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Holiday Calendar Events for the Family



Keller-based North Central Ballet performs The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Memorial Center. $30. 817-428-8232,

Ballet Ensemble of Texas presents a Nutcracker with guest artists Dallas Blagg and Gabriela Gonzalez of Tulsa Ballet. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. $25-$30. 972-252-2787;


Ballet Concerto presents its annual “A Holiday Special,” featuring Winter Wonderland and Memories of Frosty, at 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center. $6-$20. 817-989-7168,


The Texas Ballet Theater dances The Nutcracker at Bass Hall. $20-$125. 877-828-9200,


The Texas Ballet Theater stages its annual The Nutty Nutcracker at 8 p.m. at Bass Hall. $25-$165. 877-828-9200,



The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas With the Von Trapps at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $29-$80. 817-665-6000,


Country singers Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis perform “Bruce and Kelly’s Holiday Shindig” at 7:30 p.m at McDavid Studio. $38.50. 817-212-4280,


Schola Cantorum of Texas presents “Here We Come A-Caroling,” Dec. 7 at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake; and Dec. 8 at Arborlawn UMC, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth. $10. 817-485-2500;


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents its Organ and Brass Christmas Spectacular. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $22-$111. 214-692-0203;


Singer Sandi Patty stops by Casa Mañana at 7:30 p.m. for “Sandi Patty Christmas Blessings.” $35-$60. 817-332-2272,


The UNT One O’Clock Lab Band performs its annual “Holidays with the One O’Clock” concert at 7:30 p.m. at McDavid Studio. $33. 817-212-4280,


The Brian Setzer Orchestra brings its “Christmas Rocks Extravaganza!” to the Winspear Opera House at 8 p.m. $30-$75. 214-880-0202,


Voices of Fort Worth presents a choral concert called “Sing We Now of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Fort Worth. Free, but donations welcome. 817-713-4536;


Voices of Fort Worth presents a choral concert called “Christmas at the Chapel” at 7:30 p.m. at Marty Leonard Community Chapel, Fort Worth. $5-$12. 817-713-4536;

Grammy-nominated singer Michael Martin Murphey takes the Bass Hall stage for his annual “Cowboy Christmas” concert. $33-$55. 817-212-4280,


Arlington Master Chorale presents “Remember the Christmas When ” at Trinity United Methodist Church, Arlington. $5-$15. 817-460-7464;


Symphony Arlington presents “Holidays with the Symphony” at 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Music Hall. $15-$45. 817-385-0484,


Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen stops by Bass Hall for a concert at 7:30 p.m. $33-$82.50. 817-212-4280,


Ring in the new year with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s “Swingin’ New Year’s Eve” concert at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $29-$80. 817-665-6000,


Through 14

The national tour of A Christmas Story: The Musical debuts in North Texas via Dallas Summer Musicals. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. $25-$98. 800-745-3000;


Theatre Arlington opens its production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. $12-$19. 817-275-7661,


Wishing Star Productions brings back the classic TV special show Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Dec. 5-7 at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $22-$49.50. 817-212-4280; Dec. 16-21 at the Majestic Theatre, Dallas. $15-$50.


Creative Arts Theatre & School presents ’ Twas the Night Before Christmas. CATS Black Box Theatre, 602 E. South St., Arlington. $8-$10. 817-861-2287;


The annual production of The Littlest Wiseman is at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Scott Theatre. Free (but tickets must be reserved). 817-924-3640;


Onstage in Bedford presents Tom Dudzick’s Greetings! Bedford Boys Ranch, 2819 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford. $12-$15.

Family Activities


The city of Grapevine presents its annual Parade of Lights at 7 p.m. along historic Main Street. Free. The North Pole Express runs Dec. 5-7, 12-14 and 19-23, offering a train ride, holiday show and visit with Santa. Tickets: $25.


Holly Days, presented by Keller Parks & Recreation, takes place at 6 p.m. in Keller Town Center. The annual event includes the Very Merry Light Parade, the lighting of the town Christmas tree, an appearance by Santa and more. Cost is one nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the Community Storehouse. 817-743-4050,


A different kind of Christmas light parade, Grapevine’s annual Twinkle Light Boat Parade takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lake Grapevine. Free.

Roanoke heralds the arrival of the season with its 15th annual Old-Fashioned Christmas & Parade at 6 p.m. in the city’s historic downtown. Parking and admission are free. 817-491-2411,

The annual Christmas in the Stockyards event takes place from noon to 5 p.m. The family-friendly event includes a petting zoo, pony rides, caroling and a visit from Cowboy Santa. Free. 817-625-9715,


The Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth hosts its annual Holidays at the Hearth at 1 p.m. The event includes music, crafts, games and pictures with Santa. No reservations required. $4-$5. 817-392-5881,

13, 20

Hosted by the Texas Rangers, Searching for Santa takes place at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The family-friendly event includes a buffet breakfast, games, activities, a holiday movie and a scavenger hunt for Santa Claus. $40-$55.

Holiday Home Tours


A Candlelight Tour highlights the historic homes of Granbury. Tickets: $25. For events, locations and information, visit http://granburycandlelight


The 31st annual A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place spotlights the architecture of Wiley G. Clarkson. Tickets: $15 (advance) or $20 (weekend of). For events, locations and information, visit


The Colleyville Woman’s Club presents its annual Christmas tour of homes at 11 a.m. Tickets: $20 (advance) or $25 (day of). 817-358-1805,

Benefiting local community projects, the Trophy Club Women’s Club hosts its 2014 Christmas tour of homes. Tickets are $20 (advance) or $25 (day of). 817-491-8562,