Arlington goes all out as one of the best cities in the STATE to experience the holidays. Whether you’re a citizen or visiting this holiday season, we hope you find yourself perusing the one-of-a-kind events at the Texas Christkindl Market with gluhwein in tow, getting unlimited hot cocoa at Six Flags Over Texas Holiday in the Park, with Shrek and Friends adventuring to Santa at Parks Mall or listening to Christmas Carols with family as you drive through the famous Interlochen Lights. Plan and coordinate your holiday agenda in Arlington with our exclusive list of favorite events going on around town. Happy Holidays!

  1. The Fifth Annual Texas Christkindl Market

Officially kicking off on Black Friday, November 27, the fifth annual Texas Christkindl features a traditional German-style setup at Globe Life Park with unique and one-of-a-kind vendors (like Kathe Wohlfahrt) that are perfect for holiday shopping; a new, improved and extended kids section aka Kinder Market boasts real snow, pony rides and carousel and much more; live local, holiday and traditional German music and plenty of food, beer and gluhwein. And how about a Fletcher’s Corny Dogs from the Texas State Fair! That goes with strudel right? Bring the kids to see the Christkindl Angel and take a walk around the largest holiday festival of its kind in the Southwestern US! The best part? Admission and parking are FREE!

  1. Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Our favorite time of the year, Six Flags Over Texas sets up millions of magical lights to perk up your holiday spirits. Take a ride down Frosty’s snow hill or peruse the amazing food selection—we recommend the Cowboy Burrito! With refillable hot chocolate mugs—trust us, their hot chocolate is at the top of our list—and youth choir groups performing holiday favorites all season long, it’s the most wonderful time of the year at Six Flags.

  1. The Lights at Interlochen

Arlington’s favorite neighborhood to see Christmas lights, Interlochen is ready for its 40th anniversary in 2015. Running December 17 – 25 from 7 pm to 11 pm, the Lights at Interlochen, in Arlington’s most famous neighborhood, will dazzle you with a spectacular light show. Turn up the Burl Ives and slowly cruise through the streets of Interlochen to soak in the holiday spirit. Insider tip: get there early, a Metroplex worth of families go every year!

  1. Christmas at Knapp Heritage Park

Watch the Arlington Historical Society perform their annual tree lighting ceremony and perform carols in the park at Knapp Heritage Park in Downtown Arlington! There will be performances by Arlington Independent School District choirs, an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus,  Christmas tree decoration, horse-drawn carriage rides, live blacksmith demonstrations and refreshments for all!

  1. Holiday Lights Parade
The annual Holiday Lights Parade is a treat for all ages. Starting on the corner of Main and Center streets, the parade then travels west on Main Street, south on West St., east on Abram St. and ends at the corner of Abram St. and East St. Parade will continue as planned rain, snow, or shine!

  1. Adventure to Santa at the Parks at Arlington Mall

Bring the kids and join everyone’s favorite ogre Shrek and his pals at Parks Mall’s Adventure to Santa. Take a cinematic sleigh ride, meet Santa for a photo or two and bring home great family memories that’ll last a lifetime. Space is limited!

  1. Search For Santa at Globe Life Park in Arlington

Head on over to the home of the Texas Rangers for Captain’s favorite holiday event of the year—Search for Santa! Running December 2-23, the special tour includes cookies, hot cocoa, games, cookie decorating and more. Kids will follow the special set of clues starting from the tour booth all the through the press box “workshop” and media room, his locker in the Rangers Home Clubhouse, the dugout “stable” where the reindeer sleep and Santa’s private elevator. *Santa will only be present on Saturday December 19,* so advance ticket purchases are encouraged. On that date, the tour will end in the Kids Zone, where children are able to get their photo with Santa and Rangers Captain, receive a collectible mini bat and participate in the interactive playground. Tickets are $15 per person and children aged 3 and under are free.

  1. Decorator’s Warehouse

Texas’ #1 Christmas store is in Arlington, come peruse more than an acre of Christmas décor and whimsical Christmas displays. One of the biggest in the world, Decorator’s Warehouse houses 150 styles of pre-lit lifelike Christmas trees, garlands, ornaments, ribbons, wreaths, life-size display pieces and more! They even have an area for non-shoppers to hang out and catch some TV.

  1. Symphony Arlington

Holiday Treasures | December 17, 2015 @ 7:30 PM, Arlington Music Hall

Set the holiday mood right before the major holidays with performances of Johann Strauss II’s Treasure Waltz and Robert Wendel’s Jerusalem of Gold. Plus, join in for Annual Carol Sing-along with old favorites.

  1. Burk Collins Country-2015 Christmas Shows at Arlington Music Hall

Country music man Burk Collins and friends serenade the audience with beloved Christmas songs, dazzling deco, superb lighting and gorgeous costume—a true holiday spectacular for the whole family to catch the yuletide spirit!

  1.  White Christmas at Theatre Arlington
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In the iconic aftershave scene from Home Alone, Kevin McAllister is dreaming of White Christmas. We are here in Arlington, too! Irving Berlin’s Christmas classical musical adaptation will include seventeen of the original music numbers such as “Sisters, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” and “White Christmas.” The show runs December 4—20. Follow the link for specific dates and pricing details!

  1. Breakfast with Santa at Alley Cats!

Get your kids' photo made with Santa Claus after you chow down an all-you-can-eat breakfast at Alley Cats, the only Arlington location open 365 days a year! At $15.99 per child (it includes pictures, breakfast and $10 game card) and $4.99 per adult (breakfast only), it's sure to be a fun time - when you're done there's laser tag, arcade games, a climbing wall, bowling and more!