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December Calendar

By D Magazine |

Map coordinates are provided as approximate locations. The events listed are subject to change: call for more detailed information.


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Deck the halls, or shall we say gardens? “A Faberge Christmas” at the Arboretum opens Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 31. Visitors can enjoy cultivated gardens, more than 200,000 flowers, and spectacular views of White Rock Lake and downtown. Open daily; 10 a.m.-9 p.m.. Mon-Fri; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sat-Sun; 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263. (M-6)

Dallas World Aquarium. This West End, privately owned aquarium of exotic marine life has 12 saltwater tanks and Texas’ largest South African black-footed penguin exhibit. It also happens to be a great place for lunch. Open daily: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1801 N. Griffin St. 214-720-1801. (L-7)

Dallas Zoo. Exhibits feature forest, mountain, and river habitats, walk-through aviaries, and the Reptile Discovery Center. Monkey around in the chimpanzee exhibit. Open daily; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 621 E. Clarendon Dr. (Ewing exit off 1-35 E). 214-670-5656. (K-9)

Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The 110-acre, tree-shaded complex includes a rose garden. i conservatory. Japanese gardens, and the Garden Restaurant. Open daily: 8 a.m.-dusk (.9 a.m.-6 p.m., Japanese gardens); 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-871-7686. (A-9)

Fort Worth Zoo. In one of the nation’s most acclaimed zoos, over 4,000 exotic and native animals can be seen in exhibits like Flamingo Bay. Raptor Canyon, and Asian Falls, where Sumatran tigers and Malayan bears play around a 40-foot waterfall. Don’t miss the zoo’s latest addition: the meerkat exhibit. Open daily: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Mon-Fri; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sat & Sun: 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817- 871-7050. (A-9)

Old City Park. The Historical Village of Dallas. This outdoor museum, a complete turn-of-1 he-century village, rests in the shadow of the Dallas skyline. Houses, a church, a school, and a variety of stores were moved from their original locations and restored, so a mosey through the streets offers a glimpse into the life of early North Texans. This month, enjoy the festive lights festooning the historic homes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Tue-Sat; noon-4 p.m., Sun; 1717 Gano St. 214-421-5141. (L-8)

Southfork Ranch. Yes. it’s true: Everybody in Dallas knows J.R., and here’s where they go to meet him. Visit the Ewing Mansion and walk through the “Dallas” Museum with memorabilia from the hit TV series and its stars. There’s also a Western-wear store and the Front: Porch Cafe. Open daily; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3700 Hogge Rd., half-mile south of Parker Rd., in Parker. 972-442-7800. (N-l)


The Nutcracker, Fori Worth Dallas Ballet production of a young girl’s fantastical Christmas journey to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the mystical friends she encounters along the way. Dec 12-14, 18-21; 8 p.m., Thu & Fri; 2 & 8 p.m., Sat; 2 p.m.. Sun; JFK Theater. Tarrant County Convention Center. 1111 Houston St.. Fort Worth (B-9); Dec 22-26; call for times. Fail’ Park Music Hall in Dallas. 800-654-9545.(L-8)

The Nutcracker. This holiday classic comes to life on stage in an all-new production featuring a live orchestra and enhanced special effects, performed by the Irving Ballet Company. Dec 5-7; 8 p.m., Fri; 3 & 8 p.m., Sat; 3 p.m., Sun; Carpenter Hall, Irving Aits Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-252-7558. (H-6)


Holiday in the Park. Family fun doesn’t have to be limited to a roller coaster. The park is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa and seasonal entertainment. Weekends through Dec 31; call for times. Six Flags Over Texas. Arlington. 1-30 at State Highway 360. 817-640-8900.

10th Annual Christmas Parade and Santa in the Park. The holiday parade begins at Second and Main streets and finishes at Heritage Park. Everyone will want to stick around for the arrival of St. Nick and enjoy refreshments, such as popcorn and hot apple cider. Children can make their own decorations for the giant Christmas tree erected in the park. 3 p.m.. Dec 6; downtown Irving. 972-259-1249. (H-6)

Zoobilee of Lights. The lights will sparkle as twilight reaches the Fort Worth Zoo and the animals settle clown to sleep in this festive winter wonderland. Dec 12-Jan 3; 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Fort Worth Zoo. 1989 Colonial Pkwy.. Fort Worth. 817-871-7000. (A-9)


Babes In Toyland. A Christmas favorite filled with Mother Goose characters. Young sweethearts join forces with a jolly toy-maker to save Christmas from the dastardly Uncle Barnaby. Dec 5-20; call for times. Casa Manana Theatre. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave.. Fort Worth. 817-332-2272. (A-9)

The Christmas Witch. Gloria, a young apprentice witch, discovers the miracle of Christmas can be just as powerful as witchcraft. Dec 5-21: call for times. EI Centra College Theater, Main and Market, streets. 214-978-0110. (K-7)

Neiman Marcus/Adolphus Children’s Parade. “The Miracle on Commerce Street.” the nation’s only parade just for children, weaves through downtown Dallas with colorful floats, inflatables, and marching bands. 10 a.m.. Dec 6: begins at the comer of Lamar and Commerce streets. 214 640–8383. (K-8)

Not A Creature Was Stirring? …Or so the story led you to believe! Malcolm and Millicent Mouse and their mouselings decorate for the holiday season in anticipation of Saint Nick. Dec 5-28; call for times. The Crescent Theater. 2215 Cedar Springs Rd. 214-978-0110. (K-7)

Rockin’ With Rory. The toe-tapping tunes of “Kidrock” hit the stage with Rory. a renowned children’s performer. The music

features a blend of blues, pop. and “50s doo-wop. 4 p.m., Dec 8; Jewish Community Center of Dallas. 7900 Northaven Rd. 214-739-2737. (K-5)


African American Museum. With “Animals on the Run.” Isaac Smith brings animals to life in fantastical ways with his unique

manner of carving (hem as if they were actually moving. Through Mar 22; noon-5 p.m.. Tue-Fri; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sat & Sun; Fair Park. Grand Avenue entrance. 214-565-9026.(L-8)

Amon Carter Museum. “A Passion for Birds” (through Jan 18} showcases the work of the

great nature photographer Eliot Porter. “Masterworks of Photography Collection: Visions of Public America” (through Feb 7) features candid shots of pop culture icons like Marilyn Monroe. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Tue-Sat; nopn-5 p.m., Sun; 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.. Fori Worth. 817-738-1933. (A-9)

The Conspiracy Museum. This museum exposes alleged coverups of the assassinations o presidents Kennedy, Lincoln, and Garfield Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Kennedy, as well as the crash of Korean Flight 007.IOpen daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m; 110 S. Market $1. 214-741-3040. (K-8)

Dallas Museum of Art “Searching for Ancient Egypt” (through Feb 1) focuses on a civilization that has attracted many for hundreds of years, so explore it for yourself in this fascinating exhibit. Memorable highlights include a 4,300-year-old funerary chapel and! a mummy mask. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Tue, Wed & Fri; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thu; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sat & Sun; 1717N. Harwood St. 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1355. (K-7)

Dallas Museum of Natural History. Learn everything you ever wanted to know (or didn’t want to know) about snakes in the exhibit “Fangs,” which features more than 100 live snakes. Through Jan 4. Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. 214-421-lblNO. (L-8)

Ivanffy & Uhler Gallery. Contemporary and 20th-century European paintings, drawings, and sculpture. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue-Sat; 1-6 p.m., Sun; 4623 Lovers Ln. 214-350-3500. (K-6)

Kimbell Art Museum. “Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art” (through Mar I) features 17th- and 18th-cen(ury Chinese ceramics noted for their technical perfection and artistic inspiration. “Treasures of the Tervuren Museum’ (through Jan 25) features 125 masterpieces from the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Belgium, shown outside of Brussels for the first time. Also, “Impressionist and Modern Masterpieces: The Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation Collection of Basel, Switzerland” (through Jan 11).|10 a.m,-5 p.m.,Tue-Thu & Sat, noon-8 p.m., Fri; noon-5 p.m.. Sun; 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.. Fori Worth. 817-332-8451. (8-9)

Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass. Ornament Extravaganza. Collection of one-of-a-kind, unique ornaments. Through Dec 31; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thu; 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 820. 972-23^-7957. (K-4)

Meadows Museum. “Content Drives Form: Recent Work of Bill Komodore” (through Jan 11 )|features paintings and drawings on mythic and literary themes by Komodore, a distinguished member of the studio art faculty in the Meadows School of die Arts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu; closed Wed. On the SMU campus. 214-768-2516. (L-6)

The Science Place. A hands-on children’s discovery center that’s fun for parents, too, especially because the museum helps answer all of those “Why?” questions kids seem to interminably come up with. Also home to the IMAX theater and its 79-foot dome screen. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; 1318 Second Ave., Fair Park. 214-428-5555. (L-8)

Sixth Floor Museum. This thorough, intelligent, and moving exhibit in the former Texas School Book Depository explores the life and death of President John F. Kennedy. Particularly haunting is the recreated comer sniper’s nest. Audio tours available. Open daily; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dallas County Administration Building, 411 Elm St. 214-653-6666. (K-7)


Barry Manilow. The audience gets to choose the songs that Barry will perform in this ground-breaking, interactive show. 8 p.m., Dec 19; Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St.. For) Worth. 214-373-8000 or metro 972-647-5700. (B-9)

Christmas at the Super-Pops. Jazz up your holiday. Dec 12 &J3; call for times. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 230! Flora St. 214-670-3600. (L-7)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Andrew Litton conducts a lecture/demonstration using Mahler’s “Symphony No. 7 in E Minor.” Dec 4-6; call for times. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-670-3600. (L-7)

Handel’s Messiah. The Christmastime classic as interpreted by the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Oratorio Chorus. Featuring the famous Hallelujah Chorus. 7:30 p.m., Dec 11; Landreth Auditorium, TCU campus, Fori Worth. 817-926-8831. (A-10)

Irving Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert. The Irving Symphony Orchestra kicks off the season with their annual concert. The traditional holiday program will feature surprise musical guests as well as a special jolly old soul from the North Pole. 8 p.m., Dec 12; Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.. Irving. 972-831-8818. (H-6)

Ladies Night. An evening of live jazz entertainment with performances by the Phyllis Emert Trio and a vocal jam session with female vocalists including Leigh Tomlinson, Sandra Kaye, and Mary Rae. 7:30 p.m., Dec 3; Meadows Hall at The Sammons Center for the Arts. 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. at Oak Lawn Avenue. 214-871-ARTS. (K-7)

Lorie Line. Pianist Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra perform pop and classic holiday favorites. 7:30 p.m., Dec 9; McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. 800-654-9545.(L-6)

The Magic Flute. Mozart’s most popular opera. Young Prince Tamino takes his magic flute on a quest to save the daughter of the Queen of the Night from the clutches of evil. Dec 12-27; call for times.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-670-3600. (L-7)

Nome far the Holidays. John Giordano leads the Fort Worth Symphony Pops in a delightful concert filled with Yuletide favorites. Nov 28-30; 8 p.m.. Fri & Sal; 2 p.m.. Sun: JFK Theater. Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St. 817-921-2676. (B-9)


Las Colinas Christmas Classic Run. A holiday revelry for runners. This year marks the event’s 19th anniversary and will include three races: a 10K certified distance run. a 2 mile certified distance run/walk, and a IK Elf Trot for kids. Santa will start the races, which kick off at 9 a.m. Dec 13; Williams Square Plaza, Las Colinas Urban Center, O’Connor Road between Highway 114 and Northwest Highway, Las Colinas, 214-821-0909. (H-6)

28th Dallas White flock Marathon. This year’s event will be more family-focused with a kid’s race and a Kid’s Corral featuring basketball, face painting and coloring, wheel of fortune, and more. The race benefits the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Dec 5-7; race begins 8 a.m., Sun, Dee 7 at City Hall. Young and Ervay streets. 214-528-2962.(L-7)


Greetings! Family connection bridges the gap in a Catholic family’s relationship with a son’s Jewish fiancee. A holiday production for every religion. Through Dec 27. Stage West Theatre, 3053-55 S. University Dr., Fort Worth. 817-784-9378. (A-9)

I Do! I Do! A musical Broadway interpretation of the institute of marriage starring a cast of two. Dec 5-20; call for times. Irving Ans Center’s Dupree Theater, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.. Irving. 972-252-ARTS. (H-6)

Tuna Christinas. Celebrate the holiday season Texas-style with the lovable kooks of Greater Tuna, back to ring in the holiday season with the boom of a shotgun. Dec 9-14; 8 p.m., Tue-Fri; 2 & 8 p.m., Sat & Sum The Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm St., Ste. 300. 214-373-8000.

What About Luv. A satirical comedy that examines love for the true beast it can be-a neurotic and painful experience of joy! Dee 4-20: call for times. WaterTower Theatre. Addison Conference and Theater Center, 15650 Addison Rd., Addison, 972-450-6220. (K-3)

You Cant Tate It With You. The 60th anniversary revival of a classic knee-jerker. Alice Sycamore invites her well-to-do fiancee’s family home to meet the folks in the comedy whose hilarity rivals modem-day shows like The Birdcage. Dec 4-7 & 10-14; call for times. Quad C Theatre at Collin County Community College, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 972-881-5809. (M-1)