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Through Dec. 31 Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, features the 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas Village. Stroll the garden to see the 25-foot-tall elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. In the evenings, the garden comes to life for a beautiful nighttime experience aglow with over one million lights. Enjoy the Christmas Village, visits with Santa Claus, entertainment, shopping, food & beverage options and the new 50-foot tall Dazzling Musical Tree with 42,000 lights and holiday tunes. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road. Information: www.dallasarboretum.org.
- Via DART Bus Route 60 to Garland @ Lakeland
Through Jan. 2 The Trains at NorthPark returns to NorthPark Center on the second floor between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. For the past 34 years, the Trains at NorthPark, benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), has delighted generations of Dallas families as one of the city's premier holiday traditions. Since 1987, the Trains have raised more than $13 million for RMHD allowing them to serve more than 40,000 families. The exhibit will be open from November 13 to January 2. NorthPark Center is located at 8687 N. Central Expressway. Information: www.thetrainsatnorthpark.com.
- Via DART Rail Red Line or Orange Line to Park Lane Station, then NorthPark Center Shuttle (Bus Route 702)
Through Jan. 4 Enjoy CityLine LIGHTS in the plaza this holiday season, featuring over half a million holiday lights that illuminate CityLine in a cheerful glow from November 1 until January 4. Moving icicle-styled lights in the trees throughout the plaza and overhead lights draped over the plaza lawn create a memorable backdrop for happy holiday memories. Plus, an impressive 18-foot Christmas tree will stand tall in the Plaza for friends, family and pets to capture the perfect festive photo. Information: citylinedfw.com.
Dec. 2 The 2021 A Garland Christmas at Firewheel tree lighting ceremony will be an in-person event on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The City of Garland has temporarily moved the traditional Christmas on the Square to Firewheel Town Center for "A Garland Christmas at Firewheel." Live entertainment will be provided by GISD choirs, bands, and more, plus the Salvation Army Brass Band. There will be food trucks, Snow Hills, Inflatables and bounce houses and more. Information: www.christmasonthesquare.com.
Dec. 2-5 View a free screening of holiday movies at the Plaza Classic Movie Series at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 through Dec. 4 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St. Enjoy Die Hard on Dec. 2, A Christmas Story on Dec. 3, Meet Me in St. Louis on Dec. 4 and Elf on Dec. 5. Admission is first-come, first-served general admission. No tickets are required. Information: garlandtx.gov.
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 movies, musicals and comedy shows include:
|Dec. 2||Taylor Tomlinson|
|Dec. 11||The Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents the Academy Espresso Nutcracker|
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information: majestic.dallasculture.org.
Dec. 4 The 2021 Toyota Dallas Holiday Parade returns on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. to Commerce Street in downtown Dallas. The Dallas Holiday Parade has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families throughout North Texas and coast to coast. While the parade is free to the public, a limited number of bleacher seats are available for sale. Information: dallasholidayparade.com.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to St. Paul Station, Akard Station and West End Station
- Via DART Rail Red Line or Blue Line to EBJ Union Station and Convention Center Station
- Note: In addition to regularly scheduled Saturday service, Red Line will have four extra trips departing Parker Road Station at 6:48 a.m., 7:18 a.m., 7:48 a.m. and 8:18 a.m. and arriving at Akard Station at 7:29 a.m., 7:59 a.m., 8:29 a.m. and 8:59 a.m. All stations between Parker Road and Cedars stations will be served.
Blue Line will have three extra trips departing Downtown Rowlett Station at 7:19 a.m., 7:49 a.m. and 8:19 a.m. and arriving at Akard Station at 7:56 a.m., 8:26 a.m. and 8:56 a.m. All stations between Downtown Rowlett and Cedars stations will be served.
Green Line will have two extra trips departing North Carrollton/Frankford Station at 7:15 a.m. and 8:14 a.m. and arriving at Akard Station at 7:58 a.m. and 8:57 a.m. All stations between North Carrollton/Frankford and Lawnview stations will be served.
- Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to EBJ Union Station
- On Saturday, Dec. 4, the 2021 Toyota Dallas Holiday Parade will place a number of bus routes on detour. DART bus passengers in downtown Dallas will likely find their routes on detour from 6 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. Bus routes affected include Routes 2, 11, 12, 19, 21, 26, 29, 35, 52, 59, 60, 76, 81/82, 110, 111, 161, 164 and 749. Click here for specific detour information.
Dec. 4 Shop Small Saturday in Carrollton. The first Saturday of each month is now known as Shop Small Carrollton. Historic Downtown Carrollton has a wide variety of shops, services and restaurants. Discover them for yourself! Information: historicdowntowncarrollton.com.
Dec. 4 CityLine Merry Market returns in partnership with The Boho Market! Shop your favorite local makers and vendors from the Night Markets featuring handmade and vintage goods, plus live music, and more holiday fun to enjoy while you shop. Bring friends and family to shop, indulge, and discover the treasures of The Boho Market from 1 to 9 p.m. Information: citylinedfw.com.
Dec. 4 Klyde Warren Park Tree Lighting Celebration presented by Energy Transfer. Enjoy this free family tradition from 3 to 6 p.m. featuring a festive day of activities and entertainment, such as photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, face painting, games and crafts for children. The day will culminate with a live holiday show that includes visits from Frosty and Rudolph, the beloved second act of The Nutcracker Suite performed by the award-winning dancers at The Dallas Conservatory and, of course, Klyde Warren Park's annual tree lighting. The park is located at 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, right between the Dallas Arts District and Uptown. Information: www.facebook.com/KlydeWarrenParkDallas.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station or St. Paul Station, then about an 8-minute walk
- Via M-Line Trolley
Dec. 4 Santa on the Square. Santa and his reindeer will be out late this year to help light up the Downtown Carrollton Square! Celebrate in Historic Downtown from 4 to 8 p.m. with the giant snow globe, reindeer, toy soldiers, crafts, and more. The official tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Don't forget to stop by the local merchants to shop for gifts for your friends and family. Information: www.cityofcarrollton.com.
Dec. 4 Farmers Branch welcomes in the yuletide with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. There will be outdoor ice skating, fun activities for children, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree with Santa Claus himself. Enjoy the kid's zone in Liberty Plaza filled with carnival rides, face painters, balloon artists and strolling characters. Be sure to cheer on local schools as they perform in Liberty Plaza. Visit Santa from 5-9 p.m. with a small break from 6:50-7:10 p.m. Grab something to eat while enjoying all the festivities and shop local vendors for unique handmade/homemade gifts at the Holiday Marketplace at the Grove. The night will end with a low level fireworks show. Information: www.christmasinthebranch.com.
Dec. 4 The Rowlett Main St. Fest & Holiday Parade is on Dec. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Starting on Saturday and continuing for the entire month of December visit the Village of Rowlett Downtown, 4000 Main St. to see the dancing light show. There will be vendors and Christmas music performances and later in the evening, the Holiday Parade is from 6 to 7 p.m. featuring light up floats that will get us all into the Holiday Spirit. Information: www.ci.rowlett.tx.us.
Dec. 4 The Holiday Sip N' Stroll comes to Downtown Garland on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Check in at the Garland Downtown Business Association Tent to pick up your collectable Holiday Sip N' Stroll Mug and a map of the amazing participating businesses. The hot beverages are an assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options such as Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider and Mulled Wine. Tickets are $15 and the evening includes: unlimited hot beverages, photos with Santa and the Grinch, DIY ornament making, holiday stories, face painting, and live music. Information: www.facebook.com/DowntownGarland.
Dec. 4 Kick off the season with Dickens in Downtown Plano, a free annual event nestled in the heart of the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District. Join in for this annual celebration which includes a real snow slide, food, fun, shopping and photos with Santa. And don't miss the Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. This is a family-friendly event. The fun starts at 5 p.m. in Haggard Park, McCall Plaza and on a limited section of 15th Street in Downtown Plano. Information: www.plano.gov.
Dec. 4-5, 9-12, 16-19 Santa's Village is a free nightly Holiday event open to the public during the first three weeks in December. Santa's Village is a tiny town of 16 holiday dwellings on the north side of Richardson City Hall. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity and even a visit with Santa Claus! Visit each dwelling and see how Santa's Village comes to life with the help of many volunteers! The holiday celebration includes free photos with Santa, musical performances and the annual opening night Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Santa's Village is held on the lawn of the Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd. Information: www.cor.net.
Dec. 4 The 2021 Irving Holiday Parade takes place Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. along Second Street and Irving Boulevard in downtown Irving. The annual parade will be followed by a tree lighting ceremony and family friendly event opening the renovated Heritage Park, 217 S. Main St. Admission is free. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site for purchase. This year's theme is "Rudolph, Light the Way!" More fun, family friendly events are scheduled with a Movie Under the Stars on Dec. 10 and 17, Brunch-mas on Dec. 11 and Carol-oke on Dec. 18. Information: www.cityofirving.org.
- Via DART Bus Routes 408, 501, 504 and 549 to Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station
- Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station
Dec. 7, 13-14, 20-21 Join us onboard a vintage trolley for the M-Line Trolley's 5th Annual Holiday Express sponsored by Uptown Dallas, Inc. The Holiday Express will take you through the heart of Uptown Dallas and into the Downtown Arts District while you experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season. You'll enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies during the ride as you gaze at the holiday lights along the line. Tickets are just $25 for adults (18 +) and $15 for children (2-17). The ride will start and end at Uptown Station (Turntable) located at 2700 CityPlace West Blvd. Information: www.mata.org.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Orange Line to Cityplace/Uptown Station (West Entrance)
- Via M-Line Trolley
Dec. 11 The Urban Market returns to downtown Garland. Enjoy this "Food & Finds" Pop-Up Market in the heart of downtown Garland from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featured are local vendors that specialize in Farm Fresh Foods, Vintage, Repurposed, Upcycled, and Hand Crafted Goods. Information: facebook.com/TheUrbanMarketTX.
Dec. 11 Fan Expo Dallas Holiday Market is a brand new one-day pop-up event to celebrate the holidays, with a geeky twist. Spend time with your fandom-family, shop for amazing gifts for everyone on your list, and capture the best selfies ever at the "Nerd Pole." Tickets are $10 at the door. It happens on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information: fanexpohq.com.
Dec. 11 Saturdays on the Square presents Christmas Tunes & Gift Wrapping. Sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes and wrap Christmas presents. Gift wrapping supplies will be available. It all happens in the Historic Downtown Square in Carrollton from 5 to 7 p.m. Information: www.cityofcarrollton.com.
Dec. 11, 18 Enjoy Holiday Marketplace at the Grove in Farmers Branch from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 18. There will be outdoor ice skating, fun activities for children, festive holiday music and Santa Claus himself. Grab something to eat while enjoying shopping local vendors for unique handmade/homemade gifts at the Holiday Marketplace at the Grove, 12700 Denton Drive. Information: www.christmasinthebranch.com.
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory offers performances from the intimate to the blockbuster, excellent acoustics and an incredible live entertainment experience for both artists and fans. Upcoming comedy shows include:
|Dec. 11||Chelsea Handler|
Dec. 16 Celebrate Thirsty Third Thursdays in Downtown Garland on the third Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. Visit participating locations during their extended business hours, take advantage of their specials and enjoy a complimentary beverage while you shop. This event is free and open to the public. Just RSVP through the Eventbrite link and an exclusive event bag will be reserved for you. Start your stroll at the Landmark Museum, 393 N 6th Street, to get your wristband, tote bag and map. Return to the Landmark Museum at 8 p.m. after visiting each location to enter for a raffle prize. Information: www.visitgarlandtx.com.
March 3-Dec. 31, 2022 Liberty & Laughter: The Lighter Side of the White House is a special exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. With first-family anecdotes, interactive multimedia, and amusing artifacts, it offers a glimpse into the lighter side of behind-the-scenes life in the White House. Learn about presidential pranks, inside jokes, and how laughter is vital to a thriving democracy. The venue is located at 2943 SMU Blvd. on the SMU campus. Information: www.bushcenter.org.
- A message from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will close indefinitely at 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, March 13, 2020. Updates will be available on bushcenter.org.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line or Orange Line to SMU/Mockingbird Station, then Museum Express (Route 743) or SMU Express (Route 768) to the SMU campus
Events in Fort Worth, Denton and Lewisville
Twice Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Texas Longhorn and the American cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West. They're a big reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown." And they formed the core of the great cattle drives of the late nineteenth century. Now, the romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd - Texas Longhorns driven by genuine Texas cowhands - offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. You'll hear the jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats. As The Herd passes, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. The world's only twice-daily cattle drive happens at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily in the Stockyards National Historic District, 130 E. Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth. Look for the Drovers before and after each cattle drive for photo opportunities and to learn more about life on the trail! Note: drives are not held on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Information: www.fortworth.com.
- Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Fort Worth Central Station, then Trinity Metro's bus route 15
Note: Last eastbound TRE train to Dallas EBJ Union Station departs Fort Worth Central Station at 10:25 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 10:55 p.m. Saturdays. No TRE service on Sundays.
Sundance Square offers the widest range of entertainment options in Fort Worth. Live music, live theatre, and improv comedy. World-class shows and performances. Museums and art galleries. Nightlife and hangouts. Movies both indoors and out. Plus special events and festivals for both adults and kids. Learn more at: www.fortworth.com.
- Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Fort Worth Central Station, then Trinity Metro's bus route 15 and 46 to Sundance Square
Note: Last eastbound TRE train to Dallas EBJ Union Station departs Fort Worth Central Station at 10:25 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 10:55 p.m. on Saturdays. No TRE service on Sundays.
Denton and Lewisville:
Dec. 4 Lewisville's Old Town Holiday stroll is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Activities include a Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Selfies with Santa, the 23rd Annual Motorcycle Toy Run, live music and entertainment, winter carnival attractions, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Christmas Parade, Elf Scavenger Hunt & Crafts, Lewisville Lights! Old Town Lighting Ceremony, movie in the plaza, and hayrides through the Old Town Historic Home District. Learn more at cityoflewisville.com.
- Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Old Town Station.
- Please note: The last southbound A-train service from the Old Town Station to the Trinity Mills Station departs at 10:29 p.m. on Saturdays.
Saturdays Denton Community Market. Want to get in touch with what's fresh in Denton? With over 100 local booths, the Denton Community Market offers something for everyone - from art, produce, music and more! Bring your family (pets included) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, April through November. Hop on the A-train to the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) and take a short walk to 317 W. Mulberry St. Information: dentonmarket.org.
- Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Downtown Denton Transit Center. Walk to the market.
- Please note: The last A-train departs the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) at 11:40 p.m. on Saturdays.
Discover Denton's historic Courthouse-on-the-Square, built in 1896, making the building at the center of a town more than 100 years old! The building itself is beautiful with architectural details that make the courthouse shine as an icon for Denton County. The best part about the Courthouse-on-the-Square is that everything in Denton seems to revolve around it. With something going on every day on the Square, there is no such thing as a dull day in downtown Denton. Whether you're looking for a place to listen to live music, grab a drink, or even an old-fashioned ice cream sundae, you only have to walk a few steps from the Courthouse to find it. Information: www.discoverdenton.com.
- Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Downtown Denton Transit Center. Walk to the Courthouse-on-the-Square.
Fridays and Saturdays Ghosts of Denton haunted history tours. The city of Denton, and the county surrounding it, has fascinating history. It also has more than its fair share of ghostly stories. Join Shelly Tucker, a professional storyteller for 27 years, on a 90 minute tour. Most of the tour revolves around the square, although there is one (and possibly now there are two) stops about two blocks away. Tour participants should wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. In summer, it's a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Scheduled tours begin at 8:00 p.m (sharp) on Friday and Saturday nights from Jupiter House Coffee at 106 N. Locust in Denton (on the east side of the Courthouse-on-the-Square). Advance tickets are available online or at Jupiter House Coffee. Information: www.ghostsofdenton.com.
- Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Downtown Denton Transit Center. Walk to the Courthouse-on-the-Square.
Discover the UNT Art Path, a self-guided walking tour of art works on the University of North Texas campus. You can pick up UNT Art Path brochures in the University Union Information Center, the Office of the Dean in the Art Building, UNT on the Square and the Alumni Center at Gateway Center. Docent-led tours are available by appointment. For information, contact Tracee W. Robertson, UNT Art Gallery Director, or Eva James Toia, development director for the College of Visual Arts and Design, at 940-565-4001 or [email protected] or visit northtexan.unt.edu/content/unt-art-path.
- Via DART Rail Green Line to Trinity Mills Station, then DCTA A-train to Downtown Denton Transit Center, then DCTA Connect Route 7.
Special Offers with your DART Pass
Tall and proud, the giraffes at Giants of the Savanna are not above looking for a "handout" - especially when it contains a fresh green leaf of romaine lettuce. The Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge offers a fun animal encounter at the Dallas Zoo as guests can choose to feed the animals when they gaze eye-to-eye with the tallest animal on land. This is just one of many adventures to discover at Texas' largest and oldest zoo. Special Dallas Zoo Offer with a DART Pass: Mondays and Tuesdays, show your same-day DART Pass at the Dallas Zoo to enjoy a $2 discount on regular admission prices. Information: dallaszoo.com.
- A Message from Dallas Zoo: For the health and safety of our staff, guests, and animals, we have made significant changes to the ticketing and entry process, as well as our daily operations. Click here to learn more.
- Via DART Rail Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station
Conceived as a serene urban retreat for the enjoyment of modern art, the Nasher Sculpture Center is the home of the renowned Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. The Collection - which numbers more than 300 sculptures together with 20th century paintings, drawings, prints and photographs - rotates in thematic installations throughout the Center's seamless blend of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces: an elegant, light-filled 55,000-square-foot building designed by Renzo Piano and a spacious garden created by Peter Walker. The Nasher Sculpture Center is located at 2001 Flora Street. Special Nasher Sculpture Center offer with a DART Pass: Show your same-day DART Pass to receive a $2 discount off the regular Adult admission price. Information: nashersculpturecenter.org
- A Message from the Nasher Sculpture Center: The Nasher Sculpture Center is now open. Learn more about what to expect during your visit.
- Via DART Rail Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line or Orange Line to Pearl/Arts District Station or St. Paul Station