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!
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 2021!
Virtual Visits With Santa
Per the Northpark Center’s website:
NorthPark is excited to partner with Children’s Health for the second year to present A Season of Giving, which includes the donation of all funds raised from virtual visits with NorthPark’s renowned Santa of 33 years. This holiday season, children and families will again have the chance to see and speak virtually with NorthPark’s Santa with a donation to Children’s Health beginning at $25. Each virtual visit takes place via a secure link and includes a private conversation with Santa live from his cozy home at the North Pole along with a shareable, commemorative photo and video.
Appointment time slots will be released online in weekly increments on Sundays at 12PM. Book your visit here.
Sunday, November 21 for the week of Friday, November 26 – Sunday, December 5
Sunday, December 5 for the week of Monday, December 6 – Sunday, December 12
Sunday, December 12 for the week of Monday, December 13 – Sunday, December 19
Sunday, December 19 for Monday, December 20 – Thursday, December 23
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 5th.
Make the holiday season a memorable one for those in need by giving presents, clothing, and necessities through The Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose an Angel by December 3 and drop off your unwrapped gifts at The Salvation Army mobile truck parked in the northeast parking lot at NorthPark on December 3 and 4. The Salvation Army will deliver your gifts in time for Christmas.
Learn more about The Angel Tree at ntxangeltree.org.
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
- Level 1 Outside Macy’s
Another NorthPark Center Event that includes giving back to the Dallas community is The Trains at NorthPark™ benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
All aboard The Trains at NorthPark™! The Trains benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and have been a NorthPark tradition for 23 years. The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark™ features trains rolling along 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America.
The Trains are open Monday-Saturday, 10AM-9PM, and Sunday, 12-6PM, and will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Special Hours — Thanksgiving Eve: 10AM-6PM, Christmas Eve: 10AM-4PM, New Year’s Eve: 10AM-4PM, New Year’s Day: 11AM-6PM.
Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the ticket window. To make a donation, please visit rhmdallas.org.
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.
NorthPark Center Events for Little Elves
The Twelve Days of Christmas Clock: November 26, 2021-December 24, 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.
The Candy Santa and Pecan Reindeer
November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022
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’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.
Scrooge performs every hour on the half hour, Monday-Saturday, 11:30AM-8:30PM, and Sunday, 12:30-5:30PM.
NorthPark Center Opportunities for Fine Arts Entertainment
The sounds of the season fill the air at NorthPark 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.
Wednesday, December 1
12:30PM — Curtis Middle School Orchestra (NorthCourt)
Thursday, December 2
10:45AM — Highland Park Middle School Choir (NorthCourt)
11:45AM — MacArthur High School Choir (NorthCourt)
Friday, December 3
10:45AM — Highland Park Middle School Choir (NorthCourt)
11AM — Poteet High School Varsity Choir (Dillard’s Court)
12PM — Lancaster High School Choir (NorthCourt)
12PM — Hockaday Upper School Choir (Dillard’s Court)
1PM — Clark High School “Celebration” Choir (NorthCourt)
3PM — Richardson High School Choir (Dillard’s Court)
4PM — Coppell High School Choirs (Dillard’s Court)
5PM — Horn High School Girls A Cappella Choir (Dillard’s Court)
7PM — New Texas Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 4
11AM — Preston Center Dance “Broadway Bound” (Dillard’s Court)
12PM — Booker T. Washington Dance Department (NorthCourt)
12PM — Lakehill Preparatory School Choirs (Dillard’s Court)
1PM — Berkner High School “Encore” Choir (Dillard’s Court)
1:15PM — Chamberlain Ballet (NorthCourt)
2PM — North Dallas Trombone Choir (Dillard’s Court)
3PM — Woodrow Wilson High School Chamber Choir (Dillard’s Court)
4PM — Woodrow Wilson High School Variations (Dillard’s Court)
4:30PM — Dallas Black Dance Theatre Performance Ensemble (NorthCourt)
5PM — Woodrow Wilson High School Bella Voce (Dillard’s Court)
I hope your Holiday season is Merry and Bright!
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Love all these events at NP! Thanks for keeping me in the loop!
Thank you friend! I love the many ways Northpark makes the Holidays so special!!!!
I remember the clock and Scrooge -giving me flashbacks!
Love that some of our childhood memories are being preserved by NorthPark Center!!!!
North Park is the place to go! Santa is on his game there and the decorations are wonderful. do they still have the flying reindeer from our childhood??
They reindeer will be there! I walk at North Park when it gets cold outside, and early in the morning it’s fun to see how they set up all the decorations!!!
Mary, Do you know what the age limits are for the gingerbread house making? And is it something you purchase tickets for prior to is a show up whenever type thing?
Good questions! The $15 fee is per CHILD, so assuming this is not for adults. The Press Release from North Park Center had no information about making a reservation. So I’d guess it’s a first-come, first-served situation.