7 Can’t-Miss Holiday Events in Fort Worth

There’s nothing quite like the holidays in North Texas. And, there’s no better way to ring in the most magical time of the year than with a visit to see the jolly ol’ man from the North Pole.

Are the kids begging for their time with Santa? Or are you the one who still needs to drop off your wish list? Whatever the reason is, getting your time with St. Nicholas doesn’t have to mean battling crowds of holiday shoppers at the local mall. In Fort Worth, there are a plethora of events where Santa Claus is scheduled to make a special appearance before the holidays are over.

Below, discover everything you need to know about seven of Fort Worth’s can’t-miss holiday events:

Breakfast with St.NICUlas

Raise funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth by purchasing tickets to this exclusive event. Have breakfast with Santa Claus while enjoying an extra holiday surprise or two.

Where: The Fort Worth Club | 306 West Seventh Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

When: December 9, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Cost: $75 adult/$25 child; Tables: $500+

Event website: click here


Santa Claus: A New Musical

Will Santa be able to find a new elf to fill his boots? Find out what happens to Christmas when Santa decides to retire after a thousand years in this fun, catchy, family-oriented musical. Santa Claus has more laughs for the little folks than their parents — but it’s a lively, pleasant evening pulled off by a polished and professional cast.

Where: Casa Mañana | 3101 W Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107

When: Through December 23

Cost: $21-$35

Event website: click here


Santa in Sundance Square

Come to Sundance Square, and not only take photos with Santa but see the mesmerizing 57-foot-tall Blue Spruce Christmas tree. Pictures are available with a cash donation (benefiting Fort Worth Sister Cities Youth Programs).Don’t forget your camera! Parents are free to take photos.

Where: Sundance Square Plaza | 420 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

When: Through December 23rd

Cost: Free; Suggested $10 donation

Event website: click here


ICE!® featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

ICE!® at Gaylord Texan is a walk through holiday attraction kept at a chilly 9 degrees featuring two million pounds of hand‐carved ice sculptures and five ice slides. See Ma in her kerchief, Pa in his cap and more as the classic holiday poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas comes to life. Conclude your experience with the majesty of a full Nativity in stunning, crystal clear ice. It’s all part of Lone Star Christmas!

Where: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center – Longhorn B | 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76501

When: Through – January 1, 2018 (Operating hours vary by day and are notated here.)

Cost: Varies. From $21.99 adult/$12.99 child

Event website: click here

For tickets and information: click here, or call (817) 778-1000


Enchant Christmas

Making its U.S. debut in Dallas-Fort Worth, Enchant is easily the biggest and brightest Christmas event in Texas this season. Unwrap new holiday traditions: Whether you’re navigating through the world’s largest Christmas light maze, taking photos around the tallest Christmas tree in North Texas, gliding around the ice-skating pond, waltzing through the Christmas marketplace, or sharing hot cocoa with your loved ones, you’ll find enchantment around every corner. Don’t forget to stop by Santa’s one-of-a-kind golden Palace to take a special holiday photo. All proceeds go to its local Texas Charity Partners, including Cook Children’s Health Care System, Kidd’s Kids, Make-A-Wish North Texas and Special Olympics Texas.

Where: Globe Life Park – Lot F | 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011

When: Through December 31

Cost: Adult (15+) $29.95; Children (5-14) $21.95; VIP packages available

Event website: click here


Breakfast with Santa at Neiman Marcus

Join Santa Claus for breakfast in the legendary winter wonderland for a longstanding Neiman Marcus tradition. Avoid the long lines and let the children chat up St. Nick in the sparkling, new Neiman Marcus building in the Shops at Clearfork.

Where: Neiman Marcus | 5200 Monahans Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76109

When: December 10 and 17

Cost: Adult $50; Children $30

For reservations and information: (817) 989-4650


Polar Pajama Party 

All aboard! The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is once again offering extra wintry fun to complement certain showing of The Polar Express: The IMAX Experience at the Omni Theater. The Polar Pajama Party is your chance to enjoy hot chocolate, hands-on activities, face painting, carolers and a special appearance by Santa. Ticket prices include admission to The Polar Express film immediately following or preceding the pajama party.

Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History | 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107

When: Through December 10

Cost: General admission (all ages) $12

Event website: click here


Special thanks to contributor Mary Carolyn Gatzke, executive vice president and Realtor at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty (Fort Worth).

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents, serving clients from offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Southlake, Lakewood, Uptown, The North and The Ballpark, achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. The company’s deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the $95 billion Sotheby’s International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

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