Happy Holidays Dallas friends!  The Season of Jolliness is in high gear, and there’s so many fun opportunities to embrace the joy of the season!  NorthPark Center in Dallas is so much more than a place to shop!  In this post, I shared with y’all the amazing art collection on display, and today, I’m highlighting some of the exciting Holiday activities NorthPark Center has planned!

First Published: November 19, 2018 Last Updated: November 18, 2020

NorthPark Center Events


NorthPark Center is the preeminent shopping center and finest shopping experience in the Southwest with more than 230 stores and restaurants, including more than 60 market exclusives. It is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s.  NorthPark offers an unparalleled collection of luxury boutiques set amid internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art, award-winning architecture and extraordinary landscaping — as well as a 1.4-acre garden, CenterPark, and a state-of-the-art movie theatre, AMC NorthPark 15.

I look forward to NorthPark Center’s Events for the Holiday Season every year!  Typically we think of shopping malls as a place to shop for everyone on our Holiday Shopping List.  But I love that NorthPark Center provides many opportunities to give back to the Dallas Community, while also enjoying this Joyful Season.  Here’s a run-down of the highlights for 2020!


Virtual Visits With Santa


Per the Northpark Center’s website, “this holiday season, in lieu of in-person visits and photos with Santa Claus at NorthPark Center, children and families will have the unique opportunity to see and speak virtually with NorthPark’s renowned Santa beginning at $24.95, benefiting Children’s Health.

Virtual visits with NorthPark’s Santa will take place in real time Friday, November 27 – Wednesday, December 23, 2020, by advanced registration. Bookings will open Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 12PM CST on the Northpark Center website. Additional time slots will be released online in weekly increments on Sundays at 12PM CST on November 29, December 6, December 13, and December 20. Since total available time slots are limited in number and space becomes a premium closer to Christmas, booking earlier in the season is highly recommended.

Once a date and time slot is reserved online, guests will receive a confirmation email with a secure link to access their virtual visit. Each visit will include a private conversation with Santa live from his cozy home at the North Pole, along with a shareable commemorative photo and video. Grandparents and other cherished loved ones can also join in the magical experience, no matter where they are in the world.

100% of proceeds will benefit Children’s Health to advance medical research for pediatric illnesses, enhance patient care, and improve health and wellness for children in our community. Through this partnership, NorthPark‘s Santa will also be making special virtual visits to children receiving in-patient care at Children’s during the holiday season.”



Planters filled with red poinsettias and small green pine trees

PC: NorthPark Center



Salvation Army Angel Tree wish lists hanging from a Christmas Tree

PC: NorthPark Center



NorthPark Center’s Opportunities for Giving Back


While most of us are at the mall, checking things off our shopping list, there’s also an opportunity to give back to the Dallas community.  The Salvation Army Angel Tree, located on Level 1 outside Macy’s, is open for Angel Adoptions now through December 4th.  Choose an Angel by December 4th and drop off your unwrapped gifts at The Salvation Army mobile truck, parked in the northeast parking lot at NorthPark, on December 4 and 5, and the Salvation Army will deliver in time for Christmas.

And of course, silver bells are ringing at NorthPark Center through Christmas Eve, to encourage visitors to donate their spare change through the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, which raises crucial funds for year-round programs at more than a dozen Salvation Army centers in North Texas.


Salvation Army Angel Tree Hours and Location

  • November 6-December 4, 2020
  • Level 1 Outside Macy’s




a little blonde haired boy leaning over a railing looking at a toy train

PC: NorthPark Center


Another NorthPark Center Event that includes giving back to the Dallas community is The Trains at NorthPark™ benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Now open until January 5, 2020, located at Level Two between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.  The Trains at NorthPark™, presented by Bank of Texas, has been a NorthPark Center tradition for 20 years. The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark™ features trains rolling across 1,800 feet of track on a journey across America.

Cityscapes include New York City’s Time Square and Grand Central Station, The White House, New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Albuquerque’s hot air balloons and, of course, Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, The State Fair of Texas, The Cotton Bowl, Nasher Sculpture Center, The Perot Museum and Southern Methodist University.


The Trains at NorthPark™ Hours and Location

  • November 14, 2020 – January 3, 2021
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10AM-9PM. Sunday, 12-6PM.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Click HERE.
  • Level Two between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom



NorthPark Center Events for Little Elves


a three-story wooden Christmas Clock

PC: NorthPark Center


The Twelve Days of Christmas Clock:  November 27, 2020-January 4, 2021 | Level One near Dillard’s  Sing along to one of the most famous Christmas carols while familiar characters pop in and out of The Twelve Days of Christmas Clock. This 28-foot music box originally made its debut in 1979 and was on view until 2006. Designed and handcrafted for NorthPark by Bill Reed, it was inspired by historic animated clock towers in Europe, such as the Rathaus-Glockenspiel in Munich. After careful renovation, the clock made its anticipated return back to NorthPark last year. Hours: Daily, approximately every 15 minutes.



a candy Santa and reindeer at NorthPark Center

PC: NorthPark Center


The Candy Santa and Pecan Reindeer
November 27, 2020 – January 4, 2021
Level One near Neiman Marcus

Flying high over Neiman Marcus Fountain Court, the vintage Candy Santa and Pecan Reindeer installation has been a special part of NorthPark’s holiday tradition since 1965. The handcrafted display, consisting of real pecans, almonds, red and black licorice, marshmallows, sour cherries, raisins, and other candies, portrays Santa and his reindeer on their way to delivery presents to children all over the world.



NorthPark Center Opportunities for Fine Arts Entertainment


Dallas Symphony Orchestra Mobile Concert
December 3 at 6PM, December 4 at 6PM, and December 6 at 4PM
Neiman Marcus Garden

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra takes its talents on the road with The Concert Truck, a mobile venue for classical music. Enjoy free holiday-themed performances by DSO chamber groups outdoors at NorthPark. The mobile venue is outfitted with a stage so that audience members can stand or sit at a safe distance.


I hope your Holiday season is Merry and Bright!







Woman in Blue Dress with Straw hat with a graphic overlay


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