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Main Street Texarkana Christmas Parade
December 1

Historic Downtown Texarkana; Broad Street and State Line Avenue

Texarkana Chamber of Commerce
819 North State Line Avenue; Texarkana, TX 75501
(903) 792-7191
Come join us at the 26th Annual Main Street Texarkana Christmas Parade scheduled for Monday, December 6th at 7:00 pm. Leading the way will be Arkansas High School ROTC followed by a car carrying Texarkana Arkansas' outgoing mayor, Horace Shipp, camels ridden by Texarkana, Ark., mayor-elect Wayne Smith, Texarkana, Tex., Mayor Steve Mayo, and Texarkana Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jeff Sandford. Main Street's "World Globe" created by the Design and Promotions committee starts the festive entries, followed by bands, floats, carriages, marching units, and finally Santa Claus rounding out the route from Broad Street to State Line Avenue, finishing at the historic U.S. Courthouse/Post Office. After that, parade-goers can gather at the Texarkana Texas City Stage on State Line for caroling led by children's choirs and wtach the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree by Santa. There will be pictures with the camels and carriage rides immediately following. Various businesses along the parade route will be open, and several groups will be handing out free hot chocolate.

Sammons Jazz Fall Series
December 3

Sammons Center for the Arts; 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas

Sammons Center for the Arts
Joanna St. Angelo
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Activities: Music series
Sammons Jazz is the only regular ongoing jazz performance series in the Dallas-Fort Worth area featuring local jazz artists. If you enjoy jazz, you'll probably enjoy this showcase of local jazz artists in an intimate, relaxed, non-commercial and smoke-free setting . . . and at a nominal price for the evening! Sammons Jazz performances are developed around a theme (for example, a be-bop night or a jazz vocal night) and feature two performing groups; the fall series of Sammons Jazz runs from September through December; the spring series from February through May; Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30, ending by 10:00 p.m; there is a short intermission between the two groups; and many patrons appreciate the smoke-free environment of Sammons Jazz. Refreshments and valet parking included in ticket price.

Christmas Pops Gala
December 5-6

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Auditorium; 18220 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, TX 77058

Clear Lake Symphony
Bob Wall
P. O. Box 890582; Houston, TX 77289-0582
(281) 482-6032
Music: Classical, Gospel, Pop, Christmas
Activities: Concert season, Annual Christmas Event
Clear Lake Symphony's annual Christmas "Pops" Concert, with Associate Conductor Robert F. Wall, will be on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Auditorium. The Symphony will perform a melody of Christmas Seasonal Favorites and also well known classical works. Other selections include a sing-a-long with the audience. Christmas seasonal favorites by the Symphony. Guest Artists: Gloria Dei Lutheran Festival Choir and Handbells. The concert has become a Bay Area holiday tradition for many of our local residents. Seating is available on a first-come/first-served basis. So get your group together and plan to join us for a wonderful holiday celebration.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
December 5

Church of the Incarnation; 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX

Dallas Bach Society
Yoori Marti, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
A Baroque Christmas. Church of the Incarnation. Bach Society provides a Grand Tour of European music celebrating the Christmas season in Baroque style.

Dickens on the Strand
December 5-7

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

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.

Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa's Workshop
December 5

Heritage Oak Park; 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park

Parks and Recreation
Samantha Roos, Recreation Program Specialist
1435 Main Street; Cedar Park TX 78641
(512) 401-5528
Activities: Tree Lighting
On this magical night, join us in the tradition of lighting the tree. Over 60,000 lights illuminate the largest Live Oak Tree in Cedar Park. Santa's Workshop will kick off immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatable, photos with Santa, and arts & crafts projects. Bring the whole family for what promises to be a festive evening. 6:30 pm - 9 pm. Free Admission.

Krist Kindl Market
December 5-7

Downtown Copperas Cove

Copperas Cove Downtown Association / Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce
Donna Herring
204 East Robertson Avenue; Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Music: Children's, Country, Polka
Activities: Music festival
Krist Kindl Markt is a traditional holiday bazaar featuring colorful stalls and open air shopping, unique handcrafted gift items, yummy foods, and dancing, singing and bands to entertain you. The annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is Saturday evening and the festivities continue through the weekend.

The Living Christmas Tree
December 5-6

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

First United Methodist Church
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".

A Cappella Texas Christmas with Vocal Spectrum and The Academy
December 6

Brentwood Christian School; 11908 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX

The Southwestern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society
P.O. Box 181075; Austin, TX 78718-1075
(512) 477-7664
Music: Barbershop
Activities: Music festival
In addition to the A Cappella Texas chorus and The Academy Quartet (2014 International Collegiate Quartet Champions), we are extremely fortunate to have the 2006 Barbershop Harmony Society Champion Quartet Vocal Spectrum. In July of 2004, Vocal Spectrum won the 2004 International Collegiate Quartet Contest held in Louisville, KY. On July 8th, 2006 they won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Contest – becoming the first quartet in history to win all 3 possible medals (Collegiate Quartet, Men’s Quartet, and Chorus Medal).

Christmas Carolfest
December 6

Texas State Capitol Rotunda; Austin, TX

A Capella Texas
Roger Coyner
P.O. Box 181075; Austin, TX 78718-1075
(512) 477-7664; (512) 340-0500
Music: Classical, A Capella, Barbershop
Activities: Community Sing-along
The annual free public performances in the Capitol Rotunda during the Christmas Holiday season are standing-room-only events. The 45-man Chord Ranger Chorus, Greater Austin's premier men's a cappella vocal ensemble, performs at various venues in Central Texas throughout the year. The Chord Rangers are a charitable and educational singing fraternity dedicated to performing unaccompanied four-part harmony- a uniquely American musical genre. Consult for other events throughout the year.

Dallas Observer Music Awards ~ 2
December 6

Dallas Observer
Jonanna Widner, Music Editor
2501 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 700; Dallas, TX 75219-4059
(214) 757-8463
Music: Country, Jazz, Rock
Activities: Awards show
The Dallas Observer Music Awards scheduled performers include various Dallas musicians to be determined. Reception at 7:30 p.m. with live music beginning at 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Holiday by the Tracks
December 6

City of Elgin; Downtown Elgin

Elgin Main Street Board
Elgin Main Street Board
310 North Main St.; Elgin, TX 78621
(512) 281-5724
Music: Bluegrass, Children's, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Tejano, Christmas
Activities: Annual Christmas Event
On the first Saturday of December, come to downtown Elgin from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Holiday by the Tracks event featuring live music, a holiday bazaar, a farmers market, pictures with Santa Claus, art for kids, a lighted Christmas parade, and a live nativity.

Jackson Street Market Days
December 6

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
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.

Psalm 100 Gospel Opry
December 6

Reed Entertainment Center; 421 East Industrial Drive Suite 215, Sulphur Springs, TX

Reed Entertainment Center
Buddy & Ina Gore
6653 Texas Hwy 154 South; Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
(903) 885-4262
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Gospel
This is a monthly event that features both local and national Christian music artist. Doors open at 6pm Show begins at 7pm. Concessions and gift shop on premises.

Round Top August To April Series ~ 2
December 6, 13

Festival Hill at Round Top; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top

The International Festival-Institute at Round Top
The James Dick Foundation
P.O. Box 89; Round Top, TX 78954-0089
(979) 249-3129; (979) 249-3086
Music: A cappella, Americana, Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
The 2014-2015 August-to-April Series offers music and choral concerts, ballet and forums. Tickets are available online. Concert ticket prices range from $25 to $30 for adults. All student tickets are $10. Forum registration is available online as information becomes available. Lunch is available prior to four of the concerts. Dinner follows the performance by James Dick on March 14. All meals are "reservation only." Overnight accomodations are available during all concert and forum events. Call the office at 979-249-3129 to reserve a room. The complete line up of concerts and ballet includes: Split Second Piano Duo, August 23, Texas Master Chorale, November 15, Houston Chamber Ringers, December 6, The Nutcracker Ballet, December 13, Linda Patterson and Friends, January 17, Valentine's Day Concert, February 14, James Dick, Piano, March 14 and TAMU Wind Symphony and Singing Cadets, April 11.

Temple Symphony Orchestra Season
December 6

Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center, Temple College; 2600 South First Street, Temple

Temple Symphony Orchestra
Rick Thomssen
100 West Adams Ave; Temple, TX 76501-7644
(254) 534-4101
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Temple Symphony Orchestra founded in 1994 will begin its 21st season of performances on September 13, 2014 with “Great Beginnings” featuring W. A. Mozart: Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Op 58 G Major featuring Frances Renzi, pianist and Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 Op. 90 A Major (Italian). October 25, 2014 features finalists from 2013 International Van Cliburn Piano Competition. December 6, 2014 is our Holiday concert: The Many Moods of Christmas featuring the Temple College Chorale and the San Gabriel Chorus. March 7, 2015 is our Family Pops concert: Gershwin and Friends with American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue featuring Jeff Helmer, pianist. March 28, 2015 features the Temple Jazz Orchestra (repertoire TBA). April 25, 2015 is our Season Finale and selections include Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio Overture Op. 72c, Alexander Arutunian: Trumpet Concerto featuring Dave Scott, trumpet and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.

Texas Early Music Project Concert Season
December 12-14

First English Lutheran Church; 3001 Whitis Avenue, Austin, TX

Texas Early Music Project
Daniel Johnson
2905 San Gabriel, No. 204; Austin, TX 78705
(512) 377-6961
Music: Classical, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
Texas Early Music Project (TEMP) invites you to explore more than 700 years of musical change and evolution. Over the course of six programs, you'll be transported by the sounds of rich and diverse cultures while tasting the harmonic palettes and musical delights of our ancestors. You'll hear some old (very old) classics and discover many "new" ancient tunes. An Early Christmas in Europe: We present a Christmas celebration with Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Celtic and folk music from Europe and the British Isles replete with joyous carols, rollicking dances, and exquisite noëls for Christmas and the New Year. You’ll be treated to a smorgasbord of musical styles and languages, but it all adds up to Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 13-14

Dallas Heritage Village; 1515 South Harwood Street, Dallas

Dallas Heritage Village
Melissa Prycer
1515 South Harwood Street; Dallas, TX 75215-1273
(214) 421-8455; (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 14-15 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 Fall 2013.

Joy to the World Jazz Concert
December 13

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

RLB Productions
Pamela Baker
2804 Deerborn; Wylie, TX 75098
(972) 461-0857; (972) 744-4650
Music: Jazz
Activities: Music festival
Experience an enchanting evening of your favorite holiday carols interpreted in the jazz art form accompanied by a historic narrative of the origins of the songs we love.

McAllen Tamale Fest ~ 2
December 13

De Leon Soccer Complex; 29th Street and Nolana, McAllen, TX

Boys & Girls Club of McAllen
Daisy Hinojosa
2620 Galveston Ave; McAllen, TX (956) 630-5323
(956) 687-3910; (956) 605-6616
Be a Part of Tamale Fest 2014. Plans are underway to have a bigger and better festival this year in conjunction with the McAllen Marathon. The Boys & Girls Club of McAllen board members and staff are getting ready for their second annual signature event. Tamale Fest 2014 will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at a new and bigger location with the Hot Tamale children’s fun run expected to draw over 1,000 participants.

A Very Metal Christmas III ~ 2
December 14

Dirty Dog Bar; 505 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Snake Skin Prison
8405 Panadero Drive; Austin, TX 78747
(512) 636-2267
Music: Metal

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ~ 2
December 16-24

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 an nine day run in 2014. 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, a low to moderate volume gig 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 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily from December 16-24, 2014.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Season
December 17

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
Dallas- The world-renowned Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has a full season of concerts during the 2014-2015 season. The top ensemble, the GDYO, brings together 115 of the DFW area's best high school musicians. This season is particularly special because the ensemble is preparing for a 2015 tour of China. Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News has said that "Dallas should be proud to have such ambassadors" and "...lucky are these kids to be initiated into symphonic music in so professional an environment. Even the ones who don't go on to performing careers will be passionate and knowledgeable and demanding audiences of tomorrow." On October 26, 2014 at 7:30pm, join the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra as we open our 43rd season with special guest flute soloist Demarre McGill, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute, performing Mozart's Flute Concert No. 1 in G-major. Also on the program, Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, Copland's Appalachian Spring, and Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italian.

Original Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball
December 18-20

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
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.

Celtic Christmas at St. Mary's
December 19-20

St. Mary's Cathedral; 203 East 10th and Brazos, Austin, TX

Celtic Cultural Center of Texas
Donnelle McKaskle
1105B Taulbee Lane; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 431-6290
Music: World Beat, Irish/Celtic/Scottish/Choral
Activities: Music festival
A true Celtic Christmas in one of Austin's most historic buildings. The Schola Cantorum of St. Mary's Cathedral and local Irish musicians perform sacred Christmas music from Ireland, The Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales.

Christmas Ball ~ 2
December 20

Luckenbach; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg

412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224 Ext. 29; (888) 311-8990
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Dance in Dancehall
Luckenbach's Annual Christmas Dance featuring Gary P. Nunn. Nunn has been described as everything from "a pioneer of Texas country music" to "a part of the fabric of contemporary Texas culture" to "the mule that pulls the Texas country music wagon!" However, one chooses to describe him, there is no denying his contribution, presaging the "Cosmic Cowboy" movement. Show starts at 8:00.

Tuzer Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
December 20-21

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

Tuzer Ballet, Inc.
P.O. Box 831472; Richardson, TX 75083-1472
(972) 783-1735
Music: Classical
Prepare for a holiday treat! Come join the Yuletide enchantment when TUZERBALLET presents its 30th annual production of the classic holiday ballet, Peter Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker. Whether you are experiencing it as a family tradition or discovering the magic for the first time, the memory of this beloved classic will stay with you forever. You will be transported to a wondrous world of swirling snowflakes, mysterious gifts, leaping Cossacks, and a legion of mice – and taken on a magical journey by the Sugar Plum Fairy. As you plan your holiday social calendar, this hugely popular performance is a must-see for the whole family! on Saturday, December 20th at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 21st at 2:00 pm. Tanju and Patricia Tuzer, formerly of Harkness and Hamburg Ballet, have created a lavish, acclaimed production with their talented Pre-Professional Student Company from the Tuzer Dance School. Their inventive blend of traditional and modern choreography, complemented by spectacular sets and costumes, will delight you. This year, we are excited to announce that all three performances will feature two guest principal dancers. Rie Ichikawa, a soloist with the Boston Ballet, and Carlos Molina, formerly a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater and the Boston Ballet, will dance the parts of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier. Praised for its purity and spirit, TUZER BALLET’S Nutcracker, listed as a “Top Ten Dance Event of the Year” by the Dallas Morning News, is the longest running Nutcracker in the Metroplex. Margaret Putnam, dance writer for the Dallas Morning News, has said, “This student company is nothing but marvelous.”

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
December 22

Church of the Incarnation; 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX

Dallas Bach Society
Yoori Marti, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Handel’s Messiah. Meyerson Symphony Center. Featured soloists Ava Pine (Soprano), Drew Minter (countertenor), Dann Coakwell (Tenor) and David Grogan (Bass) join the DBS Orchestra & Chorus in its renowned interpretation of Handel’s sublime oratorio. Messiah Sing-Along on 20 December, 8pm at COTI.

Lights All Night
December 26-27

Fair Park; 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. 3 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.

Celebrate San Antonio
December 31

Hemisfair Park and La Villita Plazas; 200 South Alamo, San Antonio

San Antonio Parks Foundation
Teresa Cox, Vice President
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, No. 247; San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 212-8423; (210) 386-3722
Music: Dance/Electronic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Arts and Crafts, Children’s Area, Firecracker Award to Leader in the Community
With live music, over 200,000 excited revelers, fireworks and entertainment for the entire family on tap during Celebrate San Antonio, this event grows in popularity each year. The huge downtown New Year’s Eve fiesta begins at noon in historic La Villita. Great food & beverages can also be found on S. Alamo Street between Market and Cesar Chavez Blvd after the official opening at 5 p.m. There are four stages featuring some of the state’s best bands/musicians. The highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight and the spectacular Valero Fireworks Extravaganza, showcasing the Tower of the Americas. Admission is FREE and open to the public and festivities continue until 12:30 a.m.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
December 31

Church of the Incarnation; 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX

Dallas Bach Society
Yoori Marti, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Brandenburg Concertos, COMPLETE. Church of the Incarnation. Best Baroque soloists from around the United States gather to perform Bach’s greatest collection of instrumental music, the six concerts à plusieurs instruments, which he dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg.