Christmas Events – All Season Activities – Part 1

Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway
Date:  November 21st, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Time:  Sun – Thurs open 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm and Fri, Sat and Holidays open 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm.  If you arrive at the gate and there’s a line when it’s time to close, don’t worry.  We’ll let everyone through.
Where:  Texas Motor Speedway.  3545 Lone Star Cir, Fort Worth, TX 76177
Cost: Monday – Thursday:  $15 at the gate and Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays:  $20 at the gate (Purchase discounted tickets in advance at Walgreens or Tom Thumb)*  see special date below for 1/2 price date!

The Gift of Lights has more than two million LED lights in dazzling displays every night.  A special note for large vehicles:  maximum height is 13′ 6″.  A portion of proceeds from Gift of Lights benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Goodwill Industries, and KLTY Christmas Wish. Special note:  Monday, December 10 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm if you bring 3 canned goods you can get in half price and it benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank

Prairie Lights
  Nov 22 – Dec 31st
Time:  Sun – Thurs from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Fri – Sat from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost:  Sun – Thurs is $20 and Fri – Sat is $30 (there are also out of car experiences that cost additional – learn more here)
Details:  4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Half way through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, and our 2 Holiday Magic attractions the Light Show Theater and the Lighted Walk-Through Forest. The finale of the show is the world’s largest light tunnel.

undefinedLonestar Christmas at the Gaylord Texas Resort
A winter wonderland of great Christmas decorations including 1.5 million holiday lights, lavish décor including 12,000 ornaments, 5,600 feet of garland, a 52-foot rotating Christmas tree, magical miniature train sets, and a life-size gingerbread house (yes, it’s made of real gingerbread), just to name a few.  You can even visit Santa and have a special holiday dining experience.

  • ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar
    When: Tuesday, 11/06/2012 thru Tuesday, 01/01/2013
    Time:  Sun – Thurs from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Fri – Sat from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Cost:  Prices vary from $11.95 – $26.95 based on day and age check here
    Details: DreamWorks animated holiday TV special will be brought to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and 20-feet tall ice slides carved entirely from TWO MILLION pounds of ice. Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar. ICE! is hand carved by 40 artisans from Harbin China.
  • DreamWorks Dragons Holiday Adventureundefined
    When:   Sat & Sun, November 10 – December 30, 2012, plus open daily Dec 24 – 28, Dec 31 and Jan 1
    Time: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., except Sundays (11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
    Cost: $29.95 plus tax (includes one child and one parent). Due to space restrictions there will be a $5 plus tax fee for additional adults.
    Location: Lower Level Texas Station
    Details:  Watch yourself fly through the clouds as you ride on the back of a life sized Night Fury with our Dragon Flight Simulator, enjoy a festive cup of Viking “YakNog,” learn sword and shield skills with Astrid and Hiccup and have a face to face meet and greet encounter with Toothless himself!  Admission includes:   Official Diploma declaring you a certified Junior Dragon Trainer, Dragon FLIGHT TRAINING on our life-sized Toothless the Dragon-in-flight simulator!, Learn about the dragons of Berk Island in Dragon Training 101 with Hiccup, Viking Sword and Shield Skills with Astrid, A cup of festive Viking “YakNog”, Meet and Greet encounter with Toothless himself
  •  Kung Fu Panda Snow Tubing
    When:  Nov 8, 2012 – Jan 1, 2013
    Time:  Daily from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Cost: $16.95 for all ages and includes 10 runs OR a combo with ICE ticket is $35.95 for adults and $25.95 for children 12 and under
    Location:  Located in Longhorn Exhibit Hall B
    Details: an extreme eight-lane, tubing hill that’s filled with dragon-warrior AWESOMENESS and covered in REAL SNOW! (Double riding tubes are available for parents with small children.)
  • Lots of other great events including Character Meet and Greets, Gingerbread decorating and much more…check it out here

The Trains at North Park
When:  Nov 17, 2012 – Jan 6, 2013
Time:  Mon – Sat 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sun Noon – 6:00 pm (check times for holidays)
Cost: $6.00 for adults; $3.00 for children (ages 2 – 12) and senior citizens (age 65 and older) Children under 2 admitted free. *Discount tickets at Tom Thumb
Where:  Northpark Center, Level Two near Barneys New York
Details:  The most elaborate toy trains exhibit in Texas, The Trains at NorthPark includes trains rolling across 1,600 feet of track on a journey across America

Holiday in the Park
When:  11/23/2012 thru Sunday, 01/06/2013
Time:  Varies – check website
Where:  Six Flags of Texas

‘Tis the season for festive family fun and enchanting experiences—and Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas has it all. Our magical winter wonderland features lots of delightful family activities to help capture the holiday spirit. Gather with your loved ones to enjoy sparkling lights, glamorous decorations, festive scents and seasonal treats, playful activities, breathtaking rides, and heartwarming shows.


Whose ready for Christmas events…Week 2

Christmas TreeHow many of you went to some Christmas events last week?  We did – we hit the Keller Holly days (see post).  Here are a few events that are coming us this week!

Saturday, December 8 – Monday, December 10th – Northwood Christmas Festival
Date:  12/8/12 – 12/10/12 from 6:30-9:30 nightly
Cost:  Admission is free, but costs $15 to park unless you purchase early here and it is $11.24 – all proceeds going to programs for kids with special needs
Location: Northwood Church, 1870 Rufe Snow Dr., Keller, TX 76248

The highlight of the NorthWood Christmas Festival will be the Story of Christmas Hayride. Much like “Life of Christ” that we’ve done in the past, these 13 scenes share the gospel through living panoramas. Each night will also feature food trucks, bounce houses, a huge petting zoo, live music, local dance companies, games and so much more!

Each night has a special event:

  • Saturday, December 8: Food Truck Competition – Local area favorites will do their best to impress. $10 Sample Coupon Books get you 10 samples from whatever truck you choose and includes your voting ballot.
  • Sunday, December 9: Fireworks – We’ll end Sunday night’s event with professional fireworks at 9:30pm. There will be low altitude displays that you’ll want to be at the church to see.
  • Monday, December 10: Snow Tubing – Come be a kid again with two lanes of snow tubing hills.

Monday, December 10th – Live Reindeer at the Keller Library
Date: 12/10/2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Keller Public Library, Story Room and Back Patio area – 604 Johnson Road, Keller, TX  76248

Take your picture with a real reindeer and his sleigh! On Monday, December 10 at 6:30 pm, immediately following a special 6:00 family storytime bring the whole family to meet a live reindeer. In addition, feel free to snap pictures of your children sitting in the sleigh. This free event, held off the back patio of the Keller Public Library is open to all ages. Please note: Due to scheduling conflicts, Santa Claus will not be attending.

Family Storytime will be held from 6:00-6:30 in the Story Room off the children’s area of the Library.  The reindeer and sleigh will come to visit outside immediately following the program, so please bring warm clothing depending on weather.

Wednesday, December 12th – Paint-n-Take Ornament CraftCookie Decorating
12/12/2012 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Location: Keller Public Library, Meeting Room – 640 Johnson Road, Keller, TX  76248

On Wednesday, December 12 at 4:00, join the Keller Public Library for a Paint-n-Take Ornament craft program. Children ages 7 and up are welcome to attend, and registration is required. Please contact Catherine Neel at 817-743-4842 or e-mail us at

December 15, 2012 – Log Cabin Village Holiday at the Hearth
Date: 12/15/2012 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Cost: Admission price of Log Cabin Village plus a $2 craft fee to make a punched tin ornament (4.50 – 5.50 based on age – under 3 free)
Location:  2100 Log Cabin Village Ln., Fort Worth, Texas 76109

Enjoy holiday music, string popcorn and cranberries, spin the dreidel, help make pomander balls, tamales, paper chains, embossed cards, ornaments, and more! You can even have your photo taken with our historic St. Nick ($5 fee for photo and folder). No reservations required.

While visiting – come enjoy the delightful sounds of Buttermilk Junction, an Old-Time & Anglo-Celtic band, from right here in Fort Worth. They play and sing historical “Roots Music” – tunes and songs from frontier Texas of the mid to late 1800s. No reservations required. Cost is regular Village admission.