Parade of Lights
1 Its time for the annual downtown Cowtown parade, so remember to get there early to line up. Or, at least to play in the Holiday Fun Zone from 2 to 6 p.m. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Belknap and Throckmorton streets, proceeds east along Belknap, turns south on Commerce Street and goes all the way to Ninth Street. There, the parade turns west, proceeds past the Convention Center to Houston Street, and then north on Houston all the way to Weatherford Street. Free. For maps, parking and watching info, visit www.fortworthparadeoflights.org.
2 His latest, the two-disc The 20/20 Experience, may not have wowed us like his first two solo albums, but the boys still got it. Expect a concert filled with high energy and excellent musicianship. 8 p.m. Wednesday at American Airlines Center, Dallas. $53-$178.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
106.1 KISS FMs Jingle Ball
3 Only if the artists on this bill Robin Thicke, Jason Derulo, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Enrique Iglesias, Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez end the show by doing Carol of the Bells, in harmony. And if Miley Cyrus foam finger promises not to make an appearance. 7:30 p.m. Monday at American Airlines Center, Dallas. $29.75-$194.75. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
How the Edge Stole Christmas
4 Were guessing the lead singers of all these bands could do a pretty swell Grinch impression. Well, the verdicts still out on Chester Bennington, the new lead of the Stone Temple Pilots, after Scott Weiland was booted. As for the other bands on the bill: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Blue October, Panic! At the Disco, New Politics and Capital Cities, lets hear your best Youre a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. 5 p.m Thursday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $27.50-$57.50. 800-745-3000; www.verizontheatre.com.
Home for the Holidays, Messiah and LeAnn Rimes
5 Make a note: Rimes will not be part of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras annual Home for the Holidays concert, nor with its Messiah. Thatd be cool, though. HFTH is Saturday and Sunday at Bass Hall ($27-$85); the annual presentation of Handels Messiah, featuring the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale, is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bass Hall ($19-$65); and LeAnn does a special concert with the orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bass Hall ($35-$99). Count on some holiday fluff all around. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
6 Its Texas Ballet Theaters production, which continues with last years new sets and costumes. It begins in Dallas, running Friday through Dec. 8 before it plays the rest of December at Bass Hall. The Dallas run is at AT&T Performing Arts Centers Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. $15-$156.50. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Rifftrax: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
7 Its like the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000, with a new name but the same players. And for the holidays, theyre screening the classically awful 1964 flick Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and delicious commentary from the peanut gallery. 7 p.m. Thursday at various area movie theaters. $12.50. Visit www.fathomevents.com to find one near you.
A Christmas Carol
8 For the Dallas Theater Center, its a new era: the premiere of a new version of the Dickens classic, and in a new space at the Wyly Theatre. Itll be very close to the much-missed Arts District Theatre, where A Christmas Carol played for decades before the building was torn down to make way for AT&T Performing Arts Center. Runs through Dec. 24 at Wyly Theatre, Dallas. $15-$195. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
9 Of all the big concerts this week, this one might actually be the coolest. The crazy hip-pop outfit, known for Thrift Shop and Same Love, performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $29.50-$49.50. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
10 This original adaptation of the 1963 classic stop-motion TV special began at Casa Mañana in 2010, and now some guys behind that production have formed a new group, Wishing Star Productions, and have put a lot of money behind this production. The puppets, especially the one for snow monster Bumble, look amazing. Friday through Dec. 29 at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. $20-$65. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Florida Georgia Line
11 The current hot country-pop thing of the moment takes over Billy Bobs. Expect lots of female patrons for this one (the guys are cute, yknow), thus the early concert time. The bummer: Its sold out, so start cozying up to your friends with tickets. With Colt Ford and Dallas Smith. 8 p.m. Friday at Billy Bobs Texas, Fort Worth. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.
The Armstrong Lie
12 This doc about Lance Armstrong and his Tour de France days, as you can tell from the title, has a definite opinion. Its this weekends Magnolia at the Modern showing. 6 and 8:15 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.