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Nutcracker Masquerade

This weekend marks the annual University of Dallas winter cotillion dance. The theme this year is Nutcracker Masquerade, so don your winter dress wear and enamoring masks on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 p.m. to midnight for a night of ethereal fun. There will be a hot chocolate bar (complete with marshmallows and candy canes) and braised beef sliders with sides. For dessert, there will be  cheesecake, fruit tarts and cupcakes. For the athletically inclined, there will be a swing dance competition from 9 to10 p.m., and winners get Groundhog 2020 sweatshirts. There will be a mask competition throughout the night, so flex your crafting skills, because the winners get tickets to the (notoriously expensive) Spring Formal! Admission is $8 for singles and $12 for couples. 

Jonesing for Jonas?

For those feeling nostalgic, the Jonas Brothers are coming to Dallas this weekend to reignite childhood joy before finals week. The iconic boy band will be stopping at the American Airlines Center on Friday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m. for their Happiness Begins tour. They will be accompanied by Jordan McGraw, and tickets start at $53. Grab a friend and enjoy a carefree night of the good old fashioned Jonas Brothers.

Magical Christmas Lights

On Friday, December 6th at 5:30 p.m., the city of Denton will be hosting its annual holiday lighting festival. Admission is free, so this event is a magical and cost-effective way to get into the holiday spirit. Ride through Downtown Denton Square on an antique horse and carriage while enjoying festive live music and watching outdoor dance exhibitions in the crisp air. At the end of the night, Denton will be illuminated by a brilliant display of Christmas lights, and Santa Claus will make an appearance. Denton asks that attendees please bring a toy for their Elves Shelves toy drive.

A Night of Musical Sophistication

An exciting performance comes to Dallas this weekend as Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents Wagner, Koch, and Dvorak. The performance opens with the prelude to Wagner’s Parsifal, an opera about the Knights of the Round Table and the Holy Grail. Following Wagner, composer Jesper Koch will premiere his piece Shelley Fragments, which was inspired by Percy Shelley’s poem Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation. To conclude, the orchestra will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, a hauntingly beautiful end to the event. There are two dates for the performance at the Owen Arts Center: Friday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 8th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $14 for adults. This event is a delightful opportunity for all those with an affinity for good literature and music (particularly the UD English Major), so take the time to attend!

Wylie Arts Festival

Over 150 vendors are gathering at the Wylie Event Center this Saturday, December 7th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Wylie Arts Festival. Offerings range from jewelry and clothing to handmade gifts and paintings. Guests can enjoy carnival foods while strolling the booths, and there is easy access to nearby shops and restaurants. A petting zoo and pony rides are available for children (and the young at heart). Admission and parking are free, so this is a good opportunity for some pre-Christmas craze shopping.

Spanish Christmas

This Sunday, December 8th, at 6 p.m., the Orchestra of New Spain presents their Baroque Christmas Concert. This unique concert showcases the traditional Christmas music of Spain and New Spain in the Baroque period. There will be an assortment of villancicos (Christmas carols) as well as Christmas cantatas by Baroque composer Francisco Courcelle. As a special treat, Chilean composer Alfonso Letelier Llona will be introduced to the audience, and a selection of his early 20th-century choral works will be performed. The concert takes place at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, and admission is free (but donations are encouraged). This event promises delighted ears and a heart full of renewed Christmas cheer.

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