Holiday Event Planner
The best Fort Worth events to spread holiday cheer
There is no shortage of holiday events to choose from in and around Fort Worth. Lucky for you, we've created the following guide to shine a light on the best holiday happenings — from festive events to cheerful productions.
The following events take place throughout the holidays, so you can attend whenever the time is right for you.
Gaylord Texan presents ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World
The annual popular attraction at Grapevine's Gaylord Texan resort features colorful holiday sculptures hand-carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice. The display this year shows how Christmas is celebrated around the world. There are also two-story-tall ice slides, a 12-lane snow tubing hill, an interactive ice carving station, and more. ICE! will be open through January 3.
Texas Motor Speedway presents The Gift of Lights
Texas Motor Speedway will once again open its gates for this holiday lighting spectacular, featuring a two-mile drive through the speedway that includes over 200 lighted displays with more than 2 million LED lights. New this year is the 22,000-square-foot Santa's Village, where visitors can get a photo with Santa Claus, enjoy refreshments, and ride a miniature train. The event goes on through December 31.
Panther Island Ice
Take advantage of this rare opportunity at Coyote Drive-In, featuring Fort Worth's only outdoor skating rink, albeit one that's still under cover. You can skate every day through January 18.
Texas Christkindl Market
Shopping is just as much a part of the season as anything else, so why not have some fun while doing it? This German-themed market outside of Globe Life Park in Arlington features a unique shopping experience for gifts and holiday decorations along with authentic German cuisine, holiday beverages, live entertainment, children’s activities, and much more. It runs through December 23.
Theater, theater, and more theater
'Tis the season for fun, holiday-themed productions.
Casa Mañana Theatre presents Frosty the Snowman
Everybody knows the classic holiday song "Frosty the Snowman," but what would it look like in real life? That's the fantasy that Casa Mañana has created, as it produces a musical adventure that will surely delight kids and adults alike. The production plays at Casa Mañana Theatre through December 23.
Jubilee Theatre presents Do You Hear What I Hear
The holiday production from Jubilee Theatre is not the traditional kind you'll find from most other theater companies. This one tells the story of one down-on-his-luck man who gets lifted up by simple acts of kindness. Playing through December 27, it features many recognizable holiday songs and the beloved style of Jubilee Theatre.
Stage West presents Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
Multiple theater companies put on the classic A Christmas Carol every year, but what if the story were told from the perspective of Scrooge's partner, Jacob Marley? Stage West takes on that story, which tells exactly how Marley became doomed to forever wear those chains, along with a few other surprises. The play runs through December 20.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
Amphibian Stage Productions will put on a rare Hanukkah-themed play, in which a man takes it upon himself to rid a Russian town of wicked goblins so the residents can celebrate Hanukkah. The play will run December 11-20.
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker
Texas Ballet Theater normally splits this production between Dallas and Fort Worth, but this year Fort Worth has it all to itself. The holiday classic, in which Clara goes on magical journey with a nutcracker-turned-prince to The Land of Sweets, will run at Bass Performance Hall December 11-27. Also, don't forget about The Nutty Nutcracker on December 18, a special performance that puts a decidedly more adult spin on the story.
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