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Best Things to Do This Weekend in DFW: November 18–20

November 14,2022

See full DFW Child article by Elizabeth Smith here.

Wanna get out of the house? DFWChild’s calendar editor recommends the top five kid-friendly events each weekend coming to Dallas-Fort Worth that are worth the effort of venturing out. 

November 18–20

GM Financial Parade of Lights
Downtown Fort Worth
Sunday, November 20, 6pm
Santa trades in his sleigh for a lighted float during this 40th annual nighttime Christmas parade. Organizers expect more than 100 entries to participate this year, which in past have included everything from a giant Cookie Monster balloon to Elvis impersonators on mini bikes. Free to attend; reserved street seats available. Learn more

Radiance! & Frozen in Frisco
Riders Field, Frisco
Friday, November 18 through New Year’s Eve, hours vary
The Radiance! holiday lights show is back with millions of Christmas lights, plus the family attraction Frozen in Frisco. Combo tickets include with a two-story ice tubing hill, ice skating, snowball throw. VIP tickets gets you access to even more activities: bumper cars on ice, snowman building, and a Bucking Blitzen ride. Show me

Dallas Zoo Lights
Dallas Zoo
Thursday, November 17 through New Year’s Day, 5:30–10pm
Dallas Zoo Lights returns as a walk-thru event with more than a million lights twinkling across most of the zoo, new larger-than-life animal lanterns, elaborate holiday-themed displays in ZooNorth and Wilds of Africa, festive drinks and snacks for all ages. You can also visit Santa’s Workshop to see the jolly old elf himself. Plus, new ticket pricing features Premium Nights on Fridays and Saturdays and on Dec. 18–23. Reserve tickets

The Science Behind Pixar
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
Opens Wednesday, November 16, open daily, hours vary
In this new STEM exhibit at the Perot, you can snap a pic next to a life-size Buzz Lightyear and discover how Pixar creators brought Buzz and all your other favorite Pixar characters to life by taking part in more than 50 hands-on STEM activities. Learn more

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Opens Friday, November 18, 5:45–9pm
Select nights through January 8
After the sun goes down, the garden’s walking trails light up with some unusual sights—waving bluebonnets, treetop sculptures, singing trees, a fire garden. Come see what it’s all about on select nights this holiday when stations along the one-mile lighted path offer roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. Show me