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If I didn’t have to work tonight, I would be front and center to listen to this wonderful woman speak at Choctaw Casino. You may have seen the movie about Temple Grandin who was born with autism…but it is the autism that allowed her to see things and feel things the way animals do. The autism along with her photographic memory and visualization skills gave her the ability to design thoughtful and humane animal-handling equipment. She is now a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior….just a fascinating woman. Temple Grandin Choctaw Grand Theater Thursday December 17.

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Donnie & Marie Osmond Saturday December 19 -20 at Winstar Casino.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Sunday December 20 at the American Airlines Center.

Rob Schneider is at the Addison Improv Friday December 18-20.

Texas Ballet Theater- The Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Hall Friday December 18.

Randy Rogers Band Billy Bob’s Texas Friday December 18.

The Ten Tenors- Home for the Holidays Friday December 18 at the Verizon Theater.

Deck the City Hall at Dallas City Hall Saturday December 19.

Wreck the Halls at Dark Hour Haunted House Friday and Saturday December 18-30.

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count at the Dallas Zoo Saturday December 19.

Dallas Cowboys take on the NY Jets Saturday December 19 at ATT Stadium.

Steel Panther’s The Well Hung Over Tour is Friday December 18 at HOB Dallas.

Penn and Teller Winstar World Casino Friday December 18.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits local theaters across the Metroplex Friday December 18.

Bolshoi Ballet- The Nutcracker at the Angelika Sunday December 20- 22.

A Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan runs through January 3. They’ll have dozens of Lone Star Christmas displays that include more than 2 million twinkling lights and acres of larger-than-life decorations. This year’s ICE! Exhibit features an all-new theme – Christmas Around the World.

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Santa will be in town this weekend at the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower through Monday December 21.

Get some ice skating in at Panther Island Ice now through January 18.

See A Christmas Carol at Wylie Theater through December 26.

Celebrate Christmas at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Holiday Exhibit now through January 3.

Get into the Christmas spirit this weekend with Frosty the Snowman through December 23 at Casa Manana.

Christmas in the Square is happening in Frisco now through January 2.

The Christmas Tour of Lights in Farmers Branch through December 30.

Six Flags Over Texas Celebrates the Season with Holiday in the Park.  Now through January 3, 2016, SantaLand, the Holiday Tree of Trees Spectacular, The Frosty Snowhill, will delight and amaze you.

A lot to do in Downtown Fort Worth this weekend. The Starlight Symphony returns to West 7th. This five-minute music and light show held on the hour from 6 to 10 p.m.  now through January 6 is extremely cool. New this year – a sledding hill with real snow. There are also free Horse and Carriage Rides from Crockett Square every Friday and Saturday – 7 to 10 p.m., through January 2.

Prairie Lights Grand Prairie runs now through January 3.

The Nightly Magic of Christmas Light Show in Downtown Grapevine runs through January 3.

Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights is now through December 31. And being a lover of trees…I really like this. Texas Motor Speedway will start the Holiday Season with the official lighting of “The Biggest Living Christmas Tree in Texas” and holiday-themed fireworks display Tuesday. Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. Texas Motor Speedway has placed a giant tree at various locations in the Metroplex since the speedway opened in 1997. This year’s 66-foot tall Douglas fir tree was transported from Montana.

See The Trains at NorthPark Center now through January 3. The Trains at NorthPark, presented by Bank of Texas, celebrates its 28th year of a favorite holiday tradition. The most elaborate miniature toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes locomotives rolling across multiple tracks on a journey across America marked by memorable landmarks. Cityscapes include downtown Dallas, with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl; New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; New England’s fall foliage; the Grand Canyon, the Garden of the Gods, Route 66, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Albuquerque hot air balloons. The exhibit encompasses more than 4,000 square feet of train themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience—steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station. New this year is the location, which is Level Two next to Nordstrom. Also new is Mount Rushmore that features Thomas the Train and his friends. More than 70,000 people visit The Trains at NorthPark each season as part of their holiday tradition.

You can check out Peter Pan now through January 3 at AT&T Performing Arts Center. This is a really cool live stage production of Peter Pan in the Threesixty Theatre – a state of the art 100-foot high structure that is a climate-controlled, world-class theatre-tent.

You must see the awesome holiday display at the Historic DeGolyer House Showcasing The Artistry of the Nativity. Beginning this weekend in the historic DeGolyer House, lavishly decorated for the holidays, The Artistry of the Nativity collection returns with 300 crèches, representing many cultures from around the world.

Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum with the 12 Days of Christmas… an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters and whimsical animals made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.

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