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12/3 & 12/4 - Mesquite celebrates 30 years of Christmas in the Park Change in dates.
IMPORTANT: Rescheduled for Dec. 10-11 due to weather.
The City of Mesquite is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Christmas in the Park with new activities and the "Here Comes Christmas" parade. To better accommodate family schedules, event days and times have been changed to Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 from 1 – 6 p.m. The event will continue to be held at Westlake Park, 421 Gross Road. Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/ChristmasInThePark for more event details.
Many new attractions have been added for affordable family-fun, including live entertainment, free games and activities. Making their Christmas in the Park debut will be the Candy Cane Craft Fair and food trucks. Additionally, the inaugural "Here Comes Christmas" parade will wind its way through the park at 6 p.m. on both evenings and conclude with a fireworks grand finale in honor of the event's 30th anniversary.
Traditional favorites returning include pictures with Santa, complimentary hot cocoa and Mrs. Claus' cookies, marshmallow roasting over the yule log, a live nativity, free hay rides and more. Decorations will continue to include some lights around the park and as in past years will be available for viewing beginning December 5 from 5 – 11 p.m. until the first week of January.
MESQUITE: Dec. 1-31 Texas Visual Artists Association Art Exhibit Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery. mesquiteartscenter.org 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Dec. 3 Mesquite Community Band Concert Mequite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitecommunityband.com 972/216-6444
MESQUITE: Dec. 3-4 Christmas in the Park The event includes pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus' story time, cookies, hot cocoa, a live manger, concessionaires and more. Westlake Park. cityofmesquite.com/ChristmasinthePark 972/216-6260
MESQUITE: Dec. 17 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra "A Christmas to Remember!" Performances are 5 and 7:30 p.m. Mequite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitesymphony.org 972/216-8127
GARLAND: Nov. 25-Dec. 17 "Cinderella: The Musical" Presents a new take on the traditional tale. Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. garlandartsboxoffice.com 972/205-2790
GARLAND: Dec. 1 Christmas on the Square Santa and guests will light the enormous tree that adorns the square. Enjoy snow tubing, a live ice carving demonstration and music by several school choirs. Downtown Garland. christmasonthesquare.com 972/205-2750
GARLAND: Dec. 2-11 "The Nutcracker" The 2016 production features guest artists Miguel Blanco and April Daly of the Joffrey Ballet. Granville Arts Center–Brownlee Auditorium, 300 N. Fifth St. garlandarts boxoffice.com 972/205-2790
GARLAND: Dec. 8-11 "It's a Wonderful Life" Experience a live performance of the holiday classic. Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St. garlandartsboxoffice.com 972/205-2790
GARLAND: Dec. 16 Garland Symphony Orchesdtra's Holiday Sing-Along Enjoy holiday favorites. Granville Arts Center Brownlee Auditorium, 300 N. Fifth St. garlandartsboxoffice.com
DALLAS: Sep. 9-Jan. 17 "Giant Gems of the Smithsonian" Exhibit features mineral masterpieces, many weighing 1,000-plus carats. Perot Museum. perotmuseum.org
DALLAS: Sep. 17-Feb. 12 "Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de los Angeles" Exhibition features 100-plus historic works from the Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico, and a selection of historic Chinese ceramics from the permanent collection. Crow Collection of Asian Art. crowcollection.org 214/979-6430
DALLAS: Oct. 8-Jan. 8 "Birds of Paradise" Visit this science exhibition, art show and natural history display in one. It's an expedition to a New Guinea rainforest to witness the family of birds known as birds-of-paradise. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field S. perotmuseum.org
DALLAS: Nov. 6-Jan. 3 The 12 Days of Christmas Exhibit shows charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org/visit
DALLAS: Nov. 18-Dec. 21 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Charles Schulz's classic animated television special comes to life. Dallas Children's Theater at Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. dct.org 214/740-0051
DALLAS: Nov. 18-Dec. 21 "The Nutcracker" This unique and acclaimed puppet interpretation, by Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts, brings the classic story to life. Dallas Children's Theater at Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. dct.org 214/740-0051
DALLAS: Nov. 19-Jan. 8 The Trains at NorthPark The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train-themed environments. NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway. thetrainsatnorthpark.com
DALLAS: Dec. 1-30 Chocolate, Christmas Lights and Sips Enjoy treats at premier chocolate venues, then glide past holiday lights while enjoying beverages in the comfort of a luxury bus. dallasbychocolate.com 972/814-5997
DALLAS: Dec. 1 Create With Cocktails Enjoy creative projects and volunteer activities and explore the 6,000-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide sculpture. SPARK!, 1409 S. Lamar St. sparkdallas.org/event/create-cocktails-9 214/421-7727
DALLAS: Dec. 4-Mar. 19 "Art and Nature in the Middle Ages" The exhibit illustrates the evolution of representations of nature across six centuries of medieval European art. The Dallas Museum of Art. dma.org
DALLAS: Dec. 4 The Wood Brothers in Concert Hear this roots pop duo featuring Oliver and Chris Wood. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. granadatheater.com
DALLAS: Dec. 9 Jessica Lang Dance Group returns to Dallas with a program that includes a stunning new work created in collaboration with architect Steven Holl. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. attpac.org/on-sale/2016/jessica-lang-dance 214/880-0202
DALLAS: Dec. 10-11 "Candlelight: 45 Years of Memories" Create some new memories as you sing along with strolling carolers. Local groups perform on three stages. Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood St. dallasheritagevillage.org/event/candlelight
DALLAS: Dec. 11 BMW Dallas Marathon, Half-Marathon and Behringer Relay The course highlights iconic Dallas landmarks. Downtown. bmwdallasmarathon.com
DALLAS: Dec. 27-Jan. 1 Lone Star Circus' "La Fete!" The performance includes acrobats, jugglers, four-legged performers and clowns. Dallas Children's Theater at Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. dct.org/plays 214/740-0051
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