With the holiday season just around the corner, you would need to be a Scrooge not to plan some fun activities in Dallas with your friends and family. And if you are a Scrooge, consider this guide your Ghost of Christmas Future, with a list of things to do this year that are completely irresistible (and totally affordable). This is the DFW area, after all, and we know how to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. So get in the holiday spirit, clear some room on your calendar, and plan to enjoy at least a few of these fun holiday activities in Dallas.

Attend PINSTACK’s New Year’s party.

If you are looking for fun activities in Dallas, celebrate the New Year with style and fun at our New Year’s party on December 31st. Not your typical New Year’s bash, ours includes chef-prepared cuisine, unlimited access to our video game arcade and attractions, and, of course, a little bubbly to ring the New Year in.

Choose from three different ticket levels (general admission, bowling plus admission, and VIP admission) and then enjoy an evening full of everything PINSTACK has to offer, including some pretty sweet desserts, a full dinner buffet, and an open beer and wine bar (for extra cost). You might never go back to your old New Year’s traditions. You might want to act quickly, though, as tickets are limited, and sure to go fast.


Visit the Enchant Light Maze and Market for a fun holiday activity and shopping.

Fun holiday activities have to include shopping, and you can do just that amidst an incredible light display and other seasonal fun at the Enchant Light Maze and Market. This event, which takes place in Arlington, boasts a light maze where you have to help Santa track down presents, enjoy an ice skating trail, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, listen to live entertainment, and enjoy some hot cocoa and other seasonal delights. And of course, do not forget the shopping at the holiday marketplace. We are pretty sure the kids won’t mind tagging along for your holiday shopping if you do it here.


See some Christmas lights in a unique location at Christmas at the Arboretum.

Yes, we know that Christmas lights are a bit clichéd, but not at the Dallas Arboretum. Starting November 4th and continuing through the end of December, this beautiful location becomes an illuminated Christmas wonderland. Why does this stop make the list of fun holiday activities in Dallas? Because, with more than 500,000 lights to brighten up the gorgeous outdoor areas, the DeGolyer House decorated with 800 nutcrackers, and live musical performances, 12 stunning gazebos, a holiday market, and more, you do not want to dismiss this event as your average lightshow.


Enjoy more fun holiday activities (and lights) at Prairie Lights.

If you want to enjoy fun activities in Dallas that are a little bit smaller than some other events, consider Prairie Lights. This event boasts a two-mile drive-through a display of holiday lights. Don’t be fooled by this event’s relatively short route: It has 4 million lights and a stop halfway where you can enjoy visits with Santa, a holiday show, and a walk-through display of lights called the Holiday Forest. You can even buy delicious hot cocoa and other holiday staples at this fun holiday activity.


Enjoy the fun holiday activities available at Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park is a landmark in Dallas anytime of the year. Built over a highway, it provides a creative and beautiful oasis in the midst of the city. And in December, it boasts a holiday tree lighting, food trucks, visits with Santa, and more. If you feel like a stroll through a beautiful park will put you in a holiday mood, consider the spot for a memorable way to celebrate the holiday season.


Enjoy some early Christmas at Frisco’s Christmas in the Square.

Sleigh rides, Christmas lights, ice skating, trains, and even live entertainment: All of these essentials of the holiday season show up at Frisco’s Christmas in the Square. This free event for families is adorned with more than 175,000 choreographed lights that will be featured with music daily, from 6-10pm, throughout the rest of the year.

Holiday activities don’t have to be boring or expensive, unless you want to go overboard at the holiday market. Just check out some of the fun activities in Dallas this December. We are sure you will love the opportunity to enjoy lights, do some holiday shopping, enjoy Santa with the kids, absorb all the joy of the holiday season with your family, and of course, ring in the New Year at PINSTACK. Get ready: The best time of the year is upon us. How will you be celebrating?