Thanksgiving 2022 Events For The Entire Family in Fort Worth, TX,

October 20th, 2022 by


Thanksgiving in Fort Worth, Texas, signals the beginning of the holiday season. During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, your family can find events and discover activities to do together as you get in the holiday spirit. Mark your calendar for the following Thanksgiving holiday weekend events you shouldn’t miss in the Fort Worth area.

41st Annual Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot

Participate in a Forth Worth Thanksgiving Day tradition with your family, the annual Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot. As a community Thanksgiving Day event that began in 1981, this worthwhile activity helps raise critical funds for Fort Worth neighbors in need. Did you know that 100% of the proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot support scholarships for families in the community?

The Fort Worth YMCA offers three turkey trots that allows every family member to participate:

  • The 8 a.m. Youth 1K Gobbler Trot at $20 per participant.
  • The 8:30 a.m. 5K and 10K at $35 untimed or $40 timed per participant.

Keep in mind that the registration fees to participate will increase after Nov. 11. For additional information or to register, call 817-335-9622 or email [email protected]. Volunteers are also needed to help with the event. You’ll find a list of volunteer opportunities online.

Location: 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth (at the Camp Bowie Boulevard and Westridge Avenue intersection, in front of Frost Bank).

Home for the Holidays


Start your holiday season on a musical note as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Home for the Holidays performance during Thanksgiving weekend. Christmas carols will fill the Bass Performance Hall from floor to rafter with the sounds of familiar seasonal melodies that will have everyone in your family happily singing along. Don’t miss a special appearance from jolly old St. Nick during the performance and a magical snowfall to round out the program.

Featured artists include the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s conductor Stuart Chafetz, vocalist N’Kenge, and the Lone Star Youth Chorus.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. Tickets, which start at $36.18, are available for purchase online.

Location: Bass Performance Hall, 330 E. Fourth St., Suite 200, Fort Worth.

Telephone: 817-665-6000.



Discover enchanting illuminations to dazzle the senses with Lightscape at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. This internationally acclaimed holiday lighting spectacular invites guests to walk along a beautifully illuminated 1-mile walking trail within the 120-acre botanic garden. Suspended strands and tunnels of light will delight your family members at every turn. Singing trees, treetop sculptures, a fire garden, and artistic installations make Lightscape a can’t-miss Thanksgiving weekend experience in Fort Worth.

Tickets are required for admission, with entry times available every 15 minutes from 5:45 to 9 p.m. during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 25 to 27. Admission costs are $28 for adults, $18 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for infants up to 2 years old. Fort Worth Botanic Garden members receive $5 off each ticket.

Location: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth.

Telephone: 817-463-4160.

North Pole Express

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express. Journey with Mrs. Claus as she takes families on a journey to find Santa in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas.

Families will enjoy this holiday train ride that includes a visit and keepsake photo with Santa, a stroll through the Christmas Village Forest, holiday cookies, Santa’s Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk, and more.

Guests can choose between first-class coach ($40 per person) and touring-class coach ($35 per person) tickets for seating. The North Pole Express will run on the following times each day starting Friday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Due to the high demand for seating for the North Pole Express, the railroad strongly encourages guests to purchase tickets online.

Location: Grapevine Christmas Village inside the Cotton Belt Railroad Historic District, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine.

Telephone: 817-410-3185.

Thanksgiving at the Fort Worth Zoo

Celebrate Thanksgiving day among the animals at the Fort Worth Zoo. Bring your family to the zoo between noon and 4 p.m., discover the wonderous creatures that make their home here, and create a new Thanksgiving day tradition with your family.

Zoo guests are welcome to use the many outdoor picnic areas with seating in shaded locations throughout the zoo. Alcoholic beverages, glass containers, lids, and straws are prohibited. Guests may bring coolers into the zoo and are permitted to return coolers to their vehicles following their meal. Make sure you get your hand stamped at the front gate before you exit so you can reenter the zoo.

Admission to the zoo is $18 for those aged 13 and older, $14 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors, and free for toddlers ages 2 and younger. Parking is $5 per vehicle. While the zoo no longer requires reservations for visiting, guests may purchase tickets in advance through the online ticketing portal.

Note: Dining, attractions, and some retail locations within the zoo will be closed in observance of the holiday. Due to construction associated with the zoo’s A Wilder Vision Master plan, some areas of the zoo will be inaccessible to visitors.

Location: 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth.

Telephone: 817-759-7555.

Explore the sights and sounds of our selection of spectacular Thanksgiving events in Fort Worth when you participate in some of these spirit-filled community events. What did you think about our list of holiday activities? Is there a can’t-miss event you think we should include? Write to us and let us know about it. Our team members at Hiley Buick GMC of Fort Worth are always pleased to share information about things to do with members of our community.

Note: Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Please get in touch with the businesses and organizations hosting the activities presented above to confirm the status of these events before making plans to attend them.



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