The Christmas tree at Klyde Warren Park in 2014. Photo by skys the limit2 via Flickr.

Things to Do

Things To Do In Dallas This Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Any Other Holiday of Your Choosing

To the weekend and beyond.

This very special “things to do in Dallas” post, the last of 2016 and the first of the rest of your life, will take you all the way to a new year and maybe, just maybe, a new you. Whether 2017 proves to be just as challenging and infuriating as 2016, or comes with horrors beyond your imagining, or (unlikely) is the best year of your life, there is one thing we can all be sure of: there will be things to do in Dallas, and someone to write pithy summations of those things.

We’re about to leave for vacation. (Stay plugged in for sizzling fresh content even in our absence.) You’re about to read a list of things to do. We’re both going to try and have the happiest and safest of holidays. See you in 2017.

Get your last Nutcracker fix until next year with the Texas Ballet Theater at Bass Performance Hall through Christmas Eve.

The Book of Mormon is worth believing the hype, and worth scrambling to get tickets for until it leaves down Dec. 31.

Drowning Pool plays Tree on Dec. 23, raising money for Toys For Tots in the most metal fundraiser of the year.

Marvelous Nerd Year’s Evedebuting this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, runs from Dec. 29 to Jan. 1. Stan Lee, who is getting older and, let’s just be frank here, isn’t going to be at many more of these things, is scheduled to appear among other icons of comic books, pop culture, and other geeky pursuits. The expo is also setting out to break a world record for “largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters.”

Make the last supper of 2016 worthwhile. Here’s where to dine out on New Year’s Eve.

Zedd and Deadmau5 perform while thousands of fuzzy-booted, neon-appareled young people dance it out at Lights All Night, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve’s Eve at Dallas Market Center. If it’s 11:30 p.m. and you don’t know where your children are, they’re here.

Ring in the new year with the Dallas Symphony, getting lit at the Meyerson with “Viennese-inspired revelry” and classical waltzes. Champagne toast at intermission.

Survive, the Austin band (boasting two members from Dallas) whose music you’ll know from the Stranger Things soundtrack, has New Year’s Eve duties at It’ll Do.

Reliant Lights Your Holidays, the Christmas light and fireworks show postponed because of rain earlier this month, has been rescheduled for early evening in the Arts District on New Year’s Eve.

Don’t drink and drive. Don’t say anything cruel to anyone. Be kind. Recycle.

For much more to do, go here.