Oh, the weather outside is so joyful. Thus, it will be a delight to go to Fort Worth area holiday events. You won’t have to bundle up or worry about catching a chill while walking to and from your car. If you miss the cold weather, there’s an option that’ll remedy that!
Enchant Light Maze and Market
Be surrounded by millions of bright lights that are sure to enchant as you make way through the large light maze. While in the maze, see if you can find Santa’s nine reindeer. Children can run free in the Kid Zone where they’ll explore a mini maze.
After working up an appetite in the maze or on the ice skating pond, you can head to the Great Hall for food and drink. Or head right next door to browse more than 20 food trucks. When you’re ready to sit down for a spell, go to the main stage area for live music and entertainment. Still need to get holiday shopping done? More than 80 vendors offer unique gifts in the Enchant Market.
Ice! at the Gaylord Texan
Every holiday season, the Gaylord Texan transforms itself into an ice palace. The theme changes yearly. This is the place to go if you’re eager to wear a coat and gloves. The attraction stays at a chilly 9 degrees to ensure the treasure trove of two million pounds of colorful, hand-carved ice sculptures maintain their shape.
The winter wonderland also features five two-story tall ice slides and a 6,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink. Want real snow? Head for Santa’s Snow Throw to throw snowballs at targets and the 12-lane tubing hill that’s covered with real snow. Be aware that this attraction has height restrictions. Visit the Gaylord Texan Ice! website for information and pricing.
Holiday at the Arboretum
One of the most beloved Christmas songs comes to life at the Dallas Arboretum’s 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit. Each gazebo turns into a music box to represent one of the days of Christmas beginning with a partridge in a pear tree.
Guests stroll from one gazebo to the next, each playing its own Christmas and holiday songs. The exhibit can be viewed in the daytime or at night. The nighttime showing features more than 500k lights to take visitors’ breaths away.
Modern Art Museum: The Modern Lights
During the holiday season, a stunning collection of festive lights will illuminate the Modern every night. The museum will extend its hours for this celebration. Visit the Modern website to view its special hours.
Panther Island Ice
Rent a pair of skates and go ice skating outside at the Coyote Drive-In complex, Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice rink. The ice rink is open for approximately two months. Pay half price by going to Cheap Skate Tuesdays.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
When summer ends, Six Flags also closes until holiday time. After everyone shakes off the frights from FrightFest, they return for a magical time at Holiday in the Park. More than 70 tall Christmas trees decorate the park to get everyone in holiday spirit. A feast for the eyes can be had as thousands of choreographed Lone Star Lights dance to music.
The Deep in the Heart of Christmas section has more than 8.5 miles of lights, a light up canopy of the Texas flag, and Texas-sized ornament. It’s a great spot for photos with family and friends. This is Six Flags after all, so there are thrills to be head on Frosty Snow Hill where you can race down the snow hill.
The Trains at NorthPark
It’s no surprise the Trains at NorthPark is celebrating 30 years as this popular event keeps people of all ages coming back for more. Benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, attendees delight in watching trains journey across America on 1600 feet of track. The trains begin their trip in New England with stops in New York City, Washington, DC, and Dallas, and finish at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Some DFW events offer discounts for groups as well as active duty military and veterans. Visit their websites to see what they offer. One facility has discounts for college students and faculty. Another encourages bringing canned food for discounted admission. Enjoy Christmas in Fort Worth!