Thanksgiving weekend around Fort Worth will feature fun new holiday events, including concerts, train rides, and more. There will also be visits from two rising country music stars and an MMA/boxing event featuring an appearance by a huge rock band.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Friday, November 26
Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau presents North Pole Express Christmas Village
The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau will present North Pole Express Christmas Village, featuring a winter wonderland in the Snowy Christmas Forest where visitors can take a selfie in the snow in Texas. Visitors can also shop for North Pole Express merchandise, toy trains, and more in the General Store, enjoy holiday treats and cups of hot chocolate, coffee, or apple cider. The Grapevine Christmas Passport, Elf Adventure, invites guests to learn holiday-themed heritage skills and enjoy making fun keepsakes with classic Christmas cookie cutter crafting and other craft activities. The event takes place in downtown Grapevine through December 23.
Grapevine Vintage Railroad presents North Pole Express
Guests can experience the magic of Christmas onboard Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express. Mrs. Claus takes her guests to pick up Santa and bring him to the Christmas Capital of Texas. Along the journey, guests can join in singing along to Christmas favorites and enjoy Santa’s favorite chocolate chip cookies. Mrs. Claus will also give each child a magical “We Believe” silver bell that reminds them of the spirit of Christmas and of all of the goodness and kindness within them. The trains depart from Grapevine Cotton Belt Depot through December 23.
The Michael Hix Christmas Party
Downtown Cowtown at the Isis will highlight the magnetic charm and wit of Michael Hix. This festive, high-energy Christmas show is bursting with Christmas favorites like "Jingle Bells," "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and more. The show includes music, comedy, fun, and celebration.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays
One of Fort Worth's favorite holiday traditions returns when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, special guest artists, and conductor Byron Stripling present Home for the Holidays, featuring a program of Christmas carols and seasonal tunes. Audiences can wave to Santa as the orchestra conjures a white Christmas courtesy of a magical snowfall. Take place at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday. FWSO is partnering with Toys for Tots to provide gifts for children who may not be receiving gifts this year. They will have a uniformed Marine to collect toys on-site at the Saturday and Sunday concerts, and they will have a donation box on Friday evening. All attendees who donate a toy will receive $5 off their ticket purchase at the event.
Zach Bryan in concert
Oklahoma native Zach Bryan is an up-and-coming country star who has YouTube to thank for his burgeoning success. After he started uploading his music in 2017, he had a viral song with "Heading South." Bryan has self released two albums, including 2020's Elisabeth, which went to No. 22 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, November 27
A Twitty and Lynn Acoustic Christmas
A Twitty and Lynn Acoustic Christmas is a holiday-themed salute to Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn starring Tre Twitty and Tayla Lynn. The pair will be honoring their grandparents in a heartfelt tribute at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis. They will cover many of their No. 1 hits along with some holiday favorites and beloved classics of their grandparents.
Triller Fight Club presents Triad Combat
Triller Fight Club presents the debut of Triad Combat, a new combat team sport which incorporates boxing and MMA rules in an aggressive, fast-paced manner with the fighters competing in a specially designed triangular ring over two-minute rounds. It features professional boxers competing against professional mixed martial arts fighters. The event, taking place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, will also feature a special concert by Metallica and other surprise guests.
Granger Smith in concert
Country singer Granger Smith has been releasing albums for over 20 years, but he didn't start tasting real success until 2013 when he released his first album with a major label. He's had two top three albums on the Billboard Country charts, and he released a double album, Country Things Vol. 1 and 2, in 2020. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.