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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! 

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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

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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

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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

DayStar

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW 2019

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Welcome to The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW for 2019. 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. I hope you enjoy building precious memories with your family from the list below. 

Also, stay tuned for my annual Christmas Lights post sponsored by Epic Helicopters, where I share all the top spots and secret hoods to check out this years holiday lights. 

Subscribe and check back so you don’t miss a holiday beat! I’m giving away TONS OF FABULOUS GIFTS throughout November and December! 

FORT WORTH

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The Clearfork Holiday Market: Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork 76109 FREE

Shop over 30+ local merchants and artisan vendors for gifts, holiday treats and more! This family-friendly, outdoor event features #FREE holiday fun, including Santa Selfies, Reindeer, Northpole Mailbox, Photo Backdrop and more!

December 3, 2019; 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Eagle Mountain Parade of Lights

Christmas Boat Parade of Lights: Eagle Mountain Marina 76135

Bring your boat or watch boaters participate in this annual Christmas lake tradition. This year, the festivities will begin a little earlier than normal.  The parade will begin at West Bay Marina and will include prizes for Best Decorated Boat in three different categories.

November 30, 2019; 3:00-Midnight

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Holiday Sip and Shop: Fort Worth Botanic Garden 76107

Sip and Shop is just one out of the Christmas events taking place on December 14 at BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Get your last-minute shopping done at our local artisan market featuring handmade goods for purchase including beautiful ceramics, botanical jewelry, various artwork, home décor, bath and body products, sweets and treats, and much more! Stay awhile and enjoy delicious bites from local food trucks and a variety of winter beverages while you listen to a live band and holiday music to follow!

December 14, 2019; 11:00-5:00 PM

Christmas High Tea 1:00 – 3:00PM

Santa in the Garden 11:00 – 2:00 PM

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Deck the Stalls Stockyards Style: Fort Worth Stockyards 76164 FREE

Come kick off the holiday season in the Stockyards as they deck the stalls with boughs of holly! Enjoy the beautiful Christmas tree and festive decor as you mosey down Exchange Ave.

November 21, 2019;  10:00 AM-10:00 PM

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Holidays in the Stockyards: Fort Worth Stockyards 76164 FREE

Celebrate the Holidays all season long at the Stockyards every Friday-Sunday starting with Santa’s Grand arrival and continuing through Christmas Eve with  fun activities for the whole family.

Santa Arrives at 11AM, November 29

November 29 – December 24, 2019;  12:00 PM-5:00 PM

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Christmas in the Stockyards: Fort Worth Stockyards 76164 FREE

The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District will host its annual Christmas in the Stockyards on the veranda of the Historic Livestock Exchange Building, inside Stockyards Station and along East Exchange Avenue. Western Heritage activities for the entire family include caroling, face painting, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Shoe, a cattle drive, photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, and much more.

December 7, 2019;  10:00 AM-5:00 PM

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Cookies and Castles: University Christian Church 76109

This Gingerbread Decorating Extravaganza has become a holiday tradition cherished by many in Fort Worth. Friends and families gather for fun and festivities, and the patients of Cook Children’s Medical Center are the beneficiaries. (SPACE IS LIMITED)

December 5 & 6, 2019

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

Enjoy at the 10th Annual Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience featuring 200+ makers & pickers selling unique handmade, repurposed, upcycled and vintage finds. This FREE indoor family and pet-friendly market will also feature live music, pet adoption from the Pet Adoptions by Humane Society of North Texas and gift wrapping services by Zoie’s Place volunteers.

November 23 & 24, 2019

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Sundance Square Plaza Tree Lighting: 201 Main Street 76102 FREE

It’s our favorite time of the year and one of the biggest Christmas events in FW – the annual Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Come join us in the Sundance Square Plaza as we celebrate the start of the holiday season.  The festivities begin at 6 p.m.  Kids Who Care, a non-profit international theatre company, will be performing.  Don’t miss it!

November 23, 2019; 6:00 PM

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GM Financial Parade of Lights: Downtown Fort Worth 76102 FREE

The Parade of Lights is the perfect way to end a great day of shopping, dining, and festive activities downtown. Kick off the holiday season watching the 100+ floats as they make their way around downtown. This year, you can enjoy the 65 foot Christmas tree in Sundance Square before the parade. RESERVED SEATING

November 24, 2019; 6:00 PM

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Holidays at the Hearth & Photos w/Santa : Log Cabin Village 76109

Enjoy historic holiday traditions with music, crafts, games, and more! Plus, get your digital photo taken with Santa.

December 7, 2019; 1:00-4:00 PM

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It’s Christmas Market Expo: Will Rogers Memorial Center 76107 FREE

Enjoy a festive holiday shopping experience with tons of vendors, holiday music, 1000s of unique items perfect for holiday gifts, drawings, prizes and delicious food!

November 30th, 2019; 9:00 AM-4:00 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.

November 22, 2019-January 20, 2020

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Holiday at the Park: Alliance Town Center FREE

Celebrate the magic of the holidays at the annual Holiday at the Park sponsored by Texas Health Alliance! Get your photos with Santa, see the lighting of the Christmas tree, take a ride down Frosty’s snow hill slides, and make unforgettable memories with your family. This event will take place at Prairie Vista Park at Alliance Town Center

November 7, 2019; 4:00PM – 7:00 PM

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Christmas Tyme: Downtown Aledo 76008 FREE

The 42nd annual Arts & Crafts Fair launches the holiday season and continues as a tradition. Shop at this day-long festival for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts from 50+ vendors! Celebrate the 19th Annual Christmas Tyme in Aledo with holiday fun, food, and entertainment for all ages. Lots of attractions are scheduled in and around downtown and local storefront businesses will stay open late, providing activities and refreshments for visitors! Santa and his reindeer will be stopping by again this year! Bring your friends and family and enjoy all that Aledo has to offer this holiday season! PS- Pop into The Bird’s Nest, they have great gifts for girlfriends and more!

December 7, 2019 Arts & Crafts Fair; 11:00 AM-8:00 PM

December 7, 2019 Christmas Tyme; 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

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.  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 Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza at 100 W. Abram St. Pre and post-parade activities include music, food, vendors, and a screening of the movie “Elf”.  

December 14, 2019; 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!

November 23, 2019-January 5, 2020

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Santa’s Toy Factory: The Parks Mall in Arlington 76015

Check out Santa’s Toy Factory! You can test new toys and even digitally design your own! Get the Fast Pass to see Santa. There will also be a special pet nights on Mondays where your fur babies can visit Santa and take photos.

November 9-December 24, 2019

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Christkindl: North Plaza at Globe Life Field (Next to Texas Live!) 76015 FREE

In its ninth year, the Texas Christkindl Market is one of the largest open ­air holiday markets in the Southwest. Inspired by a cherished German tradition, this free, family­-friendly market features a unique shopping experience for holiday gifts, decorations, and unique one-­of-­a-­kind finds. Guests can shop for traditional handcrafted gifts and collectibles straight from Germany. Indulging in German treats and eats while enjoying festive music and entertainment throughout the Market is always a crowd pleaser.

November 29-December 22, 2019

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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.

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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NightSCARE Before Christmas: Moxley Manor 76021

Prepare for the SCARE!! Moxley Manor has been overrun by evil elves and the legend of Krampus. Celebrating its eighth year, this haunted house with a twist won’t disappoint.

December 13th & 14th 8:00 – 11:00 PM

BENBROOK

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27th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks: Dutch Branch Park 76126 FREE

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

CARROLLTON

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Old-Fashioned Christmas: A.W. Perry Museum 75006

Bring the whole family to this popular celebration! Victorian carolers and Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer. Enjoy cookies and ornament making at our annual event to welcome the season! Walk through the historic 1909 home to see its festive decorations. Informal tours are available throughout the evening.

December 6, 2019; 6:00PM – 8:30PM

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.

November 29 – December 22, 2019 (Friday-Sunday)

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 25-December 31, 2019

Tree Lighting: November 25, 2019; 6:30 – 730 PM

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

DALLAS

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SNOWDAY: The Plaza at Preston Center 75225

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.

November 22 – January 4

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ABPA Homes for the Holidays: Highland Park 75205

Homes for the Holidays, the primary fundraiser for the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association, 97% of all monies goes to Armstrong and Bradfield Elementary School. Highlights 4 of the most spectacular dwellings in Highland Park and University Park.

December 6, 2019; 9:30 AM-1:00 PM

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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, carriage rides, and crafts for those young and young at heart, Candlelight captures the holiday spirit for all.

December 14-15, 2019; 3:00-9:00 PM

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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.  

December 2, 2019; 6:00-8:00 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. The hotel transforms its outdoor park into a winter wonderland, known as Peppermint Park, complete with train rides, interactive entertainment, light displays, photos with Santa, holiday games and more. Guests can book holiday themed packages like the “Breakfast with Santa” room package and enroll children in “Elf School,” where they can learn all the elf basics and become honorary Santa assistants.

November 29-December 23, 2019; Various Dates and Times

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Christmas at the White House: George W. Bush Presidential Center 75205

Holiday in the National Parks: Christmas at the White House 2007 allows visitors a glimpse into the magical White House holiday celebrations of 2007.  The exhibit will be adorned with recreations and decorations of the Christmas White House holiday, behind-the-scenes photos, and a replica of the Blue Room White House Christmas tree.

November 21, 2019-January 5, 2020

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Dallas Holiday Parade: Downtown Dallas 75202 FREE

This year is the 33rd annual event will feature spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and much more. This year they have Premier Club tickets.

December 7, 2019; 10:00 AM

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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

Galleria

Galleria Dallas: 13350 Dallas Parkway 75240 FREE

Celebrate the Galleria’s 37th holiday season with a full schedule of events including daily Grand Tree Lighting Celebration, Illumination Celebration, and Slappy’s Circus. Transformed this year is the Santa experience! When families arrive at Santa’s magical village, they’ll have their own elf – a special helper who will guide guests through the experience. There is a special area for kids to write a thank you note to Santa, with a quaint North Pole mailbox on site. Reservations can be made HERE.

November 29-December 31, 2019

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Highland Park Village’s Christmas Lights Celebration and Shopping Stroll: 47 Highland Park FREE

Experience the magic of the holidays at Highland Park Village’s Christmas event featuring spectacular live performances, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, exclusive store promotions, and special activations with community charity partners. For one evening only, sip and shop under the lights at historic Highland Park Village, Dallas’ landmark shopping and dining destination, during extended hours.

December 5, 2019; 4:00 – 8:00 PM

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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 13-December 29, 2019

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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, 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 7, 2019; 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.

November 16, 2019-January 5, 2020

DENTON

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Denton Holiday Lighting Festival: Denton County Courthouse 76201 FREE

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

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 7, 2019; 5:00-9:00 PM

Skating under the Stars – November 29, 2019 – January 17, 2020

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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 14, 21, 2019; 5:00-9:00 PM

FLOWER MOUND

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Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Bakersfield Park 75028 FREE

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 FREE

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

Santa Run Texas

Frosty 5K and Merry Mile: Simpson Plaza at City Hall 75033

Gather your kids, friends, and the family pet for Santa Run Texas, a 5K Fun Run/1-Mile Walk where all 5K finishers will a Frosty Medal. This unique Christmas event will get you moving during the holidays.

December 7, 2019; 7:30 AM

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Merry Main Street: Simpson Plaza 75034 FREE

Enjoy a beautiful evening on Main Street with fun activities for the whole family! Santa will be there for photos, children’s choirs will perform, share holiday treats, and kids can shop at the Holiday Kid’s Store.

December 7, 2019; 4:00-8:30 PM

GARLAND

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Christmas on the Square: Downtown Garland Square 75040 FREE

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

GRAPEVINE

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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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NEW!! 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 29 – December 12, 2020

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‘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.

December 3, 11, 2019; 7:30 PM

From Fort Worth Stockyards- December 5, 2019; 7:00 PM

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Carol of LightsGrapevine City Hall 76051 FREE

This FREE Christmas event features live performances, dazzling dance numbers, spectacular light shows and breathtaking fireworks that are sure to get the entire family in the Christmas spirit. Show up early and embrace the greatest time of year with family-friendly activities such as sledding down our new snow hill, taking photos with live reindeer, creating seasonal crafts and savoring tasty food vendors, all beginning at 4 p.m.

November 25, 2019; 4:00 PM

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ICE! & Lone Star Christmas: Gaylord Texan Resort 76051

Christmas is back and better than ever at Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Resort. With 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, an 8-foot-tall gingerbread house, Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing, Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus and ICE! carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice. Check out the special bonus area – a LIVE ice carving zone. Watch a masterful ice carver create amazing sculptures before your eyes.

November 15, 2019-January 5, 2020

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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 29-December 23, 2019

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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, a life-size Gingerbread House, Santa’s Letter-writing Depot, daily Polar Wolf Walk, Great Clock Tower holiday show and a nightly Snowland! Story Time…all this and more with an indoor snowfall – right in the lobby.

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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.

December 7, 2019; 3:00-6:00 PM

 

LEWISVILLE

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Ultimate Gingerbread Competition : Old Town at Main Street 75057 FREE

Who doesn’t love a competition?! Enter into this timeless Christmas event. Entries must be turned in to Loves Residential Realty on Friday, Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m. Entries will be displayed at Holiday Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 7, 12-3 p.m. People’s Choice Award voting is open at that time. The winners will be announced during the Lewisville Lights! tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 pm.

December 7, 2019

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21st Annual Motorcycle Toy Run: Old Town at Main Street 75057 FREE

Begin your Christmas events at a fun filled morning with the Motorcycle Toy Run where as many as 1,000 riders are expected to participate in collecting more than 1,000 toys for local children’s charities. Santa will be on hand for photos and ornament making activities. The afternoon ends with the annual parade at 12:00 PM.

December 7 2019; 8:00 AM

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Old Town Holiday Stroll: Old Town at Main Street 75057 FREE

Old Town offers a day of fun family events including ice skating, pony rides, inflatables, community performances, and Lewisville Lights! tree lighting ceremony. End your evening with a screening of “The Santa Clause”.

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

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Tree Lighting 5:30 PM

MCKINNEY

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Holidays at the Heard: Heard Museum 75069

Enjoy viewing holiday lights in nature. Walk the ½ mile Heard Trail to view a beautiful light display designed to enhance the nature that surrounds you. There will be photos with Father Christmas and Mother Nature along with family-friendly entertainment. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase. 

December 13-14, 2019; 6:30-9:30 PM

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Home for the Holidays: Downtown McKinney 75069 FREE

Thanksgiving weekend marks the 38th 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! Tree Lighting is November 29 at 6:15 PM.

November 29 – December 1, 2019

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Hometown Christmas: Downtown Rockwall 75087 FREE

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 7, 2018; 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

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Home for the Holidays: Southlake Town Square 76092 FREE

Southlake is the perfect place for your holiday days and nights! With fun things happening throughout the holiday season, there is no better place to see lights, visit with Santa Claus, send letters with your wish list to the North Pole, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, taste delicious holiday fare and fill up your car with items on your shopping list! The full schedule of events HERE.

November 23-December 31, 2019

THE COLONY

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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 7, 2019; Parade of Lights at 5:00 PM

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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, ‘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 14, 2019; 6:30pm-8:30PM

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7th Annual Celebration of Lights : 76086 FREE

Join the 7th Annual Celebration of Lights in Historic Downtown Weatherford! Event starts at 5pm and Tree Lighting at 6pm.

Photos with Santa
Carriage Rides
Pony Rides
Snow Play Area
Train Rides sponsored by Peacock’s Feed & Supply
Bounce Houses & Slides

We will also live music, vendors, face painting and more!

November 30, 2019; 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

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Christmas on the Square : 131 York Ave., 76086 FREE

Come enjoy the small town charm of Weatherford and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the season. Take advantage of the great shopping and special treats available in the downtown stores. Hot chocolate, cupcakes, cookies and candy canes are just a few of the goodies that you will find around every corner. Many of the vendors and stores will offer special prices and sales, so you can stock up on Holiday gifts while you enjoy the festive atmosphere!

December 7, 2019; 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

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Holiday in the Park : 317 Santa Fe Dr., 76086 FREE

This year we will have the return of SnowZilla Jr, Everest Slide, snow hills, synthetic ice skating, photos with Santa, photos with Elsa and Anna, pony rides, carriage rides, 100-foot obstacle course, bounce houses, delicious food and more. Everything but food is free! Free shuttling from Weatherford College will be available.

December 13, 2019; 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

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Christmas at the Castle: Texas Pythian Home 76086 FREE

Get into the Christmas Spirit as you tour this festively decorated castle. This Christmas 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

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5 Dec

Brunch, Bubbly, and Balenciaga in Black at The Kimbell Art Museum

A Behind the Seams Look into the World of Art, Fashion and Fort Worth Society

I recently attended a very special brunch held in the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum, highlighting the museum’s latest exhibit Balenciaga in Black, from the Palais Galliera, Paris’ distinguished Fashion Museum, and the Balenciaga Archives, also in Paris.

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This event not only highlighted the work of one of the most influential fashion designers in history, Cristobal Balenciaga and the museum’s latest exhibit, Balenciaga in Black, but also allowed VIP guests to partake in an exclusive tour led by the exhibition’s organizing curator, Jennifer Casler Price.

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The Kimbell Art Museum in partnership with Neiman Marcus Fort Worth, hosted the event to celebrate the new exhibit. The HeART of Neiman Marcus Foundation supports the Kimbell Kids program through a four year commitment of $100,000.

Watching Ken Downing, the famed Neiman Marcus fashion director and senior vice president, and the Kimbell’s deputy director, George Shackelford, discuss Balenciaga’s impressive career and enduring influence on fashion was pretty awesome to say the least. Fort Worth LOVES Ken and his bigger than life personality.

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At Neiman’s, Ken Downing determines the taste, trends, attitudes and ideas that the luxury department store embraces each season. In fact, Ken advised on every detail of this event from the flowers, stage backdrop and furniture to the table linens and menu, which was a lovely Balenciaga-inspired brunch catered by City Club of Fort Worth.

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These unique, intimate touches sparked a newfound interest in my appreciation for art and fashion. I soaked in the beauty and magnificence of the works on display, on top of the opportunity to ask personalized questions during the event.

Who is Cristobal Balenciaga?

Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was known as “the couturier’s couturier,” the designer most admired by other fashion designers. He was born in Basque Spain, a fishing village, and learned how to sew from his mother.

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Black you ask? The folklore and traditions of his Spanish childhood were the sources and inspirations for this collection of more than one hundred garments and accessories. And black because it reveals the impressive silhouettes and simple cuts favored by the artist.

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He trained as a tailor and began his career as the head of ladies tailoring at a department store in Spain. This background helped Balenciaga become an expert in cutting fabric with attention to contour and shape, and meticulous construction.

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Balenciaga used infinite types of fabric in varying shades of black, each carefully selected to emphasize the shapes, volumes and silhouettes of his unique creations, which were often adorned with lace, embroidery, silk, satin, fringes, beads, sequins and fur.

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Goya in Black and White

I mean, if you’re going to see the Balenciaga exhibit, you might as well take a hot minute and pop over to the Goya in Black and White exhibit just 20 feet away. Francisco de Goya just so happens to be my very favorite Spanish printmaker, an appreciation I formed while studying Art History at SMU.

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In the Goya exhibition you really get to see the folklore and history of Balenciaga’s birthplace graphically illustrated. I even spotted a few garments that may have inspired him, such as the lace dress the seated woman is wearing in this printed title, Pretty Advice.

And this one, ironically titled What a Tailor Can Do, where the ruching in the cape almost looks like the ruching in this dress Balenciaga created in 1956.

The Kimbell Art Museum is one of the cities best treasures.

From Monet and Renoir to Balenciaga and Goya, the Kimbell Art Museum continually debuts unparalleled, special exhibitions with loans from some of the world’s most prestigious collections.

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The museum’s architecture is unrivaled. The original Louis Kahn-designed building is regarded as one of the “outstanding achievements of the modern era.” Even Kanye West can attest to this as he visited the Kimbell on November 3rd! However, what’s most impressive, is what’s on display in their galleries.

With a permanent collection that includes world-famous European masterworks and rare pieces from Africa, Asia, and the Ancient Americas, the Kimbell Art Museum will leave you with a sense of wonder and heightened, if not a newfound sense of cultural appreciation.

Member Perks at the Kimbell

My family and I have participated in the museum’s membership program for many years and reaped the benefits of their unrivaled art experiences. I always look forward to member events at the Kimbell, as I know they are nothing short of fabulous. And I especially enjoy The Red Party, an ultra-trendy event which benefits Kimbell Kids Education Programs.

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If you are not currently taking advantage of the bountiful benefits of a Kimbell Art Museum membership, I would highly consider it for a number of reasons. For starters, a visit to the Kimbell will ignite your senses and transport your mind. SO, get out there and flex your cultural muscle and find some art to appreciate.

Also, it’s always free to view their permanent collection but membership gets you free admission to the special exhibitions all year! And I just heard that Monet’s Waterlilies will be here next summer in their Monet: The Later Year’s exhibit so get your membership now to be among the first to see it.

And with Christmas right around the corner, you can give you friends and family a whole year of experiences for as little as $75. Now that’s what I call the gift that keeps on giving!

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Photography  credit  Laura McCarthy & Kimbell 

SoFortWorthIt GIVEAWAY

Y’all, I am sooo excited about this giveaway, I can hardly stand it! The Kimbell has given me permission to give away as many tickets as I want for the Balenciaga exhibit. Wow! Holy cow, right? (follow me on IG and FB for more chances to win tickets)

So here is the scoop, to celebrate this super cool giveaway, not only am I giving away a 4 pack of tickets, but I am tossing in lunch for 4 at the Kimbell Buffet too. Wahoooooo!

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