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Through Dec. 6 The Garland Quilt Guild presents its annual Quilt Display at the Granville Arts Center, 200 N. Fifth St. The Garland Quilt Guild boasts 175 members, and the quilt display is a small offering of its members' many talents. The Garland Quilt Guild provides educational opportunities for its members as well as service commitments to the Garland community. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. and during performances. Information:

Through Jan. 3 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 two near Nordstrom's at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway. Hours of Operation are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m. Information:

Through Jan. 3 The 12 Days of Christmas returns to the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit from November 8 to January 3, and The Artistry of the Nativity at the DeGolyer House, November 27 to January 3. During the evening, the garden remains open for extended hours for The 12 Days at Night displaying the illuminated gazebos for magical nighttime viewing. New this year is the addition of 500,000 lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead - including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property. Daytime admission from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is regular admission. Evenings require a 12 Days at Night ticket. Information:

Photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo Nov. 25 The Dallas Zoo's fall Dollar Day features $1 admission and dollar deals. It's the best way to get out-of-towners out of the house, or burn calories in the 106-acre zoological park before your Thanksgiving feast. Dollar Day is the Zoo's way of showing its appreciation to the community for support throughout the year. It makes the Zoo available for everyone and provides an affordable experience the entire family can enjoy. The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway. Information:

Nov. 27-Dec. 30 (except Dec. 5 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:

Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19 This winter, sprinkle the city with holiday cheer atop Reunion Tower's GeO-Deck where Santa and his elves are making weekly stops 470 feet in the air at Reunion Tower! Guests can enjoy balloon art and more while taking in 360 degree views of the beautiful Dallas Skyline. Santa will also be joined by The Dallas Zoo's most unique residents. The Animal Adventures team will be bringing a mixture of mammals, birds and reptiles for an up-close experience. Photos with Santa are available for purchase. Bring your friends and family to see what else the elves have up their sleeves.
Nov. 28 Dallas Zoo Animals, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Santa, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dec. 5 Dallas Zoo Animals, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Santa, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 Dallas Zoo Animals, 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Santa, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 Dallas Zoo Animals, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Santa, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
General Admission is $16 for adults (13-64), $8 for youths (4-12) and $14 for seniors (65+). The Reunion Tower is located at 300 Reunion Blvd. East and is accessible by pedestrian tunnel from Union Station. Information:

Dec. 3 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. 3-6 Holiday Delights at Fair Park is a free holiday festival and market that marks the beginning of a full season of holiday events at Fair Park. It's happening Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy the lighting of the tree, carolers, arts and crafts, carriage and train rides, a reindeer petting area and photos with Santa. New this year, enjoy a snow hill, complete with a snow baseball field. Also enjoy hayrides and Annabelle's Petting Zoofari. The festivities continue Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 6th. See the full schedule of events at:

Dec. 4 Stuff a Bus on Friday, December 4 from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mockingbird Station, 5465 E. Mockingbird Lane. Help DART bring joy to the elderly, children and our neighbors in need by donating new and unwrapped:

  • Adult socks
  • Blankets
  • Toys
  • Canned food
Thank you for giving the gift of hope this holiday season!
  • Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Orange Line to Mockingbird Station

  • Dec. 4 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 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 7:00 p.m. in Haggard Park. A special Santa mailbox will be installed in Haggard Park near the Interurban Railway Museum for children who would like to write a letter to Santa. Letters received will be hand-delivered to Santa when he arrives at Dickens in Historic Downtown Plano. Santa will visit with children at his house on J Place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Downtown Plano is at 15th Street at Avenue J. Information:

    Dec. 5 Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade 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 $25. Arrive by 7:00 a.m. to get a good spot; the parade will step off at 10:00 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
    • Via DART Rail Red Line or Blue Line to Convention Center Station
    • Via Trinity Railway Express to Union Station. TRE will operate additional early eastbound trains on Saturday, December 5. Click here to view the TRE schedule.
    • In addition to regularly scheduled weekend service, the Red Line will operate four additional trips from Parker Road Station. These trips depart Parker Road at 6:48 a.m., 7:18 a.m., 7:48 a.m. and 8:18 a.m. and arrive at West End Station at 7:31 a.m., 8:01 a.m., 8:31 a.m. and 9:01 a.m. These trains serve all stations between Parker Road and Cedars stations.
    • In addition to regularly scheduled weekend service, the Orange Line will operate four special trips from Parker Road Station. These trips depart Parker Road at 7:08 a.m., 7:38 a.m., 8:08 a.m. and 8:38 a.m. and arrive at West End Station at 7:51 a.m., 8:21 a.m., 8:51 a.m. and 9:21 a.m. These trains serve all stations between Parker Road and DFW Airport stations.
    • In addition to regularly scheduled weekend service, the Blue Line will operate three addtional trips from Downtown Rowlett Station. These trips depart Downtown Rowlett at 7:19 a.m., 7:49 a.m. and 8:19 a.m. and arrive at West End Station at 7:58 a.m., 8:28 a.m. and 8:58 a.m. These trains will serve all stations between Downtown Rowlett and Cedars stations.
    • In addition to regularly scheduled weekend service, the Green Line will operate two addtional trips from North Carrollton/Frankford Station. These trips depart North Carrollton/Frankford at 7:15 a.m. and 8:14 a.m. and arrive at West End Station at 7:56 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. These trains will serve all stations between North Carrollton/Frankford and Lawnview stations.

    • Note: Downtown Bus Riders Should Prepare for Detours During Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 5

    Dec. 5 Celebrate the holidays at the Santa on the Square event in Downtown Carrollton from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy free photos with Santa, balloons, caricatures and more. There will be additional photo opportunities with Santa on December 12th and 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. And don't miss the Santa Downtown Dash, a festive 5K and Kid's Fun Run in Downtown Carrollton earlier in the morning. Information:

    Dec. 5 Celebrate the Holidays at Klyde Warren Park from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Ginsburg Family Great Lawn. Activities through out the day will include free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, Holiday kids crafts, a mailbox to send letters to Santa, face painting, food trucks, activities and demonstrations from our Dallas arts and cultural friends and neighbors, Holiday music entertainment and a tree lighting of the Klyde Warren Park Christmas tree. The celebration culminates with the lighting of the park's tree at 5:45 p.m. Following the tree lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead the crowd to the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Attendees are encouraged to make the five-minute walk from Klyde Warren Park where the Reliant Lights Your Holidays festivities will be under way. Join in for a day of winter fun generously supported by Margot and Ross Perot! Information:

    Dec. 5 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. This annual celebration is a tradition for many Irving families. 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 2015 parade will be: The 12 Days of Christmas. 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 as we count down to the lighting of the tree and a fireworks display. Information:

    Dec. 5 The AT&T Performing Arts Center presents Reliant Lights Your Holidays. Bring your entire family for an evening of holiday magic. The Center's campus will be illuminated with dazzling LED lights to celebrate the holiday season. This free festival includes a Holiday Concert and Fireworks Show featuring live performances by The Polyphonic Spree, Bubba Hernandez y los Super Vatos and cast members of the national tour of Jersey Boys. The event will be on the AT&T Performing Arts Center campus from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Start your celebration at Klyde Warren Park where a procession led by Santa and Mrs. Claus will walk over to the Center in time for Reliant Lights Your Holidays to begin. Information:

    Dec. 5-6, 10-13 and 17-20 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. 5-6, 11-13 and 18-20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursdays Dec. 10 and 17 are "Hometown Thursdays" for Richardson residents and will require a free ticket for admission. The village is at 411 W. Arapaho Road. Information:

    Dec. 5 The Farmers Branch Christmas Tree Lighting is a Farmers Branch tradition. 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 treats to keep you warm! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Information:

    Dec. 11 Salmagundi! brings "circus dinner theater with a really silly name" to Carrollton Plaza Arts Center. Performers will provide a family-friendly circus experience with food and variety entertainment. The Circus Freaks plan to put on a monthly production of Salmagundi!, with a different performance lineup each time. Every production will be geared toward people of all ages, and families are welcome and encouraged to see the show. The Circus Freaks are a self-described "plucky band of versatile variety vaudevillians who mix improvisational theater, musical mayhem and big top talent for your circus entertainment." This quirky troupe of talented circus folk has performed nationally and locally, all the while upholding their core values of quality performance, education and public service along the way. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Arts Center, 1115 Fourth Ave., Carrollton. Information:

    Dec. 12 The Rowlett Main Street Fest and Holiday Parade is at Pecan Grove Park, 5300 Main St. 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, children's activities, bounce houses,festival style foods, local vendors, a petting zoo, holiday parade, and fireworks. Event Timeline: 3:00 p.m. - Holiday Parade (Rowlett Exchange Club); 4:00 p.m. - Performances from local choirs; 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Live Musical Entertainment by Walk the Line (Johnny Cash Tribute Band)/Pictures with Santa; and 6:45 p.m: Fireworks display. Parking will be available at Rowlett High School. Please be advised parking will not open until the parade is finished and cannot be accessed until that time. Information:

    Dec. 12-13 KwanzaaFest is a free, two-day festival held in Fair Park. Family friendly activities and services include mini-concerts with local singers, dancers and performers; a variety of vendors; dedicated children's activities; health screenings; and more. KwanzaaFest takes place Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Automobile Building, 1010 First Ave. Free ticket required for admission. Information:

    Deep Ellum Market Dec. 19 Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is a monthly event that features handmade crafts, vintage stuff and food from local vendors. It's a family-friendly experience with live music and an array of rare, uncommon and peculiar goods - and people to match. It takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Crowdus Street between Main and Elm. Information:

    Dec. 24: TubaChristmas Concert in the Thanks-Giving Square courtyard gathers tuba and euphonium players for a one-of-a-kind holiday concert of Christmas music. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the concert is at 12 noon. Thanks-Giving Square is in downtown Dallas on the corner of Bryan, Ervay and Pacific streets. Information:

    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 events and performances include:
    Jan. 16 Rodney Carrington
    Jan. 22 Patton Oswalt
    Jan. 23 Kathleen Madigan
    The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:

    Events in Fort Worth and Denton

    Fort Worth:

    Through Feb. 14 That Day: Laura Wilson is at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Laura Wilson takes us into a West defined by diverse communities outside the suburban middle-class. This exhibition of seventy-one photographs introduces us to worlds that are hard-bitten and fiercely independent. Framed equally by beauty and violence, the images reflect the artist's challenge to today's homogenized America. Information:

    Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion Through Feb. 14 Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye. During the height of Impressionism in the 1870s and 1880s, Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) produced some of the movement's most daring and bold paintings. Experimenting with radical points of view and audacious perspective, he created images of Paris streets, of domestic life and of country pursuits that are unforgettable. Some 50 paintings from 1875 to 1882 - the time in which Caillebotte was most committed to the Impressionist movement—will reveal his genius. This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. The exhibit will be on view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Information:

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


    Denton 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:

    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:

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

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

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

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    Special Offers with your DART Pass

    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:

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