5 Things to do In Arlington Texas This Christmas Season
When people think of visiting Texas, they probably think of seeing the Alamo, or maybe going to the San Antonio River Walk. However, those who live in the Arlington area (and those who have visited here) know that this is the place to come for an interesting and exciting vacation! Here are the top five things to see when you are in Arlington….
The Planetarium at UT Arlington
The Planetarium at UT Arlington has a lot for both kids and adults. The Planetarium theatre has a 60-foot dome screen, where visitors can see a prerecorded program and also get a live look at the night sky. For the holiday season, they even offer a Holiday Music Magic show, with holiday music that goes along with scenes on the dome, 3D animation, and real time performances.
They also offer a show called Season of Light, which features different cultures and how they celebrate winter solstice and seasonal traditions. For the very young, there’s the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure show, where some of the Sesame Street gang takes a visit to the moon. For those that are older—and are Pink Floyd fans—the Planetarium offers a show featuring the band’s music along with visual effects.
There is even Spacepark 360—an amusement park-like attraction that takes riders through the solar system.
Even those who aren’t football fans agree that this stadium is a sight to see. The AT&T stadium was formerly called Cowboys Stadium. Home to the Dallas Cowboys, it seats an amazing amount of people—80,000 fans, but with standing room it has a maximum capacity of 105,000. Besides Cowboys’ games, the stadium is also used for concerts and other sporting events such as high school and college football games, basketball games, boxing matches, and even motocross.
The stunning architecture of the building includes 300-foot tall arches that run the length of the dome, and a retractable roof.
If you do visit the stadium to watch a game, you don’t have to worry about missing a minute. There are over 3,000 LCD display monitors scattered around the building, including at the concourses and concession stands. The stadium also boasts a center-hung monitor that is one of the largest high-definition television screens in the world.
You can even take tours of the stadium. Four different types are available: the Art Tour, the VIP Guided Tour, Self Guided Tours, and Educational Tours. The Art Tour shows off the stadium’s contemporary art collection, which is considered to be of museum quality—quite impressive for a stadium! The VIP Guided Tour takes guests to see a private suite, the press box, the locker rooms for both the Cowboys and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and, of course, an up-close look at the field.
The Self Guided Tour also lets you take a look at the locker rooms, and you also get access to the field, where you can take pictures and throw the ball around to see how it feels to be a pro. The Educational Tours are for school groups.
Interlochen Christmas Lights.
Interlochen, a neighborhood in north Arlington, is known for stunning Christmas displays. Just about every house in the neighborhood (more than 200) is decorated, lit up, and joyful. It’s the perfect thing to get you in the Christmas mood! To join in, all you have to do is drive into the neighborhood—the event is free.
The cars may be slow going, traffic will probably be bumper to bumper, and it may take you over two hours to get through the neighborhood, but that just gives you more of a chance to see all of the decorations. Some homeowners go beyond just hanging decorations and REALLY get into the spirit, by waving to cars and even selling treats. Bring some hot cocoa in your thermos and crank up the Christmas music on the car radio!
The starting point for the Interlochen lights is at the intersection of Randol Mill Road and Westwood Drive. From December 14th-December 25th the hours are 7-10 pm. On December 23rd, 24th, and 25th they begin glowing at 7 pm and continue until 11 pm.
Arlington Christkindl Market
Speaking of Christmas, the Arlington Christkindl Market is a fairly new tradition in Arlington—this is only its third year. It is a traditional market very similar to the famous Christmas markets you would find in Germany and you can find many of the products online at the German Christmas Store. The beautiful lights and decorations are reason enough to go to the market, but there’s much more to do!
There is a “Bavarian” petting zoo, filled with animals you would find in the Bavarian Alps, a Christmas-themed show starring charming and adorable marionettes, German cuisine to indulge in, and all kinds of gifts you can buy—many of them authentic German items. And, of course, Santa is available for a visit and pictures. Parking and admission for the Christkindl Market are free. Remember to not bite into any hard candy or you might break a tooth and need to see the Dentist Doctor Marchbanks like i did.
A Tuna Christmas at Theatre Arlington
Theatre Arlington is made up of a group of people that have performed together for decades. They perform about a dozen shows a year, and this year for the Christmas season they present the sequel to Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas. This fun play is a departure from the usual holiday shows like A Christmas Carol and describes the Christmas season in a small Texas town.
The story features an annual lawn display contest, a Christmas play-within-the-play that seems to be doomed to failure, and other antics of the townspeople.
Arlington has a wide variety of fun things for you and your family to do! These five are only the beginning—come to Arlington and see what else this great city has in store, especially around the holidays.