Family-friendly entertainment will be available up and down U.S. Highway 75 this weekend. On Friday, families can come together to see the Denison Dance Academy’s winter performance, as well as to donate blood at the local blood bank as part of the “Two Cities” blood drive. The Texas Department of Transportation will also have a holiday safety event. Also, if you do not mind a drive, traveling south on Highway 75, there are opportunities to see the musical, “Phantom of the Opera” as well as to see a holiday light show. Here are five events you do not want to miss.

1. Ballet by Tchaikovsky

The Denison Dance Academy will be putting on its eighth annual Nutcracker ballet Thursday and Friday at Kidd-Key Auditorium in Sherman. The event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under, $15 for adults and $10 for seniors 65 and over. Tickets can be purchased at the Kidd-Key box office on the days of the shows or at 325 W. Main Street in Denison.

2. Tale of two cities

Sherman and Denison are having a blood drive battle through Dec. 26. “Battle of 2 Cities” is a blood drive and donors can vote for the city that they want to win. The winning city gets a trophy and bragging rights for the coming year. The Texoma Regional Blood Bank’s Bloodmobile will be on the west side of the Grayson County Courthouse taking donations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

3. Designated driver event

The Texas Department of Transportation is holding a holiday sober ride safety event Friday. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Texas Travel Information Center in Denison. There will be impaired driving simulations and a Denison Police Department representative on hand to talk about the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be on site sitting for holiday photos. For more information, call 903-737-9213 or 903-463-2860.

4. Andrew Lloyd Webber production

The “Phantom of the Opera” will be presented through Jan. 6 in Dallas. The production by Dallas Summer Musicals will be shown at 909 First Ave. in Dallas. There are 52 people in the cast and orchestra and Tony Award-winning crew members will be putting on the show. Tickets can be purchased at

5. Light show

Vitruvian Park will have its magical holiday wonderland available to patrons until Jan. 1. It is free to walk or drive through the park to see the lights. The display is open from 6-11 p.m. at 3966 Vitruvian Way in Addison.