Santa Claus acknowledges spectators along the parade route during the 28th annual Children's Health Holiday Parade 2015. The parade almost didn't happen this year, but a new sponsor, Toyota, stepped in to fund the event.

Santa Claus acknowledges spectators along the parade route during the 28th annual Children's Health Holiday Parade 2015. The parade almost didn't happen this year, but a new sponsor, Toyota, stepped in to fund the event.

Andy Jacobsohn/Staff Photographer

Hope you're well rested, because the holiday season is about to accelerate into high gear.

The first Saturday in December is always one of the busiest days of the month in Dallas-Fort Worth, with enough parades, festivals, tree lightings and holiday spectaculars to make your head spin. I mean, just look at this list, dozens and dozens of them. How will you choose which ones to hit?

Here's a suggested itinerary for Dec. 2, so you can make the most of your Saturday.

First stop: food

DFW Tamale Festival and Christmas Market

You're going to need fuel to keep up with all the fun and festive happenings this weekend, so we suggest starting at the DFW Tamale Festival and Christmas Market at the Dallas Farmers Market, where you can fill up on those signature holiday treats. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes carolers singing Christmas music, an ice skating rink and, of course, local vendors selling tamales. Be sure to grab a dozen to share with your family on Christmas Day. Entry to the festival is free.

Pick a parade

Holiday spirit will literally be filling the streets of both Dallas and Fort Worth with parades in each city.

Dallas Holiday Parade

The parade in Dallas was almost a no-go. After being canceled due to weather in 2016, the Children's Health Holiday Parade lost its title sponsor and its funding. But on Nov. 15, Toyota stepped in to make sure the parade steps off. The event, now called the Dallas Holiday Parade, starts at 10 a.m. and marches down Commerce Street from Houston Street to the Statler hotel at St. Paul Street. Expect themed floats, costumed characters and appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

If you're looking for a celebration with Western flair, head to Fort Worth for Christmas in the Stockyards. Beginning at 11 a.m., the area is hosting several festive activities, such as photos with Santa, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, carolers and cowboy poetry. Then at 4 p.m., there'll be a cattle drive and parade through the Stockyards.

Both celebrations are free, though you can purchase seats along the Dallas Holiday Parade route for $20-$60 at prekindle.com.

Have a nightcap (or meet your worst nightmare)

Krampus Walk

After all that holiday gallivanting, you deserve a drink. Take a trip north to Denton and park near the downtown square, where local businesses will be celebrating Wassail Weekend. Wassail is essentially a type of hot cider, and all you have to do is walk around the square and accept free samples. This is a kid-friendly event, but some of the wassail recipes may include alcohol, so ask before you drink. (You can also get some wassail Dec. 1 during the holiday tree lighting on the Denton square.)

If you're in Dallas, pop over to Deep Ellum for some of the best people-watching of the year. The neighborhood hosts its annual Krampus Walk, during which residents will be dressed as the holiday monster. Krampus is known as the Christmas Devil, and according to legend, he searches for all the naughty children to give them more than just coal. The walk begins on Elm Street at Wits End at 7 p.m., so grab a drink over there if you dare.

Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday at 7:40 a.m. on KLIF-AM (570).

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