Thursday, April 15

Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum, Featuring 12 Days of Christmas

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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


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

6,000: Bolts

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

12: Gazebos

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

…and a partridge in a pear tree