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Embrace the holidays at Dallas' best events this Thanksgiving weekend

Embrace the holidays at Dallas' best events this Thanksgiving weekend

Cast of Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol
Hassan El-Amin will star as Ebenezer Scrooge in Dallas Theater Center's annual production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Karen Almond
Texas Christkindl Market
Globe Life Park in Arlington will host the Texas Christkindl Market through December 23. Photo courtesy of Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau
Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie's Prairie Lights will be on display at Lynn Creek Park through January 3. Prairie Lights/Facebook
Dallas Children's Theater presents Miracle on 34th Street
Dallas Children's Theater will present Miracle on 34th Street through December 20. Photo by Karen Almond
Dallas Children's Theater presents Not a Creature Was Stirring
Dallas Children's Theater will present Not a Creature Was Stirring through December 23. Photo by Kim Lyle
Cast of Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol
Texas Christkindl Market
Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie
Dallas Children's Theater presents Miracle on 34th Street
Dallas Children's Theater presents Not a Creature Was Stirring

With Thanksgiving now out of the way, you are free to count down to Christmas with everything you've got. And although there are a few non-holiday options available, it's pretty much a holiday event or nothing if you plan on going out this weekend.

Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Texas Christkindl Market
Multitudes of shoppers will head to the malls or other stores today for Black Friday deals, but for a different kind of shopping experience head to Globe Life Park in Arlington. It's hosting the annual Texas Christkindl Market, which features gifts, holiday decorations, authentic German cuisine, holiday beverages, live entertainment, children’s activities, and much more. It will continue every day through December 23.

Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department presents Prairie Lights
No doubt plenty of houses in your neighborhood are already sporting holiday lights, but this display at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie is a step above. Featuring 4 million lights set along two miles of path, the event includes a Holiday Village with food, gifts, Santa Claus, an indoor laser show, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. The drive ends with an animated light tunnel. You can experience the lights through January 3.

Dallas Children's Theater presents Miracle on 34th Street and Not a Creature Was Stirring
This holiday season brings not one but two productions from Dallas Children's Theater. The first, Miracle on 34th Street, is the well-known story of Kris Kringle trying to get a single mother and her daughter to believe in Christmas again. Not a Creature Was Stirring is a puppet show from Kathy Burks Theater of Puppetry Arts that focuses on a family of mice and a Christmas adventure. Miracle will run through December 20while Creature will run through December 23.

Dallas Theater Center presents A Christmas Carol
Even though Dallas Theater Center presents A Christmas Carol every year, the company also change up aspects of the production each time to keep things fresh. This year's version of the classic Charles Dickens' story will star Brierley Resident Acting Company member Hassan El-Amin as Ebenezer Scrooge and be directed by fellow member Christie Vela. The production will run at Wyly Theatre through December 26.

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