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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Dec. 1

One Direction, The Book of Mormon, and some holiday light-seeing.
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KISS FM's Jingle Ball leads the onslaught of holiday concerts with One Direction at American Airlines Center. Photo courtesy of Modest Management.
KISS FM’s Jingle Ball leads the onslaught of holiday concerts with One Direction at American Airlines Center. Photo courtesy of Modest Management.

I hope y’all like Christmas and doing things in Dallas, because I’ve put together a list of more than 50 things to do for Christmas in Dallas to help you out this holiday season. My head is still jingling and ring ting tingling too from full immersion in a sea of tree lightings, Christmas carols, Nutcrackers, and Santa sightings. The Grinch in me has been forever silenced by the sheer volume of cheer and merriment to be found in North Texas this December. I look forward to my inevitable transformation into a jolly, red-cheeked, eggnog-swilling avatar of holiday spirit.

The month gets off to a joyful start tonight with One Direction, The Book of Mormon, a drive-thru Christmas light show, and Kenneth Lauren “Ken” Burns.

In the December issue of the magazine, Zac worked to determine which local radio station brings the most cheer with its holiday concert. KISS FM’s Jingle Ball and its One Direction-topped lineup–other acts include Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, and 5 Seconds of Summer–seems like the clear winner. This early present for screaming pre-teens and their patient parents arrives at the American Airlines Center. Doors are at 6 pm.

The Book of Mormon, the acclaimed and wildly popular musical from the guys who brought you Eric Cartman, returns to North Texas for its first Fort Worth appearance. Tonight’s show, which kicks off a week-long run at Bass Performance Hall, was sold out except for two orchestra seats ($200 a pop) when I checked at about 10 am. But wait — 20 lottery tickets are up for grabs for $25 each. To enter, show up at the box office two-and-a-half hours before the performance and throw your name in the hat.

Ken Burns, the filmmaker known for his Civil War documentary and other movies on American history, will speak tonight at McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are sold way out, and as far as I can gather, there’s not much of a secondary market for lecture series tickets — someone let me know if there are, in fact, scalpers hawking Burns tickets on the SMU campus today.

If you’re in the mood for some holiday light-seeing, head out to Texas Motor Speedway for a giant tree lighting and discounted admission to the Gift of Lights, the track’s drive-by Christmas show.

For more to do tonight, go here.

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