Holiday Volunteer Projects


Holiday parade

The Children’s Medical Center Holiday parade marches through the streets of downtown Dallas in December to ring in the holiday season. Marching bands, holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and more anchor the parade. Attendance numbers around 400,000 and the parade is broadcast to more than 100 million households annually. The parade benefits the Child Life department, a family-centered outreach effort that provides non-medical services to children and their families to help them cope with hospitalizations and recovery. For more information, click here.

Deck the hospital halls

The Women’s Auxiliary has an annual tradition of decorating common spaces and halls of the hospital with holiday wreaths and trees to bring holiday cheer to patients and visitors. Auxiliary members, families and community organizations support this meaningful project each year. The Auxiliary provides more than 100 trees and wreaths. For more information, click here.

Holiday cards

Send cards with a caring message that support quality care for children and their families at Children’s Health. Each year new designs are created by our patients. Card selection includes 10 holiday cards, five holiday photo cards, four thank you cards, five all-occasion cards and $10 contribution cards to honor friends and loved ones. Children’s holiday cards are also available online.

Annual gift drive

Children’s has a tradition of giving each hospitalized child a gift on Christmas. Gifts come from generous donations from the public and are wrapped by hospital staff. Any gifts that are not distributed on Christmas are given to children throughout the remainder of the year on birthdays and other milestones. Donations also stock the shelves of playrooms for hospitalized children.

Tree lighting ceremony

The centerpiece of the annual lighting event is a 30-foot-tall tree adorned with 300,000 twinkling lights. The tree is surrounded by other lighted trees while performing groups and strolling holiday entertainers enchant visitors. For more information, click here.

Breakfast with Santa

The Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center celebrates the holiday season with an entertaining breakfast with Santa. Festivities include photographs with Santa, face painting and balloon twisters, along with special shows. For more information, click here.

Dinner with Mrs. Claus

After your Breakfast with Santa, head to Dinner with Mrs. Claus. The night’s activities include crafts, entertainment, sweet treats and a delicious dinner.  At the Christmas craft center, children can make ornaments and cards for hospital patients, write letters to Santa, build wooden toys, play games and take silly pictures in the photo booth. For more information, click here.

Other ways to get involved

Children’s provides donation and volunteer guidelines and donation wish lists as a way to ensure the needs of the children and their families are met. If you would like to donate something that is not listed, be sure to check with the hospital.


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