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Holiday at the Arboretum Holiday at the Arboretum features Angels in DeGolyer, a special collection of angels, courtesy of Dallas Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club.

The Dallas Arboretum is excited to present Angels in DeGolyer, a collection of 500 angels presented in the lavishly decorated DeGolyer Mansion. Holiday Tea, family fun weekends with Santa and his live reindeer, festive music and tasty treats round out the holiday activities. It will also be the last opportunity to visit the houses of The Adventures of Great Explorers, a tribute to the newly opened 8-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.



Angels in DeGolyer:

November 29–December 31, 2013

10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily


Pictures with Santa Claus:

November 29-December 22, 2013

Friday, November 29: 12-4 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: 12-4 p.m.


Live Reindeer and Costumed Characters:

November 30-December 22, 2013

Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4 p.m.


Holiday Tea:

November 29-December 31, 2013

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. seatings


The Adventures of Great Explorers:

November 29-December 31, 2013



Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.



Angels in DeGolyer:

Angels of all sizes and shapes are decking the halls of the DeGolyer Mansion this holiday season. More than 500 angels have been shared by the Dallas Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club. Their curatorial team received their inspiration from the Annual Christmas Tree and the Neapolitan Baroque Crèche on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so the DeGolyer display is sure to be exquisite. Angels in DeGolyer is open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Dec. 17.


Pictures with Santa:

Give the children a chance to sit on Santa's knee and go over their wish lists before Christmas. A visit with Santa also makes for a great photo opportunity and usually ends with free candy canes and other goodies. Santa is available on weekends from 12-4 p.m. from Thanksgiving weekend through Dec. 22 before he returns to the North Pole to load up his sleigh. Bring a camera to capture timeless photos of those children with Santa.


Live Reindeer:

An essential part of the magic of Christmas, Santa would be lost without his trusty reindeer—Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Meet one of Santa's reindeer as they take turns visiting the Arboretum each week. The live reindeer visit the Dallas Arboretum, but like Santa, will return to the North Pole on Dec. 22.


Meet Frosty and Rudolph:

Frosty and Rudolph, costumed characters, also join the fun at the Arboretum this holiday season. Bring a camera to capture these festive moments.


Holiday Tea:

Enjoy an elegant, three-course holiday tea for a special Christmas memory for those 12 and older. Prices range between $47 and $57 and include parking, admission to the Garden and access to the display of the Angels in DeGolyer. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511 or purchased online at


Adventure of Great Explorers:

This playhouse exhibit features the destinations traveled by Admiral Byrd, Capt. James Cook, Hernán Cortés, Ponce de León, Lewis & Clark and Marco Polo. 


Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden:

Also, just opened is the one-of-a-kind Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden where visitors can learn about science and nature in nature in 17 indoor/outdoor galleries with more than 150 interactive exhibits. Acclaimed across the nation, it is a must visit for families coming to Dallas.

Hours:     TheDallas Arboretum andthe newly opened Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, a part of the Arboretum, are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. The days closed include Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28), Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). Angels in DeGolyer is closed on Dec. 17.

Admission: Dallas Arboretum: $15 for adults (13-64 years old), $12 for senior citizens, $10 for children (3-12 years old). Parking is $10.

Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden: There is an additional fee of $3 each for non-members to enter the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, and members receive a number of free passes based upon their membership level. Timed tickets are suggested to enhance the enjoyment for guests. Advanced ticket purchases are available online, in-person at the ticketing locations, or at the time of admission to the Arboretum.



-Buy One Get One Free Wednesdays | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

-C.C. Young Senior Thursdays | General admission tickets for $11 and a 20% discount at the Hoffman Family Gift Store to those 65 and older.
-Discounted parking available online for $5.00.

-Buy One Get One Free Adult or Senior Ticket to the Children's Adventure Garden, Monday-Friday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Information: 214.515.6500 or visit


Sponsors:      Holiday at the Arboretum is presented by Amegy Bank of Texas.


About the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under.  On-site parking is $10.  The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.    


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