“The live oaks and evergreen shrubs help keep Dallas from looking too stark and wintry over the chillier months, and temperatures usually hover between 55 and 70 degrees. The main characteristic of winter weather in Dallas is its unpredictability—so pack shorts and something warm in case there’s a light snowfall.” Dallas When To Go and Weather

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For those who plan to stay overnight, please make your own plans and reservations. You will find a list of suggested hotels HERE.

As you know, this is the holiday season. You will be staying in one of the busiest shopping areas of North Dallas. Please feel free to complete your holiday shopping but plan accordingly. Traffic will be harsh and restaurants will be full.

The Trains at NorthPark Center The Exhibit: (approx. 21 miles away)

The Trains at NorthPark Center is the most elaborate toy holiday train exhibit in Texas, with locomotives whizzing on a journey across America, past Dallas’ skyline, New York City, San Francisco, New England and Washington, D.C. For the 12th year, the attraction will again be at NorthPark Center Level Two near Barneys New York (near Nordstrom). NorthPark Center is located at North Central Expressway at Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.
Dates and Hours: The Trains at NorthPark will roll from November 19, 2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012.
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
New Features: New this year at the exhibit is a Lionel store selling train sets, collectibles, t-shirts and gifts, with part of the proceeds being donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
Admission: The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children (ages 2 to 12) and senior citizens (65 and older). Children under 2 are admitted free. Discount tickets are available at Tom Thumb ($1 off regular admission).
Interesting Facts:
  • Approximately 1,600 feet of track.
  • 20 loops of 3 rail O gauge track.
  • 4 trolley car tracks.
  • 24 Lionel train sets hauling more than 100 rolling cars and pieces.
  • More than 800 square feet of train layout area with scenes depicting downtown Dallas, the Cotton Bowl and State Fair, New York City, Washington D.C., New England, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, Santa's North pole, San Francisco and various cross country highlights.
  • Hundreds of buildings, dozens of animated accessories, thousands of figures. The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, water towers and baggage cart, ticket booth and train station.


ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Merry Madagascar (approx. 21 miles away)

Gaylord Texan's popular ICE! winter holiday attraction returns with an all-new, hilarious theme: ICE! featuring DreamWorks' Merry Madagascar. From November 9, 2012 to January 1, 2013, the DreamWorks animated holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and 20-feet tall ice slides carved entirely from TWO MILLION pounds of ice. Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar. ICE! is hand carved by 40 artisans from Harbin China who will be arriving in early fall. They are very excited to be working with our new Merry Madagascar theme, and so are we!