25 Things to Do in the Dallas Arts District this Holiday Season : Dallas Arts District Events


The Dallas Arts District is a destination for family-friendly (and adult friendly) events and entertainment in Downtown Dallas this holiday season. From holiday-themed performances at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Theater Center to delicious eats and fabulous craft cocktails at the various restaurants in the area, the Dallas Arts District is the perfect place to celebrate with your loved ones this year at one of these events:

  • Have a craft cocktail at The ARTISAN’s fully tented and heated during the month of December. No matter the weather, the cocktails and chef-inspired cuisine from this Dallas Arts District restaurant will surely make your spirits bright!
  • Your kids may be out of school on holiday – that doesn’t mean they should stop learning! The kids will love Family Experiments with the Perot Museum, 11:00 – 2:00 pm at the Children’s Park in Klyde Warren Park on December 1st.
  • On December 1st, Reliant Lights the Holidays celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with the lighting of thousands of lights at AT&T Performing Arts Center complete with a fireworks show, arts and crafts for children, a concert by Sheila E, the Anita N. Martinez Folklorico.
  • Get in the holiday spirit at the Holiday Show and Tree Lighting, from 2 – 6 pm on December 1st at Klyde Warren Park on the Ginsberg Family Great Lawn. This family event will feature photos with Santa, refreshments and REAL SNOW!
  • The Nutcracker, the classic tale of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince fighting evil, is at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Dec. 1 – 2
  • A Clint Black Christmas, featuring the Grammy Award winner and his wife Lisa Harman Black, perform songs from their Christmas albums along with fan favorites, at the Winspear, December 3 only
  • Klyde Warren Park is a great place to admire the Dallas skyline. AdEx leads a 20-minute Standing Tour of the Downtown Dallas’ historic architecture, from 12:30 – 1:00 on December 3.
    christmas event in dallas
  • A Christmas Carol, the classic Charles Dickens story of three mysterious ghosts visiting the rich but penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge will be at the Dallas Theatre Center through December 30th.
  • The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents A John Williams Christmas through December 2nd. Featuring music from movies like Harry Potter and Home Alone. The concerts will also encompass all your Christmas favorites. The Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas makes the performances that much cuter with their beautiful voices.
  • A John Williams Family Christmas at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is a one-hour event featuring Christmas music and the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas – perfect for the entire family. See this amazing performance on December 1st.

  • Fetch Clay, Make Man is a riveting production by the Dallas Theater Center playing at the Wyly Theater through January 13th. This play centers on Cassius Clay, widely known as Muhammad Ali, and his friend Stepin Fetchit during the Civil Rights Movement.

9. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on December 5. This holiday performance features the Jazz trumpet of nine-time Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis. Talk about a once in a lifetime event in the Dallas Arts District!
  • Savor Sing! An Irish Christmas as Keith and Kristyn Getty perform Celtic, Bluegrass and Classical instrumentals. Presented by the Voice of Hope at the Winspear on December 7
  • The Dallas Black Dance Theater has created a wonderful dance experience with Black on Black. Beginning with a complimentary Happy Hour, the DBDT: Encore! Dancers perform spectacular holiday works. The after-party includes a live DJ. This experience is limited to two evenings, Dec 7th and 8th.
  • The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the beloved classic The Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops. This show is one of the most popular events in the Dallas Arts District and will immerse you in the Christmas spirit. December 7 – 16.
  • The children will love the singing and dancing extravaganza of Peppa Pig Live! on December 8 at the Winspear. Favorite characters appear as life-size puppets and costume characters.
  • Big Brassy Christmas & Organ Extravaganza brings the holidays to you on December 10 at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Big sounds abound with the brass and percussion sections taking the lead on old and new Christmas tunes. The Lay Family Concert organ will be featured during the performance as well.
  • Don’t miss your chance to learn about the Dallas Skyline at Klyde Warren Park. AdEx will lead another 20-minute Standing Tour of the Downtown Dallas’ historic architecture, from 12:30 – 1:00 on December 10.
  • The Winspear presents the entertaining and heartwarming A Christmas Story the Musical. Follow Ralphie Parker and his travels to acquire the perfect Christmas gift.
  • The Brunch and Learn is a unique opportunity to interact with the cast and crew of A Christmas Story the Musical at the Winspear on December 13. An optional brunch is offered before the performance.
  • Let your child participate in the good kind of drama at the Children’s Park at Klyde Warren Park. The Dallas Children’s Theater presents a workshop for kids from 10:30 – 11:30 on December 15th and 17th.

  • Calling all Star Wars fans! The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Star Wars: A New Hope on December 20 – 22. The mesmerizing sounds of John Williams’ music will inspire humans and Jedis alike!
  • Learn an African dance with Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion at Klyde Warren Park. This free event is from 2 – 3 pm on December 23rd
  • The hit musical A Bronx Tale runs December 26 – January 6 at Winspear. This story delves into a young man’s conflict in 1960’s New York as he chooses between his wholesome upbringing and a life of crime.


  • Ring in the New Year with New Year’s Eve at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will resound with Strauss waltzes. Enjoy champagne at the intermission on December 31st
  • The ARTISAN is proud to be a restaurant in the Dallas Arts District. We are surrounded by incredibly talented, passionate people and beautiful works of art every day. We are eager to share what the Dallas Arts District has to offer with you this holiday season!   

The Artisan is located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at the KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts. Our market-style restaurant offers a stylish and fun environment where guests can enjoy fresh, locally-sourced foods prepared on-site daily by our incredible culinary team.

The Terrace Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy handcrafted cocktails, premium wines, and local craft beers with an incredible view of the beautiful Dallas Arts District. Visitors to the Hall Arts Plaza can enjoy bistro-style coffee service provided by The Artisan at our modern kiosk, located in the lobby of the KPMG Tower.

Our beautiful event spaces at the Terrace Bar and Sculpture Walk host upscale gatherings for our corporate clients, social events, and the arts community.Experienced event planners available through G Texas Catering. Supplies available through The Party Resource.