The Weekend Guide

Dallas events and diversions

It’s beginning to look a lot like December.

Holiday Trailercakes
What: Dallas’s top cupcake comes in seasonal flavors (Frosty, Nog Heaven, Jack) that go great with office potlucks, neighborhood parties, and the night before Christmas.
Why: Better than Cocoa will forever take candy canes off your radar.
When: Tues. & Wed., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 3001 Knox St., ste. 101 (214-789-1642).

The Download
We found fourteen ways to make the day fly.
Why: NYT Magazine’s short films, a digital Bullett, and kittens posing with hot men.
When: When the bore o’clock hour hits.
Where: At dailycandy.com.

White Rock Local Market Holiday Extravaganza

What: Knock out your nice list with handmade jewelry from Choca Loca Designs, scarves from Fiber Finch, and homemade soaps from Soap Girl.
Why: Root veggies, too.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Lakeside Baptist Church, 9150 Garland Rd., parking lot.

Reliant Lights Your Holidays
What: The AT&T Performing Arts Center gets the Griswold treatment with 250,000 LED lights, plus carols with the cast of the Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol, Jack Ingram in concert, and a fireworks finale.
Why: Despite the terrible, sponsor-driven name, the new Arts District event sounds almost as good as kissing under the mistletoe.
When: Fri., 5-7:10 p.m.
Where: Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St.

Fair Park Holiday
What: Big Tex may be hibernating for the winter, but his stomping grounds are bustling with shopping, a pet expo, pictures with Santa, and a tree lighting where the big guy usually stands.
Why: ’Tis the season for strolling through the Chinese Lantern Festival.
When: Fri., 5-10:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sun., noon-10:30 p.m.
Where: 3809 Grand Ave.

Christmas in the Stockyards
What: Holler “Ho! Ho! Yippee ki-yay!” at this truly Texas celebration, complete with Cowboy Santa, cattle drive, and petting zoo.
Why: Replacing reindeer with longhorn cows could become your new favorite tradition.
When: Sat., 2-6 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth (817-625-9715).

Holiday Flats Fete
What: Treat your feet (or someone else’s) to Yosi Samra classic fold-up flats ($66-$88) while treating the rest of you to light bites, music, and raffle prizes at a designer meet and greet.
Why: A portion of the sales benefits The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.
When: Tonight, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Shak, 500 Crescent Ct., ste. 100 (214-871-3641).

Photo: Courtesy of Trailercakes

3001 Knox St
ste 101
Dallas, TX 75205
9150 Garland Rd
Lakeside Baptist Church
Dallas, TX 75218
Sammons Park
2403 Flora St
Dallas, TX 75201
Fort Worth Stockyards
131 E Exchange Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76164
Fair Park
1200 S 2nd Ave
Dallas, TX 75210
500 Crescent Ct
Dallas, TX 75201