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Merry and bright
It's Christmas weekend, which means it's your last chance to experience some of the local holiday events. For example, the Neiman Marcus Holiday Window Display. Thursday and Friday evening, families can watch from the street as the department store windows come to life with dancing poinsettia flowers, Nutcrackers soldiers and more. The show was developed by Lightwire Theatre, which will also be performing a full-length version of it at the Winspear Opera House on Jan. 1. Take in the spectacle at the Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas for free.
If you're over in Fort Worth, consider checking out the festive Starlight Symphony. This is another light show set to the tune of holiday music. It happens every evening on the hour between 6 and 9 p.m. at Crockett Row at West 7th. And there are other fun activities there too, such as horse-drawn carriage rides. Santa is also expected to be there on Dec. 23. The show itself is free to attend.
A tuba Christmas?
There's plenty of live music coming through Dallas-Fort Worth this weekend, but it's not the typical types of concerts you might expect. On Friday, more than 175 tuba and emphonium players gather at Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas to perform a holiday concert called Merry TubaChristmas. This concert is so much fun simply because you've never heard holiday favorites like "Jingle Bells" like this before. The concert starts at noon.
But there's more good news: You don't have to travel to Dallas to get this experience. The University of North Texas in Denton is doing it's very own North Texas TubaChristmas. This one takes places Saturday at noon and features members of the university's music program under the direction of conductor Nicholas E. Williams.
Both events are free to attend.
Brunch is usually an adult activity, but this weekend there's an opportunity to bring the kids along. The Bishop Arts District welcomes families to the neighborhood for an event called Pancakes and Pajamas on Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., restaurants in the neighborhood will be offering special menus of pancakes for kids and kids at heart to enjoy. The little ones are encouraged to come in their PJs just like they might on Christmas morning, and there will even be a wacky PJ contest. This event does not require a ticket; you just show up to the place with the menu that looks the tastiest.
Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday at 7:40 a.m. on KLIF-AM (570).