By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Monday, December 1
Carols and Lights: Ring in the season with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree in Grapevine's Main Street historic district, and join choirs and families as they gather to sing traditional Christmas carols at the Town Square Gazebo on Main Street. A canned food drive will help the less fortunate--please bring a donation. Call (817) 410-3185 for more information.
Wednesday, December 3
Organ Concert: Take a break from the holiday rush and enjoy a noon concert by Russ Rieger at the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. Followed by lunch in the Fellowship Hall. 3014 Oak Lawn Ave. Call (214) 521-5197 for details.
Thursday, December 4
Holiday Gallery Night: All members of the Dallas Gallery District Association (29 Galleries in Uptown and North Dallas), will be open from 6-9 p.m. featuring artists and special events in each gallery. The Uptown tree lighting ceremony will be on McKinney Avenue at 7p.m. Call (214) 754-7070.
Parade of Lights: An excellent Christmas photo opportunity in historic Grapevine. Join the city in its 17th Annual Christmas "Parade of Lights" at 7 p.m. on Main St. Parade begins at the Convention Center and heads north on Main to Wall Street. Call Michael W. Woody at (800) 457-6338 or metro (817) 410-3185.
Don't Get Malled!: An evening of Shopping in Deep Ellum! Receive 10 to 50% off selected items at the following participating merchants: Mark & Larry's Stuff, Hill Country Experience, The Arrangement Southwest Furniture, Insomnia Coffee Bar, Casa Mexicana, Articles, and Wild At Heart. Discounts vary by store. Call (214) 747-8833 or (214) 747-7227.
Friday, December 5
Whistle Stop: Grapevine does a nostalgic Whistle Stop Christmas in Grapevine's historic district. Children can visit with Santa, stop by the blacksmith shop for roasted chestnuts, wind their way through Frosty's Snow Fort Maze, and enjoy a hayride. They can also learn how to make their own Christmas ornaments, visit with McGruff the Crime Dog to learn about Christmas tree safety, try their hand at exploring the internet on the GTE Amazing Yellow Adventure Bus, and a whole lot more. Times for these free activities will be from 1-7 p.m. Also Saturday, December 6, and December 12 and 13. Call (800) 457-6338 or metro (817) 410-3185.
Bear Creek Gallery: Join a three-day celebration of over 100 artists. Opening reception 6-9 p.m., 6932 Snider Plaza. Call (214) 750-9880.
Texas Harp Ensemble: Grapevine's historic Palace Theatre will host holiday entertainment. The Texas Harp Ensemble will perform as a part of the Grapevine Heritage Foundation's '97-'98 concert series; performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Call (800) 457-6338 or metro (817) 410-3185 for more information.
The Nutcracker: Presented by the Irving Ballet Company. At Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., between Highways 114 and 183. Prices range from $10- $22. Call (972) 252-7558 for details. Through December 7.
Christmas in Old Downtown Plano: Downtown Plano and Haggard Park, 901 E 15th St. Admission is free. Call (972) 461-7250 for more details. Through Saturday, December 6.
Open House: Join City Center Antiques and Design District for two delightful days (through Saturday December 6) of shopping in unique stores, eating in tempting restaurants, and exploring an area that is coming alive with antiques, florists, gifts, custom furniture, upholsterers, and much much more! You can register to win a $250 or a $100 gift certificate that can be used at any of the member shops. Call (214) 741-2390 for information.
Saturday, December 6
Grapevine Opry: Grapevine's historic Palace Theatre will host holiday entertainment by the Grapevine Opry, which will perform their country Christmas program at 7:30 p.m. Performances are also on December 13 and 20. Call 800/457-6338 or metro (817) 410-3185 for more information.
Open House: The Urban Gardener invites you to a festive holiday open house all day. Enjoy Christmas carolers, hot cider, and holiday treats. Five percent of all Christmas tree sales this day will be donated to Rosemont PTA to help a local family this Christmas. 305 Centre St. Call (214) 943-6785.
Jesuit Christmas Bazaar '97: Over 50 specialty booths of finely hand-crafted items, fun, food, music, entertainment, baked goods, and breakfast with Santa! Santa's Workshop: Story hours, crafts, Santa letters, and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jesuit College Prep Campus, 12345 Inwood. Admission is free. Reservations only, call (972) 458-1348. For information call (214) 321-2215.
Christmas Parade: 10th Annual Christmas Parade and Santa in the Park. Heritage Park, Second and Main Streets, downtown Irving. Call (972) 259-1249 for details.
Babes in Toyland: Casa Manana Children's Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. This traditional Christmas favorite and family treasure is filled with Mother Goose characters and beautiful, memorable music. Mean-spirited Uncle Barnaby wants to ruin Christmas for everyone, but young sweethearts Mary and Alan join Santa and his elves to save the holiday. Performances are at 7:30 p.m Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. All tickets are $7. Call (817) 332-2272, ext. 123.
The Christmas Witch: Gloria, a young apprentice witch, discovers the miracle of Christmas can heal hearts and unite bitter enemies, in this seasonal extravaganza filled with flying, fantasy, and fun in acclaimed children's author/illustrator Steven Kellogg's heartwarming holiday musical! Adapted by Linda Daugherty, with lyrics and music by Gordon Hunt and Amanda McBroom. Brought to you by Dallas Children's Theater. Performances are at El Centro College at Main and Market Streets in downtown Dallas through December 21. Call (214) 978-0110.
Not a Creature Was Stirring?: An original holiday treat created by the company that dazzled audiences with last year's breathtakingly delightful Nutcracker. On this adventure-filled Christmas Eve many creatures are energetically stirring as Malcolm and Millicent Mouse and their family jubilantly decorate for the holiday season! A touching affirmation of family and the uniting power of love. Performances through December 28 at The Crescent Theater. Call (214) 978-0110 for information.