Things To Do

Things to Do (and Eat) in Dallas This Pre-Christmas Weekend

If you're in the mood for Christmas cheer this weekend, you're in luck — hit up Christmas cocktail bars around the city or a festive cocktail class.
If you're in the mood for Christmas cheer this weekend, you're in luck — hit up Christmas cocktail bars around the city or a festive cocktail class. iStock
A holly jolly ladies night is coming to the Statler this Thursday. Head to Scout for some cocktails, a photo booth with holiday props and DJ Blake Ward. No cover.

What: Christmas Ladies Night

When: 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20

Where: Scout in the Statler, 1914 Commerce St. (downtown Dallas)


The Adolphus’ City Hall Bistro hosts a cocktail class led by head bartender Morgan Moore, who will teach guests how to make two holiday-themed cocktails ideal for entertaining: The Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice and the Winter Spiced Old Fashioned. Light bites from chef Jeramie Robison will be provided throughout the class. Complimentary valet provided.

What: Deck the City Halls Cocktail Class

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20

Where: City Hall Bistro, 1321 Commerce St. (downtown Dallas)

Tickets: $40


As we fully embrace the colder temps of winter (at least what we can get in North Texas), here’s a chance to explore some big reds. Not only that, but you can taste cheeses that pair well with these gargantuan wines.

What: Big Reds and Cheese

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28

Where: Scardello Artisan Cheese, 3511 Oak Lawn Ave. (Oak Lawn)

Tickets: $50


The Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck is setting up at Tupps Brewery McKinney this weekend to serve lobster rolls, and you can also hear the Trey Allen Band perform starting at 7 p.m. while you sip some locally brewed beer.

What: Lobster Rolls and Live Music

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21

Where: Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St. (McKinney)


“It’s the holidays” is an excuse many use to overindulge at dinner parties this month. Here’s another time to use it: Deep Ellum has a new spot just for desserts. Magical Dessert Bar serves up ample unicorns, pink frosting and glitter, but there’s also a ton of cake, and the bakery is celebrating its grand opening this weekend.

What: Magical Grand Opening

When: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, and 1 p.m.-midnight Sunday, Dec. 23

Where: Magical Dessert Bar, 2646 Elm St. (Deep Ellum)


Go on a tour of Christmas lights while sipping wine. This tour includes wine tastings and pairing tips — with hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and food hosted by wine connoisseur and chef George Keaton, CEO of The Catering Guys — all to enjoy while cruising through the city of Dallas in a cozy motor coach as well as stops to sample local dishes for pairing with wine.

What: Wine, Lights and Music

When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22

Where: Starting at the eastern parking lot of Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. (downtown Dallas)

Tickets: $60


If you’re looking for a vegan holiday feast, Trinity Groves has you covered. V-Eats is hosting a four-course, 100 percent vegan Christmas meal with all the fixings. You can choose between a variety of holiday classics as well as a couple of new twists. Tax, tip and ticket fees are all included at the time of sale. Reservation times are 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.

What: Vegan Holiday Hoopla

When: 5-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23

Where: V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves, 3011 Gulden Lane (West Dallas)

Tickets: $40 per adult, $15 per child (12 and younger)
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Taylor Adams has written about the restaurant industry for the Dallas Observer since 2016. Now the Observer's food editor, she attended Southern Methodist University before covering local news at The Dallas Morning News.