Whether you’ve been naughty, nice, or something in between, we’ve got fun and festive happenings in Arlington, TX in December. So unwrap a candy cane or two, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and find out how to boost your level of holly jolly:

ONE: Texas Christkindl Market

Globe Life Park, Arlington Entertainment District
Through Dec. 23, 2015

Have a cup of cheer at this unique open-air holiday market. Listen to holiday music as you shop for handcrafted gift items and enjoy tasty brats, goulash, potato pancakes, gingerbread, mulled wine and lots of German beer.


TWO: Holiday In the Park
Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington Entertainment District
Nov. 21-Jan. 3

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The holidays are always extra merry at Six Flags Over Texas, which transforms this time of year into a winter wonderland featuring thrilling rides, holiday shows, and a million twinkling lights everywhere you turn.


THREE: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas”
Theatre Arlington, Downtown Arlington
Dec. 4-20, 2015

Based on the beloved 1954 Paramount Pictures film, this enchanting holiday classic is sure to delight adults and children alike. Make a special evening of it with a pre-show dinner at Restaurant 506 or one of Downtown Arlington’s  other dining destinations.


FOUR: “Holiday Treasures”
Symphony Arlington/Arlington Music Hall, Downtown Arlington
Dec. 17, 2015

What’s Christmas without music? Enjoy an elegant evening of classical holiday favorites, performed by Arlington’s first-class symphony.


FIVE: Dallas Cowboys vs. The New York Jets
AT&T Stadium, Arlington Entertainment District
Dec. 19, 2015

The holidays just aren’t the holidays without the chance to cheer on ‘da Boys and do a little winter tailgating. Make a special weekend of it with a VIP and hotel package.


SIX: Adventure to Santa
The Parks at Arlington, South Arlington
Through Dec. 24, 2015

Join Shrek and friends for a magical, interactive adventure at the North Pole, where you’ll take a tour of Santa’s home and pose for a picture with the Big Guy himself. Reservations encouraged.


SEVEN: Ice Skating
The Parks At Arlington Mall, South Arlington

The holidays are always the perfect time to learn the triple axel! Or perhaps just take a leisurely spin the awesome ice skating rink at The Parks at Arlington Mall.  Then once you check off your Christmas list at the Parks’ 180-plus specialty stores, grab dinner and a holiday blockbuster at The Cheesecake Factory and the deluxe AMC Parks at Arlington 18 theatre.


EIGHT: Delicious food!

Butternut squash soup, chocolate s’more fondue, espresso dusted duck breast….is everyone paying attention now? Arlington’s best restaurants—which also happen to be some of the best restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area —do some of their best work during the holidays. Delectable destinations for freshly-prepared seasonal faves include Cacharel, Piccolo Mondo, Restaurant 506, R Bar and Grill, The Melting Pot, The Keg Steakhouse, or Chamas do Brazil– and that’s just for starters.  Reservations may be required.

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