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Morgan Lyons

November 10, 2003

Turn travel time into family time

Catch the Spirit of the Season on DART

Use DART this season to fly past the holiday hustle and bustle. Our network of trains and buses helps you breeze through shopping traffic, zip to holiday festivities, and zoom to the Metroplex's favorite destinations of the season.

Whether you're finding fun ways to entertain out-of-town guests, or you're pursuing the perfect gift, DART makes it easy to get where you want to go.

Image of Santa boarding the TRECatch all the enjoyment of the season
Dallas-Fort Worth is a sleighful of fun during the holidays, and you can share it all with family and friends when you leave the car behind and hop aboard. Here are just a few of the sites and events just a quick ride away on DART and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE):

Reunion Tower - The lights of Dallas become a sea of twinkling stars from atop the world-famous 50-story landmark. Ride DART Rail to Union Station. Information: 214-712-7145.

Dallas Zoo - The oldest zoo in Texas, the renowned Dallas Zoo welcomes visitors year round except Christmas Day. Take DART Rail to Dallas Zoo Station. Information: 214-670-8443 or dallas-zoo.org.

Nutcracker at the Eisemann - Richardson's Eisemann Center hosts four dazzling Nutcracker productions: Chamberlain Ballet, Nov. 28-30; Collin County Ballet Theatre with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 7; Dallas Repertoire Ballet, Dec. 13-14; Tuzer Ballet with the Richardson Symphony, Dec. 20-21. Take DART Rail to Galatyn Park Station. Information: 972-744-4650 or eisemanncenter.com.

Big D and Cowtown Holiday Celebrations - Pick your town and pick your fun on Saturday, December 6:

In Dallas, enjoy the annual Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children's Parade featuring colorful floats, giant balloons, bands and a visit by Santa. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Commerce St. Ride DART Rail to Convention Center Station, St. Paul Station, Union Station or West End Station. Information: 214-456-8360 or childrensparade.com.

In Fort Worth, Christmas in the Stockyards features carriage rides, carolers, cowboys and more. Take the TRE to ITC Station, then T bus Route 1 to the Historic Stockyards. Information: 817-624-4741 or fortworthstockyards.org.

Image of Shopping Bags
Holiday shopping awaits in downtown, uptown and Cowtown
Mall parking lots mean major traffic jams when seasonal shopping starts the day after Thanksgiving. But you'll sail past the snarls as DART and the TRE take you to gift-buying destinations both famous and flourishing:

Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas - DART delivers you to the granddaddy of Dallas retailers, the flagship Neiman's store in the heart of Dallas' resurgent central business district. Be sure to check out the memorable window displays. Ride DART Rail to St. Paul Station and walk two blocks to the Main St. entrance.

West Village - Uptown's trendy new shopping address offers furniture, fashion, decor and more. Ride DART Rail to Cityplace Station, then stroll or take the free M-Line Streetcar to West Village's treasure chest of gift ideas.

Image of Shopping Bags with Christmas LightsNorthPark Center - The shopping standard of excellence in the Southwest, NorthPark offers more than 120 stores and restaurants. Don't miss The Trains at NorthPark, a model-railroad delight for children of all ages. Ride DART Rail to Park Lane Station, and then catch the NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702) to the mall.

Sundance Square - An eclectic mix of gifts, home furnishings, jewelry and accessories awaits in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. Monday through Saturday, ride the TRE from Dallas Union Station to Fort Worth ITC Station, then walk or ride Fort Worth T bus Route 1 to Sundance.

When shopping at West Village or Sundance Square, you can take advantage of destination deals, discounts and other money-saving offers for anyone showing a valid DART or T ticket or pass. Participating merchants display a destination deals decal on their window or countertop.

To find your way throughout the holidays, use the online DART Trip Planner at DART.org or call DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111. Trinity Railway Express information is available at trinityrailwayexpress.org.

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