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Things to DO for the 2018 Holiday Season

Fort Worth Blog  -  Posted on 11/14/18

We’ve made a list, and checked it twice! Here are some amazing Downtown events you won't want to miss this holiday season. For our full event calendar, click here.

Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting

Sundance Square Plaza

November 17

There isn’t a better way to kick off the holiday season than the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Sundance Square Plaza! Come and countdown to the moment the beautiful, 56-foot tall tree lights up the Plaza. Festivities begin at 6:00pm. Learn more here.


Photos with Santa Claus 

Sundance Square Plaza

November 17 – December 23 

Santa Claus is coming to town! You’ll find the big guy in red sitting in his sleigh on the Sundance Square Stage waiting to hear all of your Christmas wishes and to take photos of course! Santa visits are $20 cash with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Fort Worth Sister Cities International Youth Program. It gets even better: Upon arrival at the Santa set, you will check in with your telephone number, and will receive a text when it is your time to visit with Santa. Spend less time waiting, and more time shopping and dining in Sundance Square! For the full schedule of times to see Santa, click here.



GM Financial Parade of Lights

November 18

Experience the magic of the GM Financial Parade of Lights Celebrating 100 Years of Cook Children’s! This holiday tradition celebrates its 36th year with over 100 floats, giant illuminated balloons, performing groups, local community groups, and more. Free viewing areas and reserved seating options are available to enjoy this spectacular parade. Learn more here.


Bass Hall

There are a number of performances happening at Bass Hall that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. From Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays series to Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas – there will be a variety of holiday tunes for everybody to sing along to! A not-to-miss tradition hits the stage with Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker. Then close out your year with a tribute to Frank Sinatra by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra featuring vocalist Cary Hoffman. But, that’s not all! For their full performance calendar, click here.


DO Downtown Dining

Leave the cooking up to the pros this holiday season. Many Downtown restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving, and are taking reservations now. If you come down to experience some of our Christmas magic, be sure to grab a bite. Before you know it, 2019 will be here! Make plans to ring in the New Year with a restaurant reservation. For our full list of Downtown restaurants, click here.


The First Noel

Jubilee Theatre

November 23 – December 23

The First Noel is a musical that flashes us back to 1985 when a family in Harlem gets an unexpected visitor who brings three generations of the family together just in time for Christmas. With a score infused with Gospel, Pop and re-imagined holiday classics, The First Noel delivers the Christmas Spirit to audiences in a fresh, new way. Learn more here.


Christmas Shopping in Sundance Square

Holiday shopping for your entire family has never been so easy. Sundance Square spans over 35 blocks of Downtown, and is filled with over 20 shops. You’ll find toys, clothes, sports apparel, jewelry, and more in the shops of Sundance Square. We can’t forget to mention that free valet parking is available for your shopping experience, just be sure to have your ticket validated at a qualifying merchant. Learn more here. 

For our full calendar of events, click here!