Places in Fort Worth to Celebrate the Holiday

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is in full swing.  If feeling stressed is an unwelcome addition to your holiday mood, why not take advantage of one or more places in Fort Worth that will lift your holiday spirits and lessen the anxiety!

Here are five locations in Fort Worth you won’t want to miss!


Texas Speedway


Get ready to be amazed at the Texas Speedway’s Gift of Lights presentation.  The Texas Speedway is recognized as the largest speedway in the Lone Star State; and utilizing the sprawling landscape couldn’t be more perfect for the huge drive-through of lights you can savor, here.  The Gift of Lights is deemed the most colossal light display in all of Texas, and continues until December 30.

The message for this time of year is about giving; and that is exactly what the Texas Speedway plans to do.  A portion of all the proceeds from the Gift of Lights is being donated to six Speedway Children’s Charities including Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots, Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and others.   So have some holiday fun and know that part of your money is going to a wonderful cause!


Fort Worth Modern Art Museum


The Fort Worth Modern Art Museum is a world-class museum that has gone to great lengths to present Modern Lights, until January 6.  For the first time in the history of the museum, the Modern is being lit up with a huge array of colored lights to commemorate the holiday season as well as celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the museum.

As an added bonus, the museum is offering nightly viewings and extended hours until 8 pm which will continue Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays throughout December.  The lights will glow in all their glory from 5 pm to midnight.  After being bedazzled by the light show, stop by the Cafe Modern for a holiday drink and a bite to eat!


Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge


If you want to celebrate the holiday season in a unique fashion, go visit the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge where you can enjoy the Out-with-a-Bang Hike.  On December 31, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, the event will herald in 2018, via, a naturalist who will guide you through a variety of simulated natural habitats to learn unusual and interesting facts about wildlife.  

The center’s Bison-Feeding Hayride is an especially interesting adventure that allows you and yours to  share in the joy of helping to feed the bison. This memorable experience takes place on January 1 from 10 am until 11:30.  You will learn interesting details about these remarkable beasts and how they serve a beneficial purpose at the refuge.


Crockett Row


Oh, what a delightful time you will have at Crockett Row’s Starlight Symphony!  This event will beckon you with its dynamic music-and-light show on December 31 at Crockett Row at West 7th.  From 6-9pm, you can take in your favorite holiday tunes; and if you return on Friday or Saturday evenings, you will find musical performances and free horse-drawn carriage rides!  Singers and musicians from the area will, also, perform on Crockett Square during the weekends.  This event will, truly, generate a feeling of ‘merry and bright’!  


Meacham Airport


Fort Worth’s Meacham International Airport has a holiday celebration that is, perhaps, the most unusual:  flights aboard a vintage WWII C-47 aircraft!  This unequaled opportunity goes by the name, The Greatest Generation Aircraft Christmas Light Flights, and continues until December 31. You, your family and friends can experience the flight of a lifetime during the 35-minute journey over the DFW terrain.   A single seat costs $99; and seats for 2 run $189.  If, however, you prefer a New-Year’s Eve flight, the trip will last 45 minutes and take-off is 15 minutes before the midnight hour. Tickets, at that time, will be $149, per seat.

The C-47 flew paratroopers and towing gliders into combat more than 70 years, ago; and most people might agree that this particular flight could be just as exciting as riding in Santa’s sleigh!

Brandon Jones

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