There are plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2010. They range from viewing light shows to parades, to meeting Santa Here are just some of the holiday events in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Light the Night at Watters Creek, November 20, 6 to 9 pm, Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, 970 Garden Park Dr.More than a half-million LED lights and glowing icicles will be illuminated as children toss magical fairy dust into the air. Santa will be there, as will Chamberlain’s Performing Arts fairies, and live entertainment. Additional festivities include a window décor contest and a horse-drawn carriage parade.
Old Towne Christmas, December 3, 12 to 7 pm, December 4, 10 am to 3 pm, Dottie Lynn Recreation Center, 3200 Norwood Ln.
Do your gift shopping at the annual craft fair. Santa will be there, and you’re sure to find something for everyone. For more information, or to reserve a booth, call 817-277-5001.
Breakfast with Santa, December 11, 8 to 11 am, Cliff Nelson Recreation Center, 4600 W. Bardin Rd.
In addition to sharing a pancake breakfast with Santa, there will be crafts and activities everyone can enjoy. Registration is required; for more information or to register, call 817-561-2819. Cost is $10 per person.
An Old Fashioned Christmas, December 3, 6 to 8:30 pm, A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, 1509 N. Perry Rd.
Come on down for an open house featuring Victorian carolers, a petting zoo and children’s area, free cookies and hot chocolate, and, of course, Santa Claus. For more information, call 972-466-6380.
Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade, December 4, 10 am, Downtown Dallas
The parade will feature five themed sections, each with its own Children’s Medical Center patient as Grand Marshall. The themes include: Winter Wonderland, Toyland, Country Cookies, Sounds of the Season, and Home for the Holidays.
There will also be marching bands, inflatables, costumed characters and dancers as well as Santa. The parade is free, although tickets for bleacher seating can be purchased.
Breakfast with Santa, December 4, 8:30 and 9:30 am, Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd.
Kids under the age of 10 can have breakfast with Santa, sit on his lap and give him their wish list, and make a souvenir ornament. A photographer will be present.
Cost for Breakfast with Santa is $10/child for members, $11 for non-members, and $4 for each additional child or parent. Photographs are additional.
Christmas Parade, December 11, 10 am, Eaton Drive to Marcus High School
The Christmas Parade will feature floats, costumes, music and candy. For more information about the parade, call 972-874-6276.
Gingerbread House Decorating, December 12, 1 to 3 pm, Community Activity Center, 1200 Gerault Rd.
Parents and children can put their creative juices to good use, and decorate their own gingerbread house. Cost is $20 per house, with all materials provided.
Grinch Scramble, December 17, 7 pm, Gerault Park, 1200 Gerault Rd.
Bring a flashlight to help you search for candy canes, and a bag to put them in. Keep your eyes open for the Grinch as well: whoever finds the Grinch wins the grand prize. In addition to the candy cane hunt, there will also be music and games. This event is free.
Christmas in the Stockyards, December 4, 2 to 6 pm, 130 East Exchange Avenue
Come out to the Fort Worth Stockyards on December 4th to kick off the Christmas season. The Christmas tree will be lit, and there will be a holiday parade, caroling, and off course Cowboy Santa Claus, will be there, too! For more information about Christmas in the Stockyards call 817-625-9715.
Birds’ Christmas Tree, December 6, 11 am, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Make biodegradable bird treats and bring them to hang in the Garden’s Grove, giving the wildlife a holiday feast. There will be music and entertainment as well.
Christmas in the Square, November 26 through January 8, 6 to 10 pm, Frisco Square
Check out the choreographed light and music show, billed as the “largest in Texas.” Family activities will be taking place December 10-11, 17-18. There will be carriage rides, trackless train, and a miniature train on display, inflatables, parachuting Santa, and an inner tube snow slide.
Family Funday, Greeting Card Workshop, December 4, 11, 18, 2 to 4 pm, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. Macarthur Blvd.
Local artists will help children make holiday greeting cards and other art projects to take home and share. All supplies are provided. Santa will be available for photographs, bring your own camera. Both events are free. For more information call 972-252-7558.
City of Arlington
A.W. Perry Homestead Museum
Children’s Medical Center
Town of Flower Mound
Irving Arts Center