The average high temperature in Dallas at Christmas is about 60 degrees, so if you're headed that way to watch Boise State play in the First Responder Bowl you may not need to bundle up too much at the stadium.  And there are plenty of other fun things to do in this huge city besides watch the game.

The Cotton Bowl Stadium is in an area to the east of Downtown Dallas, and if you drive toward the west all the way to the other end of the metro area, it would take about an hour and a half.  Holy cow.  Fort-Worth is on the west side of the urban sprawl, and Dallas is on the east.  And there are suburbs in between and to the north and to the south.  There is plenty to do.

I've been reading about some of the big attractions that the Dallas-Fort Worth area offers during December, and they might be worthy of adding to your to-do list if you're headed that way to cheer on the Broncos in the bowl game.

5 Things To Do In Dallas If You're Going To The First Responder Bowl

1.  The Trains at Northpark.  This is a tradition that has been running for twenty years, at the Northpark Shopping Center and includes miniature toy trains that run continuously on 1800-feet of tracks.  The Trains at Northpark are set in miniature cityscapes so the trains travel through places like New York City's Time Square and Grand Central Station, The White House, and back around to the Cotton Bowl.  Perfect prep for the big game.

2.  Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over TexasSix Flags is a huge amusement park with several locations in the US, and this one is in Arlington.  That's about a thirty-minute drive from the Cotton Bowl stadium and sits right in the middle of Dallas-Fort Worth.  During the Holiday in the Park, you've got rides, shows, and attractions, and the park is decorated with thousands of lights for Christmas.  The hours are 5 to 10 pm most nights through the end of December.

3.  Dealey Plaza.  President John F. Kennedy Jr. was shot and killed in Dallas at Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, and for the anniversary of his death this year, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza has put up a new temporary exhibit called 55 Years. It uses popular magazine covers from the last five decades that have featured President Kennedy's image.  There's more at

4.  George W. Bush Library and Museum.  The museum is decked out for the holidays and focuses on Christmas at the House 2006 when the President and First Lady Laura Bush lived in Washington, DC. The exhibit recreates Christmas at the White House and includes behind-the-scenes photos and a replica of the Blue Room White House Christmas tree.  The exhibit is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the SMU campus and runs through January 6th.

5.  Galleria Dallas.  For shopping!  This is the mall that celebrities tend to visit when they're in Dallas, and it's got an ice skating rink inside and an enormous Christmas tree that sits at center ice.  Galleria Dallas is three stories high and from the top level, you can look down at the skating rink on the lower level. Shop and eat and take pics. Live entertainment and holiday events continue through Dec. 31.

And football!  The Broncos might get to experience some of these things around Dallas while they're there, and we can make a vacation of it too.

Boise State hits the Historic Cotton Bowl field December 26th against Boston College.

Kickoff for the Servpro First Responder Bowl is set for 12:30 pm Central time, or 11:30 am Mountain.  There are still some tickets available and you can browse through the seat map and select your seats HERE.  Prices range from $25 to $125.

With school out and vacation days to burn at work, this might be the perfect weekend escape.

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