The Weekend Guide

Naughty, nice, and everything in between.

Inaugural Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Benefit
What: Enjoy the one night of the year when good fashion sense is a detriment. Get exactly what you need at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop.
Why: Your $25 donation benefits New Friends New Life and gets you wine, beer, and food, plus the chance to win prizes for ugliest and most creative.
When: Tonight, 5:30-9 p.m.
Where: Party, Cosmo’s Bar & Lounge, 1212 Skillman St. (214-826-4200); sweater shop, 6333 E. Mockingbird Ln., ste. 141.

The Download
What: Random, wonderful finds across the Interwebs.
Why: Poopy Cat Dolls, The Mambo Kings goes digital, and Love Actually gets a sequel.
When: You’re too pooped to do any real work.
Where: At dailycandy.com.

The Nutty Nutcracker
Be there when Texas Ballet Theater lets loose with a PG-13 parody of the holiday classic.
Why: Each year is different, incorporating the last twelve months’ worth of pop culture.
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
Where: Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth (855-598-5644). Tickets ($20-$165) at texasballettheater.org.

Robert Earl Keen
What: Join the country music legend for a Texas-themed holiday concert with the longest title ever (full name: Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-o-Lee Christmas Show).
Why: His hit holiday song (with a drunken family on the mic) is a great sing-along.
When: Tonight, 8 p.m.
Where: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. (214-978-2583). Tickets ($45-$97.50) at houseofblues.com.

Kelly and Norman Green Skating Rink
Take a spin on the 3,200-square-foot outdoor rink made of icelike Super-Glide.
Why: What Mother Nature rarely gives us we make for ourselves.
When: Thru Jan. 31.
Where: Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy. Free Tues. (or with your own ice skates); $5 skate rental weekdays; $10 skate rental weekends.

Holiday Candles
Bishop Arts boutique Society rolls out a line of candles that complement the season.
Why: Tradition ($34) smells like a fresh-cut Christmas tree; Kinfolk ($34) smells like cloves and cinnamon (and not your Uncle Joe, thank Santa); and Holiday ($10) has that classic spice scent.
When: While supplies last.
Where: 403 N. Bishop Ave., Oak Cliff (214-942-4600).

Photo: Scott Kleinman / Getty Images

Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop
6333 E Mockingbird Ln
ste 141
Dallas, TX 75214
403 N Bishop Ave
Dallas, TX 75208
Cosmo’s Bar & Lounge
1212 Skillman St
Dallas, TX 75206
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy
b/t Pearl & St Paul Sts
Dallas, TX 75201
Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
2200 N Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75202