Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: NorthPark Center


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Each holiday season, Dallas’ NorthPark Center transforms into a magical place for the entire family. We got an exclusive look into what makes the shopping center so festive, from the 26 Michigan-grown Blue Spruce trees to the 3,000 brightly colored poinsettias. Watch the video below to see all the beautiful decorations that pop up at NorthPark Center for the holidays.

Once you see all the beautiful holiday foliage and décor throughout, check the following NorthPark Center holiday attractions off your to-do list:
 
Trains at NorthPark™
 
This popular exhibit returns for its 30th holiday season and features elaborate miniature toy trains. Enjoy the sights of 1,800 feet of track journeying through some of America’s most-famous cityscapes including Times Square, the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course, Dallas’ own Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl, the Perot Museum, Southern Methodist University and more. All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. To view the schedule, click here.
 
Scrooge Puppet Theatre
 
Experience the magic of puppetry with this whimsical holiday tradition put on by Le Theatre de Marionette. Head over to the Eastcourt near Dillards to enjoy a funny improvisational performance of Charles Dickens’ famous character Scrooge, and be sure to see the final show on Christmas Eve when he finally feels the spirit of the holidays. The show starts at the bottom of every hour during these times:
 
Monday – Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
 
Sunday
12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
 
Christmas Eve
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
Visits and Portraits with Santa Claus

Capture the essence of the holidays with one-on-one visits and portraits with Santa Claus. Take a tour through his cozy abode and take your own photos, or purchase professional portraits.
 
Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2:30 – 5 p.m.
5:30 – 7 p.m.
 
Sunday
12:30 – 3 p.m.
3:30 – 5 p.m.
 
Christmas Eve
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 
For more holiday activities and corresponding times, locations and ticket prices, visit NorthParkCenter.com.

 

Trick-or-Treating Safety


Three Children In Halloween Costumes Trick Or Treating
 

Keep your kiddos safe this year with the following trick-or-treating safety tips.

Costumes

 
• Make sure that costumes fit well, including shoes, masks and hats to avoid trips, falls and restricted vision.
 
• Consider adding reflective pieces or glow sticks to your child’s costume.
 
• Test costume makeup on your child’s skin before Halloween night.
 
• Props, including swords and knives, should be soft and flexible.
 
• Do not use decorative contact lenses, as they can cause serious damage to the eyes.
 
Walking
 
• Have each child carry a flashlight with them when they walk.
 
• Keep to sidewalks as much as possible, and walk on the side of the road that faces traffic. Urge children not to cut across yards or streets, and to steer clear of alleyways.
 
• Remind children to use common safe-walking practices including using crosswalks, looking both ways, and no running.
 
• Stay alert when walking, and avoid using electronic devices.
 
• Children under 12 should have adult supervision at all times. Children 12 and over should trick-or-treat in groups.
 
• Only visit well-lit houses with porch lights illuminated.
 
In the Home
 
• Keep your porch illuminated for guests.
 
• Keep jack-o-lanterns and luminaries on elevated surfaces where they can’t be easily kicked over. If opting to place these decorations on the ground, use battery-powered, flameless candles.
 
• Clear your front lawn of any toys, bikes, or gardening equipment.
 
• Restrain pets so they do not come to the door.
 

Candy

 
• Be sure your child eats a full meal before filling up on candy.
 
• Check your child’s candy and discard anything that looks questionable, spoiled, or is not factory-wrapped.