This Weekend in Dallas: Christmas with the Cowboys and a Pyrotechnic Santa

Skip Black Friday and celebrate with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders instead.

The Christmas Tree at The Galleria in Dallas
The Christmas Tree at The Galleria | Courtesy of Galleria Dallas
The Christmas Tree at The Galleria | Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

There’s always something going down in the Big D. A look at the city’s offerings might leave you dizzy: record shops, vintage shops, museums, bar arcades, nerdy bookstores, restaurants, bars, brunches, sports aplenty, and a thriving music and arts scene.

Dallas, when you seek it out, has wonderful natural landscapes, too. Hiking, running paths, swimming—there’s a little something for everyone. And if you want to get out of town, there are plenty of beautiful places to explore.

With the sheer selection of fun things to do in Dallas, we’re here to help guide you on your weekend adventures. This weekend guide will steer you in an always-fun direction, be it dancing to live music or cozying up for a film fest. Check back here each week for something new to explore (and subscribe to our newsletter for recommendations and the week’s top stories).

Holiday Events in Dallas

November 24 & 25, 12pm
Galleria Dallas, Center Court, Free
Twice this weekend, you can jumpstart your holiday spirit at the official lighting celebrations of the tallest indoor Christmas tree in the nation. Following a festive ice-skating show and a performance by Missile Toes, (a back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa), enjoy a rare daytime fireworks finale.

November 24 & 25
The Star District, Frisco, Free
Each weekend through December 16, Dallas Cowboys legends and their families headline a 20-minute show featuring the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, a tree lighting, and Mr. Claus himself. This weekend’s celebrities include Chad Hennings and Drew Pearson.

Food & Drink Events in Dallas

November 24, 9 pm
Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel, $55
One of many productions of The Nutcracker opens this weekend, but this Friday you have the rare opportunity to party with the ballet stars. Guest artists Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia of New York City Ballet will be in attendance, mixing and mingling while you sip on cocktails and munch on hors d’oeuvres.

November 28, 7 pm
Dallas Arboretum, $79–$99
Move over, Oprah. Chef Sharon Van Meter headlines a special Dallas Arboretum Food & Wine Festival event featuring local celebrity chefs making dishes. More than a million twinkle lights provide a gorgeous backdrop to rival the exciting flavors on every plate.

November 30, 6–9 pm
Hamburger Mary’s, $20
Attend this drag-queen-fueled kick-off party for the Season’s EATings Foodie Crawl (December 1–17), raising money for Human Rights Campaign DFW and Jonathan’s Place. Bring a new, less-than-$15, unwrapped toy if you’re able, then enjoy nibbles courtesy of Hamburger Mary’s, drink specials, and a variety of raffle prizes. Pick up your foodie passport and enjoy big savings at participating restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops during the two-week promo period.

Live Performances in Dallas

Through December 3
Music Hall at Fair Park, $39–$99
Michael Jackson’s iconic 1992 Dangerous World Tour comes to life in the form of a Broadway musical celebrating the songs and legacy of the strange but mega-talented singer/songwriter/performer.

November 24, 6:30 pm
Longhorn Ballroom, $28–$58
Michael Salgado’s aptitude for the accordion highlights a Tejano music career that took off back in the 1990s. This show looks back at his illustrious show business experiences over the past several decades, including several top hits.

November 24, 7 pm
The Echo Lounge & Music Hall, $35–$77
The LA-based electronica duo of Tom Staar and Kryder unleashes their high-energy dance music for this stop on their Home Run Tour.

Meteor shop in Dallas
Sip wine and shop for gifts at Meteor | Photo courtesy Meteor

Shopping Events in Dallas

November 29–December 16
1833 E. Levee St, Free
Dwell with Dignity’s annual shopping event, Thrift Studio, debuts a holiday pop-up version with curated holiday decor vignettes from top designers. Holiday tunes, hot cocoa and cider, and the chance to purchase nearly everything you see round out the multi-day experience. Get there this Wednesday for the best selection.

1950 Hi Line Dr, Free entry
Throughout the holiday season, cross several items off your gift-giving list at the new Dallas location of The Meteor. After sipping on natural wines in the cafe and buying a few bottles for presents, shop for cycling accessories and apparel, as well as one-of-a-kind custom builds.

Comedy in Dallas

November 24, 7:30, 9:30 pm
Dallas Comedy Club, $25
Indian-American standup comedian Sri Naj shares his life experiences as a Texan—with uproarious results. His focus on family, both here in the US and overseas, makes for a perfect Thanksgiving bonding experience with your own flesh and blood.

November 29, 8 pm
The Majestic Theatre, $49–$89
Jean-Ralphio fans rejoice! The hilarious Parks and Rec star, Ben Schwartz, brings his wild and crazy comedy show to downtown Dallas for one show only.

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Steven Lindsey loves to explore, whether it’s sampling the best restaurants around Dallas-Fort Worth, hot air ballooning over the Arizona desert, or climbing a pyramid in Mexico. He contributes to Thrillist and a variety of online and print publications. He also founded Travel Like An Adult. His latest venture, The Spa Daddy, offers a man’s perspective on spa and wellness across the globe.