Angels Among Us

Dallas Arboretum reveals angelic surprise for decorative holiday display

Dallas Arboretum reveals angelic surprise for ornate holiday display

DeGolyer Mansion at Holiday at the Arboretum
Holiday at the Arboretum is always a festive time. Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Angels at DeGolyer Mansion at Holiday at the Arboretum
The angels in this year's Holiday at the Arboretum take on many forms. Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Angels at DeGolyer Mansion at Holiday at the Arboretum
The angels run the gamut from finely crafted to handmade. Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Reindeer at Holiday at the Arboretum
Live reindeer are always a popular attraction at Holiday at the Arboretum. Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
DeGolyer Mansion at Holiday at the Arboretum
Angels at DeGolyer Mansion at Holiday at the Arboretum
Angels at DeGolyer Mansion at Holiday at the Arboretum
Reindeer at Holiday at the Arboretum

Every year, the Dallas Arboretum likes to decorate its iconic DeGolyer Mansion with different holiday-themed items to celebrate the season. For this year's Holiday at the Arboretum, happening November 29 through December 31, more than 500 angels will festoon the grounds as a centerpiece for the arboretum's annual celebration.

The angels come in multiple different forms, including straw, wood, crystal, brass and handmade, showing off the range of figures the Dallas Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club has accumulated through the years. Some are ornate, some are whimsical, but all, combined with other traditional decorations, put visitors in the mood of the season.

Although it may seem like the arboretum is repeating itself with the angels display, in reality this is the first time they've decked out the DeGolyer in such a fashion. Past years have seen displays of multiple versions of Santa Claus, crèches aka nativity scenes, nutcrackers and dolls. The donation of the angels display was two years in the making.

While the angels are new, Holiday at the Arboretum will also see the return of favorite activities like pictures with Santa Claus, live reindeer, costumed characters and holiday tea. Visitors can enjoy the holiday tea any day of the week, while the reindeer, characters and Santa Claus will only be at the arboretum on Saturdays and Sundays.

Of course, the highly praised Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden will also be open, making a trip to the arboretum worth it on a number of levels this holiday season.