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Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Chorus Director David R. Davidson leads the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in performances of "A Christmas Celebration". This popular holiday program features favorite Christmas melodies performed by the Dallas Symphony orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the Dallas Handbell Ensemble, and soloists Teresa Gomez, soprano; Rebecca Campbell, alto; and Donnie Ray Albert, baritone. Nine performances are all sold out, but return tickets, if available, range from $17 to $55. Call (214) 692-0203 for more information.
Thursday, December 11
Eggnoggin' & Carolin': Cafe Society will host a holiday party for kids from 5-8 p.m. Special coffees, eggnog, wines, and music. Admission: one new, unwrapped toy for area needy children. 209 Henry St at Commerce. Call (214) 745-1964 ext. 31.
Tree Lighting Ceremony: Join the City of Irving for their tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 825 West Irving Blvd. Call (972) 721-2600 for details.
"Irving's Special Christmas": Special appearances by Irving Ballet and Irving Community Concert Band. Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd. 6:30 p.m. Free admission. For more information call (972) 721-2501.
Friday, December 12
Holiday Concert: Join the Irving Symphony Orchestra for its holiday concert at 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MarArthur Blvd. Ticket prices: $10- $30. For more information call (972) 831-8818.
The Dallas Opera: The Magic Flute. An opera in two acts by Mozart; text by Emanuel Schikaneder. Sung in the original German. Performances: December 12, 14 (matinee), 17, 20, and 27. Call (214) 443-1043 for times and ticket information.
Eddie Coker: Borders Books and Music in Lewisville will be hosting Eddie Coker, the "Pied Piper of Dallas" and the premier children's performer in the Southwest in an evening concert for children and their parents. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Call (972) 459-2481 for more information.
Saturday, December 13
Gift Wrap: You've found the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, now you need to come up with equally perfect and unique gift wrap. Legacy Trading Company will show you some quick and easy gift wrapping ideas that would make any elf proud. Five percent of all Christmas sales this day will benefit AIDS Services of Dallas. Starting at 10 a.m., 305 Centre St. Call (214) 943-6785.
Holiday in Sound '97: Irving Community Concert Band plays at 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Tickets: $7 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Call (972) 438-6259.
Open House: The Oak Lawn Branch Library is hosting an open house. Everyone is invited to celebrate the completion of the first year of the Oak Lawn Branch Library in this location. Turtle Creek Chorale and Women's Chorus of Dallas will sing. Refreshments will be served in the auditorium. 4100 Cedar Springs Rd. 4-6 p.m. For more information call (214) 670-1359.
Holiday Concert: Irving Chorale's Holiday Concert with St. Mark's Boys Choir will be held at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 W. Airport Frwy., 8 p.m. For more information, call (972) 257-1417.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Ninth annual "Deck the Hall" program provides family entertainment in the Morton H. Meyerson Center. Program begins at 10 a.m. with the Junior Group of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. The concert also features the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, the Choristers from Booker T. Washington High School and Toni Simians, storyteller. 2301 Flora St. Ste. 300. Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Call (214) 692-0203 or visit the box office on the upper level of NorthPark Center for tickets and information.
Cabbage Patch Kids: Beginning at 11 a.m., Borders Books and Music in Lewisville will host a children's story hour featuring the Cabbage Patch Kids and their new CD with a video and a giveaway of CDs and two Cabbage Patch Dolls. Call (972) 459-2481 for further details.
Harvest Day: Free children's activities, free sampling of winter fruits. Shop for fruit baskets, Texas pecans, poinsettias, and Christmas trees at the International Market Place (shed 2). Gourmet foods and quality gifts from around the world. Prices range from $3 to $20. Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl. Call (214) 939-2808.
Sunday, December 14
"Gloria": Join the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church choir, with orchestra, as they celebrate the season by experiencing "Gloria" by Vivaldi at 10:50 a.m. There's lso a toy drive distribution at 1 p.m. They will share the toys brought to Baby Jesus' Birthday Party with children selected by the missions work area. Oak Lawn United Methodist Church is located at 3014 Oak Lawn Ave. Call (214) 521-5197 for more information.
Christmas Concert: Park Cities Presbyterian Church invites visitors to their Lessons and Carols Christmas Concert at 7 p.m., 4307 Newton Court (at the corner of Wycliff and Oak Lawn). Call (214) 523-5400 for information.
Christmas Music: The Rich Matschulat Trio from Denton will perform their special brand of Christmas music in the Cafe Espresso for store patrons, beginning at 5 p.m. Call (972) 459-2481 for more information.
Thursday, December 18
Ho! Ho! Ho!: And Away You Go...Thousands of area runners, walkers and volunteers will jingle their way through Dallas' West End at the 14th Annual Jingle Bell Run. Race location is at The Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard in the Dallas Arts District. Events begin at 6 p.m. and race is at 7:15 p.m. Call (214) 351-8549 for information.