Kick off the holiday season with holly jolly fun and fireworks at MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday on Saturday, November 26, from 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Fair Park. Free and open to the public, Fair Park Holiday will feature crafts at Santa’s Workshop, free or reduced admission to Fair Park’s participating museums (at select times), shopping at the Holiday Gift Market, “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, the official City of Dallas tree-lighting ceremony, plus a glorious fireworks finale over the Esplanade Fountain sponsored by Gold Metal Recyclers.
Take the kids to Santa’s Workshop sponsored by Action Metals for hands-on fun including dozens of free crafts and activities, live family-fun entertainment, pictures with Santa and much more at the Centennial Building. (Please note: Santa will be on site for free visits from noon – 5:30 p.m. Photos are $5, or bring a camera for free snapshots.) While inside, head to the Holiday Gift Market and find an assortment of quality merchandise, holiday décor, fun finds and tasty treats to satisfy anyone’s gift-buying needs and budgets while enjoying a variety of holiday entertainment.
Outside, marvel at the beautiful Bellagio-style “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain choreographed to popular classics and holiday music including Deck the Halls, Joy to the World, Carol of the Bells and Jingle Bells. (“Dancing water” shows will run at the top of every hour from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Stroll around Fair Park and soak up all the splendor and art the historic gem has to offer. Plus enjoy free or reduced admission to Fair Park’s museums (at varying times) including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Hall of State, Museum of Nature & Science, Texas Museum of Automotive History and Texas Discovery Gardens. (Note: Free or reduced admission does not apply to special exhibits, IMAX® films and other offerings. See museum schedule below.)
At 5:15 p.m., the Dallas Wind Symphony Tuba Quartet will perform a concert at the end of the Esplanade Fountain (near the DART train stop). The Ervay Cedar Baptist Church Gospel Choir will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., the City of Dallas tree-lighting ceremony will get underway followed by a “dancing water” show and a spectacular fireworks finale synchronized to holiday music. Thousands of sparkling LED lights surrounding the Esplanade Fountain will be lit throughout the holiday season.
Holiday concessions will be sold such as pizza, chili, hot dogs, corny dogs, Frito® pie, turtle cheesecake on a stick, charros, hot chocolate, apple cider, cookies and more. Plus Allan Weiss’ Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack (which won “Best Taste” at the State Fair of Texas this year) will also be available.
MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday is hosted by Friends of Fair Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In addition to MetroPCS, sponsors are Action Metals, Baylor Health Care System, Gold Metal Recyclers, The Kroger Co., Statewide Remodeling and Silverleaf Resorts. Local media partners are WFAA, Univision 23, Al Dia, The Greensheet, K104-FM, Smooth R&B 105.7, 98.7 KLUV, 103.7 Lite FM, 1270 AM La Voz del Pueblo, Recuerdo 107.1 y 107.9 FM and 1540 AM ESPN Deportes.
Admission is free. Parking is available at Gates 2, 5 and 6. The City of Dallas charges $10 to park within the gates of Fair Park, or visitors can ride DART’s Green Line to the Fair Park Station. For more information, please call the Fair Park Information Line at 214-421-9600 or go to fairpark.org.
Fair Park’s participating museums will offer free or reduced admission at varying times on Saturday, November 26.
African American Museum will be open with free admission from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Exhibitions on view will include Southern Journeys and Facing The Rising Sun – Freedman’s Cemetery.
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park will be open from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and regular admission will apply. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., the first 250 visitors will receive free admission. Highlights include eye-level, interactive zones and exhibits, aquatic friends from around the world, daily animal feeding demos and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children (ages 3-11) and seniors (65+), and free for children 2 and under.
Texas Museum of Automotive History will be open from 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and will offer half-price admission ($5 for adults; $3.25 for seniors and students ages 12 – 17; $2.50 for children ages 2-11; and free for children under 2). The museum provides attendees with an overview of the history of the automobile from 1901 – 1984 and showcases the interaction between racing and commercial car development during that period.
Hall of State will be open with free admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and will feature TEXAS!, a legendary exhibit that celebrates Texas’ 175th birthday and features artifacts from the Lone Star State’s rich history.
Museum of Nature & Science will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. From 4 – 7 p.m., the Museum will offer admission to the blockbuster exhibition Planet Shark: Predator or Prey and the Museum’s general exhibits at a reduced price of $13 per person. Regular general exhibit admission is $10 for adults 18-61; $9 for seniors 62+ and students 12-17; $7 for children 2-11; and free for children under 2 and MNS members of all ages. An additional charge will also apply for IMAX® and Planetarium shows.
Texas Discovery Gardens will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and will offer reduced admission of $3 per person. Activities include a butterfly release at noon, a holiday sale in the gift shop, and an art exhibition featuring fused glass and encaustic paintings by local artists Silvia Thornton and Anne Neal.
About Friends of Fair Park
The purpose of Friends of Fair Park is to promote the year-round use of Fair Park; to support the Fair Park Museums; to preserve the buildings, art, sculptures, and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial.
About Fair Park
Named by the American Planning Association as one of the top 10 public spaces in the country! Fair Park, a cultural and entertainment center, is a division of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Located two miles east of downtown Dallas, Fair Park is home to six museums and four performance facilities including the Dallas Summer Musicals/Music Hall, Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas Wind Symphony/Band Shell, Cotton Bowl Stadium, African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Texas Museum of Automotive History, Museum of Nature & Science, and Texas Discovery Gardens. This National Historic Landmark has the largest collection of 1930s Art Deco exposition style architecture in the world and is located on 277 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Special features include the Leonhardt Lagoon, Texas Vietnam Memorial and the Smith Fountain. For more information, call the Fair Park Information Line at 214-421-9600 or visit fairpark.org.