TRAVEL HERE: THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CAPTURED IN GLITTERING GAZEBOS AT DABS
Christmas has arrived in the Metroplex. I saw it first back in July in Town East’s At Home store. Soon Costco was stocking its aisles with gift baskets. Saturday I OD’ed on red and green at Plano’s ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market. However, it was the lighting of the Dallas Arboretum Christmas Tree on Sunday night which alerted me the season was officially off and running.
Second Year of 12 Days
Though this is the second year these glittering gazebos have graced the lawns of the Arboretum, I had not seem them yet. Last December was lost in the haze of home-building. Almost daily I reminded Bill I wanted to visit the Holiday at the Arboretum, but we didn’t make it. When DABS invited me to a preview of this year’s gazebos, there was no way I was going to miss it.
Given the choice of a daytime or evening visit, I remembered my conversation with Caelie Dunn, MEd, Children’s Garden Public Program Manager,during a recent visit to her garden. She remarked on the magical experience of seeing the gazebos shining in the darkness. Her remark was based on last year’s gazebos and this year they added a half a million more lights! I decided that’s the way I wanted to experience them for the first time and I was going to take my husband with me.
Initially, the media preview was set for a private viewing on Thursday night, but the weather intervened. So bloggers and journalists were rolled into the very popular tree-lighting event. What a crazy madcap evening! Cars poured into the parking lot and throngs of people gravitated towards the entrance. The line moved fast, but still, we were glad to make our way to the media table and bypass the crowd. We stopped in the Education Pavilion so Bill could take advantage of the refreshments in the press room, then joined the crush of people headed toward Day One – A Partridge in a Pear Tree.
How Do You Choose a Favorite?
When we stepped up to the golden wonder of the Partridge in a Pear Tree Gazebo, I wondered why they’d chosen to start with the best. As you can see from the photo, it was amazing. However, I only thought it was the best gazebo, because I hadn’t seen the rest of them, yet. Two turtledoves also glittered. Three french hens – oooo la la! Four calling birds charmed. Five golden rings enchanted. And then there were the swans!
Along the way we took a gazebo break to watch the tree-lighting ceremony, but I’ve got to tell you, the tree in the Nine Ladies Dancing Gazebo out-wows the tree they officially lit. After leaping with the lords, piping with the pipers and catching the drummers, we wandered back to visit the dancing ladies and the swans. On the way out we admired the partridge again. How do you choose a favorite?
Come to Our Christmas Garden
Yes, the Dallas Arboretum is all decked out for Christmas and will be through January 3rd, but the gazebos are just the beginning of the fun. Through November 25th, the colorful Pumpkin Village of Autumn at the Arboretum will still be on exhibit. The 300 creches of the Artistry of the Nativity in the Degolyer House will be on display during 12 Days. The Gift Shop is full of unique items guaranteed to make you a popular Santa. You can also enjoy Holiday Tea (a personal favorite), holiday themed classes and from time to time, Santa will even be there to greet you! I’m sure I’ll be at the Arboretum several times over the next few weeks to see it all – during the day and at the special evening events.
But enough words! You’re here to see the gazebos, right? Well here you go! Kudos to Mr. Bill for his photographic assist. I’m fine with my phone and do well enough with my DSLR during the day, but I knew he’d get the best shots of this nighttime wonder.