12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum

Truth be told, I’ve never been to the Dallas Arboretum after living in the area for 13+ years. I snatched up the perfect chance to go when I found out about this “12 Days of Christmas” display at the gardens. It wasn’t too clear what that was really about, but once I arrived it was obvious:

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

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A partridge in a pear tree!

Don’t for a minute think that we saw everything in order though, cause we went straight to the 12 drummers drumming after the partridge.

If you’re curious, yes, that’s my little bro! As tall as me! I hate when parents say “kids grow so fast these days!” but that’s exactly how I’m feeling now. Gah.

We also ventured off the beaten paths to admire the gardens. It was a beautiful setting to take pictures in!

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With a good friend, April.

For the most part, the 12 Days of Christmas displays looked fantastic. But I felt a little creeped out by the staring models…

8 Maids Milking in 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Gardens
8 Maids-a-Milking
9 Ladies Dancing in 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Gardens
9 Ladies Dancing
10 Lords Leaping in 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Gardens
And 10 Lords-a-Leaping

I also wasn’t sure whether the gardens could possibly look good at night when we can’t see the flowers and plants in the dark. I was proved wrong:

Yellow Flowers Dallas Arboretum

Bullfrog Statue Dallas Arboretum

Tree Arch at Dallas Arboretum
This arch of trees looked super cool!

We reached an area called the Women’s Gardens that was April’s favorite. Everything really was pristine!

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Yeah, we cute.
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One of my favorite picture locations was by this infinity pool!

Haha we definitely got a lot of weird looks when we took the photo above. Between me running back and forth from the camera, trying to get us in focus, and making sure that nobody else was in the photo, I’m quite pleased with the result!

7 Swans-a-Swimming in 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Gardens
7 Swans-a-Swimming
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I actually have no idea which day this was. But by process of elimination, it must have been day 6: geese-a-laying…though I didn’t see any geese in there.
5 Golden Rings in 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Gardens
Fiiiiive golden rings!
4 Calling Birds in 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Gardens
4 Calling Birds (I always thought that it was Colly Birds)
3 French Hens in 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Gardens
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves in 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum Botanical Gardens
2 Turtle Doves

…and a partridge in a pear tree.

Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!

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P.S. More Christmas celebrations: St. Louis Zoo Wild Lights, Garden Glow

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