Celebrating the Season in DFW

Celebrate the holiday season in North Texas at one of these family-friendly holiday events. Happy holidays!

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Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square – Until Dec. 31
Take a walk through the Frisco Square and enjoy the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. The light show runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m. and there’s an outdoor ice rink where you can skate until your heart is content.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ The 12 Days of Christmas – Until Dec. 31
Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum’s extraordinary Christmas display. From 6 to 9 p.m. on select evenings, the Arboretum lights up with 12 elaborate Victorian-style gazebos inspired by the beloved Christmas carol. Each display is 25-feet tall and filled with beautifully detailed characters and animals.

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Concerts – Dec. 7 to 16
Complete your holiday bucket list at the DSO’s annual Christmas pops concerts featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Head to the Meyerson Symphony Center to enjoy live renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.

Dallas Zoo Lights – Until Jan. 1
This Dallas Zoo spectacular has quickly become a must-see this season. After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with over 1 million twinkling lights illuminating ZooNorth throughout the holiday season. Discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals. You’ll also enjoy entertainment by local performers, crafts and tasty winter treats, including s’mores, hot chocolate and gourmet donuts.

Holiday Carriage Rides – Until Dec. 30
Take a tour of Highland Park and Plano’s Deerfield neighborhood with a festive carriage ride. Whether it’s date night or fun for the whole family, a leisurely ride to look at Christmas lights is a lovely holiday tradition. Different carriages are available to accommodate your party size and budget.

Holidays at the Heard – Dec. 14 and 15
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season in nature at McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy lights and holiday décor along a half-mile nature trail, or stop for a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Grab a holiday treat and enjoy live entertainment at this family-friendly holiday event.

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Mannheim Steamroller Concert – Dec. 28
Mark your calendars for a few days after Christmas when the widely celebrated new-age music group Mannheim Steamroller takes the stage at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Tickets start at $49, and you won’t want to miss the one-night opportunity to hear your favorite modern renditions of classic Christmas tunes.

Panther Island Ice Skating – Until Jan. 14
Take a trip to Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink, Panther Island, to join in some “cool” holiday excitement. The rink operates seven days a week, including all holidays, and a $12 ticket includes skate rental and tax.

Six Flags Holiday in the Park – Until Dec. 30
Experience the magic of the holidays at Six Flags Over Texas during this year’s Holiday in the Park. Enjoy fun for the whole family with rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and visits with Santa.

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Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker – Select dates in December
Take part in a beloved holiday tradition and enjoy a live performance of Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. This age-old ballet will delight you with a story of Clara and a dreamland filled with heroic battles and sweet treats. Performances take place Dec. 7 to 24 at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall.

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Spectacular Happenings around our BIG D! Grand Vie Showcases Houses of Art

Just a few “happenings” around our Fab BIG D!

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In addition to showcasing some of Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury properties on the market, the 26th edition of Grand Vie offers a plethora of inspiring editorial content, including “Houses of Art,” featuring some of the area’s top cultural events of the season.

Like the changing of seasons, new exhibitions breathe fresh life into venues across Dallas and Fort Worth. Between approaching winter holidays and accumulated vacation time, ’tis the season to enjoy some of the best arts and culture North Texas has to offer.

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Dalí: Poetics of the Small, 1929–1936
September 9 to December 9, 2018 at Meadows Museum

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Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty
October 21, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at Dallas Museum of Art

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Elf The Musical
November 27 to December 2, 2018 at Music Hall at Fair Park

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Ian Davenport: Horizons
September 30, 2018 to March 17, 2019 at Dallas Contemporary

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Balenciaga in Black
October 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019 at Kimbell Art Museum

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From Remington to O’Keeffe: The Carter’s Greatest Hits
October 6, 2018 to May 26, 2019 at Amon Carter Museum of American Art

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The Book of Mormon
January 22 to January 27, 2019 at Bass Performance Hall

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Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera
October 14, 2018 to January 27, 2019 at Modern Art Museum

Spotlight Series – Highland Park

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

19th Stop: Highland Park

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POPULATION

8,564

MEDIAN OWNER-OCCUPIED HOME VALUE

$1,000,001

FUN FACTS

  • The Town of Highland Park is located approximately 3 miles north of the center of Dallas.
  • The Town was incorporated in 1913.
  • The Town is 2.26 square miles in size.
  • Highland Park has approximately 8,900 residents.
  • The Town was named “Highland Park” because of its higher elevation compared to the surrounding area and because 20% of developed land was reserved for park space.
  • One of the oldest Christmas Traditions in Dallas County is the annual lighting of The Big Pecan Tree.
  • The Town is approximately 2 miles from Love Field Airport.
  • Highland Park is located approximately 30 minutes from DFW International Airport.

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The Big Pecan Tree

A true treasure in Highland Park is the grand old pecan tree on Armstrong Parkway at Preston Road. This mammoth tree is approximately 75 feet wide by 75 feet tall and is over 140 years old.

History
In 1843, Dr. John Cole of Virginia and the first physician of Dallas County, acquired 410 acres as a headright from the Republic of Texas. He began buying additional acreage that included the area that would become Highland Park and part of University Park.
The pecan tree was discovered by Cole’s son Joseph Cole while planting corn, when he unknowingly plowed over a small pecan tree. The story goes that Joseph Cole, having come home from the Civil War witnessing so much destruction and killing, staked the tree up to protect it, and hand-watered the pecan tree as a testament to life. In 1888, Joseph Cole, sold 294.9 acres to the Philadelphia Place Land Association, with the understanding that the purchaser would continue to protect the tree. The land on which the pecan tree stands was acquired by John S. Armstrong in 1908, for $21 per acre.

When developing the town years later, it is reported that Hugh Prather, Sr. was offered a million dollars for a lot that would include the pecan tree.  His sons-in-law, Edgar Flippin and Hugh Prather, hired the noted city planner George E. Kessler to design a parkway to protect the tree and provide it with a place of honor at the entrance of town

And because of the story, it became known as the “Million Dollar Monarch.   The first lighting of the pecan tree occurred during the Christmas holidays in 1927. The tree has been adorned with lights every holiday season since, except during World War II and during the 1973 energy crisis. The lighting of the tree is recognized as the oldest community tree lighting tradition in Dallas County.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Image result for Highland Park TX + million dollar monarchThe first lighting of the tree occurred during the Christmas holiday season  in 1927 to promote their new development, Highland Park West. The tree has been adorned with lights every holiday season since,except during World War II. and during the 1973 energy crisis. The lighting of the tree is recognized as the oldest community Christmas tree lighting tradition in Dallas County. The tree requires four men and almost one week to decorate with over 5,000 red, blue, orange, and green Christmas lights.

The Event
The Town of Highland Park will hold the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for the “Big Pecan Tree” on Armstrong Parkway, just west of Preston Road, on the first Thursday of December.

Million Dollar Monarch
You can view KERA, executive producer Rob Tranchin’s Emmy Award-winning short story on the tree titled Million Dollar Monarch:

LOCALS LOVE

The walkability and safety of the city’s tree-lined streets, zealously patrolled by the town’s police force. And, of course, the private-school-quality education at public-school prices that Highland Park ISD provides its students.

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GOOD TO KNOW

The western edge of Highland Park falls outside the boundaries of the Highland Park school district, which is why you’ll see home prices drop significantly from one side of the Dallas North Tollway to the other. Still ain’t cheap.

DON’T MISS TURTLE CREEK

A stroll and picnic along Turtle Creek in Lakeside Park, set among jaw-dropping homes, is a lovely option for whiling away an afternoon. Then marvel at how many photographers show up to shoot family portraits there in the twilight.
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Happy Halloween – These Are Not Your Average Pumpkins

It’s the time of year when pumpkin-filled porches are seen in every neighborhood anticipating the welcome of trick-or-treaters. Adorn your stoop with something different this Halloween and draw inspiration from these unique pumpkin decorating ideas.

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Unicorn Dreams

Using a few basic craft supplies (think acrylic paint, clay, a hot glue gun), customize any pumpkin into the dreamy-eyed face of a sweet mystical creature or your favorite  pet.

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Glitz & Glam

With a little glue or paint and a lot of glitter, have fun mixing designs and colors for pumpkins that sparkle.

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Autumnal Bouquet

The easiest pumpkin you’ll ever carve requires slicing off the top, clearing the insides, inserting flowers and you have a pretty pumpkin bouquet — it even makes for the perfect centerpiece well into November.

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Chalk It Up

With a coat or two of chalk paint, you can swap out Halloween messages and spooky silhouettes for days.

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Spray It Gold

A can of spray paint and a cardboard box are all you need to make simple, chic pumpkins in any color scheme — but isn’t everything prettier in gold?

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Melted Magic

Just as it sounds, melt wax (or crayons) in your favorite color combinations for a unique work of art. A bit trickier than the rest, but worth the extra effort.

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Constellation Creation

Get creative with paint designs by doodling your favorite constellations and add a ribbon or two for good measure.

Black and rose cold colored pumpkins

Gorgeous Gourds

Mix and match your favorite glitter and metallic paints for stylish, hand-crafted cuteness.

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Spotlight Series – Heath

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

18th Stop: Heath

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Community Population:
8,058
Location:
Rockwall and Kaufman Counties
Housing Units:
Approximately 2,660
City Type:
Home Rule City
Incorporated:
October 12, 1959
Median Age:
44.9 years
Median Home Value:
$373,632
Median Household Income:
$126,375

Heath is a community of more than 7,400 residents. The City of Heath is committed to preserving a special way of life where rolling hills and the sparkling lake provide a serene backdrop for beautiful neighborhoods and distinctive homes.

While this pastoral setting offers a sense of being removed from the bustle of city life, residents enjoy spectacular views of the Dallas skyline and easy access to the business, cultural and entertainment amenities of the Metroplex.  Image result for heath texas + parks

 

Heath’s growing trail system and two municipal parks, including one along the lake, contribute to an enjoyable lifestyle. First-class recreational opportunities are also offered by Rush Creek Yacht Club, home to Olympic Gold Medalist sailors, and the award-winning Buffalo Creek Golf and Country Club.Related image

Exemplary schools include the state-of-the-art Rockwall-Heath High School. The City welcomes the advent of low-impact businesses to provide goods, services and entertainment to its growing population.

For more information about Heath and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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Spotlight Series – Highland Park

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

17th Stop: Highland Park
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Fun Facts:

  • The Town of Highland Park is located approximately 3 miles north of the center of Dallas.
  • The Town was incorporated in 1913.
  • The Town is 2.26 square miles in size.
  • Highland Park has approximately 8,900 residents.
  • The Town was named “Highland Park” because of its higher elevation compared to the surrounding area and because 20% of developed land was reserved for park space.
  • One of the oldest Christmas Traditions in Dallas County is the annual lighting of The Big Pecan Tree.
  • The Town is approximately 2 miles from Love Field Airport.
  • Highland Park is located approximately 30 minutes from DFW International Airport.

Highland Park Today:

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Through the years, Highland Park has maintained strict construction standards. Known for its quality housing, the town still has its beautiful parks running along Turtle Creek and Hackberry Creek, while also being home to the prestigious Dallas Country Club. A complete history of Highland Park may be read in the nationally acclaimed and award winning book Great American Suburbs – The Homes of the Park Cities, Dallas, by Virginia Savage McAlester, Willis Cecil Winters, and Prudence Mackintosh (Abbeville Press Publishers, 2008).

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Spotlight Series – Grand Prairie is Next!

Welcome to our Spotlight Series where we will be sharing something FAB about cities in our great D.FW…starting from A-Z.

16th Stop: Grand Prairie

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Right in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex lies the city of Grand Prairie, one of the best cities in Texas according to Money magazine (2008). If you’re on a road trip and looking for places to visit in Texas, or planning a Texas-sized family vacation, Grand Prairie has something for you.

When it comes to family-friendly fun, Grand Prairie, Texas, is a top-ranked destination and one of the best places to travel with family. If you’re wondering about where to find fun things to do in the Dallas, we know where to look. In Grand Prairie, you’ll discover the best in Texas tourist attractions, sporting events, arts and music, nightlife, and shopping – all in one place.

Conveniently located just minutes from DFW International Airport, Grand Prairie offers easy access to both Dallas and Fort Worth. Stay in one of many Grand Prairie hotels, and you’re just a few minutes’ drive from dozens of Dallas tourist attractions, including Six Flags Over Texas, the Ballpark at Arlington, and Cowboys Stadium.

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10 Facts About Grand Prairie:

Fact 1
Grand Prairie is actually located in three separate counties. It is a suburb of Fort Worth as well as of Dallas.

Fact 2
In 1863 Grand Prairie was established by Alexander McRae Dechman, and was named Dechman in his honor. Dechman eventually traded half of the acreage he had named as a township to the T&P Railroad to ensure that they would put tracks through his town.

Fact 3
The town of Grand Prairie was renamed from Dechman to Grand Prairie due to confusion at the Postal Service offices. The T&P Railroad owned half the land in this town and they noted it as being located in the grand prairie of Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth. In 1909 the town was officially renamed.

Fact 4
Selena Gomez was born in Grand Prairie. Selena is both a singer and an actress.

Fact 5
Billy Miller of the Young and the Restless is from Grand Prairie. Billy Miller has been the recipient of a Daytime Emmy for his work on this show.

Fact 6
Kerry Woods of baseball is from Grand Prairie. He is a major league pitcher.

Fact 7
Grand Prairie ranks as the fifteenth most populated city in this state.

Fact 8
The author Larry D. Alexander is from Grand Prairie. Mr. Alexander is also known for his art works.

Fact 9
Grand Prairie has a Christmas light display that is more than two miles long and has over three million lights in it.

Fact 10
Johnson Creek, which flows through Grand Prairie is responsible for the regular floods that besiege this city. The channel has recently been straightened which has reduced the damage.

For more information about Grand Prairie and other communities within our exciting Dallas Metro, contact us at 214.769.2142.

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