December 18-20 FREE Weekend Christmas Events in Fort Worth (and More Fun Things To Do Around Town This Weekend)


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

  • FREE Live in Concert Luke Wade Holiday Show ~
    Sundance Square Plaza in Downtown Fort Worth
  • FREE Studio Five 90 Art Class at the Kimbell
  • FREE Holiday Caroling in Crockett Square
  • FREE Fireworks Show, Set to Star Wars &
    Christmas Music at Panther Island Ice Skating Rink
  • FREE West 7th Starlight Symphony Light
    Show and Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • FREE Visit With Santa at Sundance Square
  • FREE Christmas on Main Street Event in Grapevine
  • FREE 5th Annual Arlington Christkindl Market
  • FREE Christmas Sparkle Family Event at the
    Historical Settlement to City Museums in Grapevine
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Duke Ellington Style, Nutcracker Suite Concert
  • 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 Luke Wade Live Holiday Concert in Sundance Square
      Friday, December 18, 2015

Fort Worth favorite singer-songwriter and The Voice contestant Luke Wade is featured tonight for Sundance Square’s FREE Friday Night Music Series. This special holiday show will take place at the permanent stage of the beautiful Sundance Square Plaza and will also feature guests Kyle Redd, The Wicks, Chris Watson, and Joey Green.

Details, details
What: Learn more about Luke Wade and the Sundance Square FREE Friday Night Music Series here.
When: Friday, December 18, 2015 ~ 7:00 PM
Where:  Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Studio Five 90 Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Friday, December 18, 2015

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

Open-format sessions join art-making and gallery activities to encourage fresh ways of looking at and responding to featured artworks and themes. Teens and adults can sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion beginning 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: Friday, December 18, 2015 ~ 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE! Texas Girls Choir Christmas Caroling ~ West 7th Area
Friday, December 18, 2015

West 7th Fort Worth Holiday Caroling

Pop over to the West 7TH Street area for some Holiday Cheer and Christmas caroling in Crockett Square by the Texas Girls Choir.

Details, details
What:
Learn more about West 7TH’s FREE caroling event here.
When: Friday, December 18 ~ 6:00-8:00PM.
Where: Crockett Plaza at 2900 Crockett Street in Fort Worth
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Star Wars & Christmas Fireworks Show at
Panther Island Ice Skating Rink in Fort Worth

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Panther Island Ice is celebrating the opening of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens in true Panther Island fashion – with fireworks of course! These won’t be just any old fireworks, you can bet your lightsaber that we’ll end the show with the BANG we’ve become known for.

Details, Details
What:
For more details, visit the Panther Island Ice website.
When: Saturday, December 19, 2015  at 7:15 PM
Where: Panther Island Ice Skating Rink is found within the Coyote Drive-In complex ~ 223 NE 4th Street in Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE Fireworks Show! Ice Skating admission is extra.

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:: 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 7TH’s 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 Crockett Square – click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

 

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Great Deals on The Most Wished For Toys!

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:: Visit Santa at Sundance Square ~ Downtown Fort Worth
Now Through December 23, 2015

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.
When:
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

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:: Christmas on Main Street Event ~ Grapevine
Weekends through December 20, 2015  (Last Weekend!)

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 pick-up riders 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 December 20, 2015. 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 pick-up riders behind the gazebo during select hours.
Cost: FREE. Wagon rides cost $1/person, per ride, and proceeds benefit the historic preservation of Nash Farm.

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:: 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
What:
For more information about this fun event, go here.
When:
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!

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:: FREE Christmas Sparkle Family Event at the
Historical Settlement to City Museums in Grapevine

Daily through January 3, 2016

Celebrate the season with some family fun at Grapevine Historical Settlement to City Museums’ free family event ~ Christmas Sparkle! This free event will feature a variety of fun activities for the entire family. Visitors will be able to make their own sparkle paintings, sparkle ornaments, custom sparkle prints on the 1881 printing press, and more!

The Settlement to City Museums are a collection of four new museums including the Keeling House Museum, the Donald Schoolhouse, the Cotton Ginners Museum and the Grapevine Historical Museum located within the Grapevine Ice House, all of which tell the story of Grapevine.

Details, Details
What:
Find details about the family Christmas event, here.
When: Through January 3, 2016
Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM  ||  Sunday,11 AM – 4 PM
Where: Settlement to the City museum complex; 206 West Hudgins Street in historic downtown Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, December 19, 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 19, 2015 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Duke Ellington Style, Nutcracker Suite
Concert at Fort Worth’s Central Library

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bring the family and join Chris Milyo’s Big Band for a FREE holiday concert featuring Duke Ellington’s version of the Nutcracker Suite and big-band style swinging arrangements of other holiday favorites.

Details, details
What: For more details about this live music event, click here
When: December 20, 2015 ~ 2:00 -4:30PM
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.

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:: 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!

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, December 20, 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!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, December 20, 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
What: 
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, December 20, 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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