Favorite fact from the Neiman Marcus-Adolphus Children's Parade press release: "Potential viewing audience: More than 112 million households." Well, sure, and the Dallas Observer has a potential readership of 3 million, but our circulation department would beg to differ. Face it; like all things Dallas, this Christmas parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. December 6 and winds its way down Commerce Street each annum, isn't quite like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade or the Rose Bowl shindig at year's end. It's more...well, scaled-down, a high-tone fund-raiser for the Children's Medical Center Dallas that won't wow you but might delight the kiddies who've never seen an inflatable Felix the Cat up close. Like all things Dallas, it approximates a spectacle without quite feeling like one. Still, I've attended this parade twice and enjoyed it, not just because I had waked and baked...some cookies, mind you. If nothing else, the kids'll love it for Santa; their dads will dig it for Miss America and Miss Texas. Does that put us on the naughty list? Call 214-456-8383. --Robert Wilonsky
A multicultural holiday
Granted, this sounds a little sneaky, but want to know a good way to add a little book-learning to the kiddies' holiday ho-ho-ho? Don't tell them where they're going--maybe you fib and say it's to visit Santa--then bundle them off to the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., on Sunday. There, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Arts & Letters Live Jr. will host readings of some of the classic holiday stories. For those 8 and up, there'll be the magical O. Henry tale Gift of the Magi; Eric Kimmel's Hanukkah Goblins and the knee-slap funny The Night Before Christmas in Texas, That Is by Leon Harris. It'll be enough to make them forget wizards and that nerdy kid with the funny glasses, maybe even the horror tales of R.L. Stine. The event is free with a paid admission to the museum, and reservations are recommended. Call 214-922-1219. --Carlton Stowers
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The Little Skater Who Could
Hans Brinker lives in Holland in the mid-1800s with an injured father, no money and wooden skates instead of steel skates. Times are tough, and his skates are inferior, but that doesn't stop him from entering a skating contest, squeaking across the ice as best he can to win a coveted prize. Dallas Children's Theater spotlights his story in its adaptation of Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates, running December 5 through December 21 at El Centro Theater at El Centro College, Main and Market streets. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $18. Call 214-978-0110 or visit www.dct.org. --Stephanie Durham