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The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW 2020

Ultimate and Best Christmas Events DFW

Welcome to The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW for 2020 – THE COVID EDITION. I’ve spent hours curating, updating and adding to this collection and I’m proud to bring this post to you for the EIGHTH year in a row, despite all obstacles.

 

This year’s list will look a bit different because this crazy virus complicated a few things. I will be updating new information as it becomes available, and you’ll definitely want to keep checking back, especially for the added giveaways. 

 

Subscribe to SoFortWorthIt so you don’t miss a holiday beat! I’m giving away TONS OF FABULOUS GIFTS throughout November and December, including one of the most incredible INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAYS I have ever done.  Who wants to win a holiday light tour with Epic Helicopters, and dinner with an overnight hotel stay in Downtown Fort Worth? Now is the time to join the Gram, if you haven’t already, cause the contest will be hosted on that platform.

 

I hope you enjoy building precious memories with your family from the list below. Please check out all safety guidelines and restrictions for each event. 

FORT WORTH

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A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place: 2401 College Avenue 76110

The 38th annual Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place features five festively decorated homes. This tour features homes from a 1919 treasure, to beautiful homes from the 1920’s, 1940’s, and even a mid-century traditional ranch style home. This year’s home tour has many different examples of period architecture for everyone to enjoy.

December 5, 2020; Noon-9:00 PM

December 6, 2020; Noon-5:00 PM

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Christmas Lights by Private Limo

View Christmas lights in style with private transportation. The best part is that you can leave the driving to someone else and just enjoy the lights! Silver West Limousines offers fab Holiday Light Tours to many destinations around the area. Call Brian for info on packages, pricing, and to book your tour at 817-870-1333.

Christmas Events

Cookies and Castles: University Christian Church 76109

This annual tradition is not happening this year but they hope that your heart will remain open to supporting this wonderful cause. The patients of Cook Children’s Medical Center are the beneficiaries of your continued generosity.

Please visit the website to send donations.

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10th Annual Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience: Will Rogers Memorial Center 76107 FREE

Enjoy at the 11th Annual Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience featuring 150+ makers & pickers selling unique handmade, repurposed, upcycled and vintage finds. This FREE indoor family and pet-friendly market will also feature swag bags, charitable raffle, fundraising benefiting the Humane Society of North Texas and DFW Toys for Tots.

November 21 & 22, 2020

Christmas Events

Fairmount Festivus1100 Hemphill St 76110

CANCELLED

Texas Motor Speedway Lights

Gift of LightsTexas Motor Speedway, 76177

TMS Gift of Lights is the LARGEST drive thru park in TEXAS. Santa’s Village is bigger and better this year at 22,000 square feet! Be sure to visit the village to ride the miniature train and have photos with Santa.

Check their calendar of event before you go! TICKETS

Open every evening November 26 through January 3; 6-10 PM. Closed New Year’s Eve.

FW PARADE OF LIGHTS

GM Financial Parade of Lights: Downtown Fort Worth 76102 ONLINE

It’s typically a day filled with exciting things to do throughout Downtown, from taking care of your holiday shopping to dining out in some of the finest restaurants in Fort Worth, all while enjoying the holiday spirit of the country’s top holiday parade; however, this year’s parade will be different, and reimagined! We’ll be bringing you the entire parade broadcast from the Fort Worth Convention Center, on local network television and online, ONLY.

November 22, 2020; 7:00 PM

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Video Chat with Santa : Log Cabin Village 76109

During these trying times, even Santa and his elves are practicing social distancing. Santa still wants to talk to all of his friends at Log Cabin Village in December. That’s why they’re giving you the chance to video chat with the big man himself even while he finishes his final preparations at the North Pole.

December 5, 2020; 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Panther Island Ice: Coyote Drive-In 76164

Enjoy skating at Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice rink located at Coyote Drive-In. A movie ticket is not required to skate. Coyote Canteen offers seasonal food along with a full menu. This year all tickets must be purchased online with an advanced reservation to minimize in-person contact. Tickets and Reservations

November 20, 2020-January 18, 2021

ADDISON

Christmas Events

Vitruvian Lights: Vitruvian Park 75001

The most dazzling and spectacular time of the year is here!  Vitruvian Park transforms into a magical holiday wonderland during Vitruvian Lights. This year, Vitruvian Park has made the difficult decision not to host special events in conjunction with Vitruvian Lights.

November 27, 2020-January 1, 2021

ARLINGTON

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Arlington Holiday Lights Parade: Downtown Arlington 76010 FREE

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which is followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street or after the tree lighting at the Levitt at 100 W Abram Street.

December 12, 2020; 6:00PM – 8:00PM Parade beings at 6:00 PM

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Holiday in the Park: Six Flags 76011

It’s the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. We’re bigger, brighter and merrier than ever with even more twinkling lights, more seasonal food favorites and more holiday-themed entertainment  than you can shake a candy cane at!

TICKETS

November 21, 2020-January 3, 2021

CampoVerde

Christmas at Campo Verde: Campo Verde Restaurant 76013

120,000 lights, 3,000 yards of multicolor garland, 50 Santa Claus’s, 30 Christmas trees, and two model trains that travel 635 feet throughout the entire restaurant and bar.  

October 2020-March 2021

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Luminova Holidays: Globe Life Field 76011

Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights, Luminova will brighten up your holidays! Visit with jolly ol’ Saint Nick, glide on a 10,000 sqft outdoor ice-skating pond, snap great pictures with family and friends around our larger-than-life light displays, sip on hot cocoa, and enjoy yummy treats. With 270,000 sqft of immersive indoor and outdoor entertainment at the all-new Globe Life Field, there is something to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

TICKETS

November 20-January 3, 2021

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It’s a German Christmas at the Texas Christkindl Market and even though there will not be a physical location this year, please enjoy the website and social media channels. You’ll discover holiday cheer, decorations, recipes, and one-­of-­a-­kind finds and gifts from your favorite vendors through our vendor listings. You’ll see how to create German holiday treats with authentic recipes and video demonstrations. Live performances from local choirs and dancers will be broadcast through our social media channels, and children (and adults alike) will get surprise messages from St. Nick throughout the duration of the Market.

November 27-December 23, 2020

Decorator's Warehouse

Decorator’s Warehouse: 3708 West Pioneer Parkway FREE

This is the place you go to dive head first into all things Christmas! Decorator’s Warehouse, Texas’ #1 Christmas Store, is the largest Christmas store in Texas, and one of the largest in the world.  Our Christmas wonderland features more than an acre of beautiful Christmas décor set in amazing displays.

Year Around but explosive in December

BEDFORD

DayStar

Daystar Television Network3901 Highway 121, 76021 FREE

Visible from state highway 121 with more than 1 million lights, a full, life-sized 20-piece nativity scene serves as a visual reminder of the true meaning and reason for celebrating Christmas.This year, they have doubled their holiday display, in addition to adding an area solely dedicated to entertaining children by bringing in their favorite holiday characters. This kid-friendly attraction includes an interactive 8-foot “JOY” sign, toy soldiers, a candy cane archway, Santa’s workshop, a gingerbread house, Olaf, Thomas the Train, and more! Daystar’s Scratch Cafe will be open every Friday and Saturday of December for holiday treats.

December 6-December 21, 2020; 6:00 PM-Midnight

December 13-14, 18-21, 2019; 6:00-8:00 PM (Santa will visit)

December 20, 2020; 7:00 PM (Santa will read the Christmas Story)

CARROLLTON

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Christmas at the Perry: A.W. Perry Museum 75006 FREE

Old Fashioned Christmas will look different this year but get ready to take a stroll through the park and see how we are helping Santa get ready for Christmas. Gravley Park will be decorated with lights and photo opportunities this year. Each area will show how we are helping Santa get ready for his big night! The Perry house will be decorated in traditional Victorian fashion, but some elves from the North Pole have turned a few rooms into workshop areas. We will open the house afterhours on December 3, 10 and 17 from 5:30-8pm so guest can tour the Perry home and see the decorations and the elves at work. Pre-registration is required.

December 3, 2020; 5:30PM – 8:00PM

CLEBURNE

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Christmas Farm Adventure: Mainstay Farm 76031

Experience over 30 attractions and the Biggest Backyard in Texas with the New Texas Tubin’ Hill. VISIT SANTA in the Barn! Roast marshmallows at Santa’s S’more Station, scour our field for the perfect tree for your home or go into our 30,000sq feet big barn and shop the imported trees while supplies last! Don’t miss going in the Haymarket for the ornament selection and Christmas decor and Christmas gift shopping.

TICKETS

November 27 – December 13, 2020 (Wed-Thursday & Weekends)

WhistleStop

Whistle Stop ChristmasHulen Park 76033 FREE

Your kids will LOVE this Christmas wonderland!! Just a short drive down the tollway and you’re transported to Hulen Park turned magical village with more than 3.5 million lights, parade, and entertainment.

November 23-December 31, 2020

Tree Lighting: November 23, 2020; 7 PM VIRTUAL

Parade of Lights: December 4, 2020; 6:30 PM

DALLAS

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SNOWDAY: The Galleria 75240

SNOWDAY, a fantastical and kaleidoscopic experience, with surprises around every corner. Guests will navigate their way through an imaginative wonderland of festive photo ops, enchanted rooms, interactive spaces, and nostalgic moments. There will be photo booths integrated throughout the exhibit and a possible encounters with Santa or one of his elves. Guest can then instantly share their photos from multiple kiosks and enjoy several printing options once they have entered the gift shop at the end of the exhibit.

TICKETS

November 20 – January 3, 2021

***GIVEAWAY***

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Candlelight: Dallas Heritage Village 75215

Travel back in time with us at our annual Candlelight holiday celebration. With 13 acres of decorated buildings, flickering candles lining the paths, strolling carolers, food trucks, and crafts for those young and young at heart, Candlelight captures the holiday spirit for all.

December 5-6, 12-13, 2020

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Celebration of Lights: SMU Campus at Dallas Hall 75205 FREE

The entire SMU and surrounding communities gather for this joyous occasion to watch the famous Dallas Hall light up with thousands of lights in all its wonder. Our program begins with hot cocoa and cider accompanied by warm cookies to comfort everyone amidst the cold December of Dallas. People proceed to gather on Dallas Hall Lawn and listen to carols performed by SMU students. SMU’s President, R. Gerald Turner, reads the Christmas Story from his own family Bible! Upon the conclusion of the Christmas Story, Silent Night ends the program with the lighting of SMU’s stunning Dallas Hall and its surrounding trees.  

Live streaming is available as well

November 16, 2020; 7:00-10:00 PM

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Christmas at the Anatole: Anatole Hotel 75207

Christmas at the Anatole is a holiday festival for the entire family, from teens to tots. Guests can book holiday themed packages like the “Breakfast with Santa” room package complete with an evening movie night and holiday crafts and games.

November 28-December 23, 2020; Advance booking is required.

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Dallas Holiday Parade: Downtown Dallas 75202

VIRTUAL PARADE BROADCAST On Christmas Day at 10am on CW33

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Dallas Zoo Lights: Dallas Zoo 75230

After the animals go in for the evening, the Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with nearly one million twinkling lights. Stroll a 25-acre path and enjoy an array of light-wrapped trees, overhead and hanging light displays, lighted 2-D decorations, and 3-D light sculptures. NEW THIS YEAR: Timed entry tickets must be purchased online in advance of your visit to Dallas Zoo Lights. Tickets are limited and will sell out, so be sure to reserve yours ASAP!

TICKETS

November 20, 2020-January 3, 2021; 6:30-9:30 PM

Galleria

Galleria Dallas: 13350 Dallas Parkway 75240 FREE

The North Pole Express – Santa has made a special stop in his sleigh at Galleria Dallas to meet with you. Get your ticket to board The North Pole Express for a special and safe experience with Santa. This year we’re offering two experience options – visit with Santa in-person or virtually from home. November 20 – December 24  Reservations

Illumination Celebration – The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion for a special light show choreographed to magical sounds of the season.   November 27 – December 24; 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm

Chanukah Menorah Lighting – Celebrate Chanukah with our large-scale Menorah as we light a candle every evening. December 10 – 18

SNOWDAY– A fantastical  and kaleidoscopic experience, with surprises around every corner. November 20 – January 3, 2021

As always the Salvation Army Angel Tree will be on site this Holiday season for you to help others in need by providing gifts for children at Christmas time.

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Holiday at the Arboretum: Dallas Arboretum 75218

Holiday at the Arboretum features a 30-foot tall tree at the center of the gardens, as well as the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit with 25-foot-tall Victorian-style gazebos depicting scenes from the traditional carol. Each gazebo features movement to depict the different beloved characters such as the Three French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming and Seven Swans a Swimming, to name a few. The historic DeGolyer House is also lavishly decorated in a European-style with greenery and fruit, along with a collection in each room of items one finds at Christmas markets such as angels, hand-carved wooden Santas, nativity scenes or snow globes.

November 7-December 31, 2020

***GIVEAWAY***

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Klyde Warren Park’s Tree Lighting Celebration: Klyde Warren Park 75201 FREE

Celebrate the holidays beginning with this fun day at Klyde Warren Park! Activities include kids’ crafts, face painting, food trucks, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a mailbox to send letters to Santa. The day will culminate with a live show featuring performances of holiday music, visits from Santa’s friends Frosty and Rudolph, a performance by Downtown Fever Band and Klyde Warren Park’s annual tree lighting.

December 5, 2020; 2:00-6:00 PM

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The Trains at NorthPark: NorthPark 2nd level next to Nordstrom’s 75225

Since 1987, the Trains have raised more than $13 million for RMHD allowing us to serve more than 39,000 families.  This holiday family tradition has become a favorite for generations of Dallasites and includes 1600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. The Trains travel from the autumn foliage of New England to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with stops in New York City, Washington DC, Dallas, and the Grand Canyon.

TICKETS

November 14, 2020-January 3, 2021

***GIVEAWAY***

DENTON

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Denton Holiday Lighting Festival: Denton County Courthouse 76201 ONLINE

DETAILS COMING SOON Bring the family for one of Denton’s most beloved holiday traditions! There will be plenty of live local music, food, family fun and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event! The event is free with some food and activities available for purchase, all we ask is that you bring a toy for our toy drive benefitting Elves Shelves.

December 4, 2020; 5:30-9:30 PM

FARMERS BRANCH

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Christmas in the Branch: Liberty Plaza 75234 FREE

This fun-filled evening includes a fabulous fireworks show, children’s activities, tours inside the festively decorated historical structures, refreshments, and of course, Santa will make an appearance. New this year is Skating under the Stars!

Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Market – December 5, 2020; 5:00-10:00 PM

Skating under the Stars – November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021

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Holiday Market: The Grove @ Mustang Crossing 75234 FREE

Shop for handmade and vintage gifts and other unique items at the outdoor Holiday Market with over 70 vendors. There will be live holiday music, Santa Claus, food, drinks, and lots of shopping.

December 5, 12, 19, 2020; 5:00-9:00 PM

FRISCO

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Christmas in the Square: Frisco Square 75034 FREE

Christmas in the Square returns for its 16th year, full of established favorites and new surprises drawing over 750,000 visitors annually. Families, friends and holiday guests from all over come and enjoy the spectacular show. Visitors may tune in to 107.3 FM on the radio in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square. With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen.

November 27-January 4, 2021; 6:00-10:00 PM

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Merry Main Street: Simpson Plaza at City Hall 75033

Join the City of Frisco Parks & Recreation Department in celebrating the 30th annual Merry Main Street.  This family favorite features a holiday market, food court, live music, photos with Santa, the famous Kid’s Holiday Store,  carriage rides, and the City’s official tree lighting in Simpson Plaza.

December 7, 2020; 4 – 8 PM

GARLAND

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Made Fresh and Local- A Garland Christmas: Downtown Garland Square 75040 VIRTUAL

This holiday season we will feature virtual programs streaming on three different evenings for the whole family to enjoy. The programs will start streaming at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, and on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, along with an encore presentation on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

  • Dec. 3 – 30-minute presentation at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 – 60-minute presentation at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 25 – encore presentations of both – 60-minute ( 8 a.m.) and 30-minute (7 p.m.)

Streaming on our CGTVFacebook and YouTube channels.

December 3, 2020 – December 31, 2020

GRAPEVINE

Gprapevine Christmas Capital

The Christmas Capital of Texas: 200 South Main Street 76051

Come to the Christmas Capital of Texas for over 1400 events and activities for the entire family. See Grapevine sparkles with millions of lights, enjoy massive decorations, animated characters, and much more! Christmas in Grapevine is sure to become a treasured family tradition! For an extensive list of additional  Christmas Events, click here!

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Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure: 200 South Main Street 76051

Explore Grapevine’s enchanting past and join an elf adventure with the Grapevine Christmas Passport. Experience 175 years of Christmas spirit by visiting Historic Grapevine and participate in the unique hands-on activities below. Capture the magic of Christmas and take home handmade projects.

  • Stamp a brass luggage or gift tag at Millican’s Blacksmith Shop
  • Make a piece of metal tinsel for your tree at the Grapevine Tin Shop
  • Decorate a wooden train ornament at the Section Foreman House
  • Visit the Hometown Christmas Exhibit at the Visitor Information Center

November 24 – December 23, 2020

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Christmas Wine TrainsGrapevine Depot 76051

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.  The Christmas Wine Trains offer a great grown-up escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Your holiday excursion includes a special meal and two complimentary glasses of wine, served in a special souvenir glass. No one under 21 allowed.

TICKETS on sale soon

December 10, 17, 2020; 7:30 PM

From Fort Worth Stockyards- December 3, 2020; 7:30 PM

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Carol of Lights Bring Home the Holidays Drive Through Experience: First Baptist Church Parking Lot 76051 FREE

Go enjoy an afternoon with drinking hot cocoa and seeing some of your favorite Christmas characters of all time. They will be handing out fun crafts you can do from home (while supplies last) and don’t forget to bring those self-addressed letters to Santa telling him what you would like this Christmas season, and he just might write you back. Due to COVID-19, they will not be hosting an in-person show this year.

November 23, 2020; 1PM – 5PM

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Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas: Gaylord Texan Resort 76051

There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area than gathering your family for holiday fun during Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan. Explore acres of twinkling lights & decorations and exciting holiday activities, shows, and events, from snow tubing and ice skating to our all-new I Love Christmas Movies™ pop-up and Yuletide Bright outdoor light & lantern experiences!

TICKETS

November 13, 2020-January 3, 2021

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North Pole Express: Cotton Belt Depot 76051

All Aboard! As the train departs and the anticipation of arriving at the North Pole builds, elves will welcome guests and sing traditional Christmas music aboard the beautifully decorated Victorian Rail coaches. Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance to give each child a “We Believe” silver Santa bell. Guests then arrive at the North Pole and walk along a snowy Christmas Tree trail, where, as they wait for an appearance by Santa, guests are entertained with songs and magical Christmas moments. Finally, Santa arrives! Santa wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and then shares his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk served in a memory mug for all the boys and girls. This is a Christmas event you don’t want to miss!

November 27-December 23, 2020

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Snowland!: Great Wolf Lodge 76051

Enjoy the magic of the season with a visit to the North Woods. During Snowland!, guests at this family-friendly resort will experience an 84-degree indoor waterpark along with special visits from Santa, North Pole University activities, holiday carol sing-alongs, Snowland Snowball Family dance parties, Santa’s Letter-writing Depot and a nightly Snowland! Story Time…all this and more with an indoor snowfall – right in the lobby.

Novemember 29 – January 2

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Santa’s Wonderland!: Bass Pro Shop 76051

Safe Free Photo with Santa. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital download that can be shared on social media. Check out the video on the website to see how creative they are getting so our kids can see Santa.

November 7 – December 24; 9am – 7pm

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Victorian Christmas: Nash Farm 76051

Come experience how the Nash family celebrated in Victorian times. Learn about the roots of many Christmas events and traditions. Make a Victorian ornament to decorate your own tree. Cider and cookies will be available. Registration is not required and participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.

TICKETS

December 5, 2020; 3:00-6:00 PM

 

GRAND PRAIRIE

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Prairie LightsLynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake 75052

Upon arriving at the entrance of Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads.  The second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget! Holiday Village is closed for the 2020 season. TICKETS

November 26, 2020-December 31, 2020

IRVING

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WONDER: Toyota Music Factory, 75039 CANCELLED

Travel to North Pole to spend some amazing one on one time with Santa and all of his favorite winter friends. This is a fully immersive 1-2 hour long experience where you get to meet & interact with all of your favorite winter characters as we take professional photos of you and your family together. This will be the most amazing winter wonderland event you will ever experience. Dress nice & warm as it will be quite cold in the North Pole!

TICKETS

November 19 – December 24, 2020

LEWISVILLE

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Old Town Holiday Stroll: Old Town at Main Street 75057

Tentative events include:

Ice Skating Rink (behind Beside the Bride on Church St.)
Gingerbread House Competition, presented by Loves Residential Realty
Elf Scavenger Hunt (various Main St. businesses)
Holiday Window Display Voting (various Main St. businesses)
Holiday Shop Vendors (along Main St.)
Pictures w/ Santa (Wayne Ferguson Plaza)
Photo Booth Trailer
Festive Photo Opportunity
Live Music ft. Hightower Band
Strolling Piano
Food Trucks

3-5 p.m.: Santa’s Workshop Crafts (various Main St. businesses)
6:30 p.m. – Old Town Christmas Crawl (tickets required)

December 7, 2020

MCKINNEY

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Home for the Holidays: Downtown McKinney 75069

Thanksgiving weekend marks the 39th year for this hometown Christmas event and celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. It’s an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season with entertainment, children’s activities, and of course, Santa!

November 27 – December 24, 2020 (Thursday – Sunday)

SOUTHLAKE

Christmas Events

Home for the Holidays: Southlake Town Square 76092

The full schedule of events HERE.

Tree Lighting  November 21st; 6pm VIRTUAL

THE COLONY

Christmas Events

Holiday in the Park: Perryman Park 75056 FREE

This annual event will make its way through town with a bang. Enjoy all-day activities in and around town with Santa at the library and a light show at the fire station. The Parade of Lights will end at the park and feature festive holiday music, performances, holiday carnival games and rides and a holiday baking contest.

December 5, 2020; Parade of Lights at 5:45 PM

TROPHY CLUB

Christmas Events

Christmas in the ParkIndependence Field: 501 Parkview Drive 76262 FREE

This Christmas Event is sure to become a family tradition! Come see the Christmas tree lighting, ice skating rink, balloon artists, and many more fun activities.

December 5, 2020; 1:00 – 4:00PM

WEATHERFORD

Christmas Events

8th Annual Celebration of Lights : 76086 FREE

Join the 8th Annual Celebration of Lights in Historic Downtown Weatherford! They are going to have a reverse parade of lights, ugly sweater contest, car show, Christmas carolers and a band!

November 28, 2020; 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

RADIANCE Christmas Events

Radiance! at the Ranch : 2251 Mineral Wells Highway, 76088

Enjoy the wonder of RADIANCE! A Holiday Light Spectacular, at Frisco, Decatur, or Weatherford, or gather your friends and experience all three. Gather the family and sip a cup of  hot chocolate as you marvel at two million lights, animated to the tunes of your favorite holiday classics from the safety and comfort of your car! TICKETS

November 11, 2020 – January 3, 2021; 5:30 PM-11:00 PM

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The Most EPIC Christmas Lights in DFW 2019

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Welcome to The Most EPIC Christmas Lights in DFW for 2019. We have some classic must sees, hidden gems and hot new finds this holiday season. 

HUGE GIVEAWAY!!! Enter to win an Epic Helicopter Holiday Lights Tour for TWO at the bottom of this page! 

Plus, don’t forget to FOLLOW me on INSTAGRAM for TONS OF FABULOUS GIFTS that will be given away throughout December! 

FORT WORTH

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A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place: 2401 College Avenue 76110

The 37th annual Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place features five festively decorated homes. This tour features homes from a 1919 treasure, to beautiful homes from the 1920’s, 1940’s, and even a mid-century traditional ranch style home. This year’s home tour has many different examples of period architecture for everyone to enjoy.

December 7, 2019; Noon-9:00 PM

December 8, 2019; Noon-5:00 PM

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Christmas Lights by Private Limo:

View Christmas lights in style with private transportation. The best part is that you can leave the driving to someone else and just enjoy the lights! Silver West Limousines offers fab Holiday Light Tours to many destinations around the area. Call Brian for info on packages, pricing, and to book your tour at 817-870-1333.

Fairmount Festivus

Fairmount Festivus: 1100 Hemphill St 76110

Tour the Fairmount neighborhood by bus to view the Christmas lights! Begin your tour at One Safe Place where you can enjoy refreshments and holiday activities. There will be a stop at Santa’s Village where you can take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy carolers, and craft making activities and more! Hop back on the bus to return to The Space. 

December 6, 2019; 5:30-9:30 PM

Texas Motor Speedway Lights

Gift of LightsTexas Motor Speedway, 76177

TMS Gift of Lights is the LARGEST drive thru park in TEXAS. Santa’s Village is bigger and better this year at 22,000 square feet! Be sure to visit the village to ride the miniature train and have photos with Santa.

Check their calendar of event before you go! TICKETS

Open every evening November 28 through January 5; 6-10 PM. Closed New Year’s Eve.

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ADDISON

Vitruvian Lights

Vitruvian Lights: Vitruvian Park 75001

It’s the most dazzling time of the year! With millions of sparkling LED lights, Lights come on at 6:00 PM on November 29 and the merriment continues with a performance by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra, gourmet food trucks, sweet treats, FREE photos with Santa, classic holiday characters, elf balloon artist, and more!

November 29, 2019-January 1, 2019

ARLINGTON

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Arlington Holiday Lights Parade: Downtown Arlington 76010

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade.  See and hear the pageantry which ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the steps of City Hall. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the parade at the Library 100 S. Center St. Pre and post-parade activities include music, food, vendors, and movies in the City Council Chambers.

December 14, 2019; 2:00 PM Parade beings at 6:00 PM

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Christmas at Campo Verde: Campo Verde Restaurant 76013

120,000 lights, 3,000 yards of multicolor garland, 50 Santa Claus’s, 30 Christmas trees, and two model trains that travel 635 feet throughout the entire restaurant and bar.  

October 2019-March 2020

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Dalworthington Gardens: Rushing Meadow Court & Harder Drive 76016

For more than 30 years David Kulesz has decorated his house with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, sparking his neighbors to follow suit. Don’t miss this amazing display that encompasses 2 cul-de-sacs and 14 houses. Mr. Kulesz’s light display is in honor of victims suffering from Alzheimer’s. A sign in his yard gives the address to make donations to the North Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Holiday in the Park: Six Flags 76011

It’s the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. We’re bigger, brighter and merrier than ever with even more twinkling lights, more seasonal food favorites and more holiday-themed entertainment  than you can shake a candy cane at!

November 23, 2019-January 5, 2020

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The Lights at InterlochenWestwood Drive & Randol Mill Road 76012

More than 200 homes make this one of DFW’s largest holiday light displays and one of the very first and original of its kind, enchanting visitors with their extravagant Christmas lights, decorations, and displays. Voted “Texas Best” Christmas lights by viewers of Texas Country Reporter television show.

December 13-25, 2019; 7:00-11:00 PM MAP

BEDFORD

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Daystar Television Network3901 Highway 121, 76021

Visible from state highway 121 with more than 1 million lights, a full, life-sized 20-piece nativity scene serves as a visual reminder of the true meaning and reason for celebrating Christmas.This year, they have doubled their holiday display, in addition to adding an area solely dedicated to entertaining children by bringing in their favorite holiday characters. This kid-friendly attraction includes an interactive 8-foot “JOY” sign, toy soldiers, a candy cane archway, Santa’s workshop, a gingerbread house, Olaf, Thomas the Train, and more! Daystar’s Scratch Cafe will be open every Friday and Saturday of December for holiday treats.

November 28, 2019-January 5, 2020; 6:00 PM-Midnight

December 13-14, 18-21, 2019; 6:00-8:00 PM (Santa will visit)

December 20, 2019; 7:00 PM (Santa will read the Christmas Story)

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Glenbrook Christmas LightsCummings Drive @ Brookside Court 76021

For over 27 years, the Glenbrook subdivision has told the story of “‘Twas the night before Christmas, in Texas That is” using colorful storyboards and decorations. The streets are lined with beautiful red lights and the houses are brightly decorated with colorful lights and displays. Start a new family tradition by visiting this neighborhood every holiday season.

November 22-December 27, 2019

BENBROOK

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28th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks: Dutch Branch Park 76126

Winter Wonderland will come alive as it bursts into a display of twinkling lights & holiday decorations. Capture the spirit of the season immediately following the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks Show at Dutch Branch Park. Follow the tunnel of lights and you’ll wind up at the new “Vernon Castle” display. The Christmas illumination runs every evening through the New Year.

December 6, 2019 Pictures with Santa in YMCA

December 7, 2019; Fireworks Show 7:00PM

CLEBURNE

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Whistle Stop ChristmasHulen Park 76033

Your kids will LOVE this Christmas wonderland!! Just a short drive down the tollway and you’re transported to Hulen Park turned magical village with more than 3.5 million lights, parade, and entertainment.

November 25-December 31, 2019

Parade of Lights: December 6, 2019; 6:30 PM

DALLAS

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Dallas Zoo Lights: Dallas Zoo 75230

After the animals go in for the evening, the Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with nearly one million twinkling lights. Stroll a 25-acre path and enjoy an array of light-wrapped trees, overhead and hanging light displays, lighted 2-D decorations, and 3-D light sculptures. Tasty treats abound including gourmet donuts, cookies, s’mores and spiked hot chocolate for adult guests. Choirs will provide entertainment, and there will be activities for children.

November 15, 2019-January 5, 2019; 5:00-9:00 PM

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Highland Park Neighborhood: Armstrong Parkway & Preston Road 75205

Bring the family out to tour this mansion filled neighborhood! Start at Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road and wind your way through the streets to view the beautifully decorated homes. Be sure not to miss the Rheims to Mockingbird and Lomo Alta to Preston area! It is especially gorgeous and makes the perfect square! For the Prancerciser in you, try this 4 mile, 21 block walking tour. Start in Highland Park Village, head to Armstrong Parkway, work your way down Armstrong to Lakeside Park, boogie on over to Abbot, hook it over to Beverly and make your way to Douglas, then back to the Village.

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Holiday Show and Tree Lighting: Klyde Warren Park 75201

Celebrate the holidays beginning with this fun day at Klyde Warren Park! Activities include kids’ crafts, face painting, food trucks, FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a mailbox to send letters to Santa. There will also be as well as big band entertainment. The height of festivities is the Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 PM.

December 1, 2018; 2:00-6:00 PM

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Kessler Park Holiday LightsOak Cliff @ 1415 W. Colorado Blvd. 75208

Check out the five colorfully lit trees in the street island at Colorado and Lausanne with the beautiful Dallas skyline in the background. You won’t be disappointed! This is also a lovely neighborhood to drive around and see all the lights.

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Reliant Lights Your Holidays: AT&T Performing Arts Center 75201

Reliant lights up the holidays at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, so bring your entire family for an evening of holiday magic. We’ll be illuminating the Center’s campus with dazzling LEDlights to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season! s FREE festival includes kids’ arts and crafts, a gigantic fireworks show and holiday concert featuring WARMariachi Rosas Divinas & SANTA!

December 7, 2019; 5:30 PM

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DENTON

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Denton Holiday Lighting Festival: Denton County Courthouse 76201

Bring the family for one of Denton’s most beloved holiday traditions! There will be plenty of live local music, food, family fun and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event! The event is free with some food and activities available for purchase, all we ask is that you bring a toy for our toy drive benefitting Elves Shelves.

December 6, 2019; 5:30-9:30 PM

FLOWER MOUND

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Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Bakersfield Park 75028

Join the Town in celebrating its 30th annual Christmas Parade! This year’s theme will be “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The nighttime parade will have lighted floats parading down Spinks Road to Gerault Park. At Gerault Park, there will be a tree lighting ceremony with choir performances, pictures with Santa Claus, kids’ activities, local vendors, food trucks, and much more! Dress warmly and bring the family to this fun, FREE event!

December 7, 2019; 6:00-9:00 PM

FRISCO

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Christmas in the Square: Frisco Square 75034

Christmas in the Square returns for its 15th year, full of established favorites and new surprises drawing over 750,000 visitors annually. Families, friends and holiday guests from all over come and enjoy the spectacular show. Visitors may tune in to 107.3 FM on the radio in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square. With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen.

November 29-January 6, 2020; 6:00-10:00 PM

GARLAND

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Christmas on the Square: Downtown Garland Square 75040

Come be a part of the Christmas cheer with your friends, family, and community at Christmas on the Square. Activities include visits from Santa, carolers, holiday movies at Plaza Theatre, and much more!

December 5-31, 2019

Tree Lighting- December 5, 2019; 5:30-8:30 PM

GRAND PRAIRIE

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Prairie Lights: Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake 75052

Upon arriving at the entrance of Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Halfway through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, the brand-new indoor Snow Maze, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. Once back in your vehicle, the second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget! TICKETS

November 29, 2019-December 31, 2019

GRAPEVINE

Gprapevine Christmas Capital

The Christmas Capital of Texas: 200 South Main Street 76051

Come to the Christmas Capital of Texas for over 1400 events and activities for the entire family. See Grapevine sparkles with millions of lights, enjoy massive decorations, animated characters, and much more! Christmas in Grapevine is sure to become a treasured family tradition!

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Parade of Lights: Historic Downtown Grapevine 76051

Bring the entire family to the 40th Annual Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.

December 5, 2019; 7:00 PM

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Twinkle Light Boat Parade: Lake Grapevine 76051

If you’re looking for a different sort of Christmas parade to float your boat, make your way to the Twinkle Light Boat Parade. This is one of the most unique Christmas parades you will ever see! You will find water crafts decorated in all of the finest sparkling lights to celebrate the season. This floating festival begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina including Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake. The parade is visible from Silver Lake Park and Rockledge Park. Parking fees apply. This event is free.

December 7, 2019; 6:00-8:00 PM

MCKINNEY

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Neighborhood Light Displays- McKinney

2600 Carriage Trail – Village of El Dorado

2100 State Blvd – Tucker Hill

Greystone Ct – Winding Creek

4534 Hallmark Drive – Deerfield Plano

PLANO

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Deerfield Holiday LightsLegacy Drive @ Colonnade or Archgate Drives 75024

This longtime holiday tradition has brought joy and fond memories to many families for years in this 16 plus block community LOADED with festively decorated homes. Vote on your favorite decorated homes by texting category and address to 469-440-2011. (Example: D – 1222 Main) A- BEST OVERALL B- MOST TRADITIONAL C- CHILDREN’S FAVORITE D- FUNNIEST

December 1-30, 2019; 7:00-10:00 PM

RICHARDSON

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Santa’s Village: Richardson City Hall 75080

Santa’s Village, a tiny town of 16 holiday dwellings on the north side of City Hall is a holiday tradition for families from Richardson and beyond. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity and even a visit with Santa Claus! Attendees can also enjoy live performances, holiday photo ops and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a snack.

December 7-8, 13-15, 20-22; 6:00 PM

ROCKWALL

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Hometown Christmas: Downtown Rockwall 75087

Celebrate the season in historic downtown Rockwall. The day begins at 9:00 AM with the Kiwanis Christmas parade celebrating the “Spirit of Rockwall”. After the parade, enjoy snow hill tubing, bounce houses, live entertainment, food trucks, and much more! The day of celebration will conclude with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, cookies, hot chocolate, and craft workshop.

December 1, 2019; 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

THE COLONY

Christmas Events

Holiday in the Park: Perryman Park 75056

This annual event will make its way through town with a bang. Enjoy all-day activities in and around town with Santa at the library and a light show at the fire station. The Parade of Lights will end at the park and feature festive holiday music, performances, holiday carnival games and rides and a holiday baking contest.

December 7, 2019; Parade of Lights at 5:45 PM

TROPHY CLUB

Christmas Events

Christmas in the ParkIndependence Field: 501 Parkview Drive 76262

This holiday celebration is sure to become a family tradition! Come see the Christmas tree lighting, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas reading by the mayor, FREE Starbucks coffee, hot cocoa, sweets, and  funnel cake, pictures with Santa, and many more fun activities.

December 8, 2018; 6:30pm-8:30PM

WEATHERFORD

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Christmas at the Castle: Texas Pythian Home 76086

Get into the Christmas Spirit as you tour this festively decorated castle. This event is free and kid-friendly. Bring your camera and explore the Texas Pythian Home during Christmas at the Castle.

December 14, 2019; 11:00 AM-7:00 PM

GETTING INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Now you too can register your appalling, I mean ridiculously, I mean beautifully decorated abode right HERE and HERE, or at least find out who’s registered near you.

A UNIQUE & ROMANTIC WAY TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Anyone can load up their car with family or friends and head out for an evening of holiday cheer, but what about trying something different, maybe something you haven’t done before, EVER?

Well, welcome to Santa’s Sleigh Ride!  Epic Helicopters is the largest helicopter tour operator in North Texas, offering several Christmas light tours from the sky! Experience the holiday magic in a genuinely Epic way when you climb aboard one of these whirlybirds.  Make this a memory your loved ones will NEVER forget!

Oh, and they do gift certificates too, the PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER!

VITRUVIAN LIGHTS

HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE

DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH

INTERLOCHEN LIGHTS

Well, folks, I hope you enjoyed this laundry list of fun. If you feel like I missed something, please let me know, and I’ll see if I can add it to the list.  Also if you are looking for more activities this holiday season check out The Ultimate Events and Activities in DFW.

Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to SoFortWorthIt via email, so you NEVER miss a fabulous GIVEAWAY and follow me on Instagram for even more giveaways and fun.

 

SoFortWorthIt GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter to win a 30-minute Epic Helicopter Holiday Lights Tour for TWO!

Drawing a winner on Monday, December 23rd at NOON. Flight will depart from Meacham Field in Fort Worth on Friday, December 27th at 6:00 PM.

I must hear from the winner within 24 hours of announcement or prize will be forfeited to the next name drawn!

Please read all the official rules for this Rafflecopter giveaway! Good Luck! 

OFFICIAL RULES & DISCLAIMERS FOR CONTEST

– Drawing the winner on Monday, December 23rd @ NOON.
– Winner must reply within 24 hours of announcement or prize will be forfeited to next person drawn.
– Flight is scheduled to leave Fort Worth Meacham Field, Friday, December 27th at 6:00 PM.
– Winner must be 18 year or older.
– No rescheduling or date changes can be made.
– This prize is non-transferable and has no cash value.
– Passengers must weigh less than 300lbs each.

14 Feb

SoFortWorthIt Takes on Hollywood

It’s not often a heavy-hitter Hollywood producer and his beautiful wife move to town and make Fort Worth the perfect city to raise their children. And it’s not often a Hollywood producer’s wife reaches out to you the second their plane hits the tarmac. Ok, let me back up a couple of decades and share the bigger picture.

Angelique & Mike De Luca

This wasn’t Angelique’s first rodeo to Texas. She was actually born in Fort Worth and attended Southwest High School with my cousins Clif and Cami, but for her junior year she hopped over to Arlington Heights High School, and that’s where the mutual friend thing comes into play.

Several years ago, Jason and I hosted an event at Del Frisco’s with Neiman Marcus in collaboration with Riedel Wine. We had a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the educational wine-tasting experience and gifts. Afterwards, Jason and I entertained our close friends in the basement wine cellar. That’s when Kristi Wilson introduced me to Angelique, and the rest was history!

Fast forward to the present, when Angelique and Mike De Luca made Fort Worth their new hometown, they both mentioned wanting to get involved with a few local non-profits and charities. Many institutions have been clambering for their attention, I mean who wouldn’t, but eventually, the De Luca’s hearts settled on founding member, Jean Roach’s beloved KinderFrogs, a family-focused, early intervention program that provides a developmentally appropriate educational environment for children with Down Syndrome and other developmental delays.

You know what that means! A very special party would soon be in the works. Last October the appropriately themed fundraiser, Hollywood Celebrates KinderFrogs, became the center of attention in the Who’s Who of Fort Worth’s upper echelon. Scoring an invite to this event would not be easy, and of course, it sold out almost immediately. If you weren’t quick to reply, then you weren’t going.

Months before, Angelique mentioned she and Mike were donating two tickets to the Academy Awards for the Leap Frog 2017 live auction. I told her attending the Oscars would be a dream come true, it was a bucket list item of mine and I was determined to check it off the list. She said it would be so fun if we went with them. The mission to win those tickets was on like Donkey Kong.

We laughed at the concoction of excuses I came up with on how to get away with winning this auction item. It was like a scene straight out of, “How To Get Away With Murder”. I was afraid to tell Jason for fear he would shut that fun down real quick, and I definitely didn’t want to tell my Dad because I knew he would knock some sense into my head. No time for that either! So, I called up our accountant to figure out what it would take to get me to the Oscars. After hanging up the phone, my mind was at ease. Now, all I needed was to let Jason know of my plan.

The night of Leap Frog 2017 finally came, and I was so excited I could hardly stand it. When we pulled up, the paparazzi were waiting at the red carpet flashing their camera lights to take everyone’s picture as they arrived. We checked-in and walked down the driveway to the De Luca’s backyard, which was transformed into a majestic scene of purple wonder.

The De Luca Family
The De Luca Family
Jean & John Roach
Jean & John Roach, Founding Members of KinderFrogs
Lauren & Mark Yamagata
Lauren & Mark Yamagata, Honorary Chairs of Leap Frog 2017

I immediately knew this event had its A-game on when I spotted Daylan Sharpe and his very sharp team of service staff. They always set the tone of sophistication and perfection for any event. This outdoor soiree was lit, and in purple too. The floral and place settings complimented the Hollywood and TCU theme of the evening.

After a cocktail and mingling with friends, the dinner bells chimed and we all headed to the table. We worked our way over to the Dunaway Associates/Foundation table with our guests and the guests of President/CEO of Dunaway Assco. Tom Galbreath. 

As we were enjoying a delicious catered meal from Jon Bonnell’s restaurant Bonnell’s, the presentation for the evening got underway.

Angelique & Mike De Luca
Angelique & Mike De Luca
Mary Martin Patton
Mary Martin Patton, Dean of TCU College of Education
Mary Martin Patton, Amy Yudiski & Diane Ayres
Mary Martin Patton with Co-Chairs Amy Yudiski & Diane Ayres

When dessert was brought to the table, I knew it was almost showtime. My hands began to shake in nervous anticipation for the bidding to begin. There were seven live auction items, and “Night at the Oscars” would be the last one on the list. Jason and I had actually instated a “no-bid on live Auctions” rule (several businesses over the years didn’t honor the donations we won at other charity events), but this time was different. The De Luca’s were our close friends, and we knew this was going to be legit!

As Scott Murray finished up the second to last auction item on the list, my heart started to race. The moment I had been waiting for all night was about to unfold. Scott starts in on the bidding. Several people raised their hands, I raised mine shortly after to let the auctioneer know I was in the game. My heart was pounding. I was hoping it wasn’t going to go very high, then one of our friends sitting with us raised his hand just to get a reaction out of me! I gave him the stink eye. He laughed. The bid kept going up. Many people had given up and dropped out. Even though I knew the money was going to a great cause, I still didn’t want to break the bank.

What felt like the longest live auction bid in history, finally came down to me and one other guy in the ring. It went back and forth between the two of us when another friend, sitting at our table, mentioned I was bidding against a billionaire. I mean really?!?! Can it get any worse? But, just as he said this, the bidding slowed. I thought, “I can’t give up now. What’ s an extra $500, just one more $500!”

And then it was over! Although the wallet felt pretty beaten up, in the end, it all went to an incredible cause. We won the Academy Award tickets and Leap Frog 2017 broke many records, raising $394,550, the most money for KinderFrogs in the event’s history.

Scott Murray
Scott Murray

What’s Happening Next

Now, let me share with you the exciting things that are unfolding as we speak. Since January 2nd, I have been on a journey to go from drab to fab by March 4th, 2018. I restarted my super clean diet from indulging over the holidays, and I’ve have lost over 10lbs so far. I’m actually at the lowest I’ve been since I broke my back four years ago. Yay me! Nothing like having something to motivate you, right?

I also tried a few things I’ve never done before, including Botox and fillers. I went to the very best doctor in Dallas/Fort Worth and even live filmed the procedure on Instagram (you are following me there, right?). Before and after photos have been taken and I can’t wait to share the results, plus the incredible giveaway from his practice that you don’t want to miss.

 This Week:

Get your sweet tooth ready, SoFortWorthIt followers! There’s a delicious giveaway hitting the blog this week that you do not want to miss!

 

Next Week:

Total hair makeover and Giveaway!

 

In Two Weeks:

Red-carpet makeover by the best in the industry and of course surprises for you!

 

And then:

Made-to-Measure Oscar dresses- you’ll see the entire process, start to finish, on how this designer for the stars has created a dress just for me.

 

Oscars Weekend:

Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for LIVE, behind the scenes moments throughout our weekend in LA. The excitement is brewing, and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

 

***All professional photography from Leap Frog 2017 courtesy of  Glen Ellman.***