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Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

How to enjoy local arts, culture, food, fitness, and more while practicing social distancing.

Things To Do This Weekend: Dec. 3-Dec. 6

Thursday, Dec. 3 

Cara Mia Theatre is hosting a free, virtual community workshop series called “Becoming a Light Unto Yourself and Others” and the third installment is on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The classes, facilitated by civil rights activist Ernest McMillan, features local and national speakers who will discuss ways to connect with others across cultures, generations, faiths, and more. This week is “Forging Intergenerational Bridges” with Ty Defoe. The programming begins at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. 

Sandaga 813 presents SoulJazz Thursdays with special guest Vandell Andrew performing. Doors open at 8 p.m. and there’s a $10 cover.

Watch the Dallas Cowboys face off against the Baltimore Ravens at Happiest Hour, which is offering a new game day menu of snacks and cocktails. 

the concert truck
The Concert Truck will travel throughout Dallas for the holidays, starting this weekend.
Courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Friday, Dec. 4

In collaboration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Concert Truck is rolling up to NorthPark Center on Friday at 6 p.m. for a free community concert in the Neiman Marcus Garden. Members of the orchestra will perform some holiday-themed tunes for shoppers. Stop by the Trains at NorthPark while you’re there. 

Jasper’s Uptown has a special edition of its Backyard Cinema Night on Friday with a Christmas tree lighting and a showing of Elf. Tickets are $5-15 and include popcorn, hot chocolate, and reserved seating. Full dinner service is also available during the show. The tree lighting is at 6:30 p.m. 

Sunset Art Studios is having an online panel discussion featuring 2020 fellows Joi Thomas and Ciara Elle Bryant and current resident artist Classi Nance. The artists will be discussing Nance’s work, which “creates space as sanctuary for black women.” Her current project, Holding Us, creates a visual and verbal language for unnamed and missing women of Dallas. The discussion will be live on @sunsetartstudios Instagram at 5 p.m.

Krampus at Reunion Tower
Krampus is coming to Reunion Tower this weekend.
Reunion Tower

Saturday, Dec. 5

Visit with Krampus, the creepiest character of the holiday season, at Reunion Tower this weekend. The venue is holding a free photo event starting at 3 p.m., and discounted tickets to the observation deck are available for attendees. There’s also a Krampusnach themed escape room if you’re really feeling brave. 

The Dallas Farmers Market has a Holiday Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. You’ll find an extended assortment of artisan goodies and gifts for the season. Masks are required. 

The Shops at Park Lane are hosting a December Market event outdoors with local artisan vendors. The event goes from 10-3 p.m. 

Sunday, Dec. 6

There’s a Dallas Arts District Market opening at the Meyerson Symphony Center on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. The marketplace will be open daily from Sunday through December 13. You’ll find booths with gifts and objects from the DSO, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, and more.

Trains at NorthPark
Trains at NorthPark
Bret Redman

Is your kid ready to visit with Santa? NorthPark Center is offering a safer way to communicate with old St. Nick this season through virtual visits. Santa will call the family from his cozy home in the North Pole for a private conversation, and you’ll even get a Zoom-style photo with the icon. Appointments start at $25, and 100 percent of proceeds benefit Children’s Health.

Recurring Things To Do

While restaurants, movie theaters, museums, and other local businesses have reopened with limited capacities, we’re still very much in the midst of an infectious outbreak. Medical experts recommend that we continue to practice social distancing and wear masks vigilantly. 

For our list of the best events in Dallas this December, click here. 

Check out the most dazzling (and safe) displays of holiday cheer that our city has to offer this season: here’s a list of the best drive-through holiday lights displays.

Holiday tea is a fabulous seasonal tradition in town. We rounded up some of our favorites, like The Adolphus and the Dallas Arboretum, here.

Aurora Area 3
Alicia Eggert’s installation sweeps over passing vehicles like a car wash.
Aurora Dallas

While Aurora Dallas canceled its signature, biennial event, the public art festival is returning in a new, experimental format through its latest exhibition, Area 3. A downtown parking garage has been transformed into a drive-thru art gallery, featuring the work of local artists like filmmaker Tramaine Townsend, neon artist Alicia Eggert, and musician Francine Thirteen. Reserve your time-specific tickets here

At the Dallas Museum of Art, you’ll want to reserve a ticket for the special exhibition, For a Dreamer of Houses. The immersive exhibition explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit–something that’s taken on a new meaning in the months since the show opened in March. Read Trace Miller’s review here

Theaters like Alamo Drafthouse and Cinemark have reopened, but there are also a bunch of new drive-in theaters around town to facilitate socially distant movie nights. Find where to watch a drive-in movie in Dallas here.



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