7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Dec. 27-30 - Holiday Blast Camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Camp includes activities and field trips during the holiday break. Each day costs $28 per child, and participants must register in advance at the Civic Center. For more information, including field trips and activities, visit www.dentonparks.com .
6 to 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 - Glory of Zion International's Festival of Lights at the new Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Walk through gardens decorated with thousands of lights, and enjoy music and a living nativity. Free. Snacks, hot drinks, and indoor crafts and activities for children will be offered today and Friday. Visit www.gloryofzion.org .
Through Thursday - Ann's Haven VNA Hospice Auxiliary's Light Up a Life tree, honoring the memory of family members and friends, in the J.C. Penney Court at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. A paper dove bearing the name of an honoree can be placed on the tree for a $20 donation. To make a donation, visit between 2 and 6 p.m., call 940-349-5900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Through Saturday - Gift-wrapping by youth group members from First United Methodist Church in Denton, in the Macy's wing at Golden Triangle Mall. Proceeds benefit youth missions. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Through Dec. 31 - Snow village display at the Wood House, 516 N. Locust St. Display includes more than 200 miniature buildings, four trains and a monorail. Free admission with donation of dry goods or nonperishable food items for Denton County Friends of the Family. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, or by appointment by calling 940-387-4098. For a list of suggested donations, visit www.dcfof.org and click on "Get Involved/Donate Items."
Through Jan. 1 - Pet Santa Tree at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Donations will be delivered to the Denton Animal Shelter. Suggested items include pet food and treats, dog and cat toys, bedding, clay cat litter, dishwashing liquid and bleach. Call 940-349-8752 or e-mail email@example.com .
Through Jan. 1 - Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway featuring more than 1 million LED light displays on a 1.7-mile drive-through course and seasonal festivities. Donations of gently used items collected for Goodwill of Fort Worth. Hours of operation are 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $15 per vehicle Monday through Thursday, or $20 per vehicle Friday through Sunday. Visit www.texasgiftoflights.com.
Weekends and evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. - Bethlehem in Denton County, a gallery of more than 2,900 nativities and creches collected by Sanger resident Judy Klein. By appointment only. For directions or more information, call 940-231-4520 or visit www.bethlehemindentonco.com .
3 p.m. - Christmas dinner at American Legion Post 550, 905 N. Foundation Drive in Pilot Point. Free and open to the public. Those who can bring a side dish or dessert are invited to do so.
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7:30 p.m. Thursday - 3 Redneck Tenors' "Christmas Spec-tac-YULE-ar Show" at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Tickets are $15-$25. Senior and group discounts are available. Call 1-877-936-3839.
Through Friday - Electricritters lighted holiday display at River Bend Nature Center, 2200 Third St., at the Lucy Park entrance in Wichita Falls. Admission is $5 per person, free for children younger than 2. Call 940-767-0843 or visit www.riverbendnaturecenter.org .
Through Friday - Santa Claus the Musical at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth. Tickets are $20-$25. For more information, call 817-332-2272 or visit www.casamanana.org .
Through Friday - Ebenezer Scrooge presented by Pocket Sandwich Theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. Tickets are $10-$18. For more information, call 214-821-1860.
Through Saturday - Dallas Theater Center presents A Christmas Carol at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. in Dallas. For more information, call 214-880-0202 or visit www.dallastheatercenter.org .
Through Sunday - Life-sized gingerbread house on display at Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive in Grapevine. Reservations may be made for dining inside the house. In addition to the cost of food, fee of $20 will be charged for each sitting and donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Call 817-488-6510.
Through Dec. 31 - Holiday at the Arboretum at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and older, $8 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. Parking is $7. Call 214-515-6520 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org .
Dec. 30-31 - Lights All Night, a two-day New Year's Eve celebration with three stages of electronic and dance music at the Dallas Convention Center. DJs include Tiesto, Benny Benassi, Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner and Porter Robinson, with performers including Ghostland Observatory, Girl Talk, Diplo and Neon Indian. Tickets are $99-$290. Visit www.lightsallnight.com .
Dec. 31 - "Big D NYE" at Victory Park in Dallas. Free event includes multiple stages, food and beverage tents, live entertainment and fireworks. The Dallas Stars play the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. at American Airlines Center. Visit www.bigdnye.com .
10 p.m. Dec. 31 - Ad-Libs, Dallas' longest running comedy show, will perform at Mouth, 2626 Main St. in Dallas. Tickets are $80 and include dinner, drinks, party favors and admission for two to a 2012 show. Call 214-754-7050 or visit www.adlibs.com .
10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 - Easton Corbin concert at Cowboys Dancehall, 2540 E. Abram St. in Arlington. Tickets are $17-$50. Call 817-265-1535 or visit www.cowboysdancehall.com.
10:30 p.m. Dec. 31 - Cowboys Dancehall Red River, 10310 Technology Blvd. in Dallas, will be holding a concert featuring Marty Heddin & the Country Blues. Tickets are $12-$20. Call 214-352-1796 or visit www.cowboysdancehall.com .