Make the holiday season a memorable one for those in need by giving presents, clothing and necessities through the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose an Angel by December 7 and drop off your gift by December 9, and the Salvation Army will deliver it in time for Christmas. Created in 1979, the Angel Tree is one of the Salvation Army’s most important holiday efforts. NorthPark Center Angel Tree patrons have contributed millions of dollars in donated Christmas gifts to over 40,000 North Texans.
The SPCA of Texas, the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and TEXO proudly present the fourth annual Bark + Build design and build competition and auction to benefit the SPCA of Texas’ “Home for the Holidays” event. Architects, contractors and design teams come together to create one-of-a-kind dog houses and cat condos that will be auctioned off via an online silent auction. The houses will be judged on both design and construction quality by a jury panel, with various award categories. All proceeds from the auction will go to the SPCA of Texas. In addition to exhibiting the talented professional teams’ high-quality designs, the competition and auction serve to foster relationships between architecture and contractor firms and raise awareness and support for the SPCA of Texas’ mission.
Gather in NorthCourt, located on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s, at 10AM for the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree Celebration, featuring the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, Rowdy, the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble, Santa Claus, Sugar Plum Fairies from Texas Ballet Theater and more holiday characters. After the Salvation Army kick off, enjoy live music from a holiday jazz band from 1-4PM. Santa’s live reindeer will be corralled in Reindeer Park (CenterPark Garden) for special photo opportunities from 11AM-2PM, in addition to holiday-themed crafts for all ages.
10AM- 4 PM
The sky is the limit for the dogs (and cats!) that make any house a home. The SPCA of Texas’ “Home for the Holidays” Pet Adoption Pavilion at NorthPark Center has provided special adoption experiences for thousands of four-legged animals and their loving new families for 28 years. Assistance is offered at select times to help families choose the right pets for their lifestyle. Regular adoption fees are $100 for puppies and kittens aged 0-6 months, $50 for adult dogs and cats aged 6 months or older, $25 for senior dogs or cats aged 7 years and older and $25 for VIP dogs and cats (those that have been available for adoption for 30 days or more).
NorthPark Center’s whimsical Scrooge Puppet Theatre has been a holiday tradition for four decades. Charles Dickens’ famous character creates a funny scene through the magic of puppetry. Children of all ages giggle with delight as everyone’s favorite despicable holiday character emerges from his cottage. Come back time and again for this improvisational performance and be sure to catch the final show on Christmas Eve, when Scrooge is finally filled with the holiday spirit.
Scrooge Puppet Theatre shows start at the top of every hour:
How does Santa get all of those presents to little boys and girls around the world? Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre animates the story of a toymaker and a cast of entertaining characters working to get Santa’s toys completed in time for Christmas Eve delivery.
Santa’s Toy Shoppe Puppet Theatre shows start on the half hour:
Bells are ringing at NorthPark Center to encourage visitors to donate their spare change through the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, which raises crucial funds for year-round programs at more than a dozen Salvation Army centers in North Texas.
Sing along to one of the most famous Christmas carols while familiar characters pop in and out of The Twelve Days of Christmas Clock. This 28-foot music box originally made its debut in 1979 and was on view until 2006. Designed and handcrafted for NorthPark by Bill Reed, it was inspired by historic animated clock towers in Europe, such as the Rathaus-Glockenspiel in Munich. After careful renovation, the clock makes its anticipated return back to NorthPark this season. The Twelve Days of Christmas Clock occurs approximately every 15 minutes.
The holidays are sweet at Camp Gingerbread, where little ones can decorate gingerbread cookies with their favorite sugary delights, including frosting, nuts, dried fruit, candies and sprinkles. Proceeds benefit Shared Housing, a non-profit organization that facilitates affordable housing options for those in need. Cost is $10 per child.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Breakfast with Santa Spectacular, the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Dallas is proud to host their holiday tradition at NorthPark Center. Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends while enjoying a morning full of spectacular holiday cheer! Festivities include a catered breakfast, photographs with Santa, holiday performances featuring dancers, carolers and excerpts from “The Nutcracker,” face painting, balloon artists, additional photo opportunities with special character appearances, a live snow globe and much more. Tickets start at $85 and are available at give.childrens.com/breakfast-with-santa. *Update: this event is sold out.
Now in its ninth year, the annual Gingertown Dallas is one of the biggest gingerbread house events in North Texas with proceeds benefiting Children’s Craniofacial Association. Originally founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects, Gingertown is a unique holiday initiative which brings together talent from local design, engineering and construction firms for a live gingerbread building competition to help spread joy and hope during the holidays. Once completed, Gingertown Dallas will be on view through December 24.
Twelve Days of Giving provides compassionate people with the opportunity to support The Salvation Army’s year-round programs. The tree is decorated with an array of giving tags that contain pictures and stories about real people who have been helped by The Salvation Army in the DFW Metroplex. Additionally, each tag lists giving options at different monetary levels to help provide important services like shelter, meals, domestic violence therapy and youth programs, such as after-school care. Donors can make donations by credit card, check and cash. This is a fantastic way for people to ensure that their compassion is put into action not only at Christmas time, but throughout the entire year.
Celebrate the season with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert at NorthPark Center. Expect all of your holiday favorites and special sing-alongs for the whole family. This free concert takes place in NorthCourt, on Level One between Nordstrom and Macy’s. Food and drink will be available for purchase from NorthPark restaurants.
Join NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. Presented by the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Chefs Association, dozens of premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies present an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies available for purchase.