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Destination Texas: Enjoy a Festive Holiday in Fort Worth

Known for its roots in the cattle ranching industry and for being a lucrative cowboy trading post in the late 19th century, historic Fort Worth is also a hub for festive holiday activities.

Whether you’re looking for unique activities to shake up the holidays or seeking an immersive family outing with the grandkids, a Fort Worth excursion has something for everyone. Warm up your favorite winter beverages and check out all it has to offer below!

Light Displays Galore

Modern Lights at the Modern Art Museum — Starting Nov. 1, the Modern Trees will illuminate museum grounds with an array of stunning lights. Gather the family and stop by in the evening for a festive display running through Feb. 6. Visit The Modern’s website to plan your visit.

Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights — Enjoy a unique drive-through holiday experience at Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights. The two-mile light park has more than a million fantastic light displays, and proceeds benefit local charities in North Texas. The best part? You don’t even have to get out of the car! Make sure to que up a holiday playlist.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden Lightscape — The Fort Worth Botanic Garden offers a dazzling holiday light extravaganza every year. Walk the mile-long path through suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, an undulating wave of bluebonnets, singing trees, and treetop sculptures. Toast marshmallows over a fire and drink hot chocolate along a trail of charming artistic installations. It’s a truly enlightening family outing for all ages.

Fort Worth Stockyards — Visit the stockyards for thousands of twinkling lights, a 30-foot Christmas tree, strolling carolers, live music, unique cowboy poetry, and story time with Mrs. Claus. Your wee ones can visit Cowboy Santa in Santa’s Christmas cabin at Stockyards Station. For more information and schedules visit the Stockyards’ website.

Something Different

Parade of Lights — Be prepared for the Fort Worth Parade of Lights on Sunday, Nov. 20. The parade officially starts at 6:00 PM in downtown Fort Worth but arrive early for some holiday shopping and to enjoy pre-parade festivities. Organized by GM Financial, the parade selects winners from more than 100 floats. If you’re inspired to throw your own hat in next year, parade submissions are normally accepted in July.

Skate Around Panther Island Ice — A unique holiday treat for your whole family! Panther Island Ice is Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink. A rare experience for Texans, there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than gliding on real ice under a glittering pavilion.

The National Heritage Multicultural Western Heritage Museum — This season, celebrate the rich history of the multicultural heritage of the West and learn about the pioneers who played a role in settling the early frontier. The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame acknowledges those who have contributed to culture and tradition throughout the years and plays a significant part in keeping this vital piece of American History alive.


Allie Scully

Allie Scully is a writer and filmmaker in Brooklyn, New York. She is originally from Arlington, Texas, and so excited to contribute to a Dallas-based magazine!

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