1 Seems unusual to have a major artist playing a concert so close to Christmas. Hope you bring Bey and Blue Ivy with you, and make it a family thang. The Magna Carter Tour rolls into town 8 p.m. Saturday at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas. $32.50-$150. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
‘The Nutty Nutcracker’
2 Part of the lure of Texas Ballet Theater’s off-color, super-fun night, which is quickly becoming a tradition, is to guess what bits from the year’s pop-culture nonsense will make their way into Ben Stevenson’s ‘Nutty’ slice of Tchaikovsky. We’ll give you a hint about one thing that will be spoofed: It rhymes with “Filey Byrus.” Dancers do love to twerk. 8 p.m. Friday, Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $20-$150. 817-763-0207; texasballettheater.org.
‘Nearly Naked Nutcracker’
3 And in case you think twerking is as bawdy as it gets, this burlesque show is back. Produced by Broads and Panties Burlesque, the show includes performances by Bethany Summersizzle and Vivienne Vermuth. Doors open at 7 p.m., pre-show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Trees, 2709 Elm St., Dallas. $15-$30. http://treesdallas.com.
Grand Prairie Lights
4 There’s no shortage of holiday wattage in these parts. Case in point, drive your car through a two-mile stretch of 4 million lights. Open 6-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 31 at Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie. $20-$30 per car, more for limos and buses; out-of-car experience $2-$7 per person. www.prairielights.org.
‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’
5 It had us at “an unlikely mash-up of old-fashioned melodrama and bluegrass musical.” This film from Belgian director Felix van Groeningen plays the Magnolia at the Modern this weekend, 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
A Very Nouveau Holiday
6 A tradition in Dallas holiday theater more than a decade ago, the festival of 10-minute plays by local writers is back. This time it’s from a new outfit and with a new name, but the premise is the same. This crop of short plays by local writers with a holiday theme, by Vicki Cheatwood, Ben Scroth, Matthew Tomlanovich and others, is sure to be irreverent and sweet. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Margo Jones Theatre at the Magnolia Lounge, 1121 First Ave., Dallas. $10. www.margojonestheatre.com.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
7 Need something for the kiddos to engage in over the holidays? Check out the large-format films Rocky Mountain Express and Polar Express at the Omni Theatre, the “Penguins” exhibit and many other ongoing happenings. Daily throughout the weekend. For showtimes, check www.fwmuseum.org. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. $10-$14. 817-255-9540.
Happenings at Arts Fifth Avenue
8 From 7-10 p.m. Friday, catch the closing party for the exhibit “Kokopelli Diaries, Kitchen Witches, The Body Electric and Randumbs,” which features work by John C. Moore, Clara Moore, Wally Knight, Clay Stinnett; the art sales help defray the costs of musician Slim Richey’s medical bills, after he was struck in a 2012 hit-and-run accident. Then, at 8 p.m. Saturday, LeCabaret Burlesque brings you “Un Noel Coquin ... A Naughty Christmas” ($15). Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. 817-923-9500; www.artsfifthavenue.org.
Klyde Warren Park Ice Rink
9 Ice skating is back, y’all. Get your sparkly outfits ready, and remember: The more fringe, the better. Dallas’ outdoor rink opened last week, and continues through the winter at Klyde Warren Park, the deck park between downtown Dallas and Uptown. $5-$10. For hours, visit www.klydewarrenpark.org.
Chinese Lantern Festival
10 Here’s another way to see lots of lights that, in this case, aren’t holiday-themed. This festival opened during the State Fair and continues through Jan. 5 in Fair Park, Dallas. 5:30-10:30 p.m. daily. $14-$22. chineselanternfestival.com.
Holiday in the Park
11 Lights, snow and rollercoasters. The annual celebration at Six Flags Over Texas is open through Dec. 23, and then again Dec. 26-Jan. 6. Tickets start at $49.99. www.sixflags.com/overTexas.
‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
12 The End Theatre Productions debuts with John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s brilliant glam-rock musical. Take note, you’ll be hearing more about this title as the Broadway debut of it happens in April, starring Neil Patrick Harris. Friday through Dec. 28 at Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas. $20. www.hedwigdfw.com.