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Kicking off the Holiday Season in Cowtown

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Lainey Liberto ’25
The Christmas tree in the center of Clearfork shopping center.

The holidays are just around the corner, and Fort Worth is starting to spread holiday joy all around town.

One of the oldest traditions is the Parade of Lights on November 19th, at 6pm. The Parade of Lights starts at Weatherford and Throckmorton Street, in downtown Fort Worth. The parade has over 100 floats participating, and they go through the town for 40 minutes. Santa is the grand finale and comes floating through the parade last. The Parade of Lights brings in a large crowd to watch the parade and enjoy restaurants around the downtown area. 

On University Drive the Kimbell Art Museum has all of their trees lit with lights. Photo by Lainey Liberto ’25. 

The Stockyards celebrate Christmas BIG all through the month of December. The Stockyards’ is located at 131 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164. On December 3, there is a large parade and carolers come through the Stockyards. The official event name is Christmas in the Stockyards. The Stockyards are covered in all sorts of holiday decorations. There is a large Christmas tree outside of the Stockyards Exchange and it is full of lights, ornaments and Christmas cheer. Cowboy Santa is also available for pictures for $25 from December 1-24.

The Botanical Gardens have wonderful lights all around their landscape. The Botanical Garden is at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107. From November 17-January1, the Botanical Gardens are known to have one of the best Christmas lights in Texas. The lights cover 120 acres of land, and the path is a mile long. Definitely worth a visit.

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The Botanical Gardens has a pretty tree at the entrance of the light show. Photo by Lainey Liberto ’25. 

A newer event that has come to the area is the Starlight Symphony, located in Crockett Square. The Christmas tree has a light show that lasts for five minutes every evening from 6-10 pm. Free carriage rides will be offered Friday and Saturday nights as well.

Starting December 2, the Clearfork Holiday Market will kick off. Located at 5188 Monahan Avenue, Fort Worth, TX, 76109, this outdoor shopping center will have Santa, local market vendors and live music on the weekend to get everyone in the spirit.

All of the trees lining up into Clearfork are lit up with bright and pretty lights. Photo by Lainey Liberto ’25. 

Christmas lights are displayed throughout the city but the Candlelight Christmas Tour runs through the Ryan Place neighborhood on December 2 and 3. Tickets are required and advanced purchase is recommended.

Texas Motor Speedway is having a Drive Thru Light Show from November 24 until January 1. The address of Texas Motor Speedway is 3545 Lone Star Cir, Fort Worth. The light show starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. every night. On weekends, the Texas Motor Speedway will stay open until 10:00 p.m.The Drive Thru Light Show is named the Gift of Lights. The track is covered in thousands of shimmering lights. There are many tunnels and trees full of lights around and on the track. The show takes around 45 minutes to drive through.

Going a little outside of Cowtown is the Gaylord Texan, which features the ICE exhibit. There is outdoor ice skating and many other attractions to pop into in Grapevine. Main Street has great lights, restaurants and festivals going on during the month of December.

The Nutcracker at Bass Hall is always a wonderful experience. Starting on November 24 and running through December 24, the theater offers several different shows to choose from. There are matinee and evening shows. Make sure and be on the lookout for some Fort Worth Country Day students who always do an amazing job performing.

Bass Hall in Downtown Fort Worth where the Nutcracker is held. Photo by Lainey Liberto ’25. 

With the holidays fast approaching, I hope your family and friends get out to see some of the fabulous attractions that our city has to offer. The holiday season in Cowtown is always a great time.

 

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Lainey Liberto, Social Media Editor
Hey friends. It's Lainey Liberto here. This is her third year on staff. She is a social media editor :). Lainey enjoys focking it up on the field hockey field during the fall and balling out on the soccer fields in the winter. She loves making food stories so make sure to tune in once every two weeks for a nice review. Bye for now.
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