Thanksgiving weekend is when the holidays officially kick off in the Fort Worth area. Eight of the 10 events we're featuring are holiday-themed, including ones with ice sculptures, fun in an amusement park, shopping, theater, and more. You can also see a movie about a famous opera singer or witness a performance by one of the great actors of our time.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Wednesday, November 21
Gaylord Texan presents Lone Star Christmas: ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
ICE! is the signature holiday attraction at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, and this year guests can experience their favorite scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer brought to life in the walk-through winter wonderland. The attraction features two million pounds of ice sculptures, six ice slides, colorful ice sculptures, and more. As a bonus, use the promo code JOLLY at online checkout to receive 40 percent off tickets for November 26-29 and December 3-6. ICE! will be open through January 1.
Six Flags Over Texas presents Holiday in the Park
Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington includes festive shows, an extravagantly decorated Christmas tree, and more holiday fun. In addition to the usual rides, visitors can enjoy rides on a hill made of snow and holiday festive treats. The amusement park will be open on various dates through January 6.
Thursday, November 22
Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot
You can work off your Thanksgiving meal early at the YMCA's 37th annual Turkey Trot, featuring a 10K run, a 5K run/walk and a 1K Gobbler Trot for kids and families. Proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot, which starts at Frost Bank off of Camp Bowie Boulevard, benefit the scholarship/youth program of the Fort Worth YMCA.
Friday, November 23
Texas Christkindl Market
This free, family-friendly market, inspired by a cherished German tradition, features holiday gifts, decorations, and other traditional festive goods as well as live entertainment. Holiday shoppers can look for exclusive Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas decorations and designs from the renowned Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village in Germany. The event will be at Texas Live in Arlington through December 23.
Casa Mañana presents 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Molly is having trouble finding her Christmas spirit. Determined to make it a Christmas to remember, Molly’s mother takes her on a magical treasure hunt through New York City from Radio City Music Hall to Macy’s, where they encounter dancing elves and even Santa Claus himself. Featuring a score of beloved Christmas songs, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is a yuletide spectacular that will put audiences in the holiday spirit. It will play at Casa Mañana Theatre through December 23.
Magnolia at the Modern presents Maria by Callas
Tom Volf's Maria by Callas is the first film to tell the life story of Maria Callas, the legendary Greek-American opera singer, completely in her own words. Through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters, and unpublished memoirs, nearly all of which has never been shown to the public, the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman. It will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Enchant: World's Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market
Enchant will once again illuminate North Texas skies with its World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market. This year, the event will move inside Globe Life Park in Arlington, where guests can enjoy the light maze, an all-new skating trail, an artisans market, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and much more. The event will be open daily through December 30.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays
Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will help usher in the holiday season by performing seasonal favorites. The concert, which will include the orchestra and combined choirs, features some of the best young singers Fort Worth has to offer. It’s a family tradition in true FWSO style, where the audience gets to sing-along, Santa spreads cheer, and the chance of snow flurries is 100 percent. There will be three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Jubilee Theatre presents The First Noel
This Harlem-based holiday musical features music that crosses genres, from pop to jazz to gospel, to tell a universal story of love and belonging. It’s a story that follows three generations affected by the tragic loss of a loved one. Time is slow to heal this family’s wounds until an unexpected visit from Grandma reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. The production will play at Jubilee Theatre through December 23.
Saturday, November 24
National Theatre Live presents King Lear
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of King Lear featured Ian McKellen in the starring role. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two aging fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. This contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving, and shocking play will screen once on Saturday and twice on November 28 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.