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Stockyards Station Holidays: Join the Stockyards Station every Saturday in December for holiday entertainment and visits with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 130 E. Exchange Ave in Fort Worth. Call (817) 625-9715 for more information.
Tales of Christmas: British public speaker and book reviewer Judith Dyer will present "Tales of Christmas" at 3:30 p.m. at the Renner Frankford Branch Library, 6400 Frankford Road. She will speak about Christmas traditions and stories from Europe and the British Isles that span 2,000 years. Her tales include pagan rituals, saints, and English kings. For more information, call (214) 680-6100.
Holiday Shopping Party: Refreshments, margaritas and shopping at The Cave. There will be a $50 gift certificate giveaway. The Cave at 5618 Bell. Call (214) 824-5566.
Gloria Schirpik - Folk Artist: Austin, Texas, folk artist Gloria Schirpik presents her holiday collection of whimsical folk art, priced at $35-$375. You can meet the artist from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Artistry gallery, 6829 Snider Plaza. Exhibit runs through December. Call (214) 692-1092.
Candlelight at Old City Park: Hundreds of hurricane lamps illuminate the pathways. Carolers sing in full Victorian attire. Children taste sweet pioneer popcorn for the first time. And a horse-drawn surrey rolls down red brick streets. It's Candlelight at Old City Park, when Dallas' only historical village--profiled against the magnificent downtown skyline--captures the magic of holidays past. The event will be held December 6, 7, 13, 14: Saturdays 5 to 10 p.m.; Sundays 5 to 9 p.m.. 1717 Gano Street. Tickets: $3 to $8. Call (214) 421-5141 for more details or visit the internet site at www.oldcitypark.org.
Santa's Annual Bicycle Ride: Join Santa and his elves (dress up please!) on the fun ride downtown to bring gifts and season's greetings to the kids at the shelter. Will be departing at 9 a.m. from the parking lot across from Kuby's in Snider Plaza, by SMU. Bring a wrapped gift, indicate age and gender, and have a great time riding with Santa and bringing joy to the kids. Contact Gary Zimny, (214) 357-8337 for more information.
The Neiman Marcus/ Adolphus/ Children's Parade: At 10 a.m., Dallas and the entire nation will officially usher in the holiday season with the only Christmas parade in the United States designed specifically for children. Also known as "The Miracle on Commerce Street," the parade features colorful floats, towering inflatables, award-winning marching bands, high-stepping horse units, hundreds of comical clowns and countless children's characters and celebrities. The parade begins at the corner of Lamar and Commerce Streets and continues east on Commerce to Ervay. It then extends south to City Hall Plaza, turning west to Akard. For more information, call the Parade Hotline at (214) 640-8383.
Free Holiday Greeting Card Workshop: Families and children are welcome to participate in this fun and creative workshop. Santa Claus will also be in the Main Gallery, 2-4 p.m Bring your wish lists and your cameras! Meeting rooms, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. Mac Arthur Blvd., 2-4 p.m. Call (972) 252-7558 for more information.
Holiday Exhibition 1997: A season of Romance: Main Gallery, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Featuring trees decorated by the IISD Parent Teacher Associations and holiday artwork by IISD elementary students. Holiday Open House and Awards Ceremony December 13, 6-9 p.m. Call (972) 252-7558 for more information.
Herbal Holiday: Every year it's hard to come up with unusual gifts that your friends and family will appreciate and will fit within your budget. Natalie Shein, owner of Good Heavens Soap Co., will teach how to make simple and elegant all-natural gifts for giving this holiday season. In this class, you will make fragrant bath salts, kitchen potpourri, and herbed teas. Class at 10 a.m., fee $25. 305 Centre St. Call (214) 943-6785.
Sunday, December 7
"Christmas Cheer Charity": The 6th annual "Christmas Cheer Charity," benefiting at-risk children. The fun, entertainment, and festivities will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe from 7 p.m. to midnight. The evening will feature a live and silent auction highlighting hundreds of beautiful home-decorating accessories, jewelry, artwork, leather jackets, watches, and many other unique gifts plus fantastic raffle prizes. Maylee Thomas and her band will headline an evening of entertainment. Call (972) 458-9770, Ext. 232.
Carols: Holiday Cheer, a singing group in full Victorian costume, will stroll through Borders Books and Music in Lewisville singing Christmas Carols for customers at 3 p.m. Following, at 5 p.m, the Renaissance Choir from Marcus High School, dressed in medieval cos tume will sing a variety of Christmas music. Call (972) 459-2481 for more information.
Monday, December 8
Handbell Choirs: Two handbell choirs from Hampton Road Baptist Church will visit the Mountain Creek Branch Library, 6102 Mountain Creek Parkway, on Monday, December 8, from 7-8 p.m. to present "It's a Family Affair: Ringing in the Holidays." For more information call (214) 670-6704.
Handbell Choirs: Come to Luby's Cafeteria at Oak lawn and Cedar Springs to listen to the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church Handbell Choir. Performance will be at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Call (214) 521-5197 for more information.
Tuesday, December 9
Birthday Party for Baby Jesus: A children's event for children of all ages. Bring unwrapped toy in honor of Baby Jesus' Birthday. It will be used to brighten a child's Christmas. Party begins at 5:30 p.m. at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave. Call (214) 521-5197 for more information.