Buckle in, the holidays are officially approaching! I’ll admit, when I saw my first set of Christmas lights go up in early October, I eye rolled so hard. But fast forward a few weeks and a few cold fronts later, and I am ready to blast Mariah Carey in our apartment, bake Christmas cookies, and fully deck the halls!
One of my favorite parts about the holidays, though, is getting to spend time with loved ones. Even though this time of year inevitably gets crazy hectic, I think it’s fun and important to set aside a little time and enjoy the magic of the season with your significant other! Joe and I absolutely love exploring our home base of Dallas/Fort Worth around the holidays, so I wanted to share some of our favorite date ideas in DFW with you!
I also partnered with Enchant Christmas for an Instagram ticket giveaway. So this post is brought to you with help from our winners, Aubrey Kettrick and Megan Siebert. Congrats you two!
November 24, 2017 – December 31, 2017
The U.S. debut of the wildly popular light maze and Christmas display will be taking place this year at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Enchant features millions of stunning Christmas lights and sculptures to create the world’s largest light maze. There’s also an ice skating rink, Christmas market, and food trucks with tons of holiday treats! I mean, really, what is more romantic than being completely surrounded by sparkling Christmas lights?!
ICE! and Downtown Grapevine
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Each year, the massive Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center transforms into a winter wonderland for ICE!, a themed maze crafted completely of ice sculptures. The exhibit has an ice slide and a bar within it and takes about an hour to walk through. To complete the date, head to nearby Main Street in Grapevine. There are tons of great restaurants and wine bars, and the street is always completely decked out in Christmas lights!
Bass Hall and Sundance Square
One of our top Downtown Fort Worth spots always attracts incredible live talent. This year, there are several holiday performances being shown. From musicals to symphonies and ballets, Bass Hall always makes for a great night out! There are tons of great restaurants to visit in and around Sundance Square (Captial Grille, Waters, and Bird Cafe are some of our faves!) and you can marvel at the gorgeous 65-foot Christmas tree (the largest Fort Worth has ever had!). Don’t miss the tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 18 at 6:30pm and the Parade of Lights that meanders through Downtown on Sunday, November 19 at 6:00pm.
- Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – 11/15-11/19
- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – 11/21-11/22
- Home For The Holidays – 11/24-11/26
- Handel’s Messiah – 11/30
- It’s A Wonderful Life – 12/1
- The Nutcracker – 12/8-12/24
I think I fell in love with ice rinks last year when we visited New York at Christmastime. We skated at Central Park with the most perfect backdrop of the New York skyline behind us and it was magical! Since we won’t quite get the chance to do that again this year, there are a couple of excellent options here in DFW.
On the Fort Worth side of the metroplex, there’s Panther Island Ice. It’s located within Coyote Drive-In, so you can grab a skate and a movie while you’re at it. Plus, what Panther Island Ice lacks in New York skyline views, it more than makes up for in Downtown Fort Worth skyline views!
If you’re on the Dallas side of the metroplex, the Galleria’s Ice Skating Center is your spot. Yes, it is open all year, but since it is in the middle of a mall, this is the perfect excuse to take your date for a little window shopping to give them one or two gift ideas! 😉
All Things Bright & Beautiful: Christmas At The White House 2005
November 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018
For the historical date lover, look no further than the George W. Bush Presidential Museum’s Holiday exhibit! All Things Bright & Beautiful: Christmas At The White House 2005 features many of the original White House decorations from that year to highlight the beauty found in nature during winter as well as Laura Bush’s holiday dress from that year and a replica of the Blue Room Christmas tree. Wander around in awe of the elegance and opulence of America’s former First Family.
The 12 Days of Christmas Dallas Arboretum
November 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Witness what Southern Living Magazine calls one of “The South’s Best Holiday Experiences”. This annual tradition features 25-foot Victorian gazebos, each with a display of one of the 12 Days of Christmas. The Dallas Arboretum is perfect for a walk around on a (warm) North Texas night!
From Our Ticket Winners
“Our fave date nights are Front Porch Pottery (you get to bring your own wine!) to make cool center pieces for a Holiday layout on the dining room table! Also Vetro Glass Blowing ornaments is SO fun!” –@akettrick
“Simply Fondue for a romantic dinner then take a carriage ride around Downtown Fort Worth and admire the Christmas festivities in Sundance Square and top off the night with the world renowned showing of The Nutcracker at Bass Hall by Texas Ballet Theater. 🎄🎁🦌🎅🏻🔔” –@megansiebert
What are some of your favorite Dallas Fort Worth holiday date ideas?
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