Fort Worth puts the jolly in the holidays! It's time to get in the spirit of, well, a bit of everything. From Dia de los Muertos to the wizardry of Harry Potter (and that's just week one) to Christmas Tree Lightings and the Polar Express, get ready for a packed month of family fun in Fort Worth.
November 2 & 3
Dia de los Muertos
Immerse your family in the wonderful cultural celebration of Dia de Los Muertos at the Rose Marine Theater. The two-day celebration captures the spirit of Mexico’s mercado fiestas celebrating Dia de los Muertos and honoring family passed Nov. 2-3. You will learn about the tradition with music, dancing, face painting, food, drinks and pan de muerto. Artists and crafts vendors will be selling fine art and folk art with plenty of booths for children’s activities. While there, take a chance to tour the historic Rose Marine Theater. Get the details.
The Music of Harry Potter
This wildly popular event is back at Bass Performance Hall. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra invites you and your family to enjoy "The Music of Harry Potter" on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. Concert-goers are invited to attend in their Hogwarts-regalia or their muggle clothes. There will also be activities for witches and wizards in the lobby! Get the details.
November 10 & 11
Pumpkins & Pancakes
Now is the time to enjoy pumpkin-spiced everything. Celebrate the ultimate fall treat at the Fort Worth Zoo when you take the kids to the 9th Annual Pumpkins & Pancakes Member Appreciation Breakfast. Enjoy early entrance to the Zoo, pumpkin and fall-themed animal enrichment activities, a free train and carousel rides. Not a member? Now’s the perfect time to join and enjoy the zoo all year long! November 10, 8-10 a.m. Get the details.
51st Annual Fort Worth Greek Festival
With just $1 admission, your family will have an excellent time learning about and celebrating Greek culture together November 9-11 at the 51st Annual Fort Worth Greek Festival. Expect authentic Greek meals, including lamb, gyros and flaming cheese; folk dancing; and a live band. You can also take a tour of the beautiful church. Get the details.
November 17 & 18
Sundance Square Tree Lighting
The magic of the holiday season kicks off in grand fashion with the lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. that day, including, holiday shopping and pictures with Santa.
GM Financial Parade of Lights
The celebrations continue with the 36-year tradition of the GM Financial Parade of Lights! Starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, witness the holiday festivities come to life including new floats, giant balloons, entertainment and other surprises. It's best to plan on being there early to get a good spot or reserve your seat online. Get the details.
Panther Island Ice
It’s the most wonderful time of year in Texas, when the weather is a bit cooler. Enjoy Panther Island’s outdoor ice skating rink. The rink will be open Friday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Jan. 14. It’s the only outdoor rink in Fort Worth and is sure to become a family holiday tradition. Get the details.
Santa’s Arrival to Stockyards Station
Expect a fun-filled Black Friday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Stockyards Station. Enjoy Cowboy Poetry, story time with Mrs. Claus, the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drives and, of course, the arrival Santa Claus. Get the details.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
You may think you know the story "Twas the Night Before Christmas," but Casa Mañana Theatre will regale your family with this new take on the story. Get your tickets to share in this holiday presentation with the family, Nov. 23 - Dec. 23. Get the details.
Home For The Holidays
Listening to holiday classics is a favorite holiday pastime. At "Home for the Holidays," you will have a chance to hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra perform your favorite seasonal songs. The evening also includes a special visit from the big man in the red suit. Get the details.
Gift of Lights
Take Christmas light viewing to a whole new level at Texas Motor Speedway during the Gift of Lights production. The grand opening night is Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. You will see 500 light displays and may stop and take your photo at Santa’s Village. Proceeds benefit Christmas Wish, the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, Scottish Rite Hospital, Speedway Children’s Charities and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association. Get the details.