin Neuhoff, The Christmas Village will join the annual 12 Days of Christmas’ milkmaids, drummers and swans a’swimming for Holiday At The Arboretum.
According to Pauline, who was involved in everything from design approval to construction at builder Mecca, “The Arboretum is one of Dallas’s greatest assets, so we hope this charming Christmas Village will bring people to the beautiful surroundings and give families a special holiday experience.”
Inspired by the European Christmas Markets, The Christmas Village will feature shops ranging from 16- to 19-feet tall with a variety of individual themes (i.e. bakery, candy shop, butcher shop, bookstore, hat shop, cobbler, post office, flower shop, music shop, carpenter, doctor’s office, bandstand and Santa’s House) as well as a 21-foot clock tower. And, of course, the shops will be open for visits and the exteriors will be ideal for photo opps.
On the weekends and evenings, shopkeepers (aka Arboretum volunteers) will “pass out a sample of their wares, such as a piece of candy at the candy shop.”
According to Arboretum President/CEO Mary Brinegar, “Throughout Europe, there’s a natural charm in the towns, especially during the holidays. We wanted to create this type of holiday experience in oversized playhouses for families, especially children, that’s educational, exciting and experiential.”
At night a million lights will shine on the Village roofs in the Pecan Grove, in the trees and throughout the Arboretum grounds. Thank heaven Reliant is the presenting sponsor.
And there’s still more! Not only is Holiday At The Arboretum kicking off this Saturday earlier than usual, from this Saturday through Wednesday, November 27, the price of daytime admission is going to be $12.
So, if you haven’t had that Christmas card photo taken yet, want to drop off a letter at the post office for the jolly old fellow to receive, or just check in with Santa in person** at Santa’s House, head to the Arboretum.
* Graphic/photo provided by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden ** Here is Santa's schedule for receiving friends:
Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesdays (November 27, December 4, 11 and 18) from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays (November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22) from noon to 4 p.m.