Lone Star Circus. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

It’s a tradition 10 years in the making to have the young performers of the Lone Star Circus showcase their skills to mark the end of the year. “La Fête” runs Dec. 27-Jan. 1 at the Dallas Children’s Theater, when acrobats and aerialists, music and mimes come together for a fanciful display of circus skills. Times vary by day and tickets run $27-$48 and are available here.

All weekend except Christmas Eve and Christmas you can check out “The 12 Days of Christmas at Night,” which offers a rare chance to tour the arboretum after dark. The expansive gardens glow with the twinkle of more than 500,000 holiday lights, which are paired with classic carols for a festive holiday evening. Tickets are $12. Or, take part in the festive Holiday High Tea that offers classic tea sandwiches and treats in an elegant setting. Tickets are $49, or $59 with champagne and the event is meant for those 13 and up.

Union Coffee is a traditional gathering place for area Christians, but the weekly Mesa takes believers into a local home to connect over food and conversation. “The groups use conversations started in the worship services to further explore how their story connects to God’s story and how they can better live that story out,” the website states. The next gathering takes place on Christmas Eve from 10:30-11:30 a.m., email patrick.uniondallas@gmail.com for a location.

The younger members of the Munger Place Church, at 5200 Bryan St., will host a traditional Christmas pageant at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas day the, the church offers a pancake breakfast at 11 a.m. For more information call 214.823.9929.

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