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Things To Do In Dallas: Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Any Other Holiday You Celebrate

Be safe and be kind to one another, and we'll see you in 2016.
Merry Christmas, Dallas. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel.
Merry Christmas, Dallas. Photo by Sheryl Lanzel.

As of today, we are officially on holiday break. We hope you are also enjoying some time off. But things to do in Dallas don’t take vacations. With that in mind, let this guide to the best upcoming events in town take you through the new year. Be safe and be kind to one another, and we’ll see you in 2016.

Through Christmas

Get in some quality Christmas light viewing while you still can. We rounded up our favorite display in North Texas for this list, and our massive compilation of holiday things to do should still prove helpful.

The spectacular production of Peter Pan 360which is enjoying a popular run at its tent in the Arts District, has been extended through Jan. 3.

The Dallas Theater Center’s world premiere Clarkston doesn’t have much to do with the holidays, but it’s a moving, down-to-earth show about what it means to be human.

The Jackson Pollock exhibition at the DMA — still incredible.

Where should you dine out on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? This has you covered.

Texas Ballet Theater finishes its run of The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall.

Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol will give you all kinds of feelings of joy and holiday cheer.

Through New Year’s Eve

Dec. 26: Rick Ross, aka the biggest boss that you seen thus far, performs at the Bomb Factory.

On Dec. 27, Robert Earl Keen says “Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee” with a holiday concert at House of Blues.

Also on Dec. 27, the jokers behind the Gilmore Guys Live podcast come to the Texas Theatre. Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuiyigbe will do their usual routine of breaking down an episode of Gilmore Girls, with a little more audience interaction and other fun flourishes.

New Year’s Eve and Into 2016

There is no Big D NYE celebration at Victory Park this year, but American Airlines Center should still be lively with the Stars playing the Predators on the last night of 2015.

There are many New Year’s Eve concerts to choose from, including the dance music blowout Lights All Night at Dallas Market Hall and a Dallas Symphony performance at the Meyerson. Elsewhere, the Texas Theatre’s 1980s-themed NYExcess Party will feature live music, comedy, burlesque, a costume contest and a “human ball drop.”

Keep an eye on SideDish for the best bars, restaurants, and other places to be on New Year’s Eve.

Look out on FrontRow for assorted year-in-review coverage and some more on things to do in Dallas.

At the movies: I’ve come up with five films you should make it a point to see during the holidays. One of them is indeed Star Wars, which I’ll shamelessly go see two or three more times. Otherwise, The Big Short is an amusing and informative chronicle of the 2008 financial crisis starring Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. The Danish Girl doesn’t quite work, despite a strong performance from Eddie Redmayne. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can’t make Sisters funny, regardless of their immense talent at being funny. Youth is an enchanting movie about age.

For more to do through the holidays, go here.