Jingle Bell Bash
December 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Enjoy the Jingle Bell Bash along NW 2nd St., by Grand Prairie’s Downtown Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St. presented by the Community Revitalization Team.
This free holiday event invites guests to celebrate the holiday season with holiday drinks, arts and crafts, games, caroling by Grand Prairie ISD and a “Snowmazing” winter maze. The snow maze immerses guests in a bright, vibrant snowman wonderland. Guests encounter checkpoints throughout the playful labyrinth and can try it repeatedly to improve their time.
New Philharmonic Orchestra
December 15, 3:30 p.m.
It’s the first in the orchestra’s new series of “Connections!” concerts, focusing on the music of all the Americas. The orchestra has just completed a 10-year series of “Latino Connections!” concerts of music from the Spanish-speaking world, as one of the first area orchestras bringing what was then less-often performed music by Latin American composers to concert stages.
On the program: “Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” with the familiar sounds of horses’ paces in “On the Trail,” Aaron Copland’s famous “Appalachian Spring,” written as a ballet for Martha Graham, Jerome Moross’s film music from “The Big Country,” and Wm. Grant Still’s “Far West Suite.”
Audience is invited to come early to the Irving Arts Center, at 2:30 p.m., for “cake and conversation” in the lobby with Texas urban historian Dr. Bob Fairbanks of The University of Texas at Arlington and longtime Irving community volunteer Christina Winters and members of the Irving Heritage Society, bringing stories of “where we’ve come from.” Audience members can share their own stories, and enjoy cake before the concert with “Friends of NPOI,” the orchestra’s support group.
Merry Grinchmas Party
December 17, 7–8pm
All the Whos are invited, the small and the tall. There will be stories, crafts, and snacks for all. Come dressed in your Whoville best (ugly sweaters or pajamas) and we will take care of all the rest. Join us for a jolly good time.
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