Christmas takes place on a Thursday this year, which means that most of us will have a full four-day weekend to spend with our families and have fun. But what to do with that time? We're here to help.
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.
Thursday, December 25
As expected, there are relatively few events happening on Christmas Day. If you really want to get out of the house, you can go ice skating at Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth; see Once the Musical (which a certain theater critic called "enchanting") at Winspear Opera House in Dallas; or, if you're so inclined, see The Interview, aka the movie North Korea didn't want you to see, at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson and Look Cinemas in Dallas.
Friday, December 26
2014 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech
The annual Heart of Dallas Bowl doesn't have the local hook that it did in 2013 when the University of North Texas beat UNLV, but it's still one of your last chances to see college football in person this season. The Illinois Fighting Illini, sporting a 6-6 record, face off against the 8-5 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.
2014 Lights All Night
Nothing says the holiday season like a festival full of electronic music acts, don't you agree? Even if you don't, there will be plenty of EDM lovers on hand at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas for this fifth annual event, featuring headliners Skrillex, Armin Van Buuren, Disclosure, Zedd and a slew of others on four separate stages over two days.
Saturday, December 27
Rock Holidays Fest!
You might not normally think that an all-tribute-band concert would be worth attending, but this one at South Side Ballroom features three bands — Back in Black, Infinite Journey and Blaze of Glory — performing classic albums from their inspirations in their entirety. Think AC/DC's Back in Black, Journey's Escape and Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet.
Radney Foster in concert
Country singer Radney Foster is no stranger to Dallas or The Kessler, having played there many times in the past few years. But this post-Christmas concert is the first time in a while that he's come to town with a new album to support, namely Everything I Should Have Said, which was released in May 2014.
Sunday, December 28
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis rolls into town three days after Christmas, but there still will be plenty of holiday cheer left to enjoy. The neo-classical group that blends orchestral sections with electronic elements and a hint of rock plays original songs and Christmas favorites at Music Hall at Fair Park.