Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum 2015

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Christmas at the Dallas ArboretumHoliday at the Arboretum is a must this year. Last week, I enjoyed an afternoon strolling through the Winter gardens. The Dallas Arboretum Staff has created an incredible holiday wonderland for all to enjoy.


Twelve Days of Christmas

Throughout the gardens, visitors are seen peering through the gazebo windows of each beautiful Victorian vignette depicting the Twelve Days of Christmas featured in the English Christmas Carol. Visitors are overheard saying that they cannot select a favorite, as each display has exquisite detail. The beaded Victorian gowns adorning the Nine Ladies Dancing were designed and created by the Dallas Opera. Frederic Austin's version of the Twelve Days of Christmas fills the air with music.


Holiday Tea at the Arboretum

Holiday Tea at the Arboretum is an annual event for many families in Dallas. Set in the beautiful DeGolyer house, there is not a more fitting location to enjoy tea during the holidays. The Roasted Chestnut Soup, currently on the menu, is amazing. Served in a sipping cup, with flavors similar to the most delicious Chestnut Dressing, this soup left me begging for the recipe! The variety of savory and sweet treats, along with three seasonal teas, is always outstanding. Each table receives a mini gingerbread house. The ambiance, the view of the gardens, the service, and the menu make this a festive afternoon to remember.


Artistry of the Nativity

DeGolyer House is adorned with 500 extraordinary Nativity scenes from around the world. Tables and shelves, and other surfaces are covered with multiple crèches. In addition to this special exhibit, there are countless ideas for holiday decorating in your home. The fireplace mantles in the home are opulently decorated, along with the beautiful Christmas trees. Be sure to take note of the materials used in the interior architecture of this magnificent home as you experience the Artistry of the Nativity.


Hoffman Family Gift Store

Holiday gift items are available for people of all ages and interests. Last week, there was a beautiful selection of items for children and adults. Unique items for those who love to garden, wearing apparel, toys, jewelry, table top items, and beautiful books are among the popular items available for purchase.


Plan Ahead

Make reservations for one of the restaurants or for tea. My favorites are:

Seated Tea 

Restaurant DeGolyer 

Wear comfortable shoes to walk through the gardens. Sixty-six acres is a lot of walking!

Trams are available to take visitors from the Arboretum entrance to the DeGolyer House.


Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum

Through January 3

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Dallas Arboretum

8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas


Admission and Parking

Posted by

 Sharon Parisi,  Realtor®

Helping Dallas area buyers and sellers meet their real estate needs


United Real Estate


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Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
Your Roseville Real Estate Agent

It sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing! 

Dec 16, 2015 12:59 PM #1
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Kaye, this event is the ultimate holiday experience!  Happy Holidays!

Dec 16, 2015 01:12 PM #2
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Yes, Looks like a great visit...

Dec 16, 2015 01:26 PM #3
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Sharon, If only I lived closer as this sounds wonder and  would love to visit Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum and see the holiday wonderland.

Dec 16, 2015 01:42 PM #4
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Eric, New Orleans is just a few hours away!  Happy Holidays!

Dec 16, 2015 01:42 PM #5
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Rebecca, it would be so much fun to have an Active Rain Holiday meet-up. There are so many shared interests.

Dec 16, 2015 02:09 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow you got me at Roasted Chestnut Soup, need the recipe for me to make:)), Endre

Dec 16, 2015 03:32 PM #7
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Endre, the Maitre D' told me the recipe was in their cookbook.  I have their cookbook and the recipe is not included.  Here are the recipes I'm going to try. 



I think recipe #1 is closer to what I had at the restaurant.  I also tasted sage and parsley.  If they were in the recipe, they were no doubt tied with string and removed before the soup was blended.

Let me know if you try these. Both links have comments with slight variations to the recipes.

While I was looking through one of my favorite cookbooks, I decided to make veal Osso Buco tomorrow!


Dec 16, 2015 04:35 PM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sharon. I really enjoyed reading about the Christmas activities you shared.

Dec 16, 2015 11:47 PM #9
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sheila, we're fortunate to have exceptional choices for family holiday activities.  I'm glad you enjoyed reading about a few of them.  Happy holidays!

Dec 17, 2015 01:14 AM #10
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