December 4-6 FREE Weekend Christmas Events in Fort Worth (and More Things To Do Around Town This Weekend)

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 5th 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 Still Life: Wildlife and Everything in Between Exhibit at Fort Worth’s Central Library
  • FREE Nasher Sculpture Center’s First
    Saturdays Family Fun Day (In Dallas)
  • FREE! Woodworking Kids Workshop at Home Depot
  • FREE Santa’s Wonderland Event At Bass Pro Shops
  • FREE Drawing Classes at The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards

Christmas Lights DFW

:: FREE Family Fun at City Christmas Tree Lighting Events
Keller ~ Friday, December 4
Roanoke ~
Saturday, December 5
North Richland Hills ~ Saturday, December 5
Fort Worth Stockyards ~ Saturday, December 5

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 are some of our favorites:

Keller Town Center Holly Days: Christmas at Keller Town Center
Come join the holiday spirit at Keller Town Center! Enjoy The Very Merry Light Parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree, Santa’s arrival, stage entertainment, a two-lane snow hill, arts and crafts, bounce houses, concessions and activities at the Jingle Bell Zone. Learn more here.
Friday, December 4 ~ 6:00-9:00PM
Where: Keller Town Center, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway
Cost: Entrance to event is FREE.  For Jingle Bell Zone Admission, please bring one canned good per child to be donated to the Community Storehouse.

City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting Event
 Be a part of Roanoke’s annual Christmas parade, tree lighting, and holiday celebration including a fun night of Bounce houses, carriage rides, children’s crafts, children’s train, live musical performances, photos with Santa (remember to bring your camera!), refreshments and holiday fun at the Recreation Center, strolling carolers, and more. Learn more here.
When: Saturday, December 5 ~ 5:00-9:00PM
Where: Roanoke, on Oak Street. Important parade route information for 2015: This year the Christmas parade will make its way down through the new part of South Oak Street! This new route will provide everyone with more space for parking and viewing.
Cost: FREE

North Richland Hills Tree Lighting Celebration at NRH2O
Fireworks, lighting of the tree, arrival by Santa, mini-train rides, live music performances, photos with Santa,  carousel rides, marshmallow roast, and more! Learn more here.
Saturday, December 5 ~ 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 Parade and 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, caroling, and more! Learn more here.
Saturday, December 5 ~ 12:00pm-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 5-13, 2015

The Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Dorothy Shaw Bell Choir will perform The Littlest Wiseman, a pageant of the Nativity presented December 5 to 13. 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 5-13, 2015. 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 59-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). Weather change-related schedule changes are posted here as well.
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 5, 2015

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. Visitors can enjoy hot cider and cookies and a tour of the farm as well.

Details, details
For more information about the 110 acre Nash Farm and the Victorian Christmas family event, go here.
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 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 20, 2015

Step back in time this season at Christmas on Main! With the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows and wreaths and set aglow with twinkling lights that children of all ages can enjoy.  Tractor-drawn wagon rides will depart behind the Gazebo during select hours.  Rides are $1 per person, per ride, proceeds benefit the historic preservation of Nash Farm.

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 Lake Grapevine
    Saturday, December 5, 2015

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: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 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


:: 5th Annual Arlington Christkindl Christmas Market
Now through December 23, 2015

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 23, 2015 ~ 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 admission and parking!


:: FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, December 5, 2015

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 5, 2015 ~ 2:00pm
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.


:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, December 5, 2015

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 5, 2015 ~ 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 5 and 6, 2015

Bank of America’s 2015 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 5 and 6, 2015
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders


:: FREE Still Life: Wildlife and Everything in Between Exhibit at Fort Worth’s Central Library
Now Through December 6, 2015 (Last Weekend!)

Fort Worth Central library

From paintings and photos to sculptures and collectibles, the Fort Worth Library offers a number of quality exhibits throughout the year. The Library strives to present some of the best works of local artists, photographers and collectors, celebrating both the talent and diversity of our community. Still Life: Wildlife and Everything in Between features a variety of mixed media works including paintings, photographs and sculptures. All the artists are local to DFW, but originally come from across the nation and the world.

Details, details
What: For more information about current exhibits, click here
When: The exhibit is available to enjoy now through December 6, 2015 during normal Central Library hours of operation.
Where: The downtown Fort Worth Central Library gallery, 500 W. 3rd St. 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 an “Art-Full” Trek to Dallas to the Nasher Sculpture
Center’s First Saturdays Family Fun Day.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

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 5 ~ FREE admission
and family activities 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here



:: FREE! Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, December 5, 2015

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and build their very own Holiday Stacking Blocks Project to take home. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.  All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.  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 ages 5-12. Learn more about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, December 5, 2015 ~ 9:00AM to Noon
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here. 
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Santa’s Wonderland Event & Photos at Bass Pro Shops
Daily, Now through December 24, 2015

Free Bass Pro Shops Santa Photo Wonderland

 The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! Gather the family and come to experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Get a FREE picture taken with Santa  and stay for FREE games, crafts, plush toy give-aways, and activities that celebrate the season.

Details, details
What: For more info, click here
When: Free photos with Santa and events, daily now through December 24, 2015. Go here for the schedule of daily events.
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!



:: FREE Drawing Classes for Kids & Adults at The Modern
Sunday, December 6, 2015

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 6, 2015 ~ 2:00PM.
Where: The Modern in Fort Worth ~ 
3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, December 6, 2015

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth can now receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2015!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Admission at The Modern here.
When: Sundays in 2015
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!



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