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Rail Service Interruption Notice Downtown Dallas Only Sat and Sun, Dec. 20-21
Due to inclement weather the weekend of Nov 22-23, rail replacement work near Houston Street could not be completed as planned. DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued Sat and Sun, Dec 20-21 to allow track replacement along Pacific Avenue near Houston Street. DART shuttle buses will connect the affected stations. D-Link (Route 722) will be detoured from Houston St. Click here to learn more.

Through Dec. 25 Holiday Lights Esplanade is a 700-foot-long fountain show in the Esplanade at Fair Park. Shows are at Fair Park every half hour from 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Christmas Day. The Fair Park Esplanade was built for the 1936 Texas Centennial and can be found between Centennial Hall and the Automotive Building, just beyond the park's main entrance off of Parry Avenue. Information:

Saturdays through Dec. 27 Don't miss the Cars & Shakes Classic Car Cruise In every Saturday through December 27 (weather permitting) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Big State Fountain Grill, 100 E. Irving Blvd. in Downtown Irving. You'll have the opportunity to come check out some of the most beautiful iron the area has to offer! Information:

Through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 6 and 25) A Christmas Tour of Lights is in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., enjoy an animated display that will amaze you with over 500,000 twinkling lights. You'll travel through a variety of different scenes, each with their own theme, from fantasy to patriotic. There's festive holiday music and the grand finale is an animated show that features Santa Claus himself. Information:

Through Dec. 31 The Quilting Sisters of Color: We Have Come This Far exhibit is at the African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave. in Fair Park. The Quilting Sisters of Color was founded in 1966 by Mrs. Jean Johnson, who started out informally teaching quilting techniques to a few of her friends at church. The guild's focus is to preserve and promote an appreciation of quilting as an art form, particularly from the African-American tradition. The exhibit consists of quilts of various sizes, art forms, machine and hand quilted. Information:

Through Jan. 4 This holiday season experience the Dallas Arboretum's new, one-of-a-kind exhibition, The 12 Days of Christmas. Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters and whimsical animals that are made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Enjoy the .75-mile walk through the garden exhibit, as you witness these handcrafted gazebos spread across the winter wonderland. The 12 Days of Christmas daytime exhibit is included with general garden admission. Information:

Through Jan. 4 The Trains at NorthPark is one of the most elaborate toy train exhibits in all of Texas. Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience - steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station as well as interactive features. Cost is $3-$7. The trains are located on level one near Nordstrom's at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy. Hours of Operation are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m. Early Closings: Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Eve, at 6:00 p.m., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, at 4:00 p.m. and Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, at 6:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day; Open New Year's Day. Information:

Through Jan. 13 All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas at the White House 2002 is open at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Blvd. In 2002, Mrs. Laura Bush selected All Creatures Great and Small as the theme to celebrate the joy and comfort pets have brought presidents and their families during their time in the White House. Bush Presidential Library and Museum archivists and curators are re-creating the 2002 White House holiday displays, incorporating White House decorations, behind-the-scenes photos and video, and other material. The Bush Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. Information:

Dec. 6-7, 12-14, 19-21 Now in its 25th year, Santa's Village at the Richardson Civic Center has winter weekend fun for the whole family. From Santa's Post Office to his house and workshop, there's an entire village for families to explore and take part in holiday activities. Come and enjoy the talented musicians that volunteer each year and help make this holiday tradition that much more memorable. Santa's Village is free and open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Dec. 6-7, 12-14 and 19-21 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays Dec. 11 and 18 are “Hometown Thursdays" for Richardson residents and will require a free ticket for admission. The village is at 411 W. Arapaho Road. Information:

Deep Ellum Market Dec. 20 Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is a monthly event that features handmade crafts, vintage stuff and food from local vendors. It's a family-friendly experience with live music and an array of rare, uncommon and peculiar goods - and people to match. It takes place the third Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Main St. between Malcolm X Blvd. and Crowdus St. Information:

Dec. 20-21 Cotton Bowl Trade Days can be found in and around the Cotton Bowl. Cotton Bowl Trade Days is a centralized and convenient venue to buy, sell, show and trade all kinds of merchandise and a showcase for local artists and talents. Hours are Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets for admission are $5 for adults (good for both days), children under 12 are free. Information:

Dec. 31 Big D NYE in the AT&T Plaza at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park is a classic way to ring in the New Year. Be a part of the area's largest New Year's Eve celebration with live bands, a traditional countdown to midnight and a fireworks spectacular that glitters high above the Dallas skyline. Information:

College Football Championship Regional Transit Service & Pass

The College Football Championship GoPass℠ Transit Pass provides fans access to the special shuttle to AT&T Stadium from CentrePort/DFW Airport Station on Jan 12, 2015. Fans can use DART, The T, TRE and DCTA to get other great College Football Championship weekend events including:
  • Playoff Fan Central at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
  • AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! at the American Airlines Center
  • Taste of the Championship at the Irving Convention Center
  • ESPN Experience at Sundance Square in Fort Worth
  • Extra Yard 5K at Fair Park in Dallas
Events information:
Transit information:

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Available for purchase on GoPass:
  • 5-Day All Access system wide transit pass for $40
    • Valid beginning January 8, 2015
    • This is a $10 special event savings and no additional fees will be charged (i.e. special rail service fees).
    • Riders will take the TRE to the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station Station and then access bus shuttles to AT&T Stadium on Monday.
    • Allows fans to travel on all systems (DART, The T, TRE, DCTA and MAX service in Arlington).
  • Monday ONLY All Access 1 Day system wide transit pass for $10
    • Valid Monday, January 12, 2015 ONLY
    • Riders will take the TRE to the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station Station and then access bus shuttles to AT&T Stadium on Monday.
    • Allows fans to travel on all systems (DART, The T, TRE, DCTA and MAX service in Arlington).
Note: Purchased passes on GoPass cannot be transferred to other phones. Multiple tickets can be used from one phone if you'll be traveling with your peers. Otherwise, please buy passes individually.

TRE and DART will offer extended service on Monday only. Riders will take the TRE to the CentrePort Station and then access bus shuttles to AT&T Stadium. Bus shuttle hours are TBD.

Events in Fort Worth, Denton and Lewisville

Fort Worth:

Kimbell Art Museum Through Jan. 25 Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d'Orsay explores the character and development of the portrait in French painting and sculpture from the late 1850s until the first years of the 20th century. The major figures of Impressionist portraiture - Caillebotte, Cézanne, Degas, Monet and Renoir - will be represented in depth. Among the approximately 70 masterworks on loan will be Cézanne's Portrait of Gustave Geffroy and Woman with a Coffee Pot; Degas's Self-Portrait with Evariste de Valernes and L'Absinthe; and Renoir's Portrait of Claude Monet and Yvonne and Christine Lerolle at the Piano. The Kimbell is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Information:

The Herd Twice Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Texas Longhorn and the American cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West. They're a big reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown." And they formed the core of the great cattle drives of the late nineteenth century. Now, the romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd - Texas Longhorns driven by genuine Texas cowhands - offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. You'll hear the jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats. As The Herd passes, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. The world's only twice-daily cattle drive happens at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily in the Stockyards National Historic District, 130 E. Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth. Look for the Drovers before and after each cattle drive for photo opportunities and to learn more about life on the trail! Note: drives are not held on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Information:

Denton and Lewisville:

Through Dec. 20 Santaland Diaries at the Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is an adult comedy by David Sedaris. Tired of sugarplum fairies, cute little kids clutching their Christmas lists, and jolly Santas in every mall (since Halloween)? Prepare to meet Crumpet, the anti-elf! Out of work and desperate, this irreverent little man takes a job at Macy’s ushering children and their parents through the Santaland maze to meet an ever-changing array of Santas. Satiric, subversive and laugh-out- loud funny, this is the antidote to manufactured Yuletide joy. Yet when a caring Santa finally arrives on the scene, even Crumpet experiences the warmth of the holidays. There are only six performances, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is located at 160 W. Main St. Information:

Through Dec. 21 Calendar Girls at the Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is a hilarious, shamelessly sentimental, and utterly captivating play is based on the true story of a group of middle-aged British women who came upon a unique and empowering idea for raising money for leukemia research after the husband of one of their members dies. They devise an “alternative” charity calendar in the style of many popular calendars – (nearly) bare ladies! Their calendar and story earned them international fame and to date they have raised more than $5 million for their cause. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. Greater Lewisville Community Theatre is located at 160 W. Main St. Information:

Through Dec. 21 A Christmas Carol presented by Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre is Charles Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his life-changing visits from the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. Performance dates: December 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.; December 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m. Campus Theatre is located at 214 West Hickory St. Information:

First Friday Denton First Friday of every month First Friday Denton is on the first Friday of every month, and is significant because that is the day when artists and artisans in the business district surrounding the Denton County Historic Courthouse on the Square open their doors for visitors and patrons to visit and see them at work, browse and perhaps buy a unique piece of art, jewelry or a myriad of other art objects - for yourself or someone special. And First Friday also offers patrons a chance to visit their favorite restaurants and businesses that have extended First Friday hours, so come to First Friday ready for music, art, books, coffee and great original foods. Information:

Fridays and Saturdays Ghosts of Denton haunted history tours. The city of Denton, and the county surrounding it, has fascinating history. It also has more than its fair share of ghostly stories. Join Shelly Tucker, a professional storyteller for 27 years, on a 90 minute tour. Most of the tour revolves around the square, although there is one (and possibly now there are two) stops about two blocks away. Tour participants should wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. In summer, it's a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Scheduled tours begin at 8:00 p.m (sharp) on Friday and Saturday nights from Jupiter House Coffee at 106 N. Locust in Denton (on the east side of the Courthouse-on-the-Square). Advance tickets are available online or at Jupiter House Coffee. Information:

UNT Art Path Discover the UNT Art Path, a self-guided walking tour of art works on the University of North Texas campus. You can pick up UNT Art Path brochures in the University Union Information Center, the Office of the Dean in the Art Building, UNT on the Square and the Alumni Center at Gateway Center. Docent-led tours are available by appointment. For information, contact Tracee W. Robertson, UNT Art Gallery Director, or Eva James Toia, development director for the College of Visual Arts and Design, at 940-565-4001 or or visit

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Special Offers with your DART Pass

Koala Walkabout Meet the only koalas in Texas - Kobi and Tekin - at the Koala Walkabout at the Dallas Zoo. The exhibit features koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, and lorikeets (in an interactive feeding aviary!). Special Dallas Zoo Offer with a DART Pass: Mondays and Tuesdays, show your same-day DART Pass at the Dallas Zoo to enjoy a $2 discount on regular admission prices. Information:

Pierre Bonnard, Pitcher with Flowers, c. 1935, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
Pierre Bonnard, Pitcher with Flowers, c. 1935, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
Through Feb. 8 The first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century is at the DMA. Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse, co-organized by the DMA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, showcases approximately 60 floral still lifes from painters such as Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour, Édouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne to highlight the well-established painting genre in France during the 1800s. This exhibition includes six works from the DMA's collection, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalogue. Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse will require an $8 special exhibition ticket. The DMA is located at 1717 N. Harwood. Information:

Half price tickets with your DART pass:
See what's in bloom this winter in Bouquets: French Still Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse. Explore beautiful works from French painters across the 19th century, including Chardin, Manet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, and more. Bouquets tickets just $4 when you bring your valid DART ticket or show your GoPass ticket at the DMA Visitor Services desk through February 8, 2015. Or use code DART2DMA to buy your Bouquets tickets online.

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