Garland-Area Events: December 19-January 12

December 19-23

Candy Cane Hunts 2018 at The Gentle Zoo 12600 FM 2932, Forney 1 pm-2 pm
The Gentle Zoo is starting a new tradition and hosting is first annual Candy Cane Hunt for 2018! The dates will be Dec 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd. The Candy Cane hunts will begin at 1pm sharp for ages 2 and under, 1:30 pm sharp for ages 2 thru 4 and 2 pm sharp for ages 5 and up. Admission is $6 to petting zoo, maze, play area, train ride. Additional optional activities include a jumping pillow and photos with Santa. Picnics welcome. Bring a basket our bag for Candy canes!

December 19- February 2

Art Center of Plano announces the opening of the photography exhibition featuring David Downs and Barry Benton. The exhibition will extend from December 8, 2018 through February 2, 2019 at the ArtCentre 902 E. 16th St., Plano.

December 20-22

White Christmas Live at the Plaza Theatre Live onstage, CORP presents White Christmas, the heartfelt tale of two WWII veterans who try to save their former commanding general’s Vermont lodge. Enjoy performances Dec. 20-22 at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., in Downtown Garland. Tickets are available at

December 24

Santa Photo Time at Firewheel Town Center 245 Cedar Sage Dr. Garland. 8 am-6 pm. Tickets: It’s that magical time of year again! Santa Returns to Firewheel Town Center in his NEW location between Old Navy and Buckle, near the Firewheel Christmas Tree. If you have any questions, please call the mall office at 972.675.1041.

The Trivia Factory at Bar Louie Firewheel Town Center 340 Coneflower Dr. Garland. 7 pm-9 pm. Bar Louie Firewheel Town Center brings you the nation’s best live hosted trivia night with The Trivia Factory! Join us for our new weekly Trivia Night Mondays from 7 pm-9 pm! Trivia is free to play and we’ll be giving away gift cards for the top teams at the end of the night. Gather your smartest friends and come on down to join the fun!

Santa at The Star One Cowboy Way, Frisco. 4 pm-8 pm. Tickets:

Skate the Square at Frisco Square 8874 Coleman Blvd. Frisco. 4 pm-9 pm. Dates until 1-7-19.

Animated Christmas Tree at The Shops of Willow Bend 6121 W. Park Blvd. Plano. 6 am-11:59 pm. Dates until 12-30-18.

December 28-31

New Year’s Eve with Tony Rock at Addison Improv 4980 Belt Line Rd. #250. Times vary Tickets.

December 28

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS – MATTHEW BELL AT HOULIHAN’S FIREWHEEL TOWN CENTER. Every Friday Houlihan’s Garland features local bands on the patio (weather permitting). Matt Bell and the Next of Kin will be helping us kick off the weekend. Live Music by various local DFW artists every Friday from 7 pm-10 pm. Enjoy live music and our $5 spot Happy Hour from 9 pm-11 pm with $5 handcrafted cocktails and happy hour appetizers. For reservations in the dining room (we do not accept reservations for bar/cocktail/patio area), please email Robin at Robin Garner, our marketing coordinator,

December 30

2nd Annual Rockwallian After Christmas Party at Shenaniganz Entertainment Center 1290 I-30, Rockwall. 6 pm-12 am. The 2nd Annual Rockwallian After Christmas Party
Admission is FREE – Just register for a ticket here on EventBrite
FREE Pool Table / Shuffle Board Use in the Z-Lounge, 6 pm to Midnight
FREE $5 Game Card for each attendee.
FREE Soda & Refills during event
FREE Use of Bowling Alleys in the Z-Lounge, 6 pm to Midnight
FREE Light Appetizers
Rockwallian drink special including $3 domestics drafts and $5 you call its
FREE Raffle Ticket for each attendee. Buy more by making a charitable donation on site. The First Annual ROCKWALLIAN AWARDS at 8:30 pm
FREE Photo Booth. LIVE DJ keeping the party going.
All Ages Welcome – Family Friendly Event. We hope to see you all there!

December 31

New Year’s 4 Course Dinner & Party at Intrinsic 509 W. State St. Garland Celebrate NYE with us! Get $15 off by ordering early! You may be used to Intrinsic being closed on Mondays, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to have a Private Beer

Dinner you won’t want to miss from 7-9 we will be serving a special 4 course meal paired with 4 beers. (Tickets Required) We will then be open to the public for a come and go party to end the night (no tickets required) Feel free to keep your seat/table or move to the patio if the weather agrees. We have LIMTIED seating available for singles and tables of 2 & 4. If you would like your table close to another or have a special request for table size not listed, please let us know.

1) Cold Smoked Carpaccio
2) Corn & Leek Pudding with Pork Belly & Rhubarb Gastrique
3) Smoked Duck with Hop Honey Glaze & Pear Salad
4) Mocha Semifreddo with Smoked Caramel Chip Cookie
Early Bird Tickets are $65 per person & will increase to $80 the week of the event. Must be 21 to consume alcohol.

New Beginnings NYE 2019 Celebration at Aloft Hotel Frisco 3202 Parkwood Blvd. 9 pm-1 am. Tickets: Eventbrite. New·be·gin·nings: moving forward with reflection upon the past. Join The Socially Astute & Esquire Entertainment as we present…NEW BEGINNINGS…”a Grown & Classy NYE Celebration” Get ready for a more relaxed, socially infused, networking approach to NEW YEAR’S EVE with a “house party” type of vibe in the beautiful Dallas suburb of  Frisco at the all new Aloft Hotel.

NEW BEGINNINGS NYE is a grown and classy event focusing on providing an all-inclusive experience to Dallas’ finest social dignitaries and esteemed guests who prefer to #partyupnorth.

We feature COMPLIMENTARY LIBATIONS after midnight with a COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE TOAST at midnight along with select passed Hors d’oeuvres for your culinary and libation indulgence. As this is a Semi-Formal Affair, we expect nothing but the best experience for you as we welcome in the grand New Year that is almost upon us! Let’s Celebrate a Fine Evening in Style and Sophistication. Prepare for an evening of pure opulence while enjoying a fine sample of musical excellence provided by DJ Slyy. Enjoy an all mature atmosphere amongst your peers in a cool loft-inspired lounge in a whirlwind of modern luxury with subtle ambiguity and your presence awaiting… A FINE EVENING OF STYLE, ELEGANCE AND SOPHISTICATION

Age Requirement: 28 OR OLDER
Appearance Requirement: PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE
(Formal, Semi-Formal & Professional attire is recommended)

Watch Night Service at The Mount Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church 1233 Hwy 66, Garland. 10 pm.

Night Watch Service at N Dallas Community Bible Fellowship 2801 E. PGB Hwy Plano. 10 pm.

Watch Night Worship at Christ Community 701 E. Centennial Blvd. Richardson. 10 pm.

Night Watch Service at New Mount Zion Baptist Church 9550 Shepherd Rd. Dallas. 10 pm.

January 6 & 12


Talent show will be held on Sunday January 6, 2019 and January 12 Part II at 7 pm. Location is Georgetown Palace Theater, 810 S Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626. Unsigned Texas Artists presents two intimate evenings of music featuring local living legends of Jazz. Join us on journey of the development of Jazz through music with visual aids. This series will entertain and educate the community while paying homage to past and current living legends of Jazz.  We will also provide opportunity for newer talent to be showcased throughout the series. The series will surely impress upon all the importance of preserving the rich tradition of music we call Jazz.