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Weekend Guide: Tamales and Holidays Edition


Now that Thanksgiving is over with, we can really get down to the brass tacks of the holiday season. Hanukkah kicks off Sunday night, the city is overrun by Christmas tree lightings and they’re just handing out tamales left and right. It’s a fun time of year, is what we’re saying. Find your plans below.

Saturday, December 1 | Downtown Dallas

You don’t need to travel to NYC to enjoy a proper parade — the 31st annual Dallas Holiday Parade takes shape downtown at 10 AM Saturday. Get there early since it’s standing room only to enjoy the floats, balloons and marching bands. Or get bleacher seats if you want to really get jazzy.

Saturday, December 1 | Dallas Farmers Market

Here’s a 1-2 punch of festivities all at the Dallas Farmers Market Saturday. Not only will Santa be making an appearance to light the Christmas tree, but there’s a free all-day tamale festival going on beforehand. How many can you eat? All of them? That’s impressive.

Saturday, December 1 | Klyde Warren Park

How many trees are there? Hard to say, but it seems like most of them are getting lit this weekend. Klyde Warren Park will have snow making with the Perot Museum, live music, face painters, lawn games and appearances by the Clauses before they light this really big tree.

Saturday, December 1 | The Nines

Are you aware of the krampus? This half-goat, half-demon Central European myth punishes naughty children by smacking them with a switch and goes a long way to making sense of some of Austria’s most particular proclivities. Anyway, head to Deep Ellum Saturday night for a walk about with krampi (the plural of krampus, we believe)

Sunday, December 2 | NorthPark Center

Join Chabad of Dallas and Akiba Academy's 3rd Grade Choir for the lighting of the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah at NorthPark Center. There will be face painters, magicians, LEGO dreidels and more to celebrate the beginning of the holiday. Plus, you can pick up any last-minute gifts you need right there. Win-win.

Tamale and Beer Pairing Flight

Sunday, December 2 | LUCK

We don’t go to Trinity Groves very often, but when we do, it’s for the beer pairing flights at LUCK. This time, those guys are teaming up with CASA MASA for a tamale and beer pairing flight that’ll put you in the holiday spirit (or cure a rough hangover) with fillings including slow braised pork with roasted poblanos, jalapeños & serranos or grandma's recipe of ground beef & pork mix, red chile, onions, jalapeños & spices.

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