5 Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in North Texas

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria- July 25, 2015: Mexican men and women from a folklore group for traditional dances kneeling on street in final position during a parade of "International Folklore Festival Veliko Tarnovo", Bulgaria. The festival is a prestigious folklore event which became significant and traditional part of the cultural life of the ancient capital of Bulgaria. A real long – expected holiday for habitants and guests of the city in the hot summer days. Today, Veliko Tarnovo is the center of one of the largest urban areas in Bulgaria.


Cinco de Mayo — widely celebrated in the United States, although it’s a minor holiday in Mexico — honors the Mexican army’s victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War’s Battle of Puebla.


Make your Cinco de Mayo memorable this year with one of these events in North Texas.


Dallas Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival

Presented by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, this family-friendly celebration includes marching bands, dancers, decorated floats and DJs. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center with a kickoff ceremony at 9 a.m.


Downtown Dallas Movie Series: Coco

Catch a free screening of the Oscar award-winning animated film, Coco. The Dallas Farmers Market will be showing Pixar’s Coco at 7:45 p.m.


McKinney’s Cultural Music Series

Bring blankets, chairs and picnic baskets to Old Settler’s Park and Recreation Center in McKinney for a free concert. Beginning at 9 a.m., performances include the Mariachi Caporales, Alma Salvaje Argentina and Folkloric Dancing. A dance workshop will also be offered at 8 a.m.


Fiesta Tecaliso: A Cinco de Mayo Celebration Concert

Enjoy a mariachi-classical music mashup from world-renowned Mariachi Los Camperos and the Irving Symphony Orchestra. Led by Maestro Hector Guzman, the concert is produced by the United States-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation in collaboration with the City of Irving and Live Nation.


Mindfulness and Margaritas

Start your Cinco de Mayo with yoga and meditation at the terrace at Mockingbird Station. The class begins at 9 a.m., but stick around for henna, braid bar and Cinco de Mayo specials throughout the Station all afternoon.

House of DIFFA Celebrates Fashion, Design, Philanthropy

House of DIFFA Celebrates Fashion, Design, Philanthropy


DIFFA/Dallas’ black-tie gala, House of DIFFA: Alter Ego, takes place Saturday, May 12, at the Omni Dallas. This extraordinary fashion experience includes the Ebby Halliday Silent and Live Auctions, a seated dinner, an exciting mix of philanthropy, theatrics and DIFFA/Dallas’ legendary runway production for close to 2,000 patrons enabling grants for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.


DIFFA/Dallas, formed in 1984, is the only HIV/AIDS organization in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS service organizations within our community. Highlighting the design community, the nonprofit hosts multiple events throughout the season including Burgers & Burgundy, DIFFA/Dallas Wreath Collection and House of DIFFA. Through your support and generosity, DIFFA/Dallas is able to make a significant impact in our community.


For more information and tickets, visit diffadallas.org.






Mark Your Calendar for the Hollywood Home Tour


Spring means many things to many people, but one thing it means to those of us who love homes is it’s time for home tours. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be a sponsor of the 27th-Annual Hollywood Home Tour, which takes place the weekend of April 21-22.


Mark Your Calendar for the Hollywood Home Tour

904 Clermont

This year’s tour includes five historic homes, open for a special Candlelight Tour on Friday, April 20, from 6 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It also features Hollywood Art in the Park on Sunday, where you’ll experience an outdoor marketplace with local artisans and craftspeople, delicious food trucks and music – all set in this Old East Dallas neighborhood’s Lindsley Park.


Mark Your Calendar for the Hollywood Home Tour

6915 Santa Monica

Hollywood/Santa Monica, with approximately 750 homes, was mostly built in the 1930s. It stands between the Santa Fe Trail to the west and north, East Grand Avenue to the east and Valencia Street to the south. The neighborhood is a conservation district and has one of the largest collections of stone-embellished Tudor homes in the nation. Hollywood/Santa Monica’s location makes it close to many things, including downtown Dallas, yet it offers an unusually peaceful setting of rolling hills and tree-lined streets – a sort of city within the city.


Mark Your Calendar for the Hollywood Home Tour

602 Monte Vista

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Hollywood Home Tour will benefit Lumin Lindsley Park Community School, J.L. Long Middle School and Eduardo Mata Elementary School. Tickets for the tour are available at hsmna.org, Curiosities at 2025 Abrams Road, and at tour homes on both days of the home tour.


Mark Your Calendar for the Hollywood Home Tour

427 Monte Vista

Mark Your Calendar for the Hollywood Home Tour

6942 Lindsley

DSO on the GO Coming to Southlake

DSO on the GO Coming to Southlake


For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.


On Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., the DSO brings the music of Prokofiev and Grieg to Southlake. The performance takes place at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., in Southlake. Tickets are $19 at mydso.com, APEX Arts League seniors are $15 when you use promo code APEX at checkout, and student tickets are $9 when you use promo code PEER at checkout.


For more information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.


Enjoy the show!

DSO on the GO Coming to Denton

DSO on the GO Coming to Denton


For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.


On Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m., Assistant Conductor Ruth Reinhardt and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra visit the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas in Denton, where they will perform Overtures: William Tell & The Barber of Seville. The program includes the music of Italian composers Gioachino Rossini and Luciano Berio.


General admission tickets are $19, APEX Seniors are $15 when you use code APEX at checkout, and $9 for students when you use code STUDUNT at checkout. For tickets and information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.


Enjoy the show!

Where to Dine With Your Valentine

Couple holding hands,
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s never too late to make plans. You wouldn’t want your Valentine to go hungry, so we’ve pulled together some of our favorite North Texas dinner spots (that, according to OpenTable are still open for last-minute reservations!) offering special Valentine’s Day menus.
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Bistro 31 – Dallas
This classic restaurant in Highland Park Village dishes up savory American and European classics with a modern twist. This Feb. 12 through 14, Bistro 31 will feature a special menu in addition to its regular menu.
Crudo Wood Fired Taverna – Frisco
If you’re in the mood for an Italian-style bistro with a relaxed atmosphere, then this is the spot for you. This restaurant offers a vast, mouthwatering menu that will be sure to please the most discerning palates.
Del Frisco’s Grille – Dallas, Plano, Southlake
Enjoy an intimate atmosphere, hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood at this popular restaurant.
Il Calabrese Ristorante and Bar – Southlake
This Italian restaurant offers fresh ingredients imported from all over Italy on a regular basis. This Valentine’s Day, il Calabrese is offering a three-course, fixed-price dinner menu for $75 per person. Choose from bruschetta, Mozzarella caprese, or calamari fritti for your starter, and pick from a number of delicious entrée options.
Mille Lire – Dallas (Oak Lawn)
Chic new Italian restaurant Miller Lire will be offering its regular menu in addition to a few Valentine’s Day specials (including dessert) this Feb. 14.
Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – Dallas, Frisco, Grapevine
Enjoy a three-course meal at any time of the evening at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille in Frisco. Book your reservation before 5:30 p.m. for the $59.95 per person option, or after 5:45 p.m. for $74.95 per person.
Seasons 52 – Dallas, Plano
This restaurant specializes in seasonal food prepared using “rustic techniques.” This Valentine’s Day, Seasons 52 will be offering a three-course dinner for two at $60 per couple.
Sixty Vines – Plano
Enjoy seasonal cuisines made with local ingredients and paired with the perfect wine, or enjoy an exclusive Surf & Turf Valentine’s Day dinner.
Mexican Sugar – Plano
While this restaurant isn’t serving a special Valentine’s day menu, don’t let that stop you from enjoying innovative cocktails and decadent desserts. If you want something romantic yet low-key, Mexican Sugar is a great option.
Up on Knox – Dallas
Newly opened American Brasserie Up on Knox is offering a three-course meal this Valentine’s Day for $65 per person with dishes like Burrata & Celery Salad and Seared Yellowfin Tuna.
Ziziki’s – Dallas (Knox), Dallas (Preston Forest Village), Plano
This authentic Greek restaurant is offering a four-course dinner menu on Valentine’s Day with delicious offerings including flaming saganaki and rack of lamb.
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Take our advice and wine and dine your Valentine the right way!

Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: NorthPark Center

North Park Still

Each holiday season, Dallas’ NorthPark Center transforms into a magical place for the entire family. We got an exclusive look into what makes the shopping center so festive, from the 26 Michigan-grown Blue Spruce trees to the 3,000 brightly colored poinsettias. Watch the video below to see all the beautiful decorations that pop up at NorthPark Center for the holidays.

Once you see all the beautiful holiday foliage and décor throughout, check the following NorthPark Center holiday attractions off your to-do list:
Trains at NorthPark™
This popular exhibit returns for its 30th holiday season and features elaborate miniature toy trains. Enjoy the sights of 1,800 feet of track journeying through some of America’s most-famous cityscapes including Times Square, the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course, Dallas’ own Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl, the Perot Museum, Southern Methodist University and more. All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. To view the schedule, click here.
Scrooge Puppet Theatre
Experience the magic of puppetry with this whimsical holiday tradition put on by Le Theatre de Marionette. Head over to the Eastcourt near Dillards to enjoy a funny improvisational performance of Charles Dickens’ famous character Scrooge, and be sure to see the final show on Christmas Eve when he finally feels the spirit of the holidays. The show starts at the bottom of every hour during these times:
Monday – Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Visits and Portraits with Santa Claus

Capture the essence of the holidays with one-on-one visits and portraits with Santa Claus. Take a tour through his cozy abode and take your own photos, or purchase professional portraits.
Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2:30 – 5 p.m.
5:30 – 7 p.m.
12:30 – 3 p.m.
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For more holiday activities and corresponding times, locations and ticket prices, visit NorthParkCenter.com.


Experience the Magic: North Texas Nutcracker Ballets

Nutcracker with Christmas tree in the backgound.
A trip to see The Nutcracker ballet during the holidays is a time-honored tradition across the globe. Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to experience the magic of this classic holiday ballet. Below are some of the North Texas ballet companies ready to enchant you with the story of Clara and her nutcracker prince’s journey through the Kingdom of Sweets.
Who: Colleyville Ballet
Where: Irving Arts Center
When: Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Who: Collin County Ballet Theater
Where: Centennial High School Theater (Frisco)
When: Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Who: Contemporary Ballet of Dallas; “Holiday at the Ballet”
Where: Bank of America Theater at the Charles W. Eismann Center for Performing Arts
When: Dec. 8 & 9 at 8 p.m.
*This isn’t a full-length Nutcracker ballet, but offers fan-favorite excerpts as well as a re-staging of former Martha Graham Dance Company dancer Robert Beard’s Ceremony of Carols.
Who: Dallas Ballet Company
Where: Granville Arts Center (Garland)
When: Dec. 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
Who: Dallas Repertoire Ballet
Where: Hill Performance Hall at the Charles W. Eismann Center for Performing Arts
When: Dec. 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
Who: Texas Ballet Theater
Where: Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth)
When: Dec. 8-10, Dec. 14-17, Dec. 20-24; Matinee and evening options
Who: Tuzer Ballet
Where: Hill Performance Hall at the Charles W. Eismann Center for Performing Arts
When: Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m., Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

A Guide to Celebrating the Season

Tilted blue version, ice skates with reflection.
Celebrate the holiday season in North Texas at one of these family-friendly holiday events. Happy holidays!

Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square
Until December 31
Take a walk through the Frisco Square and enjoy the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. The light show runs daily from 6 to 10 p.m., and snow flurries occur every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s even an outdoor ice skating rink where you can skate until your heart is content.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ The 12 Days of Christmas  Until January 7
Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum’s extraordinary Christmas display. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on select evenings, the Dallas Arboretum lights up with 12 elaborate Victorian-style gazebos inspired by the beloved Christmas carol. Each display is 25-feet tall and filled with beautifully detailed characters and animals.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops Concerts Until December 17
Complete your holiday bucket list at the DSO’s annual Christmas pops concerts featuring the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Head to the Meyerson Symphony Center to enjoy live renditions of your favorite holiday tunes.
Dallas Zoo Lights Until January 2
This new event at the Dallas Zoo has quickly become a must-see this season. After the animals head in for the evening, the zoo is illuminated with nearly 1 million twinkling lights wrapping trees, hanging overhead or woven through decorations. Enjoy a stroll on a path covering 25 acres throughout the zoo and get a glimpse at various lighted vignettes along the way. You’ll also enjoy entertainment by local performers, crafts and tasty winter treats including s’mores, hot chocolate and gourmet donuts.
Holiday Carriage Rides Until December 31
Take a tour of the Deerfield and Highland Park neighborhoods with a festive carriage ride. Whether it’s date night or fun for the whole family, a leisurely stroll to look at Christmas lights is a lovely holiday tradition. Different carriages are available, so check out the Northstar Carriage website to see which one is best for your party or budget.
Holidays at the Heard  December 15 & 16
Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season in nature at McKinney’s Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy lights and holiday décor along a half-mile nature trail, or stop for a photo with Father Christmas and Mother Nature. Grab a holiday treat and enjoy live entertainment at this family-friendly holiday event.
Manheim Steamroller Concert December 28
Mark your calendars for a few days after Christmas when the widely celebrated new-age music group Manheim Steamroller takes the stage at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Tickets start at $39.95, but you won’t want to miss the one-night opportunity to hear your favorite modern renditions of classic Christmas tunes.
Panther Island Ice Skating Until January 15
Take a trip to Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink, Panther Island, to join in on some “cool” holiday excitement. The rink operates seven days a week including all holidays, and a $12 ticket includes skate rental and tax. Click here for hours and available discounts.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park Until January 7
Experience the magic of the holidays at Six Flags Over Texas during this year’s Holiday in the Park. Enjoy fun for the whole family with rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and visits with Santa.
Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker  Select dates in December
Take part in a beloved holiday tradition and enjoy a live performance of Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. This age-old ballet will delight you with a story of Clara and a dreamland filled with heroic battles and sweet treats. Performances take place Dec. 20-23 at Fort Worth’s beautiful Bass Performance Hall.

DSO on the GO Coming to Frisco, Preston Hollow

DSO on the GO Coming to Frisco, Preston Hollow


For the fourth year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.


On Wednesday, December 13, at 7 p.m., the DSO brings the mighty brass and percussion of the orchestra to Frisco for an evening of Christmas cheer at Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Drive.


On Tuesday, December 19, at 7 p.m., the DSO brings “A Big Brassy Christmas & Organ Extravaganza” to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road, in Dallas’ Preston Hollow neighborhood.


Tickets for each performance are $19 at mydso.com. Student tickets are just $9 when you use promo code STUBRASSY at checkout.


Enjoy the show!