An Evening of Wonder at Medieval Times

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Huzzah and welcome to Medieval Times!

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Prepare to be transported to another time of chivalry and honor inside the castle at Medieval Times.

Your whole family will love spending the evening with princesses and knights. Whether it’s for a special event or an evening out, it’s the perfect way to lose yourself in the magic of the castle. We watched a little boy being knighted for his 8th birthday and chatted with a falcon trainer.

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My kids were talking about this night for weeks. We have been studying Medieval Times as a family, reading through some Magic Treehouse books and the (fabulous) book A Medieval Feast. So my kids were even more excited when stepped through the doors and they got to put on their black and white crowns.

What to Expect at Medieval Times

Doors open 75 minutes before show time and your seats are assigned first-come, first-served.

When you enter the castle, you’ll get crowns in your knight’s color. You’ll have the opportunity to take pictures with a knight or a princess.

Then you walk into the lobby, where you can purchase a souvenir, belly up to the bar, or walk around and take in the sights. Don’t miss seeing the horses up close – they are truly beautiful.

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About 20 minutes before showtime, you will be escorted into the arena by color. Once inside the area, you find your seat and your server arrives to give you some instructions for the evening.

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Then you’ll enjoy your Medieval feast! But parents might want to note – there was no silverware in the Middle Ages, so there’s no silverware here. They also serve Water, Tea, or Pepsi, so plan ahead if you need something else for the littlest Lords and Ladies.

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This was a brand new show we had never seen before and it was really wonderful. I don’t want to spoil too much, but there was action, intrigue, and excitement – totally captivating!

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Our family loved this evening of entertainment and fun and we can’t wait to visit Medieval Times Dallas again!

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Experience the New Show

Is your house filled with little Lords and Ladies of the royal court? Do they like to eat with their hands at the dinner table? Medieval Times is the perfect place to take your family back to the Middle Ages for an incredible night of epic battles and delicious food.

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Tickets: 40% OFF Adults / 20% OFF Kids

For the first time in Medieval Times’ 35-year history, a Queen has taken the throne. Her Majesty Dona Maria Isabella presides over a tournament of knights who gather in celebration to test their skill against one another in a series of games, jousting, and combat.

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The new story brings a series of changes to the show including new costumes, custom-designed and handmade armor, fight scenes, and musical score composed by Dr. Daniel May, who directed and recorded the composition in Kiev with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Be among the first to experience the debut of our new show.

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Go to https://bit.ly/2RGt0f5 and enter PROMO code RF4020 at checkout.

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Winter at Medieval Times

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“Lords and Ladies, we welcome you to Medieval Times!” Huzzah!

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From the moment we stepped over the drawbridge into the castle at Medieval Times Dallas, we were transported to another era.

Medieval Times - The Dallas MomFull of Kings and Queens, Knights and Princesses, this magical castle is the perfect setting for some fabulous family-friendly entertainment.

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When you walk into the castle, your family will receive your seating assignment and get the opportunity to take a picture with a knight. Then you walk into the lobby, where you can purchase a souvenir, belly up to the bar, or take pictures with some of the Knights from the show (or even a falcon!).

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About 20 minutes before showtime, you will be escorted into the arena by color. Once inside the area, you find your seat and your server arrives to give you some instructions for the evening.

Before long, the show begins and servers start bringing out course after course of a delicious medieval feast. The horses and falcon show off their tricks during dinner and are truly magnificent. After dinner, the real magic begins. A knight arrives to fight for the Princesses’ hand in marriage spurring on a contest of riding, jousting, and sword fighting.

The whole evening is very fast paced and exciting. It is so high energy and by the time a winner is crowned, you feel like you have been truly transported back to Medieval Times.

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Our family loved this evening of entertainment and fun and we can’t wait to visit Medieval Times Dallas again!

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Is your house filled with little Lords and Ladies of the royal court? Do they like to eat with their hands at the dinner table? Medieval Times is the perfect place to take your family back to the Middle Ages for an incredible night of epic battles and delicious food.

Visit this page for more information and to get tickets to the tournament!

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Christmas at the Hilton Anatole

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The Hilton Anatole is one of Dallas’ best conference hotels, but you might be surprised to know that it is ideal for a Holiday Staycation with the whole family. In the past, they have thrown a huge Christmas bash called Sparkle! complete with bounce houses and an ice skating rink. With construction underway for their upscale, resort-style pool complex (opening in summer 2016) well underway, the festivities were a bit different this year, but they were absolutely perfect for our family.

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Christmas at the Hilton Anatole might just be your new favorite Christmas experience in Dallas. We loved that it checked everything off our Christmas list and it was right in our backyard! The best part was getting away from the hustle and bustle for the whole evening and spending time with our little family of three right before Christmas.

When you check in to the Hilton Anatole, you will be greeted by a giant Christmas tree right in the lobby.

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Check-in was fast (which is helpful when you have a two-year-old who keeps asking to “see me Santa” every 30 seconds) and the staff was incredibly helpful arranging for a portable crib to be delivered to our room.

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We didn’t even have time to see our room before our weekend got started with a Winter Wonderland Marionette show. In a tucked-away theater situated beneath the tower lobby, Le Theatre De Marionette puts on a show that reminds me of a production you would see in a little theater somewhere across Europe.

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The puppets are intricately hand-carved in a wood shop in Denton, TX. I don’t want to ruin any of the surprise, but I will say the show kept my toddler’s attention and she saw several of her favorite characters!

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After the marionette show, we went up to our room to take a nap. We were impressed at this well-appointed room and it was so fun to look out and see the city of Dallas!

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Then we went down for dinner at the Media Bar + Grill, which was absolutely delicious, and enjoyed walking around the hotel looking at all the Christmas decorations.

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We watched a Christmas movie in the Batik before swimming in the resort pool for a few minutes and headed to bed.

Christmas at the Anatole - Things to do in Dallas/Fort Worth for Christmas - The Dallas MomOur toddler could hardly wait to get started the next morning. As soon as she was dressed, she was at our hotel door saying “Santa!” We got on the glass elevator to see that the hotel was starting to wake up for Breakfast with Santa.

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Breakfast with Santa was simply perfect. The breakfast buffet was full of eggs, bacon, a pancake and oatmeal bar, and more.

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Just as we were finishing breakfast, Happy the Elf announced that Santa was on his way! Santa, Mrs. Clause, and Happy the Elf visited each table. They spent several minutes talking and interacting with our daughter before moving on to Story Time with Santa.

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When Santa finished his story, they opened the slides we had heard about all morning (“Mama, slide please?”) and we started a Christmas Scavenger Hunt that included decorating gingerbread cookies, face painting, ornaments, Hot Chocolate, and more.

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After the scavenger hunt, it was time for us to head back to reality, but not before getting a few pictures with the big man, himself!

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We loved our stay at the Hilton Anatole – it is definitely at the top of our “Must See” list of things to do in Dallas for Christmas.

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Have you been to Christmas at the Anatole? What was your family’s favorite part? I can’t wait to see what the Hilton Anatole has planned for next Christmas!

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay and tickets for the purposes of providing this review. Click here for more information.

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Texas Christkindl Market: German Christmas Celebration in Arlington, TX

Authentic German Christmas at the Texas Christkindl Market. This post is in partnership with the Arlington CVB who provided complimentary experiences to facilitate this review. Of course, I wouldn’t share anything I didn’t love and all opinions expressed are my own. #TXChristkindlGerman Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, Texas - Things to Do in Dallas for Families - The Dallas Mom

My family and I had the opportunity to visit the Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington, TX this past weekend. If you are looking for a unique Christmas experience without traveling outside of DFW, this is a must-see event this holiday season.

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Located in Arlington right outside of Globe Life Park, this open air German Marketplace is brimming with holiday cheer.

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When you arrive, you’ll notice dozens of vendors selling all kinds of food, clothing, and goods. Some of these people are selling items actually made in Germany, like the German Christmas Shop selling intricate pieces created by artisans at their small woodworking shop in Niederfrohna, Germany.

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They had authentic German food like Spaetzle (German mac n’ cheese) and Strudel.

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If you’ve had a hankering since the State Fair has ended, they even had Fletcher’s Corny Dogs!

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One of our favorite parts of the morning was the live band. They were playing updated versions of classic Christmas songs, which made the whole event feel alive. Of course, we have a little dancer who couldn’t help but show off a bit!

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We also loved the Kinder Market, where you could meet St. Nick at the Santa Haus, build a gingerbread house, ride a carousel, and throw snow at Santa’s Snow Playground.

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Overall, we just loved spending a Saturday together enjoying ourselves and making a few memories. We will definitely be back next year for this one-of-a-kind event!

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When

Nov. 27 – Dec. 23, 2015
Sunday-Friday: Noon – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

Where

Adjacent to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Road to Six Flags & Nolan Ryan Expressway

Cost

FREE admission and parking (there is a cost for activities and food)

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For more information including events, times, and vendors, visit the Texas Christkindl event on their website or on Facebook.

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Texas Christkindl Market – German Christmas Celebration

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Texas Cristkindl Market  is a month long celebration of German Christmas traditions at Globe Life Park in Arlington!

Sports-lovers might know Arlington, Texas as home of the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park. Thrill seekers come from all over North Texas to experience Six Flags Over Texas. Throughout the holidays though, Arlington transforms into a winter wonderland, hosting a number of unique events designed to create memories. Families will love the Arlington Parade of Lights, Holiday in the Park, and the Interlochen Lights.

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One experience that is sure to be unique is the Texas Christkindl Market. In its fifth year, this authentic German marketplace is one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest. Inspired by a cherished German tradition, this free, family-friendly market features a unique shopping experience for holiday gifts, decorations, and unique one-of-a-kind finds. Guests can shop for traditional handcrafted gifts and indulge in authentic German treats and eats while enjoying festive music and entertainment.

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Texas Christkindl Market runs from Friday, Nov. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Here are some things I know families will love:

  • Storytelling
  • Riding the Carousel
  • Pony Rides
  • Snow Playground and Snow Throw
  • Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop
  • North Pole Texas Marionette Show
  • Santa Haus to meet St. Nick.

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Though entry to the market is free, there is a cost for activities. For more information including special events and vendors, visit www.TXChristkindlmarket.com. Of find Texas Christkindl Market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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