(KRLD) — The holiday season is in full swing across the metroplex! Tasha Stevens brings you a number of great events to check out this weekend!
– You dig the guy for his great tunes and now you can see his art work. “Reflections: The Mick Fleetwood Collection” begins Thursday and runs through Saturday at Samuel Lynne Galleries on Dragon Street in the Dallas Design District.
– It is the season of giving, and I can’t think of anything better than giving to the Christmas is for Children’s Radiothon. Thursday and Friday, you can call 800-800-7277 or go to KLUV.com to donate. All the money raised stays right here in North Texas, and supports the Children’s Research Institute and its pursuit of new treatments and cures.
– The Dallas Arboretum has a brand new way to experience the Christmas favorite “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS”. See 12 elaborately decorated 25-foot gazebos that each have holiday music and mechanical movement. There’ll be special illuminated showings of the gazebos Sundays through Thursdays that also feature Victorian-inspired carolers and holiday refreshments.
– The Home for the Holidays Custom Doghouses exhibit at Northpark Center has the coolest of the cool dog pads which will be raffled off with tickets available for $5 each or five raffle tickets for $20. One of the doghouses will be named “Top Dog” as the most popular based on ticket sales.
– You can celebrate the holiday season at Sea Life Aquarium with the Octonauts, the team of undersea adventure heroes from the animated TV show. Each weekend, the kids will have the chance to meet Captain Barnacles, and watch special Octonauts holiday-themed episodes in the Cinema.
– A German Christmas can be found at The 2014 Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington. Now through December 21, this 4th annual market will give you a chance to experience an outdoor family market in the tradition of those held throughout Germany during the Christmas season. Just think Oktoberfest in December.
– If you are looking to enjoy some Christmas lights, and check out some homes you probably won’t ever be able to afford, drive over to the vicinity of Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road in Highland Park for a slew of Christmas lights. The area south of Preston and Mockingbird offer even more lights if you are that hardcore. If you don’t want to drive, you can take a carriage ride.
– The Christmas Tour of Lights in Farmers Branch is another area you need to check out to get into the holiday spirit. The route begins at Interstate 35E at Valley View Lane and continues to the Farmers Branch Historical Park, where you’ll find Santa Claus and a nightly light show.
– The Deerfield neighborhood in Plano light display is traditionally one of Collin County’s biggest, covering a large area north of Legacy Drive between Preston and Coit roads. Something else really cool…you can make a reservation for a carriage ride through the neighborhood.
– Frisco has a great light display, too. Christmas in the Square offers more than 175,000 lights. On certain dates, there will be carriage rides, faux snow, a Christmas tree lot and a trackless train. The Christmas in the Square’s 10th anniversary celebration with a parachuting Santa, a fireworks show and a build-your-own-snowman area — will be Dec. 20. The free light show continues through Jan. 3 at Frisco Square, Main Street and Coleman Boulevard.
– The Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights offers 2 million LED lights in 600 holiday displays that you can drive through at Texas Motor Speedway. Remember, there is a $5 discount if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots at the gate.
– You know the home from the TV show “Dallas”…but now you can see it in full on Christmas mode. A Southfork Christmas at Southfork Ranch, includes a live animal manger scene; photos with live Texas “reinsteers” which any Texan knows are longhorns dressed as reindeer.
– Join the LEGOLAND Discovery Center as they deck the halls with loads of brick-tastic stuff. Their Holiday Bricktacular activities include a Santa scavenger hunt through Miniland and the kids can even write those last minute letters to Santa while scarfing down complimentary milk and cookies.
– Thursday at the Allen Event Center, watch the movie Frozen on the arena’s giant video boards beginning at 6:30 p.m. While the movie is playing, a free open public skate will be held on the ice throughout the movie. The event is free but an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots is encouraged.
– In 1998, this guy was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People. He is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for simultaneously holding the top three positions on the US Classical Albums charts. Thursday at the AAC, see legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli.
– This has got to be one of my favorite movies ever. Even though it is a Christmas movie, it is awesome to watch any time of year. It is no surprise that it is one of the most requested movies for the Alamo Drafthouse quote- alongs. Thursday, check out the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson.
– Trying to figure out which wine to serve with all those holiday dishes you’ll be whipping up? Then check out Thursday evening’s Top 10 Wines Tasting and Pairing at Whole Foods Market in Highland Park. Whole Foods’ wine experts will point you in the right direction.
– If you find yourself mesmerized by those guys who do crazy stuff in an attempt to prove and disprove commonly believed myths, you’ll love this. Be at the Verizon Saturday night for Mythbusters — the Behind the Myths Tour.
– These two are huge in the Christian music scene, and they had pop songs on the radio back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. See them together Friday night with all your favorite Christmas songs at the AAC. See Amy Grant and Michael W Smith along with the Dallas Pops.
– Get another dose of Christmas goodness in Fort Worth Friday night with the Texas Ballet Nutcracker at Bass Hall. See it now through December 27.
– This Sunday will be Christmas come early for Fleetwood Mac fans. This is the band’s first tour since singer-keyboardist Christine McVie rejoined the group after a 16-year absence. So get ready to feast your eyes on them all, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine at the AAC.
– It does my heart good when I can see young rock bands carrying forth the banner of hair metal. These guys are a mix of Motley Crue and KISS, which can be both scary and awesome at the same time. Check out Black Veil Brides Friday night at the Southside Ballroom.
– This guy was in a hair band back in the day, but he left Dangerous Toys and ventured off on his own into the world of red dirt Texas Country. That being said, his shows are pretty much identical to what you would have seen in the 80’s, in that tons of chicks are there and they love to do what chicks on the front row did in the 80’s. Check out Kevin Fowler at Billy Bob’s Friday night.
– For those wanting a less edgy evening, check out the Irving Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Cheer show Saturday night.
– I loved this guy back in the 80’s. Who knew Rockabilly could be cool to a high school kid who dug Duran Duran. See former Stray Cat Brian Setzer with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks Extravaganza at the Winspear Saturday night.
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