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Black Ball Gala ~ 2
December 4

The Paramount Theatre; 713 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Black Fret
Brandon DeMaris
P.O. Box 29628; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 656-9312; Fax Brandon DeMaris
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Awards show
Austin non-profit Black Fret will host its second annual Black Ball gala on Friday, Dec. 4 at The Paramount Theatre, located at 713 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701. The event will start at 6 p.m. and will feature performances by many of the 2015 Black Fret Nominees and special guests. Those who wish to attend the Black Ball may become a member of Black Fret by signing up at All Black Fret memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to all upcoming Black Fret events including the Black Ball. The class of 2015 grant nominees include Aaron Behrens, Casey McPherson, Dan Dyer, Danny Malone, East Cameron Folkcore, Gina Chavez, Holiday Mountain, Jazz Mills, Max Frost, Migrant Kids, Mother Falcon, Nakia, Not in the Face, Riders Against the Storm, Ruby Jane, Shakey Graves, Shinyribs, Tameca Jones, The Digital Wild and The Nightowls.

Chamber Music International 2015/2016 Season ~ 2
December 4, February 13, March 5, April 23, May 21, 2016

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church

Chamber Music International
P.O. Box 140092; Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 385-7267
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
IMAGINE the world’s most acclaimed musicians brought together for a single performance – not in London, New York, or Prague, but here in North Texas. Our 28th season presents 30 superstars of classical music in six unique concert programs – just for you. December 4. Come and be a part of a breathtaking concert featuring Indianapolis Gold Medalist Clara-Jumi Kang in a spectacular evening of French music favorites. Program: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor....Claude Debussy, Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2....Maurice Ravel, Poème élégiaque....Eugène Ysaÿe and Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major....Caesar Franck. Performances: Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:30PM at Dallas City Performance Hall. Artists: Chih-Yi Chen - Piano and Clara-Jumi Kang - Violin.

Dickens on the Strand
December 4, 5, 6

Galveston Island; Strand Street, Between 21st - 25th Streets, Houston, TX

Galveston Historical Foundation
Peggy Clark
502 20th Street; Galveston, TX 77550-2014
(409) 765-3432
Music: Victorian Christmas Music
Activities: Victorian Christmas Festival
Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation, Dickens on the Strand will take you and your family on an enchanted journey through history as a bustling 19th Century cityscape comes to life. For an entire weekend, hundreds of costumed vendors and performers will provide a look at the pomp and pageantry of the British Empire, at a time when commercial and cultural ties provided a strong connection between London and Texas’ largest and richest city. Centered in Galveston’s The Strand National Historic Landmark District, located approximately one hour south of downtown Houston, the family festival will include parades, non-stop entertainment on the festival’s stages, plus strolling carolers and roving street musicians, bagpipers and entertainers. Additionally, costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with tasty culinary delights and Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.

The Living Christmas Tree
December 4-5

First United Methodist Church; 400 Scurry, Big Spring, TX

First United Methodist Church
Gershom Garcia/Music Minister
400 Scurry Street; Big Spring, TX 79720
(432) 267-6394
Music: Christmas
The Living Christmas Tree concert is presented each year by the First United Methodist Church of Big Spring. It is a musical Christmas Program and play presented with a full orchestra providing music and a 100 member choir that stands on a 2 story high "Christmas Tree".

Canned Festival
December 5

Austin Studios; 01 E 51st Street, Austin, TX

Untapped, LLC
Annette Marin
508 Young St; Dallas, TX 75202
(469) 555-8172
Music: Americana, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Craft Beer Festival
Canned Festival is a canned craft beer & music festival with music from Built To Spill, Diarrhea Planet, Ume, American Sharks and Shotgun Friday. Featuring more than forty breweries and 125 beers.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
December 5

Stateside at the Paramount; 713 Congress Avenue

Austin Chamber Music Center
Maureen Cross, Director of Operations
3814 Medical Parkway; Austin, TX 78756
(512) 454-0026
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
Featuring all the music from this holiday classic and more performed live!

Conspirare 2015-16 Season
December 3 - 8, January 8 - 9, February 20 - 21, May 11 - 13

Long Center

Conspirare • Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
505 East Huntland Drive, No. 155; Austin, TX 78752
(512) 476-5775
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Celebrating our 23rd season, Conspirare is a Grammy® award-winning choral ensemble that creates exceptional concert experiences. With the world-class artistry of its extraordinary voices and the incomparable direction of conductor Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is one of the finest choirs performing today. Inspired by the power of music to transform lives, Conspirare performances are musical magic. December 5 - 7, 2015 Conspirare Christmas Experience the enchantment of one of Austin's most treasured holiday events. With a variety of music unlike anything else, this concert will warm your heart and kick off the holiday season in grand fashion. Matt Alber returns as our special featured guest. December 3 Victoria, First United Methodist Church, December 4 Houston, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, December 5 - 6 Austin, The Carillon SOLD OUT, December 7 Austin, Long Center and December 8 San Antonio, Tobin Center.

Holiday Stroll
December 5

Old Town Lewisville; Main & Church Streets

City of Lewisville
Daren Watkins, Event Coordinator
P.O. Box 299002; Lewisville, TX 75029
(972) 219-3710; (972) 219-3401
Music: Holiday
Activities: Music festival, breakfast
Holiday Stroll is held in Old Town Lewisville, complete stage performances, visits with Santa, festive holiday activities for the kids, and more!

Jackson Street Market Days
December 5

Jackson Street; Between Fourth and Commerce

Jackson Street Market Days / The Antique Emporium
June Ramirez
123 East Jackson; Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 423-4041
Music: Blues, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Arts and crafts
Jackson Street Market Days is an old-fashioned, open air market featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, plants, and more. Food vendors and live music too. Free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm.

A Very Metal Christmas ~ 2
December 5

Dirty Dog Bar; 505 East Sixth Street, Austin, TX

Snake Skin Prison
Matt Ballengee
8405 Panadero Drive; Austin, TX 78747
(512) 636-2267
Music: Metal, Rock
Pulling in the best local/regional Rock/Hard Rock/Metal acts in the Lonestar State, VMC always proves to be an amazing event. Including, door prizes, drink specials (free beer last year), free pizza, charity donations, and of course Santa Claus!! Always a blast, always a night to be remembered...or forgotten!

December 12-13

Dallas Heritage Village; 1515 South Harwood Street, Dallas

Dallas Heritage Village
Melissa Prycer
1515 South Harwood Street; Dallas, TX 75215-1273
(214) 421-5141; (214) 421-5141
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Classical, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Holiday
Activities: Exhibits, Carriage rides, Crafts
Candlelight is a holiday celebration for the entire family. Witness the holidays as they were celebrated from 1840-1910. Visit Mrs. Blum and learn the traditions of Hanukah. Learn the 1901 Tejano Catholic holiday traditions from Mrs. de Léon. Enjoy strolling carolers, telling St. Nicholas your Christmas wishes and riding around the Village in Nip and Tuck's donkey pulled carriage. The kids can make an ornament for your tree or a dreidal to share with friends. Come celebrate the holidays December 12-13 from 3 - 9pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for senior 65+, $8 for children 4 -12, children under 4 and members are free. Discounted tickets available online in the Fall.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
December 12, January 23, 2016, Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 & 6, 2016, March 12, 2016, April 9 & 10, 2016, April 29, 2016, May 13, 2016, May 28, 2016, June 4, 2016

Carver Community Cultural Center; 226 North Hackberry, San Antonio, TX

Carver Community Cultural Center
Teresa Vásquez-Romero
226 North Hackberry; San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 207-2234; (210) 207-7211
Music: Gospel, Soul/R&B
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its remarkable 2015-2016 performance season featuring many masters of the art. This season, Carver performances include a rock blues icon considered “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation,” several all female ensembles in dance and in music, 2 world-class drummers, each with their rhythmic domination, and a Tony Award-winning artist whose style of dance has revolutionized the art form of tap. Highlights of the 2015-2016 Performance Season include: Urban Bush Women on October 17, 2015, Robert Cray on November 7, 2015, The Jones Family Singers on December 12, 2015, The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour on January 23, 2016, The Renaissance Guild on Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 & 6, 2016, Jazz in Pink on March 12, 2016,Tamara Adira ~ Arte y Pasión on April 9 & 10, 2016, Lisa Fischer on April 29, 2016, Alfredo Rodriguez on May 13, 2016, An Evening with Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette on May 28, 2016 and Sheila E. on June 4, 2016. Season subscriptions for the 11 performances are available for only $300 per seat and are available through the Carver Box Office. For additional season subscription information, please call the Carver Box Office (210) 207-2234. The Jones Family Singers - Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8 p.m. A gospel wonder, THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS have been inspiring church and festival gatherings for over two decades. The Wall Street Journal declares that the spiritual group, consisting of 5 sisters, 2 brothers and their father, “infuse their joyful reverent songs with elements of vintage soul and R&B.”

Happy Holidays!
December 12

St. Andrew's Episcopal School Dell Fine Arts Center; 5901 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261
Activities: Concert season
The Happy Holidays! concert features vocalists Bruce Cain from Southwestern University and Teri Johnson of Temple College.  After a performance of the traditional Suite from the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, the second half of the program will delight with popular holiday favorites like Santa Baby, O Holy Night, Greensleeves, and the perennial favorite, Sleigh Ride.

Joy to the World Jazz Concert
December 12

Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts; 2351 Performance Drive Richardson, TX

RLB Productions
Pamela Baker
2804 Deerborn; Wylie, TX 75098
(972) 765-8882
Music: Jazz
Activities: Music festival
Experience an enchanting evening listening to your favorite holiday carols interpreted in the jazz art form. The Joy to the World Jazz Concert, is a performance of standard Christmas songs arranged by Ray L. Baker in the various forms of jazz such as Swing, Bebop, Funk and Latin jazz, and performed by top professional jazz musicians in the DFW area. The Joy To The World Jazz Concert is family-oriented and provide not only enjoyable art for your ears but also throughout the concert a narrator will give educational tidbits of the origins of the Christmas Carols. Help RLB Productions and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Troop 794 support the North Texas Food Bank by bringing a canned good or making a donation online or at the door.

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 12

Festival Concert Hall; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top, TX 78954

Round Top Festival Institute
Alain G. Declert
248 Jaster Road; Round Top, TX 78954
(979) 249-3129; (281) 351-9818
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The Nutcracker Ballet danced by Children for Children of any age.

Second Saturdays
December 12

Historic Downtown McKinney; 111 North Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069

McKinney Main Street
Merry Canter - McKinney Main Street Assistant
111 North Tennessee Street; McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 547-2660
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Cover/Tribute, Jazz, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: Music festival, food, art
Come to Historic Downtown McKinney and enjoy an evening of art, music and wine! Explore the local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the areas best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m. every 2nd Saturday of the Month.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Season 2015-2016
December 14

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Chuck Moore
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-7747
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Holiday Magic - GDYO’s concert on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 7:30pm is a time-honored holiday tradition for many music lovers in the community. Featuring the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, the concert repertoire will include holiday favorites and orchestral classics.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ~ 2
December 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Palmer Events Center; 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Bruce Willenzik
4428 Gillis; Austin, TX 78745
(512) 447-1605
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Soul/R&B, Rock, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an iconic arts and music festival featuring three music performances per day over a ten day run. The show has a tradition of booking Austin A-List and emerging bands with a large fan base. Performers on the Armadillo stage enjoy excellent sound quality and an intimate stage experience. An art fair and music festival rolled into one, it has long been Austin's favorite scene for holiday shopping, live music and fun. Open daily at the Palmer Events Center from December 15-24, 2015.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
December 17

The Grapevine; Gruene, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Heath, Party & Events Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
COME AND TASTE IT. Sample Texas’ best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit or call (830) 606-0093.

Original Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball
December 17, 18, 19

Historic Pioneer Hall; 2300 Avenue G, Anson, TX 79501

Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball Association
Suanne F. Holtman, Secretary/Treasurer/Historian
P. O. Box 215; Hawley, TX 79525
(325) 537-2589
Music: Country
Activities: Ball
Annual historic re-enactment of the original 1885 Ball honoring area cowboys, their ladies and families. 130 year old family holiday celebration with traditional western music, dancing, listening, refreshments and fellowship. Open to the public. The Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball Association owns and maintains Pioneer Hall as well as conducts the annual 3 day Ball. It is a Texas non-profit corporation organized in 1937, an IRS 501(3)(c) tax exempt public educational charity, and composed of non-paid members who voluntarily contribute their time, services and resources. The Ball was copyrighted in 1937 and remains the exclusive property of the Association.

December Concerts: Everybody Needs A Little Christmas!
December 18-19

St Margaret Mary Catholic Church / St. William Catholic Church; 1105 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park, TX / St. William Catholic Church – 620 Round Rock West Drive, Round Rock, TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
John B. Gordon, Chairman of the Board
1007 Green Meadow; Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 698-3646
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season
As the year 2015 comes to a close, let the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra bring you some joy, laughter, and good feelings that is also easy on your pocketbook (FREE!) during this Christmas season. The Orchestra will play several of the universally beloved dances from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker.  The concert includes Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song and the rollicking Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.  Dr. Rainey has created a unique arrangement for the Orchestra of Percy Foreman’s Brazilian Sleigh Bells that requires eight percussionists to create all of the lively sounds in the piece – which will rock the venue. The Orchestra will perform exciting versions of numerous Christmas carols in Christmas Festival which was arranged by Leroy Anderson for the Boston Pops 65 years ago.  And contemporary composer Robert Wendel has created a fabulous rendition of Carol of the Bells. In addition, the Orchestra will present two special treats this concert series:  a world premiere of our Composer-in-Residence Dr. M L Daniels’ new piece, Joy and Glory, O’ Bethlehem, which musically describes the events around the birth of Jesus.  And our Director of Music, Dr. Thomas E Rainey, has composed an original piece, Sloane Everly, for the Orchestra to premiere. And there will be more! So young and old, families and friends, come on out and let the orchestra give you a little bit of Christmas cheer! Dec 18, 2015 – 7:30 PM – Friday at St Margaret Mary Catholic Church - 1105 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park, TX and Dec 19, 2015 – 7:30 PM – Saturday at St. William Catholic Church – 620 Round Rock West Drive, Round Rock, TX.

Fire and Ice - Ars Lyrica’s 2015/16 Season
December 31

Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts; 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX

Ars Lyrica Houston
Kinga Ferguson, Executive Director
4807 San Felipe, Suite 202; Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-7443; (713) 315-2525
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
New Year’s Eve 2015 brings a star-studded evening with music that is by turns hot and cold. Vivaldi’s Winter sets the stage for Handel’s Apollo e Dafne, which tells the story of too-ardent love and a unique transformation. This very special evening begins with dinner at 7:30 pm in the Sarofim Hall Grand Lobby and continues in Zilkha Hall with the program at 9 pm. Ars Lyrica’s annual gala (with silent auction) extends the festivities through midnight so that you can ring in 2015 with us—at Houston’s most stylish New Year’s Eve event!

Lights All Night ~ 2
December 31-January 1

Dallas Convention Center; Dallas, TX

Highland Entertainment, LLC
5530 Lobello Drive; Dallas, TX 75229
(214) 507-2514
Music: Dance/Electronic
Activities: Music festival
The premiere New Years Eve Festival in the world. Two days of world class DJ's from across the globe with large festival production and show stopping elements. The event caters to patrons of every level with general admission, VIP and Platinum VIP options available, hotel and travel packages available as well. Come to Dallas, TX to celebrate the end of the year and beginning of the new year in style at Lights All Night.