As soon as the Thanksgiving dishes are cleared, it’s Christmas time — right? With so much to during the Fort Worth Christmas season, it makes sense why you should kick off your holiday season as early as possible.
Add some cheer to your calendar this December by spending time with family and friends at some of the seven community events listed below (because making memories with loved ones is what this time of year is all about, anyway). Find our list below, and tell us — what are your favorite Cowtown holiday events?
Panther Island Ice
Ice skating is one of the quintessential Christmas activities that everyone should check off their list this December. Panther Island Ice makes it easy with its convenient location just north of downtown Fort Worth inside Coyote Drive-In Theater. Finish up your trip to this outdoor skating rink with a cup of hot chocolate and you’ve got the perfect winter afternoon.
Holidays in the Stockyards
Fort Worth’s storied history of cowboys and outlaws comes alive this season at Holidays in the Stockyards. The celebration begins with Santa’s Grand Arrival on Nov. 29 (watch as Cowboy Santa follows the herd into the historic stockyards!) and continues every weekend until Christmas. Activities include photos with Santa, legendary Texas “gunfights,” and even readings of cowboy poetry and storytime with Mrs. Claus. It’s a holiday bucket list item for every true Fort Worthian.
Jingle Bell Run
If you’re looking for a way to stay active (and maybe run off one or two Christmas cookies), sign yourself and a friend up for the Jingle Bell Run. The event begins in the afternoon from The Shops at Clearfork on December 7. All proceeds go to The Arthritis Foundation, so you can know you’re doing good while putting in the miles. Choose from a 1-mile fun run or a timed 5K race (and don’t forget your Christmas sweaters and Santa hats!).
Clearfork Holiday Market
Looking for unique, local gifts for everyone on your list? Head to the Clearfork Holiday Market to get ahead of your holiday shopping. The outdoor market will feature 30+ local merchants and even has a special mailbox with express delivery straight to the North Pole (for those kids who are ready to stamp and send final Christmas lists).
Cowboy Christmas at Bass Hall
Treat yourself to a special holiday evening downtown with dinner at your favorite downtown spot before hitting up a Christmas-themed show. As part of its annual holiday calendar, Bass Hall presents “Cowboy Christmas” with Michael Martin Murphey on December 16. The event features music, poetry, and storytelling and is a perfect excuse for a fun night out.
Santa in the Garden
If you’re looking for the best spot in town for photos with Santa, head to the beautiful Fort Worth Botanical Garden on December 14. Their “Santa in the Garden” event will feature free holiday-themed crafts and games as well as an opportunity for family photos with Santa Claus for just $10.
Texas Christkindl Market
If you’re up for a short drive to nearby Arlington, clear your afternoon for the incredible Texas Christkindl Market. Inspired by a traditional German market, it offers old-world Christmas decorations, gifts, and plenty of German food. The open-air market, located next to Texas Live near Globe Life Park, also features an outdoor ice skating rink and “warming hut” for a welcomed break from the cold.
Though December can get hectic with parties, shopping, and social or church events, we hope you can squeeze in something extra to simply celebrate the holiday season. Let us know what’s at the top of your list this year!