Holiday Events

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THURSDAY

7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit http://familyfriendlyproductions.com .

FRIDAY

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .

7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit http://familyfriendlyproductions.com .

8 p.m. — Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band performs Beatles classics, played bluegrass-style, plus some holiday music, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $20, available at the box office, online at htttp://mclgrand.tix.com or in person at the customer service window of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W Church St., during regular business hours. Visit www.mclgrand.com or call 972-219-8446.

SATURDAY

9 to 11 a.m. — Breakfast With Santa for kids ages 1-12 and their families, at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Event includes breakfast, face painting, bounce house, crafts, letters to Santa, and visits and photos with Santa. Cost is $10 per child; free admission for adults, or $3 per plate for breakfast. Register by Thursday. Call 940-349-7275 or visit www.dentonparks.com .

10 a.m. to noon — Fred Moore Day Nursery School Gospel Brunch at the Center for Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Fundraising event includes entertainment by local choirs, food and refreshments, a silent auction of holiday wreaths, and a sale of holiday crafts created by students. The school will honor Gene Gumfory and Teri and Andre “Frenchy” Rheault for their service. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12, available in advance at the school, 821 Cross Timber St., or at the door. For more information, call 940-387-8214.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Denton Humane Society Christmas Pet Pics at Calloway’s Nursery, 1601 Dallas Drive. Pets and kids can take photos with Santa Paws. First photo costs $10, $5 for additional photos; cash or check only. Visit www.dentonhumanesociety.org or call 940-382-PETS.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Holiday Drop ’N Shop for ages 3 1/2 to 5 at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Event includes a candy cane hunt, crafts, bounce house, a movie, hot chocolate and a snack. Children must bring lunch. Cost is $15. Register by Thursday. Call 940-349-7275 or visit www.dentonparks.com .

Noon to 3 p.m. — “Homestead Christmas” at Lewisville Environmental Learning Area. Event includes decorations at the historic Minor-Porter log house, traditional craft projects, snacks, holiday music and an acoustic holiday jam session. Free with regular gate admission of $5 per person, free for children 5 and younger. Front gate is at Jones Street and North Kealy Avenue in Lewisville. Musicians who would like to join the jam session will be admitted free and should e-mail lisacole@unt.edu or call 972-219-3930 to participate.

1 to 6 p.m. — Holiday Drop ’N Shop for ages 5-12 at Little Elm Recreation Center, 303 Main St. Cost is $12 per child. Kids can enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games, movies, food and fun with center staff. Registration is required. Call 972-731-3277 or visit www.littleelm.org/parks .

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit http://familyfriendlyproductions.com .

4:30 p.m. — “Campfire Christmas” program at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM455, 10 miles east of I-35. Meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater for a campfire, hot cocoa and treats, ornament-making and a twilight hike. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-686-2148.

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .

8 p.m. — Matt Tolentino and the Singapore Slingers present a Christmas show at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $20, available at the box office, online at htttp://mclgrand.tix.com or in person at the customer service window of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W Church St., during regular business hours. Visit www.mclgrand.com or call 972-219-8446.

SUNDAY

2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .

MONDAY

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Holiday Camp for children in grades K-6, with dropoff and pickup at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Each day has a themed field trip. Cost is $28 per day. For more information or to register, call 940-349-7275 or visit www.dentonparks.com .

TUESDAY, DEC. 31

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — “Noon Year’s Eve” at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Party for children and families includes games, art projects and refreshments. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .

10 p.m. — New Year’s Eve show with Denton Rock at Banter, 219 W. Oak St., presented by Headliners of Texas. Visit www.facebook.com/dentonrockband. Up the Creek and Jesse Washmon play starting at 6 p.m. Visit www.dentonbanter.com .

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1

10 a.m. — New Year’s brunch for Argyle seniors at the home of Dr. Larry and Lynn Sheffield Simmons. The main dish will be provided; bring a covered dish. For more information and location, call Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438.

ONGOING

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26-27 and 30-31, Jan. 2-3 and Jan. 6 — Holiday Camp for children in grades K-6, with dropoff and pickup at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Each day has a themed field trip. Cost is $28 per day. For more information or to register, call 940-349-7275 or visit www.dentonparks.com .

Through Tuesday — Santa Claus is available for visits at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Photos available for purchase. Visit www.shopgoldentriangle.com .

Through Tuesday — First United Methodist Church of Denton youths offer holiday gift-wrapping at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E, near guest services in the J.C. Penney wing of the mall. Prices range from $3 to $8, and proceeds will fund a choir trip, summer camp and mission trips. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Through Dec. 28 — Santa Land at Little Elm Park, 704 W. Eldorado Parkway, with an elf village, a snow hill and hot cocoa. Admission is free, but there are fees for the snow hill. Visit www.littleelm.org/parks .

Through December — Kay Copeland’s Santa Collection at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, 110 W. Hickory St. Free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed holidays. Call 940-349-2850 or visit www.dentoncounty.com/chos .

Through Dec. 31 — “Everything Trains Christmas” exhibit at the Wood House of Denton, 516 N. Locust St. View an elaborate model train exhibit and donate canned food items for Denton County Friends of the Family. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed on Dec. 25. Call 940-387-4098.

Through Jan. 5 — The Gift of Lights & Snow, a drive-through display of 2 million LED lights at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. Includes a Snow Village with a tubing hill, snow castles, a snowball gallery, a play area and visits with Santa. Lights-only admission is $15-$20 per car. Admission to the evening Snow Village is $12 per person. Combo packages available. For pricing and hours, visit www.giftoflightstms.com .

Through Jan. 10 — Visual Arts Society of Texas holiday exhibition at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St. Artists include Darla Bostick, Gail Cope, Lynne Cox, Jackie Haugen, James J. Johnson Jr., Lori MacLean, Carol Rowley, Olivia Walker and Sharon Warwick. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Free. Visit www.vastarts.org .

IN THE REGION

Saturday — Sea Life Aquarium at Grapevine Mills mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, presents a scuba-diving Santa and elf at 11 a.m. and letters to Santa from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3-12; discounted tickets on website. Visit http://dallasdfw.sealifeus.com .

7 p.m. Saturday — The Polyphonic Spree’s “Holiday Extravaganza” at Lakewood Theatre, 1825 Abrams Road, Dallas. Family-friendly event includes performances by the Polyphonic Spree, the O’s, the Denton Senior Center’s Syncopated Ladies and more. Tickets cost $35. Visit www.theholidayextravaganza.com .

Through Wednesday — Legoland Discovery Center at Grapevine Mills mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, includes scavenger hunts through Dec. 25; letters to Santa and free milk and cookies from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 25; and building Lego ornaments, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $18 for ages 3 and older; discounted tickets on website. Visit www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com .

6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday — “A Southfork Christmas” at Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Road in Parker. Lights, music, Santa Claus, and tram tours to vignettes depicting Texas holiday celebrations through the years. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for ages 5-12. Visit www.southfork.com .

Through Sunday — Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ The Nutcracker, at the Dallas Children’s Theater, Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $13-$40. Call 214-740-0051 or visit www.dct.org .

Through Dec. 29 — Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas. Tickets cost $30.25-$101.75. Call 214-565-1116 or visit www.dallassummermusicals.org .

Through Dec. 29 — WaterTower Theatre presents David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries at WaterTower’s Studio Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison. Tickets cost $22-$27.50. Call 972-450-6232 or visit www.watertowertheatre.org .

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30 — Farmers Branch Christmas Tour of Lights, an evening drive through Farmers Branch, illuminated with 300,000 twinkling lights and holiday decorations. Route begins at I-35E at Valley View and continues down William Dodson Parkway to the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. (Park portion of the tour is closed on Christmas Day). Free. Call 972-919-2620 or visit www.fbspecialevents.com .

Through Dec. 31 — Holiday at the Arboretum featuring “Angels in DeGolyer,” a collection of 400 angels in the lavish decorated DeGolyer Mansion, at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; visits by a live reindeer and costumed characters, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets to main garden cost $10-$15, plus $3 fee for optional children’s garden; $5-$10 for parking. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Call 214-515-6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org .

Through Jan. 4 — Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, features what’s billed as America’s tallest indoor Christmas tree, with daily Illumination Celebration light shows, plus Slappy’s Holiday Circus shows on weekends, visits with Santa and more. Free. Call 972-392-3363 or visit www.galleriadallas.com .

Through Jan. 4 — The Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail in Grapevine, features the ICE! sculpture exhibit, photos with Santa, indoor “snow” tubing, gingerbread decorating and a scavenger hunt. Ticket prices vary. “Lone Star Christmas” decorations can be viewed for free (after paying to park). Call 817-778-2000 or visit www.gaylordtexan.com .

Through Jan. 4 — Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square includes a parachuting Santa, a snow slide, carriage rides, a trackless train, ice rink and other family fun. Free, but fees charged for carriage and train rides. Visit www.friscosquare.com .

Through Jan. 4 — The Hilton Anatole’s holiday spectacular “Sparkle!” and Christmas at the Anatole, at 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. For schedule and more information, visit www.christmasattheanatole.com

Through Jan. 5 — Dallas Cityscape at Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, an exhibit of toy brick buildings with a kids’ construction zone, benefiting East Dallas Community Schools. Located on on Level 1, across from Grand Lux Cafe. Admission is $5 for ages 2 and older. Visit www.dallascityscape.com .

Through Jan. 5 — Light Show Spectacular at the Town Square Gazebo in downtown Grapevine. Holiday events include Christmas on Main with seasonal characters and tractor-drawn wagon rides, Friday through Sunday. The light show continues nightly from 6 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 5 at 325 S. Main St., Grapevine. Free. Visit www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas .

Through Jan. 5 — Christmas at the Bush Center includes lights, trimmed trees and a special exhibit, “Home for the Holidays: Christmas at the White House 2001.” Admission costs $10-$16. At the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, 2943 SMU Blvd., Dallas. Call 214-200-4300 or visit www.bushcenter.org .

Through Jan. 5 — WaterTower Theatre presents The Game’s Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays by Ken Ludwig at 15650 Addison Road, Addison. Tickets cost $30-$40. Call 972-450-6232 or visit www.watertowertheatre.org .

Through Jan. 5 — The Trains at NorthPark, 4,000-square-foot toy train exhibit benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. On Level 2 of NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Early closings 4 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Dec. 31; closed Dec. 25. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 2-12 and seniors 65 and older. Visit www.rmhdallas.org/trains .

Through Jan. 6 — Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. Includes Frosty Snow Hill, SantaLand Express, rides, light shows, crafts and more. Tickets cost $64.99 each, $49.99 for kids shorter than 48 inches; discounts listed online. Call 817-640-8900 or visit www.sixflags.com/overtexas .


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