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


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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


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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.
 
Sunday
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.
 
Sunday
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


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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!

Santa Visits Ebby Offices


With Christmas rapidly approaching, we’re making it easy to update your family photos with Santa Claus. Over the next few weeks, Santa will make appearances at eight Ebby offices across North Texas. So bring the kids – yes, big kids are welcome, too – and catch up with Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his big night.

 

Santa Visits Ebby Offices

 

*  December 2, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Ebby Campbell/Coit, 7517 Campbell Road, Suite 616, Dallas

 

*  December 2, 1-3 p.m. – Ebby Preston Plano Parkway, 5013 W. Plano Parkway, Plano

 

*  December 2, 1-4 p.m. – Ebby Lakewood/Lake Highlands, 6441 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas

 

*  December 3, 3-5 p.m. – Ebby Sherman, 3445 FM 1417 N, Sherman

 

*  December 9, 4-6 p.m. – Ebby Rockwall/Heath/Lake Ray Hubbard, 2900 Ridge Road, Rockwall

 

*  December 10, 3-5 p.m. – Ebby Allen, 955 State Highway 121, Suite 130, Allen

 

*  December 11, 4-6 p.m. – Ebby Prosper | Celina, 1170 N. Preston Road, Suite 160, Prosper

 

*  December 14, 6-8 p.m. – Ebby Flower Mound/Lewisville, 6000 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound

 

*  December 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ebby Southlake, 1575 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake

 

“This popular holiday tradition started several years ago at Ebby’s Lakewood/Lake Highlands Office and has grown in both number of visitors and number of offices ever since,” says Vice President and Director of Marketing Randall Graham. “At Ebby Halliday, we’re happy to offer these opportunities for photos with Santa before Christmas arrives. I encourage you to make plans to take advantage of this easy and convenient way to update your family’s holiday photos.”

 

With locations across North Texas, Ebby Halliday is one of the oldest and most respected full-service residential real estate firms in the country. Our Associates and employees seek every day to elevate the home-buying and selling process into the wonderful life-changing experience it can be. To learn more, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Scardello Artisan Cheese


A cheese board is a never-fail addition to any holiday gathering, whether it’s a small friendly get-together, or a large family celebration. With that in mind, we visited our friends at Scardello Artistan Cheese in Oak Lawn to learn how to create the perfect one. Watch the video below to see how you can ace your next cheese board.

Ace Your Cheese Board

• Include a combination of three firmnesses of cheese – soft, medium-firm and hard.

• Feature different animal milks (i.e. cow, goat, sheep).

• Add a twist by featuring different regions of the world.

• Include a variety of accompaniments like cornichons, dried fruits, nuts, olives or charcuterie.

• When displaying a cheese board, set out a knife for each cheese on the platter. This way, the flavors won’t be compromised.

• Set cheese out for at least 30 minutes to reach room temperature.

• Before any guests arrive, cut a few slices of cheese and arrange them on the board. Present each cheese with its own knife and allow your guests to continue to cut slices for themselves. These measures will prevent the cheese from drying out and allow the full flavors to emerge.

Still unsure of where to start? Don’t be afraid to venture into Scardello and ask for help. The knowledgable staff will work with you to create the perfect cheese board for your palate or gathering.

Happy cheese hunting!

 

Holiday Market Benefits Collin County Charities


 

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Ebby Halliday Realtors is a proud sponsor of the Junior League of Collin County’s 22nd-annual ’Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, taking place November 9-12 at The Plano Event Center.
 
Shop the selection of home décor, ladies clothing and accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items and gourmet food from over 100 carefully selected merchants. You’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list while making a difference in the community.
 
’Neath the Wreath provides funding for the Junior League of Collin County, a nonprofit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
 
Advance tickets are $12 at area Tom Thumb stores and at neaththewreath.org. Tickets at the door are $15. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit neaththewreath.org.
 
Ebby Halliday Realtors has served the residential real estate needs of Collin County since 1971, when Ebby personally opened a one-room office in Plano. We now have 10 offices serving Collin County: 190-RichardsonAllenCampbell/CoitFriscoMcKinneyPlanoPlano/Willow BendPreston KellerPreston Plano Parkway and Prosper | Celina.

North Texas Halloween Weekend Roundup 2017


Two bulldogs dressed-up for Halloween.
 
Make your Halloween memorable this year with one of these Halloween-themed events in North Texas. 

 
Day of the Dead Festival
 
Celebrate the fall season and pay homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween at a Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28. This free, family-friendly event in Denton offers trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, games, local food and art, and activities for all ages including a salsa cook-off, street performers, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and offers events all day.
 
Glow Yoga Class
 
Put on your best ’80s and ’90s workout costume and head to this 45-minute, glow-inspired yoga class on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hosted by the Arlington Yoga Center and taking place at the legal Draft Beer Co., enjoy an afternoon of stretching and fun music, followed by a pint of beer. Admission is $15.

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

 
Head to the Dallas Zoo each night until Oct. 29 to enjoy a family friendly Halloween event in a “wild” setting. Children can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at stations situated throughout the zoo. You’ll also find bounce houses, games, frequent animal encounters, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Admission is $10 and includes six candy coupons; parking is $7.
 
Halloween Skate
 
Get into the spirit and head to the Allen Community Ice Rink on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a Halloween-themed skate event. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., skate your heart out and enjoy candy, raffles, and more. If you wear your Halloween costume, you receive a free skate rental, or you can pay a $5 entry fee plus $3 to rent skates. All donations will benefit the Allen Community Outreach Program.
 
Howl-O-Ween Pup Social & Doggie Costume Party
 
Let your pup strut his or her stuff during a mini parade and costume contest at the first-ever Howl-O-Ween Pup Social in Watauga. Head over to Chef Point Cafe and enjoy live music, local rescue organizations, and pet-focused local businesses. Your pooch can enjoy “doggie beer” and a selection off of the doggie menu, while you can enjoy a refreshing Halloween cocktail or draft beer. Admission is free.
 
Poe in the ‘Hood
 
Head to Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff on Saturday, Oct. 28, for the highly anticipated return of Poe in the ‘Hood. This fun, scary literary event features the works of Edgar Allen Poe told by storytellers while guests enjoy food and drinks.
 
Six Flags Fright Fest
 
It’s the time of the year when zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags Over Texas. Taking place until Oct. 31, enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the park during the day, and extra frightening events at night, including haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets range from $61.99 to $86.99.
 
Sticker Treating at the Dallas Arboretum
 
Enjoy a twist on traditional trick-or-treating with “sticker treating.” Wear costumes and discover the spooky side of nature while exploring the gardens and collecting stickers along the way. This event takes place all day Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
 
Stranger Things Halloween Bash
 
Deep Ellum’s Quixotic World Magical Event Space is hosting a Stranger Things-themed Halloween party tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. This 21+ event features a photo booth, a gourmet waffle bar, a costume contest, and a midnight showing of the recently released season of popular television show, “Stranger Things.”
 
Trick or Treat the Square
 
Frisco Square will host its seventh-annual Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Presented by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, this family and pet-friendly event presents children under 12 the opportunity to wear their best costumes and trick or treat at popular restaurants, shops, and businesses in Frisco Square. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, horse-drawn wagon rides, a pooch parade/costume contest, and a dog adoption event. Admission is free.