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Holiday Delights at Fair Park has magical holiday fun for everyone! Enjoy musicals, live performances, festivals, football & more. The Dallas Summer Musicals presents Broadway Christmas Wonderland - The Holiday Show at the Music Hall at Fair Park from Dec. 6-18. On Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m. enjoy free Crafts with the Clauses at Grand Place. Santa and Mrs. Clause delight kids with holiday music, crafts, movies, photos with Santa's Elves & cookies! On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl kicks off at 11 a.m. with teams facing off in postseason gridiron action in the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition continues at the Women's Building through Jan. 8. See the Sistine Chapel's paintings of the Creation to the Last Supper dramatically replicated in their original sizes. Information:

Dec. 8-11 & 15-18 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, December 3-4, 9-11, and 16-18. Hours of operation are 6-9 p.m. (Thursdays are now "Hometown Thursdays" for Richardson residents and will require a free ticket for admission.) Santa's Village is located at 411 West Arapaho Rd., Richardson. 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:
Dec. 9 Jim Jefferies
Dec. 18 A Christmas Story, part of the Merry Merry Movie Series
Dec. 22 It's A Wonderful Life, part of the Merry Merry Movie Series
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Dec. 10 The Bertrand Neighborhood Association's monthly market brings together the best local entrepreneurs to share their wares with you. Held on the 4th Saturday of every month, you'll see the community grow each month! Held across from True Lee Baptist Church, the market is set up at the corner of Scyene & Bertrand Ave. (now Robert L. Parish Sr. Ave.), across from the Hatcher Station. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information:

Dec. 10 The Plano Lions Annual Christmas Parade celebrates the season with holiday floats, high school bands and cheerleaders, city mascots and more. The 2016 theme is "Plano Wishes you a Merry Christmas." The parade starts in the parking lot of the Plano ISD administration building. It will travel west on 15th St., then north on Independence and east on Parkhaven ending in the parking lot of Plano Senior High School. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. Information:

Dec. 10 Deck the City Hall! Dallas City Hall Plaza is getting all decked out for the holiday and you're invited! Join in on Saturday, December 10 at City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla Dr., for Deck the City Hall from 12-5 p.m., weather permitting. All are invited to this free, family-friendly, holiday festival. Enjoy Ice Skating on the Plaza, Pictures with Santa, Santa's Workshop, Live Reindeer Display, Hayrides, Arts & Crafts, Holiday Music & Entertainment, Story Time, Inflatables and Food Trucks (payment required). Information:

Dec. 10-11 The Boho Market is a two-day holiday shopping event bringing you Dallas's best makers, shops, and artists all under one roof. Come shop 120+ shops and makers, eat artisan foods and visit food trucks, drink delicious drinks (coffee + adult beverages available), enjoy music, FREE Photo Booth, FREE Santa for photos (Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m), and FREE games and activities. There will be a coat drive benefitting children, homeless, and seniors with One Warm Coat - coats and monetary donations accepted. Every $1 donated buys 2 coats. It all happens at the Embarcadero Building, 1229 Admiral Nimitz Drive in Fair Park. Hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free. Information:

Dec. 11 The Latino Cultural Center will present its annual Posada, a procession that re-creates Mary and Joseph's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Participants will meet at Central Square Park at Swiss Avenue and Oak Street Dec. 11 at 4 p.m., and the procession will end at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street. At the Latino Cultural Center plaza, there'll be mariachis, children's crafts and matachines (folk dancers). Information:

Dec. 19-23 Looking for some festive holiday fun for the family? Enjoy the M-Line Holiday Express, running every evening Dec. 19-23. For five days, the M-Line Holiday Express starts at the Uptown Station, 2700 Cityplace West Blvd. at 7:00 p.m. with the cars all decked out in holiday décor and tuned out with some festive music, along with an Elf conductor on board to help serve you and the family! There will be hot chocolate being served from our friends at Starbucks in West Village, to keep you warm throughout the trip, as well as some festive cookies, and a special treat for the kiddos to walk away with! Tickets are $25 for 2 riders. Schedule your family's ride at:

Dec. 23 Merry Tuba Christmas Concert features more than 200 tuba and euphonium players who will gather at Thanks-Giving Square in Downtown Dallas to play your favorite Christmas songs. The show runs 12-2 p.m. Information:

Through Dec. 17 Downtown Wanderland, presented by Downtown Dallas, Inc., features season-long programming featuring Unbranded, Park-It Pop-Ups, happy hours, children's activities, photos with Santa, movie screenings, and more! DDI encourages you to wander around Downtown and explore all there is to see and do. Of course, Wanderland will also feature season-long Downtown décor, including Neiman Marcus Holiday Windows, holiday-themed B&Gs from the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, new and improved decorative elements at Main Street Garden, and the Neiman Marcus Legacy Holiday Collection: the Neiman Marcus Car Tree (Pegasus Plaza) and the Butterfly Garden (Belo Garden). Information:

Saturdays, through Dec. 24 'Tis the season to be jolly. Santa and his elves are spreading holiday cheer with weekly trips to the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck. Guests can enjoy photos with Santa, a balloon artist and tasty treats from Cloud Nine Café! Santa will visit the GeO-Deck every Saturday, starting November 26 to December 24 from the hours of 12 noon to 3 p.m. General admission tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senions (65+), $8 for youth (4-12) and free for children under 3. Information:

Through Dec. 26 Light Up the Holidays at Centennial Park. Each year, a crew of about 25 City of Irving Parks and Recreation employees descend on Irving's Centennial Park, 444 W. Second Street, to give it a holiday facelift. In December, this special group of dedicated workers carefully wrap the trees and set up decorative lighted displays of trains, wreaths and other seasonal scenes to create a winter wonderland that delights the young and the young-at-heart. This year's display will be open to the public from dusk to 10 p.m. Dec. 3-26, weather permitting. The light display is free and affords a leisurely stroll through one of the jewels of Irving's Heritage District, Centennial Park. Information:

Through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 3 and 25) Evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Farmers Branch Christmas Tour of Lights, with over half a million flashing lights, is one of North Texas' longest animated shows. There will be festive holiday music and the grand finale show that will include Santa Claus himself! The Tour begins at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35, continues south on Denton Drive, and through the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Information:

Through Jan. 8 The Trains at NorthPark presented by The Bank of Texas 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. More than 60,000 people visit The Trains at NorthPark each season. Cost is $3-$7. The trains are at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expy. Hours of Operation are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early Closings: Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Eve at 6 p.m.; Dec. 24, Christmas Eve at 4 p.m.; Dec. 31, New Year's Eve at 4 p.m.; and Jan. 1, New Year's Day at 6 p.m. Exhibit Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Information:

Through Jan. 8 Holiday at the Arboretum features the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit, open November 6 through January 8, 2017, including every weekend for the first year ever, and "The Claus Collection" - Santa figures on loan from Members of the Junior League of Dallas, as well as 500,000 lights throughout the garden at night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead - including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of property. Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

Through Dec. 15 All Aboard! The Polar Express: an IMAX Experience will once again delight children and adults alike when it returns to the Omni Theater for the holidays on Saturday, November 19, 2016! Buy your tickets now and enjoy the only domed IMAX presentation of this classic family favorite in the Southwest! The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at 1600 Gendy Street. Information:

Through Dec. 23 The holiday season has arrived, and so has Santa Claus in Sundance Square! Bring the entire family and spend a delightful and festive day in Sundance Square. Come see the 57' foot tall, LIVE, blue spruce Christmas tree in all its glory. Get your photo taken with Santa - A Sister Cities volunteer will take your photo or you are more than welcome to use your personal cameras or smart phones for a suggested $10 cash donation where proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Sister Cities International Scholarship Fund. Be sure to arrive early. Santa has a set schedule and the line may be closed prior to closing time to accommodate those already in line. View Santa's Schedule at:

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Through Dec. 31 Don't miss Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. It's an exhibit unlike any other. Iconic artifacts from a teaching collection which has inspired generations. It's the best of our own history reimagined for this special anniversary exhibition. From period rooms showcasing life from a bygone era to anatomical models to Texas History artifacts and ceremonial masks from around the world, these are the collections that shaped our story. Admisson prices are: Adult $15, Junior (2-12) $11, Senior (65+) $13 and Members Free. Exhibit runs through Dec 31st. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at 1600 Gendy Street. Information:

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion Through Jan. 29 Monet: The Early Years. This groundbreaking exhibition is the first ever devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet. Monet: The Early Years will feature approximately 60 paintings from the first phase of the artist's career, from his Normandy debut in 1858 until 1872, when he settled in Argenteuil, on the River Seine near Paris. Through the 1860s, the young painter - still in his twenties - absorbed and transformed a variety of influences, as the lessons of the Barbizon school and his mentor Boudin gave way to the challenges posed by his friends Manet, Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley. 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:

Through Feb. 12 American Photographs, 1845 to Now is on exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. This exhibit brings together more than 70 photographs drawn from the Amon Carter's permanent collection. Spanning the history of the medium, the works reflect the diversity of photographic practices in the United States that grew along with the country's industrial development beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. Covering 170 years of photography's history, from unique daguerreotype portraits to large-scale contemporary works, the exhibition provides a glance at photography's central role in recording the people, places, and events that have come to define the United States. Admission to the museum is free. Information:

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


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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