Texas Ballet Theater Presents Annual Production of The Nutcracker

Texas Ballet Theater Presents Annual Production of The Nutcracker

Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will present Artistic Director Laureate Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.’s The Nutcracker November 25 – December 4 at Winspear Opera House in Dallas and December 9-24 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

This family-friendly ballet features the classic Nutcracker story, festive choreography and elaborate sets to put patrons in the holiday spirit. The show also includes special effects to enhance the production, including snow falling on stage.

The company will perform eight times at Winspear Opera House before moving to Bass Performance Hall, where they will present an additional 19 performances.

Many of our dancers will dance multiple roles and some are stepping into new roles for the first time this year,” Acting Artistic Director Tim O’Keefe said. “It’s exciting to see dancers expand their repertoire and take on new opportunities and I know you’ll be able to see their excitement on stage.”

The nonprofit ballet company will also offer a pre-show Kingdom of Sweets activity area for children attending matinee performances on November 26 and December 3, 10 and 17. Activities include coloring, crafts, and themed items to take home. Kingdom of Sweets is sponsored by WFAA.

Tickets start at $25. Patrons can purchase tickets online at texasballettheater.org or call the Box Office Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, at 877-828-9200 option 1.

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Next at Stage West: Guards at the Taj

THE PRICE OF PERFECTION

Stage West presents Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj

What kinds of sacrifices can be demanded in the pursuit of beauty and perfection?  Do friendship, health, even life, rank as acceptable losses?  This question is at the center of Rajiv Joseph’s funny and deeply moving Guards at the Taj, winner of both Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards in 2015, which begins Stage West’s 44th season with a 5-week regional premiere run Thursday, October 20.

Humayan and Babur are two lowly Imperial guards, keeping watch over the walls around the newly completed Taj Mahal on the last night before it is revealed to the public in all its glory. Despite their differences (Humayan is a believer in discipline and rule-following, while Babur is a dreamer who questions pretty much everything), these two have forged a deep friendship, and they banter to pass the time. Unfortunately, they eventually come to the realization that, due to their lowly status, they will be responsible for carrying out a horrific task decreed by the Emperor. Come morning, they have no choice but to comply, and so they do, but it changes them irrevocably.  Can their friendship survive? Can they?  And is a creation of such astounding beauty worth such a terrible price?

This haunting play is sure to stay with audiences long after the curtain comes down.

A piercing examination of the nature of beauty, its relationship to power, and its unspeakable costs.” – Chicago Reader

Rajiv Joseph received his B.A. in Creative Writing from Miami University and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and he is currently a Language Lecturer at NYU. His play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Rajiv’s New York productions include Animals Out of Paper (Second Stage Theatre, summer 2008), The Leopard and the Fox (Alter Ego, fall 2007), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane Theatre, 2006), and All This Intimacy (Second Stage Theatre, 2006). In Los Angeles Huck & Holden was produced by The Black Dahlia Theatre in 2006. Through the Lark Play Development Center, Rajiv has traveled to Mexico and Romania, where Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was translated into Spanish and Romanian, respectively, and performed in staged readings. Rajiv has been awarded the Paula Vogel Award by the Vineyard Theatre and the 2009 Kesselring Fellowship. Rajiv is a Founding Member of the new New York based theatre company The Fire Department and was a contributing writer on their first two theatrical events, Speakeasy and At War: American Playwrights Respond To The War In Iraq. He is a former Lark Playwriting Fellow and Dramatists Guild Fellow. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, and Smith & Kraus. with the School of Art and Public Policy and the Expository Writing Program. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

Guards at the Taj will be directed by Shyama Nithiananda, seen at Stage West in last season’s JQA.  The cast features Dhruv Ravi as Babur and Rahul Joshi as Humayun, both making their Stage West debuts.  Mr. Ravi’s credits include As You Like It for Shakespeare Dallas and Taming of the Shrew for Ithaca Shakespeare Company, while Mr. Joshi’s credits include Ocean in a Teacup at Theatre Row, NYC and God of Carnage at American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC.

Set design is by Brian Clinnin, with lighting design by Bryan Stevenson, costume design by Amy Poe, sound design by Ryan Simón, and props and set décor by Lynn Lovett.

Guards at the Taj will preview Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 and Friday, October 21 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, November 20.  The opening night reception will be after the performance on Saturday, October 22. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00.  Masks are recommended, but not required at this time. Ticket prices are $40 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $45 on Saturdays and Sundays, with $20 tickets for the two preview performances.  Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised).  Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org.  

NOTE: this play contains depictions of violence and some strong language.

Members of the media may attend Saturday, October 22, or any performance thereafter.

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STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES ITS 2022-2023 SEASON!   

Stage West is excited to announce the lineup for its 44th season!   The new season will feature six shows, two of which will be co-productions. Three will be presented in the Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theatre (“The Evie”), and three will happen in the Jerry Russell Theatre.. It’s a unique mix of 5 plays and 1 musical, which range from laugh out loud funny to breathtakingly beautiful… from campy and naughty to warmly moving and kind.  Here’s the lineup:

Guards at the Taj – Regional Premiere

by Rajiv Joseph Russell Theatre

October 20 – November 20, 2022

India, 1648. Two hapless Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time over the newly-completed Taj Mahal. But the morning light brings with it an unthinkable task that will shake the foundations of everything they thought to be true. In this disarmingly funny and deeply moving story, two friends behold the most sublime of wonders and discover the perils of bearing witness to perfection.

 

“Keeps us entertained – and totally unprepared for some shocking plot turns.” – The New Yorker

Handle With Care – Regional Premiere, Swenson Theatre

by Jason Odell Williams

December 8, 2022 – January 8, 2023

A young Israeli woman on holiday with her grandmother in the United States is confronted by an unexpected turn of events. Now, she finds herself stranded in a motel room on Christmas Eve with an oddball delivery man. Is their meeting an accident, or is it destiny generations in the making? Hilarious and tragic circumstances culminate in a heartfelt romantic comedy about what you can find when you feel lost.

 

“A hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy…which exudes gobs of comic energy and insight.” – The New York Times

The Play That Goes Wrong – Swenson Theatre

by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields,
and Jonathan Sayer

February 16 – March 5, 2023  (Stage West dates)

Co-production with WaterTower Theatre

Welcome to the opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to fiasco. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), the whole evening is a disastrous smash. Chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania, this classic murder mystery is sure to bring down the house!

“Boy does it hit the funny bone…a rising tide of hysteria” —Time Out (London)

Cruel Intentions: the 90s Musical – Swenson Theatre

by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin, and Roger Kumble, Based on the film by Roger Kumble, Music Direction and Arrangements by Zach Spound

May 4 – 21, 2023  (Stage West dates)

Co-production with Uptown Players

In an epic game of cat and mouse, two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet, and vow to destroy anyone who gets in their way. Seduced by passion and revenge, this devious duo spins a web of dangerous liaisons, and they soon find themselves entangled in the cruelest game of all: love. Based on the cult classic film and featuring your favorite 90’s hits, this new jukebox musical is utterly intoxicating.

“Fun, sexy, and seductive. It’s a great time!” – Huffington Post

I Wanna F*cking Tear You Apart – Regional Premiere, Russell Theatre

by Morgan Gould 

June 15 – July 9, 2023

Best friends and roommates, Sam and Leo are an unbreakable team. But when a new friend enters the scene, doubt creeps in, and a shattering secret is about to be dragged kicking and screaming into the light. A hilariously modern ode to the complications of friendship in its many messed-up forms, with a special nod to a kind of love that sometimes looks a lot like rage.

“Acerbically funny and potent… [an] edgy, funny, foul-mouthed tale of friendship” – Metro Weekly

Grand HorizonsRegional Premiere, Russell Theatre

by Bess Wohl 

August 31 – October 1, 2023

Bill and Nancy are fifty years into their marriage. They can anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore, and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into a new senior living community, the unthinkable happens – Nancy wants a divorce. This funny, shocking, and intimate story takes an honest look at the unpredictable, complicated, and enduring nature of love.

“A supremely funny comedy of marital malaise…a smart, but crowd-friendly comedy” – BroadwayNews.com

Season tickets will go on sale to the general public July 18, and will include the Bargain Season Ticket (good on Thursdays only) at $155 each, the Standard Season Ticket at $210 each, the Premium Season Ticket (which  includes several great additional perks) at $318 each, and the Select 4 Season Ticket (patrons choose 4 shows from the list) $152 each. 

For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378.  Tickets and information will be available online soon at www.stagewest.org.

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Texas Ballet Theatre Announces 2022-2023 Season

Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) announces its 2022-2023 season, including an additional production, a world premiere and classic favorites.

The nonprofit ballet company will open the season with Cirque du Ballet, a world premiere production featuring an array of characters and choreography from the world’s most popular ballets. TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. will choreograph the production, running at Winspear Opera House in Dallas September 16-18, 2022, and at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth September 30-October 2, 2022.

The season will continue with the annual production of The Nutcracker, also choreographed by Stevenson. The holiday favorite will run at Winspear Opera House November 25-December 4, 2022, before moving to Bass Performance Hall December 9-24, 2022.

For one night only, TBT will present The Nutty Nutcracker, a pop culture-filled parody of the traditional ballet, at Bass Performance Hall December 16, 2022.

Next, the company will perform Modern Masterpieces, a mixed repertoire production featuring Stevenson’s Bartok and Image as well as choreographer Garrett Smith’s Imbue. Modern Masterpieces will run at Wyly Theatre in Dallas February 24-26, 2023, and Bass Performance Hall March 17-19, 2023.

TBT closes the season with the return of Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland. This ballet follows the classic children’s story and includes a unique element – select dialogue and narration by characters, typically unseen in ballet. Alice in Wonderland will be on stage at Winspear Opera House May 19-21, 2023, and Bass Performance Hall May 26-28, 2023.

“The season truly has something for everyone,” Stevenson said. “It is full of fantasy and engaging stories, presented by our talented company of dancers. The whole family can come and enjoy the ballet all season long.

Patrons can purchase season package subscriptions now by visiting https://texasballettheater.org/season-packages or calling the Box Office at 877-828-9200 option 1. Single tickets go on sale July 5.

To support TBT or for more information about the upcoming season, visit www.texasballettheater.org.

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Church and Stateat Stage West

Church and State
at Stage West

KEEPING THE FAITH

Stage West presents Jason Odell Williams’ fast-paced dramedy Church & State.

A political candidate sharing his raw feelings about a hot button issue with the voting public during a campaign rally: what could possibly go wrong? It’s risky business, in Jason Odell Willliams’ timely political comedy-with-a-twist Church & State, which begins a 4-week regional premiere run on Thursday, January 27 in the Jerry Russell Theatre at Stage West.

North Carolina Senator Charles Whitmore has a problem. Even though he’s a well-liked guy with solid bipartisan appeal, his re-election is not looking like a slam-dunk.  And then, his off-the-cuff remark after a funeral for two school shooting victims goes viral. Now it’s damage control time.  Both his New York liberal campaign manager and his charming conservative wife are in agreement—he should walk back his remark.  But Whitmore wants to be true to himself, come what may.  What to do?  

Whitmore’s decision leads to a surprising result, and there’s more than one twist to come.  Jason Odell Williams has crafted a deft mixture of comedy and drama, with characters who are both comic and utterly human.  This play is sure to make audiences laugh…and think.

“Excellent…both human and humane, keeps you guessing” – Chicago Tribune

Jason Odell Williams is an Emmy-nominated writer and producer as well as an award-winning playwright and novelist. Hailed as a “postmodern Clifford Odets” by the L.A. Times and “this country’s newest Eugene O’Neill” by the Santa Monica Daily Press, his play Church & State was nominated for Best New Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance and L.A. Ovation Awards. Church & State was selected to be an NNPN Rolling World Premiere with productions in Los Angeles and Rochester before running for over 100 performances Off-Broadway at New World Stages. Jason’s first play Handle With Care was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, ran for over 100 performances Off-Broadway starring Carol Lawrence, has been produced over twenty times since 2011 in the U.S. and Canada, and won three Theatre Bay Area Awards including Outstanding Production. Other plays include Baltimore in Black & White (the cell theatre), Someone Else (NC Stage), The Science of Guilt (DR2), Going Offline (Fells Point Corner Theatre), The Jungle Gym (American Globe Theatre). Jason was a winner of the 2012 Hudson Valley Writers’ Center contest and the winner of the 2011 Fixitsolife Theatre playwriting contest. He lives in New York City with wife and daughter. More at http://jasonodellwilliams.com/

Church & State will be directed by Jenna Burnett.  The cast features Ashley Wood, last at Stage West as Dr. Evans in Holmes and Watson, as Charlie, with Shannon J. McGrann, who appeared as Nora in Stage West’s A Doll’s House Part 2, as wife Sara. Ryan Michael Friedman, last at Stage West as Love in Everybody, will appear as Tom, Marshall, Reporter, and Security Guy.  And making her Stage West debut is Madeline Dockery-Furhmann, seen as Emilia in Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare in the Bar, as Alex. 

Set design is by Natalie Rose Mabry, with lighting design by Jared Land, costume design by Amanda Capshaw, sound design by Jake Nice, projection design by Philip Vilar, and props and set décor by Lynn Lovett.

Church & State will preview Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 and Friday, January 28 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, February 20.  All Sunday matinees will be Safe Sundays, with proof of vaccination required. Masks are required for all performances. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00.  Ticket prices for the season are $40 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $45 on Saturdays and Sundays, with $20 tickets for the two preview performances.  Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised).  Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org.  

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HOLIDAY LIGHTS, THEATRE, CONCERTS & BALLET

Enjoy a Western Wonderland at The Fort Worth Stockyards

The holiday festivities kickoff when Cowboy Santa makes his grand arrival to the Stockyards on Friday, November 26th! Guests can welcome him in his stagecoach following the 11:30 a.m. Cattle Drive. Activities to follow his entrance include photos by appointment, Cowboy poetry, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday carolers and more. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus story time will continue through the holiday season – a full schedule can be found online.

The day concludes with the kickoff of the Stockyards’ holiday light spectacular with a festive tree lighting outside the Exchange Building and at Hotel Drover at 6:00 p.m. Guests can see the Stockyards, Mule Alley, and Hotel Drover adorned with Christmas lights as they welcome Santa and the district wide celebrations commence.

Through the holiday season, guests can journey through a district wide Western wonderland complete with dreamy lighting and decor. Stroll down East Exchange Avenue and Mule Alley, where every tree will be lit, light poles will be wrapped in garland and ribbon, and garland and lights can be found decorating Cowtown Coliseum, the Exchange Building, Stockyards Station, and even the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Enjoy quintessential Texas themed lights with two boot sculptures up the steps of the Exchange Building, a horseshoe outside of American Paint Horse Association, and a 6-foot large wreath outside Shake Shack on Mule Alley. Guests can enjoy festive shopping down Mule Alley and end their evening at Hotel Drover for seasonal spirits, hot chocolate and coffee around the backyard fire pits.

Also, save the date for Christmas in the Stockyards on Saturday, December 4 from 12-4 p.m. Join The Stockyards as they celebrate the 20th Annual Christmas in the Stockyards featuring Sounds of the Season, Strolling Holiday Entertainment, Festive Activities, Photos with Cowboy Santa, Mrs. Claus Story Time, and a spectacular Christmas parade at 4pm!

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A Phunk Dr’s Christmas

Jubilee Theatre / December 10th-12th

Written and Directed by Wambui Richardson, A Phunk Dr’s Christmas is a concert of music, comedy, and more celebrating the holiday season and featuring Fort Worth’s Phunk Dr’s as well as some of Jubilee Theatre’s long time performers.

Don’t miss it! Grab tickets at http://www.jubileetheatre.org !

FWSO presents “Home for the Holidays”

Bass Performance Hall / November 26th – 28th  

Don’t miss one of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists bring you “Home for the Holidays,” with a spectacular program of Christmas carols and seasonal tunes. Wave to Santa as the orchestra conjures a white Christmas courtesy of a magical snowfall.The perfect gift for the whole family.

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TBT Presents the Nutcracker & The NuttyNutcracker

Bass Performance Hall / December 10th – 26th                                                                                                   

Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will keep the holiday spirit and a great holiday tradition in Fort Worth alive as they present The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall thru December 26th                                                       

https://texasballettheater.org/performance/nutcracker-2021/

 

Holiday in the Garden

Fort Worth Botanic Garden / December 11th, 10am – 4pm                                                                 

We are excited to announce Holiday in the Garden! Bring your holiday cheer to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Celebrate the season at this annual event by shopping the wares of artisan vendors, enjoying tasty treats from gourmet food trucks, relaxing to live music from local bands and singing along to holiday carols with the Fort Worth Opera. There will also be a visit from Santa himself!

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Stage West Theatre presents Scrooge in Rouge

December 2nd – 24th

The Royal Music Hall Variety Players’ production of A Christmas Carol is in a pickle after twenty members of the company suddenly fall ill. This leaves the three remaining members to plow on (so to speak) through a musical performance of the Dickens classic. Expect missed cues, unfamiliar characters, and costume mishaps aplenty. With cheeky puns and bawdy songs, this quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Christmas tale is a hilarious holiday treat!

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Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Holiday Shindig

David McDavid Studio / December 1st, 7:30pm

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis return to McDavid Studio to celebrate the holidays, like only they can. Each renowned for crafting some of the most enduring music on the vast country and Americana landscape, the Texas twosome will perform sawdusty favorites from their recent duet record, Beautiful Lie, songs from their own extensive solo catalogs and, of course, holiday favorites, old and new. Spend the holidays with Texas’ finest country couple.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/bruce-and-kelly-holiday-2021/

 

ROBERT EARL KEEN’S The Road to Christmas

Bass Performance Hall / December 30th, 7:30pm

One of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions is back! Robert Earl Keen returns for his Eve of New Year’s Eve concert at Bass Hall this holiday season, with special guest opener, singer-songwriter Brent Cobb . Ring in the new year with an evening of Americana hits and holiday tunes featuring REK’s famous Bluegrass flare.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/robert-earl-keen/

 

The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle – Holiday and Hits

Bass Performance Hall / December 13th, 7:30pm

Country music legends The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle grace the Bass Hall stage for the very first time in this brand-new holiday special. These musical acts have wowed audiences across the country and the globe, but never have they appeared together, until now. Don’t miss an evening featuring a catalog of hits and holiday favorites.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/The-Gatlin-Brothers-and-Crystal-Gayle-Holiday-Hits/

 

Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets

Will Rogers Auditorium / December 3rd – 5th

Join Ballet Frontier for the magic of The Nutcracker this holiday season!

Ballet Frontier has been captivating audiences with our production of The Nutcracker for the last 12 years.  With its cast comprised of professional dancers, talented young students, dazzling costumes, and world-class choreography, the stage is set for an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages!  Check website for Waco and Granbury performances.

https://www.balletfrontier.org/the-nutcracker

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Casa Manana / November 20th – December 23rd

This holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation. Filled with holiday hits like “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “The Island of Misfit Toys,” “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” and everyone’s favorite, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. This show is suitable for all audiences.

http://www.casamanana.org/attraction/rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer/

 

Nashville Christmas at The Reid Cabaret

Casa Manana / November 30th – December 18th

This Christmas, the Reid Cabaret Theatre is headed to the country capital of the world! Don, your boots, kick back and get into the holiday spirit with Christmas tales and songs in the styles of your favorite country superstars like Garth Brooks, Dan + Shay, Faith Hill and more! This show is suitable for most audiences.

http://www.casamanana.org/attraction/nashville-christmas/

 

GM Financial Parade of Lights

Downtown Fort Worth / Sunday, November 21st, 6pm

On Sunday, November 21, 2021, join us for a renewed, live and in-person, GM Financial Parade of Lights! It’s a day filled with exciting things to do throughout Downtown, from taking care of your holiday shopping to dining out in some of the finest restaurants in Fort Worth, all while enjoying the holiday spirit of the country’s top holiday parade.

The GM Financial Parade of Lights begins at 6:00 PM at the intersection of Weatherford and Throckmorton Streets. The parade proceeds east along Weatherford Street, turns south on Commerce and goes all the way to 9th Street. At 9th Street the parade turns west, proceeds past the Convention Center to Houston St., and then turns north on Houston Street to 2nd St.  The final turns for the parade are west on 2nd St. to Throckmorton Street, and south to 3rd St. where the parade will end. For complete route information and a full map click here.

https://www.fortworthparadeoflights.org/

 

Kimbell Art Museum 2021 Holiday Gift Guide & Holiday Sale

Cultural District

To ring in the holiday season, the Kimbell Art Museum invites shoppers to browse unique gifts, take advantage of seasonal savings and enjoy holiday treats.

The Kimbell’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide showcases festive favorites perfect for stuffing into stockings or placing under the tree. Featuring hand-crafted serveware, inspiring publications and imaginative games from the Museum Shops in the Louis I. Kahn Building and Renzo Piano Pavilion, shoppers can discover gifts for everyone on their list, from families to art aficionados.

All products are of limited quantity and available for in-store purchase at the Camp Bowie locations only. Patrons can contact the Museum Shop at 817-332-8451, ext. 744, with any questions.

https://kimbellart.org/

 

Panther Island Ice

Coyote Drive In / November 19, 2021 – January 17, 2022

This is one of the unique holiday traditions Fort Worth offers each year.  Panther Island Ice Returns Panther Island Ice returns this holiday season. Located at Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink offers public skating starting on November 19, 2021. The ice rink will operate seven days a week through January 17, 2022, including all holidays. The rink is real ice located mostly under a large pavilion. Patrons can take advantage of the ample free parking, along with the drive-in’s other amenities such as covered seating, gas heaters, restrooms, and a full menu including beer and wine options. It’s a great family outing.  Go early and go often!

https://pantherislandice.com/

 

Radiance Christmas                                              

Weatherford-Decatur-Frisco-Waxahachie / Through January 3, 2021

Texas’ #1 Light Spectacular Radiance! is back, BIGGER and BETTER, featuring less wait time, new scenes and more lights! Better still, one ticket gives you access to both Radiance! AND our all-new family holiday attraction, Frozen in Frisco!

At Frozen in Frisco, you’ll experience an outdoor Winter Carnival full of thrills, fun and magical memory-making moments unlike anything in North Texas!

  • Soar down 2- story Ice Tubing Hills,
  • Ice skate under the stars,
  • Throw snowballs made of REAL snow at Santa’s Snowball Toss,
  • Ride the giant 108ft Ferris Wheel and Christmas Carousel,
  • Spin out on Bumper Cars on Ice,
  • Meet Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man,
  • Visit Mistletoe Holiday Market, and much more!

https://www.radiancechristmas.com/

 

The Michael Hix Christmas Party

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / Friday, November 26th 7:30pm

You can’t help but be drawn in by the magnetic charm and wit of Michael Hix. His vocal abilities range from baritone to a high soprano. Vocally, there isn’t much Michael can’t do. However, what’s really impressive about him is his ability to capture an audience and hold their attention for hours. There is no better entertainer, that’s why he’s been dubbed “The Worlds Greatest Entertainer.” If you haven’t seen him in action, you are missing out. He will lift your spirits, make you laugh, cry with joy, and leave you feeling satisfied and excited. There are new and exciting things around the corner for Michael. You will have to follow him here, or on social media to see what all he’s up to! We hope to see you soon and thank you for your support. God Bless. “If talent is a predictor, Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake might should watch out.” – Arlington Today Magazine.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

A Twitty and Lynn Christmas

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / Saturday, November 27th 7:30pm

The grandchildren of famed duo Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, the two have taken to the road to honor their grandparents in an intimate evening of music and storytelling.   Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have seen great success with their Tribute to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty; going into their second year together, the duo already has at least two dozen tour dates set throughout much of North America and Canada.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

Jaston Williams Blood & Holly

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / December 10th & 11th 7:30pm

In his one-man show, Blood & Holly, Jaston Williams remembers Christmas in childhood as a warped hybrid of Toyland and Franco’s Spain. Meet the elderly sisters without any eyebrows, the house cat driven crazy by Christmas decorations, and a gift list that includes rubber knives, moist towelettes, and teeth. Known nationally as the co-author and co-star of the award-winning plays in the Greater Tuna cycle, Jaston Williams will leave you in stitches.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

ARLINGTON

Arlington Holiday of Lights Parade

December 11th, 6:00pm

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which is followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street or after the tree lighting on the City Hall steps at 101 W Abram Street.

https://holidaylightsparade.com/

 

Elf on a Shelf

Choctaw Stadium (formerly Globe Life Field) / November 18th – January 2nd  

With Christmas Spirit running low, Santa’s sleigh’s compass goes haywire, and Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves need human help! Where’s the Lone Star State’s best place for finding cheer? Choctaw Stadium’s dazzling star-filled concourse, of course!

Join Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves on a quest to collect the ingredients for Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a journey through twinkling wonderlands to set Santa and Christmas back on course!

https://elfontheshelfjourney.com/dallas/

 

Arlington Music Hall

Christmas Concerts for 2021 / December 4th – 18th  

December 4th : Wynonna Christmas

December 8th :  Christmas with the Beatles

December 9th :  Texas Tenors Deep in Heart of Christmas

December 17th :  Chad Prather & Friend Christmas

December 18th :  Al Joslin Christmas

https://arlingtonmusichall.net/events/

 

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Texas

November 19th  – January 2nd

Holiday in the Park is back! ‘Tis the season for glittering lights, delicious snacks, and a festive spin on your favorite rides.

Gather around for the nightly tree lighting show you’ll never forget! Each night, millions of lights are illuminated at once by Santa in a magical moment. For the little elves in your family, head over to the Merry Marketplace to meet Santa Claus! After meeting Santa, venture into Casa Magnetica and celebrate Nochebuena in our unique tilted house attraction.

Try to catch a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer as you soar 400 feet in the air on Texas SkyScreamer or fly head over heels on BATMAN: The Ride. Make a New Year’s Resolution to experience more thrills on HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity, a giant whirling wheel of adventure to kick 2022 off right! For the little ones looking for less thrills, take a merry ride on the Silver Star Christmas Carousel.

https://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/events/holiday-in-the-park

 

MANSFIELD

Hometown Holidays Merry Midway

Historic Downtown Mansfield / December 3rd & 4th

Prepare for holidays with two days of festivities, shows, shopping and old school carnival rides in Historic Downtown Mansfield. Hit the sled hill, take a ride on the ferris wheel, shop our local vendors, enjoy a concert, visit Santa Claus and be dazzled by our annual tree lighting and fireworks show!

https://www.mansfieldtexasarts.org/calendar/community-events/hometown-holidays

 

GRAPEVINE

Grapevine: The Christmas Capitol of Texas

It’s more merry in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! Grapevine is the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends. You’ll be amazed at 40 days of unique and traditional Christmas events, as you see Grapevine sparkle with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and much more! Be sure to make Grapevine, Texas your top Christmas destination.

https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

 

GRANBURY

The New Granbury Live Christmas Concerts 2021

The New Granbury Live / December 3rd – 18th

December 3rd :  Bryan White Christmas

December 4th :  Michael Hix Rock & Soul Christmas

December 11th :  William Lee Martin, The Nutcracker (comedy)

December 16th :  Jingles with Jet Blacq

https://thenewgranburylive.com/shows/

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, EVENTS, AND SANTA CLAUS SIGHTINGS

The Modern Lights

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth / November 1st – February 6th

The Modern trees are illuminated with an array of festive lights in celebration of the holiday season. Passersby experience a stunning display, and visitors are invited to enjoy evening viewing opportunities. The museum galleries are open with free admission until 8 pm on Fridays.

 

Dinner with the Modern Lights

Cafe Modern / Fridays, seating from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Executive Chef Jett Mora welcomes you with warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and a seasonal menu rooted in Texas ingredients. Create your own holiday memories on Friday nights at Café Modern. Seating is available from 5 to 8:30 pm. For reservations, call 817.840.2157 or online here.

https://www.themodern.org/modern-lights

 

Gift of Lights

Texas Motor Speedway / November 25th – December 18th

Fill up your car, truck, or SUV and drive through millions of lights at Texas Motor Speedway.

http://giftoflightstexas.com/

 

 Arlington Interlochen Lights

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlington-Interlochen-Lights/1857729784438909

 

Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie

Thanksgiving Night through New Year’s Eve / Open Every Night at 6pm

Prairie Lights is the premier holiday light park in Texas located at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, Texas. Prairie Lights 2021 will feature the return of Holiday Village, the magical walk-thru forest, carnival rides, photos with Santa, and more.

https://prairielights.org/

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