FIND THE BEST HOLIDAY TREATS AND EXPERIENCES IN FORT WORTH, TX
In Fort Worth, Texas, you can find plenty of fun holiday treats and activities for you and your family members. This city is interesting for kids and adults, and you can enjoy exploring it whether you’re a local or just visiting. Here are some of the best things to experience in Fort Worth.
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The Modern Lights
The trees outside the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will be illuminated with a stunning display of festive lights until Feb. 6, 2022. You can see the lights every evening from 5 p.m. to midnight, and the museum offers free gallery admission until 8 p.m. on Fridays and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
You can have dinner at Cafe Modern, the museum’s restaurant, and the First Friday House Band will perform on the first Friday of each month. On Dec. 3 and Jan. 7, these events will include free, 20-minute, docent-led tours, a cash bar, and a light menu served in the museum’s lobby. On Tuesdays, you can enjoy Lights, Flights, and Bites where a selection of wine flights, appetizers, and desserts will be available. Children are welcome, and they can get free sketchbooks before touring the gallery.
For many people, viewing The Nutcracker is a Christmas tradition. The Texas Ballet Theater will perform this classic ballet at Winspear Opera House in Dallas from Nov. 26 to Dec. 5. From Dec. 10-26, you can see it at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Children 13 and up can view The Nutty Nutcracker, a fun, zany version of this holiday favorite, on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Masks are required, and people 12 years old and up must have proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Scrooge in Rouge
Scrooge in Rouge is the Royal Music Hall Variety Players’ production of A Christmas Carol. Ricky Graham wrote this fun, bawdy, musical version of the Dickens classic. You can expect lots of costume changes, cross-dressing, and cheeky puns in this hilarious holiday treat. It also has original music composed by Jefferson Turner. You can see the show at the Stage West Theatre from Dec. 2-24. It’s at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. If you don’t feel like going to the theater, you can your family can stream the show from home. It lasts for about an hour and 45 minutes.
Before the show, you can reserve a seat at The Lobby Café. It opens an hour and a half before curtain, and offers wine, beer, salads, and more. Side items include pumpkin black bean soup, French fries, fresh fruit, and chips. The Veghead sandwich comes with hummus, tomato, pickles, spring greens, onions, mustard, baby Swiss cheese, sourdough bread, chips, and quinoa salad. On Sundays, you can order brunch with French toast, spinach and mushroom quiche, or an omelet.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
You can see a live, musical version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Casa Manana from Nov. 20 to Dec. 23. It’s based on the popular, 1964 animated TV special, and it will have lots of holiday hits, including “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” “The Island of Misfit Toys,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
This show features lots of popular characters, including Rudolph, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Hermey the Elf, Clarice, and Yukon Cornelius. It teaches kids the importance of friendship and respect for people who are different, and it’s suitable for all audiences. After every show, you can get socially-distanced pictures of your kids with Santa. You can choose from several performance times, including Dec. 21-22 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
At Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth, a lighted, decorated, 55-foot Norway Spruce Christmas tree will be on display until Jan. 6. Sundance Square covers 55,000 square feet and has a stage with four giant umbrellas, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, and fantastic fountains. There are lots of restaurants nearby, including Hoya Korean Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Istanbul Grill, Simply Fondue, and Yolk.
After you eat, you can go shopping at Parts Unknown, Haltom’s Jewelers, The Virgin Olive Oiler, or the Sid Richardson Museum and Store. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, you can enjoy live music as well. On New Year’s Eve, champagne and other drinks will be available as well.
Prairie Lights is in Grand Prairie at Lynn Creek Park, about 20 minutes away from Fort Worth. As you drive along a 2-mile path, you can see more than 4 million lights along the shores of Joe Pool Lake. At the midpoint, there’s a Holiday Village with a magical forest you can walk through and carnival rides. You can enjoy concessions, including candied apples, and photos with Santa. Holiday Village can be navigated on foot, but people should stay in their vehicles throughout the rest of the park.
Near the end of the Prairie Lights, you can see the world’s largest light tunnel. Keep your headlights off when you drive through the park, and remember to turn them back on when you’re done. You can visit from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, and it opens every night at 6 p.m. You should arrive early or reserve a ticket as you could have a long wait on busy nights.
Panther Island Ice
Panther Island Ice is at the Coyote Drive-In under a large pavilion and you don’t have to see a movie to enjoy some skating. There’s a full menu with beer, wine, burgers, wings, chili cheese fries, and more. You’ll also get free parking, gas heaters, and covered seating for spectators. Panther Island Ice is open until Jan. 17 from Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can also visit Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
These are only some of the holiday activities you can enjoy in Fort Worth. What does your family like to do most? Contact us and let us know what you think!