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What to Do in Dallas November 2016

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Last night may have been Halloween but today is the first day of November and that means holiday season is here! Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, the weather is hopefully getting cooler in Texas and I have some fun festivals, markets and tours that you need to check out in November.  Here is the best of What to Do In Dallas in November.

FESTIVALS

The State Fair of Texas might be over but you can still experience food vendors, a beer garden and live music at Festival at the Switchyard in Historic Downtown Carrollton. November 5th – FREE admission and kid friendly.

North Texas Beer Week  celebrates all the local craft beer breweries in the DFW area and runs from November 11 – 20th. Events are held at breweries, taprooms, restaurants and pubs in Dallas and Fort Worth. Take advantage of the tap takeovers and brewery celebrations to try out a few new brews and support the local brewing scene.  The week culminates with the annual Brewer’s Ball on Friday, November 18th, but tickets sell out so get yours soon!

Speaking of craft beer… What do you get when you combine 100 breweries, 400 craft beers and live music? One of my favorite festivals around, the Untapped Festival. This year the festival will be held at Fair Park and I highly recommend you purchase tickets ASAP. November 12th – local brews, local music, live music.

Over 90,000 pumpkins and gourds is a sight to see during Autumn at the Arboretum. Voted one of the “16 Most Beautiful Public Gardens to Visit in the Fall” by House Beautiful and described as one of the “South’s best holiday experiences” by Southern Living Magazine. Through November 23rd – family friendly.

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HOLIDAY THEMED EVENTS

November is when I start my Christmas shopping, so this year I am excited to attend the Chi Omega Christmas Market, which runs from November 16-19th at Centennial Hall at Fair Park. This local fundraiser and market showcases over 180 merchant, including holiday decor, women’s clothing and accessories, home accents, children’s clothing and toys, food gifts, and more. The first Chi Omega Christmas Market was held in 1978, and has grown so large that it now contributes over $250,000 annually to local DFW charities. So your shopping money is going to a good cause!!

Speaking of Christmas, Prairie Lights kick off on November 24th. The premier holiday lights destination in Texas, Prarie Lights is a dazzling light show in Grand Prarie, TX.  You drive through 2 miles of lights, decorations and tunnels, with a stop at the Holiday Village along the way. In the Holiday Village, you can take a picture with Santa, shop for gifts, sip hot chocolate and snack on sweet kettle corn. Santa will be at the Holiday Village through December 23rd, then he heads for the North Pole to pack up his sleigh for Christmas.

If you are looking for a fun date night without the kids, I highly recommend the Christmas Lights Chocolate and Sips Tour. Dallas by Chocolate offers the Christmas light tours from November 25th – December 30th.  Most tours start with a delicious dessert, then you board a private bus to tour the lights. The bus will take you to see beautifully decorated locations like the Park Cities and (on some tours) the Vitruvian Lights in Addison, downtown Dallas, or Lake Highlands, all while sipping hot cider or hot chocolate. (You are also welcome to bring your own drinks on the bus.) Multiple dates are available, but these tours also sell out.

Last year was our first time to visit the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington and it is a quant, outdoor German style outdoor market. Discover authentic German food, handcrafted gifts, live entertainment and children’s activities. Open daily from 12:00 – 8:00 PM (10:00 AM – 8:00 PM on weekends) from November 25 through December 23rd.