What’s happening this month: December

It was the night before… by Cirque Du Soleil

December 1-11 | Texas Trust CU Theatre

Experience the magic of Christmas Eve like never before with Twas The Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil! If you think visions of dancing sugarplum fairies are exciting, you’ll love this fantastic show with colorful costumes, hoop diving, a roller skating duo, colorful costumed acrobats and other flying adventures steeped in holiday charm. It’s Cirque du Soleil’s first Christmas show – and its Dallas debut is sure to be amazing!

The Texas Tenors

December 5-6 | The Palace Theatre

Say hi to the Texas Tenors when they come home for the holidays! The Emmy-winning group consists of JC, Marcus and John, who bring their thrilling harmonies and beautiful ballads to life on stage. The band is the most successful music group and the third best-selling artist in “America’s Got Talent” history, and now has five studio albums under their belt, as well as multiple awards, two PBS specials and the title of their 10th lea Billboard. Classic artist in the world in 2019. Enjoy an evening of festive hits like ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Joy to the World’.

The Nutcracker

December 9-24 | Bass hall

The Nutcracker is a cozy cup of hot cocoa your favorite, your beloved St. Nick and your favorite Christmas carol. It’s a holiday tradition and absolutely charming every year! The Texas Ballet Theater is once again performing this show from 1892, and audiences young and old will love seeing the girl named Clara whose Nutcracker comes to life on Christmas Eve. There are old fashioned costumes, dazzling holiday sets, sugar plum fairies and an evil mouse king. It’s a tradition for a reason!

Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour

December 13 | Arlington Music Hall

Steve-O is coming to town and he’s bringing his “Jackass” style of humor with him! The comedian (born Stephen Glover) is a stuntman, college graduate clown and New York Times bestselling author. This year, he joined Johnny Knoxville for the movie “Jackass Forever” and released his second book, “A Hard Kick In The Nuts.” This comedian has an active YouTube channel with millions of views and a successful podcast called “Wild Ride With Steve-O,” but he loves to make the audience laugh in person. It will be funny, silly and a little painful, but a good time for all!

Home alone in concert

16-18 Dec. | Meyerson

Get ready to scream “KEVIN!” for good reason, because “Home Alone” in Concert is coming to the Meyerson this holiday season. The classic 1990 film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left home for Christmas and must fend off burglars with unique traps laid around the house. See this beloved Christmas comedy in person as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ iconic score live on screen. It’s cinema in a way you’ve never experienced before.

The best Christmas pageant ever

16-18 Dec. | Willow Bend Arts Center

North Texas Performing Arts performs “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a festive musical about the Herdmans — who are the worst kids in the world. The town goes into a panic when they call for roles in the annual Christmas pageant, leading angry church ladies (you know the ones) and scared children to call on director Grace Bradley to intervene. Instead, she and the reverend have plans of their own, and it’s all about helping the community find their sense of Christmas spirit. This hilarious musical is a highly entertaining show for all ages.

Sounds of the season

Dec 20 | White’s Chapel UMC

No need to travel because the best is coming to Southlake this holiday season. APEX Arts League is celebrating the holidays with a family-friendly concert featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra right here at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church! Enjoy holiday favorites including music from The Nutcracker, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, Sleigh Ride and more!

Texas Christkindl Market

Until December 23 | Field of Life Globe

Celebrate the holidays like the Germans do with the awesome Texas Christkindl Market! This month-long outdoor event is filled with craft booths and traditional foods like authentic German gingerbread and Linzer cookies with spiced jam. Stay warm while you shop, sip holiday mulled wine or hot apple cider and sing along to Christmas music. It’s a great place to pick up unique gifts or souvenirs for yourself.

Santa’s Village

Until December 24 | Southlake

His rosy cheeks glow. His red coat shines in the cold winter air. And his smile lights up the evening as little children whisper their wishes to the cheerful guy. Santa Claus is coming to town – and he’s bringing a lot of Christmas spirit with him! Head to Santa’s Village in Southlake, where the man in red will be hanging out every day until Christmas Eve to take pictures with children. Be sure to come before December 24th when Santa will load up the reindeer and deliver presents to all the kids on the nice list.

Transsiberian Orchestra

December 28 | American Airlines Center

Rock this holiday season with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra! This band has sold more than 10 million albums and has been named one of the most important tours by Billboard with its production of more than 20 million dollars, which entertains and delights the audience with sound, lights and magic. See them live as they perform The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at 3pm and 7.30pm on December 28. It’s rock opera at its finest!

Vacation at the Arboretum

Until December 31 | Dallas Arboretum

With its 50-foot-tall musical tree and dazzling Christmas village, it’s no wonder that vacationing at the Arboretum is a beloved family tradition. Stroll through the gardens to admire the 12 Days of Christmas displays, which are enhanced with live performances on certain dates. Shop for unique gifts in the European-style village that transforms at night with live shopkeepers. New this year is The Artistry of Faith & Culture, featuring beautiful decorations for Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. Before you leave, be sure to take a picture with Santa!

Lights all night 2022

Dec. 29-30 | Dallas

Kick off 2023 with Lights All Night 2022, Texas’ longest running Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival! This weekend festival has a packed setlist and plans for ‘sensory overload of electronic goodness’. Wear neon, bring your friends and stay hydrated for this epic party! This adults-only party will also feature food vendors with a wide variety of dishes and a vendor village to get some unique souvenirs. After celebrating another year away, you’ll probably sleep through New Year’s Eve itself (and that’s okay!).

Christmas cheer

Until January 1 | Fair Park

Christmas cheer is the best thing about the North Pole (and much warmer!). A Christmas tree fit for royalty towers 100 feet overhead. Stunning light tunnels make for amazing photo sessions. And a brand new Mischievous Elf Maze brings surprises and delights, where kids can help Eddie the Elf find eight lost toys hidden in Santa’s workshop. This world-class experience also includes an outdoor ice rink surrounded by twinkling lights, a shopping village straight out of a Christmas card, a children’s play area, live entertainment and delicious refreshments. You can even say hello to Santa Claus during this delightful experience.

ICE! At the Gaylord Texan

Until January 1 | Gaylord Texan

Bundle up — you don’t want to be stuck without gloves or a warm scarf at ICE! At the Gaylord Texan, which is kept at 9 degrees (although thankfully they offer huge puffy coats). This is the first ICE! event in two years, which is based on “The Polar Express”. You can see giant ice sculptures carved from 2 million pounds of colored ice and go down carved slides at this (literally!) cool attraction made by four ice artisans over six weeks. Stay overnight and enjoy many other holiday attractions with your family.

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