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Dec. 6 Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano is like stepping into a Christmas card. The neighborhood becomes a wonderland with carolers, a visit from Santa and a tree lighting in Haggard Park. This trip back in time takes place at Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St. Information: www.plano.gov.


Dec. 7 The Toyota Dallas Holiday Parade returns to downtown Dallas on Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Commerce and Houston streets and finishes at Dallas City Hall Plaza. The parade is free, however, if you want a guaranteed seat, bleacher seats are available for purchase. Information: dallasholidayparade.com.

Dec. 7 Klyde Warren Park Holiday Show & Tree Lighting is an annual tradition featuring photos with Santa, face painting, crafts, games, live holiday entertainment and other family-friendly activities. The holiday extravaganza is even more spectacular with downtown Dallas as a backdrop. The park is located at 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway. Information: www.klydewarrenpark.org.

Dec. 12 Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk takes place on the second Thursday of every month from through December. The sip-and-shop event lets you sample wines throughout the Downtown Plano Arts District while enjoying live music, curated local art exhibitions and special discounts. There are about 20 wine participating shops each month. Wine walks begin at 5 p.m. with check-in at 1013 E. 15th St. Information: www.visitplano.com.

Dec. 13-15 Abilities Expo comes to Dallas for the first time, bringing informative workshops, activities for all ages, as well as information and demonstrations of cutting edge products and services. Admission is free and advance registration is recommended. The Abilities Expo is at Dallas Market Center, 2100 N. Stemmons Frwy. Information: www.abilities.com/dallas.

Dec. 14 The Urban Flea is Garland's market of stylish vintage finds and re-purposed goods. Dozens of vendors showcase unique antiques and handmade items in the city's historic downtown, a neighborhood full of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants. Live music completes the experience at the Downtown Garland Square, 509 State St. Information: www.visitgarlandtx.com.

Dec. 14 Main Street Fest & Holiday Parade promises a night full of seasonal fun in Downtown Rowlett. In addition to the parade, there will be a tree lighting and lots of other holiday stuff. The event takes place at the Village of Rowlett Downtown, 4000 Main St. Information: villageofrowlettdowntown.com.

Through Dec. 31 Christmas on the Square features thousands of lights adorning Downtown Garland. Enjoy carolers, hot chocolate and a visit with Santa. The season begins with a tree lighting from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The family fun happens at the Downtown Garland Square, 520 W. State St. Information: www.christmasonthesquare.com.


Through Dec. 31 Holiday at the Arboretum is a classic holiday tradition with a brand-new magical exhibition. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden celebrates the 12 Days of Christmas, which depicts each day with its own Victorian-style gazebo. More than one million lights light up the garden and the 30-foot-tall spruce tree. The magnificent DeGolyer House featuring "ChristkindlmarketTreasures," a showcase of European-style Christmas markets. The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village is a new attraction with 12 old-world European-style shops and façades that measure 16 to 19 feet tall. Choirs and local musicians create a holiday mood; other performers include jugglers, dancers, and plate spinners. Santa Claus is on hand every Wednesday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is open from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday through Sundays beginning November 13. It's located at 8525 Garland Road. Information: www.dallasarboretum.org.

Through Dec. 31 Discotech is part three of Sweet Tooth Hotel's installation series. Created in collaboration with "mixed-reality studio" px.lab, the installation combines electronic music and new media to form interactive experiences. The newly expanded 5,000-square-foot space is at 2316 Victory Park Lane. Information: sweettoothhotel.com.


Through Jan. 5 Dallas Zoo Lights has a million lights that bring the grounds to life, plus dozens of animal-shaped light sculptures and lanterns. Catch the beautiful display on select evenings. The zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway. Information: www.dallaszoo.com.


Through Jan. 5 The Trains at North Park is an annual tradition at NorthPark Center, with more than 750 railcars on nearly a third of a mile of elaborately configured track. Scenes include the Dallas skyline, New York City, New England's fall foliage, Mount Rushmore and much, much more. The spectacular display benefits Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. NorthPark is located at 8687 N. Central Expressway. Information: www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com.

Through Jan. 5 Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas in the White House 2007 allows visitors a glimpse into a holiday celebration reflecting our nation's landscapes and historical sites. The special exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center showcases traditional and elegant decorations - mixed greenery, gold ribbons, poinsettias, and white flowers. Models of the Alamo, the Frederic Douglass House, Mount Rushmore, Spanish missions and more are incorporated into the exhibit, as well as a replica of the official White House Christmas tree. The presidential center is located at 2943 SMU Blvd. Information: www.bushcenter.org.

Sundays Kids in the Cliff is a cool storytelling series for kids in Bishop Arts District. Every Sunday morning at The Wild Detectives, a 30-minute story time session becomes a portal of discovery, with a curated selection of books awaiting kids and parents. Featured titles are read aloud – they are unique, beautiful, moving or witty, and may be grouped by theme. The weekly event begins at 11 a.m., and all ages are welcome. The Wild Detectives is at 314 West Eighth St. Information: thewilddetectives.com.


Events in Fort Worth and Denton


Fort Worth:


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 and Lewisville:


Dec. 6 Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. Mark your calendar for Denton's annual lighting festival and Wassail Fest for pictures with Santa, a toy drive, a horse-drawn wagon, food and family-friendly holiday fun. Join the free celebration from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6 on the Downtown Denton Square. To get to the festival, ride DCTA's A-train for free using the code word "Friends of the Family Holiday Express." Information: dentonholidaylighting.com.

Dec. 6 First Friday's in Old Town Lewisville. Join the Main and Mill Association on Friday, Dec. 6 for First Friday's in Old Town Lewisville! From 6 to 10 p.m. on Main Street and in Wayne Ferguson Plaza, you'll find live music, art, food and drink specials, retail discounts, photo boots, yard games and more! Admission and parking are FREE. To celebrate and mingle with local vendors every first Friday of the month until December 6, ride the A-train to the Old Town Station to get there. Information: mainandmillassociation.com.

First Friday Denton First Friday of every month First Friday Denton is the perfect place to experience Denton's unique and beautiful art scene. On Friday, December 6, businesses on the Downtown Denton Square will have a variety of events and activities such as crafts, live music, shopping deals, fun games and more. Ride DCTA's A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) station to get there. Most activities will begin at 6 p.m. and end at either 9 or 10 p.m. Information: www.discoverdenton.com.

Dec. 7 Lewisville Old Town Holiday Stroll. Stroll on down to Old Town Lewisville from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 for carnival attractions, story time with Mrs. Claus, hay rides and more! This celebration is free and fun for the whole family. To get to the Old Town station, ride the A-train for free using the code word "Old Town Stroll." Once you arrive at Old Town station, the fun is just a short walk away! Information: www.cityoflewisville.com.

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.

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.
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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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