After a morning of opening presents and a meal with your family, you might be ready to get out and about in Fort Worth. While many restaurants and shops may be closed on Christmas Day, there is still a lot to explore in the Unexpected City. 


Fort Worth Zoo 

One of the top ranked zoos in the nation, the Fort Worth Zoo is a great place to take the kids to explore nature. Open Christmas Day from 12-4pm. 


Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway 

The perfect all-weather experience on Christmas Day, Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway is a way to experience the magic of Christmas from the comfort of your own car. Open Christmas Day from 6-10pm. 


Stockyards National Historical District 

Though there’s no cattle drive on Christmas Day, there is still lots to explore in the Stockyards. Take advantage of the lighter crowds and walk the boardwalks, admire the historical buildings and take a photo underneath the iconic Stockyards sign. 


Glide Over to the Rodeo Rink

The Stockyards' Rodeo Rink will be open Christmas Day. So grab some skates and have fun on the ice at this can't-miss Fort Worth Christmas tradition. Reserve your spot.


Downtown Fort Worth and Sundance Square 

The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a lovely spot to enjoy a few moments of Christmas peace and joy. From there, it’s an easy walk to Sundance Square Plaza, where you can pose in front of the Chisholm Trail Mural, downtown’s most iconic public art. 


Take a Hike in Tandy Hills or Along the Trinity Trails 

If the weather is nice, hike along Tandy Hills indigenous Texas landscape and find beautiful views of downtown. Take a walk or bike ride along the 100+ miles of Trinity Trails or enjoy a Christmas picnic at Trinity Park. 


Visit a Fort Worth Hotel Bar and Enjoy the Christmas Decorations 

Venture out for a cup of Christmas cheer in one of your favorite Fort Worth hotel bars. Not sure which one’s your favorite? Here’s our list of Swanky Fort Worth Hotel Bars


Soak in the Sight of Christmas Trees and Lights 

Click here to see our full list of where to see the Christmas lights in Fort Worth.