6 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants with Christmas decorations you just have to see

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

Campo Verde's team has been decorating restaurant in over-the-top Christmas lights and tinsel since the 1980s.

(Campo Verde (CUSTOM_CREDIT))

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

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

A half-million lights are strung along the ceiling, walls and furniture over six weeks. In little nooks throughout, they’ve placed teeny scenes like Santa in his sleigh, wedged underneath a staff computer. On a recent visit to Campo Verde, I watched two little girls play on the floor near Santa while staff busily rung in orders for sour cream enchiladas and bean and cheese nachos.

Elizabeth Brown gets her photo taken by her sister, Nicole Brown, among the Christmas...Elizabeth Brown gets her photo taken by her sister, Nicole Brown, among the Christmas decorations inside of Campo Verde in Arlington. When the restaurant opens on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 250 people are usually waiting in line at the door during the holiday season.

(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)

The Christmas decor is everywhere inside Campo Verde.The Christmas decor is everywhere inside Campo Verde.

(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)

Despite the fact that Christmastime is busy season for Campo Verde, it’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays because of staffing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Campo Verde doesn’t take reservations. So on the remaining five days it’s open each week near Christmastime, customers should expect a wait.

At least there’ll be plenty to look at.

The decorations take so long to put up that Williams’ staff keeps the 50 Santas and 30 Christmas trees in place until April.

The stuff way up high? They just leave it there year-round.

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

5 other North Texas restaurants that go big on Christmas decorations:

The Henry in downtown Dallas turns into St. Henry’s Winter Wonderland this time of year. The rooftop bar has 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 snackier options like deviled crab dip and whole baked brie. The Instagram photos are darn cute. The Henry is at 2301 Akard St., Dallas. Open seven days a week; dinner and after-dinner hours only.

Leela's Wine Bar is selling a special Orna-Mint cocktail at Christmastime made of...Leela's Wine Bar is selling a special Orna-Mint cocktail at Christmastime made of house-infused strawberry hibiscus gin, lemongrass syrup, lemon juice, mint and Topo Chico.

Nickel City in Fort Worth has a rockin’ setup, with Christmas presents hanging from the ceiling and icicle lights near the bar. Nickel City is 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, noon to 2 a.m.

Wine bar Leela’s on Greenville Avenue in Dallas is decked out in holiday garb, with drinks like the Orna-Mint making a splash. Snow or no, the white decorations at Leela’s 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, has a whopping 15,000 ornaments 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, lunch and dinner.

It snows — really! — inside a hidden cocktail bar named Yellow Rosa in Deep Ellum. Find Christmas-themed drinks during Happy & Sad hour, an aptly-named event for however you’re feeling this holiday season. Yellow Rosa’s Christmas cheer remains in place Jan. 7, 2022. It’s best to make a reservation. Yellow Rosa is at 2901 Commerce St., Dallas. Open Thursday and Friday, dinner and after-dinner hours only; Saturday for brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night; and Sunday for brunch and lunch.

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