2013 Holiday Arts Planner

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of fantastic arts performances from groups all over Dallas-Fort Worth, from ballet to stage productions and holiday concerts.

Among the offerings from local arts organizations from now until the new year are carols both modern and traditional, a host of dancing Nutcrackers, and family shows of traditional tales like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.

They’re the gifts that keep on giving, and best of all, you don’t have to wait until the first night of Hanukkah or the morning of Christmas to open them — that is, unless the Grinch gets to them first!


Through Dec. 21 Artie’s Playhouse, the children’s theater at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, presents A Christmas Cinderella. $5-$7. 817-284-1200;

Tuesday through Nov. 24 Bass Hall kicks off its 2013-14 Broadway at the Bass season with the hit musical based on Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! $22-$82.50. 817-212-4280;

Friday through Dec. 24 A Dallas Theater Center tradition, A Christmas Carol opens for its annual run at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas, this time with a new adaptation of the beloved Dickens classic. $15-$110. 214-880-0202;

Friday through Dec. 22 Dallas Children’s Theater presents a musical interpretation of the classic Christmas poem ’Twas the Night Before Christmas at the company’s Baker Theater in Dallas. $15-$28. 214-740-0051;

Nov. 29-Dec. 22 The Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts at Dallas Children’s Theater presents The Nutcracker on strings with its cast of puppets. $15-$28. 214-740-0051;

Nov. 29-Dec. 22 Children are invited to see a Christmas favorite come to life at Casa Mañana with Frosty the Snowman. $15-$38. 817-332-2272;

Nov. 29-Dec. 29 Wishing Star Productions presents a musical adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas. $20-$65. 214-880-0202;

Nov. 30-Dec. 29 Jubilee Theatre opens Jubilation: The Christmas Musical at its theater in downtown Fort Worth. $18-$25. 817-338-4411;

Dec. 3-14 The Creative Arts Theatre & School of Arlington creates a mythical holiday mash-up of parables and poinsettias with Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree. $8-$10. 817-861-2287;

Dec. 6-22 It’s Christmastime in the third-smallest town in Texas in A Tuna Christmas, presented by Theatre Arlington. $20; $5 on preview night, Dec. 5. 817-275-7661;

Dec. 6-22 Grapevine’s Runway Theatre presents Christmas Belles for its holiday show. $12-$15. 817-488-4842;

Dec. 7 A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show makes a stop at Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theatre for two performances, at 2 and 6 p.m. $25-$45. 888-929-7849;

Dec. 7-15 The Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir puts on its annual production of The Littlest Wiseman at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Scott Theatre. Free; tickets may be requested in advance. 817-924-3640;

Dec. 13-29 A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol, performed by Onstage in Bedford, opens at the company’s performance space at 2819 Forest Ridge Drive. $12-$15. 817-354-6444;

Dec. 19-23 Kids Who Care presents its annual production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Scott Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. $15-$35. 817-737-5437;


Friday & Saturday Ballet Frontier of Texas’ The Nutcracker begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Will Rogers Auditorium. $25-$35. 817-852-6887;

Nov. 29-Dec. 8 Texas Ballet Theater presents its annual production of Ben Stevenson’s The Nutcracker at Winspear Opera House. Performances at Bass Hall run Dec. 13-27. $15-$180. 877-828-9200;

Dec. 4-8 North Central Ballet’s The Nutcracker opens at Will Rogers Auditorium. $25-$30; tickets to Dec. 7 and 8 shows half-price with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. 817-428-8232;

Dec. 7-8 Ballet Ensemble of Texas dances The Nutcracker at the Irving Arts Center, with two performances each day. $21-$26. 972-745-0199;

Dec. 12-13 Ballet Concerto’s annual Holiday Special takes place at Will Rogers Auditorium, and it includes “Flamenco Hanukkah” and “The Christmas Grump.” $6-$30. 817-989-7168;

Dec. 20 As a holiday tradition, Texas Ballet Theater performs its irreverent Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Hall at 8 p.m. $20-$159.25. 877-828-9200;


Nov. 30-Dec. 1 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents “Home for the Holidays,” its program of traditional and modern holiday favorites, including audience singalongs. $27-$85. 817-665-6000;

Dec. 3 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra joins the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale onstage at Bass Hall for Messiah. $19-$65. 817-665-6000;

Dec. 4 The Dallas Millennial Choirs and Orchestras perform a program titled “Come Ye to Bethlehem,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center. $14-$42. 214-880-0202;

Dec. 5 LeAnn Rimes will join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for a concert composed of both holiday tunes and songs from her new album, at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $35-$99. 817-665-6000;

Dec. 6 The Arlington Master Chorale sings a Christmas concert featuring the Arlington ISD Boys and Girls Choir and the Juan Seguin High School Chamber Choir. Free. 817-460-7464;

Dec. 6-22 The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s holiday programming includes the Christmas Celebration with performances Dec. 6-22, a performance by Michael W. Smith on Dec. 9-10, a Creole Christmas with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Dec. 12, the DSO Family Christmas on Dec. 14 and A Big Brassy Christmas on Dec. 17. Prices vary. 214-692-0203;

Dec. 8-10 Schola Cantorum sings three holiday concerts at three locations: White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, on Dec. 8; Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, on Dec. 9; and Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, on Dec. 10. $10. 817-485-2500;

Dec. 12 Christmas in Concert, a performance benefiting Runway Theatre, begins at 8 p.m. at the company’s theater in Grapevine. $20-$25. 817-488-4842;

Dec. 13 The One O’Clock Lab Band performs swinging, big band arrangements of holiday favorites at 8 p.m. at McDavid Studio. $30. 817-212-4280;

Dec. 15-16 The a cappella group Voices of Fort Worth presents Christmas concerts at two locations: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 5709 Wedgwood Drive, Fort Worth, on Dec. 15, and Marty Leonard Community Chapel at Lena Pope Home, 3131 Sanguinet St., Fort Worth, on Dec. 16. Free. 817-813-4526;

Dec. 16 Michael Martin Murphey presents a triple threat of a holiday show with music, poetry and conversation on the Bass Hall stage starting at 7 p.m. $33-$55. 817-212-4280;

Dec. 17 Pianist Jim Brickman plays a program of favorite holiday music during his concert, “The Magic of Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $27.50-$82.50. 817-212-4280;

Dec. 19 Join in Symphony Arlington’s Holiday Celebration at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Music Hall. The program includes The Nutcracker Suite, as well as arrangements of other holiday favorites. $16.50-$46.50. 817-385-0484;

Dec. 23 Saxophonist Kenny G performs a holiday show at Winspear Opera House starting at 8 p.m. $32-$92. 214-880-0202;