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Dallas Arboretum Friends Party Suzi and Jack Greenman, Nancy Rutchik

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosted its Friends Holiday Party on December 8 at the historic DeGolyer House elegantly decorated in a Victorian style for the holidays with a collection of Byers’ Choice Ltd. Christmas Carolers. This significant priceless collection was generously donated for display by Kim and John Semyan who collected these figurines throughout the world.


The 300 in attendance enjoyed food by Gil’s Elegant Catering. After enjoying the festivities indoors, many walked around the garden to see the brand new $2 million Christmas exhibit entitled The 12 Days of Christmas.  During the day and evening, those of all ages are entranced and amazed at the attention to detail of this one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring dramatically designed 25-foot-tall gazebos created for each day of the popular Old English carol. Each gazebo includes either life-size Victorian-costumed mannequins or whimsical animals, with music accompanying each gazebo. The idea for the exhibit came from Phyllis and Tom McCasland, donors and board member.


As a special incentive for the final week of The 12 Days of Christmas, the Dallas Arboretum is offering a gift to those who have not yet seen it yet: buy one ticket, get one free from December 29 through January 4.


For those who purchase tickets for any night from December 29 to January 4 and arrive after 7:30 p.m., the ticket allows admission for two people. The nights open include December 29 and 30, January 2 through 4. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; $10 for children ages 3 to 12; children under 3 are free. Parking is included with nighttime admission tickets. To purchase tickets, visit For inquiries regarding discounted tickets for groups 15 or larger, contact or 214-515-6520. 


The 12 Days of Christmas Presenting Sponsor is Amegy Bank of Texas, and its Supporting Sponsor is the Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District.


About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.   

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