FORT WORTH (KRLD) — The holiday season is upon us, and there’s no shortage of events around DFW to enjoy with your family! Tasha Stevens brings you some of the best!

— He is everybody’s favorite reindeer, and you can see him Thursday night. Check out Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at the Majestic.

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— The 1st ever Jack’s Ugly Christmas Sweater party is Thursday night at Bryan Street Tavern on Bryan Street in Dallas. They’ll have tasty treats, drinks, and a freaky, live, elf on the shelf.

— If you are out of school or off work this week and looking for something cool to do, go by the George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU for the “All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas at the White House 2002” exhibit. Now through January 13, all of us animal lovers can go back in time to 2002 when the White House Christmas theme celebrated the important role animals play in the White House. Highlights include replicas of First Family pets that were displayed throughout the White House, and the first edition of Barney Cam, a cool tradition through all of the President and Mrs. Bush’s time in Washington, DC. Barney was the Bush’s Scottish terrier.

— Now through December 31, you can check out “Celebrate Silver and Gold: The 22nd Irving ISD Annual Holiday Exhibition” at Irving Arts Center. This exhibit is actually part of the “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed” exhibit so here is your chance to see them both in one trip. See how much time I am saving you?

— If photography is your thing, check out the “Defined by Light: Photography’s First 75 Years” exhibit now through Friday at SMU. The latest DeGolyer Library exhibit begins with materials from before the invention of photography and ends in the 20th century.

— At the Dallas Arboretum, you can visit with Santa and a live reindeer this Sat. and Sun., 12-4 p.m. as well as next Tues., Dec. 23, 12-4 p.m.

The historic DeGolyer House is lavishly decorated with Byers’ Choice Christmas carolers with a Victorian theme and A Christmas Carol theme.

In the garden, The 12 Days of Christmas display is dazzling during the daytime when you can see the attention to detail. It’s elegantly exquisite at night, too, with the dramatic lighting.
How about a spot of tea? The Holiday tea will be offered through Jan. 4, just like the holiday exhibits.

— This looks to be a cool event. Check out Thursday’s “Trim the Trail” event along the Katy Trail. They’ll have hot chocolate, photo ops, holiday contests and entertainment. You can also buy food from food trucks parked near the event.

— Hundreds of families will bundle up Friday and Saturday night and experience the Heard’s Sixth Annual Holiday Trail of Lights. Thousands of lights, many of which will be synchronized to holiday music, are placed along a half-mile Heard nature trail. Local musicians will perform holiday music in the Heard outdoor amphitheater. Strolling carolers will entertain guests throughout the museum and grounds.

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— See a collection of 27 lithographs and woodblock prints from the 16th and 17th centuries featuring artwork from Rembrandt and Peter Paul Rubens, among others, at the Arlington Museum of Art. This cool exhibit tells the story of the Nativity through art in a way most people haven’t seen.

— Christmas time means it is “It’s a Wonderful Life” time and you can see the Frank Capra holiday classic in 35mm Friday night at the Texas Theater.

— You have seen The Nutcracker. Now you need to see the Texas Ballet Theater’s “The Nutty Nutcracker”. The name says it all. Friday night (12/19), for one night only, Texas Ballet Theater will be trading in the holiday classic, for its PG-13 cousin. Nutty is different every year, featuring the news and topical gossip of the past 12 months.

— Create a family Christmas memory today aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express, one of the most popular Christmas Capital of Texas events.

— Celebrate the holiday season at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas. The park magically transforms into a winter wonderland. You know, the way you wish it was when you are standing in line for a ride in July.

— LOVE this band. Anytime you combine Christmas tunes with rock music it is a great thing. See the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the AAC Sunday night.

— If you are looking for something Christmas-ee to do this weekend, check out “It’s A Wonderful Life” at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Palace Theatre. Then at 7 that evening, you can catch “White Christmas”.

— If you’d rather experience a scary side of Christmas, you need to “Wreck the Halls” next Friday and Saturday (12/26-27) and then again on January 2 and 3. Dark Hour Haunted House will be filled with evil elves and witches and the Ice Witch.

— You know this guy for the band he co-founded, Brother Cane, that gave us great tunes like “Got No Shame”, “And Fools Shine On”. Later, he played lead guitar with Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders. Check out Damon Johnson this Saturday night at Poor David’s Pub.

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