Ella Ardour as the "Snow Queen" at the "Nearly Naked Nutcracker" at Trees on Dec. 22nd, 2012.

Ella Ardour as the "Snow Queen" at the "Nearly Naked Nutcracker" at Trees on Dec. 22nd, 2012.

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Need weekend plans? We have you covered!

Happy Hanukkah!

Frisco Chanukah Celebration

Hanukkah began on Dec. 12 and this weekend, several venues and communities are lighting menorahs in honor of the holiday. Every evening through Dec. 19, the Galleria Dallas lights its large-scale menorah. Crews say they'll light it at sunset, but if you're there by 5:45 or 6 p.m., you'll be in good shape. Then afterward, consider going skating at the mall's ice rink. 

The city of Frisco hosts its menorah lighting on Sunday, accompanied by a community festival. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., there will be music, crafts, holiday food and drinks and more fun. The menorah will be lit in Frisco's Simpson Plaza, which is near City Hall.

On Monday, the city of Arlington hosts Light Up the Night, which is a menorah lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Stop by for live music, latkes and doughnuts, and of course the lighting. This menroah is actually a 7-foot Star of David and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams will do the honor of lighting the torch.

All the events I've mentioned are free to attend.

Christmas with a twist

Nearly Naked Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a classic holiday ballet, but this weekend there are two offbeat ways to see it. First, the Texas Ballet Theater is doing a parody of the production called The Nutty Nutcracker, which promises to be all sorts of hilarious -- so much so it's not recommended for kids under 13 years old. That performance is Friday evening at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and tickets start at $50.

In Dallas, the Broads and Panties burlesque troupe performs its annual rendition of the Nearly Naked Nutcracker. Obviously, this is an adults-only performance and certainly The Nutcracker like you've never seen it before with elements of the story you love and know complimented by a little striptease. The cast is doing performances both Friday and Saturday night at Viva's Lounge. Tickets cost $22.

Other shows

Jerry Seinfeld

If comedy is more your thing, Jerry Seinfeld performs at WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma on Friday. Tickets start at $85 for that show.

In Dallas, the Hair Metal Holiday concert comes to the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum on Saturday. Featured performers include Ace Frehley who you may know from a little rock band called KISS, as well as Dokken, L.A. Guns and more. Tickets start at $36.50.

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

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