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There are lots of holiday events going on right now in the North Texas area, but where do you find them, and how do you choose?
Let us help you out with this week’s Holiday Guide. We’ve handpicked some fun events guaranteed to help you feel less stressed and more in the spirit of the season.
But wait! There’s more! You can find dozens more holiday events on Go See DFW. And we’re adding more every day.
DENTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING FESTIVALWhere: Denton Square – 110 West Hickory Street, Denton
When: Saturday, Dec. 2 from 3-9 p.m.
Denton welcomes the holiday season with the 35th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival. The community gets together on the Courthouse lawn at 6 p.m. and sings until the flip of the switch when the Courthouse and the surrounding downtown area lights up. Afterward, enjoy a night of live entertainment, carriage rides and visits with Santa.
The Holiday Lighting Celebration coincides with another Denton holiday tradition–Wassail Weekend. During the Lighting Festival downtown Denton merchants stir up their favorite Wassail recipe (a fancy word for hot cider) and serve it to tasters. Tasting is free and open to all.
TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL AT KLYDE WARREN PARK
Where: Klyde Warren Park 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway , Dallas
When: Saturday, Dec. 2 from 3-9 p.m.
Festivities at Klyde Warren Park’s annual celebration include music, children’s activities, photos with Santa and storytime with Mrs. Claus. The day ends with live music from the Emerald City Band, visits from Frosty and Rudolph and the lighting of The Mayor’s Tree. Following the park’s tree lighting, head over to the AT&T Performing Arts Center where the Reliant Lights Your Holidays festivities will be underway. In addition to the millions of twinkling lights illuminating the AT&T campus, there will also be a holiday-themed drone show, a wintery playground with real snow and performances by the choral rock band Polyphonic Spree and Latin artist Vanita Leo.
CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS IN FARMERS BRANCH
Where: Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln, Farmers Branch
When: Saturday, December 2 at 5 p.m.
Farmers Branch welcomes the yuletide season with its annual Christmas in the Branch Celebration. Enjoy live music, carnival rides, strolling characters, visits with Santa, shopping, a drone show, and new this year, Dasher’s Silent Disco. The evening wraps up with a low-level fireworks show.
Where: Barney Wood Bark Park, 14090 Heartside Place, Farmers Branch
When: Friday, Dec.1 from 6-8 p.m.
The doggy-friendly holiday celebration is filled with food, dog-friendly vendors and plenty of photo ops.
DALLAS HOLIDAY PARADE
Where: Downtown Dallas, Commerce and Houston Streets
When: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m.
The annual Dallas Holiday Parade draws an estimated 500,000 spectators and features marching bands, drill teams, giant helium balloons, spectacular floats, and unique performances. The parade steps off at Commerce and Houston streets and continues east on Commerce, making performance stops along the route. Check the website for updated route details.
RICHARDSON CHRISTMAS PARADE
Where: Richardson High School, 1250 W. Beltline Road, Richardson
When: Saturday, Dec, 2 at 9 a.m.
Join the City of Richardson for its 51st annual Christmas Parade Saturday morning. This year’s theme is Parade of Misfit Toys. The parade steps off at Richardson High School, goes North on Coit Road and ends at JJ Pearce High School.
Where: Stage West Theatre, 821 W. Vickery Boulevard, Fort Worth
When: Nov. 30-Dec. 17
What causes a pampered young woman to give up her life of luxury and choose the difficult path of poverty that will lead her to sainthood? Find out the answer in Stage West’s newest off-beat comedy, Poor Clare. The modern take on the true story of St. Clare of Assisi is a modern parable of generosity perfect for the holiday season.
Where: Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler Street, Dallas
When: Nov. 30-Dec.17
Black Nativity returns to the Bishop Arts Theatre Center stage for its 19th holiday season. The production retells Langston’s Hughes’ powerful story of the Nativity through song and dance.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE RADIO SHOW Where: Theatre Arlington – 305 West Main Street, Arlington
When: Dec. 1 – 17
When the actors are snowed in and unable to make it to the studios of WXMS for the live radio performance of A Christmas Carol, a brave sound effects person decides to take the audience through the performance himself. This creative telling is performed as a 1940s radio play with one person providing all of the characters’ voices and sound effects.
ROYALE BALLET DANCE ACADEMY: THE NUTCRACKER
Where: Eisemann Center
When: Dec. 2 and 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Royale Ballet Dance Academy celebrates its 20th anniversary Nutcracker performancewith special guest artists, Betsy McBride from American Ballet Theatre and Steven Loch from Miami City Ballet as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Clara’s Christmas Eve adventure to the Kingdom of The Sugar Plum Fairy features beautiful costumes, magical sets, and falling snow.
PASTORELA II: A SHEPHERD’S PLAY
Where: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7611 Park Lane, Dallas
When: Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.
Cost: Free, donations appreciated
Christmas Pastorelas, or Shepherd’s plays, are one of Latin America’s oldest traditions. They recreate the shepherds’ journey following the Star of Bethlehem with villancicos, or carols that use metaphors to tell the story. Join the Orchestra of New Spain for a family-friendly staging of the shepherds’ adventure featuring Spanish and Latin American Baroque music, dance and comedic fun.
41st ANNUAL MESSIAH SING
Where: Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W. Broadway Avenue, Fort Worth
When: Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
Experience the unique opportunity to sing along on the choruses from Handel’s Messiah accompanied by musicians from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Scores are provided or bring your own.
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