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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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; www.thelittlestwiseman.org.
Ava Pine performing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops
Nov. 27-29: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holiday season with “Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker In Concert.” $31-$120. 214-692-0203; www.mydso.com.
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; www.fwsymphony.org.
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; www.mydso.com.
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; www.basshall.com.
Dec. 5: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents “A DSO Family Christmas” at 11 a.m. at Meyerson Symphony Center. $87-$306. 214-692-0203; www.mydso.com.
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; www.scholatexas.com.
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; www.fwsymphony.org.
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; www.hallensemble.org.
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; www.mydso.com.
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; www.artscouncilnortheast.org.
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. www.voicesoffortworth.com.
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; www.basshall.com.
Dec. 22-23: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs two Christmas-themed concerts at Meyerson Symphony Center. $19-$124. 214-692-0203; www.mydso.com.
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; www.basshall.com.
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; www.mydso.com.
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; www.fwsymphony.org.
German tradition arrives in Arlington for the Christkindl Holiday Market, which opens Friday.
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; www.visitsouthlaketexas.com.✔
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; www.fortworthparadeoflights.org.
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; http://txchristkindlmarket.com.
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; www.cityofkeller.com.
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; www.bedfordtx.gov/events.
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; www.fortworthstockyards.org.
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; http://roanoketexas.com.
Homes in Fort Worth’s historic Ryan Place neighborhood will be decked for the season and open to tour Dec. 5-6.