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Spectacular Christmas lights lead this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

Spectacular Christmas lights lead week's hottest Fort Worth headlines

Modern Lights, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern Lights will be on until mid-January.  Photo courtesy of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Coronavirus COVID-19
Please go away. Thank you.  CDC
Santa House Grapevine
The Murillo family home has become the Grapevine Santa House. Photo courtesy of Louie Murillo
Su Ti craft Distillery rice liquor
Definitely the first in Texas, maybe even the first in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Su Ti
Woman holding bags, Christmas shopping
Gifts may be small, but budgets are big in Flower Mound.  Photo courtesy of Holiday Shopping Card
Modern Lights, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Coronavirus COVID-19
Santa House Grapevine
Su Ti craft Distillery rice liquor
Woman holding bags, Christmas shopping

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.

1. Where to see the most spectacular Christmas lights around Fort Worth in 2020. Here's our 2020 guide to the biggest, brightest, most spectacular Christmas light displays in the Fort Worth area. Pour the hot chocolate, load up the car, flip on the holiday tunes, and enjoy these merry, magical wonderlands. 

2. COVID-19 shuts down Fort Worth bars and lowers restaurant capacity. Fort Worth edged back toward lockdown mode following an increase in COVID-19 cases that shut down bars and forced certain businesses, including restaurants, stores, and gyms, to reduce capacity to 50 percent. The measure is a result of an executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott that went into effect in October, requiring rollbacks if and when COVID-19 resurged.

3. Grapevine 'Santa House' takes St. Nick decor over the rooftop for charity. If the Murillo family doesn't capture the top spot on Santa's nice list this year, there's no hope for the rest of us. They have filled their front yard in Grapevine with more than 1,000 lighted Santa decorations as a beacon of awareness for a local nonprofit. They're calling it, simply, Grapevine Santa House.

4. Fort Worth welcomes first-of-its-kind distillery making rice liquor. Texas has enjoyed a boom in distilleries in recent years, focused primarily on making whiskey. That's why Su Ti Craft Distillery is such a special one-of-a-kind. This newly opened distillery in Kennedale is the first in Texas, and possibly even the U.S., to specialize in an authentic Vietnamese traditional rice liquor.

5. Shoppers in this Dallas-Fort Worth city are among biggest holiday spenders in U.S. It appears that delivery drivers (and Santa) will be hauling sleighs full of gifts to homes in Flower Mound this holiday season. A new study from personal finance website WalletHub ranks Flower Mound second in the country for cities with the biggest holiday budgets. WalletHub estimates consumers in Flower Mound will ring up an average of $2,973 in holiday spending this year.