December 11-13 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 Littlest Wiseman Christmas Pageant
  • FREE Story of Christmas Hayride & Family Festival with Bounce Houses, Food Trucks & More in Keller
  • FREE West 7th Starlight Symphony Light Show and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • FREE Dickens of a Holiday Christmas Family Fun Event
  • FREE Visit With Santa at Sundance Square
  • FREE Christmas on Main Street Event in Grapevine
  • FREE 5th Annual Arlington Christkindl Market
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE! Woodworking Kids Workshop at Lowes
  • FREE Santa’s Wonderland Event At Bass Pro Shops
  • FREE Admission to Ft. Worth’s Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards

:: FREE Annual Littlest Wiseman Christmas Pageant
Now Through Sunday, December 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 through December 13th. 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: Through December 13, 2015. Go here for 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.


:: Story of Christmas Hayride and Festival in Keller
Friday through Monday, December 11-14, 2015

NorthWood Christmas Festival

This weekend, NorthWood Church in Keller is hosting a fun community Christmas Festival for the entire family. The highlight of the festival will be the Story of Christmas hayride that will take you through 13 living scenes and panoramas, including a live nativity! Each night will also feature food trucks, bounce houses, a petting zoo, warm food, hot chocolate, crafts, and much more!

Details, details
Learn more information about the Northwood Christmas Festival and family event here.
When: Friday through Monday, December 11- 14 ~ 6:30-9:30PM.
Where: Northwood Church, Keller ~ 1870 Rufe Snow Drive
Cost: FREE Admission. Bring a car load and save with advanced purchase parking passes, available for $10 online by clicking the link here (or $15 at the gate).  Proceeds from the festival go to programs for children with special needs.


:: FREE West 7th Starlight Symphony Light Show
with Horse and Carriage Rides

 Now through January 6, 2016

West 7th Holiday Carriage Rides free

Enjoy a FREE horse-drawn carriage ride and the sights and sounds of the Starlight Symphony music and light show at West 7TH. The Starlight Symphony music and light show will light up the streets with a five-minute music and Christmas light spectacular held on the hour through January 6 ( 6-10PM).  Free carriage rides will be offered from Crockett Square every Friday and Saturday – 7 to 10 p.m through January 2.

Details, details
What: Learn more about West 7ths Holiday carriage rides, Starlight Symphony and other Christmas events here.
When: Star Light Symphony 5-minute music and light show ~ Nightly now until January 6 ~ 6 to 10PM, held on the hour.   || FREE Horse and Carriage Rides from Crockett Square ~ Fridays & Saturdays, now through January 2 ~  7 to 10PM
Where: West 7th’s Crocket Square – click here for directions.
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Pictures With a Live Reindeer & More Fun at the
Dickens of a Holiday Christmas Family Fun Event
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Join the Central Library in Downtown Fort Worth for a wonderful afternoon full of Victorian style family activities and entertainment, including holiday themed programs and entertainment featuring music, crafts, story times and even photos with a live reindeer.   It’s all FREE and open to the public.  Tip: Beginning at noon on Dec. 13th, tickets will be issued for a photo with a live reindeer on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not available. One ticket per family.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Sunday, December 13, 2015 ~ 1:00-4:00PM
Where: In the Youth Center 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.


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:: 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


:: 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.


:: 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 Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, December 12, 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 12, 2015 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!



:: FREE Lowes Kids Clinic: Build a Christmas Train Engine
Saturday, December 12, 2015

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 12, 2015 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes 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 Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, December 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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!



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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