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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Dec. 4-6

A weekend full of holiday events.
A cat wearing a Santa hat. This image hopefully illustrates the volume of Christmas-themed events in Dallas this weekend. Photo by Anthony Posey via Flickr.
A cat wearing a Santa hat. This image hopefully illustrates the volume of Christmas-themed events in Dallas this weekend. Photo by Anthony Posey via Flickr.

Christmas events may get a lot of attention this time of year, but let’s not forget the start of Hanukkah on Sunday. Let’s also not forget to do things that have nothing to do with the holidays. All things to do are special in my eyes. Shalom.

Friday (12/4)

The Dallas Opera premieres Becoming Santa Claus, a piece about a 13-year-old Prince of the North Pole paying Bethlehem a visit on the first Christmas Eve. The family-friendly opera repeats three times.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and some of North Texas’ best choral groups join forces for the Christmas Pops concerts this weekend. Traditional holiday songs dominate the program, but you’ll hear a few tunes from more recent songs sprinkled in.

Diarrhea Planet, the Nashville six-piece that shreds like it’s going out of style, seems to play in Dallas more than some bands that actually call Dallas home. We’re not complaining. The group’s a force to be reckoned with live, especially when the bill also features the similarly guitar-happy JEFF The Brotherhood and some top-notch local rock acts. This jolly “Chrismukkah” show is at Club Dada. For more concerts to see this weekend, go here.

A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show is a one-man retelling of Dickens’ widely adapted story showing at Theatre Three.

Shows open at Ro2 Art, Beefhaus, 500x, and more. It’s your weekend art events.

Saturday (12/5)

Downtown Dallas goes Christmas crazy. In the morning, it’s the Children’s Health Holiday Parade. Next up, we have a celebration and tree lighting at Klyde Warren Park. At last, fireworks, live music, light displays, and yuletide cheer in the Arts District. For an absurd amount of other things to do for Christmas, go here.

What’s Christmas without tamales? No fun, that’s what. Load up on tamales, snap a picture with Santa, and do some shopping at the Dallas Farmers Market during the DFW Tamale Festival.

Leave the kids at home and celebrate the legend of the child-snatching demonic Krampus at the Dallas Krampus Walk in Deep Ellum.

Sunday (12/6)

Have you seen The Nutcracker yet?

New movies: The latest Spike Lee joint, Chi-Raq, is an adaptation of an ancient Greek comedy set in a modern-day Chicago ravaged by gun violence. It’s uneven and a little full of itself, but its ambition and artistry make it impossible to dismiss, per Todd’s review. Richardson native Makenzie Leigh, who we talked to here, stars in James White, opening this weekend. The Texas Theatre is showing Entertainment, the Neil Hamburger-starring anti-comedy from the director of the equally depressing The Comedy, all weekend. I caught it at the Oak Cliff Film Festival earlier this year and was equally bored and disturbed by its bleak view of humanity, which I think was the point.

For more to do this weekend, go here.