2021 Guide to Holiday Activities :: Christmas Lights, Family Events, Parades, Santa Events, Stage Shows, and Tree Farms

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Disclaimer :: The “2021 Guide to Holiday Activities” was sponsored by Braces on Broad, iKids Pediatric Dentistry, and Panther Island Ice. 

2021 Guide to Holiday Activities :: Christmas Lights, Family Events, Parades, Santa Events, Stage Shows, and Tree Farms

Happy Holidays from the Fort Worth Moms family to yours! Ready to make some memories and celebrate the season? We are pleased to bring you the official “2021 Guide to Holiday Activities: Christmas Lights, Family Events, Parades, Santa Events, Stage Shows, and Tree Farms” in Tarrant County and beyond! 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 resource.

Pick a category by clicking on a tab below to find options for your holiday adventures! 

Thank you to our sponsors for helping us spread the word about festive to families all over North Texas: Braces on Broad, iKids Pediatric Dentistry, and Panther Island Ice.

Be sure to check out other articles we have, like “Support Local :: Local Maker’s Guide” and “4 Tips To Prep for the Holidays.” Take a listen to an episode of Momfessions Podcast too: “Mamas Make the Holidays Possible.”

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November 5 – January 2 :: Ho Ho Ho Holidays in the Stockyards (Fort Worth) :: It’s always a weekend to remember at the Fort Worth Stockyards, especially during the holidays. Drop by the Stockyards on Fridays and Saturdays during November and December and treat your family to some Christmas magic. Check website for newest updates. 

November 5 – January 2 :: The Light Park (Grand Prairie) ::  The annual electrical holiday extravaganza at The Light Park is an event your entire family will enjoy. Come out and be dazzled by millions of lights at this drive-through show. Event is open seven days a week; tickets are available online.   

November 10 – December 31 :: Holiday at the Arboretum (Dallas) :: The annual Christmas sensation is back for another year of delightful traditions. Come out and enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas and watch as the Arboretum comes to life with more than one million lights. 

November 18 – December 31 :: Radiance Holiday Light Spectacular (Decatur and Weatherford) :: The annual Radiance drive-through light spectacular is back this year with a million more lights than previous years. Check out the website for times, tickets, and locations. 

November 19 – January 2 :: Dallas Zoo Lights :: Come and cruise the dazzling mile-long route through the Dallas Zoo this holiday season. Check website for tickets and times. 

November 20 – January 2 :: Magic of Lights (Little Elm) :: Pile the whole family into the car and head to Little Elm Park for a magical drive-through light event. Check out details and purchase tickets on the website. 

November 21 :: Parade of Lights (Fort Worth) :: This great Downtown tradition comes to life in a reimagined way for its 39th year! The entire parade begins at 6:00 p.m.

November 22 :: Carol of Lights : Bring Home the Holidays (FBC Grapevine) :: Experience the magic of Christmas this year with this annual Carol of Lights show and street lighting. The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. 

November 23 – January 10 :: Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular :: Enjoy hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and decorations up and down Main Street along with daily performances at the Town Square Gazebo.

November 25 – December 31 :: Prairie Lights (Grand Prairie) :: Be dazzled by four million lights set along two miles of driving path. Visit website for prices and schedule. 

November 25 – January 8 :: Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights ::  Experience the only Texas-sized drive-thru light park at the largest speedway in Texas! Visit website for pricing and schedule of events.

November 26 – January 2 :: Vitruvian Lights (Addison) :: Bring your family out for a dazzling holiday light spectacular. Tree lights will be on in Vitruvian Park daily from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Check website for updates.

November 26 – January 2 :: Christmas in the Square (Frisco) :: Drive or walk through the square in downtown Frisco and enjoy the dazzling displays of Christmas lights. This free holiday event will delight your entire family! 

November 28 :: Land of Sweets Afternoon Tea (Arlington) :: Here’s the perfect family holiday event! Enjoy a delightful afternoon decorating a gingerbread house and having tea and sweets with Santa and cast members of The Nutcracker. View the site for details or to purchase tickets. 

December 1 – 30 :: Deerfield Holiday Lights (Plano) :: The Deerfield neighborhood is returning this year for another over-the-top holiday light show. Lights will be on from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. on weekends.   

December 3 :: Denton Holiday Lights ::  Don’t miss Denton’s 31st annual Holiday Lighting Festival.  Check the website for locations, times, and details. 

Mid-December – Christmas Day :: Lights of Interlochen (Arlington) :: Arlington’s famous neighborhood is ready for the 2021 holiday season. Drive through the neighborhood and enjoy the dazzling light displays, starting at 7:00 p.m. each night. 

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Panther Island Ice returns to Coyote Drive-In this holiday season! The outdoor ice skating rink will operate seven days a week November 19 – January 17, including all holidays. Visitors of Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink can take advantage of the ample free parking, along with the drive-in’s other amenities such as covered seating, gas heaters, and more. Enjoy extended operating hours at the rink during FWISD holiday breaks with ice skating, a play area and a full food and drink menu. The Coyote Canteen features a menu with plenty of kid-friendly options along with beer and wine. Make a day out of your visit with a double movie feature at the drive-in. Reserve your spot on the ice at pantherislandice.com.

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Come celebrate the holidays with iKids Pediatric Dentistry and the owners, the Hamilton Family, in Lakewood, for the annual Hamilton Family Puzzle Party. Bring the whole family out on Friday, December 3rd, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for fun activities, photos with Santa, door prizes, and much more! Come be a part of the Hamilton family tradition this season and share a little of the true Christmas spirit.

November 6 – December 24 :: Santa’s Wonderland at the Bass Pro Shops (select stores) :: Enjoy the magic of Christmas inside participating Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Free photo with Santa and free crafts for the kids!

November 10 – December 31 :: The 12 Days of Christmas (Dallas Arboretum) :: 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. 

November 12 – January 2 :: Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan (Grapevine) :: 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.

November 13 – January 2 :: 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.  See website for times and ticket information. 

November 18 – January 2 :: Texas Christkindl Market Lane (Arlington)  :: The Texas Christkindl Market is back this year. Everyone is invited to experience the German tradition of this festive annual event.

November 19 – January 17 ::  Panther Island Ice (Fort Worth) :: 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. 

November 20 :: Home for the Holidays (Southlake) :: Come out to the town square in Southlake for an old-fashioned carriage ride, pictures with Santa, the annual Christmas tree lighting, breakfast with Santa, and many more holiday festivities. Check out the website for dates and schedules.

November 20 – January 2 :: Holiday in the Park at Six Flags (Arlington) :: This magical event makes its return for another holiday season, filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family-fun outings again and again. See website for pricing and schedule. 

November 25 – Christmas :: Carriage Rides (Southlake) :: Step back in 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 and times. Reservations are encouraged. 

Beginning November 26 :: 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. Online reservations are required.

December 4 :: Holiday in the Plaza (Irving) :: The Los Colinas Association is kicking off the holidays with a Christmas extravaganza in the marketplace. Enjoy pictures with Santa, a hot cocoa and cookie bar, ice skating, crafts, face painting, holiday shopping, and more! Parking and tickets are complimentary; in lieu of admission, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Blue Christmas drive. Be sure and check out the website for event details. 

December 10 – 12 :: The Bethlehem Experience (Fort Worth) :: Bring your family out for a totally free night of fun! Sip hot chocolate and listen to holiday music while you watch the beautiful Christmas story unfold in this beautiful live nativity event. Hosted by 2nd Mile Church.

December 11 :: Old-Fashioned Christmas (Springtown) :: Step back in time for an old-fashioned holiday celebration on the town square! Come out and enjoy live entertainment, lots of children’s activities, and goodies from hundreds of vendors. This event is free to attend.   

November 21 :: Parade of Lights (Fort Worth) :: This great downtown tradition comes to life in a reimagined way for its 39th year! View the website for current updates.  

November 26 :: Night of Lights Parade (Granbury) :: Experience the magic of the holidays in Granbury Square! Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. 

December 2 :: Grapevine Parade of Lights :: This year’s parade theme for the Grapevine Parade of Lights is “A Storybook Holiday.” Pile in your vehicle and join the festivities. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m.

December 4 :: Flower Mound Parade and Tree Lighting :: Bring the family out for an evening of holiday fun and festive “North Pole” theme. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m.

December 4 :: Old Town Burleson Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting :: Looking for a free celebration to kick off the Christmas season? Bring your family to the Mayor Vera Calvin Plaza for a parade, Christmas tree lighting, and fireworks.

December 4 :: Saginaw Christmas Parade :: Enjoy this Christmas parade in the heart of Saginaw on December 4, at 4:00 p.m. See website for details and updates. 

December 11 :: Old-Town Christmas Parade (Justin) :: Visit old-town Justin and experience the joy of the holidays during this free, all-day event. The parade begins at 5:00 p.m.

December 11 :: Holiday Lights Parade (Arlington) :: Bring your friends and family to downtown/University District to enjoy the annual Holiday Lights Parade. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m., and the parade starts at 6:00 p.m.

November 12 – December 24 :: North East Mall Photos with Santa (Hurst) :: Delight your kids with a photo session with Santa Clause. Check the website to make a reservation and save your spot. 

November 26December 25 :: Brunch With Santa (Frisco) :: Santa and Mrs. Clause will be meeting up for a Christmas brunch at The Revel Patio Grill every Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. Tickets are $5. Check the website to make a reservation.

November 26 – December 19 :: Santa’s House (Granbury) :: Bring your little ones to see Santa and Mrs. Clause and make lots of fun Christmas memories. This is a recurring weekly event, happening on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

November 29 – December 15 :: Letters to Santa (Trophy Club) :: Has your child written a letter to Santa? Here’s your opportunity to make sure that special letter reaches the North Pole! Kids who send a letter to Santa with a return address will receive a reply a few days before Christmas. You can drop off letters between November 29 and December 15. More details on the website.

December 4 :: Colleyville Photos and Cookies with Santa :: Free event for the autism community at Therapy and Beyond in Colleyville. Come enjoy Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, a balloon artist, and of course, photos with Santa. See website for times and details.  

December 4 :: Santa’s Breakfast at the BRiCk (Burleson) :: Come out and enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 4, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Register for this event on the website.

December 11 :: Breakfast with Santa (Flower Mound) :: Santa is hosting a pancake breakfast at the Community Center in Flower Mound, and you’re invited. Online pre-registration is required. 

December 11 :: Breakfast with Santa (Mansfield) :: Delight your child with this Breakfast With Santa event on Saturday, December 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Enjoy an indoor play area, bounce house, and unlimited pictures with Santa. Check the site to purchase a ticket.

December 12 :: Story Time with Santa (Weatherford) :: Santa is stopping by Ruby Mae Toy & Clothing Boutique for a delightful story time! Each child who attends will receive a goodie bag from Santa, plus a personalized letter mailed home. Spots are limited; reserve yours online. 

Braces-on-Broad

Your smile is one of your greatest assets, but a beautiful smile doesn’t always come without a little help. That’s where the team at Braces on Broad comes in! They are committed to delivering high quality, evidence-based, state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults in the Mansfield area. Make an appointment for a free consultation today! They can’t wait to customize the smile that is perfect for you this holiday season.

November 19 – December 21 :: Scrooge the Musical (Artisan Center Theater) :: Support our local youth theater and enjoy the classic tale of Scrooge, with a musical twist.

November 20 – December 23 :: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Casa Mañana) :: Enjoy this familiar children’s holiday classic with all the beloved characters and songs brought to life on stage. See website for details and full schedule. 

November 26 – December 23 :: Elf: The Musical (Plaza Theater Company) ::  Elf: The Musical is a modern-day holiday classic to make everyone embrace their inner elf.  See website for details. 

November 26 – 28 :: 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. See website for times and pricing. 

November 26 – December 30 :: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jr (Artisan Center Theater) :: Get your tickets for this beloved show and come out to enjoy a local performance this holiday season. Tickets are available on the website.

November 26 – December 26 :: The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall) :: This timeless production by the Texas Ballet Theater is back and ready to spread some Christmas magic.   

November 26 – 28 :: Home for the Holidays (Bass Performance Hall) :: Don’t miss this Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra holiday tradition, featuring spectacular Christmas carols and seasonal tunes. Tickets and details are posted online. 

November 30 – December 18 :: Nashville Christmas (Casa Manana) :: Inspired by your favorite country stars, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, and more, this Christmas concert is sure to delight and entertain. View the site to reserve your tickets.

December 3 – 5 :: The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets (Will Rogers Auditorium) :: Join Ballet Frontier for the magic of The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets this holiday season. See website for times and prices.

December 9 and 10 :: Christmas Variety Show (Cottage Theater) :: Come out and support Watauga’s local theater and fine arts students, and enjoy delightful Christmas spirit during the biggest recital of the year. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online. 

December 11 :: Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Dallas) :: Treat yourself and your family to a live performance by the famed Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Tickets, parking, and other details are available online.

Fossil Creek Tree Farm (Haslet) :: Need a Christmas tree? Stop by Fossil Creek Farm and pick out the perfect pine. You’ll also find beautiful home decor in the gift shop, so be sure and take a took around. Watch the website for updates on tree availability. 

Haynie’s Green Acres Christmas Tree Farm (Crowley) :: Visit this family-owned and -operated farm to find the perfect tree for your holiday. Opens November 26 until the trees run out. Watch the website for details. 

Mainstay Farm Park (Cleburne) :: 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. 

Optimist Club Christmas Trees (Fort Worth) :: Support the youth of Fort Worth and pick out a perfect Christmas tree from the Optimist Club at Farrington Field. You’ll find details on this annual holiday fundraiser and tree lot hours on the website. 

Santa’s Christmas Trees (Colleyville and Keller) :: High-quality Christmas trees, grown in the Pacific Northwest. You can choose from a variety of pre-flocked or regular trees. Open seven days a week; more details are available on the website.

Sunset Hill Tree Farm (Alvarado) :: Open weekends beginning November 26. Bring the family and choose your own beautiful holiday tree. Trees will be limited this year, so please call to check on availability. 

Christmas Lights

November 5 – January 2 :: Ho Ho Ho Holidays in the Stockyards (Fort Worth) :: It’s always a weekend to remember at the Fort Worth Stockyards, especially during the holidays. Drop by the Stockyards on Fridays and Saturdays during November and December and treat your family to some Christmas magic. Check website for newest updates. 

November 5 – January 2 :: The Light Park (Grand Prairie) ::  The annual electrical holiday extravaganza at The Light Park is an event your entire family will enjoy. Come out and be dazzled by millions of lights at this drive-through show. Event is open seven days a week; tickets are available online.   

November 10 – December 31 :: Holiday at the Arboretum (Dallas) :: The annual Christmas sensation is back for another year of delightful traditions. Come out and enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas and watch as the Arboretum comes to life with more than one million lights. 

November 18 – December 31 :: Radiance Holiday Light Spectacular (Decatur and Weatherford) :: The annual Radiance drive-through light spectacular is back this year with a million more lights than previous years. Check out the website for times, tickets, and locations. 

November 19 – January 2 :: Dallas Zoo Lights :: Come and cruise the dazzling mile-long route through the Dallas Zoo this holiday season. Check website for tickets and times. 

November 20 – January 2 :: Magic of Lights (Little Elm) :: Pile the whole family into the car and head to Little Elm Park for a magical drive-through light event. Check out details and purchase tickets on the website. 

November 21 :: Parade of Lights (Fort Worth) :: This great Downtown tradition comes to life in a reimagined way for its 39th year! The entire parade begins at 6:00 p.m.

November 22 :: Carol of Lights : Bring Home the Holidays (FBC Grapevine) :: Experience the magic of Christmas this year with this annual Carol of Lights show and street lighting. The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. 

November 23 – January 10 :: Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular :: Enjoy hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and decorations up and down Main Street along with daily performances at the Town Square Gazebo.

November 25 – December 31 :: Prairie Lights (Grand Prairie) :: Be dazzled by four million lights set along two miles of driving path. Visit website for prices and schedule. 

November 25 – January 8 :: Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights ::  Experience the only Texas-sized drive-thru light park at the largest speedway in Texas! Visit website for pricing and schedule of events.

November 26 – January 2 :: Vitruvian Lights (Addison) :: Bring your family out for a dazzling holiday light spectacular. Tree lights will be on in Vitruvian Park daily from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Check website for updates.

November 26 – January 2 :: Christmas in the Square (Frisco) :: Drive or walk through the square in downtown Frisco and enjoy the dazzling displays of Christmas lights. This free holiday event will delight your entire family! 

November 28 :: Land of Sweets Afternoon Tea (Arlington) :: Here’s the perfect family holiday event! Enjoy a delightful afternoon decorating a gingerbread house and having tea and sweets with Santa and cast members of The Nutcracker. View the site for details or to purchase tickets. 

December 1 – 30 :: Deerfield Holiday Lights (Plano) :: The Deerfield neighborhood is returning this year for another over-the-top holiday light show. Lights will be on from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. on weekends.   

December 3 :: Denton Holiday Lights ::  Don’t miss Denton’s 31st annual Holiday Lighting Festival.  Check the website for locations, times, and details. 

Mid-December – Christmas Day :: Lights of Interlochen (Arlington) :: Arlington’s famous neighborhood is ready for the 2021 holiday season. Drive through the neighborhood and enjoy the dazzling light displays, starting at 7:00 p.m. each night. 

Family Events
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Panther Island Ice returns to Coyote Drive-In this holiday season! The outdoor ice skating rink will operate seven days a week November 19 – January 17, including all holidays. Visitors of Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink can take advantage of the ample free parking, along with the drive-in’s other amenities such as covered seating, gas heaters, and more. Enjoy extended operating hours at the rink during FWISD holiday breaks with ice skating, a play area and a full food and drink menu. The Coyote Canteen features a menu with plenty of kid-friendly options along with beer and wine. Make a day out of your visit with a double movie feature at the drive-in. Reserve your spot on the ice at pantherislandice.com.

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Come celebrate the holidays with iKids Pediatric Dentistry and the owners, the Hamilton Family, in Lakewood, for the annual Hamilton Family Puzzle Party. Bring the whole family out on Friday, December 3rd, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for fun activities, photos with Santa, door prizes, and much more! Come be a part of the Hamilton family tradition this season and share a little of the true Christmas spirit.

November 6 – December 24 :: Santa’s Wonderland at the Bass Pro Shops (select stores) :: Enjoy the magic of Christmas inside participating Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Free photo with Santa and free crafts for the kids!

November 10 – December 31 :: The 12 Days of Christmas (Dallas Arboretum) :: 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. 

November 12 – January 2 :: Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan (Grapevine) :: 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.

November 13 – January 2 :: 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.  See website for times and ticket information. 

November 18 – January 2 :: Texas Christkindl Market Lane (Arlington)  :: The Texas Christkindl Market is back this year. Everyone is invited to experience the German tradition of this festive annual event.

November 19 – January 17 ::  Panther Island Ice (Fort Worth) :: 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. 

November 20 :: Home for the Holidays (Southlake) :: Come out to the town square in Southlake for an old-fashioned carriage ride, pictures with Santa, the annual Christmas tree lighting, breakfast with Santa, and many more holiday festivities. Check out the website for dates and schedules.

November 20 – January 2 :: Holiday in the Park at Six Flags (Arlington) :: This magical event makes its return for another holiday season, filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family-fun outings again and again. See website for pricing and schedule. 

November 25 – Christmas :: Carriage Rides (Southlake) :: Step back in 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 and times. Reservations are encouraged. 

Beginning November 26 :: 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. Online reservations are required.

December 4 :: Holiday in the Plaza (Irving) :: The Los Colinas Association is kicking off the holidays with a Christmas extravaganza in the marketplace. Enjoy pictures with Santa, a hot cocoa and cookie bar, ice skating, crafts, face painting, holiday shopping, and more! Parking and tickets are complimentary; in lieu of admission, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Blue Christmas drive. Be sure and check out the website for event details. 

December 10 – 12 :: The Bethlehem Experience (Fort Worth) :: Bring your family out for a totally free night of fun! Sip hot chocolate and listen to holiday music while you watch the beautiful Christmas story unfold in this beautiful live nativity event. Hosted by 2nd Mile Church.

December 11 :: Old-Fashioned Christmas (Springtown) :: Step back in time for an old-fashioned holiday celebration on the town square! Come out and enjoy live entertainment, lots of children’s activities, and goodies from hundreds of vendors. This event is free to attend.   

Parades

November 21 :: Parade of Lights (Fort Worth) :: This great downtown tradition comes to life in a reimagined way for its 39th year! View the website for current updates.  

November 26 :: Night of Lights Parade (Granbury) :: Experience the magic of the holidays in Granbury Square! Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. 

December 2 :: Grapevine Parade of Lights :: This year’s parade theme for the Grapevine Parade of Lights is “A Storybook Holiday.” Pile in your vehicle and join the festivities. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m.

December 4 :: Flower Mound Parade and Tree Lighting :: Bring the family out for an evening of holiday fun and festive “North Pole” theme. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m.

December 4 :: Old Town Burleson Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting :: Looking for a free celebration to kick off the Christmas season? Bring your family to the Mayor Vera Calvin Plaza for a parade, Christmas tree lighting, and fireworks.

December 4 :: Saginaw Christmas Parade :: Enjoy this Christmas parade in the heart of Saginaw on December 4, at 4:00 p.m. See website for details and updates. 

December 11 :: Old-Town Christmas Parade (Justin) :: Visit old-town Justin and experience the joy of the holidays during this free, all-day event. The parade begins at 5:00 p.m.

December 11 :: Holiday Lights Parade (Arlington) :: Bring your friends and family to downtown/University District to enjoy the annual Holiday Lights Parade. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m., and the parade starts at 6:00 p.m.

Santa Events

November 12 – December 24 :: North East Mall Photos with Santa (Hurst) :: Delight your kids with a photo session with Santa Clause. Check the website to make a reservation and save your spot. 

November 26December 25 :: Brunch With Santa (Frisco) :: Santa and Mrs. Clause will be meeting up for a Christmas brunch at The Revel Patio Grill every Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. Tickets are $5. Check the website to make a reservation.

November 26 – December 19 :: Santa’s House (Granbury) :: Bring your little ones to see Santa and Mrs. Clause and make lots of fun Christmas memories. This is a recurring weekly event, happening on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

November 29 – December 15 :: Letters to Santa (Trophy Club) :: Has your child written a letter to Santa? Here’s your opportunity to make sure that special letter reaches the North Pole! Kids who send a letter to Santa with a return address will receive a reply a few days before Christmas. You can drop off letters between November 29 and December 15. More details on the website.

December 4 :: Colleyville Photos and Cookies with Santa :: Free event for the autism community at Therapy and Beyond in Colleyville. Come enjoy Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, a balloon artist, and of course, photos with Santa. See website for times and details.  

December 4 :: Santa’s Breakfast at the BRiCk (Burleson) :: Come out and enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 4, from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Register for this event on the website.

December 11 :: Breakfast with Santa (Flower Mound) :: Santa is hosting a pancake breakfast at the Community Center in Flower Mound, and you’re invited. Online pre-registration is required. 

December 11 :: Breakfast with Santa (Mansfield) :: Delight your child with this Breakfast With Santa event on Saturday, December 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Enjoy an indoor play area, bounce house, and unlimited pictures with Santa. Check the site to purchase a ticket.

December 12 :: Story Time with Santa (Weatherford) :: Santa is stopping by Ruby Mae Toy & Clothing Boutique for a delightful story time! Each child who attends will receive a goodie bag from Santa, plus a personalized letter mailed home. Spots are limited; reserve yours online. 

Stage Shows
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Your smile is one of your greatest assets, but a beautiful smile doesn’t always come without a little help. That’s where the team at Braces on Broad comes in! They are committed to delivering high quality, evidence-based, state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults in the Mansfield area. Make an appointment for a free consultation today! They can’t wait to customize the smile that is perfect for you this holiday season.

November 19 – December 21 :: Scrooge the Musical (Artisan Center Theater) :: Support our local youth theater and enjoy the classic tale of Scrooge, with a musical twist.

November 20 – December 23 :: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Casa Mañana) :: Enjoy this familiar children’s holiday classic with all the beloved characters and songs brought to life on stage. See website for details and full schedule. 

November 26 – December 23 :: Elf: The Musical (Plaza Theater Company) ::  Elf: The Musical is a modern-day holiday classic to make everyone embrace their inner elf.  See website for details. 

November 26 – 28 :: 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. See website for times and pricing. 

November 26 – December 30 :: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jr (Artisan Center Theater) :: Get your tickets for this beloved show and come out to enjoy a local performance this holiday season. Tickets are available on the website.

November 26 – December 26 :: The Nutcracker (Bass Performance Hall) :: This timeless production by the Texas Ballet Theater is back and ready to spread some Christmas magic.   

November 26 – 28 :: Home for the Holidays (Bass Performance Hall) :: Don’t miss this Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra holiday tradition, featuring spectacular Christmas carols and seasonal tunes. Tickets and details are posted online. 

November 30 – December 18 :: Nashville Christmas (Casa Manana) :: Inspired by your favorite country stars, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, and more, this Christmas concert is sure to delight and entertain. View the site to reserve your tickets.

December 3 – 5 :: The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets (Will Rogers Auditorium) :: Join Ballet Frontier for the magic of The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets this holiday season. See website for times and prices.

December 9 and 10 :: Christmas Variety Show (Cottage Theater) :: Come out and support Watauga’s local theater and fine arts students, and enjoy delightful Christmas spirit during the biggest recital of the year. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online. 

December 11 :: Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Dallas) :: Treat yourself and your family to a live performance by the famed Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Tickets, parking, and other details are available online.

Tree Farms

Fossil Creek Tree Farm (Haslet) :: Need a Christmas tree? Stop by Fossil Creek Farm and pick out the perfect pine. You’ll also find beautiful home decor in the gift shop, so be sure and take a took around. Watch the website for updates on tree availability. 

Haynie’s Green Acres Christmas Tree Farm (Crowley) :: Visit this family-owned and -operated farm to find the perfect tree for your holiday. Opens November 26 until the trees run out. Watch the website for details. 

Mainstay Farm Park (Cleburne) :: 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. 

Optimist Club Christmas Trees (Fort Worth) :: Support the youth of Fort Worth and pick out a perfect Christmas tree from the Optimist Club at Farrington Field. You’ll find details on this annual holiday fundraiser and tree lot hours on the website. 

Santa’s Christmas Trees (Colleyville and Keller) :: High-quality Christmas trees, grown in the Pacific Northwest. You can choose from a variety of pre-flocked or regular trees. Open seven days a week; more details are available on the website.

Sunset Hill Tree Farm (Alvarado) :: Open weekends beginning November 26. Bring the family and choose your own beautiful holiday tree. Trees will be limited this year, so please call to check on availability. 

Do you know another holiday activity that needs to be added to this guide? Please contact Lauren at [email protected] for more information.

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