January

ADDISON: Jan. 26 “Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue” Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Quiara Alegría Hudes takes a poignant look at the way war permeates young men’s lives in a play spanning three generations of the same Puerto Rican family. Elliot is a Marine Corps hero back from Iraq with an injured leg and a Purple Heart. His pop was wounded in Vietnam; his flute-playing grandpop fought in Korea. In a fugue-like form, different wars and different tales are strung together as Ginny, his mother, seeks to reconcile the disparate parts and heal emotional wounds. Hudes’ spare, intense, and poetically resonant play speaks to the personal cost of war across the ages. WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. watertowertheatre.org

ARLINGTON: Through-Jan. 14 “Salvador Dali” Enjoy selected works from the legendary surrealist artist. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. arlingtonmuseum.org 817-275-4600

BONHAM: Jan. 6 Sam Rayburn’s Birthday Open House Celebrate Mr. Sam’s birthday with free tours of the Sam Rayburn House. Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 SH 56. visitsamrayburnhouse.com 903-583-5558

BRENHAM: Jan. 13 Uptown Swirl in Downtown Brenham Treat yourself, your spouse, and friends to a fun time of sipping in and swirling through venues in downtown Brenham. A small fee gives you a personalized wine tasting glass and the chance to sample a number of wines from around the world. Brenham Square. brenhamuptownswirl.com 979-337-7384

CEDAR HILL: January 20. Open Mic Night: Fingerprints Well, there’s no microphone…but there is a microscope! We’re going to study our fingerprints! Learn about the different patterns, why we need them, and what we can do with them! 05:00 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/280253309134599/ 4696436333

CEDAR HILL: January 6. Spotlight on Myna Birds! Meet Chitter, our Common Myna Bird! He’s in the starling family, so he’s a songbird with quite the vocal chords! Come talk with Chitter and get to know our boisterous bird! 05:00 pm https://www.facebook.com/events/747095282165982/ 469-643-6333

CLIFTON: Jan. 22-March 3 “Lonesome Dove” Exhibition This traveling exhibition will include images from the filming of “Lonesome Dove.” Bosque Museum, 301 S. Avenue Q. bosquemuseum.org 254-675-3845

COLLEGE STATION: Through Jan. 8 “The Legacy of Ranching: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future” Through diversification in agribusiness, the discovery of oil and gas, or success in other business ventures, the families who built Texas’ historic ranches survived. The exhibit will highlight examples of historic Texas ranches that have endured to the present day and will provide an educational overview of how the livestock industries helped shape the state. George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, 1000 George Bush Dr. bush41.org 979-691-4000

COLLEGE STATION: Jan. 13 Boots and Barbecue One of the Arts Council’s annual fundraisers, this low-key event offers a fun afternoon of live music, art, dancing, classic cars, a silent auction, and socializing. Reservations include one meal ticket (delicious pulled pork sandwiches, traditional barbecue sides, and dessert), two drink tickets, and door prize tickets. Event address enclosed with reservation confirmation. acbv.org 979-696-2787

CUERO: Nov. 20-Jan. 1 Christmas in the Park Lighted drive-through display featuring more than 100 animated settings and archways. Participants will enjoy a self-paced drive beginning at 6 p.m. each evening and concluding at 10 p.m. Cuero Municipal Park, 201 Leonard Roy Harmon Dr. cuerochristmasinthepark.org 361-275-2112

DALLAS: Through-Jan. 7 “Sopheap Pich” The Crow Collection of Asian Art will present a solo exhibition of the work of Sopheap Pich, recognized today as Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artist. The exhibition will feature his large-scale sculpture, “Rang Phnom Flower,” Pich’s largest and most ambitious single-form sculpture to date. Measuring 25 feet in length, its complex construction is composed of hundreds of strands of rattan and bamboo. This exhibition will also feature the loan of an original French 19th-century, hand-painted botanical dictionary with illustrations of this plant species from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. crowcollection.org 214-979-6430

DALLAS: Through Jan. 7 “Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony” The exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague will perform a tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through Feb. 4 “Paper into Sculpture” Even as the shift to digitized images virtual reality, and social media has been said to herald its obsolescence, paper nonetheless remains inescapable in our daily lives. The artists—Noriko Ambe, Marco Maggi, Joshua Neustain, Nancy Rubins, and Franz West—play on tensions between commonly held understanding of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do when pushed to its physical limit. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through May 6 “Journey to Space” The exhibit features a full-size simulated International Space Station, robotics, water rockets, Neil Armstrong’s helmet and gloves, plus a space-inspired play area for young cadets. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org 214-428-5555

DALLAS: Nov. 8-Jan. 7 Holiday at the Arboretum Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company, the events feature the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit as well as a special collection in the historic DeGolyer House. Throughout the garden, more than 500,000 lights illuminate at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6500

DALLAS: Nov. 21-Jan. 7 Holiday Wonder Debuting this winter as a new, family-friendly event to celebrate a season of light and magic. This celebration includes magical lights, interactive attractions, performances, and food from around the world to delight guests. Marvel at more than 2 million lights bringing to life holiday favorites in giant, illuminated displays—including stunning winterscapes, beautiful floating swans, perennial holiday favorites (including Santa Claus), and more. Guests will walk through a holiday wonderland that includes an enchanting snowflake corridor, playful polar bears and penguins, a 48-foot-tall Christmas tree, and more than a few holiday surprises. All displays are handmade by artisans whose specialized skills in lanterns go back generations, and are all-new, custom creations for this festival. Fair Park, 1318 S. Second Ave. holidaywonder.com 972-905-6742

DALLAS: Dec. 6-Jan. 7 “Fade” When Lucia, a young Mexican-born novelist, begins her dream career as a television writer in L.A., she finds herself much more comfortable with the only other Latino around, one of the janitors, than with anyone in the writer’s room. This new comic-drama by Tanya Saracho, a writer for HBO’s “Girls” and ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” poses tricky questions about identity and community, as Lucia struggles to bridge the distance between where she came from and where she’s going. Dallas Theater Center. dallastheatercenter.org

DALLAS: Jan. 1 Day 1 Dallas What better way to celebrate New Year’s Day than with family-friendly fun at Fair Park. This all-inclusive event features children’s activities, live music, and a spectacular fireworks show. And the best part, all activities are free; the only cost is for food. Automobile Building in Fair Park. fairpark.org

DALLAS: Jan. 1 Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas” Lightwire Theater is a combination of art, theatre, dance, and technology. The theater company plays with shapes and designs to develop puppetry-based neon creatures that quickly come to life. AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org

DALLAS: Jan. 13 The Dallas Vert Mile Stair Climb A world-class stair climb race and fun walk brings some of the best stair runners on the planet to Dallas. The race is also open to the public, and there are four vertical—or vert—distances available. All participants do the vert sprint race and fun walk, which climbs 50 floors and 470 feet. You may also do the three-lap vert quarter mile; six-lap vert half mile; or the 12-lap, 600-story, vert mile challenge. The event will benefit a number of nonprofit organizations. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. East. vertmile.com

DALLAS: Jan. 19 The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show The illustrations of beloved children’s author Eric Carle leap from the page to the stage in a display of color and artistry like you’ve never seen before in this Southwest premiere. Visit the worlds of “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse,” “Mister Seahorse,” “The Very Lonely Firefly,” and of course, the star of the show—“The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” DCT audiences are among the first to experience the larger-than-life world of 75 loveable puppets that will delight and captivate people of all ages. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St. dct.org

DALLAS: Jan. 20 France’s Herve Koubi Two years ago, Compagnie Herve Koubi debuted in Dallas with TITAS Presents and struck the audience speechless, that is until the standing ovation. A French male company with Algerian dancers—fearless, powerful, and masculine beyond belief, and a stunningly beautiful dance company. AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org

DALLAS: Jan. 27 “First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone” The first museum exhibition to present ancient handaxes and figure stone as works of art. Traditionally understood as the longest-used tool in human history, the handaxe is equally fascinating for its non-utilitarian, aesthetic qualities. First Sculpture will present these objects as evidence of the earliest form of artistic intention, highlighting the aesthetic qualities of each stone and proving crucial historical and scientific information to give the viewer a deeper understanding of human history, as well as an enriched appreciation for humankind’s early ability to sculpt beautiful objects. Whether carved from visually interesting stones or rendered at unusual sizes that would inhibit use of the object as a tool, a case can be made for the handaxe as the first sculpture our prehistoric ancestors conceived. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DENISON: Through Aug. 13 Temporary Exhibit: “The Birth of NASA” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on July 29, 1958. Spurred by the Soviet Union’s launch in 1957 of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, NASA encouraged the peaceful development of space science. Eisenhower Birthplace, 609 S. Lamar Ave. visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com 903-465-8908

DENISON: Nov. 24-Jan. 2 Denison on Ice Enjoy outdoor ice skating downtown every day through the holidays and see Santa’s workshop. RadioVision Lot, 530 W. Main St. denisonlive.com 903-463-5611

DENISON: Jan. 9-Apr. 1 Temporary Exhibit: “Supreme Commander Eisenhower in North Africa” The exhibit commemorates the 75th anniversary of the allied invasion of North Africa during World War II. This was General Eisenhower’s first military action in his role of Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe. From November 1942 through March 1943, American troops gained their first direct experience fighting Nazi Germany, learning lessons they would use in the Normandy invasion two years later. Eisenhower Birthplace, 609 S. Lamar Ave. visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com 903-465-8908

DENTON: Jan. 25-28 Denton Black Film Festival A weekend-long festival celebrating the diverse stories and culture of the black community through film, music, and art. The festival offers programming for the family inspired by the African-American experience and seeks to offer the works of local, national, and international filmmakers that often are not seen by a broad audience and may not be recognized through major theatrical release. The Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. dentonbff.com 469-573-0799

ELGIN: Jan. 2 Polar Bear Plunge Brave the cold water and jump into the New Year at the Elgin Municipal Pool at Morris Memorial Park. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided. Morris Park Pool, 802 S. Avenue C. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Jan. 2 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown Elgin. You will find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, and live music in many of the venues. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Jan. 15 Bastrop County MLK Walk and Program Each year in January, a walk is planned followed by a program with guest speakers in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The cities of Bastrop, Elgin, and Smithville take turns hosting the event. bastroptexas.net

FARMERSVILLE: Jan. 6 Farmers and Fleas Market Market features coffee, food, crafts, jewelry, soaps, antiques, home decor, plants, produce and more. The Onion Shed, 151 S. Main St. farmersvilletx.com 972-784-6846

FORT WORTH: Jan. 6 Fort Worth Symphony and Boys II Men in Concert Their velvety vocals and seductive harmonies defined the ’90s R&B sound. Be there when four-time Grammy Award-winners Boyz II Men joins the Fort Worth Symphony for an evening of chart-topping hits. Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St. fwsymphony.org 817-665-6000

FORT WORTH: Jan. 12-Feb. 3 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo A fun-filled extravaganza rich in Western tradition, this legendary rodeo is the place to be. Enjoy exciting rodeo action, livestock, horse shows, and a number of other experiences including interactive, kid-friendly activities. Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster. fwssr.com 817-877-2400

GLEN ROSE: Jan. 2 Birds and Birding: Beak To Basics In this homeschool class and modified tour, learn about feathers, flight, bird families, bird behaviors, and much more. Then, the class will head into the field to ID some of the center’s 200-plus bird species, including exotics. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Jan. 23 Wolves: Friend Or Foe? In this homeschool class and behind-the-scenes tour, discover the habits and history of Fossil Rim’s Mexican gray wolves, red wolves, and maned wolves, and enjoy the unique opportunity of viewing possibly all species. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 1-Jan. 1 Prairie Lights Drive Thru Holiday Light Park Prairie Lights is a holiday light park featuring a 2-mile drive through 4 million lights. Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy. prairielights.org 972-237-4120

GRAND PRAIRIE: Jan. 27 “Wild Kratts Live” A theatrical stage show based on the animated television series “Wild Kratts.” Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 1-Jan. 31 “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” This seasonal exhibition examines the making of the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and celebrates the anticipation, joy, and pitfalls of the holiday season in 50 of Charles M. Schulz’s original Peanuts comic strips. The exhibit will also feature three activity areas: a letter to Santa writing station, a video nook to view the DVD program, and a photo opportunity. Tower Gallery, 636 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 10-Jan. 1 ICE! and Lone Star Christmas A walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees and featuring 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and five slides. See Ma in her kerchief, Pa in his cap, and more as the classic holiday poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” comes to life. Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail. grapevinetexcasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 20-Jan. 6 Christmas on Main Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows, and wreaths set aglow with twinkling lights. Tractor-drawn wagon rides will depart behind the gazebo during select hours. Rides are $1 per person, per ride, and proceeds benefit the historic preservation of Nash Farm. Historic Downtown Grapevine. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Jan. 13-14 Repticon Repticon shows are now a staple in Texas, and Repticon Dallas marks a great addition to the show series. With two shows in 2018 and double the space at the Grapevine Convention Center, the show will be filled with regional and national vendors offering and exhibiting reptiles, amphibians, and all kinds of exotic animals. Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30, 2018 “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: Jan. 20 Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra: Ivan Donchev, Piano The LCSO will ring in the New Year with good cheer as we feature one of Poland’s talented young pianists, Ivan Donchev, performing Haydn’s “Piano Concerto in D Major.” Donchev has garnered critical acclaim across Europe for his exhilarating performances. Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. irvingartscenter.com 972-252-4800

LA GRANGE: January 11 – April 1. Quilt Exhibit-Texas Quilt Museum. Gallery I: Antique Quilts from the Poos Collection, Gallery II: Jane Dunnewold: Inspired by the Masters, Gallery III: World of Beauty: Prizewinners from the Houston International Quilt Festival of 2017 10am-4pm Th,Fri,Sat, 12-4 Sun TexasQuiltMuseum.org 979-968-3104

MCKINNEY: Jan. 12-14 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

MESQUITE: Jan. 1-31 Bruce Greene Art Exhibit The Western painter and native Texan has ridden trails and experienced the cowboy life he portrays in the very narrative images he creates. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Jan. 12 Jonathan Moody in Concert The Mesquite Arts Council presents Moody as part of its Black Box Series, in the Black Box Theatre. The country music artist has opened for acts such as Vince Gill and Robert Chestnutt, among many others. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Jan. 13 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours are held on the second Saturday of every month. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Jan. 20 The Pipdillys, Just for Kids Series Presented by the Mesquite Arts Council, laugh, sing and dance yourself silly. The Pipdillys’ shows are highly interactive, combining fun activities with important messages for the whole family. Free admission. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Jan. 27 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours of the beautiful S.D. Lawrence home are every fourth Saturday. Be sure to note the unique painted ceilings. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

NOCONA: Jan. 27 Mardi Gras Nocona Style—Ball Enjoy this Mardi Gras ball with dinner and dancing. Veranda Inn Events Center, 1523 US 82. nocona.org 940-825-3526

PLANO: Jan. 20-21 Dallas Area Train Show The largest model train show in the north Dallas area, with operating layouts, dealer displays, how-to clinics, video displays, and door prizes. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. dfwtrainshows.com or visitplano.com 469-438-0741

RICHARDSON: Jan. 6 Mandy Harvey in Concert An award-winning singer, songwriter, and motivational speaker whose story of perseverance will move and inspire. Mandy lost her hearing at age 18; yet despite this disability, she has forged ahead with her musical career relying on perfect timing and pitch. In addition to performing and speaking, Mandy has embraced a mission to encourage, inspire, and assist others to break through their personal barriers. Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts & Corporate Presentations, 2351 Performance Dr. eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Jan. 21 “Pete the Cat” A new musical based on the series of books by Kimberly and James Dean has this groovy blue cat on his way to stay with a new family. He’s excited, but Jimmy Biddle is nervous about how their houseguest is going to shake things up. When Jimmy draws a blank in art class on the last day of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship and inspiration. Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts & Corporate Presentations, 2351 Performance Dr. eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Jan. 26 “A Night with Janis Joplin” Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock ’n’ roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. This Broadway musical is fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Summertime.” Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts & Corporate Presentations, 2351 Performance Dr. eisemanncenter.com 972-744-4650

ROUND TOP: Jan. 13 Thomas Burritt and James Dick in Concert Burritt, a marimba artist, will be joined on stage by pianist Dick, the Institute’s founder and artistic director, to perform selected works for marimba and piano. Percussion students from the University of Texas Butler School of Music will join them. Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road. festivalhill.org 979-249-3129

SHINER: Jan. 20 Shiner Chamber Banquet and Business Expo Tables featuring businesses, dinner, and entertainment. Knights of Columbus Hall, 102 S. Avenue G. shinertx.com 361-594-4180

TEMPLE: Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge Grab a friend, put on a costume, and take the plunge. Hot chocolate and doughnuts will be provided for those who can brave the frosty water. The day will begin with the costume show and contest followed by the plunge and a belly flop splash off. Lion’s Junction Family Water Park, 5000 S. Fifth St. discovertemple.com 254-298-5930

TEMPLE: Jan. 27 Main Street Market Arts, craft, and vintage vendors join the food truck fun. Free and open to the public. Downtown Temple, 2 N. Main St. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

WACO: Jan. 13-May 6 “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer” Experience the first-ever museum exhibit featuring the four heroic ninjas-in-training; Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Leap to the rescue and learn teamwork, collaboration, and problem solving as you work your way through puzzles, mazes, and obstacles. Explore the sewer-like lair, where good guys win and bad guys lose. Since 1984, these four iconic brothers have rocked it with their talent and teamwork, inspiring generations. Families can now join these pizza-eating, crime-fighting “Heroes in a Half-Shell” to hone their ninja skills and problem-solving intellects while learning the secrets of the sewer. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Dr. baylor.edu/mayborn 254-710-1110

 

December

ADDISON: Nov. 24-25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Vitruvian Lights Vitruvian Park will be transformed into a dazzling and magical holiday wonderland, with millions of sparkling LED lights wrapped around more than 550 trees. The mayor will “flip the switch” on opening night, then every Saturday through Christmas festivities will include live concerts, gourmet food trucks, an elf balloon artist, and holiday shopping. Vitruvian Park, 3966 Vitruvian Way. addisontexas.net 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Dec. 1-17 “The Great Distance Home” In a limited-engagement, multidisciplinary theatrical event, audiences will be immersed in a story of joy, love, and the warmth you feel upon returning home after a long absence. At WaterTower this holiday season, home really is where the heart is. WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. watertowertheatre.org

ARLINGTON: Oct. 19-Jan. 14 “Salvador Dali” Enjoy selected works from the legendary surrealist artist. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. arlingtonmuseum.org 817-275-4600

ARLINGTON: Nov. 18-Dec. 31 Holiday in the Park Six Flags Over Texas’ annual holiday extravaganza is complete with millions of lights, Santa himself, and a real snow hill. Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags. sixflags.com/overtexas 817-640-8900

ARLINGTON: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 Enchant: The World’s Largest Christmas Maze and Market Features an ice skating rink and more than 2 acres of lighted Christmas mazes and displays while incorporating an Arlington favorite, the Texas Christkindl Market, as the new Texas Christkindl Market Lane. Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way. enchantchristmas.com

ARLINGTON: Nov. 24-Dec. 23 Texas Christkindl Market Much like those found in Europe for the holiday season, this seventh annual Christmas market offers tons of new holiday fun for 2017. Globe Life Park in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way. txchristkindlmarket.com

ARLINGTON: Dec. 1-1 Plaid Tidings: Holiday Edition of Forever Plaid Filled with Christmas standards that have all been “Plaid-erized,” our boys are back to do their Christmas special. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. theatrearlington.org 817-275-7661

ARLINGTON: Dec. 13 Piper the Comedian When Piper the comedian asks “Won’t he do it,” the comic’s signature inquiry invites an enthusiastic “If you let him!” from crowds who flock to his performances. For Piper, the mantra is not just a catch phrase ripped from the pulpit; it is the inspiration behind the charming gregarious style that keeps loyal fans coming back. Presented by Sol-Caritas. Improv Comedy Club, 309 Curtis Mathes Way, Suite 147. improvarlington.com

ARLINGTON: Dec. 13 The Texas Tenors in Concert With their Emmy Award-winning PBS special now airing across the country, and Billboard chart-topping albums, it’s easy to see why The Texas Tenors are America’s favorite new tenors. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St. arlingtonmusichall.net 817-226-4400

BASTROP: Nov. 24-Dec. 17 Lost Pines Christmas From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to food and wine events and activities for the entire family, Texas’ most historic small town celebrates the season in style. Lost Pines Christmas culminates on Saturday, December 9, with the lighted parade, which sparkles downtown from 6 to 8 p.m. Downtown Bastrop, Main Street. lostpineschristmas.com 512-332-8996

BASTROP: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 River of Lights Stroll along the June Hill Pape Riverwalk on the Colorado River after dusk to see more than 100 holiday displays. The event extends from the Friday following Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Wilson St. lostpineschristmas.com 512-303-0558

BELLVILLE: Dec. 1-2 Small-Town Christmas On Friday night, shop around the historic square and enjoy libations in the park. On Saturday, enjoy breakfast with Santa, shopping, and Market Day vendors. Historic Downtown Bellville, 1 Main St. bellville.com 979-865-3222

BONHAM: Dec. 2 A Touch of Rust’s Jingle Market This Southern vintage and handmade market offers repurposed, retro and junky-cute furniture, art, home decor, handmade items, clothing, jewelry and more. Fannin County Multipurpose Complex, FM 87, 700 SH 56. atouchofrust.com 405-255-6519

BONHAM: Dec. 2 Sweets, Spirits, and Sparkles Grand Bazaar Artist and artisan vendors—shop for everyone on your Christmas list. Creative Arts Center, 200 W. Fifth St. creativeartscenterbonham.com 903-640-2196

BONHAM: Dec. 8-9 Holiday Open House Enjoy free Christmas-themed tours of the Sam Rayburn House. 890 SH 56. visitsamrayburnhouse.com 903-583-5558

BRENHAM: Dec. 1-2 Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade Enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, and holiday shopping along beautifully lit downtown streets. cityofbrenham.org 979-337-7250

BRYAN: Dec. 11 A White Christmas We’re dreaming of a white Christmas with the Brazos Valley Chorale. Sit back and enjoy the Chorale’s interpretations of familiar holiday songs, and be sure to warm up your vocal chords to join in and sing your favorite carols. Christ the Good Shepherd Chapel, 600 S. Coulter. bvchorale.org 979-476-8199

BURTON: Dec. 9 Burton Christmas Village Spend a fun-filled day in this tiny town, population 300, located halfway between Austin and Houston. Explore the Krist Kindl Markt with homegrown, handcrafted local items, baked goods, art, and gifts. Kids of all ages can enjoy cookie decorating, ornament making, and mini-gingerbread house creations. Go on historic tours of the 1898 Train Depot and Burton’s 103-year-old cotton gin, sip wassail (apple cider) and enjoy treats, join in caroling to celebrate the Christmas season, and watch the tree lighting at sunset. Texas Cotton Gin Museum Grounds, 307 N. Main St. burtontexas.org 979-289-3378

CALDWELL: Dec. 9 Christmas on the Square Small-town charm at its best. The downtown is lit up with lights, a parade, a red and green chili cookoff, and family-friendly activities. Downtown Caldwell, 100 W. Buck St. caldwelltx.gov 979-567-3901

CAMERON: Dec. 7 Cameron’s Christmas Parade Recapture your childhood Christmas spirits with lights, music, floats, and Santa at this “Candyland Christmas” in historic downtown Cameron. See the decorated square, museum, Old Town Cameron, and historic jail. Eat dinner at the food trucks and booths, listen to live music, and shop at the artists’ vendor booths. Downtown Cameron, 102 E. First St. cameron-tx.com 254-697-4979

CAMERON: Dec. 28-29 Cameron Chamber Christmas Basketball Classic For two days, 12 girls and 12 boys teams will play hard, giving fans and spectators thrilling, often edge-of-your-seat, game play at the 20th annual tournament. Cameron Yoe High School Gym, 303 E.12th St. cameron-tx.com 254-697-4979

CHAPPELL HILL: Dec. 9 Chappell Hill Garden Club Christmas Homes Tour Self-guided tour of five local homes all decked out for Christmas. All proceeds benefit a scholarship and community beautification program. Bluebonnet House and Garden Center, 5095 Main St. chappellhillgardenclub.com 713-562-6192

CLARKSVILLE: Dec. 4 Chili and Stew Supper Following the Clarksville Christmas Parade, this annual chili supper is sponsored by the Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce. Christian Education Building, First Presbyterian Church. redrivercoc.com 903-427-2645

CLARKSVILLE: Dec. 8-9 “Svetlana’s First Christmas Away from Home” A free annual Christmas play and show for all ages. Concessions and crafts available for purchase. McKenzie Memorial United Methodist Church, 1809 S. Donoho St. redriverrevue.wixsite.com/redriverrevue 430-342-8526

CLEBURNE: Nov. 20-Dec. 31 Whistle-Stop Christmas Experience a Christmas wonderland with more than 3 million lights lit every evening. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s train rides, and more. Hulen Park, 201 W. Westhill Dr. 817-645-2455

CLIFTON: Dec. 2 Norwegian Country Christmas Tour Celebrate the heritage of The Norwegian Capital of Texas with a tour of distinctive homes, history, performances, and art. Held annually on the first Saturday of December, the tour includes sites in Clifton and the Norse Historic District. Visit museums, art galleries, exquisite homes, historic churches, and arts and crafts venues. Clifton, North Avenue D, and surrounding community. cliftontexas.org 254-675-3720

COLLEGE STATION: Dec. 1-3 Christmas in the Park In addition to cookies and hot cocoa, free activities include old-fashioned hayrides, entertainment, inflatables, children’s activities, real snow slides, and photos with Santa. The holiday celebration doesn’t stop there—guests can continue the family tradition of viewing more than one million lights that will decorate the beautiful 47-acre Stephen C. Beachy Central Park each day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, 1000 Krenek Tap Road. cstx.gov/christmas 979-764-3486

COLLEGE STATION: Dec. 3 Jingle Bell Fun Run The College Station Parks & Recreation Department’s 28th annual fun run will be followed by the Bryan-College Station Christmas Parade. Dogs are welcome. The two-mile run will not be timed and a shuttle will be available to pick up participants at the end of the route to transport back to the start line. Corner of University Drive and South College Avenue. cstx.gov/christmas 979-764-3486

COLLEGE STATION: Dec. 16 Wreaths Across America Honoring local fallen veterans with a wreath-laying ceremony. The wreaths are made from balsam fir and stand for one of seven services: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA. The wreaths are sponsored by public donations. Aggie Field of Honor, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy. facebook.com/waacsafoh 757-478-4747

COLUMBUS: Dec. 7 Ladies Night Out Enjoy shopping at the Opera House and around town with many businesses staying open late with sales and specials. Purchase a commemorative wine glass at the Chamber Office in the historic Stafford Opera House, and enjoy wine samples and savory snacks at local businesses. Stafford Opera House/Downtown Columbus, 425 Spring St. columbustexas.org 979-732-8385

CORSICANA: Dec. 9 Mimosas at the Market A sip, stroll, and shop celebration with classic mimosas and live music throughout historic downtown Corsicana, sponsored by Corsicana Main Street Project and Victorian Sample Florist. Retailers and pop-up vendors will showcase holiday items and serve drinks throughout downtown. Various locations. cityofcorsicana.com 903-654-4851

CUERO: Nov. 20-Jan. 1 Christmas in the Park Lighted drive-through display features more than 100 animated settings and archways. Participants will enjoy a self-paced drive beginning at 6 p.m. each evening and concluding at 10 p.m. Cuero Municipal Park, 201 Leonard Roy Harmon Dr. cuerochristmasinthepark.org 361-275-2112

DALLAS: Through Jan. 7 “Sopheap Pich” A solo exhibition of Cambodia’s most internationally prominent contemporary artist. The exhibition will feature his large-scale sculpture, Rang Phnom Flower, Pich’s largest and most ambitious single-form sculpture to date. Measuring 25 feet in length, its complex construction is composed of hundreds of strands of rattan and bamboo. This exhibition will also feature the loan of an original French 19th-century, hand-painted botanical dictionary with illustrations of this plant species from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. crowcollection.org 214-979-6430

DALLAS: Through Dec. 31 “Neighborhoods We Called Home” A collaborative exhibit with Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Dallas Mexican American Historical League, and Remembering Black Dallas Inc. exploring the historic neighborhoods of Dallas that served as strong, supportive communities for Jewish, Hispanic, and African-American Dallasites from the early 1900s and beyond. Materials will be installed in three corresponding structures: a Victorian house the Village has dedicated to the presentation of Jewish history; the railroad section house, as railroad work attracted many workers of Tejano or Mexican heritage; and the Shotgun House, originally located in Dallas’ largest freedman’s town. Dallas Heritage Village, 6501 Crawley Dr. dallasheritagevillage.org

DALLAS: Through Jan. 7 “Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony” The exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague will perform the tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through Dec. 17 “Invisible Cities” An exhibition and screening series showcasing more than 20 contemporary video works by renowned and emerging artists from China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. These pivotal works represent recent key developments in moving image art in Asia. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. crowcollection.org

DALLAS: Through Feb. 4 “Paper into Sculpture” Even as the shift to digitized images, virtual reality, and social media has been said to herald its obsolescence, paper nonetheless remains inescapable in our daily lives. The artists—Noriko Ambe, Marco Maggi, Joshua Neustain, Nancy Rubins, and Franz West—play on tensions between commonly held understanding of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do when pushed to its physical limit. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through May 6 “Journey to Space” The exhibit features a full-size simulated International Space Station, robotics, water rockets, Neil Armstrong’s helmet and gloves, plus a space-inspired playspace for young cadets. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org 214-428-5555

DALLAS: Nov. 5-Dec. 31 Holidays at Galleria Dallas From the iconic 95-foot Christmas tree to Missile Toes—the ice-skating Santa who shoots fireworks from his skates—the holiday celebration is much like the shopping center (and Texas): big and bold. The holiday season at Galleria Dallas kicks off in early November with the decorating of America’s tallest indoor Christmas tree, which features nearly a half million lights, 10,000 ornaments, and a 100-pound, 10-foot-tall LED star. The festivities continue throughout the season with live entertainment and other holiday events. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. galleriadallas.com

DALLAS: Nov. 8-Jan. 7 Holiday at the Arboretum Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company, the events feature the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit as well as a special collection in the historic DeGolyer House. Throughout the garden, more than 500,000 lights illuminate the night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6500

DALLAS: Nov. 17-Dec. 23 “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and friends are back at DCT by popular demand. Rediscover the true reason for the season while sharing laughs with the Peanuts gang along the way. As a live combo fills your heart with music, merriment, and warmth, Charles Schulz’s classic special recalls days gone by. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St. facebook.com/dallaschildrenstheater

DALLAS: Nov. 17-Dec. 23 “Frosty and Friends” Presented by Dallas Children’s Theater, Kathy Burks’ celebrated troupe melts hearts with the endearing tale of Frosty, a lonely frozen figure hoping to make a difference during the season of giving. Frosty is sad when his elf friends Barry, Surly, and Zoe become too busy to even play in the snow. Fortunately, Frosty meets a kind snowy owl and a friendly reindeer who are more than happy to spend the cold winter days with him. Revel in the joy of the holidays as this spirited musical comes to life. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St. facebook.com/dallaschildrenstheater

DALLAS: Nov. 21-Jan. 7 Holiday Wonder Debuting this winter with magical lights, interactive attractions, performances, and food from around the world to entertain and delight guests. Visitors will marvel at more than 2 million lights bringing to life holiday favorites in giant, illuminated eye-catching displays, including stunning winterscapes, beautiful floating swans, perennial holiday favorites (including Santa Claus), and more. Guests will walk through a holiday wonderland that includes an enchanting snowflake corridor, playful polar bears and penguins, a 48-foot-tall Christmas tree, and more than a few holiday surprises. All displays are handmade by artisans whose specialized skills in lanterns go back generations, and are all-new, custom creations for this festival. Fair Park, 1318 S. Second Ave. holidaywonder.com 972-905-6742

DALLAS: Nov. 24-Dec. 30 Christmas Lights, Chocolate, and Sips Tour View holiday lights in style via private motorcoach. Taste scrumptious treats from premier local dessert venues, then relax while gliding past some of Dallas’ most spectacular holiday displays in the Park Cities, Swiss Avenue, and other areas. Krispy Kreme, 5118 Greenville Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997

DALLAS: Nov. 26-Dec. 17 Storytime with Santa Claus Gather around Santa’s picture-book cottage to hear stories about the North Pole. Santa has been telling tales at NorthPark Center for more than 25 years, and you’re invited to make it a part of your family’s holiday tradition. NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway. northparkcenter.com

DALLAS: Nov. 26-Dec. 17 Visits and Portraits with Santa Claus Capture memories of a lifetime with one-on-one visits and portraits with Santa Claus. Children feel right at home in Santa Claus’ cozy living room with a fireplace, holiday tree, and a comfy leather armchair. Take photos with your own camera or purchase professional portraits by Marc Robins Photography. NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway. northparkcenter.com

DALLAS: Dec. 1-17 “Black Nativity” Now in its 14th year, Langston Hughes’ seasonal favorite, directed by Jiles King, is back for yet another year of theatrical wonderment. Don’t miss this foot-stomping, toe-tapping, finger-snapping holiday favorite and experience the nativity story through gospel music. Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St. bishopartstheatre.org

DALLAS: Dec. 1 1001 Arabian Nights: Classics at Cour Regard Experience 1001 Arabian Nights as never before. An evening of literary exploration from performances and music to a culinary pairing of hors d’oeuvres and libations, the event offers a 21st-century perspective on one of history’s most iconic works of literature. Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, 2719 Routh St. dallasinstitute.org

DALLAS: Dec. 1-31 Season of Science Celebration at the Perot Museum Your adventure begins at the Perot Museum with a monthlong celebration of science. Throughout floors filled with dinosaurs, robots, dazzling gems, and more, enjoy winter-themed programming and special holiday delights. With drop-in science activities and hands-on demonstrations, you’ll experience winter science in fun and engaging ways. Discover the science behind the seasons as you explore how Earth’s tilt and other factors affect weather in different parts of our planet. Play with condensation and frost to “de-mist-ify” the different states of matter. Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Dec. 2 Celebrate the Holidays at Klyde Warren Park Presented by Nissan, enjoy big band classics, crafts, letters to Santa, and more. Activities throughout the day will include free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday kids’ crafts, a mailbox to send letters to Santa, face painting, food trucks, activities and demonstrations from Dallas’ arts and cultural friends and neighbors, holiday music, and a new Big Band holiday show. The celebration culminates with the lighting of the tree. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway. klydewarrenpark.org

DALLAS: Dec. 2 Dallas Holiday Parade As one of the largest parades in the United States, this Dallas holiday tradition spans two generations of families while attracting a crowd of more than 500,000 spectators. The 30th annual parade will march through the streets of Downtown Dallas to ring in the holiday season. This year’s parade will feature spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons, and much more. Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce St. adolphus.com

DALLAS: Dec. 2 Spotlight on Stick Bugs! Have you ever seen a walking stick bug? You probably walk by them all the time. Come learn about these camouflage experts and take one home for yourself. Backyard Wildlife Resource Center, 406 W. Belt Line Road. facebook.com/backyardwildliferesourcecenter

DALLAS: Dec. 5-17 “Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” Record-setting Broadway holiday sensation that features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org

DALLAS: Dec. 6-Jan. 7 “Fade” When Lucia, a young Mexican-born novelist, begins her dream career as a television writer in L.A., she finds herself much more comfortable with the only other Latino around, one of the janitors, than with anyone in the writers’ room. This new comic-drama by Tanya Saracho, a writer for HBO’s “Girls” and ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” poses tricky questions about identity and community, as Lucia struggles to bridge the distance between where she came from and where she’s going. Dallas Theater Center. dallastheatercenter.org

DALLAS: Dec. 6, 13, 20 A Different Perspective: Reading James Baldwin in the Digital Age The author and activist used his pen as a voice for equality in race, sex, and class. UT-Arlington Professor of English Dr. Kenton Rambsy delves into some of Baldwin’s most important and influential works. Rambsy’s expertise in digital humanities pinpoints linguistic patterns and introduces data-driven discoveries that will illuminate Baldwin’s deep influence on American culture. Gain a different perspective through this three-week class. Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, 2719 Routh St. dallasinstitute.org

DALLAS: Dec. 6 Sammons Jazz Showcasing the many styles of jazz performed by top local musicians in a historic setting. Every concert consists of two sets performed by two bands. Admission includes valet parking, a light dinner, and beverages. Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. sammonsjazz.com 214-520-7788

DALLAS: Dec. 8 Lady Gaga in Concert American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. americanairlinescenter.com

DALLAS: Dec. 9 Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle! The Texas Red Ribbon Events presents its annual Christmas show. This year’s festivities will feature the comedic antics of the Austin Babtist Women alongside many of the DFW area’s best performers. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit The Texas Red Ribbon Wish Network, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Texas citizens—one good deed at a time. The Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. 214-785-2155

DALLAS: Dec. 10 BMW Dallas Marathon Dating back to 1971, the organization hosts year-round events culminating with Dallas’ largest and Texas’ oldest running marathon. Now in its 47th running, the marquee race attracts runners from across the globe and hundreds of thousands of spectators to Dallas’ largest single-day sporting event. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. bmwdallasmarathon.com

DALLAS: Dec. 16 “Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road” Drawn from the DMA’s collection, this exhibition showcases fine examples of garments and ornamental hangings. The works on view come from India, Central Asia, China, and Japan, with some objects featuring colored ink paintings on textile backgrounds. The garments range from a Japanese fireman’s coat to an Indian sari and a Chinese dragon robe. “Asian Textiles” highlights the passage of luxury goods along the Silk Road between eastern Asia, India, and places like Uzbekistan. This historical trade route led to an interchange of arts and crafts from the Mediterranean to India and the Far East. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. dma.org

DALLAS: Dec. 19 “The King and I” Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, the musical boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowners, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialist world, brings to Siam to teach his many children. AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org

DALLAS: Dec. 28 Lone Star Circus’ Cirque Joyeux ’Tis the season to swing from the rafters. Ring in 2018 with thrilling daredevils, electrifying jugglers, mesmerizing acrobats, hilarious clowns, and endearing four-legged performers. Dallas’ very own Lone Star Circus gets you up close and personal with circus stars from around the world at this family-friendly New Year tradition. Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St. facebook.com/dallaschildrenstheater

DALLAS: Dec. 28 Tall Tales Enjoy story time on the GeO-Deck every month. Children’s librarians from the Dallas Public Library will present fun for ages 2-5 who love to jump around, hear a story, and sing a song. Seating is lounge inspired and will fill quickly. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. reuniontower.com 214-712-7040

DALLAS: Dec. 29-30 Lights All Night The largest end-of-the-year music festival in Texas and throughout the Southern United States will return to Dallas New Year’s Eve weekend. Featured artists Bassnectar and Porter Robinson will be joined by a mix of both nationally recognized and up-and-coming acts in both EDM and hip-hop, including Illenium, Seven Lions, Ugly God, and Smokepurpp. Other key acts set to perform include AC Slater, Destructo, Drezo, and TOKiMONSTA, as well as a live set from Ookay. Niko The Kid, Vincent, and Whipped Cream. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway. lightsallnight.com 214-655-6100

DALLAS: Dec. 31 AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower The celebratory fireworks show is one of the largest of its kind in the Central time zone featuring pyrotechnics fired from 560 feet above ground. The dazzling display will run for 8 minutes with a synchronized music score, and will feature more than 4,000 pyrotechnic special effects with the magnificent downtown skyline as its backdrop. Many locations around the city will host watch parties for revelers ringing in the New Year with the perfect view of Reunion Tower. The best vantage points will be on the west side of the Trinity River, along the levees and Trinity Overlook Park, or Trinity Groves. Due to safety requirements, the Reunion Tower lawn will be closed to the public. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. facebook.com/dallaschildrenstheater

DENISON: Nov. 24-Jan. 2 Denison on Ice Enjoy outdoor ice skating downtown every day through the holidays and see Santa’s workshop. RadioVision Lot, 530 W. Main St. denisonlive.com 903-463-5611

DENISON: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 Holiday Lights at Loy Lake Drive through the park and tour a large venue of brilliant light displays. Loy Lake Park. denisontexas.us 903-465-1551

DENISON: Dec. 7 Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Main Street. denisontexas.us 903-465-1551

DENTON: Dec. 1 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. Downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St. dentonholidaylighting.com 940-395-3581

DENTON: Dec. 1-2 Wassail Weekend 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. Wassail 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

DENTON: Dec. 2 North Texas Horse Country Tour Wind your way through the beautiful North Texas Horse Country aboard a luxury motorcoach while a knowledgeable guide narrates the facts and back story of the area. Six behind-the-scene tours are offered each year. 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, 210 S. Elm St. horsecountrytours.com 940-382-7895

ELGIN: Dec. 2 Hot Cocoa Stroll and Holiday by the Tracks Sample a variety of hot cocoa from downtown businesses and vote for your favorite during the hot cocoa stroll. Before or after cutting your Christmas tree at one of the two local tree farms, enjoy live music, shopping, pictures with Santa, art and artisans showcase, and lots of children’s activities, plus a lighted Christmas parade at dusk followed by a live nativity. Elgin Public Library and Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Dec. 2 VFD Lighted Christmas Parade This event takes place the first Saturday of December at dusk. Sponsored by the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, this annual parade is a favorite of the locals as well as the many visitors it attracts with the creativity and diversity of its floats. The parade route follows Main Street from 11th to Brenham Streets. Elgin Memorial Park to Historic Downtown Elgin. 512-281-4025

ELGIN: Dec. 9 Holiday Sweater Weekend Wear your holiday sweater while you shop downtown and you might win prizes, special discounts, and participate in a Tackiest Holiday Sweater Contest. Enjoy store specials throughout downtown, and you can enjoy delicious dining options too. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Dec. 14 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown Elgin. You will find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, and live music in many of the venues. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Dec. 16 The Art of Holiday Giving Downtown and Studio 621 This holiday season, consider a handcrafted gift. Enjoy a showcase of handcrafted items from local artists in the Elgin area. Studio 621 will be open with several artists sharing their creations, 28 N will be open hosting local artists, and Earthen Metals will be open with metalsmith demonstrations and guest artists. Downtown businesses will be featuring locally crafted and handcrafted items ranging from treenware to marshmallows. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Dec. 23 Stocking Stuffer Saturday Last chance for shopping before Christmas—participating businesses will be featuring items to fill your stockings and offering great holiday specials. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ENNIS: Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-18 “A Christmas Carol” A thoughtful re-telling of the classic gem of redemption that will touch the heart of this beloved holiday. Theatre Rocks!, 505 NW Main St. theatrerocks.com 972-878-5126

ENNIS: Dec. 1-2, 8-10, 15-16 “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Ennis Public Theatre, 113 N. Dallas St. ennispublictheatre.com 972-878-7529

ENNIS: Dec. 1-30 Lights of Ennis Enjoy a million twinkling lights and beautifully decorated windows as you stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Ennis in December. Be sure to bring your camera to take advantage of all the photo opportunities. Downtown Ennis, 119 N. Dallas St. visitennis.org 972-878-4748

FARMERSVILLE: Dec. 2 Farmers and Fleas Market Market features coffee, food, crafts, jewelry, soaps, antiques, home decor, plants, produce and more. The Onion Shed, 151 S. Main St. farmersvilletx.com 972-784-6846

FLATONIA: Dec. 1 Wonderful Winter Wine Walk Enjoy 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. 208 E. North Main St. flatoniachamber.com 361-865-3920

FLATONIA: Dec. 2 Merry Market, Cookie and Candy Carnival, and Santa! Find several arts and craft vendors along with a delicious cookie and candy carnival. Locals donate homemade goodies that can be purchased by the pound. Santa will also be on hand to talk to and take photos with. 208 E. North Main St. flatoniachamber.com 361-865-3920

FLATONIA: Feb. 10 Sweethearts Chocolate Walk At the second annual event, purchase a bag and then visit local participating business for various flavors of fresh chocolates made locally, and do some shopping too. In case you are wanting more chocolate, an auction of chocolate cakes, cookies, pies, and other locally homemade desserts can be purchased at the Civic Center beginning at 3 p.m.—the proceeds will be donated to a worthy organization. 208 E. North Main St. flatoniachamber.com 361-865-3920

FORT WORTH: Dec. 3 Christmas in the Stockyards The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and Stockyards Station will host its annual Christmas event on the lawn of the Historical Livestock Exchange Building, inside Stockyards Station and along East Exchange Avenue. This is a free holiday event centered on Western heritage activities that the entire family can enjoy. Stockyards Station, 130 E. Exchange Ave. stockyardsstation.com 817-625-9715

FORT WORTH: Dec. 8-10, 13-17, 20-24 Texas Ballet: “The Nutcracker” Come with Clara to a dreamland of heroic battles and breathtaking beauty in a holiday classic for all ages. Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St. texasballettheater.org 817-763-0207

FORT WORTH: Dec. 31 Fort Worth Symphony New Year’s: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald Grammy Award-winning singer Carmen Bradford, a household name and one of the greatest jazz vocalists alive today, joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St. fwsymphony.org 817-665-6000

FRISCO: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 Christmas in the Square The largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas. The nightly show features more than 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring, and more than 8 miles of extension cords. Christmas in the Square also features an outdoor ice skating rink, carriage rides, Christmas tree lot, and much more. Want to see it snow in Frisco? Snow flurries take place in Frisco Square every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays. The light and music show is free to experience, but some activities require a fee. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd. visitfrisco.com 972-292-5250

FRISCO: Dec. 2 Merry Main Street Kick off the Christmas season in Frisco with the tree-lighting ceremony. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd. visitfrisco.com 972-292-5250

FRISCO: Dec. 16 Christmas in the Square Special Event Night This night only, enjoy activities including a parachuting Santa, holiday vendors, snow tubing, and more. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd. visitfrisco.com 972-292-5250

GLEN ROSE: Dec. 2 Holiday Sunset Safari Dinner and Tour This event includes appetizers, shopping, exotic animals, a holiday meal, and more. There will be a guided wildlife tour before dinner. Reservations are required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 3022 CR 2010. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Dec. 2 International Cheetah Day A family fun day celebrating cheetahs at the front gate. The free event will have a fun learning station with an activity. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 2299 CR 2008. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Dec. 5 Dyeing to Discover Insects In this homeschool class and tour, one Texas insect is the source of a beautiful red dye. After an overview of insects, we will find this insect in the wild, learn about it, and dye a bandana for you to keep. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Dec. 11 Wolves: Friend Or Foe? In this homeschool class and behind-the-scenes tour, discover the habits and history of Fossil Rim’s Mexican gray wolves, red wolves, and maned wolves, and enjoy the opportunity of viewing possibly all species. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GRANBURY: Nov. 24 – Dec. 23 Visit Santa House Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your cameras/phones and take all the pictures you like. Event is free of charge. Gazebo on Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St. facebook.com/granburysanta.house 817-964-7220

GRANBURY: Dec. 7 S’mores with Santa This new addition to the Acton Nature Center’s free events looks to become a Christmas tradition. Weather permitting, there will be a campfire setting at the pavilion for kids to make s’mores. Santa will arrive with all lights flashing and sirens ringing on board one of the DCBE-Acton fire trucks before moving to the cozy setting of the 1930s Farm House, where he will visit with each child to hear their wishes for a happy Christmas. While the children wait their turn to see Santa, they will be able to enjoy the craft station set up by area volunteers. Parents are welcome to take photos at any time or place during this event. Acton Nature Center of Hood County, 6900 Smoky Hill Court. actonnaturecenter.org 817-326-6005

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 1-3, 8-10 “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” Enjoy a lively musical adaptation of this funny and touching holiday classic. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. artsgp.org 972-237-8786

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 1-Jan. 1 Prairie Lights Drive Thru Holiday Light Park Prairie Lights is a holiday light park featuring a two-mile drive through four million lights. Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy. prairielights.org 972-237-4120

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 2 Farmers Market: Empty Bowls The annual fundraiser is a popular sale of handmade pottery created by kids in GPISD. Come out and support these talented local kids and get one-of-a-kind pottery pieces for everyone on your list. Market Sqaure, 120 W. Main St. gptx.org 972-237-4599

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 Holiday Market with Santa Have your photo taken with Santa while you get into the spirit of Christmas with thousands of vendors selling holiday gifts and more. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 2 Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant in Concert with Special Guest Jordan Smith Experience an unforgettable night of music full of your Christmas favorites. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 8 KSCS Country Fest Featuring Chris Young Join New Country 96.3 KSCS for this music festival featuring Chris Young, Kane Brown, and Tucker Beathard. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 12-17 “Every Christmas Story Every Told (and Then Some)” A madcap romp through the holiday season. Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told—plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. artsgp.org 972-642-2787

GRAND PRAIRIE: Dec. 15-16 “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” A new cirque show, Broadway musical, and family Christmas spectacular all in one. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 1-Jan. 31 “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” This seasonal exhibition examines the making of the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and celebrates the anticipation, joy, and pitfalls of the holiday season in 50 of Charles M. Schulz’s original Peanuts comic strips. The exhibit will also feature three activity areas: a letter to Santa writing station, a video nook to view the DVD program, and a photo opportunity. Tower Gallery, 636 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 10-Jan. 1 ICE! and Lone Star Christmas A walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees and featuring two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and five slides. See Ma in her kerchief, Pa in his cap, and more as the classic holiday poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” comes to life. Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail. grapevinetexcasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 20-Jan. 6 Christmas on Main Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows, and wreaths set aglow with twinkling lights. Tractor-drawn wagon rides will depart behind the gazebo during select hours. Rides are $1 per person, per ride, and proceeds benefit the historic preservation of Nash Farm. Historic Downtown Grapevine. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 1-23 Favorite Christmas Films at the Palace Theatre Enjoy classic Christmas films including “A Christmas Carol,” “A Christmas Story,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “White Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St. palace-theatre.com 817-410-3100

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 2 A Merry Little Christmas Show with Ricki Derek Crooner Ricki Derek’s one-of-a-kind Christmas show returns. Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3100

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 3 “Elvis Christmas Classic” Cele-brate the season with a magical night of Christmas Classics in the style of Elvis Presley, performed by one of the best in the business, Kraig Parker. Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 7 Parade of Lights Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights, 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. Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event. Historic Downtown Grapevine. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 14-16 Gentri: The Gentlemen Trio Present Finding Christmas The Gentlemen Trio is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott, and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies. Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St. palace-theatre.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Dec. 17-18 “A Forever Young Christmas” A heartwarming show for the Holidays telling the true story of how five best friends discovered and fell in love with music. Join the guys on a musical journey to see where music has taken each of them in life. Packed with pop, country, rock ’n’ roll, and Christmas classics, “A Forever Young Christmas” is the perfect show to get you in the Christmas spirit. Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.org 817-410-3100

IRVING: Dec. 16 Holiday in Vienna Feel the excitement as the LCSO and guest conductor Oliver Weder celebrate a holiday in Vienna. The orchestra will be joined by versatile tenor Andrew Surrena. Winter favorites will have sugar plum fairies dancing in your head as you take part in the LCSO’s annual holiday sing-along. It’s perfect for families and children of all ages. Irving Arts Center—Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. irvingartscenter.com 972-252-4800

LA GRANGE: Dec. 2 Christmas Open House View vintage decorated homes in the 1890s Czech Village; see museum displays; and shop the Czech gift shop for Czech crystal, ornaments, CDs, books, T-shirts, caps, garnet jewelry, dishes, and more. Chicken noodle soup and sandwich lunch available. Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center, 250 W. Fairgrounds Road. czechtexas.org 888-785-4500

LA GRANGE: Dec. 7 Schmeckenfest on the Square Entering into its 10th 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. This small-town Christmas festival also includes delicious treats sold by local nonprofit organizations and a visit from Santa. The festivities begin with a Christmas parade and lighting of the county Christmas tree on the Courthouse lawn. There are also a number of children’s activities including a bounce house, Schmecken-ball pit, and Christmas cookie decorating. Fayette County Courthouse Square, 151 N. Washington St. visitlagrangetx.com 979-968-3017

LEWISVILLE: Dec. 2 Lewisville Christmas Parade This morning of holiday activities in Old Town Lewisville kicks off with the Motorcycle Toy Run and Pancake Breakfast with Santa, and concludes with the Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Christmas Parade, featuring a special appearance by Santa himself. 151 W. Church St. cityoflewisville.com 972-219-3041

LOCKHART: Dec. 1-2 A Dickens Christmas in Lockhart Kicks off Friday evening with a lighted Christmas parade. Saturday includes food and craft vendors, 19th-century Dickens’ characters, and entertainment in front of the library and around the courthouse square. Dr. Eugene Clark Library, 217 S. Main St. clark-library-lockhart.org 512-398-3223

MADISONVILLE: Dec. 2 Annual Night Time Parade Watch beautifully lighted floats and a parade from Lake Madison through downtown Madisonville, where Santa will make his debut and offer cookies and drinks to the children as he takes gift requests. Downtown Madisonville, 113 W. Trinity St. madisoncountychamberofcommerce.com 936-348-3591

MCKINNEY: Sept. 2-Feb. 18 Dinosaurs Live! An annual exhibit featuring animatronic dinosaurs stationed along nature trails. Closed Mondays. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org 972-562-5566

MCKINNEY: Dec. 2-3 Holiday Tour of Homes Tour decorated homes in Chestnut Square and throughout McKinney’s historic district. Chestnut Square & McKinney’s historic district, 315 S. Chestnut. chestnutsquare.org 972-562-8790

MCKINNEY: Dec. 3 Free Christmas Band Concert Get yourself into the holiday spirit with a free concert of favorite holiday music by the all-volunteer McKinney Community Band. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee. mckinneyband.com

MCKINNEY: Dec. 9 McKinney Parade of Lights Presented by McKinney Rotary Club, join Grand Marshal Burton Gilliam and special guest Santa for an evening parade around the downtown square that’ll feature all three high school bands, historic military vehicles, and plenty of Christmas lights and cheer. Historic Downtown Square, 111 N. Tennessee. mckinneyparadeoflights.com

MCKINNEY: Dec. 15-16 Holidays at the Heard This event brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. 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. Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to have a photo taken with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Enjoy hot beverages and treats, family-friendly entertainment, and local musicians. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org 972-562-5566

MCKINNEY: Dec. 15-17 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

MESQUITE: Dec. 1-31 Teachers of Mesquite ISD Art Exhibit This art show features works from the art teachers of the Mesquite Independent School District. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Dec. 2-3 Christmas in the Park Westlake Park is filled with a festive spirit and twinkling lights for this free event. Some events have separate fees. Westlake Park, 421 Gross Road. cityofmesquite.com/pard 972-216-6260

MESQUITE: Dec. 2 Mesquite Community Band Concert Enjoy a free concert performed by the Mesquite Community Band. Mequite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitecommunityband.com 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Dec. 8 Dallas Chamber Choir Mesquite Arts Council presents this chamber ensemble of professional musicians, music educators, and solo performing artists from North Texas performing diverse programs of choral literature. Get into the holiday spirit with this free concert. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Dec. 9 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours are held on the second Saturday of every month. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Dec. 16 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert: Music of the Season Mequite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitesymphony.org 972-216-8127

MEXIA: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Mistletoe, Music, and Magic Christmas Festival The three-day event kicks off with a Christmas Parade of Lights, followed by vendor booths and music. Visitors will find hand-crafted jewelry, decor, and crafts at inside booths, along with food and larger items at outdoor booths. A DJ performs onstage throughout the event. Mexia Civic Center, 101 McKinney St. mexiachamber.com 254-562-5569

NAVASOTA: Dec. 9 Home for the Holidays Festivities include ice skating, a toboggan tunnel, and snow maze. The lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m. is followed by the lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree. Downtown Navasota, 200 E. McAlpine. visitnavasota.com 936-825-6475

PLANO: Nov. 25-Dec. 30 “The Three Musketeers” Theatre Britain presents this traditional British panto. It’s a fairy-tale presented as a melodrama with wacky characters, songs, corny jokes, and lots of audience participation. Rated G. Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Avenue. theatre-britain.com 972-490-4202

PLANO: Dec. 1-30 Deerfield Lights Drive through this famous Plano neighborhood in December for a spectacular holiday lights display. Deerfield is located between Preston Road and Coit Road, north of Legacy. Deerfield Subdivision. deerfieldplano.org

PLANO: Dec. 1 Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano City of Plano’s annual tree lighting and holiday celebration. Festive music and dance performances, tons of food, kids activities, and a visit from Santa. Haggard Park, 901 Springbrook Dr. visitplano.com

PLANO: Dec. 2 Lantern Light Holiday Event The museum will be transformed into an old-fashioned, twinkly-lighted winter wonderland for its annual holiday celebration. Step back in time to 1929 when an unusual snowstorm blanketed Texas with snow. Family activities, music, food, crafts, and much more. Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St. heritagefarmstead.org 972-881-0140

PLANO: Dec. 8-23 “It’s a Wonderful Life—A Live Radio Show See this holiday favorite live on stage—a show-within-a-show, where a cast of actors is preparing to present “It’s a Wonderful Life” live to the listening audience. Art Centre Theatre, 5220 Village Creek Dr. arts-people.com 214-810-3228

PLANO: Dec. 9 Plano Lions Christmas Parade Marching bands, festive floats, drill team, cheer squad, firetrucks, clowns, and Santa. Starts on 15th Street and goes north on Independence then east on Parkhaven. Plano ISD Admin Building, 1509 H Avenue. visitplano.com or christmas.planolions.org

PLANO: Dec. 9-17 The Gift of Christmas This spectacular multimedia presentation includes a show, favorite songs, and the gospel message brought to life. Several performances daily. Sells out fast. Prestonwood Baptist Church, 6801 W. Park Blvd. prestonwoodgoc.org 888-424-3977

PLANO: Dec. 14 Downtown Plano Art and 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. Raffle prizes are drawn at 9:15 p.m. Downtown Plano Arts District, 998 E. 15th St. planomagazine.com/wine or visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: Dec. 17 Plano Symphony: Home for the Holidays Holiday favorites for orchestra and chorus; enjoy an audience sing-along, visitors from the North Pole, and the great pipe organ. There will be two shows: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Pkwy. planosymphony.org 972-473-7262

RICHARDSON: Dec. 11 Keyboard Conversations: Beethoven and Friends Enjoy a concert with lively commentary by renowned pianist Jeffrey Siegel. This format makes the music more accessible and the listening experience more focused and meaningful. This concert program will include Haydn’s vivacious, humorous Sonata in D; Mozart’s deeply personal, contemplative Rondo in A Minor and jolly Gigue; and Beethoven’s tempestuous Sonata Pathetique. Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts & Corporate Presentations, 2351 Performance Dr. eisemanncenter.com

ROUND TOP: Dec. 9 “The Nutcracker” Round Top Festival Institute presents an encore performance of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. The legendary ballet will be danced by children, for children of all ages—this year’s production celebrates the 10th annual performance danced by Ovation, a youth ballet company in residency at Dancers Workshop in Austin. Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road. festivalhill.org 979-249-3129

ROUND TOP: Dec. 9 Christmas at Winedale Bring the family to tour period-furnished 19th-century Texas homes, enjoy theatre performances, watch folk life presentations, and view demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, folk dancing, lace making, and pioneer encampment. For children there will be old-fashioned crafts and games, a petting zoo, and Weihnachtsmann—a German Santa Claus. Horse-drawn carriages and musical entertainment too. Free and open to the public. Winedale Historical Complex, 3738 FM 2714. 979-278-3530

SEALY: Dec. 1-2 Fantasy of Lights Thrown by The Sealy Community Foundation, this three-day family-friendly celebration includes the Jingle Bell Fun Run, sleigh and train rides, live performances, arts and crafts, and a barbecue cookoff. The festival closes with the Fantasy of Lights Parade through downtown. Abe & Irene Levine Family Park, 406 Main St. sealymainstreet.com 979-885-3222

SEALY: Dec. 9 Sealy Main Street Market Locally grown produce, handmade goods, and homemade foods on the second Saturday of every month. Historic Downtown Sealy, SH 36 and Main Street. sealymainstreet.com 979-627-6136

SEGUIN: Dec. 8-9 The Big Red Barn Country Christmas Country Christmas is an evening filled with twinkling lights and sounds of Christmas. There will be several choirs singing in the Zion Church, and Santa will be making an appearance too. You can also participate in the Country Christmas Dash 5K. Texas Agricultural Education & Heritage Center, 390 Cordova Road. texagedu.org 830-379-0933

SHINER: Dec. 7 Christmas in the Park Festive community gathering with tables of delicacies offered by various organizations, beautiful holiday lights and lighting of the Christmas wreath, arrival of Santa Claus, and bags of treats for children. Welhausen Municipal Park, 900 Avenue E. shinertx.com 361-594-4180

SMITHVILLE: Dec. 2 Festival of Lights and Parade Get in the holiday spirit with live entertainment at the gazebo, plenty of food, drinks, shopping, fellowship and fun. Features a lighted parade in the evening. Smithville Recreation Center, 106 Royston St. smithvilletx.org 512/237-2313

SULPHUR SPRINGS: Nov. 25, Dec. 2 Christmas in the Park Visitors can enjoy a spectacle of lights, strolling carolers, musicians, a live nativity scene, and Santa Claus. Free hot cocoa, coffee, punch, cookies, and other goodies are served in various building on the grounds. Most of the historic buildings are open, with volunteers dressed in period costumes to help give the feeling of stepping into the past. Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park, 416 N. Jackson St. hopkinscountymuseum.org 903-885-2387

SULPHUR SPRINGS: Dec. 1 Christmas Festival on Celebration Plaza Enjoy a lighting of the Christmas tree on the square, trolley rides to Heritage Park, a snow tiger exhibit, and a snow slide. Celebration Plaza, Downtown Sulphur Springs, 120 Main St. visitsulphurspringstx.org 903-885-5614

SULPHUR SPRINGS: Dec. 1 Lighted Christmas Parade Friends and family enjoy the sights and sounds of the season at one of Sulphur Springs’ favorite family traditions, the annual Lions’ Club Christmas parade. Downtown Sulphur Springs, Buford Park to Celebration Plaza. visitsulphurspringstx.org 903-885-5614

SULPHUR SPRINGS: Dec. 2-3 North East Texas Choral Society Christmas Concert Cap the Christmas Festival weekend with this 20th annual concert performed by the North East Texas Choral Society. Performances are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Hopkins County Civic Center, 1200 Houston St. facebook.com/northeasttexaschoralsociety or netchoral.org

TEMPLE: Dec. 1 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple transforms into a giant party, with street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple. discovertemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Dec. 2 Insane Inflatable 5K Experience the most fun, wild, and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice. Temple Lion’s Park, 4320 Lions Park Road. insaneinflatable5k.com 254-298-5501

TEMPLE: Dec. 2 Santa Fest Holiday Market Get in the spirit of the season and enjoy arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and great deals from local merchants. Admission to the market is free; however merchandise and food are purchased on your own. The holiday market has a new location this year due to downtown construction. Frank W. Mayborn Center, 3303 N. Third St. discovertemple.com 254-298-5900

TEMPLE: Dec. 4 Temple Christmas Parade Bundle up and bring your friends and family to downtown Temple for this annual Christmas tradition. This year the parade theme will be Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree. Downtown Temple, Adams Avenue. discovertemple.com 254-298-5440

TEMPLE: Dec. 16 Bend of the River Christmas Enjoy visits with Santa, arts and crafts, a snow slide, and caroling. Bend of the River, 7915 S. General Bruce Dr. discovertemple.com 254-298-5774

WACO: Dec. 1 Dr Pepper Christmas Festivities include musical performances, food, beverages, hot Dr Pepper, holiday crafts, a photo booth, and of course Santa will be there too. Dr Pepper Museum, 300 S. Fifth St. drpeppermuseum.com 254-757-1025

WACO: Dec. 1-3 Waco Wonderland Kick off the holiday season with a three-day holiday event for the whole family, where you’ll find food, fun, and cheer. Enjoy a Ferris Wheel, live entertainment, art vendors, carriage rides, a snow hill, and much more. Heritage Square, Third Street and Washington Avenue. waco-texas.com 254-750-5600

WACO: Dec. 2-31 Trains at the Mayborn Museum Welcome back the Central Texas Area Model railroaders and their trains. The extensive train set-up will include elaborate scenes of bridges and trestles, cities and towns, and depict both the past and present. The young and young-at-heart will enjoy imagining the excitement of being a train engineer. Mayborn Museum, 1300 S. University Parks Dr. baylor.edu/mayborn 254-710-1110

WACO: Bicentennial Books Signing Saturday, December 2nd when authors Bob Alexander and Darren L. Ivey will autograph copies of their new books, Texas Rangers: Lives, Legend, and Legacy and The Ranger Ideal: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame 1823-1861. In addition, they will discuss their work in the Hall of Fame rotunda. 10 am – 5 pm http://www.texasranger.org/ (254) 750-8631

WACO: December 7. Stars Over Texas Jamboree A monthly family style musical jamboree. Country, oldies, gospel and bluegrass music are featured. 7 pm https://www.facebook.com/The-Stars-Over-Texas-Jamboree-139814312711168/ (254) 755-7257

WACO: Dec. 8-9 Doris Miller Hometown Heroes Weekend Step back in time and visit battlefronts in WWII and the Vietnam War during this living-history weekend. Experience battle re-enactments, demonstrations, displays, vendors, entertainment, and more for all ages. Remembering Doris Miller, a Navy hero raised in Waco. Downtown Waco. facebook.com/dorismillerhometownheroes 254-750-8697

WACO: Dec. 18-22 ’Twas the Week Before Christmas Join staff and friends of the Mayborn for special Christmas-themed events and activities. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Dr. baylor.edu/mayborn 254-710-1110

WACO: Dec. 28-30 RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo Don’t miss the thrilling rodeo action as the best cowboys and cowgirls from the Texas circuit compete for top honors. Spectators will enjoy seven rodeo events (bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing) along with the fan favorite: mutton bustin’. Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. extracoeventscenter.com 254-776-1660

WALLIS: Dec. 16 Christmas Parade and Celebration An annual lighted Christmas parade followed by fun and entertainment with Santa Claus. Downtown Wallis, 330 Legion Road. wallischamber.com 979-478-6712

WYLIE: Dec. 2 Wylie Arts Festival More than 100 vendors with a selection of handmade fine art and craft items. Enjoy a Christmas parade followed by a tree lighting in Olde City Park. First Baptist Wylie Event Center, 200 N. Ballard Ave. wylietexas.gov 972-516-6016

 

November

ADDISON: Nov. 4 Howlfest Get ready for this spooktacular event. It’s time to get creative and have some fun dressing up your pooch. Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle. addisontexas.net 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Nov. 17 Addison Circle Tree Lighting Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with children’s activities, horse carriage rides, holiday shopping, refreshments, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Beckert Park, 5044 Addison Circle. addisontexas.net 800-233-4766

ADDISON: Nov. 24-25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Vitruvian Lights Vitruvian Park will be transformed into a dazzling and magical holiday wonderland, with millions of sparkling LED lights wrapped around more than 550 trees. The mayor will “flip the switch” on opening night, then every Saturday through Christmas festivities will include live concerts, gourmet food trucks, an elf balloon artist, and holiday shopping. Vitruvian Park, 3966 Vitruvian Way. addisontexas.net 800-233-4766

ARLINGTON: Oct. 19-Jan. 14 “Salvador Dali” Enjoy selected works from the legendary surrealist artist. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. arlingtonmuseum.org 817-275-4600

ARLINGTON: Nov. 18-Dec. 31 Holiday in the Park Six Flags Over Texas’ annual holiday extravaganza is complete with millions of lights, Santa himself, and a real snow hill. Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags. sixflags.com/overtexas 817-640-8900

ARLINGTON: Nov. 24-Dec. 23 Texas Christkindl Market Much like those found in Europe for the holiday season, this seventh annual Christmas market offers tons of new holiday fun for 2017. Globe Life Park in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way. txchristkindlmarket.com

BASTROP: Nov. 10-11 Veteran’s Day Car Show Weekend Watch the cars cruise in on Friday night, then on Saturday morning, along with the car show, vendor booths, and live music, there is a solemn and respectful ceremony honoring those who have served our country in the military. The event is hosted annually by the Bastrop Area Cruisers. Downtown Bastrop. bastropareacruisers.com 512-303-0558

BASTROP: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 River of Lights Stroll along the June Hill Pape Riverwalk on the Colorado River in the evening to see more than 100 holiday displays. The event extends from the Friday following Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Wilson St. lostpineschristmas.com 512-303-0558

BONHAM: Nov. 18 Christmas Parade Enjoy watching many floats, and participate in activities. Downtown Bonham Historic Square. visitbonham.com 903-583-9830

BRYAN: Nov. 4. Wine Release Dinner Be the first to experience brand new wines from Messina Hof’s premium wine collection at the biggest Texas wine release event of 2017. You’re invited to don your black and white attire and feast on Messina Hof’s gourmet Vintage Cuisine. The menu features a delectable five-course meal made exclusively for Wine Premiere and paired with Messina Hof’s newly released vintages. Don’t miss this evening of elegance, RSVP today! Single tickets and tables will be available for purchase. 7:00 PM http://messinahof.com/events/post/wine-premiere 9797789463

BRAYN: Nov. 10. The United States Marine Corps Birthday Dinner is celebrated every year on November 10. On that day in 1775 the Continental Marines were established. Messina Hof invites all veterans and those currently serving to join us in celebrating this historical tradition in honoring the Marine Corps. Military Uniform: Evening Dress, Dress Blues or Service Alphas. Civilian Attire: Coat & tie for men; Equivalent for women 6:00 PM http://messinahof.com/events/post/marine 979-778-9463

BRYAN: Nov. 12. Pairing 101: Thanksgiving Pie Edition. Messina Hof Hill Country will serve up a special edition guided pairing featuring Thanksgiving pies. If you’ll be touring the Hill Country area, be sure to make a reservation! 1:00 PM http://messinahof.com/events/post/pairing-101-thanksgiving-pie-edition 979-778-9463

BRYAN: Nov. 19. Messina Hof Cooking Party with the Chef: Thanksgiving Every month Messina Hof hosts a Cooking Party, a demonstration focusing on a specific cuisine or technique. If you’re a beginner, we’ve got you covered with beginner lessons and if you’re already quite the chef you’ll appreciate the huge selection of information on spices, cuts of meat, tools and more. Each guest will receive a recipe booklet to take home AND will have a chance to register to win awesome culinary door prizes. http://messinahof.com/events/post/cooking-party-thanksgiving1 979-778-9463

BRYAN: Nov. 23. Thanksgiving with Messina Hof Enjoy a hassle-free Thanksgiving dinner at our Award-Winning Vintage House Restaurant. See website for more menu details. 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM http://messinahof.com/events/post/thanksgiving-with-messina-hof 979-778-9463

CAMERON: Nov. 4-5, 11-12 “Lilies of the Field” Homer Smith appears to have been sent by God to rural Arizona to build a chapel for five ex-East German nuns. Repeatedly, Smith’s stubbornness is matched against the Mother Superior’s—yet miraculously, they manage to work with each other, binding the entire community together. Williams Event Center, 408 S. Columbus. milamcommunitytheater.com 254-493-5539

CLEBURNE: Nov. 2-11 “Zorro the Musical” This new musical retells the dramatic tale of a romantic hero with extraordinary aerial acrobatics, spectacular sword-fighting, and incredible magic—all set to the famous red-hot Gipsy King beat brought to the stage with the authentic colors of traditional flamenco. Plaza Theatre Company, 111 S. Main. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLEBURNE: Nov. 4 Celebrate the Arts Festival Enjoy entertainment, art, photography, vendor booths, food, and fun. JN Long Cultural Arts Complex, 425 Granbury St. cleburneculturalarts.com 817-641-4908

CLEBURNE: Nov. 17-25 “Annie” Billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites the red-headed orphan to spend Christmas at his mansion, and she accepts with the hope of finding her family after Warbucks promises a reward. Plaza Theatre Company, 111 S. Main. plaza-theatre.com 817-202-0600

CLEBURNE: Nov. 17-18 Pioneer Days Experience life in 1854 Wardville with historic buildings, cowboys, Native Americans, pioneers, gunfighters, Civil War reenactors, and food and art vendors. Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum, 101 Chisholm Trail. jcchisholmtrail.com 817-648-4633

CLEBURNE: Nov. 18 Breggett Rideau in Concert The critically acclaimed songstress and New Orleans native has defined an amazing legacy with her deep, resonant voice and her total command of jazz and soul. Songbird Live!, 210 E Henderson. songbirdlive.com 817-489-4840

CLEBURNE: Nov. 20-Dec. 31 Whistle-Stop Christmas Experience a Christmas wonderland with more than 3 million lights lit every evening. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, children’s train rides, and more. Hulen Park, 201 W. Westhill Dr. 817-645-2455

CLEBURNE: Nov. 20 Whistle-Stop Christmas Lighting Ceremony Enjoy the Texas Tradition Chorus, a lighting ceremony, horse-drawn wagon rides (fee), children’s train rides (fee), vendors, and more. Hulen Park, 210 W. Westhill Dr. 817-556-8858

COLLEGE STATION: Through Jan. 8, 2018 The Legacy of Ranching: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future Through diversification in agribusiness, the discovery of oil and gas, or success in other business ventures, the families who built Texas’ historic ranches survived. The exhibit will highlight examples of historic Texas ranches that have endured to the present day and will provide an educational overview of how the livestock industries helped shape the state. George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, 1000 George Bush Dr. bush41.org 979-691-4000

DALLAS: Through Nov. 12 “Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail” The Dallas Museum of Art dipped into its design collection to create a visual history of the cocktail, from 19th-century punch bowls to James Bond–worthy shakers. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. dma.org 214-922-1200

DALLAS: Sept. 20-Nov. 1 Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco An exhibition of fashion from the 1970s, featuring more than 75 authentic garments and accessories from this iconic decade. Curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, the exhibit will feature a diverse collection of American, French, Italian, and Japanese couture designers. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. galleriadallas.com

DALLAS: Nov. 1 Sammons Jazz Showcasing the many styles of jazz performed by top local musicians in a historic setting, every concert consists of two sets performed by two bands. Admission includes valet parking, a light dinner, and beverages. Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. sammonsjazz.com 214-520-7788

DALLAS: Nov. 4, 12, 18 The Hidden Dallas Tour Cruise to some secret places in Dallas and check out extraordinary scenic, cultural, and architectural treasures—from giant teddy bears to hidden rooms. Discover some great neighborhoods and historic landmarks, stopping along the way for delicious snacks at “insider” culinary gems. Krispy Kreme, 5118 Greenville Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997

DALLAS: Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26 Bishop Arts District Tours Sample the fun and fare of this unique neighborhood during walking tours of the eclectic and amazing Bishop Arts District. Slip into colorful galleries and shops, and stop at great eateries including one that is the pitmaster’s choice for Best Barbecue in Dallas—and a place where you can make your own tableside s’mores. Veracruz Cafe, 400 N. Bishop Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997

DALLAS: Nov. 8- Dec 3. John by Annie Baker. A haunting and haunted meditation by Annie Baker, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Flick, which Undermain Theatre produced in their 31st season, set near the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, where a young couple are welcomed to an eerie bed and breakfast by an eccentric inn keeper. No performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23. All evening shows at 7:30 pm.  2:00 Sunday Matinees on 11/19 and 12/3. 214-747-5515. www.undermain.org

DALLAS: Nov. 16 DIFFA Holiday Wreath Celebrate the holidays at the 22nd annual holiday wreath collection, featuring one-of-a-kind wreaths, as well as works of art and curated accessories from designers around the world. Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave., Suite 167. diffadallas.org 214-748-8580

DALLAS: Nov. 24-Dec. 30 Christmas Lights, Chocolate, and Sips Tour View holiday lights in delicious style via private motorcoach. Taste scrumptious treats from premier local dessert venues, then relax while gliding past some of Dallas’ most spectacular holiday displays in the Park Cities, Swiss Avenue, and other areas. Krispy Kreme, 5118 Greenville Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997

DALLAS: Nov. 30 Tall Tales Enjoy story time on the GeO-Deck every month. Children’s librarians from the Dallas Public Library will present fun for ages 2 through 5 who love to jump around, hear a story, and sing a song. Seating is lounge inspired and will fill quickly. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. reuniontower.com 214-712-7040

DECATUR: Nov. 4 Decatur Swirl Enjoy wine and food tastings hosted by Decatur Main Street, featuring downtown retail shopping. Downtown Decatur, 106 S. Trinity St. decaturswirl.com 940-399-9558

DECATUR: Nov. 18 A Touch of Rust Holiday Market This Southern vintage and handmade market offers repurposed, retro and junky-cute furniture, art, home decor, handmade items, clothing, jewelry and more. Wise County Fairgrounds, 3101 FM 51 South. atouchofrust.com 405-255-6519

DENISON: Nov. 4 Dia de los Muertos Festival Sixth annual event offers amazing vendors, sugar skulls, and a giant-puppet parade. Heritage Park, 320 W. Main St. smalltownbigart.com 903-465-1551

DENISON: Nov. 24-Jan. 2 Denison on Ice Enjoy outdoor ice skating downtown every day through the holidays and see Santa’s workshop. RadioVision Lot, 530 W. Main St. denisonlive.com 903-463-5611

DENISON: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 Holiday Lights at Loy Lake Drive through the park and tour a large venue of brilliant light displays. Loy Lake Park. denisontexas.us 903-465-1551

DENTON: Nov. 4 North Texas Horse Country Tour The central region of North Texas is home to virtually every equine breed and discipline spread among some 400 horse farms and ranches. From ranch to ranch, visitors meander their way among a breathtaking variety of some of the country’s finest horses. DATCU Employee Parking Lot, 210 S. Elm St. discoverdenton.com 940-382-7895

DENTON: Nov. 16 Beaujolais and More Wine and Food Tasting An annual wine and food tasting experience where attendees can enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau shipped directly from France. This festival fundraiser has expanded to include a variety of fine wines and food tastings from almost 30 Denton County restaurants and catering professionals. Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. dentoncommunitytheatre.com 940-382-1915

DENTON: Nov. 18 Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally An annual bike rally that offers an opportunity to work off the Thanksgiving calories before taking a single bite. The rally has variable lengths that range from 8 to 68 miles to benefit both novice and expert riders. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae. dentonturkeyroll.com 940-206-5177

DUNCANVILLE: Nov. 25 Fourth Saturday Cultural Event A cultural movie is presented on the fourth Saturday of every other month, while a country-specific dinner and entertainment are presented on the alternate month. In November, join the museum for the movie “Septembers in Shiraz.” In this film, set in 1970s Iran, a prosperous Jewish family are forced to risk everything they have in the face of the 1979 revolution. Museum of International Cultures, 411 US 67. internationalmuseumofcultures.org 972-572-0462

EDGEWOOD: Nov. 11 Heritage Festival The 41st annual event encompasses more than 21 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas in 1900. All buildings will be open for visitors. This year, the festival is dedicated to veterans. The day features artisan, blacksmith, and printing shop demos; classic car and antique tractor shows; a western shoot-out; Santa Claus; vendors children’s rides; food; and more. Heritage Park Museum of East Texas, Houston and Front streets. edgewoodheritagefestival.com 903-896-1940

ELGIN: Nov. 4 Veterans’ Appreciation Parade This parade is for veterans and their families and supporters, to show them appreciation for their service. The parade will start at Main Street and 11th Street and continue on Main through downtown to Brenham. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 118 Old Sayers Road. myvfw.org 512-285-2300

ELGIN: Nov. 9 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through downtown stores. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists and live music in many of the storefronts. Historic Downtown Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Nov. 17 Holiday Lighting Kick off the holiday season by lighting up Elgin. See the singing Christmas tree, and enjoy the sounds of the season downtown. City Hall, 310 N. Main St. elgintx.com

ENNIS: Nov. 30 Lights of Ennis Parade and Block Party Enjoy a parade of lights, live music and dance performances, children’s activities, food trucks, photo ops, and more. Downtown Ennis, 119 N. Dallas St. visitennis.org 972-878-4748

FAIRFIELD: Nov. 25 A Square Affair On Small Business Saturday, vendors set up on the downtown square to help you find the perfect Christmas gift. Free for vendors, free for attendees, and fun for everyone. Freestone County Courthouse Square, 118 E. Commerce. fairfieldtexaschamber.com 903-389-5792

FARMERSVILLE: Nov. 4 Farmers and Fleas Market Market features coffee, food, crafts, jewelry, soaps, antiques, home decor, plants, produce, and more. The Onion Shed, 151 S. Main St. farmersvilletx.com 972-784-6846

FORT WORTH: Sept. 23-Nov. 26 “Misty Keasler: Haunt” This series, which depicts 13 themed haunted houses across America, allows lingering looks—something that is not possible at actual haunts where visitors are shuttled through on a forced and darkened path—and the more we look, the more terrifying the scenes become. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. themodern.org 817-738-9215

FORT WORTH: Nov. 8-12 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 11th year. Sundance Square. lonestarfilmfestival.com 817-924-6000

FORT WORTH: Nov. 18 Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting Mark the beginning of the holiday season at this annual event. Sundance Square Plaza. sundancesquare.com 817-255-5700

FORT WORTH: Nov. 19 XTO Energy Parade of Lights Kick off the holiday season in style with more than 100 highly illuminated entries. Belknap and Throckmorton streets. fortworthparadeoflights.org 817-336-2787

GARLAND: Nov. 11 Urban Flea This outdoor market features vintage and homemade vendors, live music, and food trucks—joining forces with Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. intrinsicbrewing.com or theurbanfleatx.com

GLEN ROSE: Sept. 1-Nov. 4 “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 Amphitheater, 5000 Texas Ave. thepromiseglenrose.com 254-897-3926

GLEN ROSE: Nov. 4 Citywide Scavenger Hunt Explore Glen Rose while looking for “treasure.” Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-3081

GLEN ROSE: Nov. 13 Cheetah! For this class and tour, homeschoolers and others can look, learn, and fall in love with the center’s 20-plus cheetahs. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Nov. 18 Third Weekend Bluegrass Enjoy the sounds of bluegrass music throughout the park. Includes a pickin’ and grinnin’ jam session followed by a band performing. Oakdale Park, 1019 NE Barnard St. 254-897-2321

GLEN ROSE: Nov. 21 Learning from The Lorax For this class and tour, homeschool students and others will have the opportunity to visit the Street of the Lifted Lorax and become part of the story. It relates the Lorax to an endangered Texas native, the Attwater’s prairie chicken. Registration required. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1789 CR 2009. fossilrim.org 254-897-2960

GLEN ROSE: Nov. 24 Dino Friday Black Friday, Glen Rose-style. Downtown, 102 Walnut St. 254-897-3081

GLEN ROSE: Nov. 25 Lighted Christmas Parade The parade to kick-off the Christmas season. Downtown, 102 Walnut St. 254-897-2286

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 2-4, 9-11 Quarter Horse Racing Catch the fun and excitement of live quarter horse racing every Thursday through Saturday this fall. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy. lonestarpark.com 972-263-7223

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 4-5 Crab Fest Enjoy a variety of tasty crab dishes and live music from the ’60s and ’70s. Traders Village, 2606 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 17-19 “Paw Patrol Live!” Based on the hit animated TV series, performers bring the pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Parkway. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 18-19 Mountain Man Gathering Experience a valuable part of American history and enjoy some of the pre-1840s costumes along with Mountain Man demonstrations at this annual gathering. Traders Village, 2606 Mayfield Road. tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie 972-647-2331

GRAND PRAIRIE: Nov. 22 “Peppa Pig Live!” Peppa Pig is an action-packed live show featuring favorite characters from the animated series. Join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games, and surprises. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pkwy. verizontheatre.com 972-854-5050

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 1-Jan. 31 “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” This seasonal exhibition examines the making of the animated classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and celebrates the anticipation, joy, and pitfalls of the holiday season in 50 of Charles M. Schulz’s original Peanuts comic strips. The exhibit will also feature three activity areas: a letter to Santa writing station, a video nook to view the DVD program, and a photo opportunity. Tower Gallery, 636 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 17-19 Texas Coin Show See coins, stamps, currency, gold, jewelry, proof sets, and more. Prize drawings take place on Sunday during the show. Free parking, police security, 70 dealer tables, ANACS Grading Service, and three gold coin prizes. Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. grapevinetexasusa.com 817-410-3185

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 20 Carol of Lights See Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate flip the switch that transforms Historic Downtown Grapevine into the Christmas Capital of Texas. The city will be illuminated with more than 1 million lights along Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine. Enjoy live music and hot chocolate. Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main St. 817-410-3185

HALLETTSVILLE: Through Nov. 30, 2018 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

LEWISVILLE: Nov. 25-26 “The Nutcracker” LakeCities Ballet Theatre performs a favorite seasonal ballet of wonder and magic. Through the years, it has become a Christmas tradition, rising in popularity to become one of the most beloved ballets of all time. Audiences will be treated to special returning guest artists Sarah Lane, soloist with American Ballet Theater of New York, as the Sugarplum Fairy; and Daniel Ulbricht, soloist and principal dancer with New York City Ballet, as her cavalier. Marcus High School Auditorium, 5707 Morris Road. lakecitiesballet.org 972-317-7987

MCDADE: Nov. 10-12 Sound on Sound Festival The second annual music event, held 35 miles east of Austin, includes a wide variety of music acts including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Iggy Pop, and The Shins; as well as comedy stand-ups, panel sessions, and on-site camping. Sherwood Forest, 1883 Old Highway 20. soundonsoundfest.com 512-581-4074

MCKINNEY: Sept. 2-Feb. 18 Dinosaurs Live! This annual exhibit features animatronic dinosaurs stationed along nature trails. Closed Mondays. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. heardmuseum.org 972-562-5566

MCKINNEY: Nov. 17-19 Third Monday Trade Days One of the largest flea markets in North Texas, it features more than 450 vendors. Third Monday Trade Days, 4550 W. University (US 380). 972-562-5466

MCKINNEY: Nov. 17-19 Vintage Market Days An upscale vintage market featuring antiques, architectural and industrial items, unique handmade items. Shop in a charming and relaxing setting, with live music, yummy food, and more. Myers & Park Event Center, 7117 CR 166. vintagemarketdays.com 918-688-0142

MCKINNEY: Nov. 24-26 Annual Home for the Holidays Enjoy carriage and train rides, carolers, food, music and dance performances, “A Christmas Carol,” and food and craft vendors. Santa will be on hand for pictures with the little ones. Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee. downtownmckinney.com 972-547-2660

MESQUITE: Nov. 1-26 Mesquite Creative Artists Association Exhibit Enjoy an exhibit of art by the Mesquite Creative Artists Assoctiation. Galleries are open Monday through Friday and during events. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Nov. 4 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert The orchestra performs during its 31st concert season. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitesymphony.org 972-216-8127

MESQUITE: Nov. 11 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Tour an early settler’s homestead. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468

MESQUITE: Nov. 11 Harvest Festival Barn Dance This new event features an old-fashioned barn dance in a restored 1800s barn. Opal Lawrence Historical Park Barn, 701 E. Kearney St. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Nov. 16-19 Hella Shrine Circus This circus is a combination of strength, skill, beauty, and mystery. With amazing lighting and sound, human and animal performers bring magic to life. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr. mesquitearena.com 972-285-8777

MESQUITE: Nov. 17 Black Box Series: Al Fike, Comedian Enjoy a fun performance by this Christian comedian. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MESQUITE: Nov. 18 Just for Kids: Canvas Creations Find the artist in your child. This free event allows children to paint following detailed instructions. All supplies are provided. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444

MEXIA: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Mistletoe, Music, and Magic Christmas Festival The three-day event kicks off with a Christmas Parade of Lights, followed by vendor booths and music. Visitors will find handcrafted jewelry, decor, and crafts at inside booths, along with food and larger items at outdoor booths. A DJ performs onstage throughout the event. Mexia Civic Center, 101 McKinney St. mexiachamber.com 254-562-5569

MIDLOTHIAN: Nov. 4 Fall Wine and Arts Festival Taste wines from up to 15 different wineries, purchase craft beer, and listen to talented, local bands and musicians. Boutique and vendor shopping as well as food trucks round out the festival activities. Downtown Midlothian, 203 N. Eighth St. midlothianchamber.org 972-723-8600

PLANO: Oct. 28-Nov. 18 “Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror” A theater critic has been murdered, and Holmes and Watson are soon visited by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, who entices Holmes to take the case. This rollicking whodunit features some of the most famous literary luminaries of the day. Rover Dramawerks, 221 W. Parker Road, Suite 580. roverdramawerks.com 972-849-0358

PLANO: Nov. 9 Downtown Plano Art and 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. Raffle prizes are drawn at 9:15 p.m. Downtown Plano Arts District, 998 E. 15th St. visitplano.com 972-468-1588

PLANO: Nov. 9-11 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 Pkwy. jlcollincounty.org 972-769-0557

PLANO: Nov. 19 Plano Christmas Market This fun and free event will showcase handmade holiday gift items, jewelry, and clothing for adults and children, along with candles and soaps, salsas, jams, nuts, and dips for gifts or holiday parties. Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6701 Coit Road. plano.gov 972-941-7250

PLANO: Nov. 19 Plano Community Band Fall Concert A free seasonal concert. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. visitplano.com 972-814-8882

PLANO: Nov. 25-Dec. 30 “The Three Musketeers” Don’t miss the final show at Theatre Britain before it closes forever. The tale—a traditional British panto—is a told in the style of melodrama. Cheer for the good guys, boo and hiss the bad guys, and join in with the characters on stage. Theatre Britain, 1517 H Avenue. theatre-britain.com 972-490-4202

RICHARDSON: Nov. 18 Plano Symphony: Hector Guzman Celebrates 35 Years Join Hector Guzman as he celebrates 35 years as music director of the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Vasselin Demirev joins as guest concertmaster and Mariachi Los Camperos brings their high-energy music to the celebration. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. planosymphony.org 972-473-7262

SALADO: Nov. 10-12 Scottish Gathering and Highland Games The oldest festival of its kind in Texas, this three-day event includes the skirl of bagpipes, traditional Scottish dancing and athletics, a dog parade, live music, shopping, food and more. Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main St. saladoscottishfestival.com 512-947-5232

SAN FELIPE: Nov. 4 Father of Texas Celebration Celebrate Stephen F. Austin’s birthday with special activities, presentations, demonstrations, and reenactments. Colonia Texas Heritage Day, 15945 FM 1458. visitsanfelipedeaustin.com 979-885-2181

SMITHVILLE: Sept. 15-Nov. 4 Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park Includes three haunted houses: Mansion of Terror, Lost Pines Zombie City and Slaughter Circus. The park also has movies, retail, music, the Cackling Witch Cafe and Bakery, and the Rabid Bat Vampire Bar. Scream Hollow, 149 Split Rail Lane. screamhollow.com 512-710-8267

SMITHVILLE: Nov. 11 Airing of the Quilts and Garden Club Home Tour Visit beautiful homes in the Smithville historic district, while at the same time a collection of hand-created quilts will be displayed all over town as a nod to a historic past and specialized craft. Drawings are held downtown. Main Street. smithvilletx.org 512-237-2313

TEMPLE: Nov. 3 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, the heart of Temple becomes a big multi-block party. Enjoy street music and performances, great drinks, amazing food, and after hours shopping. Downtown. ci.temple.tx.us 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Nov. 7-8 Holiday Bowtique This two-day market features local artists, craftspeople and artisans. Cultural Arts Center, 3011 N. Third St. cacarts.org 254-913-5666

TEMPLE: Nov. 22 Dead Poet Night A monthly open mic poetry night. Bring something to read to the group or just sit back with a glass of wine and listen in. J. Kowboy Wine Bar, 13 E. Avenue B. downtowntemple.com 254-298-5378

TEMPLE: Nov. 25 Food Truck Frenzy and Main Street Market Discover Downtown is mixing the monthly Food Truck Frenzy with the Main Street Market, to create another delicious event. Dine on some of Temple’s very best food trucks, then stroll through the many arts and crafts vendors that will be set up along the way. These events are free and open to the public, however food, drink, and merchandise are for purchase. Downtown Temple, Plaza behind 2 N. Main St. downtowntemple.com 254-298-5378

VAN: Nov. 11 Holly Berry Holiday Bazaar The annual bazaar allows a variety of area vendors to bring their holiday items to sell and promote their wares. There will be a food court supplied by a local vendor. Santa will be there, possibly joined by Mrs. Santa and their elves or reindeer. Van United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 326 W. Main St. vantx.com 903-368-4015

WAXAHACHIE: Nov. 10-12 Veterans Weekend and WWII Reenactment Reenactors from all over the state of Texas set up camp and re-create battles from WWII. Historic Downtown Waxahachie, 100 W. Main. waxahachiecvb.com 469-309-4040

WHITNEY: Nov. 4 Classic Car Show Seventh annual show features classic cars, trucks, street rods/specialty vehicles, motorcycles, tractors, and lawn mower racers. Downtown Whitney. lakewhitneychamber.com 254-694-2540

 

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