December events to get you in the Christmas spirit

December events to get you in the Christmas spirit

‘Tis the season for giving, which is why the DFW area is packed with toy drives and marathons for a good cause. There are also plenty of light shows, from your neighborhood competitions to a boat parade!

Dec. 1, 2009 – Jan. 3, 2010 – Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Roller coasters and thrill rides are not the only things you will find at Six Flags during the Christmas season; extra holiday happenings include a sledding hill of faux-snow, carolers throughout the month, thousands of lights and, of course, appearances by the one and only Santa Claus.

Time: Sat. – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; times vary for other days – see Web site calender for days open

City: Arlington

Admission: ticket – $24.99; parking – $15

Dec. 1 – 6; 11 – 24 – The Nutcracker

Texas Ballet Theater presents the classic dance between Clara and her toy prince in The Nutcracker, filled with scurrying mice and graceful snowflakes all dancing to the music of Tchaikovsky.

Time: varies each performance, check Web site

City: first session – Winspear Opera House in Dallas; second session – Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth

Admission: $19 to $109, depending on seat

Dec. 5 – Twinkle Light Boat Parade

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, and deck your boat with tons of lights! This is not your average light parade as the floats will literally be floating across Lake Grapevine, the water reflecting every light to give twice the twinkle.

Time: Dusk

City: Grapevine

Admission: Free

Dec. 5 – Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Join the sounds of Santa’s sleigh as hundreds of participants walk and/or run the 5 kilometer route in downtown Fort Worth with bells tied to their shoes and a hop in their step. Wear a Christmas outfit to participate in the costume contest!

Time: Festival opens – 2:30 p.m.; Costume contest – 3 p.m.; 5K Run/Walk – 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

City: Fort Worth

Admission: Timed run – $27; non-timed run – $25

Dec. 6 – LightCatcher Winery Toys for Tots Toy Drive

Be merry and drink wine! That is fitting for this toy drive located at Fort Worth’s LightCatcher Winery. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and be ready to listen to the live music and drink some wine.

Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

City: Fort Worth (outskirts)

Admission: a $10+ toy

Dec. 6 – MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday

This holiday hullabaloo will include the lighting of the Dallas Christmas Tree, a performance by the Dallas Wind Symphony Quintet, free admission to all Fair Park museums, a synchronized light and music show, and gifts, crafts and decorations for sale by 500 Inc. Holiday Market.

Time: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

City: Dallas

Admission: free; $10 parking

Dec. 7, 10 and 17 – Cowboy Santas Christmas Tree Toy Drives

On selected days throughout the season, the Cowboy Santas program will be posted up at the 52′ Sundance Square Christmas Tree taking new-toy donations that will be given to children across Tarrant County. Anchors from Fox Channel 4 and CBS Channel 11 will be among the guests at the toy drives.

Time: December 7 – 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; December 10 – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; December 17 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

City: Fort Worth

Admission: Toys!

Dec. 12 – The NOTcracker

Tired of the same old Nutcracker performance? Come see The NOTcracker, a mix of modern dance, contemporary dance and performance art presented by the Barefoot Brigade at the Dallas Museum of Art for one show and one show only!

Time: 2 p.m.

City: Dallas

Admission: free

Dec. 19 – 31 – Interlochen Display of Lights

If you’re interested in some serious Christmas neighborhood lights then Interlochen is the place to go. This neighborhood has been hanging, wrapping and streaming Christmas lights from their homes for more than 30 years and participate in yard competitions each year, so you know they mean business. The route through the neighborhood starts at Randol Mill and Westwood.

Time: After Dark

City: Arlington

Admission: free