Everything You Need to Do in Dallas This Winter

Winter isn’t just about stress-eating your way through the holidays; there are plenty of other things to do, too, many of which are actually fun. This winter in Dallas, you'll get multiple chances to dance through the night, watch motorcycles soar through the air at a Supercross race, get your sip on at a whiskey tasting, and rap along with Chance the Rapper. See, we told you! Here’s everything you need to do in Dallas this winter.

Sip your way through downtown Plano

December 12
Downtown Plano Arts District
Explore art while also enjoying some wine at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk. Grab your glass, tasting card and wine guide and take a stroll through the neighborhood; there are about 20 wine stops every month, so be sure to pace yourself. There will also be live music and several shops to check out. This month’s theme is “Winter Onesie-land.”
Cost: Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. 

Score some awesome finds at the Boho Market

December 14
Dallas Farmers Market 
Whether you’re Christmas shopping for your family or yourself, you’ll find some neat items to greedily snatch up at the Boho Market. The pop-up will feature more than 50 local artisans, farmers, ranchers, makers, and small businesses. There will also be live music, food and drinks.
Cost: Admission is free. 

Cheer on the runners during the Dallas Marathon

December 15
Starts & ends at Dallas City Hall Plaza 
If you live south of Lovers Lane, the Dallas Marathon will be hard to miss -- more than 26 miles of roadways are shut down for it. Come out and cheer on the runners as they make their way through the city. Show your support in your neighborhood or look for a cheering party along the course.
Cost: $179-499 for marathon participants; free to watch. 

Eat up at this holiday brunch

December 15
Dallas Arboretum 
Get your brunch on at the arboretum as the gardens host this holiday brunch featuring chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos, hash browns, a coffee bar, mimosas and Christmas cookies. Afterwards, walk off those calories with a nice stroll around the arboretum. 
Cost: Brunch and admission is $60 for non-members. 

Sing your heart out with Cher

December 19
American Airlines Center
What’s your favorite Cher song? Is it “I Got You Babe,” or “If I Could Turn Back Time,” or do you need to ask your parents? Whatever it is, you’ll likely hear it and plenty of other hits when Cher performs at the AAC. You never know when she’ll be back in Dallas, so fans best take full advantage. 
Cost: Tickets start from $66. 

Party all night at Lights All Night

December 27 - December 28
Dallas Market Hall 
Lights All Night has become an annual tradition for many North Texans. This year the esteemed EDM festival turns 10, and once again it’s got an awesome lineup including Skrillex, Bassnectar, Virtual Self and dozens more. Come ready to dance the night away. 
Cost: Single-day tickets start from $110.

Ring in 2020 at Lone Star NYE Live!

December 31 
Texas Live! 
Still looking for some New Year’s Eve plans? Head out to Lone Star NYE Live! The party will feature several DJs, live music, casino games, party favors, a champagne toast, and more. Texas Live! is home to several bars and restaurants, so you can bounce around throughout the night.
Cost: Tickets start from $70 and include drink tickets. 

Explore the DMA at Second Thursdays with a Twist

January 9 
Dallas Museum of Art 
On the second Thursday of the month, the Dallas Museum of Art stays open late and hosts a fun night of programming. For January’s Starman event, the museum highlights David Bowie. Come learn more about the artist and pop culture while you explore the museum. Bring some friends or make it a date night. 
Cost: Tickets are $5. 

Run, then drink, at the Peticolas Social Run/Walk

January 11
Peticolas Brewing Company
The Peticolas Run Club is hosting a “3-ish” mile run and walk this January, allowing you to get a good workout in before sipping some tasty local brews. Participants will be treated to three free beers post-race, as well as a cool pint glass and a delicious breakfast. Whether you sprint or stroll, it doesn’t matter; everyone will earn some brews.
Cost: Tickets are $20.

Ice skate under the night sky

January 16 - January 17
Children’s Health StarCenter, Farmers Branch 
An outdoor ice rink? In Texas? Yep, that’s right. Head out to Farmers Branch for a night of skating under the stars. These are the last few days of the season that the rink will be open, so make sure you take advantage of it. 
Cost: Admission is $10. 

Party on at the Krewe of Orleans Mardi Gras Ball

January 18
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center 
The Krewe of Orleans Mardi Gras Ball is back for another year. One of the biggest Mardi Gras parties in North Texas, this party never fails to impress. Dress up because this year’s theme is a “Year of Royalty.” Come prepared to rage. 
Cost: General admission starts from $54. 

Sip it up at the Dallas Winter Whiskey Tasting Festival

January 25
Location TBA
This is where you need to be if you’re a whiskey fan. Whether you like scotch, bourbon, rye, or single malts, you’ll find it all at this tasting festival. General admission gets you 15 tasting tickets for 0.25-ounce pours. 
Cost: General admission is $35. 

Drink in your PJs at this onesie pub crawl

January 25
Various locations
You can literally say “I woke up like this” at this pub crawl. Put on your favorite onesie and get ready for some serious day drinking for up to 14 hours starting at noon. Along with drinks, you’ll find live entertainment, a costume contest and other fun along the way of this pub crawl.
Cost: Tickets start from $5. 

Sing, dance, and rap with Chance the Rapper

January 25
American Airlines Center 
The last time Chance the Rapper performed in Dallas, he played in a literal parking lot; now, he’s filling up the AAC on tour for his latest album, The Big Day. Chance was originally slated to perform in October, but the tour date was pushed back to January. He’ll be joined by Lil Yachty and his brother, Taylor Bennett. 
Cost: Tickets start from $60. 

Jog, run, or sprint at the Too Cold To Hold race

February 1
Norbuck Park 
Go for a run along White Rock Lake at the Too Cold To Hold race, with runners of all levels welcome to participate in either the 5K, 10K or half marathon. After the race, enjoy warm drinks, tasty food, music, and some brews.
Cost: Tickets start from $35.

Drink some beer and make some soap

February 7
Legal Draft Beer Co. 
Soap-making and beer? Yes, you read that right. Come learn a new skill and enjoy some beer while you do it. This hands-on class, hosted at Legal Draft Beer Co., will teach you how to make soap, and you’ll get to take home two pounds of your own soap creations. Learn and sip, friends! 
Cost: Tickets are $60. 

Do some nature exploring at Coffee with the Birds

February 8
Cedar Ridge Preserve 
Get outside and try something different this February. Go through a walk at the Cedar Ridge Preserve, enjoy some coffee and find some cool birds, led by a tour guide. Funds raised will go to benefit Audubon Dallas and the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.
Cost: Tickets are $15.

Watch motorcycles fly into the sky at Supercross

February 22
AT&T Stadium 
Supercross is coming to Dallas. Come see daredevil riders race around a track inside AT&T Stadium, making some sharp turns and flying off ramps. Whether you’re a fan of Supercross or you’re just looking for something fun to do, this sounds like an epic night. 
Cost: Tickets start from $25. 

See huge trucks soar through the stadium at Monster Jam

February 29
AT&T Stadium 
Why sit at home and chill with a Netflix movie when you can see 10,000-pound trucks race and soar in the air? It’s loud, it’s intense, and it’s going to be literal truckloads of fun.
Cost: Tickets start at $35.

Rock out with The Eagles

February 29 - March 1
American Airlines Center 
“On a dark desert highway…” You can probably finish the lyrics to the epic “Hotel California,” which definitely hear when The Eagles perform at the AAC on their Hotel California 2020 Tour. They’ll be playing that famous album from beginning to end, along with many other hits.
Cost: Tickets start at $223.

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Michael Gordon is a contributor to Thrillist.