HOLIDAY LIGHTS, THEATRE, CONCERTS & BALLET
Enjoy a Western Wonderland at The Fort Worth Stockyards
The holiday festivities kickoff when Cowboy Santa makes his grand arrival to the Stockyards on Friday, November 26th! Guests can welcome him in his stagecoach following the 11:30 a.m. Cattle Drive. Activities to follow his entrance include photos by appointment, Cowboy poetry, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday carolers and more. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus story time will continue through the holiday season – a full schedule can be found online.
The day concludes with the kickoff of the Stockyards’ holiday light spectacular with a festive tree lighting outside the Exchange Building and at Hotel Drover at 6:00 p.m. Guests can see the Stockyards, Mule Alley, and Hotel Drover adorned with Christmas lights as they welcome Santa and the district wide celebrations commence.
Through the holiday season, guests can journey through a district wide Western wonderland complete with dreamy lighting and decor. Stroll down East Exchange Avenue and Mule Alley, where every tree will be lit, light poles will be wrapped in garland and ribbon, and garland and lights can be found decorating Cowtown Coliseum, the Exchange Building, Stockyards Station, and even the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Enjoy quintessential Texas themed lights with two boot sculptures up the steps of the Exchange Building, a horseshoe outside of American Paint Horse Association, and a 6-foot large wreath outside Shake Shack on Mule Alley. Guests can enjoy festive shopping down Mule Alley and end their evening at Hotel Drover for seasonal spirits, hot chocolate and coffee around the backyard fire pits.
Also, save the date for Christmas in the Stockyards on Saturday, December 4 from 12-4 p.m. Join The Stockyards as they celebrate the 20th Annual Christmas in the Stockyards featuring Sounds of the Season, Strolling Holiday Entertainment, Festive Activities, Photos with Cowboy Santa, Mrs. Claus Story Time, and a spectacular Christmas parade at 4pm!
A Phunk Dr’s Christmas
Jubilee Theatre / December 10th-12th
Written and Directed by Wambui Richardson, A Phunk Dr’s Christmas is a concert of music, comedy, and more celebrating the holiday season and featuring Fort Worth’s Phunk Dr’s as well as some of Jubilee Theatre’s long time performers.
Don’t miss it! Grab tickets at http://www.jubileetheatre.org !
FWSO presents “Home for the Holidays”
Bass Performance Hall / November 26th – 28th
Don’t miss one of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists bring you “Home for the Holidays,” with a spectacular program of Christmas carols and seasonal tunes. Wave to Santa as the orchestra conjures a white Christmas courtesy of a magical snowfall.The perfect gift for the whole family.
TBT Presents the Nutcracker & The NuttyNutcracker
Bass Performance Hall / December 10th – 26th
Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will keep the holiday spirit and a great holiday tradition in Fort Worth alive as they present The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall thru December 26th
Holiday in the Garden
Fort Worth Botanic Garden / December 11th, 10am – 4pm
We are excited to announce Holiday in the Garden! Bring your holiday cheer to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Celebrate the season at this annual event by shopping the wares of artisan vendors, enjoying tasty treats from gourmet food trucks, relaxing to live music from local bands and singing along to holiday carols with the Fort Worth Opera. There will also be a visit from Santa himself!
Stage West Theatre presents Scrooge in Rouge
December 2nd – 24th
The Royal Music Hall Variety Players’ production of A Christmas Carol is in a pickle after twenty members of the company suddenly fall ill. This leaves the three remaining members to plow on (so to speak) through a musical performance of the Dickens classic. Expect missed cues, unfamiliar characters, and costume mishaps aplenty. With cheeky puns and bawdy songs, this quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Christmas tale is a hilarious holiday treat!
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Holiday Shindig
David McDavid Studio / December 1st, 7:30pm
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis return to McDavid Studio to celebrate the holidays, like only they can. Each renowned for crafting some of the most enduring music on the vast country and Americana landscape, the Texas twosome will perform sawdusty favorites from their recent duet record, Beautiful Lie, songs from their own extensive solo catalogs and, of course, holiday favorites, old and new. Spend the holidays with Texas’ finest country couple.
ROBERT EARL KEEN’S The Road to Christmas
Bass Performance Hall / December 30th, 7:30pm
One of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions is back! Robert Earl Keen returns for his Eve of New Year’s Eve concert at Bass Hall this holiday season, with special guest opener, singer-songwriter Brent Cobb . Ring in the new year with an evening of Americana hits and holiday tunes featuring REK’s famous Bluegrass flare.
The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle – Holiday and Hits
Bass Performance Hall / December 13th, 7:30pm
Country music legends The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle grace the Bass Hall stage for the very first time in this brand-new holiday special. These musical acts have wowed audiences across the country and the globe, but never have they appeared together, until now. Don’t miss an evening featuring a catalog of hits and holiday favorites.
Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets
Will Rogers Auditorium / December 3rd – 5th
Join Ballet Frontier for the magic of The Nutcracker this holiday season!
Ballet Frontier has been captivating audiences with our production of The Nutcracker for the last 12 years. With its cast comprised of professional dancers, talented young students, dazzling costumes, and world-class choreography, the stage is set for an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages! Check website for Waco and Granbury performances.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Casa Manana / November 20th – December 23rd
This holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation. Filled with holiday hits like “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “The Island of Misfit Toys,” “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” and everyone’s favorite, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. This show is suitable for all audiences.
Nashville Christmas at The Reid Cabaret
Casa Manana / November 30th – December 18th
This Christmas, the Reid Cabaret Theatre is headed to the country capital of the world! Don, your boots, kick back and get into the holiday spirit with Christmas tales and songs in the styles of your favorite country superstars like Garth Brooks, Dan + Shay, Faith Hill and more! This show is suitable for most audiences.
GM Financial Parade of Lights
Downtown Fort Worth / Sunday, November 21st, 6pm
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, join us for a renewed, live and in-person, GM Financial Parade of Lights! It’s 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.
The GM Financial Parade of Lights begins at 6:00 PM at the intersection of Weatherford and Throckmorton Streets. The parade proceeds east along Weatherford Street, turns south on Commerce and goes all the way to 9th Street. At 9th Street the parade turns west, proceeds past the Convention Center to Houston St., and then turns north on Houston Street to 2nd St. The final turns for the parade are west on 2nd St. to Throckmorton Street, and south to 3rd St. where the parade will end. For complete route information and a full map click here.
Kimbell Art Museum 2021 Holiday Gift Guide & Holiday Sale
To ring in the holiday season, the Kimbell Art Museum invites shoppers to browse unique gifts, take advantage of seasonal savings and enjoy holiday treats.
The Kimbell’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide showcases festive favorites perfect for stuffing into stockings or placing under the tree. Featuring hand-crafted serveware, inspiring publications and imaginative games from the Museum Shops in the Louis I. Kahn Building and Renzo Piano Pavilion, shoppers can discover gifts for everyone on their list, from families to art aficionados.
All products are of limited quantity and available for in-store purchase at the Camp Bowie locations only. Patrons can contact the Museum Shop at 817-332-8451, ext. 744, with any questions.
Panther Island Ice
Coyote Drive In / November 19, 2021 – January 17, 2022
This is one of the unique holiday traditions Fort Worth offers each year. Panther Island Ice Returns Panther Island Ice returns this holiday season. Located at Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink offers public skating starting on November 19, 2021. The ice rink will operate seven days a week through January 17, 2022, including all holidays. The rink is real ice located mostly under a large pavilion. Patrons can take advantage of the ample free parking, along with the drive-in’s other amenities such as covered seating, gas heaters, restrooms, and a full menu including beer and wine options. It’s a great family outing. Go early and go often!
Weatherford-Decatur-Frisco-Waxahachie / Through January 3, 2021
Texas’ #1 Light Spectacular Radiance! is back, BIGGER and BETTER, featuring less wait time, new scenes and more lights! Better still, one ticket gives you access to both Radiance! AND our all-new family holiday attraction, Frozen in Frisco!
At Frozen in Frisco, you’ll experience an outdoor Winter Carnival full of thrills, fun and magical memory-making moments unlike anything in North Texas!
- Soar down 2- story Ice Tubing Hills,
- Ice skate under the stars,
- Throw snowballs made of REAL snow at Santa’s Snowball Toss,
- Ride the giant 108ft Ferris Wheel and Christmas Carousel,
- Spin out on Bumper Cars on Ice,
- Meet Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man,
- Visit Mistletoe Holiday Market, and much more!
The Michael Hix Christmas Party
Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / Friday, November 26th 7:30pm
You can’t help but be drawn in by the magnetic charm and wit of Michael Hix. His vocal abilities range from baritone to a high soprano. Vocally, there isn’t much Michael can’t do. However, what’s really impressive about him is his ability to capture an audience and hold their attention for hours. There is no better entertainer, that’s why he’s been dubbed “The Worlds Greatest Entertainer.” If you haven’t seen him in action, you are missing out. He will lift your spirits, make you laugh, cry with joy, and leave you feeling satisfied and excited. There are new and exciting things around the corner for Michael. You will have to follow him here, or on social media to see what all he’s up to! We hope to see you soon and thank you for your support. God Bless. “If talent is a predictor, Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake might should watch out.” – Arlington Today Magazine.
A Twitty and Lynn Christmas
Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / Saturday, November 27th 7:30pm
The grandchildren of famed duo Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, the two have taken to the road to honor their grandparents in an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have seen great success with their Tribute to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty; going into their second year together, the duo already has at least two dozen tour dates set throughout much of North America and Canada.
Jaston Williams Blood & Holly
Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / December 10th & 11th 7:30pm
In his one-man show, Blood & Holly, Jaston Williams remembers Christmas in childhood as a warped hybrid of Toyland and Franco’s Spain. Meet the elderly sisters without any eyebrows, the house cat driven crazy by Christmas decorations, and a gift list that includes rubber knives, moist towelettes, and teeth. Known nationally as the co-author and co-star of the award-winning plays in the Greater Tuna cycle, Jaston Williams will leave you in stitches.
Arlington Holiday of Lights Parade
December 11th, 6:00pm
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 on the City Hall steps at 101 W Abram Street.
Elf on a Shelf
Choctaw Stadium (formerly Globe Life Field) / November 18th – January 2nd
With Christmas Spirit running low, Santa’s sleigh’s compass goes haywire, and Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves need human help! Where’s the Lone Star State’s best place for finding cheer? Choctaw Stadium’s dazzling star-filled concourse, of course!
Join Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves on a quest to collect the ingredients for Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a journey through twinkling wonderlands to set Santa and Christmas back on course!
Arlington Music Hall
Christmas Concerts for 2021 / December 4th – 18th
December 4th : Wynonna Christmas
December 8th : Christmas with the Beatles
December 9th : Texas Tenors Deep in Heart of Christmas
December 17th : Chad Prather & Friend Christmas
December 18th : Al Joslin Christmas
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Texas
November 19th – January 2nd
Holiday in the Park is back! ‘Tis the season for glittering lights, delicious snacks, and a festive spin on your favorite rides.
Gather around for the nightly tree lighting show you’ll never forget! Each night, millions of lights are illuminated at once by Santa in a magical moment. For the little elves in your family, head over to the Merry Marketplace to meet Santa Claus! After meeting Santa, venture into Casa Magnetica and celebrate Nochebuena in our unique tilted house attraction.
Try to catch a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer as you soar 400 feet in the air on Texas SkyScreamer or fly head over heels on BATMAN: The Ride. Make a New Year’s Resolution to experience more thrills on HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity, a giant whirling wheel of adventure to kick 2022 off right! For the little ones looking for less thrills, take a merry ride on the Silver Star Christmas Carousel.
Hometown Holidays Merry Midway
Historic Downtown Mansfield / December 3rd & 4th
Prepare for holidays with two days of festivities, shows, shopping and old school carnival rides in Historic Downtown Mansfield. Hit the sled hill, take a ride on the ferris wheel, shop our local vendors, enjoy a concert, visit Santa Claus and be dazzled by our annual tree lighting and fireworks show!
Grapevine: The Christmas Capitol of Texas
It’s more merry in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! Grapevine is the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends. You’ll be amazed at 40 days of unique and traditional Christmas events, as you see Grapevine sparkle with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and much more! Be sure to make Grapevine, Texas your top Christmas destination.
The New Granbury Live Christmas Concerts 2021
The New Granbury Live / December 3rd – 18th
December 3rd : Bryan White Christmas
December 4th : Michael Hix Rock & Soul Christmas
December 11th : William Lee Martin, The Nutcracker (comedy)
December 16th : Jingles with Jet Blacq
HOLIDAY LIGHTS, EVENTS, AND SANTA CLAUS SIGHTINGS
The Modern Lights
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth / November 1st – February 6th
The Modern trees are illuminated with an array of festive lights in celebration of the holiday season. Passersby experience a stunning display, and visitors are invited to enjoy evening viewing opportunities. The museum galleries are open with free admission until 8 pm on Fridays.
Dinner with the Modern Lights
Cafe Modern / Fridays, seating from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Executive Chef Jett Mora welcomes you with warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and a seasonal menu rooted in Texas ingredients. Create your own holiday memories on Friday nights at Café Modern. Seating is available from 5 to 8:30 pm. For reservations, call 817.840.2157 or online here.
Gift of Lights
Texas Motor Speedway / November 25th – December 18th
Fill up your car, truck, or SUV and drive through millions of lights at Texas Motor Speedway.
Arlington Interlochen Lights
Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie
Thanksgiving Night through New Year’s Eve / Open Every Night at 6pm
Prairie Lights is the premier holiday light park in Texas located at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, Texas. Prairie Lights 2021 will feature the return of Holiday Village, the magical walk-thru forest, carnival rides, photos with Santa, and more.