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 5, 2019

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 2019!


Planters filled with red poinsettias and small green pine trees

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Salvation Army Angel Tree wish lists hanging from a Christmas Tree

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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 6th.  Choose an Angel by December 6th and drop off your gift by December 6th, 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

  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10AM-9PM. Sunday, 12-6PM.
  • Level 1 Outside Macy’s



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

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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

  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10AM-9PM. Sunday, 11AM-7PM.
  • Thanksgiving Day, closed.
  • Christmas Eve, 9AM-4PM
  • Christmas Day, closed.
  • New Year’s Eve, 10AM-4PM
  • New Year’s Day, 11AM-6PM
  • Level Two between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom



a child decorating a ginger bread man with candy and red icing

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A third NorthPark Center Event that supports the Dallas Community is Camp Gingerbread!

The holidays are sweet at Camp Gingerbread, where little ones can decorate gingerbread cookies with their favorite sugary delights, including frosting, nuts, dried fruit, candies and sprinkles. Proceeds benefit Shared Housing, a non-profit organization that facilitates affordable housing options for those in need. Cost is $15 per child. Hours: Saturday, 10AM-5PM. Sunday, 12-4:30PM.


Camp Gingerbread Dates and Location

  • Saturday, December 7th 10:00 AM-5 PM
  • Sunday, December 8th  12:00 PM-4:30PM
  • Located at Level 1 near Macy’s



a little boy in a navy sweater and grey hat looking up at Santa



Breakfast with Santa


The Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Dallas is proud to host their holiday tradition, the Breakfast with Santa Spectacular, at NorthPark Center. Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends while enjoying a morning full of spectacular holiday cheer! Festivities include a catered breakfast and photographs with Santa.  There will also be holiday performances featuring dancers, carolers and excerpts from “The Nutcracker,” face painting, balloon artists, additional photo opportunities with special characters, a live snow globe, and much more. Tickets start at $85 and are available at give.childrens.com.  Pretty sure having Breakfast with Santa is bound to be a jolly time!!!


Breakfast with Santa Date and Location

  • Sunday, December 8
  • 10 AM – 12 PM
  • NorthCourt, CenterPark Garden, and Level Two in the NorthPark Cafés



Baked goods wrapped in cellophane and tied with red ribbons

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Finally, the Holidays are a critical time for many families who are facing chronic hunger and food insecurity.

Join NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Prodigal Projects. Presented by the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Chefs Association, dozens of premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies provide an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies available for purchase. 


NorthPark Center Bake Sale Details

  • Saturday, December 21, 2019, 10AM-7PM
  • Level One between Macy’s and Dillard’s and Level Two between Nordstrom and Macy’s


children and parents sitting on the floor of a shopping mall enjoying Story Time with Santa

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NorthPark Center Events for Little Elves


Story Time with Santa:  November 29-December 24, 2019 | Level One in Macy’s Court  Gather around Santa’s picture-book cottage to hear stories about the North Pole. Santa has been telling tales at NorthPark Center for 30 years, and we invite you to make it a part of your family’s holiday tradition. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:30AM. Sunday, 12PM. No story time on Christmas Eve.


Visits and Portraits with Santa Claus:  November 29-December 24, 2019 | Level One in Macy’s Court  Capture memories of a lifetime with one-on-one visits and portraits with Santa Claus. Children feel right at home in Santa Claus’ cozy living room with a fireplace, holiday tree, and comfy leather armchair. Take photos with your own camera or purchase professional portraits by Marc Robins Photography. Tickets are available starting at 9AM, Monday-Saturday, and 10AM on Sunday. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11AM-2PM, 2:30-5PM, and 5:30-7PM. Sunday, 12:30-3PM and 3:30-5PM. Christmas Eve, 10AM-2PM.


a three-story wooden Christmas Clock

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Clock:  November 29, 2019-January 1, 2020 | 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 Puppet Show with a grey haired puppet looking out of a door

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Scrooge Puppet Theatre:  November 29-December 24, 2019 | Level One in EastCourt, near Dillard’s  NorthPark Center’s whimsical Scrooge Puppet Theatre has been a holiday tradition for four decades. Charles Dickens’ famous character creates a funny scene through the magic of puppetry. Children of all ages giggle with delight as everyone’s favorite despicable holiday character emerges from his cottage.  Come back time and again for this improvisational performance and be sure to catch the final show on Christmas Eve, when Scrooge is finally filled with the holiday spirit. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:30AM-8:30PM. Sunday, 12:30PM-6:30PM. Christmas Eve, 10:30AM-3:30PM. Shows start at the bottom of every hour.


NorthPark Center Scrooge

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three ballerinas in light pink tutus posing in a shopping mall

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NorthPark Center Opportunities for Fine Arts Entertainment


Sights and Sounds of the Season Performances: November 27 – December 21, 2018 | Dillard’s Court and NorthCourt  The sounds of the season fill the air at NorthPark Center as performance groups take the stage in celebration of the holidays. Catch your favorite school, church, synagogue, community or professional group throughout the holiday season.  For a complete schedule, visit NorthPark Center’s Web Site


Sights and Sounds of the Season Performances:  November 23-December 22, 2019 | Dillard’s Court and NorthCourt  The sounds of the season fill the air at NorthPark Center as performance groups take the stage in celebration of the holidays. Catch your favorite school, church, synagogue, community or professional group throughout the holiday season.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert:  Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7PM | NorthCourt  Celebrate the season with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at NorthPark Center. Expect all of your holiday favorites and special sing-alongs for the whole family. This free concert takes place in NorthCourt, on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s. Food and drink will be available for purchase from NorthPark restaurants.


I hope your Holiday season is Merry and Bright!







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