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Upcoming Events in Prairies and Lakes

Granbury

"Christmas Carol Experience"

Dec. 1-30

Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center, 308 E. Pearl St.

Inside the Dora Lee Langdon Mansion, guests are transported to Fezziwig’s living room and Scrooge’s office. Brian Clowdus Productions presents "Christmas Carol Experience," a haunting immersive experience where audiences enter to find themselves as guests at the funeral of Jacob Marley. Limited to only 50 guests per show, "Christmas Carol Experience" begins very dark but ultimately ends with a heartwarming story of redemption and hope that is sure to melt even the most frozen hearts.

visitgranbury.com/the-christmas-carol-experience

La Grange

Schmeckenfest on the Square

Dec. 1

Fayette County Courthouse Lawn, 151 N. Washington St.

Celebrate 16 years of Schmeckenfest, a wassail tasting and Christmas extravaganza. Sample different types of wassail (hot cider) made by various business owners and community leaders, in which participants hope to win the coveted honor of being named "Schmeckenmeister." There's also music, delicious treats sold by local nonprofit organizations, a Christmas parade, lighting of the county Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn, kids' activities, and pictures with Santa.

visitlagrangetx.com

Cameron

Christmas Parade and Fireworks

Dec. 1

Downtown Cameron, 102 E. First St.

Kick December off right with the one of the best parades in Central Texas and the lighting of the downtown Cameron and Milam County courthouse square. This year's parade theme is “Musical Notes and Holiday Floats!” Street vendors and food trucks dot the scene, and visitors can enjoy hot cocoa and Christmas carols while perusing the area. At the Old Town Cameron Railroad Museum, ride the Polar Express through the miniature replica of 1940s Cameron, and stick around the downtown area to hear the winning float announcement. The night ends with a street dance.

cameron-tx.com

Brenham

"Coney Island Christmas"

Dec. 1-18

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

Weaving together nostalgia, music, and merriment, this is a holiday show for people of all ages and faiths. An older Shirley Abramowitz tells her great-granddaughter the story of when she was cast in the role of Jesus in her school’s Christmas pageant. As a young Jewish girl, her immigrant parents are horrified and would not allow her to participate. This sweet comedy by Donald Marguiles is based on the story “The Loudest Voice” by Grace Paley.

unitybrenham.org

Mexia

Merry Christmas

Dec. 1-3

Various locations

On Thursday, the city Christmas tree is lit for the holiday season, and shopping and food are available. Friday and Saturday, the Merry Christmas Market takes place, and on Saturday morning, the annual Christmas parade makes its way through downtown Mexia.

mexiachamber.com

Paris

The Texas Barbecue Blowout

Dec. 1-3

Love Civic Center, 2025 S. Collegiate St.

On Thursday, a live concert commences to kick off the festivities, and Friday brings a fish fry. On Saturday, the Texas Barbecue Blowout includes a cookoff for chicken, ribs, pork butt, brisket, and turkey. The cookoff has a $10,000 payout.

facebook.com/loveciviccenter

Seguin

Lighted Holiday Parade

Dec. 1

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

Featuring 70-plus entries all decked out in lights, this parade starts at the intersection of Austin and College streets and travels south to Central Park. At the end of the parade, the mayor hits the switch to turn on the lights in downtown, and Santa is available for photo opportunities.

visitseguin.com

Grand Prairie

Cirque du Soleil's "Twas the Night Before Christmas"

Dec. 1-4, 7-11

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Cirque du Soleil takes a modern spin on a holiday classic with its very first Christmas show. See performances full of Christmas cheer, exhilarating fun, and lovable characters for the whole family to enjoy.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Quarter Horse Racing

Dec. 1-17

Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway

On Thursday through Saturday, head to the racetrack to see horses race past you during the quarter-horse season.

lonestarpark.com

Plano

Deerfield Holiday Lights 2022

Dec. 1-30

Legacy Drive at Archgate Drive

Deerfield, a community in Northwest Plano, is known for its holiday and Christmas light displays. Every year the city offers carriage rides and plenty of houses lit up to get visitors in the Christmas spirit.

facebook.com/deerfieldplanotexas/events

Granbury

Candlelight Tour of Homes

Dec. 2-3

Historic Granbury Square, 201 E. Pearl St.

The Granbury community bands together in an assemblage of lights, carols, Christmas treats, and carriage rides. Plus, a selected group of citizens opens their private, historic homes to the public. Between volunteer docents and the owners themselves, a story unfolds of each home's rich and unique story. This year, Texas historical sites such as the Hood County Courthouse, the Granbury Opera House, and the Nutt House Historic Hotel are included on the tour, as well as Granbury museums and churches.

granburycandlelighttour.com

Dallas

"Black Nativity"

Dec. 2

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

This hand-clapping, toe-tapping, finger-snapping theatrical wonderment, inspired by Langston Hughes' retelling of the Nativity story, returns to the Bishop Arts Theatre Center stage for its 18th anniversary. Black Nativity is a holiday favorite enjoyed by the entire family.

bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series

Salado

Christmas Stroll

Dec. 2-4, 9-11

Village of Salado, Main Street

Experience the magic of Christmas in the idyllic Village of Salado during its 62nd annual Salado Christmas Stroll, held the first two weekends of December. This year’s Stroll kicks off with a lighted Christmas parade. Salado businesses host a variety of Stroll events during each weekend including an outdoor live Nativity at First Baptist Church, live performances of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Tablerock Amphitheatre of Salado, and live music at various venues along the route.

business.salado.com/calendar

Temple

First Friday: Downtown Temple for the Holidays

Dec. 2

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Hear street music and see live performances, plus enjoy drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. This month's First Friday has a festive theme.

discovertemple.com/downtown/events/first-friday

Corsicana

Fun Town RV Heritage Bowl Pep Rally and Game

Dec. 2-3

Downtown Corsicana, 301 S. Beaton St.

On Friday, join in for a pep rally to kick off Heritage Bowl weekend. On Saturday, the Heritage Bowl, an annual Division II, post-season collegiate football game takes place. Established in 2017, the game is played each year the first Saturday in December. The two participating teams consist of schools competing in the Lone Star Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and/or the Great American Conference.

visitcorsicana.com

Keller

Santa Scurry 5K

Dec. 2

Keller Town Hall/Bear Creek Trail, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway

Grab your jingle bells, Santa hats, Rudolph noses, and headlamps, and join along for a great time with your friends. This event is coupled with the Keller HollyDays featuring the city Christmas tree lighting, Holly Jolly Light Parade, and holiday laser show. Hang your finisher medal from your neck or on the Christmas tree. The Santa Scurry medals always double as an ornament.

santascurry.com

College Station

Christmas in the Park

Dec. 2-3

Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, 1000 Krenek Tap Road

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in College Station. Bring the family or your friends and take an old-fashioned hayride, then stay for cookies, hot cocoa, live entertainment, real snow slides, photos with Santa, and a children's train.

cstx.gov/christmas

La Grange

Slaid Cleaves in Concert

Dec. 2

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

The Bugle Boy, an intimate listening room music venue in converted WWII Army barracks, hosts singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves, who is accompanied by guitarist Michael O'Connor.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Bellville

Small Town Christmas

Dec. 3

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

The 40th annual, two-day event kicks off Friday night with a lighted parade on the square, the lighting of the tree, Santa, and a community-wide celebration in the park. There's real snow, a petting zoo, train and carriage rides, a movie in the park, food, drinks, and live music. The weekend continues Saturday with breakfast with Santa, music, characters walking the downtown square, and a Christmas market on the square as well as the artisan market boasting more than 120 vendors.

bellvillesmalltownchristmas.com

Seguin

Sip 'n' Stroll

Dec. 2

Various locations

Take an evening stroll through downtown and taste over a dozen varieties of homemade hot chocolate at businesses that keep their doors open late. Other activities include live entertainment from the Seguin High School Star Steppers, photos with Santa, and a variety of food vendors.

visitseguin.com

Grand Prairie

"A Christmas Story, the Musical"

Dec. 2-11

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

Based on the beloved Christmas classic, the musical brings Ralphie and his dream of Santa bringing him a Red Ryder BB gun to life through a delightful score.

uptowntheatergp.com

Waxahachie

Bethlehem Revisited

Dec. 2-4, 9-11

The re-creation of the town of Bethlehem and the events that took place on the night of Christ's birth comes complete with live camels and characters in period costume. The event is located behind Central Presbyterian Church.

waxahachiecvb.com

Plano

"The Gift of Christmas"

Dec. 2-4, 7-11

Prestonwood Baptist Church, 6801 W. Park Blvd.

This Prestonwood tradition has become one of the highlights of the Christmas season, with thousands of guests attending every year. The multimedia event features special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, a live orchestra, flying angels, and other elements for a memorable holiday experience.

prestonwoodgoc.org

Granbury

Candlelight Tour of Homes

Dec. 2-4

Granbury Square, 100 E. Pearl St.

For Granbury's Candlelight Tour of Homes, the community comes together for lights, carols, and Christmas treats, and a select group of residents open their private, historic homes to the public. Between volunteer docents and the owner's themselves, a story unfolds about each home's rich and unique story. Pick up your wristband and book at the Plaza on Pearl Street.

visitgranbury.com/event/granbury-a-candlelight-tour-of-homes/13748

Bowie

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Festival and Parade

Dec. 3

Bowie Community Development, 101 E. Pecan St.

Bowie Community Development, citizens, and local businesses host the 31st annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, following the tree lighting and live musical entertainment along with special Christmas shopping promotions. The day includes breakfast with Santa and craft time at Elf ’n Magic. Colorful floats, vehicles, riding groups, and marching groups light up the night. Prizes for floats are awarded in numerous categories. The parade winds through the streets of Bowie with announcers on both Mason and Smythe streets.

cityofbowietx.com/143/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade

Mckinney

Holiday Tour of Homes

Dec. 3-4

Chestnut Square Heritage Village, 315 S. Chestnut St.

Tour a collection of private homes in the famed historic district of McKinney, all dressed up for the holidays and open to the public. This 49-year tradition benefits Chestnut Square, which includes a collection of house museums in downtown McKinney. Tickets are available online and are not available at homes.

chestnutsquare.org/holiday-tour-of-homes

Plano

Dickens in Downtown Plano

Dec. 3

Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th St.

Kick off the season with Dickens, a free annual event nestled in the heart of the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District with holiday-themed activities, a tree lighting, and other family fun.

visitplano.com/event/dickens-in-downtown-plano-2022

Fairfield

Christmas on the Square

Dec. 3

Freestone County Courthouse , 118 E. Commerce St.

Gather around the Fairfield square for a parade, live Nativity scene, vendors, and crafts.

fairfieldtexaschamber.com

Temple

Family Day: Santa at the Depot

Dec. 3

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Santa is coming to the museum and checking his list while giving out toys. Santa arrives by train and meets with kids throughout the day. There are crafts, music, and old-fashioned holiday fun in the grand lobby.

templeparks.com

Nocona

Small Town Christmas

Dec. 3

Nocona Downtown Park, 104 Clay St.

Nestled in the North Texas Hill Country, Nocona gives you a dose of small-town Christmas charm. Celebrate the season with a parade, carolers, concerts, dancers, and fun activities in historic downtown. Located just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Nocona sparkles with Christmas lights, decorated trees, and Christmas music floating in the air.

nocona.org/events

Frisco

Merry Main Street

Dec. 3

Simpson Plaza, 8874 Coleman Blvd.

Ring in the holiday season with Frisco's official tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa, choirs, and a parade.

visitfrisco.com/event/merry-main-street/3908

Lewisville

Old Town Holiday Stroll

Dec. 3

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, Old Town, 150 W. Church St.

Ring in the holiday season at this family-friendly event. Highlights include the Selfies with Santa, Motorcycle Toy Run, Huffines Christmas Parade, Elf Scavenger Hunt, and Lewisville Lights. Also, enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, winter carnival attractions, a movie in the Plaza, and carriage rides through Old Town Historic Home District.

oldtownlewisville.com

Clifton

Norwegian Country Christmas Tour

Dec. 3

Various locations, 115 N. Avenue D

In the 1850s, Norwegian immigrants wandered into Central Texas. They settled in an area near Clifton that became known as Norse. Since that time, settlers have celebrated their heritage in many ways. Tour historical homes, learn about the area's history, and see unique pieces of art.

cityofclifton.org/visit-living/special-events/norwegian-country-christmas-tour

The Colony

Christmas Spectacular

Dec. 3-Jan. 1

Central Fire Station, 4900 Blair Oaks Drive

Illuminated trees, twinkling snowflakes, and dazzling displays choreographed to music are sure to make your evening merry and bright. Be sure to tune your radio to 99.9 FM and listen to festive holiday music at this free light show for all ages.

thecolonytx.gov/834/christmas-spectacular

Holiday in the Park

Dec. 3

Perryman Park, 4930 South Colony Blvd.

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer and jolly fun for the whole family. Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with an evening of festive holiday activities, classic Christmas tunes, and magical light displays. Festivities start with the Parade of Lights and lead up to a night of live performances, carnival games, rides, and a holiday baking contest.

thecolonytx.gov/832/holiday-in-the-park

Yoakum

Christmas On Grand

Dec. 3

Railroad Park, 501 Front St.

Grab your friends and family and head to Yoakum’s annual Christmas on Grand celebration for family-friendly festivities including holiday goodies for children, Santa photo-ops, and real snow to play in. There is also a lighted Christmas parade and a Christmas movie showing.

yoakumareachamber.com

La Grange

John Fullbright in Concert

Dec. 3

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

American singer-songwriter John Fullbright performs in the intimate Bugle Boy listening room, which is a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Round Top

Christmas with Masterworks: Rejoice

Dec. 3

Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road

The annual eclectic celebration includes joyful and distinctive rhythms of Vivaldi's "Gloria." The audience shares holiday memories as the chorus weaves carols and holiday favorites throughout, ending in a candlelit sing-along of "Silent Night."

festivalhill.org

Lewisville

Old Town Holiday Stroll

Dec. 3

Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church St., Old Town

Ring in the holiday season with a family-friendly event in partnership with the Main and Mill Association. Highlights include selfies with Santa, the Motorcycle Toy Run, tie-dye shirt making, Huffines Christmas Parade, the Elf Scavenger Hunt, and the Lewisville Lights tree lighting ceremony.

cityoflewisville.com

Paris

Christmas in Toyland Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown Paris

The downtown streets of Paris come to life for the season with the lighted Christmas parade. Santa makes an appearance to put smiles on children's faces.

downtownptx.com

Bellville

First Saturday Market Day

Dec. 3

Downtown Square , 1 Main St.

More than 85 vendors gather around the downtown square for a day of shopping and entertainment. Find music, family activities, food trucks, wine tastings, and baked goods. Crafts vendors sell woodwork, yard art, plants, photography, and boutique goods. Admission and parking are free.

discoverbellville.com

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Dec. 3

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 area farmers, ranchers, bakers, and artisans gather to bring fresh produce, various meats, honey, herbs, plants, kolaches, homemade noodles, and more to Bellville on the first Saturday of the month. Shoppers enjoy live demonstrations and artisans selling soaps, bread oils, jewelry, custom lures, and dog treats. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, or cold brew coffee.

discoverbellville.com

Seguin

North Pole Stroll

Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Central Park, 201 S. Austin St.

This family-friendly affair in downtown Seguin features a variety of nonprofit organizations hosting activities for children in Central Park. Take pictures with Santa, decorate cookies, and write letters to Santa Claus.

visitseguin.com

Grand Prairie

Holiday Market with Santa

Dec. 3-24

Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road

Shop for holiday gifts and decorations from more than 3,200 vendors on Saturdays and Sundays in December.

tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie

Waxahachie

Christmas Market and Gift Show

Dec. 3

Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane

The Waxahachie Junior Service League Christmas Market is held the first weekend in December and offers a unique shopping experience with over 100 vendors (mostly local) featuring a wide variety of gifts including holiday décor, clothing and accessories, home accents, children’s clothing, and toys.

waxahachiejsl.org

Granbury

"The Majesty of Christmas"

Dec. 3-4

Texas Amphitheatre, 5000 Texas Drive

The Promise presents “The Majesty of Christmas," a show filled with inspiring original music, live animals, and a talented cast. Bring your blankets and get ready to witness the story of the birth of Christ.

thepromiseglenrose.com

Nativity Scenes

Dec. 3-11

See more than 1,300 Nativity scenes from all over the world. This private collection is on display each year for a short time at the Langdon Center Concert Hall.

visitgranbury.com/events/annual-events/christmas-in-granbury

Sherman

Snowflake Festival and Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Grayson County Courthouse Square, 100 W. Houston St.

The fun and festive family-friendly festival leads up to the city's annual Christmas parade in historic downtown Sherman. The tradition includes the big Christmas tree lighting.

shermantx.org

Elgin

Time to Shine, Hot Cocoa Stroll, and Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown , 310 N. Main St.

This new event is held in conjunction with the Hot Cocoa Stroll and Lighted Christmas Parade and features the official dedication of Elgin's #ETX150 time capsule at 1:50 p.m. 'Tis the season for holiday-themed children’s activities, Santa's reindeer games, Christmas carols, a special screening of "The Polar Express," and festive food trucks.

elgintexas.gov

Dallas

Holiday Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown, Commerce Street

The Dallas Holiday Parade is the largest event in the state with a live audience of 790,000 people and over 22 million viewers on live TV. The event celebrates its 34th year with festivities that include appearances by Cirque du Soleil, Miss America, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as being part of the Hallmark Channel's countdown to Christmas.

dallasholidayparade.com

Mesquite

Christmas Concert

Dec. 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Community Band presents its annual holiday concert. The band is made up of volunteer musicians from high school through retirement age.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Winter Gala: A Community Celebration

Dec. 4

Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Arts Center hosts its Winter Gala, a night of family fun with food and music.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Christmas in the Park

Dec. 4-5

Westlake Park, 601 Gross Road

Mesquite Parks and Recreation’s largest annual event, Christmas in the Park, kicks off the holiday season with free carnival rides, arts and crafts, visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, indulging on cookies and hot cocoa, and other activities.

visitmesquitetx.com

Seguin

Yulefest

Dec. 4

Seguin Coliseum, 950 S. Austin St.

The Seguin Art League has been presenting this event for 10 years. Enjoy a fine arts and crafts show featuring handmade items, gifts, and decorations; over 70 vendor booths; door prizes; food; and a craft activity for children.

seguinartleague.com

Temple

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Dec. 5

Downtown Temple, Main Street

Relive the magic that has become a part of downtown Temple's Christmas season for 75 years. See bands, floats, decorated automobiles, and walking groups participate in the parade, and witness the annual tree lighting.

templeparks.com

Dallas

88 Keys Jazz Concert

Dec. 7

Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

Sammons Jazz artistic director and Steinway artist Arlington Jones plays classical music followed by his jazz arrangements of the same compositions. Jones also performs music from some of his friends and influences that are no longer alive, including keyboardists Bernard Wright and George Duke. Jones is joined by James Driscoll on bass, Arlington Ollie Jones III on drums, and Jorge Ginorio on percussion.

sammonsartcenter.org/concerts/jazz

Bryan

Holiday Stroll and Lighted Parade

Dec. 8

Downtown Bryan, Bryan Avenue and Main Street

Floats, vehicles, and fire engines make their way through downtown Bryan in the only lighted Christmas parade in town. The parade starts at 24th and Bryan streets, heads south on 28th Street, and then makes its way to Main Street. Santa Claus might make an appearance at the end of the parade, so bring the little ones for a holiday event to remember.

destinationbryan.com/events/downtown-bryan-holiday-stroll-lighted-parade

Corsicana

Artist and Writer Residency Artist Presentations

Dec. 8

Storefront Bookstore, 203 N. Commerce St.

Storefront Bookstore, the public space of the Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, presents new works from visiting artists and writers from throughout the U.S. and around the world. The ground-floor space in historic downtown Corsicana provides easy access to meet, hear, and view works produced in the nearby work/living space at 100 West.

corsicanaresidency.org

Elgin

Sip, Shop, and Stroll

Dec 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9

Downtown , 114 Central Ave.

The second Thursday of each month, sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, live music, the Elgin Farmers Market, delicious food, and fun, friendly people.

elgintexas.gov

Mckinney

Holidays at The Heard

Dec. 9-10

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

The beauty of the holiday season is brought into nature. Bundle up and experience one of the most unique holiday events in North Texas. Guests 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. Also, you’ll get to travel back in time to experience 10 life-size dinosaurs along a nature trail. Children and the young at heart enjoy the opportunity to take a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting.

heardmuseum.org/holidays-at-the-heard

La Grange

Radney Foster in Concert

Dec. 9

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Country music singer-songwriter, musician, and music producer Radney Foster performs in the intimate Bugle Boy, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Trail of Lights

Dec. 9-23

Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites, 414 State Loop 92

The trails of Kreische Brewery and Monument Hill State Historic Sites are lit with beautiful holiday lights for this 10-night festival. The first five nights feature children's crafts, entertainment, visits with Santa, refreshments, and volunteers in costume sharing Victorian-German Christmas traditions at the Kreische home and smokehouse. The final five "encore" nights allow guests to simply walk the trail to enjoy the lights, which include several new thematic displays.

friendsofkbmh.org/events

Mckinney

Holidays at the Heard

Dec. 9-10

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Bundle up your family, get out of the house, and experience this unique family-friendly holiday evening event in North Texas.

heardmuseum.org

Belton

Sami Arts and Crafts Marketplace

Dec. 10-11

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

Holiday shopping gets in full swing at this long-running arts and crafts marketplace. Open since 1975, shoppers can expect a variety of handcrafted goods. Every show is different and includes wood and metal crafts, floral designs, children's and women's boutique clothing, and an array of wonderful home decor from the vivid imaginations of the crafters.

samishow.com

Irving

Home for the Holidays Concert

Dec. 10

Irving Arts Center—Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

A favorite for the entire family, the annual Holiday Concert features the Irving Chorale, a visitor from the North Pole, a singalong, a talented pianist, and fresh arrangements.

irvingsymphony.org

Comanche

Christmas In Comanche

Dec. 10-11

Various locations, 101 W. Central Ave

Numerous events take place in Comanche for the holiday season, including the annual Christmas light show at the courthouse, the Christmas parade, Tour of Homes, Jingle Mingle, and the ice skating rink, which is open for the entire month of December.

comanchechamber.org

La Grange

Carrie Rodriguez with Luke Jacobs in Concert

Dec. 10

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Carrie Rodriguez and husband/touring partner Luke Jacobs round out the 18th musical season at The Bugle Boy, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Round Top

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 10

Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road

The Ovation Ballet Company does a live performance of "The Nutcracker" ballet for the Christmas season. Take a magical journey through the land of dancing snowflakes to the Kingdom of the Sweets.

festivalhill.org

Corsicana

Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency Open Studios

Dec. 10

100 West , 100 W. Third Ave.

100 West, the residency of Corsicana Artist and Writers presents new works from visiting artists and writers from throughout the U.S. and around the world. View works produced by the residents who lived and worked in historic downtown Corsicana while they created their pieces.

corsicanaresidency.org

Paris

Wassail Fest

Dec. 10

Downtown Paris, 17 N.E. Second St.

Wassail is a hot, mulled cider drink that's popular around the holidays, and downtown stores in Paris are creating their own recipes for patrons to vote on. Have fun sipping while shopping for Christmas gifts.

downtownptx.com

Christmas at the Museums

Dec. 10

Heritage Park Museums and Genealogy Library, 1125 Bonham St.

Heritage Park Museums hosts the annual Christmas at the Museums, where Lamar County exhibits are on display and food trucks are available with delicious treats. There's also door prizes, a book signing, and the award for History Maker of the Year is given.

1125 Bonham St.

Cameron

Art Walk Gala

Dec. 10

Railfan on Main, 101 E. Main St.

Paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry are on display and for sale. At the black tie reception, enjoy food and wine prepared by local businesses. Youth scholarships are awarded.

cameron-tx.com

Arthur City

Lighted Holiday Parade

Dec. 10

Downtown Port Arthur , Proctor Street

Procter Street lights up as floats make their way down through downtown Port Arthur.

visitportarthurtx.com

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

Dec. 10

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

On the second Saturday of the month, take a bird walk intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

Zip Line Day

Dec. 10

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

During Zip Line Days, visitors can climb a 23-foot-tall tree to a zip line platform, then proceed to a 487-foot-long zip line.

heardmuseum.org

Waxahachie

Historic Christmas Tour of Homes

Dec. 10-11

Various locations

Tour a selection of historic homes adorned in their holiday finest.

historicwaxahachie.com/christmas-tour-of-home

Santa Run

Dec. 10

Railyard Park, 455 S. College St.

This holiday 5K race and fun run comes complete with Santa suits.

ymcadallas.org

Plano

The Legacy of Harmony Christmas Show

Dec. 10

Saint Mark the Evangelist-Smyth Pastoral Center, 1100 W. 15th St.

Legacy of Harmony is a premiere performing chorus. From barbershop to gospel to doo wop, these folks are sure to warm your heart with their harmonies. Let them entertain you.

visitplano.com/event/the-legacy-of-harmony-christmas-show

Elgin

Photos with Santa

Dec. 11

Elgin Recreation Center, 361 SH 95

Write your letter to Santa and mail it to the North Pole, then take photos at the selfie station while you wait in line to see the big man himself. Make your own custom hot cocoa at the hot cocoa bar, and sing Christmas carols to bring the holiday cheer.

elgintexas.gov/239/recreation-programming

Grand Prairie

"The Ultimate Christmas Variety Show"

Dec. 12

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

At this holiday variety show, see top impersonators recreate classic holiday variety shows from the 1970s and '80s that starred Sonny and Cher, Neil Diamond, Johnny Mathis, and other greats of entertainment.

uptowntheatergp.com

Dallas

Sammons Cabaret Concert: Making Spirits Bright with Linda and Larry Petty and Friends

Dec. 16

Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

A magical evening awaits when the 2014 Sammons Cabaret Artists of the Year regale the audience with nostalgic melodies and an audience singalong. Other evening highlights include seasonal treats and maybe a special visitor from the North Pole.

sammonsartcenter.org/concerts/cabaret

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Dec. 17

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony continues its 2022-2023 season with tenor Aquiles Machado. The performance includes Émile Waldteufel's "Christmas Roses Waltz," Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers," and lots of holiday favorites plus the orchestra's traditional carol singalong.

lascolinassymphony.org

Grand Prairie

Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas

Dec. 18

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Don't miss the 30th year of Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas, a family-friendly multimedia experience with the Rio Grande Band and the Rocky Mountain Vintage Dancers.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Plano

Plano Symphony: Home for the Holidays

Dec. 18

Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road

The holiday tradition includes seasonal favorites, the ever-popular audience sing-along, humorous moments, and even a few surprises. This year's event has the Plano Symphony Orchestra being joined by singer and actress Fela and the Plano Civic Chorus.

planosymphony.org/home-for-the-holidays

Grand Prairie

Gary Owen's DFW-NYE Takeover VI

Dec. 30-31

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Ring in the New Year with hilarious laughs, a live band, and party favors.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Elgin

Glowing into 2023

Dec. 31

Elgin VFW, 188 Old Sayers Road

Join the fun at this New Year’s Eve party at the Elgin VFW, featuring all things neon, live music, food vendors, and activities for kids. No New Year’s Eve would be complete without a midnight toast and black-eyed peas.

elgintexas.gov

Polar Bear Plunge

Jan. 1

Morris Memorial Pool, 802 N. Avenue C

Brave the cold water and jump into the new year at the Elgin Municipal Pool at Morris Memorial Park. Take pictures in the photo booth, and bring a change of clothes and a towel.

elgintexas.gov/239/recreation-programming

Round Top

Linda Patterson and Friends in Concert

Jan. 1

Edythe Bates Old Chapel, 248 Jaster Road

Dr. Linda Patterson and friends perform an exciting, sacred, and secular program on the Henry Erben pipe organ.

festivalhill.org

Temple

First Friday: Happy New Year

Jan. 6

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.

discovertemple.com/downtown/events/first-friday

La Grange

Ray Wylie Hubbard in Concert

Jan. 6-7

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard kicks off the 19th musical season at The Bugle Boy listening room, a converted World War II army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Grand Prairie

Lunar New Year

Jan. 6-8, 13-15, 21-22

Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Parkway

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Asia Times Square in Grand Prairie. Enjoy live performances, food from different cultures, and other festivities.

asiatimessquare.com

Temple

Family Day: Harlem Renaissance

Jan. 7

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B.

The Harlem Renaissance was an explosion of African American culture, music, art, and literature. Join the museum as they celebrate this unique moment in history. Jazz and crafts are part of the day.

templeparks.com

Grand Prairie

Bluey's Big Play

Jan. 7

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Follow the adventures of Bluey, a loveable puppy who lives with her mom, dad, and little sister.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Valley View

Kid's Trout Derby

Jan. 7

Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Johnson Branch Unit, 100 PW 4153

Help celebrate 100 years of fishing in Texas State Parks. Bring your child to the Kid Fish pond and create memorable moments while fishing for freshly stocked rainbow trout. Rangers are there to help kids fish and are giving away prizes.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake

Plano

"Four Weddings and an Elvis"

Jan. 12-28

Cox Playhouse, 1517 H Ave.

Anything can happen in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas...and does. From a couple getting married by the King himself as revenge on their exes, to arrogant, aging stars tying the knot as a publicity stunt, to a ceremony that really needs to happen before the police arrive, to the nuptials of the wedding chapel owner herself, what happens in Vegas...is hilarious.

roverdramawerks.com

Temple

"Quanah Parker: One Man Two Worlds"

Jan. 14-April 15

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B.

In 1836, a Comanche raiding party took Cynthia Ann Parker from her family. Over the following years, she became wife to a Comanche chief and mother to children, including Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief. After Texas Rangers took Cynthia Ann back, Quanah became one of the most important Comanche leaders in both war and peace. This photo exhibit tells this story of their lives caught between two different worlds.

templeparks.com

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

Jan. 14

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

On the second Saturday of the month, take a bird walk intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

Granbury

Goosebump Jump

Jan. 14

Granbury City Beach, 505 E. Pearl St.

Kick off the new year by jumping into the frigid waters of Lake Granbury. Prizes are awarded for Best Costume, Oldest Participant, Furthest Travelled, Best Team Costumes, and Best Couples Costume.

visitgranbury.com/goosebumpjump

Sherman

Martin Luther King Jr. Day March

Jan. 14

Downtown Sherman, 400 S. Travis St.

All churches, civic and social groups, and members of the public are welcome to come out for the march to honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. March.

facebook.com/shermanneighborhoodrec

Brenham

Uptown Swirl, Downtown Brenham

Jan. 15

Downtown Brenham

Experience unique shops while sipping and sampling wines from around the world. Tickets are available online and from participating merchants.

downtownbrenham.com

Belton

Sami Arts and Crafts Marketplace

Jan. 21-22

Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121

Since 1975, Sami shows have been known for bringing quality vendors to the arts and crafts marketplace in Central Texas. There is always a unique array of metal and wood crafters, jewelers, boutique clothing for children and adults, gourmet foods, fragrant soaps, macrame, and cornhole games. No two shows are ever the same, so it's fun to see what's new.

citywidevintagesale.com

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Jan. 21

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony continues its 2022-2023 season with cellist Iona Batchelder and guest conductor Maestro Pascual Osa. The performance includes Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Johann Strauss II's "Roses from the South," and Camille Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor.

lascolinassymphony.org

Plano

Dallas Area Train Show

Jan. 21-22

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

The North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs organizes two train shows each year held in Plano. Come see and learn all about trains with exhibitors, layouts, home displays, clinics for model railroad building, and other programming.

dfwtrainshows.com

Meridian

Look Up, Look Down, and Dance All Around!

Jan. 21

Meridian State Park, 173 Park Road 7

The rainbow trout is stocked in January, and a fly-fishing group from Dallas-Fort Worth comes to teach people how to fly fish. The event includes a tackle loaner program, fishing contest, and, moving into the evening, live music and a dance on the Civilian Conservation Corps veranda, wrapping up with a star party.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/meridian

Dallas

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical

Jan. 28-Feb. 23

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Dallas Children's Theater presents this musical based on the book by Mo Willems. The Pigeon is having a bit of an identity crisis—he never gets to do anything, and people just want him to “fly off." Everything changes when the confident, cool Bus Driver rolls into town, and the Pigeon finds himself with a brand new goal: drive the bus. But, is it even possible? Time to find out.

dct.org

Temple

First Friday

Feb. 3

Downtown Temple, Main Street

On the first Friday of every month, historic downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and live performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping.

discovertemple.com/downtown/events/first-friday

La Grange

Shelley King in Concert

Feb. 3

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Past official Texas State Musician and member of the prestigious Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, Shelley King returns to The Bugle Boy listening room, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Plano

The Official Supernatural Convention

Feb. 3-5

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

Creation Entertainment's Official Supernatural Convention is a fan convention celebrating the hit TV show "Supernatural." The event features stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins, who participate in onstage panels, photo ops, autograph signings as well as special events throughout the weekend.

visitplano.com/event/the-official-supernatural-convention-2

La Grange

Austin Lounge Lizards in Concert

Feb. 4

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

The legendary Austin Lounge Lizards bring their quirky and humorous music to The Bugle Boy, a converted WWII army barrack.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Bellville

First Saturday Market Day

Feb. 4

Downtown Square , 1 Main St.

More than 85 vendors gather around the downtown square for a day of shopping and entertainment. Find music, family activities, food trucks, wine tastings, and baked goods. Crafts vendors sell woodwork, yard art, plants, photography, and boutique goods. Admission and parking are free.

discoverbellville.com

Fresh Farmers and Artisan Market

Feb. 4-5

Jim Bishop Pavilion at Chesley Park , 100 E. Palm St.

More than 35 area farmers, ranchers, bakers, and artisans gather to bring fresh produce, various meats, honey, herbs, plants, kolaches, homemade noodles, and more to Bellville on the first Saturday of the month. Shoppers enjoy live demonstrations and artisans selling soaps, bread oils, jewelry, custom lures, and dog treats. Enjoy wine tastings, an old-fashioned lemonade stand, or cold brew coffee.

discoverbellville.com

Powderly

Hard Labor Mountain Bike Race

Feb. 4-5

Sanders Cove at Pat Mayse Lake

The Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association hosts the Texas State Championship Series and the first mountain bike racing event of the spring series. There are races for all ages and abilities, and first-time racers can take a clinic on Saturday. The Kids Cup race on Saturday is for those 12 and under.

tmbra.org/wp

Brenham

"The Mousetrap"

Feb. 9-26

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

After hearing a woman has been murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. As it becomes clear that the killer is among them, the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate culminating in a surprise finish. "The Mousetrap" had its world premiere in 1952 and continues to entertain contemporary audiences.

unitybrenham.org

Bellville

Chocolate Walk

Feb. 9

The Shops of Downtown , 1 Main St.

Plan a night out with friends to walk the downtown square exploring the shops of Bellville and other local merchants while experiencing a variety of chocolate confections at every stop. Redeem a punched card at the end of the evening for a chance to win prizes.

discoverbellville.com

Dallas

"1619 Project"

Feb. 10-26

Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St.

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia with a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This one-act festival features eight commissions by local and national playwrights that weave together stories that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America.

bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series

"Endlings"

Feb. 10-19

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Dallas Children's Theater presents the final production of Cry Havoc Theater Company, a teen theater company that has been celebrated for putting young artists in the lead as creators and actors of bold art that disrupts expectations and shakes up old, entrenched conversations. "Endlings" is a thought-provoking play that tackles climate change, social justice, grief, the pandemic, and art with frank, youthful honesty. Post-show conversations with subject matter resources follow every performance.

dct.org

Irving

"The Artistry of Jazz" with Violinist Scott Tixier

Feb. 11

Irving Arts Center-Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

In this, the first concert of the New Year for the Irving Symphony Orchestra, the enormously successful composer-in-residence program once again highlights a new orchestral piece by a young composer. Furthermore, world-renowned jazz violinist and University of North Texas faculty professor Scott Tixier offers some of his outstanding compositions for jazz violin and orchestra. The concert concludes with the magnificent Symphony No. 1 by German composer Johannes Brahms.

irvingsymphony.org

Nocona

Mardi Gras Nocona Style

Feb. 11-18

Downtown Nocona, 100 Clay St.

It's all about the beads and classic cars in this fun, family-friendly and pet-friendly event. Enjoy three days worth of parades, cajun food, live music, and beads.

nocona.org/events

Mckinney

Second Saturday Bird Walks

Feb. 11

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place

On the second Saturday of the month, take a bird walk intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. There are also plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions from experienced birders. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks.

heardmuseum.org

Fort Worth

"I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen"

Feb. 12-April 30

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents the landmark "I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen," a thematic group exhibition that examines the screens vast impact on art from 1969 to the present. This exhibition surveys more than 60 works by 50 artists over the past five decades. The artists included examine screen culture through a broad range of media such as paintings, sculpture, video games, digital art, augmented reality, and video.

themodern.org/exhibition/ill-be-your-mirror-art-and-digital-screen

Irving

The Las Colinas Symphony Presents "Music That Grows On You"

Feb. 18

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchesta continues its 2022-2023 season with violinist Simone Spadino and guest conductor Maestro Juan Carlos Lomonaco. The performance includes Johann Strauss II's "Schneeglckchen," Franz Waxman's "Carmen Fantasy," Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, and Frederick Delius' "The Walk to the Paradise Garden."

lascolinassymphony.org

Mckinney

Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade

Feb. 19

Mitchell Park, 300 W. Louisiana St.

At this parade held each year on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, dogs and their owners dress up in costumes based on the special theme of the event, then they parade around McKinney's downtown square. Prizes are awarded in multiple categories. Music, food trucks, and pet-related vendors add to the festivities.

artinstituteofmckinney.com

Washington

Texas Independence Day Celebration

Feb. 25-26

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12

Celebrate 187 years of Texas independence at the place where Texas became Texas. The 1830s Republic of Texas era comes to life with historic interpreters, craftsmen, music, and artillery firing.

wheretexasbecametexas.org

La Grange

Michael Reno Harrell in Concert

Feb. 25

The Bugle Boy, 1051 N. Jefferson St.

Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller and entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Hear him play a show at the Bugle Boy, an intimate, converted WWII army barracks.

thebugleboy.org/tickets

Mckinney

MillHouse Winter ArtFest

Feb. 26-27

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Escape the wind and cold at this indoor, juried art festival at the Cotton Mill. Explore art by local artisans showcased against the grandeur of century-old architecture. Featured artists offer acrylic, oil, watercolor, pottery, and jewelry. Food and drinks are available from local food trucks.

millhousefoundation.org/artfest

Dallas

"In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art"

Feb. 26-June 18

Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

During an era when Spanish artists found success abroad yet struggled for recognition at home, artist, critic, and collector Fernando Zbel established the Museo de Arte Abstracto Espaol in Cuenca, Spain on July 1, 1966, the first institution of its kind within Spain. Highlights from its remarkable collection, most coming to the U.S. for the first time, tell the story of this pioneering museum and explore the rich panorama of abstract Spanish art during the middle of the 20th century and under the Francoist regime.

meadowsmuseumdallas.org/exhibitions/spanish-abstract-art

"Charlotte's Web"

April 29-May 27

Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman St.

Get caught in Charlotte's web to save Wilbur, the "radiant" and "humble" pig, and make friends once again with all his lovable barnyard neighbors. One of the first books ever written for children exploring issues of mortality, "Charlotte's Web" is an emotional tribute to friendship with universal themes depicting courage, compassion, and the ever-changing cycle of life.

dct.org

Brenham

"Godspell"

June 8-25

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

By Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebela, the show is composed of musical parables from The Gospel according to Matthew. A cast of 10 characters tell the different parables by using a variety of games, storytelling techniques, and doses of comedy. An eclectic blend of songs is employed as the story of Jesus’s life is told and his messages of kindness, tolerance, and love brought to life.

unitybrenham.org

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