2019 Holiday To-Do List: A performance of 'The Nutcracker,' Christmas nativities and more things to do in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

Southlake’s annual Home for the Holidays event invites residents to witness the lighting of the Christmas tree in Southlake Town Square. (courtesy city of Southlake)
Southlake’s annual Home for the Holidays event invites residents to witness the lighting of the Christmas tree in Southlake Town Square. (courtesy city of Southlake)

Southlake’s annual Home for the Holidays event invites residents to witness the lighting of the Christmas tree in Southlake Town Square. (courtesy city of Southlake)

Image description
Chorals from local schools will perform at the Colleyville tree lighting event. (courtesy city of Colleyville)
Image description
Avant Chamber Ballet will perform a production of “Nutcracker: Short and Suite” presented by the Apex Arts League. (courtesy Apex Arts League)
Image description
Downtown Grapevine will be illuminated for the season at its annual Carol of Lights celebration. (courtesy Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau)
Image description
The Twinkle Lights Boat Parade will put a unique spin on traditional parades with decorated boats. (courtesy Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau)
‘Tis the season to celebrate cooler weather, enjoy holiday breaks and spend time with family. The Grapevine, Colleyville, and Southlake area has plenty of events and activities to explore this winter. This list is noncomprehensive.

Take in a ‘Nutcracker’ tradition


Nov. 21: Avant Chamber Ballet will perform a production of “Nutcracker: Short and Suite” presented by the Apex Arts League. This family-friendly, shortened version of the holiday classic features professional dancers as well as updated costumes and choreography.

7:30-9 p.m. $10 (children), $15 (seniors, Apex members), $20 (general admission). White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake. 817-307-2224. www.apexartsleague.com

Charlie Brown and the gang come to Ice! in Grapevine


Nov. 15-Jan. 5: Scenes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are recreated in ice sculptures in an area kept at 9° Fahrenheit. The event also has ice slides and snow tubing.

Times vary. $14.99 (children), $23.99 (general admission). Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. 817-778-1000. https://tickets.gaylordtexan.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=59

Southlake residents gather for holiday kickoff event


Nov. 23: Southlake’s annual Home for the Holidays event invites residents to witness the lighting of the Christmas tree in Southlake Town Square. Guests are encouraged to bring a can of food for the city’s annual Christmas is for Children food drive. Events include carolers, refreshments, letters to Santa, carriage rides, snow hill tubing and a toy and food drive.

4:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake. 817-748-8652. www.visitsouthlaketexas.com/320/tree-lighting

Downtown Grapevine celebrates with Carol of Lights event


Nov. 25: Downtown Grapevine will be illuminated for the season at its annual Carol of Lights celebration. The event will feature live performances, dance numbers, light shows and fireworks. This year, Carol of Lights will introduce the CUE Live app, which guests can download to interact with the event.

4 p.m. (activities start), 7 p.m. (show begins). Free. Grapevine City Hall, 200 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-410-3450. www.gograpevine.com/event/caroloflights

See the ‘Christmas Capital’ parade pass by


Dec. 5: The “Christmas Capital of Texas” will host a parade featuring more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. The parade is hailed by officials as the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas.


7 p.m. Free. Historic Downtown Grapevine, Main Street, Grapevine. 817-481-1522. www.grapevinechamber.org/events/grapevine-parade-of-lights

Nativities on display at local church


Dec. 6-8:The Colleyville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold an exhibit of nativities from around the world. There will be a live nativity dress-up activity for patrons, a free community Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Saturday and music from the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square at 7 p.m. Sunday.

1-9 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 500 W. McDonwell School Road, Colleyville. 817-223-1148. www.facebook.com/events/400967090609518/

See a comical holiday performance from Theatre of North Texas


Dec. 5-22•: Theatre of North Texas presents “Christmas Belles,” a farcical Southern story about a church Christmas program that spins out of control. The program is rated “PG” for mild content and adult humor.

Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $20 (general admission). Theatre of North Texas, 545 S. Nolen Drive, Ste. 250, Southlake. 817-989-6673. www.theatreofnorthtexas.com

Christmas tree lighting will brighten the Colleyville community


Dec. 6: City officials will light Colleyville’s two-story Christmas tree with the help of Santa himself. Chorals from local schools will perform, and there will be a train ride around City Hall as well as crafts and games.

5-8 p.m. Free. Colleyville City Hall, 100 Main St., Colleyville. 817-503-1000. www.colleyville.com/residents/special-events

Jingle all the way to the finish line


Dec. 7: The Elves on the Run 5K will have a fun run for the little elves as well as food and beverages and vendors. Prizes will be awarded for the best elf costumes. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome.

8:30 a.m. (fun run), 9 a.m. (5K). $15 (fun run), $25 (5K), plus registration fees. Prices increase after Nov. 30. Oak Grove Park, Trawick Pavilion, 2700 Darren G. Medlin Trail, Grapevine. 214-417-4381. www.elvesontherun5k.com

See the twinkling lights of a boat parade


Dec. 7: This annual event will put a unique spin on traditional parades with decorated boats. The parade is visible from Silver Lake Park and Rockledge Park.

6-8 p.m. Free admission, $10 parking fees. Silver Lake Park, 1401 N. Dooley St., Grapevine; Rockledge Park,3600 Pilot Point, Grapevine, 800-457-6338. www.grapevinetexasusa.com/event/twinkle-light-boat-parade/26344/

Share a breakfast and snacks with Saint Nick and Mrs. Claus


Dec. 7: Santa and Mrs. Claus make a stop in Southlake. Santa will hear kids’ Christmas wishes over a family breakfast. The breakfast event will be followed by an afternoon of sharing snacks with the Clauses. Families can take their own photos with Santa at both events. Pre-registration is required for both events.

8-11:30 a.m. (breakfast), 1-2:30 p.m. (snacks). $14 (breakfast), $11 (snacks). The Marq of Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake. 817-748-8019. www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com/

565/breakfast-and-snacks-with-santa
SHARE THIS STORY
By Miranda Jaimes

Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.


MOST RECENT

The Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Health Department has been busy assisting the district with health initiatives, such as delivering meals. (Courtesy Amy Taldo)
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Health Department donates medical supplies to area clinics

Grapevine-area first responders received a carload of masks, gloves, gowns and shoe covers from the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Health Department over the past week.

Members of the Frisco Downtown Merchants Association have created a daily digital support meeting during the coronavirus pandemic. The group's members are working together to help one another stay in business. (Courtesy Ed Mahoney)
Coronavirus coverage roundup in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Here are some noteworthy stories from the past week dealing with the impact of the coronavirus.

Initial claims for unemployment insurance rates are increasing across the nation in the midst of COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas sees 77% increase in unemployment insurance claims during week ending March 28

Texas ranked fifth among states in the U.S. with 275,597 initial claims filed the week ending March 28.

Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties have a higher response rate than the state of Texas as of Mach 31. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Census responses ahead of U.S. in Dallas-Fort Worth, growth highest in nation

Dallas-Fort Worth counties vary in self-response rates on the U.S. census as Census Day arrives April 1.

The CBD American Shaman locations in Grapevine and Southlake have both received shipments of of the Shaman Cleansing Wash. (Courtesy CBD American Shaman of Southlake)
CBD franchise makes hand sanitizer, cleansing wash for stores, including Southlake, Grapevine locations

As local cases of the coronavirus continue to emerge, CBD American Shaman is using its manufacturing plant in Kansas City to make hand sanitizer and a cleansing wash to try to help slow the spread of the virus.

Texas Tribune: Some local elections in Texas moving ahead despite coronavirus spread

A handful of towns and special districts still plan to go ahead with their May 2 votes, arranging polling places despite calls from the president on down directing people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Trinity Metro announced March 31 that TexRail service will be temporarily suspended April 4-5 to allow for track work and the removal of vegetation. (Courtesy Trinity Metro)
Trinity Metro suspending TEXRail service for maintenance; taking precautions against coronavirus

The agency announced TexRail service will be temporarily suspended April 4-5.

Lake Travis Fire Rescue is one of hundreds of emergency service districts serving millions of Texas residents across the state. Firefighters, EMTs and medical professionals said they are concerned about the availability of personal protective equipment as the coronavirus public health crisis continues. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
First responders, medical professionals across Texas worry about inadequate personal protective equipment supplies

In a survey of emergency service districts across the state, two-thirds of respondents said they were concerned about a shortage of equipment such as masks, goggles and gloves.

Owner of Asian Mint Nikky Phinyawatana saw an opportunity to support at-home cooking endeavors by launching the Chef Mint from Home program. (Courtesy Asian Mint)
ROUNDUP: DFW businesses provide adjusted services to community, support each other during coronavirus

Read more about some of the businesses the Community Impact Newspaper team has featured.

Wise Guys Pizzeria in Grapevine marked its five-year anniversary March 30. (Courtesy Wise Guys Pizzeria)
Wise Guys Pizzeria in Grapevine marks 5 years while adapting to coronavirus

On March 30, 2015, Wise Guys Pizzeria opened in Grapevine.

Census day is April 1. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
Dallas-Fort Worth area sees highest population increase in last decade of any metropolitan area

The North Texas area’s population rose by more than 1.2 million between 2010 and 2019.

Construction is scheduled to finish on time for the Grapevine Main project, which includes the Harvest Hall food hall and the Hotel Vin boutique. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coronavirus fails to slow progress of Harvest Hall, Hotel Vin in Grapevine

Construction on the new hotel and food hall on Grapevine Main Street is on track for a summer 2020 opening, officials said.