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The 2011 FREE Christmas Event Roundup includes:
- FREE Fort Worth Christmas Parade of Lights and Visit to Santa at Sundance Square
- FREE Christmas on Main Street Family Event in Grapevine
- FREE Littlest Wiseman Christmas Pageant
- FREE Christmas at Southwestern Christmas Concert
- FREE Live Nativity & Petting Zoo in Keller
- FREE Camp Bowie Christmas Family Fun Event
- CHEAP Enjoy a Fun Day at the Historic Log Cabin Village
This week we are featuring several of our favorite Christmas events happening around Fort Worth over the coming weeks ~ some old, some brand new, but all worthy of a fun time celebrating with family and friends.
:: 29th Annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights and Visit
…With Santa at Sundance Square ~ Downtown Fort Worth
Head Downtown for the 29th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights
Downtown Fort Worth’s skyline will provide a stunning background for the lights and sounds of the 29th Annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights Friday evening, November 25. Join the thousands of spectators as they line the sidewalks to see more than 100 brilliantly colored floats, beautiful antique cars, marching bands, equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages, and a cast of delightful holiday characters including the most lovable pair of all – Mrs. Claus and Santa!
Visit Santa at Sundance Square
The jolly old elf will be waiting to hear Christmas wishes at his home near the towering Sundance Square Christmas tree, adorned with thousands of lights, colorful balls and sparkling snowflakes. Kids can get their picture taken with Santa too! Free entertainment and live Christmas music will be performed
throughout the day and evening (see the entertainment schedule here).
What: For more information about the Parade of Lights, click here. To learn more about visiting Santa at Sundance Square, click here.
When: Parade takes place November 25, 2011 at 6:00PM. Santa will be at his home by the Sundance Square Tree following the parade of lights ceremony Friday night. Go here for other dates and time you can visit Santa at the Sundance Square Tree (now through December 21, 2011).
Where: Go here for Parade Route details. Santa will be at Sundance Square, On Main Street (between 3rd and 4th streets)
Cost: FREE. Photos with Santa are $7, with the proceeds to benefit the
Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships
:: Christmas on Main Street Event ~ Grapevine
…Weekends through December 18, 2011
The annual event, held on Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine, features Santa, jolly Christmas characters, complimentary hay rides, decorations adorning the mile-long stretch of Main Street, and much more!
What: For more information, click here.
When: Friday, Saturda and Sunday until Christmas. Go here to view times for
hay rides and kids games with Santa and his reindeer.
Where: Events center around the 300 block of Main Street in Grapevine. Go here for FREE parking details.
Cost: FREE (Hay Rides cost $1/person)
:: FREE! 51st Anniversary ~ Littlest Wiseman Christmas Pageant
December 3-11, 2011
The Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts performs The Littlest Wiseman, a pageant of the Nativity and presented as a Christmas gift to the community by the Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir and through a grant from the Walsh Foundation. This gift to Fort Worth has been in production for over 50 years and is an annual tradition for many families. Tickets are FREE, but it is recommended that you make reservations in advance.
What: For more information, click here.
When: December 3-11, 2011. Go here to view performance schedule.
Where: William Edrington Scott Theater ~ 1300 Gendy Street
Cost: FREE. Go here for advance online ticket reservations or call 817.924.3640. Do note that children under the age of 4 will not be admitted. Note: Some reservations dates may be on a waiting list basis, but we are assured that you should still be able to get seated.
:: Christmas at Southwestern Christmas Concert
..Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale, Southwestern Singers and Orchestra will present the First Annual Christmas at Southwestern on Thursday, December 1. The concert will feature Christmas carols, John Rutter’s Magnificat and G.F. Handel’s Messiah. This is the same Master Chorale that performs with the Fort Worth Symphony at the Bass a few days later.
What: Go here to learn more about Christmas at Southwestern.
When: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Where: J.W. “Jack” MacGorman Chapel ~ Find directions here.
Cost: FREE! Admission is free, but tickets are required for the event.
Special thanks to fabulous reader C. Shone for this tip!
:: FREE Journey to the Manger: Live Nativity & Petting Zoo in Keller
Friday, December 9, 2011
Bring your family and friends and join in for some FREE family Christmas fun Friday, December 9. The Journey to the Manger live nativity (at Northwood Church Parking Lot in Keller) will allow you to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of that first Christmas when Jesus was born in the stable. Journey to the Manger features a live petting zoo for kids, FREE hot chocolate and snacks. Fire pits will keep everyone one warm and toasty.
What: Learn more about the Journey to the Manger family event here.
When: Friday, December 9, 2011 ~ 6:00-8:30PM.
Where: Northwood Church, Keller ~ 1870 Rufe Snow Drive
Cost: FREE to everyone. Hot cocoa & snacks are FREE too!
Enjoy an afternoon on the Boulevard during Camp Bowie Christmas. Adults and children alike will have a jolly good time at this family friendly event, complete with Santa and his “Reinsteer,” carolers and holiday cheer! Admission is free for all, but an unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots is encouraged. Family friendly activities will include: a gingerbread house competition between DFW’s celebrity chefs (including Food Network regular, Chef Catherine Ruehle), side-street performers and live entertainment, face painting, delectable holiday treats, and many more merrymaking festivities for the family.
What: For more information about Camp Bowie Christmas, go here.
When: Saturdays, December 10 & 17, 2011 ~ 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Festivities will take place in the 6323 block of Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth
Cost: FREE! However, a toy donation for Toys for Tots is encouraged to help spread the holiday cheer
:: Enjoy a Fun Day at the Historic Log Cabin Village With The
… Buttermilk Junction Old Time String Band
…December 11 & 17, 2011
Celebrate the holidays Texas Pioneer Village style and enjoy the delightful sounds of Buttermilk Junction, an Old-Time & Anglo-Celtic band. You’ll feel like you’ve walked back in time, as you listen to historical tunes and songs from 1800s era frontier Texas. Learn more here.
When: December 11 and December 17, 2011 ~ 1:00-4:00PM
Where: Historic Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth
2100 Log Cabin Village Lane. Get directions by clicking here.
Cost: Cost is regular $4.50 admission
Is there a Christmas event you’d like to have added to the list? Please submit your event and related details in the comments section.
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