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These are the 5 best things to do in Fort Worth this Christmas weekend

These are the 5 best things to do in Fort Worth this Christmas weekend

Radiance Holiday Lights Spectacular
Radiance at the Ranch in Weatherford continues through December 31. Photo courtesy of Radiance
Elf on the Shelf Magical Holiday Journey
Elf on the Shelf Magical Holiday Journey at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington is one of a bunch of continuing holiday events. Photo courtesy of The Lumistella Company
Stage West Theatre presents Scrooge in Rouge
Stage West Theatre presents two final performances of Scrooge in Rouge on December 23 and 24. Photo by Evan Michael Woods
Lone Star Film Festival presents Joyeux Noel
Joyeux Noel will have three screenings at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on December 26. Photo by J.C. Lother/Sony Pictures Classics
Kevin Fowler
Kevin Fowler will play at Billy Bob's Texas on December 23. Photo by Natalie Rhea
Radiance Holiday Lights Spectacular
Elf on the Shelf Magical Holiday Journey
Stage West Theatre presents Scrooge in Rouge
Lone Star Film Festival presents Joyeux Noel
Kevin Fowler

With Christmas falling on a weekend this year, it's holiday events galore. There are also a couple of concerts and screenings of an under-appreciated Christmas movie.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this holiday weekend. Note: All of the events are happening as of press time, but COVID-19 is rapidly changing the events landscape. Best to check a venue's website for updates before heading out.

Thursday, December 23

Holiday events
If you haven't had a chance to check out a holiday event this year, there is no shortage of options. Artisan Center Theater in Hurst is putting on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer productions, Texas Ballet Theater continues its annual Nutcracker production at Bass Performance Hall, The Elf On the Shelf Magical Holiday Journey is at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Radiance at the Ranch: A Holiday Light Spectacular is running at Parker County Sheriff's Posse in Weatherford, Texas Christkindl Market continues for last-minute shopping at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, and Stage West Theatre will have two final performances of Scrooge in Rouge on Thursday and Friday. (NOTE: The final two performances of Texas Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker on December 24 and 26 have been canceled.)

Christmas lights
Some of the biggest displays around will be on for just a few more days. Here is a complete list of the top drive-thru, immersive, commercial displays, and more. And here are the best neighborhoods to cruise through to see dazzling lights. Heading to Dallas this weekend? That list is here.

Kevin Fowler in concert
Texas country music singer Kevin Fowler has been trying to make his way in the industry for 19 years now, releasing nine albums since 2000. He's slowly but surely made his way up the charts, including with his well-received 2019 album, Barstool Stories. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, December 25

Dylan Wheeler in concert
Anyone who needs a break on Christmas night can take in a concert by East Texas native Dylan Wheeler at Billy Bob's Texas. Wheeler dropped his debut EP, Tell Me If I’m Wrong, in November 2018, and since then his name has continued to be added to lists of emerging singer/songwriters to watch in the Texas/Red dirt music scene.

Sunday, December 26

Magnolia at the Modern: Joyeux Noel
The 2005 film Joyeux Noel tells the true-life story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French, and German troops in the trenches of World War I. Enemies leave their weapons behind for one night as they band together in brotherhood and forget about the brutalities of war. Diane Krüger, Daniel Brühl, and Benno Fürmann head a first-rate international cast in a truly powerful, must-see film. There will be three screenings on Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.