For more than three decades, Galleria Dallas has been where Dallas goes to experience the holidays. From the country’s tallest indoor Christmas tree to children sharing their wishes with Santa, the famed shopping center has long been the holiday epicenter of North Texas. While things may look a little different in 2020, Galleria Dallas has plans to continue the holiday sparkle for its guests.
The most notable part of the Galleria Dallas holiday celebration is the center’s massive Christmas tree, and that tradition will remain unchanged. From Nov. 8-11, a crew of nearly 100 of Santa’s helpers will be onsite to erect the 95-foot-tall tree, which is decorated with over 450,000 twinkly LED lights and more than 10,000 ball ornaments. The record-holding tree is topped with a custom-designed 10-foot-tall LED star. Guests will be able to skate around that tree from Thursday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 3.
Every year, Galleria Dallas is host to one of the state’s top opportunities to see Santa, and the center has created a one-of-a-kind experience that captures the magic of the holiday season while still meeting or exceeding all CDC and Texas health requirements. Families will make appointments in advance online to visit Santa at the North Pole Express at Station 12.24. While kids and families will be able to talk with and take beautiful photos with Santa, they will actually be socially distanced with a custom-created clear barrier. The experience provides families a safe and cost effective means of continuing their holiday traditions while receiving beautiful digital images. Guests will be able to begin meeting with Santa on Friday, Nov. 20 and will continue through Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.
However, visiting Santa is not the only opportunity for a fabulous holiday photo at Galleria Dallas. The center is partnering with the creative teams behind Bayer Brothers Sets and MOTUS to bring SNOWDAY DALLAS to Galleria Dallas. The multi-room immersive photo experience leads visitors through a fantasyland of holiday experiences and high-tech photo opportunities. Tickets are only $22 for adults and $8 for children, and can be reserved online in advance at SnowDayDallas.com.
Another event that will undergo a change this year is the center’s heavily attended Grand Tree Lightings. While it is impossible to hold the series of popular, celeb-studded skate shows while maintaining safe social distancing, figure-skating fans still have the chance to enjoy the skate spectacular at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Galleria Dallas will hold one show, featuring an internationally renowned headliner, with socially distanced viewing pods. An admission fee will benefit Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Tickets are limited for this event and will be available beginning November 1 at DCAC.org.
“We are excited to find a way to bring the tradition of the Galleria Dallas Grand Tree Lighting back to North Texas to skate at Galleria Dallas during this challenging year,” said Galleria Dallas General Manager Angie Freed. “While we know that the season might look a little different this year due to the impact of the pandemic facing our world, we hope to be a bright spot in North Texas this holiday season and plan to bring back the celebrations for which we are known as soon as it is socially responsible.”
One of the largest traditions of the holiday season is viewing The Nutcracker. New this holiday season, Nordstrom and Galleria Dallas will hold a limited-attendance production of the abbreviated Nutcracker Sweets presented by Chamberlain Ballet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. A limited number of tickets for the production will be available at ChamberlainBallet.org. Additionally, Chamberlain Ballet will bring The Nutcracker story to life via photography with an exhibit featuring decades of Chamberlain The Nutcracker performances captured in photographs. The exhibit will be onsite on Level I at Galleria Dallas near Apple from Dec. 1 – 31.
Special events with Galleria’s retailers occur throughout the season. For example, the younger crowd can enjoy Breakfast with Santa on select Sundays at American Girl Boutique and Bistro. Foodies will love meeting chef Katie Dixon, alum of such shows as Masterchef and Food Network Star, when she does a special book signing at Apricot Lane on Saturday, November 21.
As always, the core of the holiday experience at Galleria Dallas is festive shoppers seeking their holiday treasures. The center’s nearly 200 retailers will be decked out to receive shoppers in traditional, albeit socially distanced, fashion and with initiatives like curbside pick-up, which allows shoppers to work with retailers via phone or internet and have merchandise delivered to their cars contact-free. Whether guests are seeking the newest dolls from American Girl, the region’s largest selection of Rolex timepieces from Bachendorf’s or dreamy designer bags from Gucci or Louis Vuitton, Galleria Dallas has the perfect gifts for everyone on the list. New Galleria Dallas doors including Lovisa and Life is Sweeter provide a unique blend of stocking stuffers and small gifts.
In recognition of the current reality, Galleria Dallas will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, so that their retailers and guests may enjoy time with their families. The center will feature extended hours during the holiday season.
Throughout the season, Galleria Dallas is bedecked in the finest holiday décor in the region. Guests will enjoy pop-up entertainment through the center every weekend and pet adoptions daily through DFW Rescue Me from Black Friday (Nov. 27) through Christmas Eve. For a full list of holiday experiences at Galleria Dallas, visit galleriadallas.com/holiday beginning November 1.
HOLIDAY AT GALLERIA DALLAS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
GALLERIA DALLAS CHRISTMAS TREE RAISING
All Levels, Center Court
The holiday begins with the traditional decoration and raising of the country’s tallest indoor Christmas tree. A crew of 50+ works round-the-clock to set up Dallas’ most iconic holiday tree in grand fashion.
Nov. 8 – Nov. 11
VISIT SANTA AT THE NORTH POLE EXPRESS AT STATION 12.24 AT GALLERIA DALLAS
Level 1, near Sephora
A must for every holiday season: Straight from the North Pole, Santa invites all families to visit him in his grandiose sleigh to hear gift requests and take photos. Visits are by appointment only and guests are encouraged to make their reservations early. Each child photographed with Santa will also receive a free ticket to visit SNOWDAY DALLAS.
Nov. 20 – Dec. 24 (Visit galleriadallas.com/santa beginning 11/1 for online reservations)
All Levels, Center Court
The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion choreographed to magical sounds of the season.
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)
Level I, near Sephora
Get in the holiday spirit at this immersive photo opportunity.
Nov. 21 – Jan. 5, center hours
Tickets available at SnowDayDallas.com. Advance purchase online required.
$22 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.
CHAMBERLAIN BALLET PRESENTS NUTCRACKER SWEETS
Nordstrom, Level 3
This abbreviated production of the Tchaikovsky classic features all of the favorite dances of the holiday ballet in a smaller production. Tickets are limited and advance purchase is required. Continue the celebration every day in December as Chamberlain Ballet displays decades of Nutcracker performances in a photo display on Level I near Apple.
Nov. 21, 9 a.m.
Tickets are limited and are available at ChamberlainBallet.org
COOKBOOK SIGNING WITH CHEF KATIE DIXON
Apricot Lane, Level 2
Television chef and personality Katie Dixon will sign copies of her new book be nourished for fans at Apricot Lane.
November 21, time TBD
GRAND TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION, BENEFITING DALLAS CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER
All Levels, Center Court
This charity fundraiser features celebrity skaters, holiday characters, and students from the Galleria Dallas Skate School, who introduce the lighting of the country’s tallest indoor tree.
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are limited and will be available at DCAC.org after November 1, 2020
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT AMERICAN GIRL™
Celebrate the season with your special girl! Start the merriment with a delicious continental breakfast at American Girl. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online at AmericanGirl.com
Dec. 6, 13 & 20 at 9 a.m.
DFW RESCUE ME PET ADOPTIONS
Stop by to meet adoptable dogs from DFW rescue Me and maybe you can take home a new best friend!
Nov. 27 – Dec. 24, Noon – 6 p.m. daily
Level 1, near Banana Republic
Level 1, near Sephora
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. Visits are limited and by appointment only. See galleriadallas.com/holiday for reservation information.
November 29, 8-11 a.m.
SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE
Level 1, North of Center Court
Adopt an angel through the Salvation Army Angel Tree this holiday season and help others in need. Galleria Dallas will hold a socially distanced, drive-through drop off December 4-5.
Adoption Dates – Nov. 6 – Dec. 4
Level I near Center Court
Drive-Through Drop Off Dates December 4-5, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Driveway near Grand Lux Café
HANUKKAH MENORAH LIGHTING
Level 1, near the Guest Reception Center
Celebrate Hanukkah with our large-scale Menorah as we light a candle every evening at 6 p.m.