By Debbie Anderson September 24, 2022 No Comments


Photo courtesy of The Immersive Nutcracker

The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle

Lighthouse Artspace Dallas 507 S. Harwood St., lighthouseartspace.com

From the same people who brought you Immersive Van Gogh, Immersive Monet and Immersive Frida, comes this immersive rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas fairy tale. Special effects and the appearance of a life-size Nutcracker add to the visitor experience of this shortened version of the holiday chestnut. Five immersive worlds of the holiday-themed dreamscape feature projections of renowned ballet dancers Denis Rodkin and Eleonora Sevenard amid the animations that make ballet accessible in a new way. Littles might especially enjoy the 360-degree, three-dimensional retelling that puts the audience into the magic world of the story. Nov. 19-Dec. 31; immersive-nutcracker.com


Fort Worth BotanicGarden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., fwbg.org/lightscape

This lauded light show — featuring 1 million bright bulbs, give or take a few — sold out quickly in London, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York in past years and makes its Texas debut this holiday season. The installation, customized for the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden, includes a mile-long illuminated walking trail and displays that come to life after dark with color, sound and imagination. Expect tunnels of light, undulating waves of bluebonnets, singing trees and sky-high sculptures in trees. Family-friendly fun includes opportunities for toasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate. The average time needed to enjoy the extravaganza is estimated to be 1½ hours. Tickets on sale now. Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 2023

Grapevine Ice Rink

Grapevine Main Station 815 S. Main St., grapevinetexasusa.com

The city known for celebrating the holidays with a more-is-better attitude this year adds outdoor ice-skating to its many attractions. The Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station/Hotel Vin is the site of the 4,500-square-foot rink, along with the town Christmas tree, giant reindeer and more. See the website for more. Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 2023