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Rail Service Interruption Notice Downtown Dallas Only October 25 – November 30, 2014 (weekends only)

Beginning Saturday, October 25, for six weekends, and concluding Sunday, November 30, DART Rail in Downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend to allow track replacement along Pacific Avenue and Bryan Street. DART shuttle buses will connect the affected stations. Click here to learn more.

Granville Arts Center Through Dec. 7 The Garland Quilt Guild will be displaying quilts at the Granville Arts Center, 200 N. Fifth St. Members have created quilts of varying sizes, styles, patterns and colors, from traditional to modern, from large bed quilts to small wall hangings. The quilts on display have been created using a wide range of techniques, including hand and machine quilting, piecing, appliqué, beading, and embellishments. Art Exhibits at the Granville Arts Center Gallery Space are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and during all performances. Information:

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. 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:

Nov. 19-22 Christmas in the City is in Centennial Hall, 1001 Washington St. at Fair Park. The Chi Omega Christmas Market offers a unique one-of-a-kind shopping experience with over 175 merchants showcasing gifts for every age including holiday décor, women's clothing and accessories, home accents, children's clothing and toys, food gifts, and much more! Help Chi Omega once again give back to our community. Tickets are $15.00 at the door or available in advance at area Tom Thumb stores. Information:

Nov. 21 Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival at the Irving Convention Center raises a glass to toast the 31st festival hosted by the French American Chamber of Commerce. Be among more than 1,800 wine and food lovers treated to a little French savoir-faire and a lot of Texas hospitality. Upon arrival, guests will be transported to the French Riviera circa 1960 where they can stroll in Cannes or St. Tropez. Guests may sample signature delicacies offered by local gourmet chefs, savor a large selection of French wines as well as a selection of craft beers. General admission tickets are $65. The Irving Convention Center is located at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information:
Nov. 23 City Lights kicks off the holidays with a "Holiday Festival" Downtown along Main Street that continues throughout the evening. From 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., enjoy family-friendly activities including: an outdoor market, face painting, ornament making, concessions and much more. City Lights Opening Night marks the lighting of the official Downtown tree and a special arrival from Santa that you won't want to miss. Main Street Garden is located at 1902 Main Street. Information:

Nov. 22-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:

Dallas Zoo Dollar Day Nov. 26 Gather your family, get out of the house for the day and come see the beautiful fall colors at the Dallas Zoo on Dollar Day! $1 admission for ages 3 and older (free for 2 and under); $1 selected snack items (canned drinks, hot dogs, and ice cream); $1 nectar to feed the lorikeets; $2 Endangered Species Carousel; and $5 giraffe feedings. The Dallas Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information:

Nov. 28-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:

Dec. 4 Downtown Garland Christmas on the Square celebrates the season with the official tree lighting ceremony. The tree lighting starts at 7 p.m. with Santa leading the countdown. Santa will be available for children to share their wish lists and get their picture taken starting directly after the tree lighting. Several special attractions will be available for families and guests to participate free of charge including tubing down real snow hills, ice carving demonstrations, visits with Santa and a Children's Craft Area. Enjoy the fun 5:30-9:30 p.m. in Downtown Garland, located on State and Main streets between Fifth and Sixth streets. Information:

Dec. 5 Candlelight Christmas in Downtown Carrollton takes place from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. There will be a tree lighting at the Gazebo, carolers in period costume, karaoke in the Gazebo with prizes, Cookie Exchange and drinks (hot chocolate, hot cider or maybe even Christmas wine) by stores, judging and awarding of prizes for the winner of "Most Festive Storefront" and "Best Lit Storefront". Information:

Dec. 5 Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano celebrates the season with carolers, music on multiple stages and a visit with Santa. Delight in great shopping, food, hand-bell choirs and performances by area choirs, dance groups, carolers and more. Enjoy the festivities 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 7 p.m. in Haggard Park. Downtown Plano is at 15th St. at Ave. J. Information:

Dec. 6 Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade delivered by Pizza Hut marches through the streets of Downtown Dallas to ring in the holiday season. This year's parade, as always, will feature spirited marching bands, holiday floats and larger-than-life balloons, among other treats. The parade begins near Market and Commerce streets and ends in City Hall Plaza. Watch the parade from the curb for free, or purchase reserved bleacher seats starting at $22.50. Arrive by 7 a.m. to get a good spot; the parade will step off at 10 a.m. Bleacher tickets and more information:
  • Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to West End Station, Akard Station, or St. Paul Station
  • Note: In addition to regularly scheduled Saturday service, DART Rail will operate additional service.
    — Four additional Red Line trains will depart from Parker Road Station at 6:48 a.m., 7:18 a.m., 7:48 a.m. and 8:18 a.m. The first two trains serve all stations between Parker Road and Cedars stations, the second two trains serve all stations between Parker Road and Victory stations. The trains arrive at West End Station at 7:31 a.m., 8:01 a.m., 8:31 a.m. and 9:01 a.m.
    — Three additional Blue Line trains will depart from Downtown Rowlett Station at 7:19 a.m., 7:49 a.m. and 8:19 a.m. These three trains serve all stations between Downtown Rowlett and Cedars stations. The trains arrive at West End Station at 7:58 a.m., 8:28 a.m. and 8:58 a.m.
    — Two additional Green Line trains will depart from North Carrollton/Frankford Station at 7:15 a.m. and 8:14 a.m. These two trains serve all stations between North Carrollton/Frankford and Lawnview stations. The trains arrive at West End Station at 7:56 a.m. and 8:55 a.m.

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:

Dec. 6 Richardson Christmas Parade celebrates with "Candy Canes and Christmas Carols." The parade, produced by the City of Richardson, will have over 100 entries including floats, marching units and bands representing civic clubs, schools, churches, Homeowner's Associations, area businesses and 2014 Corporate Challenge Teams. The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will travel along Plano Road from the Sears at Richardson Square (201 S. Plano Rd.) to Apollo Road, turning right on Apollo and disbanding at the Huffhines Park Ballfield Parking lot. Information:

Dec. 6 Enjoy Christmas on the Square in Downtown Carrollton from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Polar Express train rides and goodies (bells), caricature artists, face sticker booth, holiday music throughout the day, Christmas ornament to be handed out for to donations to Mosaic, "holiday piñata" every hour on the hour at 11am/noon/1pm/2pm/3pm/4pm (or least 4 times), photo with Santa Claus and Elves, and much more. Information:

Dec. 6 Enjoy Rowlett's Main Street Fest and Holiday Parade on Main Street from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come out and join your friends and neighbors for a night full of fun that will feature the holiday parade followed by the tree lighting Ceremony! Kick off the holiday season with a night full of live music and a host of exciting activities including photos with Santa ($5), letter-writing to Santa, children's activities, bounce houses, "touch a truck", festival style foods, local vendors, holiday parade and fireworks. Information:

Dec. 6 The Irving Holiday Extravaganza is a two-part event, featuring a community parade through the Heritage District followed by a tree lighting ceremony outside of Irving City Hall. The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. when the parade winds through the streets of downtown Irving, featuring floats, bands, and community organizations. Immediately following the parade, head to Irving City Hall for the official lighting of the City of Irving's tree! The festivities include a holiday stage show with dance, music and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Enjoy carols, food vendors and complimentary hot chocolate during the countdown to the lighting of the tree and a fireworks display. Information:

Dec. 6 Farmers Branch Christmas Tree Lighting kicks off the holiday season with a bang. Countdown the official lighting of the Farmers Branch Christmas Tree and then witness a great fireworks show! This night also includes a visit from Santa, a snow hill for tubing, a FREE Kidzone, an opportunity to write a letter to Santa, holiday treats for everyone and much, much more! Admission is free, and the festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. 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:

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:

Dec. 6 Celebrate Christmas in the Stockyards! From 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., enjoy the lighting of the christmas tree, a holiday parade, Cowboy Santa, pony rides, chicken roping, a petting zoo, caroling, and much more! Admission is free. 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:

Denton Community Market Saturdays through Nov. 29 Denton Community Market takes place Saturdays through November near downtown Denton. Experience a community gathering space alive with music, local food and produce, locally produced handmade arts and crafts, on-site food, local business, community groups and more! The market is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St. Information:

Nov. 22 North Texas vs. Florida International football. The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), North Texas Athletics department (UNT) and the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) have teamed up to provide complimentary transportation services via DCTA special event shuttle services for North Texas home games during the 2014-2015 football season. It's simple to ride the new Mean Green Game Day shuttle. Passengers hop on the A-train, arrive at the Euline Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) and board the free Mean Green Game Day Shuttle from the DDTC, to the Mean Green Tailgating Village and pedestrian bridge that leads to Apogee Stadium. The buses will also stop at locations along the Downtown Denton Square so passengers can take a break for dining, drinks and shopping before or after the football games. Information:

Dec. 5 Denton Holiday Lighting Festival kicks off the season with a tree lighting, visits with Santa, toy drive, arts & crafts for the kids, performances by community bands, choirs and dancers, as well as live bands rockin' Denton into the holiday season. Capture the true spirit of a small-town holiday celebration with photos with Santa ($7), Horse Drawn Wagon rides ($5, under 2 free), and great food from local vendors, available for a small fee. The festival runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Downtown Denton is located around the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W Hickory St. Information:

First Friday Denton Dec. 5 First Friday Denton is a night of art, music and fun at various stores and galleries on West Oak Street and other store locations in downtown Denton. Artists and artisans in the business district surrounding the 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. And First Friday also offers patrons a chance to visit their favorite restaurants and businesses that have extended First Friday hours. A Creative Art STUDIO will host music starting at 7 pm with an acoustic set from Trotline. At 7:30, guitarist and singer songwriter Fritz Schwalm takes stage. Starting at 8:30 is the rock steady Purl Snap Shirts perform. Art demonstrations and a fall themed community art painting will be also taking place at the studio. Downtown Denton is located around the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W Hickory St. Information:

Dec. 5 and 6 Wonderful Wassail Weekend in Downtown Denton is an opportunity to sip hot apple cider and stroll around the square visiting shops and admiring the holiday lights. Wassail tastings at various merchant locations will be served during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 6 during extended Wassail Fest tasting hours from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come check out the Wassail at more than 25 merchant locations. Downtown merchants will prepare old family favorite recipes to compete for the coveted title of Wassail King or Queen. Wassail tasting is free and for all ages. Downtown Denton is located around the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W Hickory St. Information:

Dec. 5-21 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:

Dec. 5-20 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:

Dec. 6 Old Town Lewisville Holiday Stroll features a wide range of free family events from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lewisville Morning Rotary Club will hold the popular Pancakes and Photos with Santa event from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater. The Huffines Auto Group Christmas Parade begins at 2:00 p.m., followed by Holiday Stroll activities from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. Local groups will perform on the Community Stage starting at 3:30 p.m. At 4:00 p.m., Santa Claus will meet with children for photo buttons and to hear their Christmas requests. At 5:30 p.m., Mayor Dean Ueckert and Mrs. Claus will join forces for the "Lewisville Lights!" Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting, flipping the switch to turn on the city's Christmas tree and tens of thousands of lights along Main and Church streets, on Lewisville City Hall and on the MCL Grand. Old Town Lewisville is located near the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Information:

Dec. 12-20 A Christmas Carol presented by 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 20 at 2:00 p.m. Campus Theatre is located at 214 West Hickory St. 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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