A Day in the Arts 

Presented by Communities Foundation of Texas, PNC Bank, Texas Instruments

On Saturday, December 7, the Dallas Arts District will dazzle you with a spectacular cultural playground of events and performances to enlighten your eyes, ears and minds. Visit the Dallas Arts District and its partners to experience concerts, activities, art and more.

AT&T Performing Arts Center
AT&T Performing Arts Center presents A Christmas Carol – November 22 – December 29, 2019

Wyly Theater
A Christmas Carol – Tis the season to be jolly when Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition returns to the Wyly Theater. Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic tale of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas. Tickets available https://www.dallastheatercenter.org/show_details2.php?sid=169&d=desk

AT&T Performing Arts Center presents – The Nutcracker – November 29 – December 8, 2019

Winspear Opera House
The Nutcracker Experience the most magical Christmas tradition of the season as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel throughout a winter wonderland to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets. Exquisite costumes and dazzling choreography will transport you to a world where dreams do come true.

Tickets available https://www.attpac.org/on-sale/2019/the-nutcracker-/

Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas

Just one block from Klyde Warren Park, the Crow Museum of Asian Art presents The Art of Lacquer until May 3, 2020, This exhibit introduces lacquerware objects from the museum’s collection. Future Retrospective: Master Shen-Long runs through August 2020. Master Shen-Long, a master of the classical Chinese literati perfections of painting, poetry, and calligraphy, as well as seal-carving, has pioneered new approaches to painting that has made him one of the most innovative ink artists of this generation. Always free to the public, the Crow Museum inspires and promotes dialogue about the arts and cultures of Asia in a serene and contemplative setting. Visit the Lotus Shop to find distinctive and unique offerings such as jewelry, books, and gift items for children and adults alike. For more information, click here!

Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Black Dance Academy Espresso Nutcracker

December 13, 2019
Majestic Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Academy presents its second annual Espresso Nutcracker, a new twist on a holiday tradition in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The performance is jazz-influenced including excerpts of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite.


Dallas Children’s Theater

November 23 – December 29, 2019 Enjoyed by all ages

Tickets starting at $17 at dct.org

And he was still hungry! So…the Very Hungry Caterpillar came back to Dallas. During the 2019 holiday season, the whole family can make their way to a happy place thanks to a new collection of stories brought to life from beloved children’s author/illustrator Eric Carle. Enjoy Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?;10 Little Rubber Ducks; Dream Snow; and of course, a reprisal of The Very Hungry Caterpillar – now celebrating its 50th birthday!Filled with colorful puppets and adorable animals, this extraordinary spectacle is pure holiday magic, and sure to be a sellout, so buy your tickets early!


December 7 – December 22, 2019 Recommended for ages 9 and up
Tickets:  $16 at dct.org

Celebrate life, love, and family in this festive musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s cherished novel set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. The March sisters – romantic Meg, spirited Jo, sweet Beth, and headstrong Amy – face adventure, heartbreak, and enduring hope as they weather life’s changes in this timeless drama. Embrace the spirit of the holiday season through a story that has captured the hearts of readers for more than 150 years. Performed by the DCT Academy all-teen cast!

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Get ready for an immersive, interactive journey unlike any other. The new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum features state-of-the-art technology and a permanent exhibition focused on Holocaust/Shoah, Human Rights, and Pivot to America. The Museum brings to life the tragic history and consequences of the Holocaust, other genocides, and our own country’s journey for civil and human rights. It’s also one of only two Museums in the world that offers Dimensions in Testimony where visitors can interact with holographic images of Holocaust Survivors. Make sure to book tickets online at dhhrm.org to ensure your requested time and date.

Join us every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. for a docent-led tour of our permanent exhibition. Please visit our website for information on other upcoming programs.

Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art, located directly across the street from Klyde Warren Park, offers a host of activities in December and January.

C3 Visiting Artist Project: Spiderweb Salon

9/24/19 to 12/29/19 | Center for Creative Connections

Spiderweb Salon is an interdisciplinary collective based in Denton, Texas. For collective | connection, their C3 Visiting Artist installation, 50 members of the group wrote and recorded audio experiences inspired by works of art at the DMA for visitors to call in and listen to.

C3: Beyond Binaries

12/22/18 to 1/5/20 | Center for Creative Connections

This installation of DMA works examines the ways the subjects, symbolism, and production of art communicate ideas about gender. Some works move beyond the binary of masculine and feminine. Others present divergent views and beliefs about gender.

Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence

6/30/19 to 1/12/20 | Level 4

Fiber arts by artist, designer, and weaver Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) will be exhibited in the DMA’s Atrium Overlook and in the Arts of the Americas Andean gallery in a special exhibition illuminating how the contemporary artist’s practice has been inspired by the weaving traditions of indigenous artisans from Latin America. Secret Structures, Looming Presence pairs works from the Museum’s collection of ancient Andean art with a selection of Hicks’ loom-woven, wrapped, twisted, and knotted fiberworks, offering a fresh examination of textile traditions through time.

Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline

10/20/19 to 2/2/20 | Focus II Gallery

Wanda Koop is an established Canadian painter whose practice explores how modern urban society and the natural environment intersect. For Concentrations 62, Koop will debut eight new works in her Dreamline series, accompanied by more than 20 preparatory paintings from the past two decades.


Dallas Opera


Visit The Dallas Opera and its world-class performances and programming.

March 20, 22, 25, 28, 2020

Father against Son. Catholic against Protestant. Friend against Friend. Such a grand web of emotion, history, and musical thinking is contained in Verdi’s epic Don Carlo that the experience of it will leave you riveted. If you’re longing for thrilling music combined with searing drama, then nobody does it better than Verdi. The terrors of the Spanish Inquisition are raging, and so are personal and political passions. France’s princess Elizabeth is forced to marry Phillip, King of Spain, forsaking her beloved Don Carlo—the firebrand who turns out to be her husband’s own son! Add to the mix the terrifying Grand Inquisitor and the King’s duplicitous mistress, and the stage is set for an explosive amalgam of sex, politics, and religion. With the orchestra, chorus, and international cast on stage, projections of masterworks by Goya, El Greco, and more provide the backdrop for an unforgettable experience.


Want to learn more about the opera you are seeing? Come early and join TDO for the Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks. Pre-Opera Talks are informative and interactive 30-minute lectures featuring opera experts from all over DFW. Pre-Opera Talks are FREE with a ticket to a TDO performance and are guaranteed to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of opera. Pre-Opera talks are held in the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, one hour before each TDO mainstage performance.

More information https://dallasopera.org


Dallas Summer Musicals
Blue Man Group Speechless is the featured January show from Dallas Summer Musicals. DSM’s offerings of live musical theatre include year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages. For calendar and tickets, click here!


Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra offers an array of holiday performances with the Dallas Symphony Family Christmas Pops to Rocky Mountain Christmas to Fiesta Navidad. For more information on all things Dallas Symphony, click here!


Dallas Theater Center

Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition returns to the Wyly Theatre! Three spirits have come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and to take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future that annually delights audiences across North Texas. But will it be enough to save Scrooge’s soul? Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol boldly reimagines Dickens’ classic tale of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas.

For more information: DallasTheaterCenter.org

Klyde Warren Park
Tree Lighting Celebration presented by VisitDallas

Saturday, December 7; 2 – 6 PM

Enjoy this free family tradition featuring a festive day of activities and entertainment, including photos with Santa and story time with Mrs. Claus, face painting, crafts, games and snow flurries! The day will culminate with a live show featuring performances of holiday music, visits from Santa’s friends Frosty and Rudolph, a performance by Downtown Fever Band and Klyde Warren Park’s annual tree lighting. For more information, click here!

Nasher Sculpture Center
Visit the Nasher Sculpture Center this holiday season to see one of the best collections of modern sculpture in the world, with masterpieces by artists such as Giacometti, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Rodin, and many more.  The Nasher’s garden and galleries are complemented by an award-wining store and cafe.

Bring the family before January 5 to see Elmgreen & Dragset: Sculptures.  This exhibition presents the work by the pair behind the iconic West Texas artwork, Prada Marfa, and includes sculptures, performances, and site-specific installations in the Nasher’s galleries and garden to reinterpret familiar designs found in everyday life, emphasizing personal, social, and political issues.  Plan your visit and learn more at nashersculpturecenter.org

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Race a T. Rex, challenge friends in robot competitions, explore the astonishing links between dinosaurs and modern-day birds, experience a simulated earthquake, journey through the universe, and test what it means to “be human”. Everything from dinosaurs to DNA to diamonds are packed into five levels of hands-on discovery and adventure. For more information, click here!

TACA (The Arts Community Alliance)
TACA – The Arts Community Alliance provides leadership and nurturing to the arts organizations of Dallas. For more information, click here!


Texas Ballet Theater

The Nutcracker:

Showing in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House, November 29 – December 8.

Experience the most magical Christmas tradition of the season as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince travel throughout a winter wonderland to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets. Exquisite costumes and dazzling choreography will transport you to a world where dreams do come true.To purchase tickets, visit Texas Ballet Theater’s website or call the Box Office at 877-828-9200 Option 1. https://www.texasballettheater.org/performance-19-20/the-nutcracker


A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

Showing in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House, May 15-17.

Somewhere among the magic, mischief and mix-ups is Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Filled with dazzling costumes, shimmering sets and a forest full of fairies, this enchanting work will mesmerize. To purchase tickets, visit Texas Ballet Theater’s website or call the box office at 877-828-9200 Option 1. https://www.texasballettheater.org/performance-19-20/a-midsummer-nights-dream


TITAS/Dance Unbound

TITAS/Dance Unbound serves North Texas by presenting an eclectic mix of best dance companies touring the world today. Our venues include Moody Performance Hall and the Winspear Opera House.  The 2019:20 season won’t disappoint. Creative, theatrical, gymnastic and breathtaking imagery makes this a very special set of international companies. Funny, stunning, inspiring and exciting, we proudly present a season of ten extraordinary companies from the United States, Canada, France, Mexico, South Korea and China. Three of these companies are making their Texas debuts in Dallas with TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND.

For more information about TITAS and the 2019-2020 Season, click here!