Things to Do in Winter

Chilly winter can make you want to hunker down on the couch for the season, but fortunately, there are lots of fun things to do to keep boredom at bay. Winter sports such as skiing, tubing and ice skating are all great ways to enjoy the elements. If you’d rather be indoors, try a romantic date night such as a cooking class, a weekend spa getaway or a cozy dinner with wine by the fire. The kids will love visiting an indoor water park, and the whole family can enjoy a day at the museum.

  1. Grapevine Vintage Railroad


     Grapevine Vintage Railroad - Experience the magic of Christmas onboard Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express. 



  2. Children's Health StarCenter | McKinney


    Children's Health StarCenter hosts a variety of ice skating and hockey activities throughout the year. First-time skaters find a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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    Ice Skating at Galleria Dallas


    Is there anything more festive than ice skating around a massive Christmas tree while listening to holiday music and watching holiday shoppers pass by? We think not!


  4. Local Yocal


    Classes in Steak 101 by Texas' best butcher, Matt Hamilton. Learn everything you need to know about steaks!

  5. Nasher Sculpture Center


    Home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world and features more than 300 masterpieces.

  6. The Palace Arts Center


    December is filled with winter entertainment at the Palace Arts Center. Enjoy weekly holiday classic movies and live shows.

  7. Red Gate Inn


    Take a well-deserved break at the end of the year at a wonderful, relaxing B&B that will take you away from everyday stress.

  8. Food Tours Of America


    Rated as the top Food & Drink activity in Dallas on Tripadvisor, we recommend you come hungry!

  9. Gaylord Texan Resort


    The Gaylord Texan resort each year offers outstanding events, including a movie, "Mission: Save Christmas, Featuring Elf" or build a snowman at Merry & Light.

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    Kids' Christmas Bird Count at LLELA Nature Preserve


    Participate in LLELA’s version of the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science project in the world.

  11. Perot Museum of Nature and Science


    A museum where families can learn together and individuals can take a break from their daily routines to ponder the vast mysteries of science.

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    Camping at Twin Coves Park and Campground


    Enjoy a cozy campout this winter at Twin Coves. The park offers charming cabins for the perfect post-holiday retreat.

  13. Shopping at Highland Park Village


     From revered fashion and lifestyle boutiques to exquisite dining and impeccable service, Highland Park Village offers an unprecedented luxury experience in a historic open-air setting.


  14. Victorian Christmas Tours at Nash Farm


    Step back in time to the late 1800s and experience traditional Christmas on the farm and enjoy a campfire with cider and cookies. 

  15. Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark


    The newest water park in the area is also the only public indoor water park in DFW. You can enjoy it rain or shine throughout the year.

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    Indoor Water Fun at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine


    What could be more fun than a waterpark in the middle of winter? An indoor waterpark in the middle of winter!


  17. Frontiers Of Flight Museum


    To educate, motivate, and inspire all ages in North Texas by presenting aviation and space flight history and innovation through our comprehensive exhibits, collections, programming 


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    Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden


    Stroll the garden to see the 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. In the evenings, the garden comes aglow with more than one million lights.

  19. Oso Climbing Gyms


     Climb, work out, and hang out at the top-rated indoor rock climbing gym in Dallas. From first timers to experienced climbers, Oso Climbing Gyms has something for everyone

    OSO Climbing Gyms - 1330 Conant St Dallas, TX 

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    Art in the Garden, Fort Worth Botanic Garden


    Enjoy Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s Art in the Garden at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4. The hour-long tour focuses on works in the outdoor sculpture garden.

  21. George W. Bush Presidential Center


    The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is open for viewing the Special Exhibit;  Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants. 

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    Fredericksburg New Year’s Eve Weekend and Hot Air Balloon Festival


    Spend New Year’s Eve surrounded by colorful hot air balloons in the heart of Texas Hill Country. The event will include food, live music, games and more.

  23. Scardello


    Wine and cheese classes at Scardello Artisan Cheese.  The cheese classes are delicious, fun and informative. 

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    Holidays at the Heard Natural Science Museum And Wildlife Sanctuary


    Holidays at the Heard  will be Dec. 17-18. The event brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Enjoy holiday décor and the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit.