It can sometimes be hard to get into the Christmas spirit with 60-degree days and snow-free Dallas. But thankfully, over the past few years, a number of North Texas drinking established have started hosting holiday pop-ups, complete with mulled wine, spiked egg nog, holiday cookies, Christmas music, ugly sweaters, and lot of lights and garland to help people get into a festive mood
Here’s where to celebrate the season this year in Dallas with Christmas-themed pop-ups:
St. Henry Winter Wonderland
Rooftop bar The Henry is switching over to a festively-decorated holiday pop-up bar. At St. Henry Winter Wonderland, try cocktails with names like “Nog on the Rooftop” or “Whiskey and Doughnuts” and a martini called “Junior and Mrs. Mint.” The restaurant itself is decorated with holly and greenery, and is serving everything from baked brie to braised short rib for dinner.
2301 N Akard Street. Open now through January 2, 2022 (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Hours are Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday and Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.
In Grapevine, Hotel Vin is putting up a 44-foot tree, hosting a Merry & Bright Christmas Drone Show, and offering rides in the hotel’s 1973 Cadillac Eldorado to view the town’s Main Street light display.
Visitors can order festive cocktails like a drink inspired by the chocolate treat Carl the Snowman, or book a meal at Bacchus. The hotel’s restaurant will host brunch with Santa every Saturday in December and a feast on December 24 and 25 with four courses, including prime rib roast.
215 E Dallas Road.
Miracle at Royal 38
Popular Christmas bar pop-up Miracle boasts more than 100 locations across the globe, and it turns out that the Dallas outpost is one of the most successful. Dallas’ Miracle returns to Royal 38 for its fourth consecutive year, incorporating more than 30,000 holiday lights to decorate the restaurant. Look out for a Grinch room, a Nightmare before Christmas area, and Christmas Story references in the midst of all that decor.
Drinks include a Christmapolitan and Naughty or Nice shots, served in festive glassware like Santa’s britches or Christmas Carol barrels. Royal 38’s food menu during the Miracle pop-up includes creole shrimp, portobello frites, shrimp tacos, and lobster fried rice.
2301 North Akard Street, Suite 210. Open now through December 31. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight.
The Tipsy Elf
Hospitality group Exxir is bringing back its Tipsy Elf pop-up in Bishop Arts, decorating the little white house on the corner of Bishop Avenue and Melba Street with nostalgic Christmas ornaments and trees. This year, Mermaid Raw Bar & Champagne Room next door is getting in on the action with a decorated covered patio. Look for drinks from Exxir’s beverage director Iluggy Recinos and events like an Ugly Sweater Party, Drag Bingo with Mrs. Clause, and Naughty Cookie Decorating.
308 N. Bishop Avenue. Opens Friday, November 26 at 8 pm. Hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday; and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Toller Patio Bar + Kitchen’s Santa Paws
A 15-foot-tall “Polar the Toller Reindeer” inflatable will be stationed outside Toller Patio Bar + Kitchen, which is decking out its 15,000 square feet outdoor patio space with 7,500 holiday lights for the season. In the outdoor space, find more than 20 large holiday inflatables and fire pits for s’mores kits.
The bar is also hosting Santa Paws, inviting dogs to meet Santa and pose for a photo every Sunday in December.
3675 Ross Avenue. Santa Paws event every Sunday in December from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Photos can be emailed, text or printed for $10. A Santa and Elves Paw-ty will be held on Saturday, December 11 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. with drink and food specials all day.