Last minute holiday joy

Christmas has come and gone. Was the big day worth all the build up? I had a great time with my family: laughing, eating, dancing, pl saying games. We had a great time. The holidays are fun right? We tend to want to hold onto the joy of the season as long as possible. One way to stave off the inevitable holiday crash is by continuing to do holiday activities. So today we will talk about 5 last minute holiday attractions you can hit to hold on to the joy of the season.

Number Five: Ice at  The Gaylord – open through Jan 1

First on our list of last minute fun is ICE at the Gaylord Texan. ICE is a magical display that goes up at the end if November at The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. You’ll need a parka for this one as the attraction is literally made, from ice!  Over 2 million pounds of hand carved ice is used to create a chilly (seriously, they keep it at 9 degrees) magical world for you to walk through. The theme of ICE changes every year (my personal favorite was I’m 2010 when they did a Charlie Brown Christmas) and this year’s theme is “Twas the night before Christmas” . ICE is located at the beautiful Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas. The displays are up through Jan 1 with the hours of operation tending to be 11am – 8pm. Tickets sell out quickly so if you want to get going now is the time (follow the link here to purchase tickets)

Number Four: 12 Days of Christmas at The Dallas Arboretum – open through Jan 7th

Next up on our last minute list of holiday wonder is The Dallas Arboretum with their 12 Days of Christmas attraction. I personally love the Arboretum and all of their holiday attractions. The first time I ever experienced the magic of the Arboretum I was in the first grade and my school took us there for the Christmas attraction. It has been one of my favorite places in Dallas since.

This year’s theme is the 12 Days of Christmas. There are 12 elaborately decorated gazebos, snowmen, sleigh rides, letter writing to Santa, holiday tea and much much more to tantalize the senses. The grounds are open from 9am – 5pm for the daytime activities and will run through Jan 7th. The nighttime exhibit is open from 6pm – 9pm and is open through Dec 30th. For more details on the schedule and to purchase tickets click here.

Number Three – Trains at Northpark 30th anniversary celebration through Jan 7th

Need some last minute holiday fun that won’t cause you to be cold? Well next in our list is The Trains at Northpark. This adventure is all about trains and boy are they magical. I’ve always had an affinity for trains. Every house I was in as a child during the holidays had a train set and most of the time they were put together because I would have a fit if they weren’t. There is something truly transcendent and magical about trains and The Trains at Northpark capture the joy marvelously.

This is an annual exhibit at Northpark and this year marks the 30 year anniversary of its installation. According to the website ” this holiday family tradition has become a favorite for generations of Dallasites and includes 1600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. The Trains travel from the autumn foliage of New England to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with stops along the way to see New York City, Washington DC, our beautiful city of Dallas, and the desert Southwest including the Grand Canyon and the Garden of the Gods—we even have some interplanetary visitors from Outer Space!”

The exhibit runs through Jan 7th at Northpark mall in Dallas, Texas with normal hours of operation being 10am – 9pm (please check website for changes to operation hours). To learn more about The Trains at Northpark and purchase tickets click here.

Number Two – Enchant Christmas at Globe Life Park through Dec 31st

We take a step back into the outdoors with our next last minute holiday fun stop with Enchant at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Enchant is actually new to the DFW area with the 2017 holiday season being it’s premier season.

The attraction boast itself as the largest light maze in the world. It is located in Globe Live Park, the home of the Texas Rangers so i wouldn’t doubt it. The experience also includes Santa’s place, a skating pond, Enchant Christmas Market and loads of food and drink.

The park is open from 5pm – 11pm and they work off of staggered entry times. If you are looking to go you must hurry. This attraction closes shop on Dec 31st. For more information and tickets visit the website here.


Number One – Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas through Jan 7th

Our last, last minute holiday fun stop is a quintessential Dallas attraction. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas, in Arlington, TX, is so iconic that if the Park suddenly decided not to have, I think there would be some sort of moral outrage in the DFW area.

Not only do you get to experience the stellar rides at Six Flags you also get to enjoy specialized Chirstmas shopping, holiday lights and shows, great food, visits with Santa and much more. Holiday in the Park runs through Jan 7th every night from 2pm -10pm. For more information and tickets visit the website here.

So there you have it. 5 ways to get your last minute holly holly on. Is there something you’re looking forward to doing before the season is out?

*Looking for more ways to feel festive. Check out my favorite holiday movies here.