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The Top 10 Things To Do This Week In Dallas & Collin County

Plan your week of December 4 – 7, 2023
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Getting into the Christmas and magical holiday spirits this week with so many themed events is easy. For example, consider Fire Santa riding along on the firetruck in Celina, a Gremlins movie showing in Plano and a Harry Potter experience in Little Elm. Are you still waiting to feel the Christmas spirit? Consider doing other things with your friends and family, such as, for example, enjoying a whiskey pairing dinner or visiting an animatronic dinosaurs exhibit.

Take a look at our selection of must-go events and scroll all the way down to see our local picks for where to eat and drink this week.

Come right in because here's the only list you need!

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Eisemann Center Presents Keyboard Conversations: Chopin And Liszt

When: December 4, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson

Experience the enchanting melodies of Chopin and Liszt as Jeffrey Siegel, the celebrated concert pianist, takes center stage at Eisemann Center on December 4, 2023, at 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Dr. John F. Dixon, this Keyboard Conversations event explores the captivating works of these 19th-century superstars. Join the journey into the world of polonaises, waltzes, consolations and Hungarian rhapsodies, enriched with Siegel's insightful commentary.

The Gremlins At Angelika Film Center

When: December 4, 2024 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Angelika Film Center & Café - Plano | 7205 Bishop Rd E-6, Plano

When a father returns from Chinatown with an unusual pet for his son, the rules are simple: keep it away from water, bright lights and, most importantly, never feed it after midnight. But the rules inadvertently get broken, and the consequences multiply alarmingly. Directed by Joe Dante and featuring a star-studded cast including Corey Feldman, Dick Miller and Frances Lee McCain, this PG-13 film is a classic.

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Fire Santa

When: December 4 to 8, 2023 | I 6:00 p.m.
Where: Multiple locations
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Experience the magic of Fire Santa in Celina! Starting at 6:00 p.m. each day, Fire Santa will drive through various Celina neighborhoods, bringing joy to kids as they see Santa and wave to him as he passes by. Follow the Celina Fire Department on Instagram for updates and information. Enjoy this festive opportunity to catch Santa on his merry journey through town!

Silverstein At Granada Theater

When: December 5, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Where: Granada Theater | 3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas

Mark your events calendar and prepare for an unforgettable night of music with Silverstein at the Granada Theater in Dallas on December 5. As they take the stage, expect to enjoy an electrifying performance with their signature post-hardcore sound. Get your tickets now and be part of an immersive musical experience brought to you by one of the industry's standout bands.

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Whiskey Cake Old Forester Repeal Day Pairing Dinner

When: December 5, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar | 3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano
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Celebrate the 90th anniversary of prohibition repeal in style! Join Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar for an exclusive evening of indulgence in partnership with Old Forester, the oldest bourbon brand in the U.S. You can enjoy a curated 5-course tasting experience featuring timeless cocktails and select Old Forester bourbons. Don your glamorous flapper attire and immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of 1933 for this unforgettable culinary journey.

Jackopierce 35-Year Anniversary - All Request Show!

When: December 7, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lexus Box Garden at Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano

Celebrate 35 years of musical magic with Jack O'Neill and Cary Pierce, the iconic duo known as Jackopierce, by joining their special All Request show at the Lexus Box Garden on December 7th. Also, arrive early to enjoy dinner from Legacy Hall's diverse eateries and craft cocktails from multiple bars. For an elevated experience, reserve a Balcony VIP Lounge for a prime view and dedicated service.

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Lights On the Farm

When: December 4 to December 30, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum | 1900 West 15th Street, Plano

Embark on a magical journey at the Heritage Farmstead Museum's Lights on the Farm. Witness the historic farmstead transformed into a winter wonderland with over a million lights and enchanting holiday displays, and delight in the quarter-mile trail featuring holiday light creations and animated displays by First Choice Lights. Also, enjoy festive treats, meet Santa in his farm shop and create lasting memories with family.

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

When: December 4 to January 13, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Little Elm Park | 701 W Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm
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Little Elm Park hosts a spellbinding event: Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience. Enchanting lights and theatrical wonders bring the world of wizards to life. Visitors embark on a trail through a magical forest, encountering creatures like hippogriffs and unicorns. Armed with wands, attendees can cast spells and conjure patronuses, delight in Harry Potter-inspired food, capture memories with fun photos and immerse themselves in the enchantment of Harry Potter!

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Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Exhibit

When: December 5, 2023, to February 19, 2024 | See the full schedule
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary | 1 Nature Pl, McKinney
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Experience the Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit from October 5, 2023, to February 19, 2024, at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. Travel back along a half-mile trail with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. They come alive, moving and roaring, offering an enthralling experience and fascinating facts about herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Enjoy interactive elements, a photo-op with a tyrannosaurus rex and an outdoor fossil dig.

Scrooge The Musical

When: December 6 to 17, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Multiple locations
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Embrace the holiday spirit with the North Texas Performing Arts Community Theatre's iconic Christmas Tradition, Scrooge, The Musical. The acclaimed production, closely following Charles Dickens' timeless A Christmas Carol, promises a heartwarming experience. Join the festive celebration featuring live music, pre-show Christmas carols and the magic of Dickens' classic tale. Don't miss this 13th-year tradition that continues to enchant audiences and has become a cornerstone of the Plano Christmas season.

Even More Great Things To Do This Week In Dallas & Collin County

Katatonia At Granada Theater
When: December 4, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Where: Granada Theater | 3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas

Pet Pictures With Santa At Stonebriar Center
When: December 4 to 5 | 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stonebriar Centre | 2601 Preston Road, Frisco
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Revel's Santa Brunch
When: December 4 to December 17, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where: Revel Patio Grill's | 9305 Preston Road, Frisco
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Christmas Sip & Stroll In The Star District
When: December 6, 2023 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Star | Cowboys Way, Frisco
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Slade Coulter At Billy Bob’s Texas
When: December 7, 2023 | 9:00 P.M.
Where: Billy Bob’s Texas | 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
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The Grinch Stole Christmas! Ornament Scavenger Hunt Downtown Plano

When: December 16, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Plano Arts District | 1004 E 15th St, Plano
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The Grinch has swiped holiday ornaments, and it's your mission to reclaim them! Discover one of the limited-edition #LovePlano ornaments hidden in Downtown Plano shops and restaurants and follow clues on Downtown Plano's social media and local businesses' channels. You can find ornaments scattered between 14th and 15th Streets, from G Avenue to Municipal Avenue. Claim one ornament per family and enjoy the holiday spirit!

Holiday In Whoville A Christmas Celebration

When: December 17, 2023 | 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Canyon Creek Project Adventist Church |  2800 Custer Pkwy, Richardson
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Gather all friends and family to join the festive fun at Holiday in Whoville on December 17, 2023, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Canyon Creek Project Adventist Church in Richardson. This Christmas celebration promises enjoyment for all ages. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season with joyful activities, good food and holiday cheer at this Whoville-inspired event.

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Sensing Deep Space: Pandora's Cluster

When: January 7 to February 4, 2024 | 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson
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Embark on a celestial journey at the Eisemann Center with Sensing Deep Space: Pandora's Cluster. Created by the nonprofit SciArt Exchange in collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas, this immersive installation transforms the distant wonders of Pandora's Cluster into a multisensory experience. Fusing cutting-edge technologies, artistry, and science, the exhibit, funded by The Eisemann Edge Initiative, opens its doors on January 6, 2024.