Kids from Texas Ballet Theater perform in a new production of The Nutcracker.

Friday through the end of the month, it’s holiday season at the Dallas Arboretum. It’s that time of year when special decorations and special guests, “ho ho ho”, start appearing at the gardens.

Do you dare visit the mall this time of year? If you can handle the crowd, it’s often worth it. Beginning now, NorthPark Center offers a calendar full of fun seasonal events.

There are a couple theatrical productions that totally signify impending Christmas,  and one is The Nutcracker (the other, A Christmas Carol, we will get to next week). This year, the Texas Ballet presents an all-new, visually stunning version of the classic. It opens Friday at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street and runs through Sunday, Dec. 2.

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