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Let DART 'Make' Your Holiday. Get crafty this holiday season.

Gift-giving is a tradition during the holiday season, and there's nothing quite like giving something you've made yourself.

Several local establishments will teach you, and make it a fun afternoon or evening. Whether you're spending quality time with the kids, looking for an entertaining excursion with out-of-town family, or planning a holiday-season night out, DART is the way to get there.

Head to Painting With Influence, a fun art studio in Historic Downtown Carrollton. "Paint your pet" is a favorite, and instructors are on hand to give you personalized attention. The relaxing, friendly atmosphere makes it a shoo-in for parties, and downtown offers great shopping and dining. Check out for more information. The studio is a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station.

For the little crafter in your family, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has a seasonal offering: Elves Workshop, Wednesday through Sunday nights, Nov. 8-Jan. 7. Join the elves while they take a break from making toys, and create special holiday crafts. The rest of the Holiday at the Arboretum is great, too including the return of the 12 Days of Christmas, with a nutcracker exhibit, decorated gazebos and more. The arboretum is on DART Bus Route 60. Visit to find out more.

Pipe & Palette is a hands-on art store and studio in a century-old building located in downtown Plano. Grab some friends and a thirst-quenching drink, and get creative. Classes range from acrylics and watercolors to mixed media and illustration. While you're there, check out the cool handcrafted gifts and take some time to explore the Downtown Plano Arts District's boutiques, art galleries, chocolatiers and dining options. The studio is near Downtown Plano Station. Find out more at

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