The holidays are over now, but you still have a few days left to catch some of the spectacular holiday events and exhibits you may have missed. With warmer temperatures, it’s also a great weekend to enjoy the outdoors.
Through Jan. 7
A new, unforgettable, family-friendly event made its debut in in Fair Park this year. Holiday Wonder is an outdoor, walk-through winter wonderland featuring holiday-themed Chinese lanterns, magical light displays, a two-story Arctic Slide, snowball throwing, music and dance. Take the Green Line to Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations to get there.
Holiday at the Arboretum is a spectacle worth seeing if you haven’t already. The 12 Days of Christmas is the event’s centerpiece: 12 specially decorated gazebos, dazzling lights, a nutcracker exhibit and much more. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is accessible by Bus Route 60; get off at Garland Road and Lakeland Drive.
Holidays at the Bush Center 2017 features a special exhibit – All Things Bright and Beautiful: Christmas at the House 2005 – recreating the White House Christmas that year. There are gorgeous flowers, colorful murals, behind-the-scenes photos, Mrs. Bush's holiday dress, and more. An 18-foot recreation of the 2005 White House Christmas tree is adorned with more than 500 white lilies, dazzling glass bead garland, and clear crystal ball ornaments. Get there on the Museum Express (Route 743), which departs from Mockingbird Station.
Saturday, Jan. 6
Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center gives families the opportunity to focus on a Big Idea, which is explored through a hands-on craft, take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. This month, the Big Idea is “Geometric/Organic,” and the Art Project is “Project Funway.” Take an interactive tour, exercise your detective skills to search the Nasher for related art, complete the hunt for a special prize, and create artwork of your own. There also will be storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! Performance, live artist demos, and even yoga. The Nasher is a short walk from St. Paul Station and is also accessible via D-Link (Route 722).
The Interurban Railway Museum in the Downtown Plano Arts District commemorates the rail line that ran from Denison through Plano to Dallas and destinations beyond from 1908 until 1948. Located near the picturesque gazebo, fountain and playgrounds of Plano’s Haggard Park, the museum is fascinating for kids, history buffs and train enthusiasts alike. It’s located right next to Downtown Plano Station.
Garland’s Landmark Museum is another gem, located near Downtown Garland Station. The transformation of Garland from a 19th century farming outpost to a 21st century city is chronicled inside the former Santa Fe Train Depot, an historic landmark built in 1901. Exhibits include artifacts from early settlers like newspapers, farm tools and quilts, as well as a wooden railroad car. The museum is only open on Saturdays.