6 Dallas-Fort Worth Restaurants With Christmas Decorations You Must See

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If you visit an over-the-top Christmas shop in Dallas-Fort Worth, make it Campo Verde restaurant in Arlington.

The Campo Verde team has been decorating the restaurant with extravagant Christmas lights and garlands since the 1980s.(Campo-Green (CUSTOM_CREDIT))

The amount of lights, garlands and Santas inside this Tex-Mex restaurant would make Rudolph blush.

“It’s pretty wild,” admits owner James Williams.

Half a million lights hang from the ceiling, walls and furniture for six weeks. In small nooks they placed tiny scenes like Santa Claus in his sleigh, wedged under a personal computer. On a recent visit to Campo Verde, I watched two little girls play on the floor next to Santa as the staff busily rang to order sour cream enchiladas and bean and cheese nachos.

Elizabeth Brown has her photo taken by her sister, Nicole Brown, among Christmas parties...
Elizabeth Brown has her photo taken by her sister, Nicole Brown, among the Christmas decorations inside Campo Verde in Arlington. When the restaurant opens Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 250 people usually line up at the door during the holiday season.(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)
Christmas decor is everywhere inside Campo Verde.
Christmas decor is everywhere inside Campo Verde.(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)

Despite the Christmas period being a busy season for Campo Verde, it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays due to staffing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Campo Verde does not take reservations. So the remaining five days it is open each week around Christmas, customers should expect a wait.

At least there will be something to watch.

The decorations take so long to put up that Williams staff keep all 50 Santa Clauses and 30 Christmas trees up until April.

The stuff upstairs? They leave it there all year.

Campo Verde is at 2918 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Reservations not available.

5 other North Texas restaurants that are banking on Christmas decorations:

The Henry downtown Dallas transforms into St. Henry’s Winter Wonderland this time of year. The rooftop bar offers a menu of cocktails infused with wintry ingredients like peppermint schnapps, cranberry, or nutmeg. For dinner, it’s prime rib with horseradish cream au jus; braised short rib; or snacks like Devil Crab Dip and Baked Whole Brie. Instagram photos are damn cute. The Henry is at 2301 Akard St., Dallas. Open seven days a week; dinner and after dinner hours only.

Leela's Wine Bar sells a special Orna-Mint cocktail at Christmas made from...
Leela’s wine bar sells a special Christmas Orna-Mint cocktail made with house-infused strawberry and hibiscus gin, lemongrass syrup, lemon juice, mint, and Topo Chico.

City of Nickel in Fort Worth has a rock setup, with Christmas gifts hanging from the ceiling and fairy lights near the bar. Nickel City is a retro bar with live music that opened in Fort Worth in October 2020. (There’s also one in Austin.) Nickel City 212 S. Main St., Fort Worth. Open seven days a week, from noon to 2 a.m.

Wine bar At Leela’s on Greenville Avenue in Dallas is decked out in holiday attire, with drinks like the Orna-Mint making a splash. Snow or not, the white decorations at Leela will make you feel like you’re having a white Christmas. Leela’s has two locations: 1914 Greenville Ave., Dallas, and 2980 State Highway 114 Frontage Road, Trophy Club. Open seven days a week; dinner and after dinner hours only.

Hudson House on Lovers Lane, near Highland Park and University Park, there are 15,000 decorations and 12,000 lights inside the restaurant. It’s popular for groups, but call ahead. Hudson House is at 4448 Lovers Lane, Dallas. Open seven days a week, noon and evening.

It’s snowing — really! — inside a hidden cocktail bar named yellow rose in Deep Ellum. Find Christmas-themed drinks during Happy & Sad hour, an event aptly named for how you’re feeling this holiday season. Yellow Rosa’s Christmas Cheer remains in place January 7, 2022. Reservations are best. Yellow Rosa is at 2901 Commerce St., Dallas. Open Thursday and Friday, only in the evening and after dinner; Saturday for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night; and Sunday for brunch and lunch.

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