DALLAS — The Yuletide celebration comes to life just a few hours drive from Killeen-Fort Hood as historic Dallas Fair Park plays host to Enchant Christmas, described as the world’s most magical maze and Christmas light village.
This year, from the day after Thanksgiving until January 2, the holiday extravaganza includes attractions such as an ice skating rink, a craft zone for children, food trucks, snack vendors, a Christmas market craft, a maze of holiday lights, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. and a number of other activities. Adults can also enjoy Christmas-themed cocktails available at Polar Bar.
“We have scent diffusers here, so we’re pumping in scents. We have snow cannons, so we make artificial snow. We have singers; we have artists; we have scenes programmed with holiday entertainment; and it’s just going to be a great vacation fun for the family,” said Enchant CEO Jeff Vetting.
According to legend, it was here in Enchant long ago that a shooting star fell to Earth, nestled in the snow. The magic of this shooting star brought the Enchanted Forest to life and across the North Pole. Years later, among talking snowmen and flying reindeer, this is where Santa and the damsel decided to make their home.
Fair Park was established in 1886 on the outskirts of East Dallas as an 80-acre fairground for the Dallas State Fair.
To get there, take Interstate 35E North to downtown Dallas. Take exit 428B to merge onto Interstate 30 East (towards Texarkana). Exit onto S. Haskell Avenue (exit 48A) and turn left onto Haskell. The parking lot entrance is located at Gate 2, at the corner of Haskell and Parry Avenues.
Also in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is the legendary Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, 23 miles northwest of Dallas.
There is said to be “something for everyone” at the annual Gaylord Texan Holiday Showcase, including such things as exploring acres and acres of bright and colorful displays, sledding tubing, ice skating, pictures with Santa, and a number of other activities. , shows and events. This year, step into the world of Buddy the Elf in Gaylord Hotels’ all-new original experience, Mission: Save Christmas with Elf™.
Visit the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, build your own snowman, take a ride on Santa’s Snow Throw, have breakfast with Charlie Brown, join the Merry Snoopy Scavenger Hunt, try out the Holiday Heist escape, enjoy a ride on the Christmas carousel, try the Build-a-Bear Workshop, and don’t forget the Cirque Winter Wonderland show which follows a young show princess’s journey to help a queen. ice cream to find the spirit and the light of Christmas while meeting incredible creatures. Be amazed by dazzling aerial acrobatics, contortionists, jugglers and more in this live performance.
New and improved security measures at Gaylord include allowing access to event areas only to paid ticket holders for events located in those areas and registered overnight guests at the resort. Additional restrictions may apply without notice. Christmas at Gaylord has been redesigned to provide the same magical holiday experience while incorporating new and improved health and safety measures. Specific protocols vary by attraction. You can see more details of our cleaning protocols at www.gaylordhotelsclean.com.
Unvaccinated guests and customers are required to wear masks. For fully vaccinated guests, masks are optional.
Back home in central Texas, the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA) in Fort Hood invites all visitors to the annual Nature in Lights show. Open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., this popular attraction features five and a half miles of holiday-inspired stages and light shows.
Cars, minivans, pickup trucks – $15
Limousines, RVs, 15-passenger vans – $30
24-passenger vans – $50
47-passenger vans or larger buses – $75
BLORA is at 7999 Sparta Road, near the town of Belton. In addition to Nature in Lights, the park offers activities such as camping, mountain biking, fishing, running, cycling, free outdoor movies, half marathon fundraisers and Moreover.