Happy Holidays from the Fort Worth Moms (FWM) family to yours! Ready to make some memories and celebrate the season? We are pleased to bring you this guide to the best virtual and in-person holiday events that Tarrant County — and beyond — has to offer. From time with jolly ol’ Saint Nick, to finding the perfect tree, and from holiday events to shows that boost your spirit, you will find it all included in this guide.
Be sure to check out other resources we have, like “Five Creative Ways to Embrace the Holidays During a Pandemic,” “Holiday Tradition Audit,” and even practical videos like “Holiday Cheeseboard Demonstration.” Take a listen to an episode of Momfessions Podcast too: “Mamas Makes the Holidays Possible.”
As you know oh-so-well, the events listed below are “as is,” meaning at the time of publication this is what we know. Depending on the rise and fall of the pandemic, any or all of these details could change. We will keep our eyes open for updates, but we forewarned: Plans can change quickly.
See 2.7 million lights at Luminova’s dazzling event. The sparkling spectacle is promised to be socially distant and safe, and includes a frozen skate pond, train rides for kids, tons of photo ops, and more.
Panther Island Ice returns to Coyote Drive-In this holiday season! Fort Worth’s outdoor ice skating rink offers public ice skating through January 18.
Stockyards Heritage is hosting two events for families to attend. First, head to the Stockyards to attend NFR Stockyards Style, a watch party of rodeo’s “Super Bowl” event — the National Finals Rodeo — taking place at Globe Life Field. The event also features hundreds of vendors at Cowtown Christmas in the Stockyards, and a cowboy carnival. At Stockyards Heritage’s second event, Ho Ho Ho Holidays in the Stockyards, kiddos can get pictures with Santa and see the Stockyards 30-foot Christmas tree.
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Carol of Lights : Bring Home the Holidays (FBC Grapevine) – On November 23, experience the magic of Christmas this year with a drive-thru only show from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Grapevine.
Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular – Running November 23 through January 10, 2021, enjoy hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and decorations up and down Main Street along with daily performances at the Town Square Gazebo.
Parade of Lights (Fort Worth) – On November 22, this great Downtown tradition comes to life in a reimagined way for its 38th year! The entire parade will broadcast from the Fort Worth Convention Center at 7:00 p.m. on local network television, and online.
Prairie Lights (Grand Prairie) – Starting November 26 through December 31, be dazzled by four million lights set along two miles of driving path. Visit website for prices and schedule.
Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights – Beginning November 26 through January 3, experience the only Texas-sized drive-thru light park at the largest speedway in Texas! Visit website for pricing and schedule of events.
Come celebrate the National Finals Rodeo — Stockyards style! From December 3 to 12, participate in Hooey Fest, the world’s largest NFR watch party and concert; Cowtown Christmas in the Stockyards; the Bullfighters Only World Finals competition; and a cowboy carnival featuring a carousel, ferris wheel, and fair food.
Panther Island Ice returns to Coyote Drive-In this holiday season! Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink offers public ice skating through January 18. The rink is real ice and is open seven days a week including all holidays. Enjoy the free parking, covered seating, gas heaters, restrooms, and a full menu including beer and wine options. With limited capacity and health protocols in place, we are committed to creating a safe and memorable holiday experience for you. Group reservations and private ice skating available. You must purchase your tickets online with an advanced reservation.
Carriage Rides (Southlake) – Step back into a time reminiscent of a Charles Dickens novel or a Norman Rockwell painting as you enjoy the company of family and friends while the sounds of horses’ hooves and holiday music take you through a winter wonderland. See website for dates, times, and reservations are encouraged.
Christmas at the Anatole (Dallas) – Take a magical trip to the North Pole when you visit Peppermint Park at the Anatole. Stay at the hotel and make a weekend of Christmas memories with your family beginning November 28. Online reservations are required.
Festive Fifth Avenue (Fort Worth) – On December 5 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., come enjoy a stroll through 5th Avenue and discover 30 new historical yard signs, beautifully decorated homes, and food truck options.
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags (Arlington) – This magical event makes its return on November 21 through January 3, 2021, filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family-fun outings again and again. See website for pricing and schedule.
Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan (Grapevine) – Opening November 13 through January 3, 2021, experience a true lone star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan. With a brand new “I Love Christmas Movies” walk-through experience, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and a gingerbread decorating corner, there are plenty of offerings to get you in the spirit. Reservations are required for all events.
Panther Island Ice (Fort Worth) – Opening November 20 through January 18, 2021, Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink brings a winter wonderland of fun and excitement. Open seven days a week, including holidays! Reservations and online ticket purchases are required this year.
Ryan Place Candlelight Christmas Home Tour (Fort Worth) – During the weekend of December 5 – 6, enjoy a Fort Worth tradition at Ryan Place. See website to purchase your tickets to tour beautiful homes decorated for the season.
Santa’s Wonderland at the Bass Pro Shops (select stores) – Enjoy the magic of Christmas inside participating Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s beginning November 7 through December 24. Free photo with Santa and free crafts for the kids! Reservations are required for all events.
Texas Christkindl Market Lane (Arlington) – While there will not be a physical location this year, please enjoy the website and follow its social media channels from November 27 through December 23, where everyone is invited to experience the German tradition of the Texas Christkindl Market.
The 12 Days of Christmas (Dallas Arboretum) – Beginning November 7 through December 31, come celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot, Victorian-style gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals, and the new Family Christmas Village. Advanced ticket purchases and reservations are required.
The Trains at NorthPark (Dallas) – For the past 33 years, the Trains at NorthPark, benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, have delighted generations of families as one of the city’s premier holiday traditions. Don’t miss the fun starting November 14. See website for times and ticket information.
Video Chat with Santa at Log Cabin Village (Fort Worth) – On December 5, Santa is going to be making a special stop to check on his friends at Log Cabin Village. He wants you to stay safe for the holidays, so he will be visiting via Zoom this year! See website for pricing and reservations.
Grapevine Parade of Lights – This event is currently TBD.
Holiday Lights Parade (Arlington) – Bring your friends and family to downtown/University District to enjoy the annual Holiday Lights Parade on the evening of December 12. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. with the parade starting at 6:00 p.m.
Night of Lights Parade (Granbury) – Experience the magic of the holidays happening November 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Granbury Square!
Old Town Burleson Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting – This event is currently TBD.
Parade of Lights (Fort Worth) – On November 22, this great Downtown tradition comes to life in a reimagined way for its 38th year! The entire parade will broadcast from the Fort Worth Convention Center, on local network television and online, at 7:00 p.m.
Saginaw Christmas Parade (Downtown) – Enjoy this parade on December 4 at 5:45 p.m. followed by the Saginaw Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Both events require patrons to stay in their cars to promote social distancing. See websites for details.
It’s ho, ho, ho in the Stockyards! Come celebrate at the landmark attraction all season long. Ho, Ho, Ho Holidays in the Stockyards features a holiday gift giveaway and photos with Santa. For safety, the event will be socially distanced. Appointments are highly recommended, but walk-ups and day-of appointments are also accepted as time allows. Come experience thousands of lights, a 30-foot Christmas tree, strolling carolers, entertainment, shopping, dining, and more. Visit fortworthstockyards.com for more information.
Breakfast with St. NICUlas at The Fort Worth Club – On December 5, The Fort Worth Club will again be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a delicious breakfast, Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, and a holiday surprise or two — all benefiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
North East Mall Photos with Santa (Hurst) – Date and times for this event are TBD.
Santa’s Breakfast at the BRiCk (Burleson) – This event is currently TBD.
Elf: The Musical (Plaza Theater Company) – Running November 13 through December 23, Elf: The Musical is a modern-day holiday classic to make everyone embrace their inner elf. Tickets must be purchased via phone. See website for details.
Home for the Holidays (Will Rogers Auditorium) – Get into the holiday spirit with a delightful program of your favorite seasonal tunes and Christmas carols performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and special guests. Special performances happening November 27, 28, and 29. See website for times and pricing.
Holiday Party: A Musical Revue (Theater Arlington) – Running December 4 – 12, come enjoy a delightful musical revue celebrating the holiday season. See website for times and full schedule.
Jingle All the Way (Casa Mañana) – Running December 5 – 20, enjoy familiar holiday songs, ornament craft, and hot cocoa served table side. Seating is limited due to decreased capacity. See website for details and full schedule.
Prohibition: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (Will Rogers Auditorium) – Join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for a trip back in time as you ring in 2021 in roaring twenties style on December 31, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Haynie’s Green Acres Christmas Tree Farm (Crowley) – Visit this family-owned and -operated farm to find the perfect tree for your holiday! Open until the trees run out. Watch the website for opening day details.
Mainstay Farm Park (Cleburne) – Visit more than 70 acres of family play comprising 25+ activities, rides, and attractions. Visit Santa in the barn, roast marshmallows at Santa’s s’more station, scour the field for the perfect tree, or go into the big barn and shop the imported trees while supplies last.
Sunset Hill Tree Farm (Alvarado) – Open weekends beginning November 27, bring the family and choose your own tree from a large selection. Call ahead to make sure trees are still available.