Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from catching the Polyphonic Spree in Dallas to dining with the cranes in Galveston. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[Dec 9–Dec 18]
Jingle Bell Pop
“It’s time for some new Christmas songs that people can call their own,” said Tim DeLaughter, the frontman for the Polyphonic Spree, the Dallas chorale-pop band that has just released the single “It’s Christmas.” And while it may not look like wintertime outside, it will be a wonderland inside at the Spree’s ninth annual Holiday Extravaganza, with manufactured snow blasted into the air. The benefit concert will rival a Flaming Lips show, and will include a set of Christmas songs and a set of secular songs. Let DeLaughter’s zeal for the season take you back to when you still believed in Santa Claus. (To gauge his holiday cheer, check out the photo he posted to the Twitter page of Preteen Zenith, his side band, of an eight-foot wreath he transformed into a peace sign.) “I plan to experience Christmas through my children’s spirited enthusiasm,” DeLaughter said, “for anything can happen at this time of year.”