Happy holidays, friends! If you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day with family and friends. I’m sharing a special Dallas holiday tour today. It’s filled with some of my favorite decorations from around downtown Dallas!
I loved doing my annual New York holiday tour post filled with the gorgeous decorations on Fifth Avenue. Since we’ve moved away from NYC, that’s obviously not happening this year though!
Although perhaps not quite as exciting, downtown Dallas has some pretty decorations, too. So I thought not why not give you a little Dallas holiday tour? Let’s get started.
I live in downtown Dallas, and our building is one of four buildings managed by the same company. They throw parties for the residents occasionally, and the holiday party was held on the rooftop of one of the buildings.
The views from this building are pretty amazing, and the weather was in the mid-70’s, so it was pretty nice hanging out up there. Don’t feel too jealous about the weather though, because it dropped down to 15 degrees later in the day!
My husband and I at the rooftop party.
There’s a good view of Main Street Garden from the roof, and that’s where we are heading next!
There’s a cute stage set up where you can take holiday pictures in Main Street Garden. This is the entrance.
And here’s the view from the front! We still need to get our picture here … maybe today is the day!
At the other end of the park is a towering Christmas tree.
AT&T is based in Dallas, and the area in front of their building is really pretty. These giant balls are everywhere in Dallas this year … you’ll be seeing more soon!
A closer look at the tree …
The building also had a pair of nutcrackers out front.
Later that day, we went to see Rogue One at the Alamo Drafthouse. I loved how their lobby was decorated.
We also took a quick trip through The Crescent (below), which is a shopping area, later that day. Everything was closed and it was 15 degrees by that point, so we didn’t really linger. Brr…
The day I took most of my pictures, I stopped into Starbucks for a festive drink. It’s located in the Fairmont Hotel, and I loved this pretty view into the lobby.
A nearby office building decorated with a pair of toy soldiers …
One of my favorite spots in Dallas is Klyde Warren Park, which is built over a freeway. The tree was huge.
This is another view from the park, looking toward downtown … told you that you’d see lots of those balls! If you look closely, you can see the McKinney Avenue Trolley, which does a loop through downtown and Uptown, a nearby neighborhood.
I love the classic decorations on this church.
And a message worth embracing this holiday season and into the new year …
The building below is a post office that been partially converted into residences.
If you wander around downtown Dallas, you’ll spot the pegasus everywhere. It was the logo of the Magnolia Oil Company, and the original one still flies over the Magnolia Building downtown.
This giant spinning one below is located by the Omni Hotel. It makes a great photo opp if you are visiting Dallas!
Dallas has an underground pedestrian network of tunnels that connects buildings. If you’ve ever walked around downtown Dallas, you many have noticed there is not a lot of foot traffic (at least during the week). Part of the reason is this underground network.
The tunnels, which I haven’t explored too much, are filled with shops and restaurants and connect the different buildings in downtown.
Another tree located downtown …
Belo Garden Park is another downtown park, and there is a lighted butterfly exhibition there right now. It looks really pretty at night.
These #DallasBig letters are located throughout downtown Dallas … you’re supposed to stand in the middle to form the “I”. They’re decorated with a holiday theme right now.
In Pegasus Plaza, another downtown park, is a really funky tree … see the car in there?
Another view of Pegasus Plaza with holiday lights. It’s hard to see during the day, but there are lights hanging from the trees, too. It’s really pretty at night.
During the holiday season, there was a Dallas Wanderland event with a number of pop up shops to buy gifts and other events. It was closed the day I took this picture, but it was a fun way to do a little holiday shopping.
The Joule Hotel is decorated with giant stars.
This chapel is always really pretty to pass by with it giant mosaic mural and trees for the holidays.
There isn’t a lot of retail in downtown Dallas, but the Neiman Marcus flagship store is located here. Isn’t this tree pretty? Their Santa is very popular, and he takes photos in front of the tree.
Their windows are decorated with a pretty holiday theme.
They also have one window with a live performance from Lightwire Theater every night set to the tunes of Mannheim Steamroller. I could hear this music from my apartment every night, so it’s been my holiday theme … ha ha.
The inside of Neiman Marcus is also really pretty!
Not the greatest picture, but the outside of Neiman Marcus has these giant trees made of lights that are gorgeous at night.
Another church with pretty candle banners …
The Dallas Farmers Market is one of my favorite downtown spots … great for getting gifts and a delicious meal.
Here’s a view of downtown from Ruibal’s, a nursery right by the Farmers Market. Can you spot more of those giant balls hanging from their building?
And finally, one of the more unique events I’ve attended this holiday season … a tuba concert! There were over 200 tubas playing holiday music. It was really fun, but unfortunately it started raining shortly after the start, so we didn’t stay too long.
I hope you enjoyed my downtown Dallas holiday tour!
Does your hometown have beautiful holiday decorations, too?