1. Thanksgiving Football: No shortage of F-ball on T-day, as if the fowl-ball gods were telling us that turkey legs work just as well as chicken wings. The Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins -- an interesting pairing on Thanksgiving Day, when you think about it -- at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington ($149-$500). And at 6 p.m. Saturday, watch the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout, with Baylor vs. Texas Tech ($40-$120), also at the House of Jerry. stadium.dallascowboys.com.
2. Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights: Was there any doubt that the big Christmas tree would make it to Sundance Square in time for the big lighting? That would be with this annual event, at 6 p.m. Friday. Sundance Square, Fort Worth (parade begins at Throckmorton and Belknap streets). Free. www.fortworthparadeoflights.org.
3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular: They move with the kind of synchronicity that every dance company in the world should envy. Of course, the Rockettes really just have to high-kick in unison. The holiday favorite returns to town, Friday through Dec. 8. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $19.95-$125. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
4. The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) : The guys behind Reduced Shakespeare Company have taken on Shakespeare, American history, great movies, sports and the Bible with their "(Abridged)" shows, so why not Christmas and the holidays? They'll perform it starting Wednesday, through Dec. 2, at McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $27.50-$38.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
5. Spazmatics: Back home with the old gang over the holidays, and looking for something that'll take you back? Indulge your geek love of '80s music with this always-fun cover band, and pogo the night away at the Glass Cactus. 8 p.m. Saturday. Gaylord Texan, Grapevine. $10. 817-778-2805; www.gaylordhotels.com.
6. It's a Wonderful Life : A Live Radio Play: Every time a bell rings, a stage manager is calling "Places!" That the way it goes? This take on the beloved Christmas story is set in a 1940s radio studio. Saturday through Dec. 16. WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison. $20-$40. 972-450-6232; www.watertowertheater.org.
7. Willie Nelson: Anywhere we get him, we'll toke ... er, take him. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St., Arlington. $75-$90. 817-226-4400; www.arlingtonmusichall.com.
8. Holiday in the Park: Yes, there'll be Santas and elves and holiday music and food, but the important thing about this annual Six Flags event: Most of the rides are open, including Titan and Superman. Friday through Jan. 6. Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington. $34.99-$42.99. www.sixflags.com.
9. Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot: We still say they should be having you run in the afternoon, after you've stuffed yourself with T-day blessings. The annual event features a 5K race, 10K race and 1-mile Gobbler Trot for kids and families. Races begin between 8 and 9 a.m. Thursday on Camp Bowie Boulevard at Westridge Avenue. Registration is $35 on race day. More info and pre-registration at www.fwtrot.org.
10. Rush: Canadian prog-rock fans, rejoice. Not only was your favorite band nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, it's still on the road putting on one of the best shows in the business. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas. $46.50-$126.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
11. Home for the Holidays: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's annual holiday show has music, Santa and some fake, foamy snow at the end. Gotta love it. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
12. Brooklyn Castle: The award-winning documentary about a junior high chess team in the midst of budget cuts at public schools -- how about that for some holiday feel-goodies? -- is at the Magnolia at the Modern this weekend. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.