With the abundance of recurring holiday happenings, there are very few new events taking place the further you get into December. What few there are, though, are also holiday-related, including ones featuring classical music, acrobatics, burlesque, rock 'n' roll, big band, and R&B/soul.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, December 14
Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will present the final performances of Christmas Pops, featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus under the direction of Joshua Habermann and conducted by Lawrence Loh. The concerts, being performed six more times through Sunday at Meyerson Symphony Center, feature many holiday favorites, including "Star Carol" and "12 Days of Christmas." The Children's Chorus of Dallas will join the concert at matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, December 15
Cirque Dreams Holidaze: The Family Holiday Spectacular
Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a holiday stage extravaganza featuring over 300 costumes, 20 acts, and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Witness snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments, and, of course, Santa perform soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, and elaborate production numbers using imaginative costumes, illusions, and more. The show will play three times through Saturday at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.
Viva's Lounge presents Nearly Naked Nutcracker
The Nearly Naked Nutcracker is a ballet-inspired burlesque show that will completely change the way you see the holiday classic. The cast of this naughty Nutcracker will present a night of cheeky fun for the over-the-top holiday spectacle. Viva's Lounge will host two performances, one on Friday and one on Saturday.
Saturday, December 16
Hair Metal Holiday 2017 featuring Ace Frehley
Some people choose to celebrate the holidays with Christmas carols, and others like to rock out. You can do the latter at the annual Hair Metal Holiday, featuring performances by KISS' Ace Frehley, Dokken, L.A. Guns, Enuff Z'nuff, Dangerous Toys, Graham Bonnet Band, Supernova Remnant, Eddie Trunk of VH1's That Metal Show, and DJ Joey Scandalous. The concert will take place at the Bomb Factory.
A Merry Little Christmas Show with Ricki Derek
Crooner Ricki Derek has a local following year-round thanks to his mellifluous voice and ability to channel one of the best singers of all time, Frank Sinatra. He'll combine those two things with a wide variety of holiday songs at this special concert, taking place at Granada Theater.
Sunday, December 17
AT&T Performing Arts Center and Mendelson Entertainment Group present The Colors of Christmas
Hosted by Grammy Award winner Peabo Bryson, The Colors of Christmas features performances by Bryson, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Ruben Studdard, and Jody Watley. Taking place at Majestic Theatre, the stellar collection of R&B and soul artists will deliver the sounds of the holiday season.