The Nutcracker: For the first time in Ben Stevenson's 10 years at Texas Ballet Theater, the annual holiday classic is noticeably different, with new sets and costumes, and changes in choreography. Still expect to be dazzled. Friday through Dec. 22. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $19-$99. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org. Also, The Nutty Nutcracker will be Dec. 21 at Bass Hall.
Christmas Concerts at Bass Hall: Start with the annual favorite, Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas, 7 p.m. Monday ($34.65-$79.50). Chase that with Dave Koz and Friends Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday ($27.50-$88). Bass Hall, Fort Worth. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
DFW Auto Show in Fort Worth: From Fiats and Beemers to Minis and the latest Prius models, there's something for fast-car lovers and mileage mavens alike. 1-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth. $5-$11 daily. www.ftworthautoshow.com.
Jekyll & Hyde: Here's your chance to see a musical production before it goes to Broadway (again). Constantine Maroulis, a contestant on American Idol Season 4 who has become something of a stage sensation ( Rock of Ages, The Toxic Avenger), plays the title roles in the touring Frank Wildhorn show. Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox co-stars. The show opened Tuesday, and continues through Dec. 16. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Batman Live: Unlike a certain webbed superhero musical on Broadway, this show doesn't have songs and doesn't feature actors zipping over the heads of the audience. But there is a big budget, plus lots of familiar characters, like the Joker. Wednesday's show has been nixed but the rest of the run remains. Thursday Dec. 13 through Dec. 16. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $29.50-$109.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
First Friday at the Modern: It's the last First Friday of the year, which means it's time to kick your holiday spirit into gear. Music is by Tom Reynolds Trio, and the cocktail is Rudolph's Revenge, which should make your nose glow. 5-8 p.m. Friday. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Asleep at the Wheel's "Santa Loves to Boogie": Texas' premierWestern Swing revivalists bring their Christmas show to Fort Worth. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $25-$35. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
Prairie Lights: This annual happening makes it too easy -- just drive your car through the thousands of light displays. Open 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Dec. 31. Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie. $20-$30 per car, more for limos and buses; out-of-car experiences $2-$7 per person. www.prairielights.org.
Movies That Matter: A Human Rights Film Series: This series ends the year with a daylong festival, featuring four full-length films, in honor of Human Rights Day: Cartography of Loneliness (2011), Two Sides of the Moon (2011), Little Town of Bethlehem (2010) and Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (2011). 1-9 p.m. Saturday. Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth. Free. fortworthtexas.gov/library.
Twilight Holiday Tour: See some purty holiday decorations, the way they used to do it back when folks said "purty," at Thistle Hill mansion. 5-7 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 13. Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth. $15. 817-336-2344; www.historicfortworth.org.
Simon of the Oaks: Two Swedish boys come of age during World War II in this acclaimed film, screening in the Magnolia at the Modern series. 6 and 8:15 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis Holiday Show: There are two chances to catch one of our new fave Christmas traditions in the DF-Dub, but the Sunday show at McDavid Studio (www.basshall.com) is sold out. So check in at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre. Betty Soo opens. $30-$40. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.