Arts & Culture

Your guide to Dallas-Fort Worth holiday arts and entertainment events

This weekend will bring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays.”
This weekend will bring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays.” Star-Telegram archives

It’s time to bundle up in our finest faux fur and head to the theater or concert hall for our favorite holiday performances.

As usual in North Texas, Nutcrackers and Santas are the stars of the stage, with famous co-stars Frosty, Scrooge and Rudolph taking plenty of bows, too. Singers Ava Pine and Michael Martin Murphey get fa-la-la-la-la-ing, while local symphony orchestras encourage audiences to sing along.

To help you plan your family’s outings this holiday season, here’s a calendar of upcoming concerts, and dance and theatrical productions, along with tree lightings, home tours and other events that will bring cheer through the end of the year.

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Rudolph family and Santa in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. Performing Arts Fort Worth


Friday: Miracle on 34th Street opens at the Dallas Children’s Theater.✔ Runs through Dec. 20. $22-$28. 214-740-0051;✔

Saturday: Artisan Center Theater✔ in Hurst presents Madeline’s Christmas through Dec. 22. $5-$10. 817-284-1200;✔

Tuesday & Wednesday: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical comes to Bass Hall. $22-$49.50. 817-212-4280;

Wednesday: Dallas Theater Center presents its annual production of A Christmas Carol through Dec. 26 at Wyly Theatre, Dallas. $18-$100. 214-880-0202;

Nov. 27: Jubilee Theatre performs Do You Hear What I Hear? A Jubilee Christmas through Dec. 27. $20-$32. 817-338-4411;

Nov. 27: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol runs through Dec. 20 at Stage West. $17-$35. 817-784-9378;

Nov. 27: Casa Mañana’s production of Frosty the Snowman is performed through Dec. 23. $20-$37. 817-332-2272;

Dec. 4: Onstage in Bedford performs The Daughter of St. Nicholas through Dec. 20. $15-$20. 817-354-6444;

Dec. 4: Theatre Arlington offers a production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas through Dec. 20. $22-$30. 817-275-7661;

Dec. 5: The annual production of The Littlest Wiseman takes place at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Scott Theatre though Dec. 13. Free (tickets must be reserved). 817-924-3640;

Dec. 8: Dallas Summer Musicals presents the musical version of Elf through Dec. 20. $17-$104. 800-514-3849;

Dec. 11: Eric Kimmel’s Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins debuts at Amphibian Stage Productions. Runs through Dec. 20. $12-$20. 817-923-3012;

Courtney Noetzel as Clara holds a nutcracker as children dance around her in act one of the North Central Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker." Bob Haynes Special to the Star-Telegram


Friday-Saturday: Ballet Frontier of Texas performs its annual production of The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Memorial Center. $24-$32. 817-852-6887;

Dec. 5-6: Keller-based North Central Ballet gets in the holiday spirit with a production of The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Memorial Center. $30. 817-428-8232;

Dec. 5-6: Performed by the Ballet Ensemble of Texas, The Nutcracker opens at Irving Arts Center. $25-$30. 972-252-2787;

Dec. 11-27: Texas Ballet Theater presents multiple performances of The Nutcracker at Bass Hall. $15-$138.50. 877-828-9200;

Dec. 11: Ballet Concerto’s annual “A Holiday Special” takes place at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center. $8-$25. 817-738-7915;

Dec. 18: Texas Ballet Theater performs The Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Hall. $25-$123.50. 877-828-9200;

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Ava Pine performing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops Tracy Martin


Nov. 27-29: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holiday season with “Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker In Concert.” $31-$120. 214-692-0203;

Nov. 27-29: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale present the annual “Home for the Holidays” concert, which includes a guest appearance by St. Nick. $28-$85. 817-665-6000;

Dec. 4, 6, 9 & 12: The Dallas Opera presents the world premiere of the holiday-themed Becoming Santa Claus. $25-$214. 214-443-1000;

Dec. 4-6 & 11-20: Fort Worth favorite Ava Pine joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for “Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops” at Meyerson Symphony Center. $19-$119. 214-692-0203;

Dec. 5: Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison present their annual “Holiday Shindig” at 7:30 p.m. at McDavid Studio. $38.50. 817-212-4280;

Dec. 5: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents “A DSO Family Christmas” at 11 a.m. at Meyerson Symphony Center. $87-$306. 214-692-0203;

Dec. 6-7: Schola Cantorum presents “Home for the Holidays” at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Dec. 6 and at Arborlawn United Methodist Church on Dec. 7. $13-$15. 817-485-2500;

Dec. 7: Joined by the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $25-$75. 817-665-6000;

Dec. 8: Hall Ensemble presents the holiday program “Deck the Halls,” featuring Jill Levy on harp and Ruth Ann Ritchie on flute, at 7:30 p.m. at Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth. $15-$25. 817-456-3584;

Dec. 10: Vocalist Jubilant Sykes comes to the Meyerson Symphony Center for a 7:30 p.m. concert, “Christmas Spirituals.” $19-$99. 214-692-0203;

Dec. 10-11: Arlington Master Chorale presents “I Believe In … Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington. $8-$20. 817-460-7464;

Dec. 11: UNT’s One O’Clock Lab Band stops by McDavid Studio for a 7:30 p.m. performance of “Holidays With the One O’Clock.” $30. 817-212-4280;

Dec. 17: Symphony Arlington celebrates the holiday season with the concert “Holiday Treasures” at Arlington Music Hall. $16.50-$46.50. 817-385-0484;

Dec. 17: Arts Council Northeast presents the handbell ringers Concert Bells of Fort Worth at 7 p.m. at Hurst Public Library. Free. 817-283-3406;

Dec. 20: Voices of Fort Worth presents a choral concert called “Christmas at the Chapel” at 7:30 p.m. at Marty Leonard Community Chapel in Fort Worth. $5-$12.

Dec. 21: Michael Martin Murphey’s annual “Cowboy Christmas” concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $38.50-$82.50. 817-212-4280;

Dec. 22-23: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs two Christmas-themed concerts at Meyerson Symphony Center. $19-$124. 214-692-0203;

Dec. 30: Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen stops by Bass Hall for a pre-New Year’s Eve concert at 7:30 p.m. $55-$99. 817-212-4280;

Dec. 31: Celebrate with Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s annual New Year’s Eve concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center. $29-$109. 214-692-0203;

Dec. 31: Ring in the new year with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s “New Year’s Eve: A Night Out With the Boys” at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $35-$90. 817-665-6000;

True to German tradition, these musicians sound the Alpenhorns at the Texas
German tradition arrives in Arlington for the Christkindl Holiday Market, which opens Friday. Handout photo

Outdoor events and celebrations

Saturday: Southlake hosts its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Southlake Town Square. The family-friendly event features holiday music, pictures with Santa, carriage rides and more. Free. 817-748-8019;✔

Sunday: The 33rd annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights takes place at 6 p.m. in downtown Fort Worth, followed by the lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas tree. Free. 817-336-2728;

Nov. 27: The fifth annual Christkindl Holiday Market runs through Dec. 23 in Arlington. The open-air market offers shopping, food and drink, crafts, entertainment, and more. Free. 1-800-342-4305;

Dec. 3: Grapevine presents its annual Parade of Lights, with more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands, along Main Street. Free.

Dec. 4: Keller’s Holly Days takes place 6-9 p.m. in Keller Town Center. The family-friendly event includes snow tubing, live entertainment, food, crafts, the Very Merry Light Parade and the lighting of the town Christmas tree. Free (donation of one nonperishable food item for admission to craft and activities area). 817-743-4000;

Dec. 4: The city of Bedford hosts its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at the Bedford Library and Old Bedford School. The event will offer a variety of activities, including train rides, cookie decorating and singing. Free. 817-952-2100;

Dec. 5: Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth gets in the holiday spirit with its annual Holiday at the Hearth event. $4-$5; no reservations required. 817-392-5881;

Dec. 5: The annual Christmas in the Stockyards event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Activities include face painting, games, live music and photos with Cowboy Santa. Free. 817-625-9715;

Dec. 5: Roanoke’s Old-Fashioned Christmas kicks off at 5 p.m. at Austin Street Plaza. The annual event features bounce houses, carriage rides, crafts and carolers. Free. 817-491-2411;

Ryan Place holiday home tour
Homes in Fort Worth’s historic Ryan Place neighborhood will be decked for the season and open to tour Dec. 5-6. Joyce Marshall Star-Telegram archives

Holiday home tours

Dec. 4-5: Visit historic private residences and sites at Granbury’s annual A Candlelight Tour. $20-$25. 682-936-4550;

Dec. 5-6: The 32nd annual A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place spotlights historic homes in Fort Worth. $15-$20.

Dec. 6: Mansfield Women’s Club hosts its 2015 Holiday Home Tour. $25-$30. 817-932-2329 or 817-453-2829;

Dec. 6: Trophy Club Women’s Club presents its 30th annual Christmas Tour of Homes. $21. 817-819-6729;

Dec. 6: The Colleyville Woman’s Club celebrates the season with its 2015 Holiday Home Tour. $25-$30. 817-358-1805;