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Through Jan. 2 The Dallas Zoo is debuting a new must-see holiday event this November, hosting its first ever holiday celebration - Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant. After the animals head in for the evening, the Dallas Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland with nearly 1 million twinkling lights illuminating the night sky throughout the holidays. Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant is free with regular zoo admission and free to Dallas Zoo members, meaning guests can visit the zoo during the day to walk around and see the animals, and stay for the holiday celebration at night for no additional charge. Guests are also welcome to come just for the lighted holiday festivities, which are scheduled from 5-9 p.m. each night the event is open. Visit the Dallas Zoo website for more details: www.dallaszoo.com.

Through Jan. 7 For the past 30 years, the Trains at NorthPark benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), has delighted generations of Dallas families as one of the city's premier holiday traditions. Since 1987, the Trains have raised more than $13 million for RMHD allowing them to serve more than 37,000 families. The trains are at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the Trains at NorthPark website for holiday hours, early closings and holiday closings. Information: www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com.

Through Jan. 7 Holiday Wonder debuts this winter as a new, unforgettable, family-friendly event in Dallas' Fair Park. Holiday Wonder Dallas is an outdoor, walk-through winter wonderland created with holiday-themed Chinese lanterns. In addition to the magical light displays, visitors will enjoy attractions that provide opportunities for unforgettable holiday memories: the two-story Santa's Arctic Slide; snowball throwing; music, dance and a world-class acrobatics show. Operating hours: Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. Information: www.holidaywonder.com.

Through Jan. 7 Holiday at the Arboretum is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, and the outdoor exhibit The 12 Days of Christmas is especially magnificent. There are 12 specially decorated gazebos, dazzling lights, a nutcracker exhibit and much more - including special events like the Elves Workshop, offered Wednesday through Saturday nights, where the little crafter in your family can create special holiday items. There's also Serenade and Sweets, Holiday Karaoke, and a special screening of "Elf" on November 30. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is at 8657 Garland Road. Information: www.dallasarboretum.org.

Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23 and Dec. 3, 8, 10 and 15 Holly Jolly Holidays at Reunion Tower. 'Tis the season to be jolly. Santa and his elves are spreading holiday cheer with weekly trips to the GeO-Deck. Guests can enjoy photos with Santa, a kid's craft and tasty treats from Cloud Nine Café! Furry friends from the Dallas Zoo are spreading holiday cheer 470 feet in the air! The Animal Adventures team will showcase a mixture of mammals, birds and reptiles for up-close experiences for guests of all ages to enjoy.
Santa Visit Dates: 12 to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25
Saturday, Dec. 2
Saturday, Dec. 9
Saturday, Dec. 16
Saturday, Dec. 23
Dallas Zoo Dates: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Friday, Dec. 8
Sunday, Dec. 10
Friday, Dec. 15
Reunion Tower is located at 300 Reunion Blvd. E. Information: reuniontower.com.

Dec. 1 Dickens in Downtown Plano returns on Dec. 1. Produced by the City of Plano and nestled in the heart of the Downtown Plano Arts District, Dickens is the holiday event of the year. Live entertainment, delicious food, a variety of attractions, and a visit from Santa allow for everyone in the family to have something to enjoy. Try out the snow tubing hill, carriage rides, and the ice fights. There will be three stages with live music and entertainment. The annual tree lighting is at 7:00 p.m. Information: www.plano.gov.

The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory offers performances from the intimate to the blockbuster, excellent acoustics and an incredible live entertainment experience for both artists and fans. Upcoming shows include:
Dec. 1 AC2-An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory is located at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information: www.thepaviliontmf.com.
Dec. 2 Each year, the Dallas Holiday Parade brings holiday magic and memories to the streets of Downtown Dallas. 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 Dallas Holiday Parade will march through the streets of Downtown Dallas on Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 10:00 a.m. 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. Information: dallasholidayparade.com.

Dec. 2 Grab your stockings and your Santa hats for Carrollton's Santa on the Square, a fun and festive event including the Kid's Fun Run. The Kid's Fun Run will have your little ones running with glee as they chase Santa through the streets of Historic Downtown Carrollton. Parents are encouraged and welcome to participate in the Kid's Fun Run with their registered children. Wagons and strollers are also allowed. All participants of the run will receive a special gift from Santa upon completion, and the opportunity for early access to photos with Santa after the run. Stick around for the free event which includes a picture with the big guy inside the Gazebo on the Square and a chance to see a live reindeer. Also, take care of that Christmas shopping list in the Downtown shops and boutiques or grab a bite to eat at one of the many eclectic restaurants. Information: www.cityofcarrollton.com.

Dec. 2 The Farmers Branch Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Dec. 2 in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and admission is free. The night is filled with a visit from Santa, an amazing low-level fireworks show, fun activities for the children, tours inside the historical structures (that are appropriately decorated to their respected years Christmas'), and of course some hot chocolate and cookies to keep you warm! Information: www.farmersbranch.info.

Dec. 2 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 will begin at 4:00 p.m. when the parade winds through the streets of downtown Irving, featuring floats, bands, and community organizations. The theme for the 2017 parade will be "Christmas Movies and Soundtracks." Immediately following the parade, head to Irving City Hall for the official lighting of the City of Irving's tree! Information: cityofirving.org.

Dec. 2 Mark your calendars for Saturday morning, December 2nd, for the 45th Annual Richardson Christmas Parade benefitting the Network of Community Ministries. This year's parade theme is Magical, Musical Christmas! Individuals and groups are encouraged to represent this theme with their costumes, vehicles and floats. The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will travel north from Richardson Square shopping center on Plano Road to Apollo Road and will disband at the Huffhines Ballfield parking lot. Come kick off the holiday season and get in the Christmas spirit by participating in this exciting, annual event. Information: www.cor.net.

Dec. 2-17 Santa's Village, a tiny town of 16 holiday dwellings on the north side of Richardson City Hall, is a holiday tradition for families from Richardson and beyond. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity and even a visit with Santa Claus! Attendees can also enjoy live performances, holiday photo ops and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a snack. Santa's Village is free and open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights: Dec. 2-3, Dec. 8-10 and Dec. 15-17. (Hometown Thursdays, Dec. 7 and 14, are reserved for Richardson Residents and require a free ticket for entry). Santa's Village is located at 411 West Arapaho Rd., Richardson.

Dec. 2 Rowlett Main Street Fest is at Pecan Grove Park, 5300 Main Street. From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., come on out and join your friends, family and community for a night full of fun that will also include a Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring the Trail of Trees! What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a fun filled night of live music and a wide variety of activities that include photos with non other than Santa ($5), letter-writing to Santa, and festival style foods, and more. The tree lighting is at 6:00 p.m. Information: www.rowlett.com.

Dec. 2 The DFW Tamale Festival And Christmas Market is back for it's 3rd year on Dec. 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dallas Farmers Market. There will be Christmas Music for everyone, plus you can celebrate the Texas Tradition of Tamale Making. It's the perfect time to start your gift shopping at the Christmas Market! This year a Skating Rink is being added and there will be a way for you to help Dallas Habitat. There will be local vendors, seasonal drinks, a kid zone, delicious tamales, carolers, and pictures taken with Santa. Information: www.facebook.com.

Dec. 2 Celebrate the holiday spirit at Klyde Warren Park with Nissan's Winter Wonderlights Holiday Show & Tree Lighting! 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, holiday music and much more. The celebration culminates with a holiday show at 5:30 p.m. and the lighting of the tree at 6:00 p.m. (*times subject to change.) Klyde Warren Park is located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy. Information: www.facebook.com/klydewarrenparkdallas.

Dec. 2 Reliant Lights Your Holidays Concert and Fireworks Spectacular. Reliant lights up the holidays at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, so bring your entire family for an evening of holiday magic. The Center's campus will be illuminated with dazzling LED lights to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season! This free festival includes kids' arts and crafts, a gigantic fireworks show and holiday concert featuring En Vogue & RaeLynn... and Santa! The festival opens at 5:30 p.m. in Sammons Park, 2403 Flora Street. Information: www.attpac.org.

Majestic Theatre
Live at The Majestic hosts shows ranging from nationally touring concerts and comedy acts to locally produced cultural events in one of the most elegant performing arts venues in the southwest, the historic Majestic Theatre. Upcoming shows include:
Dec. 3 Rockefeller Christmas at the Majestic Theatre
Dec. 8 Christmas Vacation Screening
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information: www.dallasculture.org.
Dec. 7 Celebrate the holidays at Christmas on the Square 2017! Garland's Historic Downtown Square will twinkle with lights and music from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Head over to the square at Sixth and Main streets for snow hills, photos with Santa, holiday foods, children's crafts, pet adoptions and much more. Santa Claus will assist with the tree lighting at 7:00 p.m. and then spend the evening visiting with children about their holiday wishes. Garland ISD choirs will entertain the crowd with holiday classics beginning at 7:30 p.m. Members of the Garland Fire Department will be stationed at the corner of Sixth and Main streets to collect new, unwrapped toys to be given to local children. After donating your gift, be sure to pick up some festival food and check out live ice carvings by James Pappas. Children and adults with sensory disorders are encouraged to join in at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Downtown Square for Garland's annual "Sensory-Friendly Tree Lighting." Nightly light shows synchronized with music will continue at the square each night between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. through New Year's Day. Information: www.facebook.com/City-of-Garland-Texas-Government.

Dec. 8 Enjoy the Rowlett Holiday Parade - A Hometown Celebration on Main Street at dusk. Celebrate the spirit of Rowlett with family and friends as the community comes to life with music and dance during a tribute to the holiday season. The parade will begin in Downtown Rowlett and finish up at the Rowlett Community Centre for additional fun holiday activities. Information: www.rowlett.com.

Dec. 8-9 The City of Garland presents several FREE movies throughout the year at the Plaza Theatre in Downtown Garland. They are first come, first served general admission shows. No tickets are required. On Friday, Dec. 8, enjoy the holiday classic White Christmas and on Saturday, Dec. 9, it's Will Ferrell's Elf. Both evenings the movies start at 7 p.m. Popcorn, candy, soda and water are available for $2 each. The Plaza Theatre is located at 521 W. State Street. Information: www.garlandtx.gov.

Dec. 14 Get an early start to the weekend by partaking in the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk, presented by Plano Magazine! This is a sip and shop event where participants get to sample selected wines at their favorite shops in Downtown Plano while enjoying live music, curated art exhibitions, and special discounts. It's the perfect way to unwind in Plano's new arts district. The Art & Wine Walk takes place on the second Thursday of every month from April to December. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with check-in at event1013. Information: www.visitdowntownplano.com.

Dec. 15 Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art. Each Late Night offers hundreds of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, family programs, and more! Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art is held every third Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Information: www.dma.org.

Dec. 16 Farmers Branch Holiday Markets. Shop for handmade and vintage gifts, and other unique items at the Holiday Market. There will be live music, concessions, beer and wine, and lots of shopping. You don't want to miss out on this event! The markets are Saturday, November 18 and Saturday, December 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Road. Information: www.farmersbranchmarket.com.

Dec. 31 Reunion Tower and Hunt Realty are collaborating with AT&T to bring a Texas-sized New Year's Eve event to Dallas, AT&T Streaming Lights at Reunion Tower. For the second year, the only 360-degree, panoramic fireworks spectacular in the Central time zone will light up the Dallas sky starting at 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, December 31, 2017. This dazzling display 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. Information: www.reuniontower.com/nye.

Sundays Year-Round Head to Downtown Plano Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to buy locally grown produce and other goods at this new, year-round farmer's market located in the parking area of the Plano Municipal Center on Municipal Ave. and Ave. K. It's a short walk from the DART Rail Station. Information: www.visitdowntownplano.com.

Saturdays and Sundays Irving Farmers Markets: Irving Arts Center Farmers Market, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays and Heritage Crossing Farmers Market at the Clock Tower, 200 block of Main Street at Rock Island Road will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays. The markets are designed to replicate the European-style markets, where individuals can meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and crafts people, and purchase products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. Local foods and music also are planned to provide attendees an opportunity to dine while enjoying the market. Information: www.cityofirving.org.


Events in Fort Worth and Denton


Fort Worth:


Through Dec. 31 Casanova: The Seduction of Europe at the Kimbell Art Museum explores the 18th century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy, but in France and England, and his travels took him to the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg. Bringing together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelains, silver and period costume, Casanova will bring this world to life. Following its display in Fort Worth, the exhibition will be on view at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Kimbell Art Museum is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Information: www.kimbell.org.

Through Jan. 7 Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is the first major exhibition to explore the multifaceted meanings of such outdoor subjects in both painting and sculpture from the early nineteenth century to World War II. These aesthetically rich and culturally important works play an influential role in the history of American art. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Information: www.cartermuseum.org.

Through Jan. 14 Curious George™: Let's Get Curious! is on exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street. Letting curiosity and inquiry be their guides, children explore familiar buildings and locales from the Curious George™ book series and PBS KIDS® television series in Curious George: Let's Get Curious! The exhibit presents key concepts in science, math and engineering, which are woven and layered throughout the exhibit. Activities invite children to learn like George - through direct experience and problem solving! Information: www.fwmsh.org.

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: www.fortworth.com.

Sundance Square offers the widest range of entertainment options in Fort Worth. Live music, live theatre, and improv comedy. World-class shows and performances. Museums and art galleries. Nightlife and hangouts. Movies both indoors and out. Plus special events and festivals for both adults and kids. Learn more at: www.sundancesquare.com.

Denton:


Through Dec. 13 UNT on the Square presents Raw Material: CVAD Faculty and Staff at Work. This exhibition introduces UNT students and the public to the work of CVAD's Faculty and Staff through experimental curation. Each faculty member was given a space within which they introduce the dynamics of their individual studio practices. By presenting the opportunity for faculty to share their creative processes, similarities and contrasts within diverse research strategies are revealed. UNT on the Square is at 109 N. Elm Street. Ride Denton Connect Routes 7 and 8. Information: untonthesquare.unt.edu.

Denton Community Market Saturdays Apr. Through Nov. 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: dentonmarket.org.

Discover Denton's historic Courthouse-on-the-Square, built in 1896, making the building at the center of a town more than 100 years old! The building itself is beautiful with architectural details that make the courthouse shine as an icon for Denton County. The best part about the Courthouse-on-the-Square is that everything in Denton seems to revolve around it. With something going on every day on the Square, there is no such thing as a dull day in downtown Denton. Whether you're looking for a place to listen to live music, grab a drink, or even an old-fashioned ice cream sundae, you only have to walk a few steps from the Courthouse to find it. Information: www.discoverdenton.com.

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: www.firstfridaydenton.com.

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: www.ghostsofdenton.com.

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 [email protected] or visit northtexan.unt.edu/content/unt-art-path.

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Special Offers with your DART Pass


Tall and proud, the giraffes at Giants of the Savanna are not above looking for a "handout" - especially when it contains a fresh green leaf of romaine lettuce. The Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge offers a fun animal encounter at the Dallas Zoo as guests can choose to feed the animals when they gaze eye-to-eye with the tallest animal on land. This is just one of many adventures to discover at Texas' largest and oldest zoo. 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: dallaszoo.com.

Nasher Sculpture Center image Conceived as a serene urban retreat for the enjoyment of modern art, the Nasher Sculpture Center is the home of the renowned Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. The Collection - which numbers more than 300 sculptures together with 20th century paintings, drawings, prints and photographs - rotates in thematic installations throughout the Center's seamless blend of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces: an elegant, light-filled 55,000-square-foot building designed by Renzo Piano and a spacious garden created by Peter Walker. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street. Special Nasher Sculpture Center offer with a DART Pass: Show your same-day DART Pass to receive a $2 discount off the regular Adult admission price. Information: nashersculpturecenter.org



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