December

ADDISON: Nov. 24-Jan. 1 Vitruvian Lights More than 1.5 million sparkling LED lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland. The lights remain on every evening and every Saturday guests can enjoy live music, photos with Santa, an elf balloon artist, gourmet food trucks, delicious desserts and retail booths for gift browsing. Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave. 800-233-4766; visitaddison.com or vitruvianpark.com

ARLINGTON: Nov. 17-Dec. 31 Holiday in the Park Celebrate the most magical time of the year with enchanting experiences that help create special family-fun outings. Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 E Road to Six Flags St. 817-640-8900; sixflags.com/overtexas

ARLINGTON: Nov. 23-Dec. 30 Enchant: The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market Enjoy an ice skating rink, more than two acres of lighted Christmas mazes and displays, visits with Santa, live entertainment, and winter-themed drinks while browsing through the vendor village. 817-265-7721; enchantchristmas.com

ARLINGTON: Nov. 30-Dec. 16 “Miracle on 34th Street” By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. theatrearlington.org 817-275-7661

ARLINGTON: Dec. 1 Big 12 Championship Game The top two football teams in the Big 12 Conference face off in the championship game. AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way. 817-892- 4000; attstadium.com

ARLINGTON: Dec. 8 Holiday Lights Parade Spend time with your family and friends by setting up camp along the parade route to enjoy hot chocolate and sounds of the season. The tree lighting follows the parade. Downtown Arlington. holidaylightsparade.com

ARLINGTON: Dec. 19-22 UIL High School Football Championships UIL football teams across Texas compete for state championship titles. AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way. 800-892-4000; uiltexas.org/football

ARLINGTON: Dec. 29 Cotton Bowl Classic The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic brings two college football powerhouses neck to neck. AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way. 817-892- 4000; goodyearcottonbowl.com

BASTROP: Nov. 23-Dec. 31 Lost Pines Christmas Celebrate the holiday season in Historic Downtown Bastrop. From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to a dazzling nighttime holiday parade, food and wine events, and activities for the en- tire family, Bastrop shares the season during this month-long holiday event. Downtown Merchants offer extended shopping hours throughout the holiday season. Downtown Bastrop, 927 Main St. lostpineschristmas.com

BASTROP: Dec. 8 Bastrop Holiday Homes Tour Catch a glimpse of Bastrop’s storied past as volunteer docents lead tours of some of Bastrop’s finest historic homes and buildings, elaborately deco- rated for the holidays. Bastrop Holiday Homes Tour is sponsored by the Bastrop County Historical Society. Various locations. 512-303-0057; bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com

BONHAM: Dec. 8 Holiday Open House Enjoy free Christmas-themed tours. Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 SH 56 West. 903-583-5558; visitsamrayburnhouse.com

BOWIE: Dec. 1 Fantasy of Lights Parade and Festival The 27th annual event includes a Christmas parade, tree lighting, sip-and-stroll shopping though downtown Bowie, and Christmas shopping specials. Colorful floats, vehicles, riding groups, and marching groups light up the night. Downtown Bowie. 940-872-6246

BRENHAM: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade The annual two-day event begins Friday with the lighting of the courthouse square followed by caroling and other activities including rides on the Firetruck Invader. Saturday brings more fun with story time, entertainment, and the lighted Christmas parade with an appearance from Santa Claus. Downtown businesses stay open late for the festivities. The Jingle Bell Market is open during the event as well and features a large variety of indoor vendors. Downtown Brenham. 979-836-3696; visitbrenhamtexas.com

BRENHAM: Dec. 1-9 Holiday Crystal Wine Trail Get a jump start on your holiday gift giving by touring the Holiday Crystal Wine Trail on the first two weekends of December. Your trail ticket allows you to enjoy two specially selected wine tastings, paired with a holiday food sample at each winery on the trail. As an added bonus, receive a Bluebonnet Wine Trail commemorative keepsake at the sixth winery visited, while supplies last. Guests can start at the winery of their choice. Various locations. 979-836- 3696; texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com

BURTON: Dec. 8 Christmas Village
Enjoy Christmas in the country with Burton Christmas Village and Tannenbaum Tour. Christmas shopping and fun activities for kids of all ages are at the Krist Kindl Market at the Texas Cotton Gin Museum. Texas Cotton Gin Museum, 307 N. Main St. 979- 289-3378; burtontexas.org

CAMERON: Dec. 6 Cameron Christmas Parade This year’s theme is Merry Texas Christmas, Y ‘all! Come for a real Texas Christmas at the annual Christmas parade on the downtown square. Explore decorated historic downtown and museums, get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy food and drinks, arts and crafts, and the parade floats created by local businesses and organizations. Downtown Cameron, 102 E. First St. 254-697-4979; cameron-tx.com

CAMERON: Dec. 27-28 Cameron Chamber of Commerce Christmas Basketball Classic Tournament Come to the annual Christmas Basketball Classic Tournament to watch Central Texas teams compete with teams from Australia. C.H. Yoe High School Gym, 303 E. 12th St. 254-697-4979; cameron-tx.com

CHAPPELL HILL: Dec. 8 Christmas Homes Tour Tour homes in the area deco- rated for Christmas. Main Street. 713-562- 6191; chappellhillgardenclub.com

CLEBURNE: Nov. 19-Dec. 31 Whistle Stop Christmas Lighting Ceremony Experience a Christmas wonderland with more than 3.5 million lights decorating Hulen Park. The event will light up on Nov. 19 in a ceremony featuring Christmas carols, vendors, and more. Lights on every evening in Hulen Park. 900 Hillsboro St. 817-645-2455; whistlestopchristmas.org

CLEBURNE: Dec. 1-22 “A Christmas Carol” Back for it’s every-other-year production at Plaza Theatre Company, “A Christmas Carol” once again tells the story of the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge and his journey to redemption at Christmastime through the appearance of ghosts of his past, present, and future. Adorned with classic carols of the season throughout, “A Christmas Carol” is a tradition unmatched for the joy and pleasure it brings to every holiday season. Plaza Theatre at Dudley Hall, 305 S. Anglin St. 817-202-0600; plaza-theatre.com

CLEBURNE: Dec. 1-9 “The Homecoming” The Cleburne Carnegie Players present “The Homecoming.” The special strength of a loving family is at the heart of this play based on the book by Earl Hamner Jr., which also inspired a television series of exceptional quality, “The Waltons.” In the original book however, they were called “The Spencers,” and instead of “John Boy” it’s Clay-Boy—and that’s how they’re named in this play. Cleburne Performing Arts Center, 1501 W. Henderson St. 682-317- 3644; carnegieplayers.org

CLEBURNE: Dec. 6 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Our merchants keep their doors open late every first Thursday of the month. Shops offer special promotions, refreshments, and diva delights for your shopping plea- sure. Grab your mom, daughters, and girl- friends and come down and shop historic downtown. Downtown Cleburne. 817-641- 9861; visitcleburne.com

CLEBURNE: Dec. 7 Lighted Christmas Parade The parade is held the first Friday in December and offers vendors and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade at Market Square. Downtown Cleburne. 817- 645-2455; visitcleburne.com

CLEBURNE: Dec. 8 Candlewalk Tour of Homes Tour local, historic homes that have been decorated for the holiday season. Numerous local business are also open to ticket holders with special activities, music, or exhibits. Various locations. 817-645- 0940; visitcleburne.com

CLEBURNE: Dec. 11 Brazos Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert
Enjoy an evening with friends and family as a 50-piece orchestra plays an eclectic blend of orchestral music including Christ- mas music, classical, big band, movie tunes, Americana, and pop. First Baptist Church of Cleburne, 414 N. Main St. brazoschamberorchestra.org 817-645-8067

CLIFTON: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Arts of Christ- mas The Bosque Arts Center is aglow with special holiday decor, visits from Santa, and vendors selling pottery, quilts, and art just in time for Christmas shopping. Artisans are also demonstrating their skills. Free refreshments are available. Bosque Arts Center, 215 College Hill Drive. 254- 675-3724; bosqueartscenter.org

CLIFTON: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Norwegian Country Christmas Parade and Tour
This holiday parade in downtown Clifton kicks off the weekend’s Norwegian Country Christmas Tour, celebrating the town’s unique status as the Norwegian Capital of Texas. After the parade is the tour of homes and historic sites, shopping, performances, and more. The self-guided tour includes sites in Clifton and Norse Historic District. Historic Downtown Clifton, 115 N. Avenue D. 254-675-3720; cliftontexas.org

COLLEGE STATION: Nov. 30-Dec. 8 Christmas in the Park Two weekends full of holiday fun include old-fashioned hay- rides, cookies and hot cocoa, live entertainment, a petting zoo, inflatables, real snow slides, and photos with Santa. Guests may bring their own refreshments. Coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Alcohol, glass containers and pets are not allowed. Guests are allowed to bring their own cameras to take a photo for free. Food vendors are also available. The holiday celebration doesn’t stop there. Guests can continue the family tradition of viewing more than 1 million lights that decorate the beautiful 47-acre park each evening starting on Thanksgiving and ending after New Year’s. Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, 1000 Krenek Tap Road. 979-764- 3486; cstx.gov/christmas

COLLEGE STATION: Dec. 3-4 Celtic Woman in Concert Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they present The Best of Christmas Tour. Rudder Auditorium, Joe Routt Boulevard. 979-845- 1234; mscopas.org/celtic_woman

COLUMBUS: Dec. 6 Ladies Night Out Enjoy an evening of wine tasting and shopping in downtown Columbus. Forty or more vendors are set up in the historic Stafford Opera House selling clothing, jewelry, candles, canned goods, cookies, leather goods, and much more. Downtown Columbus, 425 Spring St. 979-732-8385; business.columbustexas.org

COMANCHE: Nov. 24-Jan. 2 Comanche County Christmas Lights Celebrate the season with this sixth annual light show. Featuring more than 30,000 state-of- the-art animated lights plus creative dis- plays set to traditional and contemporary Christmas music, the show delights visitors young and old with Santa’s work- shop, the Polar Express, and more. Comanche County Courthouse, 101 W. Central Ave. 817-673-7963; facebook.com/comanchecountychristmas

CUERO: Nov. 19-Jan. 1 Christmas in the Park This lighted, self-guided drive includes 250 festive scenes. Thursday evenings are hot chocolate nights when guests can warm up with a free cup of hot chocolate. Cuero Municipal Park, Leonard Roy Harmon Drive, off US 87 South. 361-275- 2112; cuero.org

CUERO: Dec. 7-8 Christmas in Down- town Celebrate the season with Main Street’s annual two-day event. There are Christmas attractions, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Main Street. 361-275- 2112; cueromainstreet.com

DALLAS: Nov. 17-Jan. 6 The Trains at NorthPark This year marks the 20th year of The Trains at NorthPark, with more than 750 railcars on a 1,600-foot elaborate configuration of tracks and scenes. The Trains at NorthPark features cityscapes like Dallas, replete with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Fair Park; New York with Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Other highlights include New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods, Mount Rushmore, and Route 66. The charming exhibit has been seen by around two million since its original run over 30 years ago. NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway. 214-631- 7354; thetrainsatnorthpark.com

DALLAS: Nov. 27-Dec. 30 Christmas Lights, Chocolate, and Sips Tours
View holiday lights in sweet style via private heated motor coach. Begin by tasting scrumptious treats from premier local dessert venues, then relax while gliding past Dallas’ most spectacular holiday displays in the Park Cities and downtown Dallas. While touring, sip hot chocolate, soft drinks and water as well as other great beverages. All ages welcome. Dallas by Chocolate, 4925 Greenville Ave. 972-814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Winery, Chocolate, Pizza and Live Music Tour Dallas by Chocolate presents Saturday nights on the town with a wine tasting paired with a yummy cheeseboard and great pizza at a terrific winery, followed by scrumptious desserts in some of the area’s sweetest hot spots. Then check out live music at a fun venue. Includes transportation via private motor coach, food and dessert samples, and beverages on the motor coach (you may also BYOB). Two Corks and a Bottle, 2650 Laclede St. 972- 814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: Dec. 1-Jan. 1 Zoo Lights
The zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with over one million twinkling lights that illuminate the zoo throughout the holiday season. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. 469-554-7500; dallaszoo.com

DALLAS: Dec. 8 The Hidden Dallas Tour Discover secret places in Dallas and check out whimsical sculptures, waterfalls, and the last home built by one of America’s most famous architects. Stop along the way for delicious snacks at culinary gems. Some walking is involved. The tour includes transportation, a tour guide, snacks, and beverages on the bus.

World Market, 3888 Oak Lawn Ave. 972-814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: Through Dec. 9 “Dalí: Poetics of the Small” View the first in-depth exploration of the small-scale paintings of Salvador Dalí (1904–1989). While many of Dalí’s canvases are known around the world and are among the defining works of the Surrealist movement, the small size of many of these works is frequently overlooked. Nearly half of the artist’s paintings during the early part of his Sur- realist period (1929–1936) were actually small format works: some measuring just over a foot, and others were as small as 3 x 2 inches. This exhibit is organized by the Meadows as part of its mission to present Spanish art in America. Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. 214-768- 2516; meadowsmuseumdallas.org

DALLAS: Dec. 28-29 Lights All Night Celebrating its ninth year on New Year’s Eve weekend, this festival features performances from some of today’s top electronic and hip-hop acts, including Diplo, Gucci Mane, and Tiësto. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway.lightsallnight.com

DALLAS: Through Dec. 30 The Lady From the Sea by Henrik Ibsen Undermain returns the Classics with Ibsen’s rarely seen drama, “The Lady From the Sea.” Ellida, a lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, is trapped on an island in her marriage and longs for the sea. Written in 1888, The Lady from the Sea continues Ibsen’s exploration of the imbalances of marriage and a woman’s need for free- dom. It is haunting and delightfully real in its display of this world and the other- world, with both containing an intoxicating desire to be set free. Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St. 214-747-5515; undermain.org

DALLAS: Through Dec. 31 “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” This landmark exhibition brings to life the story of slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents, and artifacts un- earthed at the storied plantation. African American Museum in Dallas at Fair Park, 3536 Grand Ave. monticello.org

DALLAS: Through Dec. 31 The 12 Days of Christmas The elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos are on display for the final year at the Dallas Arboretum. Guests are invited to experience Dallas’ delightful holiday tradition with a festive stroll through the gardens and revel in The 12 Days of Christmas exhibition with a dozen breathtaking gazebos depicting each day in the beloved Christmas carol. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. 214-515-6525; dallasarboretum.org

DALLAS: Through Jan. 6 “The Nature of Arp” The first major North American museum exhibition dedicated to Jean (Hans) Arp in three decades, with works rarely seen in the U.S. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. 214-242-5100; nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through Jan. 6 “Ultimate Dinosaurs” Based on groundbreaking re- search from scientists around the world, this exhibit reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa, and Madagascar—dinosaurs that are unfamiliar to most North Americans. Through hands-on activities and augmented reality technology, guests discover that an amazing diversity of species evolved as a result of continental drift. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Through April 7 “Jacob Hashimoto: Clouds and Chaos” Exploring this universally compelling phenomenon of nature, the Crow Muse- um of Asian Art in Dallas presents this solo exhibition’s central work, “Nuvole,” is a large-scale site-specific installation on view in Gallery III. It is the first major exhibition to debut in the newly renovated museum, which recently completed a multimillion-dollar expansion including the addition of a new gallery, a reimagined Lotus Shop, interactive “street-side” Pearl Art Studio, and Center for Contemplative Leadership. Crow Museum of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. 214-979-6430; crowmuseum.org

DECATUR: Dec. 1 Moonlight Madness Experience a lighted Christmas parade. Downtown. 940-399-9558; decaturtx.com

DENISON: Dec. 1 Homefront Christmas Saturday Visit the Eisenhower Birthplace to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas in Denison during World War II, including a 1940s-themed tree. Take part in family activities, crafts, and special tours about Christmas on the “homefront.” Visit the museum store for Christmas shopping. Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, 609 S. Lamar Ave. 903- 465-8908; visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com

DENTON: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Wassail Week- end The Denton Main Street Association merchants host this event during the Fri- day of Denton’s Holiday Lighting Festival and hold special tasting times again the day after. Wassail is a fussy old English word for hot cider. Some downtown merchants stir up their best recipe to give free tastings for all ages during the city’s annual holiday festivities. More merchants hold tastings that Saturday to win a coveted Wassail crown. Visitors are encouraged to taste the secret recipes of the warm holiday-spiced punch and then cast a vote for their favorite. Downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St. 940-349-8529; dentonmainstreet.org

DENTON: Dec. 1 North Texas Horse Country Tour Wind your way through the beautiful North Texas Horse Country aboard a luxury motor coach while a fun and knowledgeable guide narrates the facts and back story of the area. The tour visits two premier horse ranches where you can get an up close and personal look at the equine industry. City of Denton Development Services Parking Lot, 216 W. Mulberry St. 940- 382-7895; horsecountrytours.com

DENTON: Dec. 1 UNT Opera: “Leos Janáček—The Cunning Little Vixen”
This production features a pre-concert lecture and a chamber orchestra and is presented as part of the third UNT International Festival of Czech Music. Murchison Performing Arts Center—Lyric Theater, 2100 S. I-35 East. 940-369-7802; calendar.music.unt.edu

DENTON: Dec. 7-Feb. 15 “Life Stories Told Through Quilts” This exhibit features the work of Barbara McCraw, a retired professor, pathologist, and master quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe. She has created quilts celebrating figures like Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and the Obamas. Her pieces are in numerous collections, including the Smithsonian. Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. 940-382-2787; dentonarts.com

DENTON: Dec. 7 UNT Sounds of the Holidays: A Festival of Carols and Holiday Classics Join the UNT concert orchestra and combined choirs to celebrate the sea- son with Christmas carols and holiday classics with more than 300 voices. University of North Texas—Winspear Performance Hall, 2100 S. I-35 East. 940-369-7802; thempac.music.unt.edu

ELGIN: Dec. 1 Holiday by the Tracks Activities include a visit to the Elgin Depot Museum, a holiday bazaar, a hot cocoa sip and stroll, shopping specials throughout downtown, and pictures with Santa throughout December. The Lighted Christmas Parade on Main Street begins at dusk, sponsored by the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church per- forms a live nativity after the parade. Downtown Elgin, 114 Central Ave. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Dec. 1 Hot Cocoa Stroll and Holiday by the Tracks Sample a variety of hot cocoa from downtown businesses and vote for your favorite during this festive stroll. The lighted Christmas parade starts at dusk, followed by a live nativity by St. Peters Lutheran Church. Elgin Public Library and Historic Downtown Elgin, 404 N. Main St. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Dec. 8 Holiday Sweater Weekend Those wearing holiday sweaters while shop- ping downtown could win prizes and dis- counts. Enjoy yoga in holiday sweaters and participate in the Tackiest Holiday Sweater Contest. Various locations.elgintx.com

ELGIN: Dec. 13 Sip, Shop, and Stroll
Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, and live music in many of the venues. Enjoy wine and beer tastings, samples, and refreshments throughout the evening. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ENNIS: Dec. 1 Lucky CC Car Show and Toy Drive Enjoy hot cars, cool tunes, and good food. Drop off an unwrapped toy to gift to a local child for Christmas. Down- town Ennis, 204 W. Knox St. 972-878-4748; visitennis.org

ENNIS: Dec. 6-16 “A Doublewide Texas Christmas” It’s Christmastime in the newest and tiniest town in Texas. And it’s be- ginning to look a lot like trouble in Double- wide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday sea- son, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being double-crossed by the county. Determined to bolster their legitimacy, they first set their sights on the countywide “Battle of the Mangers” com- petition. By the time this full-tilt rocket ride of lunacy climaxes in a what-else-can-go- wrong live television presentation, you’ll have doubled your Christmas spirit. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. 972-878- 7529; ennispublictheatre.com

ENNIS: Dec. 7-22 “Where’s Santa?”
In this live theatrical production, the sheriff’s son is intrigued and enlists his friends when a mysterious visitor ends up in the small town jail on Christmas Eve. Theatre Rocks!, 505 NW Main St. 972-878-5126; theatrerocks.com

FLATONIA: Dec. 1 Christmas in Flatonia Celebrate the Christmas season with this arts and crafts event, featuring a visit from Santa. Candies and cookies made by locals are available for purchase by the pound at the Cookie and Candy Carnival. Flatonia Civic Center, 208 E. North Main St. 361- 865-3920; flatoniachamber.com

FORT WORTH: Through Jan. 27 “Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera” Simmons’s career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style by using props and dolls as stand-ins for people and places. Often isolating the dolls and photographing them situated in tiny, austere set- tings, Simmons uses fictional scenes to make observations about real life. The Modern, 3200 Darnell St. 817-738-9215; themodern.org

FORT WORTH: Dec. 1 Christmas in the Stockyards Start the holiday season with a Western twist and fun activities the whole family can enjoy, including armadillo races, face painting, live Western music, story time with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, chuckwagon poetry, and a Western Christ- mas parade to end the evening. Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave. 817-625- 9715; fortworthstockyards.com

FORT WORTH: Dec. 3 Handel’s Messiah: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra The joy of the season comes to life in Handel’s majestic Messiah. Let the thrilling choruses, soaring solos, and triumphant orchestration be a joyful and powerful beginning to your holiday celebrations. Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St. 940-565- 2791; calendar.music.unt.edu

FORT WORTH: Dec. 22 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl For the second straight year, this bowl game is on a Saturday afternoon. This year’s matchup features the Big 12 Conference versus the American Athletic Conference. Amon G. Carter Stadium, 2850 Stadium Drive. 817-810-0012; armedforcesbowl.com

GARLAND: Dec. 1-15 Christmas on the Square This year’s celebration features holiday fun during the first three weekends of December. Downtown Garland Square plays host to different activities including holiday movies, carolers, and photos with Santa. There is plenty of holiday cheer, so invite friends and family to come down- town to enjoy the light show and stay for holiday festivities. Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St. 972-205-2633; christmasonthesquare.com

GIDDINGS: Dec. 6 Christmas at the Courthouse This holiday event includes Christmas carols, a live band, and a tree lighting with refreshments of cookies and cocoa, and Santa for the children. Lee County Courthouse, 200 S. Main St. 979-542-3455; giddingstx.com

GLEN ROSE: Dec. 3 Dyeing To Discover Insects One Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye. After an overview of in- sects, find this insect in the wild then learn about it and the dye made from it. Then, dye a bandana to take home. This event is for homeschool students. Fossil Rim Wild- life Center, 1985 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: Dec. 10 Wolves Behind-the- Scenes Tour The relationship between man and wolf has been a rocky one, and you will learn how that interaction has evolved over the years. Fossil Rim has Mexican gray wolves, red wolves, and maned wolves. Discover the habits and history of these amazing animals and enjoy the unique opportunity to view the resident wolves—possibly all species. This event is designed for homeschoolers ages seven and up. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1985 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 22-Dec. 30 Prairie Lights Prairie Lights runs nightly with a 2-mile drive that features four million lights and new custom displays. Carnival rides, holiday show and walk-thru are included with the entrance fee. Kids of all ages can ride the carnival rides and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa at the Holiday Village. Prairie Lakes, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway. 972-237-8110

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 1-9 “Scrooge: The Musical” The classic story tells of a stingy, bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge, who is transformed into a kind person after visits by the ghost of his former partner, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse adapted the classic Charles Dickens tale, “A Christmas Carol,” into the hit screen musical. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. 972- 237-8786; artsgp.org

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 1 Funny and Famous Comedy Show Come laugh all evening at K104 DeDe In The Morning’s Funny and Famous comedy show hosted by DeRay Davis. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place. 888-929-7849; verizontheatre.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 1-23 Holiday Market with Santa Kids of all ages can have their photo taken with Santa, and thousands of dealers are selling holiday gifts of all kinds. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. 972-647-2331; tradersvillage.com/ grandprairie

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 7 “The Price is Right” Live Come experience the hit inter- active stage show “The Price is Right” live with chances to win prizes. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place. 972-854-5050; verizontheatre.com

GRAPEVINE: Through Jan. 1 ICE! and Lone Star Christmas This walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees, features 2 million pounds of hand- carved ice sculptures and five slides. Experience your favorite scenes from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as they are brought to life. Gaylord Texan Re- sort, 1501 Gaylord Trail. 817-410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 16-Dec. 30 Ornament- Making Workshop Shop for hand-blown glass art and attend special events that allow guests to work alongside profession- al glassblowers to help create their own glass holiday ornaments. Cotton Belt Rail- road District, 701 S. Main St., Suite 103. 817-410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 16-Dec. 30 Texas Star Dinner Theater This year’s holiday show, “A Cold-Hearted Christmas,” is about finding Christmas cheer. Join the posse and help find out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in this comedic interactive dinner experience. Historic Downtown Grapevine, 816 S. Main St. 817-410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 23-Dec. 23 North Pole Express Board the beautifully decorated Victorian rail coaches and watch Santa’s helpers sing traditional Christmas music. As the train draws closer to the North Pole, Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance to give each child a “We Believe” silver Santa bell. Arrive at the North Pole and walk along a snowy Christmas tree forest. Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St. 817-410-3185; gvrr.com

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 24-Dec. 24 Snowland Spend the winter under the spell of Snow- land’s twinkling lights, holiday trees, and indoor snow showers. Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive. 817-410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 1 Victorian Christmas Tours Step back in time and experience traditional Christmas on the farm. Gather at the Pole Barn before taking a tour through the historic barn and around to the farmhouse, ending at the campfire with cider and cookies. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St. 817-410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com/nash-farm

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 6 Parade of Lights Bring the entire family to the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float. The theme is “Holiday Magic on Main.” Historic Downtown Grapevine, Main Street. 817-410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 26-30 After Christmas Trains Not ready to end the holiday cheer? Hop on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for a festive excursion. Grapevine Vintage Rail- road, 705 S. Main St. 817-410-3185; gvrr.com

HARKER HEIGHTS: Dec. 1-2 Touch of Christmas Bazaar/Food Fight
New this year, visitors can help choose the best food truck in Central Texas. Vote for your favorite while visiting all kinds of vendors ready to help shoppers find perfect Christmas presents for everyone on their list. Fun, free family activities include photos with Santa, craft activities, and the Elfie Selfie Contest. Moose Lodge No. 2179, 125 W. Veterans Memorial. 844-458-4208; phantomsupport.org/christmas-bazaar

HILLSBORO: Dec. 1-2 Tour of Homes
 The tour features five homes from the historic district along with tours of the historic courthouse and library. Various locations. 254-266-4484; hillsborochamber.org

HUBBARD: Dec. 1 Magnolia and Mistletoe Come to this Christmas celebration with indoor and outdoor vendors, a Christ- mas parade, Santa meeting with the children, and indoor Christmas carols from the school kids. The Fire Department prepares a pancake breakfast, and downtown shops and antique stores are open. Hubbard Civic Center, 300 N. Magnolia Ave. 254-580- 5644; discoverhubbard.com

IRVING: Dec. 15 “Holiday of Color”
Feel the excitement of the holiday season as the Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Austin celebrate a “Holiday of Color.” The orchestra is joined by vocalist Sara Gartland and performs Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as well as Duke Ellington’s “Three Black Kings.” Other winter favorites will have sugar plum fairies dancing in your head as you take part in the annual holiday singalong. Irving Arts Center— Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 972-252-4800; lascolinassymphony.org

LA GRANGE: Dec. 6 Schmeckenfest— Christmas Wassail Tasting Festival Entering into its 11th year, this community event attracts visitors to the square to sample more than 25 different types of wassail (hot cider) made by various business owners and community leaders. The wassail competition brings the allure of the coveted honor of being named Schmeckenmeister—an honor which lasts until the next Schmeckenfest festival. Festivities begin with a Christmas parade and lighting of the county Christmas tree on the court- house lawn, and continue with music, treats, children’s activities, Schmecken-ball pit, Christmas cookie decorating, and a visit from Santa. Fayette County Courthouse Square, 151 N. Washington St. 979-968- 3017; visitlagrangetx.com

LEWISVILLE: Dec. 1 Old Town Holiday Stroll and Lewisville Lights Capture the magic of the holidays with a winter carnival area, local entertainers on stage, the tree lighting ceremony, and a movie in the plaza. The event also includes the Huffines Auto Dealerships’ Christmas parade, Lewisville Morning Rotary pancake break- fast, photos with Santa, and the motorcycle toy run. Wayne Ferguson Plaza in Old Town, 150 W. Church St. 972-219-3401; visitlewisville.com

LOCKHART: Dec. 1 Holiday Home Tour Visit some of the many beautiful private homes and intriguing public spaces that make Lockhart a special place. Go at your own pace and in any order you choose. Do- cents are on hand to give intriguing info at each site. Various locations. 512-557-9025; lockhartchamber.com

LULING: Nov. 21-Jan. 1 Lighted Yule Trail Drive the Yule Trail to see more than 100 lighted Christmas signboards and a giant antique Santa. Downtown Luling, Davis Street. 830-875-3214; lulingmainstreet.com

LULING: Dec. 7 Cocoa & Carols Local shops stay open late to offer hot cocoa, holiday shopping, caroling, and visits with Santa. Downtown Luling, East Davis Street. 830-875-3214; lulingmainstreet.com

MADISONVILLE: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Ginger- bread Market Relax with a glass of wine while shopping local vendors for Christmas and holiday gifts. There is also a parade and cookies and pictures with Santa following the parade. MSCA Pavilion, 800 N. May St. visitmadisonville.org 979-703-6901

MADISONVILLE: Dec. 1 Night Time Christmas Parade Ring in the holiday sea- son with lighted floats, shopping, music, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa. Downtown Madisonville, 113 W. Trinity St. 936-348-3591; madisonchamber.net

MCGREGOR: Dec. 8 McGregor Christmas Parade This annual Christmas parade is a fantastic moving light show. The parade route follows Main Street, which is lit up for the holidays and features floats, classic cars, and tractors all decorated for Christ- mas. Santa arrives in style assisted by the local volunteer fire department who whisk him immediately following the parade to nearby Legacy Park. There, children have the opportunity to have cookies and hot chocolate with Santa and tell him their Christmas wishes. Snow machines are blowing and you might see an elf or perhaps baby Jesus in his manger, complete with baby lambs you can pet. Businesses are open, so visitors can shop while enjoying the Christmas music projected throughout the streets. Historic Main Street, 200 Main St. 254-840-2292; mcgregorfoundersday.com

MCKINNEY: Through Feb. 18 “Dinosaurs Live!” Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. This year’s exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. Note: The Heard is unable to animate the dinosaurs when temperatures drop below 35 degrees. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. 972- 562-5566; heardmuseum.org/dinosaurslive

MCKINNEY: Dec. 1-2 Holiday Tour of Homes Each year, an elite group of homes and historic structures are decorated for Christmas and opened for the tour. Tickets are good for one visit to each house. You may use your tickets over the course of both days if you wish. Chestnut Square Historic Village, 315 S. Chestnut St. 214-208- 3692; chestnutsquare.org

MCKINNEY: Dec. 2 Community Band Holiday Concert The McKinney Community Band presents its annual Christmas concert, performing all kinds of favorite holiday tunes, including a singalong or two, plus an appearance by Santa. The band’s concerts are always free and open to all ages. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. 214-208-3692; mckinneyband.com

MCKINNEY: Dec. 8 Christmas Parade of Lights Downtown McKinney is filled with holiday lights and music as floats and bands make the evening parade route around the historic square. McKinney Historic Downtown Square. 972-547-2650; mckinneyparadeoflights.com

MCKINNEY: Dec. 14-15 Holidays at the Heard Guests can see lights and holiday decor along a half-mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance rather than overpower the sanctuary’s natural beauty. Take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting, listen to live holiday music, and enjoy hot beverages and treats. Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566; heardmuseum.org/holidays

NOCONA: Dec. 1 Christmas in Nocona This event offers a parade, drawings, kids activities, and a fireman’s fish fry. Various locations. 940-825-3526; facebook.com/christmasinnocona

NOCONA: Dec. 15 Christmas Ball with Gary P. Nunn Have fun at this festive BYOB dinner and dance. Veranda Inn Events Center, 1523 E. US 82. 940-825-3526

PLANO: Dec. 1 Lantern Light Celebration Stroll around four acres amidst the glow of lantern light and delight in wagon rides, historic demonstrations, storytelling by the North 40 Story Tellers, scrumptious treats, unique children’s crafts, and a visit with Santa Claus. Tour the Great Depression exhibit and holiday decor in the Farrell Wilson House. Strolling carolers and school choirs are scheduled throughout the event in the Historic Pole Barn, presenting songs of the season. Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St. 972- 881-0140; heritagefarmstead.org/events

PLANO: Dec. 2 Holistic Festival of Life and Wellness Learn about and sample a huge variety of life-enhancing modalities from highly skilled teachers and practitioners, including yoga, meditation, chakra balancing, intuitive guidance, herbal nutrition, skin care, aromatherapy, astrology, psychic readings, massage therapy, and more. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. 972-750- 1419; holisticfestivaloflife.com

PLANO: Dec. 2 Jingle Bell Run Be a part of the longest standing holiday-themed 5K race series anywhere, and fight to conquer arthritis. This is a festive race where you can get decked out in your favorite holiday gear all while racing to raise money. Granite Park, 5601 Granite Parkway. 972-731-2380; visitplano.com

PLANO: Dec. 7-23 “A Christmas Carol” This adaptation of Dickens’ beloved story has all the humor and spirit of the Christ- mas season. The narrator, who appears as Charles Dickens, takes audiences along each scene as the characters speak. The Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Drive. 214-810-3228; artcentretheatre.com

PLANO: Dec. 7-15 “Charlie Frown: A Holiday Carol” Charlie Frown is tasked with directing the Holiday Carol this year. However, what Charlie thought would be a simple play turned out to be much, much more. Music, murder, and mayhem fill this adult-themed late night just in time for Christmas. The Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Drive. 214-810- 3228; artcentretheatre.com

PLANO: Dec. 7-15 “Hansel, Gretel, and Yetel” In the style of traditional pantomime, these performers bring you the story of Hansel and his sisters Gretel and Yetel as they eat a witch’s house and try not to get eaten themselves. The performance is great fun for the audience with shout backs, props, singalongs, dance interludes, and lots of other fun surprises. The Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Drive. 214-810-3228; artcentretheatre.com

PLANO: Dec. 7-16 “Scrooge!” Ebenezer Scrooge has spent all his life accruing gold and allowing all his loved ones to slip through his hands. On Christmas Eve 1843, Scrooge is given the gift of one more chance to redeem himself for mankind and for his soul. The musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” reminds us to love one another and to hold each other close. The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W Park Blvd. 972-422-2575; northtexasperformingarts.org

PLANO: Dec. 7-22 “The Fumbly Bumbly Angels” Appropriate for all ages, this fun musical looks at the holiday season through the eyes of the “littlest” angels. The Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Drive. 214-810-3228; artcentretheatre.com

PLANO: Dec. 8 Breakfast with Santa While enjoying tasty breakfast treats, create your Santa wish list and holiday crafts. Little ones can enjoy some one-on-one time with Santa and receive a souvenir photo. Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road. 972-208-8087; plano.gov

PLANO: Dec. 8 Plano Lions Christmas Parade See festive floats, flags, firetrucks, clowns, Santa, and more. Every Plano high school marching band, drill team, cheer squad and JROTC participates, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts, YMCA Guides and Princesses, church groups, and more. Plano ISD Administration Building, 2700 W. 15th St. 972-985-8260; visitplano.com or christmas.planolions.org

PLANO: Dec. 8-16 The Gift of Christmas With thousands of guests attending every year, this visually stunning multimedia event is complete with special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, live orchestra, flying angels, and more. Prestonwood Baptist Church, 6801 W. Park Blvd. 888-424-3977; visitplano.com or prestonwoodgoc.org

PLANO: Dec. 13 Downtown Plano Art and Wine Walk This is a sip and shop event where participants get to sample selected wines at their favorite shops in downtown while enjoying live music, cu- rated art exhibitions, and special dis- counts. Downtown Plano, 1013 E. 15th St. visitdowntownplano.com/winewalk

PLANO: Dec. 14 Fun on the Farm: Cookies with Santa Santa is visiting the farm- stead. Come to hear a story, decorate cookies, ride in the wagon, and visit and get a picture with Santa. Heritage Farm- stead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St. 972-881- 0140; heritagefarmstead.org/events

PLANO: Dec. 16 Plano Symphony Orchestra in Concert With more than 300 musicians, this performance includes seasonal favorites for orchestra and chorus, the popular audience singalong, visitors from the North Pole, humor, and surprises. St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway. 972-380-8001; planosymphony.org

RICHARDSON: Dec. 10 Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: “Commemorating Rachmaninoff & Debussy”
Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations are piano concerts with broad, popular appeal and lively commentary, making the music more accessible and meaningful for all. Each piece is performed in its entirety and there is a question and answer session following the concert. 2018 marks the 75th and 100th anniversaries of the deaths of these two popular com- posers. Program includes Preludes and Etudes of each, plus “Clair de lune” and “Prelude in C Sharp Minor.” Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972- 744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Dec. 11 A Holiday Celebration of Hope and Unity Featuring the world-renowned Sonos Handbell Ensemble, famed mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade, and the Dallas Street Choir—which is comprised of those experiencing home- lessness—this musical holiday show brings diverse inspirational talents to one concert. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Dec. 18 The TEN Tenors in Concert Following 17 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2,000 of their own headlining concerts, this Australian group is one of the world’s most loved classically based con- temporary music groups. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

ROUND TOP: Dec. 1 Christmas Parade With carolers, vintage cars, fun floats, and the occasional farm animal, the Round Top Christmas Parade is the perfect chance for residents and visitors to come together to enjoy one another’s company and some small-town Christmas charm. Various locations. 979-249-4042; roundtop.org

ROUND TOP: Dec. 8 The Nutcracker Ballet Round Top Festival Institute once again presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic ballet. This year’s production celebrates the 11th annual performance danced by Ovation Ballet Company, a youth ballet company in residency at Dancers Workshop in Austin. Don’t miss this holiday favorite danced by children for children of any age. Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road. 979-249- 3129; festivalhill.org

SAINT JO: Through Dec. 31 Chuck Middlekauff’s “Western Pop Art—Just for Fun!” Art Show The contemporary Western artist’s Pop Art-inspired paintings mingle the cowboys and the West with other fun icons from his ’50s and ’60s adolescent years. Davis and Blevins Main Street Gallery, 108 S. Main St. 940-995- 2786; sjmainstreetgallery.com

SALADO: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7-8 “A Christ- mas Carol” Adapted for the stage by Harry Sweet, this classic play brings the audience into the Christmas spirit. Concessions are open for hot chocolate, funnel cakes, and other goodies. Tablerock Amphitheater, 409 Royal St. 254-947-9205; tablerock.org

SALADO: Dec. 1-2, 7-9 Christmas Stroll The stroll offers all-day shopping that ex- tends well into the night. Find the unique and one-of-a-kind items only Salado can offer for all the people on your Christmas list. Food and drink are available at local establishments and from various vendors, and music can be found in the Village and in many establishments with strolling carolers and instrumentalists. Various locations. 254-947-5040; salado.com

SALADO: Dec. 28 Royal Street Art Walk On the fourth Friday of each month, from February to November, Royal Street offers an engaging visual arts experience that is focused on highlighting the quality, edge, and diversity of the artistic talents that make up the walk. Royal Street District. 254-947-8634; royalstreetartwalk.com

SEALY: Nov. 30-Jan. 1 Fantasy of Lights The holly jolly event includes a lighted parade, real snow, live music and entertainment, a barbecue cookoff, train rides, specialty booths, vendors, a 5K fun run, a petting zoo, and Santa Claus. Abe and Irene Levine Family Park, 406 Main St. 979-885- 3222; sealycommunityfoundation.org

SEGUIN: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Holiday Stroll This annual event kicks off with a parade on Thursday plus food vendors and entertainment from the Seguin High School band. On Friday, taste more than a dozen varieties of homemade hot chocolate; shop after hours at local businesses; and enjoy live entertainment from the Seguin High School Star Steppers, horse-drawn wagon rides, a train ride, and food vendors. Saturday marks the North Pole Stroll, which includes activities for children in Central Park, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and entertainment throughout the day. Pictures with Santa are available every day of the event. Various locations. 830-401- 5000; seguintexas.gov

SHERMAN: Dec. 1 Christmas Parade and Snowflake Festival The tradition of Sherman’s Christmas parade dates to the early 1900s and features free fun beginning with the Snowflake Festival and ending with the parade. Downtown Sherman, 100 W. Houston St. 903-892-7230; shermantx.org

SHINER: Dec. 6 Christmas in the Park This festive community gathering includes tables of delicacies offered by various organizations, beautiful holiday lights, lighting of the Christmas wreath, and Santa Claus with bags of treats for children. Welhausen Municipal Park, 900 Avenue E. 361-594-4180; shinertx.com

SMITHVILLE: Dec. 1 Festival of Lights and Parade Children can enjoy the Kid’s Fest with games, bounce houses, a reading corner, a clown, and a magician. Downtown Smithville, 100 NW First St. 512-581-4074; explorebastropcounty.com

TEMPLE: Dec. 1 Holiday Concert
This festive concert features the Messiah sung by two Chorales: San Gabriel Chorus and the Temple College Chorale. Temple College Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Centre, 100 W. Adams Ave. 254-778- 6683; templesymphony.org

TEMPLE: Dec. 1 Santa at the Depot
This Temple family tradition has Santa arriving by train and meeting with the kids throughout the day at the depot. The event includes crafts, music, and old-fashioned holiday fun. Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B. 254-298-5172; templerrhm.org

TEMPLE: Dec. 3 Christmas Parade Bands, floats, decorated automobiles, and walking groups are all part of the fun at the 72nd annual Christmas festivity. Special awards are given to the entries of the best depiction the Christmas spirit and the parade’s theme of “My Favorite Christmas Movie.” Downtown Temple, Main Street. 254-298-5440; discovertemple.com

TEMPLE: Dec. 7 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. 254-298- 5379; discovertemple.com

TEMPLE: Dec. 15 Bend of the River Christmas Celebrate the season with Santa, arts and crafts, a snow slide, and caroling. Bend of the River Ranch, 7915 South General Bruce Drive. 254-298-5774; templeparks.com

THE COLONY: Dec. 1 Holiday In The Park This annual event makes its way through town with a bang. All-day activities include pictures with Santa, the Parade of Lights, and Holiday In The Park with festive holiday music and performances, a holiday craft station, and a holiday baking contest. This event kicks off The Colony Christmas Spectacular light show. Various locations. 972-625-1106; visitthecolonytx.com

THE COLONY: Dec. 2-Jan. 1 Christmas Spectacular This light show is choreographed to music and can be seen every evening in December. Tune your radio to 99.9 FM to enjoy the music. Central Fire Station, 4900 Blair Oaks Drive. 972-625- 1106; visitthecolonytx.com

WACO: Through Jan. 6 “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit” This exhibit takes you on a journey back in time to experience the legend of the Titanic. The galleries in this exhibition feature more than 200 real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room recreations and personal stories, each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of the Titanic’s maiden voyage. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Waco Wonder- land Kick off the holiday season in down- town Waco where you’ll find a Ferris wheel, live music, food, art vendors, carriage rides, visits with Santa, a holiday parade, and a snow hill for kids. Heritage Square, 300 Austin Ave. 254-750-5980; wacowonderland.com

WACO: Dec. 7-9 Christmas on the Brazos Join Historic Waco Foundation’s Christmas Through the Decades, featuring Waco’s historic homes, all decked out for the holi- days. Each home features a different de- cade: Victorian through the 1920s. Tour the homes, have breakfast with Santa, enjoy candlelight tours, refreshments, and entertainment. Various locations. 254-753-5166; historicwaco.org

WACO: Dec. 7 Dr Pepper Christmas
 Bring the whole family for a holly jolly good time filled with musical entertainment, Christmas crafts, and food. Santa makes an appearance. Dr. Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute, 300 S. Fifth St. 254- 757-1025; drpeppermuseum.com

WASHINGTON: Dec. 8 Christmas on the Brazos Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Farm and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Discover the origins of holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring the season to life with musket-fire, music, and dancing. Tour the historic home of the last president of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family enjoys their Christmas gathering. Visit the farm’s quarters to hear how the enslaved celebrated the season. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12. 936-878-2214; visitbrenhamtexas.com

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 30; Dec. 1-2, 7-9 Bethlehem Revisited Step back in time and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did on the night of Christ’s birth. Central Presbyterian Church, 402 N. College. 469-309-4040; waxahachiecvb.com

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Christmas Market and Gift Show
Shop more than 100 vendors to benefit the Waxahachie Junior Service League. Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane. 469-309-4040; waxahachiejsl.org

WAXAHACHIE: Dec. 1-2, 8-9 Candlelight Home Tour Stroll around historic Waxahachie to see unique homes, spanning from the Victorian era to the 21st century, decorated for the holidays. Various locations. 469- 309-4040; downtownwaxahachie.com

WAXAHACHIE: Dec. 15 Santa Run 
More than 300 people run in Santa suits for this family-friendly 5K and 1-mile fun run. The race is complete with milk and cookies at the finish line. Downtown, 101 W. Main St. 972-937-9622; ymcadallas.org

WEATHERFORD: Dec. 1 Christmas On The Square The annual Christmas on the Square holiday celebration starts off with a Christmas parade and moves into a day of festive activities downtown, including shopping from businesses and vendors. Children enjoy mini-train rides, ice sculpting demonstrations, inflatables, and Christmas characters like Rudolph, Frosty, and penguins. A live entertainment stage showcases holiday music and talent. Admission and parking are free. Historic Downtown Weatherford. 817- 596-3801; weatherford-chamber.com

WEATHERFORD: Dec. 8 Holiday Open House Chandor Gardens annual Holiday Open House is held in conjunction with the Parker County Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour of Homes. The mansion and gardens are decorated for the holiday season, and area choirs and musicians entertain throughout the day. Cookies and refreshments are served and docents educate visitors on the history of Chandor Gardens. 711 W. Lee Ave. 817-613-1700; chandorgardens.com

WHITNEY: Dec. 1 Discover Historic Downtown Whitney This eighth annual Christmas bazaar and car show offers arts, crafts, decorations, and baked goods for the holiday season, as well as a car show complete with a “Santa Rod.” Historic Downtown Whitney. 254-694-2540

 

November

ADDISON: Nov. 16 Addison Circle Tree Lighting Along with a special performance by the WaterTower Theatre, the tree lighting will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, giveaways, kids entertainment, holiday gift shopping, holiday music, and more. Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle Drive. addisontexas.net 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Nov. 23 Vitruvian Lights—Flip the Switch! The lights in the park will be turned on during a spectacular lighting ceremony as Addison Mayor Joe Chow flips the switch. Guests can enjoy live music, photos with Santa, an elf balloon artist, gourmet food trucks, delicious desserts and retail booths for gift browsing. Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave. visitaddison.com or vitruvianpark.com 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Nov. 24-Jan. 1 Vitruvian Lights More than 1.5 million sparkling LED lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland. The lights remain on every evening and every Saturday guests can enjoy live music, photos with Santa, an elf balloon artist, gourmet food trucks, delicious desserts and retail booths for gift browsing. Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave. visitaddison.com or vitruvianpark.com 800-233-4766

ARLINGTON: Nov. 23-Dec. 30 Enchant: The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market Enchant features an ice-skating rink and more than two acres of lighted Christmas mazes and displays. Enjoy winter-themed drinks while browsing through the vendor village and visit Santa with the kids. Live entertainment and fun for the whole family. enchantchristmas.com 817-265-7721

BASTROP: Nov. 3-4 A Sami Show Shop at an arts, crafts, and home decor marketplace. Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut St. samishow.com 512-441-7133

BASTROP: Nov. 10-11 Veterans Day Car Show Weekend Along with the Saturday car show, enjoy music, a veterans tribute ceremony honoring those who have served the country in the military, and a cruise-in on Friday night in downtown Bastrop. Awards will be given for approximately 32 classes, as well as best of show, veterans, best engine, best paint, best interior, presidential sponsor choice, and club participation awards. Most proceeds go to veterans support organizations, Bastrop High School, auto tech scholarships, and other local charities. Downtown Bastrop, 927 Main St. bastropareacruisers.com

BASTROP: Nov. 23-Dec. 31 Lost Pines Christmas Celebrate the holiday season in Historic Downtown Bastrop. From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to a dazzling night-time holiday parade, food and wine events, and activities for the entire family, you’ll love how Bastrop shares the season during this month-long holiday event. Downtown Merchants offer extended shopping hours through- out the holiday season. Downtown Bastrop, 927 Main St. lostpineschristmas.com

BELTON: Nov. 10-11, 23-25 A Sami Show Shop at an arts, crafts, and home decor marketplace. Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121. samishow.com 512-441-7133

BELTON: Nov. 10-11 City-Wide Garage Sale Enjoy this vintage, collectible, and antique market. Bell County Expo Center, 301 W. Loop 121. cwgs.com 512-441-2828

CAMERON: Oct. 20-Nov. 4 MCT’s Production of “Murder’s in the Heir” Turn the game Clue into a play and you have this masterfully entertaining mystery. Almost every character in this hilarious play has the weapon, opportunity, and motive to commit the unseen murder, and it’s up to the audience to decide who actually did it. Williams Event Center, 408 S. Columbus. milamcommunitytheater.com 254-493-5539

CLEBURNE: Oct. 5-Nov. 10 “The Little Mermaid” Plaza Theatre Company at Dudley Hall, 305 S. Anglin St. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLEBURNE: Nov. 16-18 Pioneer Days
The 15th annual free event is a celebration of Western and Texas history. There will be cow- boys and Native Americans in full regalia, Ghosts of Buzzard Flats gunfighters, Terry’s Texas Rangers Civil War Re-encampment, pioneers, historic buildings, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, and kids games. Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, 101 Chisholm Trail. jcchisholmtrail.com 817-648-4633

CLEBURNE: Nov. 19-Dec. 31 Whistle Stop Christmas Lighting Ceremony Experience a Christmas wonderland with more than 3.5 mil- lion lights lit on Nov. 19 in a ceremony featuring Christmas carols, vendors, and more. Lights are on every evening. Hulen Park, 900 Hillsboro St. whistlestopchristmas.org 817-645-2455

CLIFTON: Nov. 3 Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic The sixth annual singer/ songwriter competition and showcase, with Michael Martin Murphey performing and serving as judge. Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Drive. bosqueartscenter.org 254-675-3724

CLIFTON: Nov. 9-10 Books on the Bosque Hear bestselling authors review their books, give writing tips, or simply entertain at this celebration of books for all ages. Guests include Stephen Harrigan, Ann Weisgarber, Lisa Win- gate, Reavis Wortham, Karen Blumenthal, Jan Peck, Michelle Staubach Grimes, and Scott Sutton. Dinner with the authors on Friday night; book talks and writers workshops Saturday. Bosque Arts Center, 215 S. College Hill Drive. bosqueartscenter.org 254-675-3724

CLIFTON: Nov. 30 Norwegian Country Christmas Parade The Lighted Christmas Parade in downtown Clifton kicks off the week- end’s Norwegian Country Christmas Tour, celebrating the town’s unique status as the Norwegian Capital of Texas. Historic Downtown Clifton, 115 N. Avenue D. cliftontexas.org 254-675-3720

DALLAS: June 23-Jan. 6 “Ultimate Dinosaurs” Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, this exhibit reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa, and Madagascar— dinosaurs that are unfamiliar to most North Americans. Through hands-on activities and augmented reality technology, guests will dis- cover that an amazing diversity of species evolved as a result of continental drift. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Sept. 9-Dec. 9 “Dalí: Poetics of the Small” The first in-depth exploration of the small-scale paintings of Salvador Dalí (1904–1989). While many of Dalí ’s canvases are known around the world and are among the defining works of the Surrealist movement, the small size of many of these works is frequently overlooked. Nearly half of the artist’s paintings during the early part of his Sur- realist period (1929–1936) were actually small format works: some measuring just over a foot, and others as small as 3 by 2 inches. Organized by the Meadows as part of its mission to present Spanish art in America. Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. meadowsmuseumdallas.org 214-768-2516

DALLAS: Sept. 15-Jan. 6 “The Nature of Arp” The first major North American muse- um exhibition dedicated to Jean (Hans) Arp in three decades, with works rarely seen in the U.S. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org 214-242-5100

DALLAS: Sept. 22-Dec. 31 “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty” This landmark exhibition brings to life the story of slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents, and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. African American Museum in Dallas at Fair Park, 3536 Grand Ave. monticello.org

DALLAS: Sept. 22-Nov. 1 Autumn at the Arboretum: Adventures in Neverland One of the Southwest’s most picturesque fall horticultural displays, the garden is a spectacular show of color with 4,500 of fall’s favorite flower—chrysanthemums—along with 150,000 more stunning, fall blooming plants; the inter- nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins; and the Children’s Adventure Garden. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6525

DALLAS: Nov. 4-Dec. 31 The 12 Days of Christmas The elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos are on display for the final year at the Dallas Arboretum. Guests are invited to experience Dallas’ delightful holiday tradition with a festive stroll through the gardens and revel in The 12 Days of Christmas exhibition with a dozen breathtaking gazebos depicting each day in the beloved Christmas carol. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6525

DALLAS: Nov. 8-Dec. 2 An Iliad by Lisa Peterson. Undermain returns the Classics with Ibsen’s rarely seen drama, The Lady From the Sea, written in 1888.
Runs Nov. 8 – Dec. 2.  All evening shows at 7:30 pm.   2:00 Sunday Matinees on 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, and 12/2. 214-747-5515. www.undermain.org

DALLAS: Nov. 16-25 Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant The zoo transforms into a winter wonderland throughout the holiday season. After the animals head in for the evening, the park will gleam with nearly a mil- lion twinkling lights that illuminate the night sky. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. dallaszoo.com/zoolights 469-554-7500

DENISON: Nov. 10 Denison Veteran’s Day Parade Enjoy the community pride as citizens come together and honor their be- loved veterans. The parade takes place in the heart of the city on Main Street. Denison en- joys its strong connection to the military and always remembers those whom have served the good ole’ USA. 700-200 blocks of Main Street. denisontexas.us 903-465-1551

DENISON: Nov. 23 Grayson County Holiday Lights Grayson County celebrates the annual lighting of the holiday lights and Santa Reception at Loy Lake Park. Please stop by the museum and visit with Santa while you enjoy the refreshments being served. Photos with Santa are available at the museum. Loy Lake Park, 111 RC Vaughan Road. denisontexas.us 903-465-1551

DENTON: Nov. 17 Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally An annual bike rally that offers an opportunity to work off the Thanksgiving calories before taking a single bite. The bike rally has variable lengths, which range from 8 to 68 miles to benefit both novice and expert riders. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St. dentonturkeyroll.com

DENTON: Nov. 30 Holiday Lighting Festival of Denton Capture the true spirit of the holidays on the Downtown Denton Historic Square. There will be plenty of live local music, food, family fun, and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event. Event includes the lighting of the Christmas tree on the historic courthouse lawn, visits with Santa, and a children’s arts and crafts area. Down- town Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St. dentonholidaylighting.com 940-239-7564

DENTON: Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Wassail Week- end The Denton Main Street Association merchants host this event during the Friday of Denton’s Holiday Lighting Festival and hold special tasting times again the day after. Was- sail is a fussy old English word for hot cider. Some downtown merchants will stir up their best recipe to give free tastings for all ages during the city’s annual holiday festivities. More merchants hold tastings that Saturday to win a coveted Wassail crown. Visitors are encouraged to taste the secret recipes of the warm holiday-spiced punch and then cast a vote for their favorite. Downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St. dentonmainstreet.org 940-349-8529

EDGEWOOD: Nov. 10 Edgewood Heritage Festival This festival celebrates the heritage of rural life and community sharing through family-friendly exhibits and activities such as a big classic car show, vintage tractors show, artist demos, more than 20 heritage structures from the 1900s, carnival food, children’s activities and rides, live music, a dog show, and Santa. Heritage Park Museum of East Texas, 103 E. Elm St. edgewoodheritagefestival.com 903-896-1940

ELGIN: Nov. 3 Veterans’ Appreciation Parade The American Legion sponsors the parade to show appreciation for veterans, their families, and their service to the country. VFW. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Nov. 8 Sip, Shop & Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown. You will find more than 80 craft beers, diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, and live music in many of the venues. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ENNIS: Nov. 10 Lantern Fest Before sun- down, friends and families enjoy food, live music, a stage show, princesses, face painting, s’mores, balloon artists, and more. Then, when the time is just right, we will light the night sky with our highest hopes and fondest dreams. Texas Motorplex, 7500 US 287. dallas.thelanternfest.com 801-657-7398

ENNIS: Nov. 29 Lights of Ennis Parade of Lights and Block Party A twinkling parade of lights, live music and dance performances, arts and crafts activities for the kids, photo ops galore, and of course a visit from Santa and friends. Downtown Ennis, 200 NW Main. visitennis.org 972-878-4748

FLATONIA: Nov. 30 Wonderful Winter Wine Walk $20 tickets gets you several one- ounce tastings of wines located in participating businesses around town. Enjoy shopping, friends, a wine bottle ring toss, door prizes, and an ugly sweater contest. Flatonia Civic Center and participating businesses, 208 E. N. Main St. flatoniachamber.com 361-865-3920

FORT WORTH: Oct. 14-Jan. 27, 2019 “Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera” Simmons’ career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style by using props and dolls as stand-ins for people and places. Often isolating the dolls and photographing them situated in tiny, austere settings, Simmons uses fictional scenes to make observations about real life. The Modern, 3200 Darnell St. themodern.org 817-738-9215

FORT WORTH: Nov. 7-11 Lone Star Film Festival Hosted by the Lone Star Film Society, this year-round series of programs culminates in a five-day celebration of cinema. This year marks its 12th year. Films screen at the AMC Palace 9 Theater and at Four Day Weekend. Sundance Square, Downtown Fort Worth. lonestarfilmfestival.com 817-492-5556

FORT WORTH: Nov. 17 Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting Mark the beginning of the holiday season at this annual event. Sun- dance Square Plaza. sundancesquare.com 817-255-5700

FORT WORTH: Nov. 18 XTO Energy Parade of Lights Kick off the holiday season in style with more than 100 highly illuminated entries. Sundance Square Plaza, Downtown Fort Worth. fortworthparadeoflights.org 817-336-2787

GIDDINGS: Nov. 18 Merry Marketplace Arts and Crafts Fair Arts and crafts of every type arrive just in time for Christmas shoppers looking for the perfect present. Santa also makes an appearance for the children. Lee County Youth Center, 1010 E. Industry St. giddingstx.com 979-542-3455

GLEN ROSE: Aug. 24-Nov. 3 “The Promise” This long-running outdoor musical combines a 150-person cast and crew, live animals, and special effects to tell the story of Jesus Christ every Friday and Saturday night. Texas Amphitheatre, 5000 Texas Drive. thepromiseglenrose.com

GRAND PRAIRIE: Sept. 21-Nov. 10 Live Quarter Horse Racing Enjoy live quarter horse racing every Friday and Saturday. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway. lonestarpark.com 972-263-7223

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 3-4 Comic Con The second annual event features special guests Mark Kistler and Sam de la Rosa. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 10 Veteran’s Day Bash Event honors veterans with an after- noon of activities, displays, and a free concert featuring Brandon Rhyder. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 17-18 Crab Fest Enjoy a variety of tasty crab dishes, live music from the ’60s and ’70s, and fun. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/ grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 17 Joe Bonamassa in Concert The American blues rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter performs. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 23-24 “Rock of Ages” This Tony-nominated Broadway musical takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair. Features the hits of bands including REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 30 Celtic Thunder Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 30 “Scrooge” The Musical Renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse adapted the classic Charles Dickens tale, “A Christmas Carol,” into this delightful musical that is sure to get your family in the holiday spirit. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. uptowntheatergp.com 972-237-8786

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 3 Candlelight Tour of Homes As participants stroll through the Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, owners will be present to greet and discuss the distinguishing characteristics of their properties. Each participant receives a guidebook and a complimentary wine tasting. Check in at the Ted R. Ware Plaza & Museums, 206 W. Hudgins St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 10 Veterans Parade and Fair See a variety of veteran groups dis- playing their patriotism, as well as many of Grapevine’s civic and service groups showing their support for our nation’s veterans. Historic Downtown Grapevine. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30 “Texas in World War I” Features a series of programs and exhibits on various topics relating to Texas and its role in World War I. Friench Simpson Memorial Library, 705 E. Fourth St. hallettsvillelibrary.org 361-798- 3243 ext. 208

IRVING: Nov. 17 Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents flutist LeeAnne Thompson The great composers often paint a musical picture for us, and some- times they even try to communicate a specific color. The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 concert season will explore this intriguing intersection between the aural and the visual. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. lascolinassymphony.org 972-252-4800

LULING: Nov. 21-Jan. 1, 2019 Lighted Yule Trail Drive the Yule Trail to see more than 100 lighted Christmas signboards and our antique Giant Santa. Downtown Luling, Davis Street. lulingmainstreet.com 830-875-3214

LULING: Nov. 24 Christmas Arts & Crafts Show Kick off the Christmas season and experience unique items handcrafted by area artisans. Thump Pavillion, Corner of East Davis Street and Walnut Avenue. discoverluling.com 830-875-3214

MCKINNEY: Sept. 1-Feb. 18, 2019 “Dinosaurs Live!” Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. This year’s exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. Note: The Heard is unable to animate the dinosaurs when temperatures drop below 35 degrees. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org/dinosaurslive 972-562-5566

MCKINNEY: Nov. 16-18 Third Monday Trade Days One of the largest flea markets in North Texas features more than 450 vendors. It is held the weekend before the third Monday of each month. Parking $5 on Saturdays and Sundays before 3 p.m. Admission free. 4550 W. University. tmtd.com 972-562-5466

MCKINNEY: Nov. 23-25 Home for the
72 Holidays Thanksgiving weekend marks the 37th year for this hometown Christmas celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Historic Downtown McKinney. mckinneytexas.org 972-547-2660

MESQUITE: Oct. 26-Nov. 22 “The Curious Savage” In this play written by John Pat- rick, Mrs. Savage has been left $10 million by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. They commit her to a “sanatorium” where the in- mates display a kindness and affection that she has not experienced in the outside world. Complications ensue when she decides she wants to stay. Mesquite Community Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. mesquitecommunitytheatre.com 972-216-8126

MUENSTER: Nov. 3 Car Show Antique and vintage car show on Main Street. Muenster Car Show, 100 N. Main St. 940-759-2227

MUENSTER: Nov. 24 Wine Stroll Down Main/Christmas Parade Get your Christ- mas shopping started on Main Street while tasting wine provided by local Texas wineries. Afterwards, ring in the season with the Christ- mas Parade in the evening. Main Street, 200 block of Main Street. muensterchamber.com 940-759-2227

PARIS: Nov. 2 Cruisin’ on the Plaza Antique and vintage vehicles for show and tell. Downtown Paris Fountain Plaza. paristexas.com 903-784-2501

PLANO: Nov. 1 Courtyard Texas Music Series A different artist performs each month on the first Thursday, March through November. Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Avenue. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-5600

PLANO: Nov. 8 Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk Stroll the downtown Plano arts district, sampling different wines in shops and galleries, listening to street musicians, and checking out artists and their wares. Downtown Plano Arts District, 998 E. 15th St. planomagazine.com/ wine or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: Nov. 8-11 Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market Junior League’s holiday shopping fundraiser features gifts, home decor, ladies clothing and accessories, jewelry, children’s items, and gourmet foods. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Park- way. jlcollincounty.org or visitplano.com 972-769-0557

PLANO: Nov. 17-18 Plano Christmas Market This fun and free event will showcase handmade holiday gift items; jewelry and clothing for adults and children; and candles, soaps, salsas, jams, nuts, and dips for gifts or holiday parties. Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-7250

PLANO: Nov. 18 Lights at Legacy Lights at Legacy welcomes the holiday season with a grand tree-lighting and family-fun event. The fun starts with holiday crafts, magic with Mr. Scrooge, caricatures, face painting, and photos with Santa. The Shops at Legacy. shopsatlegacy.com or visitplano.com 469-467-9995

PLANO: Nov. 30 Dickens in the Down- town Plano Arts District City of Plano’s holiday celebration includes the annual tree lighting, live entertainment, delicious food, a variety of attractions, and a visit from Santa. Haggard Park. plano.gov or visitplano.com 972-941-5800

RICHARDSON: Nov. 17 Plano Symphony: Bizet’s “Carmen” Enjoy songs from the opera “Carmen” with four acclaimed guest vocalists. Performances include “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song,” which are among the best known of all operatic arias. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. planosymphony.org or visitplano.com 972-473-7262

ROUND TOP: Nov. 2-4 Theatre Forum at Round Top The 21st annual event will explore theatre in collaboration with other art forms, disciplines, and life itself. Internationally acclaimed actor, composer, and playwright Danny Ashkenasi will enlighten the forum about his work on and behind the stage, as well as his in-school program of creating original music theater with children. Taking full advantage of the picturesque Festival Hill Campus, the three-day weekend also offers a tour of grounds and buildings, morning walks, and appetizing meals in the Victorian-style Menke House dining hall, as well as an open- air lunch in the lush Menke gardens on Saturday. Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road. festivalhill.org 979-249-3129

ROUND TOP: Nov. 17 Houston Chamber Ringers Known throughout the U.S. for their dazzling precision, expressive artistry, and the whimsical sense of fun they bring to all of their performances. Join them “en route” for a fantastic expedition through musical destinations immortalized by Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, and…Willie Nelson? Round Top Festival Institute, 248 Jaster Road. festivalhill.org 979-249-3129

SALADO: Nov. 9-11 Scottish Gathering and Highland Games Heralding all things Scottish, this landmark event is the oldest Scottish festival in Texas. The three-day event includes the skirl of bagpipes, Highland dancing, the caber toss and other Scottish athletics, Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan, Bonniest Knees contest, pet parade, live Celtic music, shopping, food, and the largest gathering of Scottish Clan tents in Texas. Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St. saladoscottishfestival.com 254-947-5232

SEGUIN: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Holiday Stroll This annual event kicks off with a parade on Thursday at the intersection of College and Austin Streets and heads south on Austin Street to downtown Seguin. Thursday will also include food vendors and entertainment from the Seguin High School band. Friday is Sip N Stroll, where visitors head downtown to taste more than a dozen varieties of homemade hot chocolate and shop after hours at local businesses. There will also be live entertainment from the Seguin High School Star Steppers, horse-drawn wagon rides, a train ride, and food vendors. Saturday marks the North Pole Stroll, which will have activities for children in Central Park, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and entertainment throughout the day. Various locations. seguintexas.gov 830-401-5000

SMITHVILLE: Nov. 10 Airing of the Quilts/Garden Club Home Tour See the charm of downtown Smithville during this annual event. Gorgeous quilts will be dis- played along Main Street and throughout historic neighborhoods. Pick up a raffle ticket for your chance to win a handmade quilt. Downtown Smithville, 100 NW First St. explorebastropcounty.com 512-581-4074

SOUTHLAKE: Nov. 17 Home For The Holidays Tree Lighting Shop, dine, and enjoy family-friendly activities like carolers, carriage rides, snow hill tubing, Santa photos, and holiday treats. Then witness the glorious tree lighting ceremony. Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100. homefortheholidayssouthlake.com 817-748-8652

TEMPLE: Nov. 2 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple will be transformed into a giant party. Join us for street music and performances, great drinks, amazing food and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. discovertemple.com 254-298-5379

THE COLONY: Nov. 10 American Heroes: A Salute to Veterans The ultimate celebration of our true American heroes: veterans. This free all-day event includes live concert performances, patriotic ceremonies, vintage car, truck and bike show, 5K, 10K, and 1-mile fun run, family-friendly carnival, fair food, beer garden, and spectacular firework finale set to music. Five Star Sports Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks Drive. saluteamericanheroes.com 972-625-1106

WACO: Through Nov. 25 “Faces of the
 Southern Ocean” Through a selection of photography by J.J. L’Hereux, this exhibit embodies the spirit of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, a realm dominated by sky and cold. Reindeer, seals, and penguins— inhabitants of this icy territory—along with breathtaking landscapes are captured in photographs from L’Hereux’s more than a dozen expeditions to this region. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn 254-710-1110

WACO: June 2-Jan. 6, 2019 “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit” Experience the legend of Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature more than 200 real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories, each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of Titanic’s maiden voyage. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: Nov. 10 H-E-B Zoo Stampede Whether you are as swift as a sidewinder or as slow as a toad, this could be the race for you. Join this annual family fun run and run for the animals. Enjoy beautiful certified 5K and 10K courses as well as an uncertified 1K fun run and walk for people of all ages. The course takes you through our award-winning zoological park and along and across the Brazos River. Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N. Fourth St. runsignup.com/race/tx/waco/hebzoorun 254-750-8400

WACO: Nov. 23-24 Homestead Fair
Help to milk a cow, lend a hand at the old-fashioned timber frame barn raising and watch a master craftsman fashion a fine Windsor chair straight from a rough log. Afterwards, sample one of the multicultural dishes from the food court or maybe lick a delicious maple pecan ice cream cone while touring the farm on a horse-drawn hay wagon. Enjoy live music each afternoon and evening of the 31st annual fair. Homestead Heritage, 608 Dry Creek Road. homesteadfair.com 254-754-9600

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 3 Farm to Table on the Square Harvest-themed dinner invites diners to experience a four-course meal while sitting communally at one long table. The ingredients will be sourced from the WHS Horticulture program, Ellis County Master Gardeners, local beef producers, and Waxahachie Farmers Market members. Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. downtownwaxahachie.com 469-309-4040

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 9-11 Waxahachie Veterans Weekend & WWII Re-enactment Re-enactors from all over the state of Texas set up camp and act out battles from WWII. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 27 Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Other activities include train rides, petting zoo, pony rides, and children’s activities followed by photos with Santa. Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 30; Dec. 1-2, 7-9 Bethlehem Revisited Step back in time and walk the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did on the night of Christ’s birth. Central Presbyterian Church, 402 N. College. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

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