December activities to do in and around Dallas Fort Worth

Enchant ChristmasDale Klippenstein

Benefits, Fundraisers and Galas

 

9 The Cowtown Indie Bazaar, featuring local, handmade and vintage items, will take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The shopping event features handmade goods by local artists. Admission is $3 in advance, $5 at the door, kids 12 and under get in free; parking is $10 per vehicle. 844-NTX-MADE, www.cowtownindiebazaar.com.

 

9 The Fort Worth Black Law Enforcement Officers Association hosts a Motown Christmas Gala from 7-11 p.m. at Joyce & Olivia’s Petite Fete in Fort Worth. Co-sponsor of the event is the African American Peace Officer Association of Arlington. Tickets: $25, $40 per couple or $150 for a table of 8. www.facebook.com/fwbpoa.org

 

16 The 64th annual Jewel Charity Ball takes place at the Fort Worth Convention Center and benefits Cook Children’s Medical Center. To attend, you must be an Angel donor. Angel donations begin at $2,500 per couple. 817-732-9333, www.jewelcharity.com.

 

Concerts

 

8 Lady Gaga brings her Joanne World Tour to Dallas’ American Airlines Center. Named for her fifth studio album “Joanne,” the 7:30 p.m. concert will feature songs from the new album as well as many of the hits that made her famous. Tickets: $66-$1,314. www.americanairlinescenter.com.

 

16 VOICES of Fort Worth, an a cappella chamber choir, presents two holiday concerts of 15 Christmas favorites as well as challenging modern compositions. Christmas at Arborlawn will be held at Arborlawn United Methodist Church on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., and Christmas at the Chapel will be held at the Marty Leonard Chapel on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for either performance are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65-plus, and $5 for students with ID. 817-713-4536, www.voicesoffortworth.com.

 

22 The Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” at American Airlines Center. The concert debuts the single “The Christmas Attic,” dubbed “a rock holiday tradition for a new generation.” Performances are at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $58-$78.50. www.americanairlinescenter.com.

 

On Stage

 

Now through Dec. 23 Back by popular demand at Casa Mañana, “Santa Claus: A New Musical” will take the stage for several matinee and evening performances throughout the holiday season. Tickets: $21-$35. 817-332-2272, www.casamanana.org.

 

Now through Dec. 24 Debuting at the Jubilee Theatre, “A Motown Christmas” is a fun family musical filled with Christmas hits from Motown. Several performances are available. Tickets: $24-$34. 817-338-4411, www.jubileetheatre.org.

 

Now through Dec. 28 Dallas Theater Center presents “A Christmas Carol” on stage at the Wyly Theatre. Matinee and evening performances are planned with tickets starting at $20. 214-880-0202, www.attpac.org.

 

8-24 Texas Ballet Theater performs the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at Bass Performance Hall. Experience beautiful sights and unforgettable music and dance in this thrilling adventure as Clara travels to the Land of Sweets in Ben Stevenson’s critically acclaimed version of the fairy tale. Tickets: $57-$103, 817-763-0207, www.fort-worth-theater.com.

 

13-17 Live on stage at Bass Performance Hall, “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” takes on the mystery of whatever happened to the Magi’s gold. Part of the 2017-18 Broadway Specials Series and presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. Tickets: $30-$40. Performed at McDavid Studio. 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com.

 

15-17 Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a cirque extravaganza, broadway musical and family show all-in-one. Filled with over 300 imaginative costumes and 20 astonishing acts, the performance takes place at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie. Tickets: $29-$65. www.verizontheater.com.

 

18 Michael Martin Murphey combines poetry and music in “Cowboy Christmas,” presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. performance range from $38.50-$82.50. 817-212-4280, www.basshall.com.

 

Festivals and Outdoor Activities

 

Now through Dec. 31 Crockett Row at West Seventh’s annual holiday celebration takes place nightly from 6-9 p.m. with music and light shows on the hour, and free horse-drawn carriage rides on Fridays and Saturdays. Live entertainment on the weekends. Free admission. 817-810-9076, www.crockettrow.com.

 

Now through Dec. 31 A brand new world of Christmas wonder awaits at Enchant Christmas, an outdoor holiday festival coming to the U.S. for the first time and featuring 85 vendors in a Christmas marketplace, the world’s largest outdoor light maze, an ice-skating pond, and nightly music and entertainment. A VIP lounge is available with special access to an outdoor maze as well as fine catering. Tickets are $29.95 for adults (15-plus), $21.95 for children 5-14 and seniors 65-plus; a family four pack (2 adults/2 children) is $79.95. At Globe Life Park in Arlington, www.enchantchristmas.com.

 

Coming in January

 

Jan. 7 Over 120 vendors will participate in the Star-Telegram Bridal Show at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door (cash only). www.thewedding.com.

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