Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events: December 2-4 Cheap & FREE Entertainment Roundup

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This weekend’s highlights include:

• FREE City-wide Christmas Tree Lighting Events
• FREE Littlest Wiseman Christmas Pageant
• FREE Visit Santa at Sundance Square
• FREE Nash Farm in Grapevine Victorian Christmas
• CHEAP Annual Breakfast With Santa in Grapevine
• FREE Picture With Santa and Kids Event At Bass Pro Shops
• FREE Entrance to Fort Worth Science & History Museum
• FREE Family Fun Day at the Nasher Sculpture Center
• FREE Cooking Techniques Class at Williams-Sonoma
• FREE Woodworking Kids Clinic at Lowe’s

Ooooh ~ Let the fun begin!


:: Make a Memory at a Local Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Keller ~ Friday, December 2
North Richland Hills ~ Saturday, December 3
Roanoke ~ Saturday, December 3
Fort Worth Stockyards ~ Saturday, December 3

There are lots of Christmas Tree Lighting festivities happening around town this weekend! Pick one (or two!), heat up a thermos of hot chocolate, bundle up, and head out to create a fun memory for your family!  Many of these events have a rain plan as well (check the website), so don’t let that keep you at home.

Following is a sample of some of the fun choices:

Keller Town Center Holly Days
 Young and young-at-heart will enjoy the free festivities, which include arrival of Santa stage entertainment, arts and crafts, a two-lane tubing hill, gingerbread house decoration and much more.
Learn more here.
Friday, December 2, 2011 ~ 6:00-9:00PM
Where: Keller Town Center, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway
Cost: Entrance to event is FREE, but some kids activities have a small fee.

City of Roanoke Christmas Event & 20th Anniversary Parade
  Get your seat early at Oak & Austin in historic Downtown Roanoke  ~ enjoy the lighted parade, tree-lighting, strolling carolers, horse and carriage rides, and more.  A Victorian Christmas at the Visitor Center & Museum makes this a festive time for everyone. Enjoy free treats from participating downtown Roanoke businesses and a family sing-along after the parade. Visit the Rec. Center for photos with Santa, Christmas Crafts, Bounce Houses, Children’s Train, Live music and more holiday fun until 9:00 pm.  Learn more here.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 ~ 5:00-9:00PM
Where: Roanoke, Austin Street Plaza, 221 N. Oak Street
Cost: FREE

North Richland Hills Tree Lighting Celebration at NRH2O
Fireworks, arrival by Santa, mini-train rides, 110-foot long snow tubing hill of REAL SNOW(!!), marshmallow roast,  photos with Santa, holiday market, lighting of the tree, live entertainment, and more!  Learn more here.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 ~ 4:00-8:00PM
Where: NRH2O in North Richland Hills, 9001 Texas Highway 26.
Go here  for a map.
Cost: Admission is FREE.  Parking is FREE at Tarrant County College
Northeast Campus located on Boulevard 26. Please bring a new,
unwrapped toy or canned food item for the City’s annual toy and food
drive. Some kids activities have a small fee ($1-$3).

 Fort Worth Stockyards Christmas & Tree Lighting Celebration
Fort Worth Stockyards Christmas Celebration has an evening of fun planned including lighting of the Christmas tree, a holiday parade, Cowboy Santa, pony rides, petting zoo, caroling, and much more!
Learn more here.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 ~ 2:00-6:00PM
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards. Find a map & directions here.
Cost: Admission is FREE.


:: 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.

Details, details
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
Fort Worth
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.


:: Visit Santa at Sundance Square ~ Downtown Fort Worth

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).

Details, details
What: To learn more about visiting Santa at Sundance Square, click here.
Go here for dates and times you can visit Santa at his home by the Sundance Square Tree (now through December 21, 2011).
Where: Santa will be at his Gingerbread House by the 55′ tree 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


:: FREE Nash Farm Victorian Christmas in Grapevine
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Get a taste of farm life just steps away from the heart of the city. Historic Nash Farm in Grapevine is hosting a FREE Victorian Christmas.  Christmas on the farm was a mostly hand-made affair. Wreaths and decorations made from local greenery, and late-harvest fruits and vegetables. Gifts were thoughtful and simple. Visit Nash Farm to make your own traditional ornaments like cotton-ball angels, paper chains, wrapped peanuts and popcorn strings!

Details, details
For more information about the 110 acre Nash Farm and the Victorian Christmas family event, go here.
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Where: Nash Farm ~ 626 Ball Street ~ near Historic Downtown Grapevine
Free Parking 1 Block west of Nash Farm at Cannon Elementary or
at the Botanical Gardens and Homestead Dr.
Cost: FREE! Donations are appreciated and benefit Heritage Education
Programs at Nash Farm.


:: FREE 9th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa ~ Grapevine
    Saturday, December 3, 2011 


Enjoy a fun breakfast with Santa in Grapevine at the Fire Station! Santa
will arrive by helicopter at 8:00 AM to join all those in attendance.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, December 3, 2011 ~ 8:00AM – Noon
Where: Grapevine Fire Station #1 ~ 601 Boyd Dr. in Grapevine
Cost:  Donations are accepted and benefit the Grapevine department’s Public Safety Education Team and Honor Guard.


:: Santa’s Wonderland Event & FREE Santa Photos ~ Bass Pro Shops
    Daily, Now through December 24, 2011


Bass Pro Shops is hosting fun daily events for kids, at their Santa’s Wonderland. The festive events include FREE games and activities, FREE crafts and a FREE photo with Santa. Activities vary by day.

Details, details
What: To see the list of activities and events, click here.
When: Daily, now through December 24. For schedule of photos with santa, craft activities, and game, click here.
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!


:: Bank of America Cardholders: Take advantage of FREE
ADMISSION to the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

    Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2011

Bank of America’s 2011 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE  admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 120 participating museums throughout the U.S. This FREE Admission program takes place this weekend (December 3-4in Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Details, details
What: To find out more about Bank of America’s Museums On Us program, go here. To learn more about The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, click here.
Show a photo ID and any Bank of America Card to get FREE admission for each Bank of America Card Holder.
Where: The Fort Worth Science & History Museum, 1600 Gendy St.
(corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy).
Click here for directions.
Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2011
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders (Reg: $14 Adults, $10 Children)

Other DFW Museums With FREE Admission This Weekend:



:: Take an “Art-Full” Trek to Dallas to the Nasher Sculpture
Center’s First Saturdays Family Fun Day.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families. Held the first Saturday of every month, this special event features FREE admission and a fun schedule of activities for the kids.

Details, details
For details, including complete schedule, click here.
When: Saturday, December 3, 2011 ~ 10:00AM to 2:00PM
 For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.
Cost: FREE


:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
& Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
    Sunday, December 4, 2011 


Learn to cook a delectable holiday breakfast featuring creative dishes that
will please children and adults alike. Williams Sonoma will share ideas for make-ahead dishes so you can enjoy the morning with your guests, instead of spending time in the kitchen. They’ll also demonstrate some classic breakfast foods made festive. Plus, if you attend this class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from the store.

Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

 Details, details
What: For more information and to see the schedule  for future Williams-Sonoma Cooking classes and demonstrations, go here.
When: Sunday, December 4, 2011    Note: 1 hour class times vary
from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.
Where: Click here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.


:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a Train Caboose
Saturday, December 3, 2011

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE project to take home.

All workshops are FREE, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, December 3, 2011~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores
    To find a participating location, click here.



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