Described as "whimsical, fantastical, lyrical" and "just a little bit irreverent," Solstice: Stories and Songs for the Holidays brings poetry, folktales and music together for a one-of-a-kind seasonal celebration at Dallas' Theatre3. Aiming to keep her niece occupied during winter solstice -- the longest night of the year -- a loving aunt introduces her to some magical creatures, and some traditional but little known tales, including a Santa origin story by L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz). There'll be poetry from Longfellow, Frost and contemporary writer Susan Cooper, along with short plays and new music created by local Dallas artists. The cast is set to include favorites like Denise Lee, Paul Taylor, Marti Etheridge, Ian Mead Moore and Sara Prejean.
You've never seen The Nutcracker quite like this -- and neither have the ladies of the Beulaville Baptist Book Club. When the cast of their fundraiser production of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet gets sick, the book club turns to the only other performers in town: a stranded burlesque troupe called the Velvet Kittens. Not quite knowing what "bur-less-Q" is, the club is in for one hilarious surprise -- and you won't want to miss it! Now in its 11th year, this racy holiday fave took home Goldstar's 2014 National Nutcracker Award, and is going to be bigger than ever as it moves into Addison Theatre Centre's Main Stage.
Even Santa Claus has to retire at some point, but like any good boss, he would never leave without finding someone to fill his shoes. In the new musical Santa Claus, the bearded fellow announces that this Christmas will be his last, only to learn there are plenty of North Pole residents who are not feeling very jolly about his choice of replacement. It's up to him and his workshop of elves to ready the new Santa Claus for their first big night of delivering toys to children all over the world. Full of lively original songs like "What Would Santa Do?" and loads of holiday cheer, Santa Claus is a holiday tradition in the making at Casa Manana in Fort Worth.
Step into a glittering winter wonderland at Enchant: The World's Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market. Santa's reindeer are missing and it's up to you and your gang of loved ones to navigate the world's largest Christmas light maze and help find them. Then strap on some skates and glide across the ice-skating pond nestled in this magical setting. Afterward, capture your memories with a photo around the largest Christmas tree in North Texas. Visit Santa at his golden palace, and grab a hot dinner or sweet dessert while you enjoy live entertainment. You can even check off some of those items on your shopping list at the Enchant Christmas Market. Make Enchant a part of your holiday traditions at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 / 5:00pm (Arrive Between 5:00pm-7:00pm, Event Closes at 11:00pm)Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 / 5:00pm (Arrive Between 5:00pm-7:00pm, Event Closes at 11:00pm)Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 / 5:00pm (Arrive Between 5:00pm-7:00pm, Event Closes at 11:00pm)Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 / 5:00pm (Arrive Between 5:00pm-7:00pm, Event Closes at 11:00pm)Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 / 5:00pm (Arrive Between 5:00pm-7:00pm, Event Closes at 11:00pm)Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 / 5:00pm (Arrive Between 5:00pm-7:00pm, Event Closes at 11:00pm)Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 / 5:00pm (Arrive Between 5:00pm-7:00pm, Event Closes at 11:00pm)Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 / 5:00pm (Arrive Between 5:00pm-7:00pm, Event Closes at 11:00pm)
Music mogul Quincy Jones once called 10-time Grammy-winning jazz a cappella group Take 6 the "baddest vocal cats on the planet." Experience these six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves, bubbling into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. They'll perform at the Eisemann Center in Richardson with acclaimed vocalist and six-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon and her trio. Freelon's been hailed by The New York Times "a jazz singer with unstinting vivacity." She's released more a dozen successful solo discs, appeared at major jazz festivals including Tanglewood, Monterey and Montreaux, and recorded and toured with the biggest names in the business,
Step into the rustic decor of the Old Mill Inn -- surrounded by dark wood, hand-carved beams and vintage stonework -- and you're in the perfect setting for an evening of mystery and intrigue. Indeed, the historic landmark building is said to be haunted by the spirit of an old German cook named Hilda who died by falling (or being pushed) into a vat of her famous bread dough. At Keith and Margo's Ultimate Murder Mystery Dinner, you'll have a murder mystery of your own to investigate. As you enjoy a three-course dinner featuring award-winning chicken-fried steak with cream gravy (vegetarian options available), the action will unfold all around you -- and you'll get drawn into it by the homicide detective (a professional stand-up comedian) who considers you a suspect. Deemed "the masterminds of the genre" (Los Angeles Times), Keith and Margo's improvisational actors mingle amongst you as you follow clues and try to solve the crime. The murderer might be sitting right next to you ... A prize goes to the person who's the best sleuth!
Hop aboard one of Efrogs' electric, no-emission shuttles for an insiders' tour of the Big D, complete with stops for photo ops. You'll ride through seven of the district neighborhoods that make up Central Dallas, including Uptown, Downtown, The Farmers Market, Deep Ellum, Victory Park, Arts District and West End, where your one-hour excursion will come to an close at Tutta's Pizza, with an 8-inch pie for two included with your tour ticket. Tour highlights include one of Henry Ford's first auto plants, The Sixth Floor Museum, garage entrance where Lee Harvey was shot by Jack Ruby, funeral location for Clyde Barrow and more.
Any Available Date Through November 24, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)
The award winning Backdoor Comedy Club is the city's longest running stand-up comedy showcase and, after 20 years, still reigns as the hot spot for Dallas comedy. Named "Best Comedy Club" by D Magazine and "hottest stand-up comedy showcase in the Southwest" by the Dallas Observer, Backdoor Comedy Club is the place to go for laughs. Shows feature eight or more comedians per night, including national touring comics from Comedy Central, Showtime and NBC's Last Comic Standing, as well as the best of the local pros. The coziness of the Backdoor takes you back to the roots of stand-up and gives you the intimate vibe of the original comedy rooms in NYC and LA.
Explore local craft breweries and taste their creations on the Efrogs Dallas Craft Brewery Tour. Starting in downtown Dallas, you'll set off in a fun and comfy All Neighborhood Electric Vehicle as your tour guide fills you in on the history of your first stop. At each brewery, you'll be able to enjoy tastings and tour the facility (if available), plus purchase any beer or cider you fall in love with. You'll visit three locations from a list of participating breweries, including Bishop Cider Company, Community Beer Company, Texas Ale Project, Pegasus Brewery and Noble Rey Brewing. Afterward, you'll finish up at Tutta's in the West End, where an included 8-inch pizza awaits you and another person, and you can buy a draft beer from one of the tour's breweries.
Any Available Date Through November 24, 2017 (Reserve in Advance)