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These are the 8 best things to do in Fort Worth on Christmas weekend

These are the 8 best things to do in Fort Worth on Christmas weekend

Radiance Holiday Lights Spectacular
A slew of holiday events, including Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular, will continue throughout Christmas weekend in and around Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Radiance
Dinosaur Drive-Thru
Dinosaur Drive-Thru will be in the parking lot at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor through January 10. Photo courtesy of Dinosaur Drive-Thru
Casey Donahew
Casey Donahew will play a special Christmas night concert at Billy Bob's Texas. Casey Donahew/Facebook
Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme
Wild Mountain Thyme with Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan will screen at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, December 26-27 and January 2-3. Photo courtesy of Bleecker Street
MK Paulsen
M.K. Paulsen will be one of the comedians performing at Claws Out Comedy's Sunday Night Spotlight at Tulips FTW on December 27. Photo courtesy of MK Paulsen
Radiance Holiday Lights Spectacular
Dinosaur Drive-Thru
Casey Donahew
Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan in Wild Mountain Thyme
MK Paulsen

While many events in and around Fort Worth have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, some organizations have pivoted to virtual or socially-distanced events to continue offering the masses some entertainment while we need it the most.

Below are the best ways to spend your free time over the long Christmas weekend. While not every event is out of the house, they all promise to provide a nice distraction from the everyday life.

If you're looking for restaurants to take guests over the holidays, click here. If you're looking for the best Christmas lights around town, click here.

Wednesday, December 23

Holiday events galore
There is no shortage of in-person, drive-thru, and virtual holiday events to see, and most of them will be available every day this weekend. Options include Texas Christkindl Market, Lone Star Christmas, Jingle All the Way, Holiday in the Park, Luminova Holidays, Radiance!, Gift of Lights, and The Nutcracker.

Dinosaur Drive-Thru
Taking place in the parking lot at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Dinosaur Drive-Thru features over 60 animatronic dinosaurs. Throughout the 45-minute show, visitors will stay in their vehicles to see dinosaurs displayed in chronological order, which will go along with an interactive audio tour guide describing all of the interesting facts, and some jokes, about each dinosaur, in both English and Spanish. The show will take place on various days through January 10.

Friday, December 25

Casey Donahew in concert
Country singer Casey Donahew had a nice run of success on the national country music scene, charting four straight albums in the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts in the 2010s, including the No. 3 All Night Party. He hasn't let the time of quarantine slow him down, releasing an all-acoustic album, Lost My Brother's Goat, earlier this year. He'll play a special Christmas show at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, December 26

CBS Sports Classic: Gonzaga vs. Virginia
College basketball fans will get a belated Christmas present when the No. 1 team in the nation, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, face off against the No. 16 Virginia Cavaliers in the CBS Sports Classic at Dickies Arena. Gonzaga is already a formidable team, having beaten Kansas (currently ranked No. 3), West Virginia (currently ranked No. 7), and Iowa (currently ranked No. 4).

Magnolia at the Modern: Wild Mountain Thyme
Headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony Reilly's love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony's (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic and romantic tale. The film will screen three times through Sunday and three times January 2-3 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Flatland Cavalry in concert
Flatland Cavalry, a country/Americana band from Lubbock that has released an EP and two studio albums, has experienced a modicum of national success, with their first album, Humble Folks, peaking at No. 38 on the Billboard Country charts. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of their 2019 album, Homeland Insecurity.

Sunday, December 27

Rodney Carrington in concert
There are many entertainers who try their hand at multiple disciplines, but Rodney Carrington might be the only country music singer/stand-up comedian working today. Much of his material, which includes six albums dating back to 1998, is of the, shall we say, dirtier variety, making him an acquired taste. He'll perform at Billy Bob's Texas.

Claws Out Comedy presents Sunday Night Spotlight
Tulips FTW will host their first comedy showcase since opening their doors last month. Claws Out Comedy's Sunday Night Spotlight will feature stand-up performances by Josh Johnson, M.K. Paulsen, Ruth Banks, Eileen Hopkins, and Rose Katherine.