Dec. 27-Jan. 4
Ring in the New Year with a circus extravaganza featuring an international cast of acrobats, aerialists, hand balancers, jugglers, clowns and more. Produced by the award-winning Lone Star Circus.
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, dct.org, 214.978.0110, $20-$46
Through Dec. 19
Vintage photo exhibit
A collection belonging to Lake Highlands residents Jack and Beverly Wilgus is on display weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. “Defined by Light: Photography’s First 75 Years” includes materials predating the invention of photography and thousands of historical photos.
Degolyer Library at Southern Methodist University, 6404 Hyer, 214.768.2253, smu.edu, free
Through Jan. 5
The Trains at NorthPark
All aboard for NorthPark’s 16th year hosting this event, which not only inspires holiday cheer but also garners funds for the Ronald McDonald House, where families with sick children find support. Watch elaborate toy trains traverse 1,600 feet of track through replica cityscapes. Open daily with limited hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; closed Christmas Day.
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central, 214.631.7354, rmhdallas.org, $3-$6, children under 2 free
Through Jan. 31
‘The Art of Nature’
The Bath House Cultural Center presents “The Art of Nature,” a mixed-media art exhibition that features recent works by Silvia Thornton and Anne Neal and shows what happens when an artist’s inspiration is applied to gifts from nature and earth.
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, 214.670.8749, bathhousecultural.com, free
Join the festivities at Casa Linda Plaza. From 5 to 7 p.m., take photos with Santa, enjoy performances by Reinhardt Elementary choir, Hexter Elementary choir, Sanger Elementary choir and Bryan Adams Varsity choir. At 6:25 p.m., Santa will light the tree.
Casa Linda Plaza, Buckner and Garland near El Fenix, $5 for photos
‘Look Homeward, Angel’
Based on the autobiographical novel by Thomas Wolfe, this coming-of-age play is about a boy growing up in a Dixieland boarding house run by his mother. The work won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1958. Performances begin at 2 and 8 p.m.
Greer Garson Theatre in Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop at SMU, 214.768.2787, adults $13, seniors $10, students, faculty and staff $7
‘A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show’
This comedy by David Alberts tells the story of a radio station manager left alone on a stormy Christmas Eve in 1947 to produce the annual broadcast of the audience’s favorite holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol.” With his workmates kept away by foul weather, he attempts to play all 22 characters while incorporating the requisite sound effects and music — what could possibly go wrong?
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, 214.670.8749, bathhousecultural.com, $10-$15
Holiday in the Highlands
Sneak a peek inside neighborhood homes during the 36th Lake Highlands Women’s League Home Tour — a Christmastime tradition, which also includes a luncheon and holiday shopping market.
Learn more about the LHWL, the tour and its beneficiaries at lhwl.org
Rabbi Dubrawsky from the Chabad of Dallas will celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the menorah during the Festival of Lights at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments follow.
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central, 214.363.7441, northparkcenter.com, free
Used book sale
Skillman Southwestern Library Friends is selling thousands of gently used, donated books, CDs, movies, magazines, cards and more.
Skillman Southwestern Library Auditorium, 5707 Skillman, 214.670.6078 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, free
Through Dec. 21
Holidays at DCT
A single mother and her young daughter have all but given up on Christmas in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, until they meet a mysterious gentleman at Macy’s claiming to be Santa Claus. This jolly Kris Kringle brings them hope and unleashes waves of goodwill throughout New York City. Could he be the real Santa Claus?
Also, join Frosty, Santa and their friends for an all-new revue that blends a variety of musical and puppetry styles. In the magical world of Kathy Burks’ celebrated troupe, ornaments spring to life and dance along to carols. Kittens frolic under the Christmas tree, and angels dance in the snow.
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, dct.org, 214.978.0110, $15-$28