Musical Christmas tree at Dallas Arboretum

Musical tree at the Dallas Arboretum. Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden started its winter programming with a new exhibit at the DeGolyer House.

Holiday at the Arboretum will feature more than 1 million lights, the 12 Days of Christmas gazebos, The Christmas Village, the 50-foot-tall musical tree and the Marilyn and Ben Weber Family Christmas Pyramid, a 23-foot-tall German-built structure with hand-carved elements, lighting and character movement.

These attractions come alive at night. In The Christmas Village, shop owners pass out samples, and live entertainment is provided. The musical tree’s more than 42,000 lights become clearly visible, dancing to the holiday tunes played every half hour.

New this year is the Artistry of Faith and Culture exhibit, housed in the historic DeGolyer House in the garden. The exhibit showcases the diversity of three holidays celebrated during the winter season — Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa — as well as Diwali, which is celebrated in the fall.

Santa has his own house and sleigh in The Christmas Village for photos, and this year, private photo opportunities are available with Ivey Photography.

Throughout Holiday at the Arboretum, which runs through Dec. 31, there will also be performances from local schools, churches, community groups and local professionals, plus a Bishop String Quartet, holiday tea, vendor markets and more.

Tickets are available for daytime and nighttime entrance.