Welcome to the weekend before the holiday weekend.  It's time to get those last minute Christmas gifts . . . or begin your holiday shopping for some people. You know who you are. ;)  Just be sure to take some time to join in a festivity or recreation activity while you're out and about. Here’s a sampling of unique and fun things to do, see, sip and savor during this weekend.

For a full list of area events, click on the VisitIrving.com website.

Experience the Symphony!

Where:  Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75063
When:  Friday, December 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
Cost:  $6 - $12

Holiday in Sound!  The Irving Symphonic Band marches into the holidays with the sounds of the season. Learn More

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Where:  3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75063
When:  Saturday, December 17 @ 8:00 p.m.
Cost:  $16.50 - $46.50

Holiday Safari!  Enjoy the Holiday Season  with LCSO and their Annual Holiday Sing-along! Fun for the whole family!  Learn More

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Visit the Texas Musicians Museum

Where:  222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
When:  Friday, December 16 @ 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  Admission is free, donations accepted for the band

Jerry Don Branch and the Stratoblasters and Bluegrass, a Paul Simon Tribute.  Playing with the STRATOBLASTERS since 1985, Jerry Don Branch also performs with Gunpoint, a group formed by himself and his high school friend Lyndon Ray Talbott back in 1975. They played all across the southwest till 1982. Gunpoint reunited in 2008 and has been playing select shows. Jerry is a graduate of the Univ of North Texas' Jazz Studies program.  Learn More

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Mistletoe Ball
Where:  222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
When:  Saturday, December 17 @ 8:00 p.m.
Cost:  $30

Mistletoe Ball.  This year's Texas Musicians Museum Annual Christmas Mistletoe Ball will be a sparkling Holiday Happening, featuring the ever-popular JACKIE DON LOE & the Christmas Ornaments with Lou Hampton performing live Christmas tunes. Attendees will enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, featuring diner's choice of smoked ham or pecan-smoked salmon - a sensational Christmas meal that will make your taste buds all merry and bright.  Learn More

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Live Music at The Ranch

Where:  857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039
When:  Friday, December 16 @ 8:00 p.m.
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Joshua Ingram has been influenced by a number of musicians in countless styles of music and that is apparent when you hear the blend of rock, blues, jazz, and even country in the songs that he writes. Whether it’s a sultry ballad or a ripping guitar rock tune the music is full of soul and emotion.  Learn More. While you're there, you can pick up a free $10 bonus card when you purchase a $50 gift card.  Learn More

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Where:  857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039
When:  Saturday, December 17 @ 8:00 p.m.
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Faron Gilbert is not your ordinary acoustic show. He plays all genres, uses loop technology to create a multi-layered accompaniment, and puts a personal spin on all of your favorite songs. He is truly a one man band. His 23-year career has graciously landed him here at The Ranch every Saturday night. Learn More

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Live Music at Cool River Cafe

Where:  1045 Hidden Ridge 75038
When:  Friday, December 16 @ 9:30 p.m.
Cost:  No Cover Charge

LIVE 80 plays a great mix of hit 80′s songs broken up into non-stop blocks. The result is similar to a DJ spinning with no breaks in-between songs so that the fun doesn’t stop! Learn More

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Vegas Stars
Where:  1045 Hidden Ridge 75038
When:  Saturday, December 17 @ 8:00 p.m.
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Vegas Stars bring the booty-shakes as they belt out dance/rock/rap/pop hits from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and all the way up to today’s chart-topping hits. You’re guaranteed a good time with non-stop, high energy shows complete with Vegas lights and more action than the craziest night out in Sin City.  Learn More

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Other events in Irving include:

Saturday, December 17 -

  • A Very Merry Star Wars Christmas: The Holiday Strikes Back.  Irving Public Library - South, 601 Schulze 75060.  2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Free.  Learn More
  • Christmas with the King.  Top Elvis tribute artists Ryan Pelton and David Allen are teaming up to bring you a rockin' Christmas.  Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson 75060.  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  $20.  Learn More
  • Cinema 13:  Star Wars - The Force Awakens.  Ages 13 and up.  Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Free.  Learn More
  • Family Movie Matinee:  A Christmas Story.  All ages.  Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch.  401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Free.  Learn More
  • Cookies with Santa.  Irving Mall, 3880 Irving Mall 75062.  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Free.  Learn More