COMMUNITY HANUKKAH CELEBRATION, Dec. 4
Congregation Ahavath Sholom holds a community-wide Hanukkah event at 6:30 p.m. at the congregation’s synagogue, 4050 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth. The celebration includes menorah-lighting, food and drink, music, an appearance by Mayor Betsy Price and more. A menorah made of cans of food will be donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank after the celebration. The event is free, but tickets are required for entry. 817-731-4721; www.ahavathsholom.org.
LEANN RIMES WITH THE FWSO, Dec. 5
Country star and Texas native LeAnn Rimes returns for a performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. The program includes holiday music and songs from her upcoming album, Spitfire . Tickets: $35-$99. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
TWILIGHT HOLIDAY TOUR, Dec. 5, 12, 19
Thistle Hill mansion gets decorated elaborately for the holidays for guided public tours; the event includes “A Fashionable Past,” a special exhibit of vintage garments from the home’s collection, as well as food trucks, artisans and vendors. Tickets: $10 at the door. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at 1509 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth. For more information, visit www.historicfortworth.org.
HISTORIC RYAN PLACE’S HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, Dec. 6-7
For its 30th anniversary, the tour includes several homes from the Ryan Place historic district and musical performances of Christmas music at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Tickets, $15 by Dec. 5 and $20 day of the event or online. For a list of locations and more information, visit www.historicryanplace.org.
GRANBURY’S CANDLELIGHT HOME TOUR, Dec. 6-8
Granbury homes, churches, museums and Texas landmarks will be decorated lavishly for the holidays, and tour guides in Victorian-era dress will share information about the history of each building. Other attractions include live music and carriage rides. Tickets, $20 at the Nutt House Hotel or by calling 817-573-5299. Visit www.granburycandlelighttour.com for more information.
DALLAS SYMPHONY’S HOLIDAY LINEUP, Dec. 6-22
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concerts include vocalist Michael W. Smith on Dec. 9-10, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Creole Christmas on Dec. 12, the traditional DSO Family Christmas on Dec. 14 and a Christmas concert featuring the Lay Family Concert Organ on Dec. 17. Ticket prices vary. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.
‘A TUNA CHRISTMAS’, Dec. 6-22
Theatre Arlington presents A Tuna Christmas, the holiday show from the creators of Greater Tuna, at 305 W. Main St., Arlington. The residents of Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas, celebrate the holidays with mixed results. Tickets are $20; $5 for the preview show Dec. 5. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
SCHOLA CANTORUM’S HOLIDAY CONCERT, Dec. 8-10
Schola Cantorum performs its holiday concert, “When Old Becomes New,” Dec. 8 at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake; Dec. 9 at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth; and Dec. 10 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $10. 817-485-2500; www.scholatexas.com.
HOLIDAYS AT THE HEARTH, Dec. 14
Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth holds its annual Holidays at the Hearth event 1-4 p.m. Activities and crafts include handmade ornaments, popcorn and cranberry strings, pomander balls, pictures with Santa and more. Entry to the Village is $4.50-$5, plus a $2 craft fee for the day. 817-392-5881; www.logcabinvillage.org.
CAMP BOWIE CHRISTMAS, Dec. 14
From 1 to 5 p.m., the Village at Camp Bowie will be transformed into a family-friendly holiday wonderland, complete with Santa and his “Reinsteer,” holiday music, face-painting, pony rides and more. Kids can participate in carnival games or the cake walk, or write a letter to Santa at the designated station. Free, but a toy donation is encouraged at the gate. www.campbowiedistrict.com.
VERY MERRY ULTIMATE COOKIE CHALLENGE, Dec. 18-19
Judge the past nine winning cookies in the Star-Telegram’s annual Very Merry Cookie Challenge to help declare the “ultimate” winner for the 10th edition. Tastings at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Central Market Cooking School; $10 per person, benefiting the Goodfellow Fund holiday charity. Dec. 18 at Central Market Fort Worth, 4651 West Freeway; Dec. 19 at Central Market Southlake, 1425 E. Southlake Blvd. Information and registration at www.centralmarket.com.
‘THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER’, Dec. 19-23
Kids Who Care’s annual production of the holiday comedy favorite The Best Christmas Pageant Ever runs in the W.E. Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Tickets: $15-$20; Arts Advocate seats: $35 (which covers the actual cost for Kids Who Care for that seat). 817-737-5437; www.kidswhocare.org.
‘FROSTY THE SNOWMAN’, Through Dec. 22
Take the kids to Casa Mañana for Frosty the Snowman, a musical based on the classic Christmas song. Tickets: $15-$38. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
‘THE POLAR EXPRESS’ IN IMAX, Through Dec. 23
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History continues its annual tradition of showing The Polar Express on the IMAX dome inside the Omni Theater. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for children ages 2-12. The museum also hosts “Polar Pajama Parties,” including a screening of the film, hot chocolate and holiday activities. Tickets — 9-9:45 a.m. Dec. 7, 14, 20, 21 and 23, and 6-6:45 p.m. Dec. 20-22 — are $9-$11. 817-225-9300; www.fwmuseum.org.
TEXAS BALLET THEATER’S ‘NUTCRACKER’, Through Dec. 27
Texas Ballet Theater presents Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker through Dec. 8 at Dallas’ Winspear Opera House. Bass Hall performances are Dec. 13-27. The adults-only performance of The Nutty Nutcracker is 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Bass Hall. Tickets are $15-$180. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.com.
The Nutcracker also will be presented by North Central Ballet, Dec. 4-8 ($25-$30; 817-428-8232; www.northcentralballet.com) and the Ballet Ensemble of Texas, Dec. 7-8 ($21-$26; 972-745-0199; www.balletensembleoftexas.com).
‘JUBILATION’, Through Dec. 29
Jubilee’s holiday production, Jubilation: The Christmas Musical, features jazzy and gospel takes on holiday favorites at the company’s theater, 506 Main St. in downtown Fort Worth. Tickets: $18-$25. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
ROBERT EARL KEEN, Dec. 28
Bass Hall welcomes back Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen for a New Years’ Eve weekend concert of his most popular hits. Tickets: $33-$82.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
‘SIMPLY SINATRA’, Dec. 31
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra rings in 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall with a program of Frank Sinatra favorites performed by Steve Lippia. The orchestra will be led by guest conductor Steve Sigmund. Tickets: $29-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
CITYWIDE CELEBRATIONS, Through Jan. 5
Grapevine, which bills itself as the “Christmas Capital of Texas,” offers 1,400 holiday events and activities throughout the downtown area, from live entertainment to train rides and St. Nick. www.grapevinetexasusa.com. Southlake Town Square undergoes its own holiday transformation into Santa’s Village — complete with decorations, carriage rides, holiday shopping and more. ww.southlakehomefor theholidays.com.
CHRISTMAS AT LOCAL RESORTS, Through Jan. 5
At the Gaylord Texan, the annual Lone Star Christmas celebration again features the ICE! exhibit with more than 2 million pounds of ice carved into several attractions, including characters from The Nutcracker, ice slides, Nativity scenes and a model of New York City at Christmastime. Other activities include gingerbread decorating, snow tubing, meet-and-greets with favorite DreamWorks characters and more. 817-778-2000; www.gaylordhotels.com.
Great Wolf Lodge will showcase a life-sized gingerbread house, visits with Santa, a Christmas buffet and several New Year’s events. 800-693-9653; www.greatwolf.com.
GIFT OF LIGHTS & SNOW, Through Jan. 5
Texas Motor Speedway has undergone a wintry transformation into a holiday village as part of the Gift of Lights & Snow celebration. It features several snow-themed attractions, including tubing, snow castles, snowball fights and a 2 million-plus LED show. Tickets start at $13. www.giftoflightstms.com.