DALLAS – Winter 2018 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! From November 9 to December 31, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcomes the community to enjoy Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant.
Stroll through the garden and see the Victorian-style gazebos come to life, featuring each scene from the traditional carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. Each gazebo features movement to depict the different beloved characters such as the Three French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming and Seven Swansa Swimming, to name a few.
The garden will reopen for extended hours Wednesday through Sunday from 6-9p.m. Enjoy more than 500,000 lights throughout the Arboretum, trimming the historic homes and featuring a 30-foot-tall spruce tree in the center of the property. The DeGolyer House features “The Artistry of the Nativity.” The house is open daily during garden daytime hours and on Wednesday nights.
The exhibition in the historic DeGolyer House returns with “The Artistry of the Nativity,” with 500 crèches from over 50 countries representing so many cultures from around the world. In addition to the Ray Harrington and the Joe Christian collections, which the Arboretum owns, the private collections of Joyce and Larry Lacerte, Lydia and Dan Novakov, and a life-size crèche from Mary and Mike Terry, will also be on display. This is a unique opportunity to see these crèches as they have never been on public display before.
Each of the 500 crèches are made out of unique materials including cork, Waterford crystal, horns, seeds, corn husk, glass, adobe, paper-mache, wood and coconut shells. In addition to the crèches, every room in the DeGolyer House will be elaborately decorated in holiday décor. For more detail, visit https://www.dallasarboretum.org
500,000: Lights in the garden, illuminating The 12 Days of Christmas at night
30,456: Wooden berries on transoms
29,137: Pounds of glass
28,328: Rhinestones on the columns
25,963: Pounds of aluminum in the gazebo structures and mechanics
20,000+: Hours of labor to build the gazebos
8,160: Square feet of rooftop
950: Sheets of plywood for gazebos and crates
536: Pieces of glass used to encase the gazebos, giving it a music-box quality
400: Gallons of paint
180: Yards of fabric to sew gowns for Dz 9 Ladies Dancing dz
55: Mannequins, each with hand-painted faces with their own unique personality
28: Hand-carved animals
8: Weeks to assemble the gazebos in the gardens
4: Fiberglass animals
4: People to sew costumes
2: Years to design and build the gazebos
1: Vision of Arboretum supporters Tom and Phyllis McCasland, to have a magnificent Christmas display for Dallas