Dallas-Fort Worth is an area brimming with culture, from statues and sculptures, to art galleries and on down to street level, where creativity and imagination runs free on city walls. Cultural institutions like museums run year-round, bringing the populace the best the city, state and the world have to offer, across a wide spectrum of media. When November and December roll around, holiday lights go up, the festive spirit grows and they join in on the holiday fun, like the places listed below.
The Winspear Opera House
This is the home of the Dallas Opera, which puts on amazing shows during its season. When the opera breaks at the end of the year, the opera house gets festive. The DRUMLine Live Holiday Spectacular occupies the house Nov. 19, the Texas Ballet Theater presents “The Nutcracker” Nov. 29-Dec. 28, before the musical “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” lands Dec. 15.
The Grapevine railroad operates a 1920’s era Victorian train 10 months out of the year, with weekends in November and December reserved for the North Pole Express. The journey to the North Pole includes a stop at Reindeer Ridge, with cookies and a mug of Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk. Once inside Santa’s Workshop, guests are treated to a Broadway-style Christmas performance.
George W. Bush Presidential
Library and Museum
Nov. 20 brings Merry and Bright Night. Take pictures in the Oval Office with Santa, enjoy family-friendly activities and view the Center’s newest seasonal exhibit.
“I am especially excited about our upcoming exhibit, “Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas at the White House 2007,” says Patrick Mordente, director of the George W. Bush Library and Museum. “Our museum staff has been working hard to not only take our visitors into the magic of the White House, but also to take them around the country to our majestic national parks.” Past exhibitions have included “A Season of Stories: Christmas at the White House 2003.”
Sid Richardson Museum
The Sid Richardson Museum focuses on paintings of the American West by lauded Western artists. It also plays host to special events, programs and family-focused activities. On Dec. 7, its Holiday Round Up promises a day of fun, creating holiday-themed bandanas, a scavenger hunt throughout the gallery and more.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
This is an annual tradition not to be missed. Taking place in a holiday-adorned Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dec. 7-16), the symphony is joined by the Dallas Symphony Chorus for classic holiday songs and a special visit from the jolly old elf himself.
The group’s holiday production is the Winter Faire & Market on Dec. 7. Get holiday shopping done at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, also the location for Shakespeare in the Park, transformed into an old English market.
Home to a variety of live music styles, the Courtyard Theater in Plano stages “Elf the Musical,” Dec. 6-8, and “Hope in the Heartland,” a bluegrass Christmas musical, Dec. 20-22.