By Tasha Stevens


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Relive the golden age of dolls, 1920s-1960s, with nationally acclaimed doll expert Mary Lee Stallings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Allen Public Library. Her program will focus on dolls manufactured from 1920-1965, including Madame Alexander, Effanbee, Nancy Ann Storybook and Mattel.  Free.  Call 214-509-4911.

The Dallas Marathon is Sunday December 11 in Downtown Dallas.

The Frosty 5 K and Merry Mile is Saturday December 10 in Frisco at City Hall

There is a Jingle Bell Run at Historic Downtown Garland Saturday December 10. This 5K fun run event is a great way to kick off the holiday season, and it benefits the Garland Pet Adoption Center!

The Plano Lions Christmas Parade is Saturday December 10.

The Christmas in the Park event at Westlake Park in Mesquite is this Saturday and Sunday December 10 and 11thHoliday Open House 2016 is at the Irving Arts Center Friday December 9.

Legacy Humane Society Ugly Sweater Party is happening at Mutts canine Cantina Saturday December 10.

The Flower Mound Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is Saturday December 10.

The McKinney Christmas Parade of Lights is Saturday December 10 in historic downtown McKinney

Check out the Vitruvian Lights Display this weekend through January 1st at Vitruvian Park. Millions of sparkling LED Lights are wrapped around more than 550 trees.

Prairie Lights at Lynn Creek Park is Friday December 2 through January 1. 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Half way through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, the all-new indoor laser show, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. Once back in your vehicle, the second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget!

The Farmer’s Branch Tour of Lights is Friday December 2 through December 30 at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Millions of twinkling, festive lights beckon thousands of visitors throughout the season to come to the Farmers Branch Christmas Tour of Lights, now through December 30.

The Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway is Friday December 2 through December 30. Check out the two-mile drive of light displays throughout the speedway. This year’s “Gift of Lights” is bigger and better than ever. During the drive, guests will enjoy more than 150 new light displays and more than a million more LED lights than last year, bringing the total of LED lights to three million.

Experience Christmas at the White House tomorrow through January 8 at the George Bush Presidential Library.

Penguin Days 7 dollars Zoo Admission at the Dallas Zoo is now through February 28.

Check out Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas Friday through January 2.

Arlington Music Hall’s Christmaspectacular is at Arlington Music Hall Friday December 2 through December 11.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Christmas Pops is at the Meyerson Friday December 2 through December 18.

Have breakfast with Santa this weekend and through December 23 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Celebrate Christmas at the Farm this weekend and through December 18 at Country Critters Farm.

Operation Kindness Pet Photos with Santa are Saturday December 3 through December 11 at the Kindness Klubhouse. On Saturday, Dec. 3, Sunday, Dec. 4, Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., pet parents are invited to the Kindness Klubhouse located at 13394 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75240 for holiday photos with Santa. Dogs, cats and the whole family are invited to sit on Santa’s lap to pose. A helper will snap 10-15 photos per session. Pet parents can choose to have their favorite photo framed in a 4”x6” format for $15, or receive a 4”x6” framed photo and a thumb drive with all of the photos for $25. These photos make great holiday cards, and all proceeds benefit Operation Kindness. Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas.

12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum runs through January 2, 2017.

Lonestar Christmas at the Gaylord Texan is happening now through January 1st. You’ see holiday displays with more than two million twinkling lights and larger-than-life decorations. Enjoy ICE! Featuring Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Cookies & Milk with Mrs. Claus, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt and other Grapevine holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season!

ICE! 2016 Featuring Santa Claus is Coming to Town is at the Gaylord Texan now through January 1. Learn how Santa Claus started giving toys to good girls and boys in the retelling of the classic television special, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Our ice sculptures and ice slides are fun for the whole family and part of Lone Star Christmas events at Gaylord Texan Resort.

Football-sized gems, show-stopping birds that strut their stuff, dry ice, liquid nitrogen, acorn dissecting, dancing corn and “blubber” gloves are among the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s festive lineup of holiday happenings. This holiday season, check out the groundbreaking Birds of Paradise exhibition, the Giant Gems of the Smithsonian and their holiday happenings including extreme 3D films, a “winter wonderland” sleepover, free cocoa with any dessert purchase in the Café (Dec. 1-31), Discovery Camps, special activities and family programming, plus extended hours during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks (at select times).

Check out Santa and his Elves at 470 feet at Reunion Tower this Saturday November 26 through Christmas Eve. Santa and his elves are spreading holiday cheer with weekly trips to the GeO-Deck. Guests can enjoy photos with Santa, a balloon artist and tasty treats from Cloud Nine Café!

Andrea Bocelli is playing the AAC Saturday December 10.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra 13th Annual Christmas Rocks Tour is at Winstar December 11

There is a Joy to the World Jazz Concert at the Eisemann Center Sunday night December 11.

Guitar legend Joe Bonamassa is playing the Verizon Saturday December 10./

See Gremlins in 35 MM at the Texas Theater Sunday December 11.

Have a Very Hairy Christmas at the Bomb Factory Saturday night December 10 at the Hair Metal Holiday. See all your 80’s faves…Slaughter, Kings X, George Lynch of Dokken…and a lot more.

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