It’s that time of the year when everyone is full of cheer! The holidays are here and the Galleria in Dallas is full of awesome events and activities do to with your family, friends and kids. In fact, Galleria Dallas is considered a top holiday destination location for shoppers all across North Texas and even around the world. They have held this standard for over thirty years. All things are done big, just like Texas—from the enormous 95-foot Christmas tree, to the ice skating Santa who shoots fireworks from his skates. These holiday celebrations are sure to put a smile on your face. In early November, the season kicked off with the decorating of America’s tallest indoor Christmas tree, which is adorned with close to a quarter million lights and 10,000 ornaments. The holiday festivities continue through January 3, so be sure to take advantage of at least a couple of the awesome, upcoming events.

Countless shoppers are excited about the large amounts of sales and promotions that are offered on Black Friday, November 27. Two Olympic Gold Medalists, Charlie White and Meryl Davis, will present the Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration that day, along with other local and national skating celebs.

The entire mall is fully decorated throughout, including its shopping and dining areas of more than 200 retailers. Covered parking of over 10,000 spots and the Westin Galleria hotel that is adjoined to the shopping center makes it convenient for both those that are there for a shopping trip or those that want to make it a weekend mini-vacation. Enjoy all the season has to offer, including extended holiday hours, while checking off the gift list!

See the complete schedule and more information on holiday events at


Salvation Army Tree

Where: Level 3, near Belk
What: Adopt an angel and help others in need.
When: Nov. 6 – Dec. 9

Visit Santa Claus in His Village

Where: Level 2, near Belk
What: Straight from the North Pole, Santa invites all children to his Village to hear gift requests and take photos.
When: Nov. 21 – Dec. 24 (Visit for Santa’s daily arrival & departure times.)

Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting

Where: All Levels, Center Court
What: Every show features Missile Toes, Galleria’s ice-skating, back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa Claus, live performances by Olympic and National Champion-ranked skaters, and local children who introduce the lighting of the country’s tallest indoor tree.
When: Friday, Nov. 27 at noon
Saturdays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 at 6 p.m.

Illumination Celebration

Where: All Levels, Center Court
What: Special tree lighting choreographed to magical sounds of the season.
When: Nov. 27 – Dec. 24 daily at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  (no 8 p.m. shows on Sundays)

Slappy’s Holiday Circus

Where: Level 1, near Nordstrom and Belk
What: Presented by Slappy’s Playhouse, experience a classic European Circus
When: Friday, Nov. 27, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Saturdays, Nov.  28, Dec. 5, 12 & 19 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.

Dallas Cityscape

Where: Level 1, near Banana Republic
What: Experience Dallas landmarks built entirely from toy bricks in this colorful exhibit which benefits Educational First Steps.
When: Dec. 11 – Jan. 3
$3 per adult, $2 per child.  Children under 2 free.

Operation Kindness Holiday Pet Adoption

Where: Level 1, near Banana Republic
What: Dog and cat pet adoptions. This is the perfect time to get a new friend just in time for the holidays.
When: Nov. 27 – Dec. 24; Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday: noon – 6 p.m.
Adoption fees: $135 for cats/kittens and $185 for dogs/puppies

Showtime Saturdays

Where: Level 3, near the Children’s Play Place
What: Kids of all ages enjoy fun times with family entertainment at Showtime Saturdays. Each week’s performance is different and continues throughout the year.
When: Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

Holiday Entertainment

Sounding Brass (Traveling throughout the center)
When: Friday, Nov. 27 from noon – 2 p.m.
Saturdays, Nov. 28 – Dec. 19 from noon – 2 p.m.
Sundays, Nov. 29 – Dec. 20 from 2-4 p.m.
Dec. 21-Dec. 24 from noon – 2 p.m.

Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Where: Level 1, Near the Guest Reception Center
What: Celebrate Chanukah with our large-scale Menorah as we light a candle every evening.
When: December 6 – December 14

Santa Cares

Where: Level 2, near Belk
What: Children with special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session with Santa in an environment set up to support their sensory, physical and other developmental needs.
When: December 6, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa at American Girl

Where: American Girl
What: Celebrate the season with your special girl! Start the merriment with a delicious continental breakfast.
When: December 13 & 20, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Colbea Smith

Colbea Smith is a young professional who grew up in Plano and loves the community she will always consider “home”. She is a proud alumna of Texas State University – Go Bobcats! – who spent most...