Holiday events

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EDITOR’S NOTE: A number of events and activities have been canceled or postponed because of weather conditions. Call ahead or check websites.

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. — Mario Cruz & Friends holiday show at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. No cover charge. Call 940-484-2888 or visit www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com .

FRIDAY

Dec. 13-15 — Denton County Toys for Tots toy drive at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Unwrapped toy donations will be collected at various locations. Events include live entertainment, puppet shows, carolers, and a North Pole mailbox for kids. A motorcycle convoy will arrive on Saturday. Visit http://dfwtoysfortots.org or www.shopgoldentriangle.com .

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 .

SATURDAY

8:30 a.m. — Northwest ISD’s Reindeer Romp 5K and fun run at Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Boulevard in Trophy Club. The 1-mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K race begins at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.nisdreindeerromp.com .

10 a.m. — Flower Mound Christmas Parade along Morriss Road, from Eaton Drive to Marcus High School. Call 972-874-6275 or visit www.flower-mound.com/specialevents.

2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas presents The Nutcracker at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the Music Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Tickets cost $11-$36. Visit www.festivalballet.net or call 940-891-0830.

6 p.m. — Denton Hi-Noon Lions Club and Argyle Lions Club Christmas meeting and party at Metzler’s, 628 Londonderry Lane.

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 .

SUNDAY

8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. — Argyle United Methodist Church Chancel Choir presents The Jesus Gift at the church, 9033 Fort Worth Drive.

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 .

2:30 p.m. — The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas presents The Nutcracker at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the Music Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Tickets cost $11-$36. Visit www.festivalballet.net or call 940-891-0830.

3 p.m. — Denton Benefit League’s “Tea & Trumpets,” a holiday tea for the family, at TWU’s Hubbard Hall. Enjoy tea, sandwiches, scones, petits fours and more. Tickets cost $35 each, or $75 for patron tickets. Make reservations by Dec. 1 by calling 214-931-3014.

7 p.m. — First Christian Church Sanctuary Choir, soloists and Chamber Orchestra present Handel’s Messiah at the church, 1203 N. Fulton St. Reception follows. Free. Visit www.fccdenton.org .

ONGOING

Through Dec. 24 — Santa Claus is available for visits at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Photos available for purchase. Visit www.shopgoldentriangle.com .

Through Dec. 24 — First United Methodist Church of Denton youths offer holiday gift-wrapping at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Prices range from $3 to $8, and proceeds will fund a choir trip, summer camp and mission trips. Hours vary. Visit www.shopgoldentriangle.com .

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. 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 .

Saturday through Dec. 28 — Santa Land at Little Elm Park, 704 W. Eldorado Parkway, with an elf village, a snow hill and hot cocoa. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus between 6 and 10 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 12-14 (live reindeer on Dec. 14). Admission is free, but there are fees for the snow hill and commemorative photos with Santa. Guests can also bring their own cameras. Visit www.littleelm.org/parks. Visit www.littleelm.org/parks .

IN THE REGION

10 a.m. Saturday — Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade in downtown Dallas. Admission is free; reserved bleacher seats are available for $25. For more information, including the parade route, visit www.givetochildrens.com/z/parade .

6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13-14 — Granbury Living Christmas Cards event including displays around the Hood County Courthouse, Christmas Artisans Village and children’s activities. Event concludes with carols from Lakeside Baptist Church singers at Granbury Square Plaza, 205 E. State Loop 426. Free. Visit www.granburychristmas.com .

ONGOING

Through Dec. 21 — “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. Open 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and younger. Visit www.southfork.com .

Through Dec. 22 — 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. Friday11/29; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sundays; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets cost $13-$40. Call 214-740-0051 or visit www.dct.org .

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; holiday tea ($47-$57, reservations required). 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 Nov. 28, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Call 214-515-6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org .

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 — 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. Dec. 24, 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 .


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