December 5-7 FREE And Cheap Things To Do Around Fort Worth This Weekend — Lots of FREE Christmas Events

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This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • FREE City-wide Christmas Tree Lighting Events
  • FREE Littlest Wiseman Christmas Pageant
  • FREE Visit With Santa at Sundance Square
  • FREE Nash Farm Victorian Christmas in Grapevine
  • FREE Christmas on Main Street Event in Grapevine
  • FREE Grapevine Lake Twinkle Light Boat Parade
  • FREE 4th Annual Arlington Christkindl Market
  • FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Museum Admission at Fort Worth
    Science and History Museum & Perot Museum
  • FREE Town Hall Coffee with Mayor Betsy Price
  • FREE Nasher Sculpture Center’s First
    Saturdays Family Fun Day (In Dallas)
  • FREE Santa’s Wonderland Event At Bass Pro Shops
  • FREE Drawing Classes at The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Movie at the First Sunday Film Club,
    Miracle on 34th Street Christmas Classic
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma


Christmas Lights DFW

:: FREE Family Fun at City Christmas Tree Lighting Events
Keller ~ Friday, December 5
Roanoke ~ Friday, December 5
North Richland Hills ~ Saturday, December 6
Fort Worth Stockyards ~ Saturday, December 6

There are several Christmas Tree Lighting festivals and events 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!

Following is a sample of some of the fun choices:

Keller Town Center Holly Days
Celebrate the holidays with a community tree lighting, parade, snow-tubing hill, gingerbread house decorating, stage entertainment, food, crafts, photos with Santa and more, just in front of Keller Town Hall! Learn more here.
Friday, December 5, 2014 ~ 6:00-9:00PM
Where: Keller Town Center, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway
Cost: Entrance to event is FREE, but some activities have a small fee.

City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting Event
Head to historic Downtown Roanoke to enjoy an old-fashioned  tree-lighting with strolling carolers, live entertainment, living nativity scene, Santa’s workshop and more holiday family fun. Learn more here.
Friday, December 5, 2014 ~ 5:30-10:00PM
Where: Roanoke, Salem Avenue at Wells Fargo Plaza
Cost: FREE

North Richland Hills Tree Lighting Celebration at NRH2O
Fireworks, a performance by The X Factor’s Brandon Hassan on the main stage, arrival by Santa, mini-train rides, marshmallow roast, photos with Santa,  lighting of the tree, and more! Learn more here.
Saturday, December 6, 2014 ~ 4:00-8:00PM
Where: NRH2O in North Richland Hills, 9001 Texas Highway 26
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 afternoon of fun planned including lighting of the Christmas tree, a holiday parade, Cowboy Santa, pony rides, petting zoo, caroling, and more! Learn more here.
Saturday, December 6, 2014 ~ 11:30am-5:00pm
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards. Find a map & directions here.
Cost: Admission is FREE.


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:: FREE Annual Littlest Wiseman Christmas Pageant
December 6-14, 2014

The Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir will perform The Littlest Wiseman, a pageant of the Nativity presented December 6 to 14. This Christmas gift to the Fort Worth community has been in production for over 50 years and is an annual tradition for many families. Tickets for all performances are FREE and can be reserved ahead of time (get tickets here) or received at the door (we recommended that you make reservations in advance).

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: December 6-14, 2014. Go here for 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
Now Through December 23

Visit Santa at Sundance Square Plaza. The jolly old elf will be waiting to hear Christmas wishes at his home near the towering 58-foot Sundance Square Christmas tree, beautifully adorned with thousands of lights. Fort Worth Sister Cities International invites you to take your photo with Santa and is offering guests a photo with Santa for a $10 donation (cash only please) which will go towards youth programs. You are also welcome to bring your personal camera to take photos if you prefer.

Details, details
What: Learn more about visiting Santa at Sundance Square here.
Go here
for dates and times you can visit Santa by the Sundance Square Tree (Now through December 23).
Where: Sundance Square Plaza, Downtown off Main Street
Cost: FREE. Photos with Santa are $10, with the proceeds to benefit the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships


:: FREE Nash Farm Victorian Christmas in Grapevine
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Get a taste of farm life just steps away from the heart of the city at historic Nash Farm in Grapevine and enjoy their FREE Christmas event!  Visitors will be led by docents through the farmhouse and the farm to experience how Grapevine’s earliest settlers celebrated Christmas in Texas during the latter part of the 19th Century. Tours will be led from the pole barn, where visitors can enjoy hot cider and cookies, then to the front door of the farmhouse, through the parlor, bedroom, dining room and kitchen, and finally outside by the burning yule log and back to the pole barn.

Details, details
For more information about the 110 acre Nash Farm and the Victorian Christmas family event, go here.
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 3:00 to 6:00PM
Where: Nash Farm ~ 626 Ball Street (near Historic 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.


:: Christmas on Main Street Event ~ Grapevine
Weekends through December 21, 2014

Step back in time this season at Christmas on Main! With the beautiful backdrop of the dressed up Victorian-style buildings, the annual event held on Main Street in Historic Downtown Grapevine, features Santa, jolly Christmas characters, hay rides, and much more!

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas. Go here to view times for hay rides.
Where: Events center around the 300 block of Main Street in Grapevine. Tractor-drawn wagon rides will depart behind the Gazebo during select hours.
Cost: FREE. Wagon rides cost $1/person, per ride, and proceeds benefit the historic preservation of Nash Farm.


:: FREE! Twinkle Light Boat Parade on Grapevine Lake
    Saturday, December 6, 2014

If you’re looking for a different sort of Christmas parade this year, make your way to the Twinkle Light Boat Parade, one of the most unique Christmas parades you will ever see! You will find water crafts decorated in all of the finest sparkling lights to celebrate the season. This floating festival begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina including Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: December 6, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00pm.
Where: Festival begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake marinas. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine.  Find a map of Grapevine Lake here.
Cost: FREE


:: Fourth Annual Arlington Christkindl Christmas Market
Now through December 21, 2014

The Arlington Christkindl (Kris-kin-dill) Market is an enchanting family market in the tradition of those held throughout Germany during the Holiday season. It is a charming festival with twinkling lights and the holiday sounds and aromas of Christmas. The event celebrates the German Christmas heritage with authentic German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts and holiday gifts.

Details, details
For more information about this fun event, go here.
Now through December 21, 2014 ~ go here for daily hours and click here for a schedule of special events during the week.
Where: The event will be held on the Ballpark in Arlington grounds. The main entrance is at the Road to Six Flags and Ballpark Way.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Discover the habits and adaptations of one of River Legacy’s native animals during a live animal observation with a Naturalist at River Legacy Living Science Center. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Details, details
 To find out more about the FREE  seminar, go here.
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington.
When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 ~ 2:00pm
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.


:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

The Kimbell Kids drop-in program introduces children (ages 12 and under) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion one hour before the program. Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is very limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!


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

Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014

Bank of America’s 2014 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 150+ participating museums throughout the country. In DFW, this FREE Admission program takes place this weekend at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and in Dallas at The Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

Details, details
To learn more about the Museums On Us program, go here.
How: 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 is located at 1600 Gendy St. (corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy). The Perot Museum can be found at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas.
When: Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders


:: FREE Town Hall Coffee with Mayor Betsy Price
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mayor Betsy is teaming up with city councilmembers to host community coffees throughout Fort Worth. Stop in to talk to Mayor Betsy and your councilmember about what is important to you in your neighborhood and around town.  Free coffee will be provided ~ enjoy a cup while talking to your city leaders!

Details, details
What: Learn more about Town Halls for All here.
Frank Kent Honda ~ 3400 West Loop 820 South
When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 ~ 10:00am
Cost: FREE!


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

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays
Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays    Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays    Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families ~ bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month. Target First Saturdays are designed especially for children in preschool to elementary school and feature a lineup of activities that encourage creative thought through a monthly “Big Idea.” Children can engage in art projects and experience creativity in action through scavenger hunts, performances, storytime and more.

Details, details
For details, including a complete schedule, click here.
Saturday, December 6. FREE admission: 10 am – 5 pm
Family Activities from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.



:: FREE Santa’s Wonderland Event & Photos at Bass Pro Shops
Daily, Now through December 24, 2014

Free Bass Pro Shops Santa Photo  Wonderland

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!



:: FREE Drawing Classes for Kids & Adults at The Modern
Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Modern Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Kids Drawing Program

FREE Drawing From the Collection classes for kids:  Two sessions of this free program for children are offered, one for ages 5 to 8 and one for ages 9 to 12. Each session is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises that relate to works in the Modern’s galleries. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Attendance is limited; early arrival is encouraged. A sign-up sheet can be found at the information desk.

FREE Drawing From the Collection class for adults:  Learn with local artists as they lead free, informal basic drawing classes in the galleries. This class is open to adults at all skill levels. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Registration is not required, but a sign-in sheet is available at the information desk

Details, Details
For more information, visit the the Modern’s event website.
When: Sunday, December 7, 2014 ~ 2:00PM.
Where: The Modern in Fort Worth ~ 
3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Miracle on 34th Street Classic Movie Showing
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Join the Fort Worth Central Library for a free showing of the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street  on Sunday, December 7th. This event is part of the First Sunday Film Series which presents award-winning movies in a wide range of genres, including drama, action, comedy and science fiction. Films will be shown on the large screen of the library’s movie theater.

About the movie: A man recruited to play Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade calls himself Kris Kringle and believes himself to be the real Mr. Claus. When his sanity is questioned, he and a lawyer defend his claim in a court hearing. NR, 96 min., 1947

Details, details
What: For more information about this event, click hereRead reviews of the movie here. 
When: Sunday,  December 7, 2014 ~ 2:00PM
Where: In the movie theater of the Fort Worth Central Library.  You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage.  The parking garage and parking meters are FREE on weekends.
Cost: FREE, no ticket required.


:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, December 7, 2014

In this weekend’s in-store class, Williams-Sonoma will offer tips on  how to make holiday entertaining effortless! Join in the cooking fun as you’ll learn to prepare favorite Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa recipes — perfect for holiday gatherings. They’ll also share some of Ina’s smart strategies from her newest cookbook, Make It Ahead.  Ina Garten is  host of Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network and author of nine cookbooks. Plus, if you attend this class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores.  Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma technique classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Sunday, December 7, 2014. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times and date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams-Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.


Is there a event you’d like to have added to the our weekend event list?  We’d love to know about it! Please submit your event and details in the comments section.


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