Whether you’re looking for a cowboy Christmas or classic, cultural experiences, Fort Worth has it all. You can see Santa alongside Texas longhorns at the Fort Worth Stockyards, then head to The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for holiday lights—and that’s just the start of Christmas cheer in Cowtown!
Christmas in the Stockyards, Courtesy: Stockyards Station
WHERE TO GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
SUNDANCE SQUARE TREE LIGHTING:
Fort Worth’s downtown Sundance Square glistens year round, but when the majestic 65’-foot tall Christmas tree lights up on November 17, so does the town. Get there early to enjoy live music and countdown to the start of the holiday season.
Each year, the Parade of Lights brings together the Fort Worth community for a postcard-worthy holiday event. While the parade begins at 6 p.m. on November 18, plan to arrive in downtown early to take care of your holiday shopping and to grab a great seat!
‘Tis the season, y’all! Celebrate a cowboy Christmas on December 1 with an all-day family-friendly event that includes cowboy poetry, photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus and of course, the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive.
With nearly three million lights, this Texas-sized drive-through light park is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! After driving through two miles of beautiful displays, end up at Santa’s Village for photos, food and more. Take it all in November 29 – December 30.
From November 23 – February 3, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will be illuminated in a spectacular array of festive lights. Treat yourself to dinner at Café Modern for a great meal and gorgeous holiday views!
This walkable, outdoor mall is a shopper’s dream. From Neiman Marcus to local boutiques and home decor stores, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. Plus, you’ll have fun too. After you shop, treat yourself to one of the delicious restaurants or a mani/pedi at Villa Nail Salon.
With just two delicious Tex-Mex entree options, (fajitas and enchiladas) this place is perfect for groups of all sizes! Gather with family and friends at this family-owned Fort Worth favorite for margs and memories.
After a day enjoying Sundance Square, this local restaurant is the perfect place to relax. It’s in a historic building and offers classy vibes, a small rooftop patio for dinner with a view and delicious chef-driven cuisine.
After dinner, look for Scat Jazz Lounge’s neon sign to wrap up your night with drinks and live jazz. Half the fun is finding this underground jazz lounge, but we’ll give you a hint: it’s by Sundance Square.
Coyote Drive-in transforms into a winter wonderland at Fort Worth’s largest outdoor ice skating rink. Panther Island Ice is the perfect place for a family outing and is open daily (even on holidays) from November 16 – January 14.
Catch the dazzling choreographed light show synced to Christmas music every evening in December from 6 to 9 p.m. and ride in a horse-drawn carriage on Friday and Saturday nights. Crockett Row at West 7th is also just a hop and a skip away from great bars like The Yard on Morton Street, if you’re looking for nightlife fun!
Whether you prefer to cherish classics like The Nutcracker, listen to the sounds of Fort Worth Orchestra’s Home for the Holidaysor sing along to A Charlie Brown Christmas, Bass Hall is a perfect backdrop for holiday traditions.