When to Come
With a high in the mid 50s and lows in the 30s in the winter and highs in the 90s in the peak of the summer, Dallas/Ft. Worth is a perfect destination all year round.
1 College Station: Holidays in the Rotunda – George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, get into the holiday spirit with our magnificently decorated 19-foot Christmas tree in the rotunda, live entertainment and Santa’s workshop will get you in the yuletide spirit, bring your camera to have your child’s picture taken with Santa! 979-691-4000 or Bush41.org.
1-2 McKinney: 45th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes – Chestnut Square Historic Village, an elite group of homes and historic structures are decorated for Christmas and opened for the tour, tea luncheon and holiday tour craft bazaar, chestnutsquare.org.
1-2 McKinney: Christmas on Chestnut – Chestnut Square Historic Village, join us for an old fashioned Christmas Village, including model trains, carolers, storytellers, blacksmithing, dutch oven cooking, and of course, Santa! Loads of activities for the whole family, explore the houses of Chestnut Square all dressed in their holiday finest, chestnutsquare.org.
1-15 College Station: Pen to Paper – J. Wayne Stark Galleries, this exhibition features over 50 handwritten letters and postcards dating from 1869 to 2000, 979-845-6081 or uart.tamu.edu.
1-15 Irving: Santa Saturdays Holiday Cards & Crafts – Irving Arts Center, Saturdays throughout December, get creative making holiday cards and crafts, take selfies with Santa and enjoy Lone Star – studded holiday decorations throughout the Arts Center, IrvingArtsCenter.com.
1-16 College Station: Alphonse Mucha: Master of Nouveau – Forsyth Galleries, presented in the exhibition are 75 works by Mucha including, rare original lithographs and proofs, an oil painting, drawings, a pastel, and books, posters, portfolios and ephemera, 979-845-6081 or uart.tamu.edu.
1-23 Cleburne: A Christmas Carol – Plaza Theatre Company, back for it’s every-other-year production, A Christmas Carol once again tells the story of the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge and his journey to redemption at Christmastime through the appearance of Ghosts of his Past, Present and Future, 817-202-0600 or plaza-theatre.com.
1-23 Fort Worth: The Polar Express: An IMAX® Experience – Omni Theater Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, All aboard! The Polar Express: An IMAX® Experience will once again delight children and adults when it returns for the holidays, 817-255-9300 or fortworthmuseum.org.
1-24 Fort Worth: Walking in a Western Wonderland – Stockyards Station, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, photos with Santa, Legends of Texas Gunfights, Mrs. Claus, cowboy poetry, 817-625-9715 or fortworthstockyards.com.
1-27 PALESTINE: Polar Express – Texas State Railroad, read along with the story as the historic steam train makes its magical round-trip journey from the Palestine Depot to the North Pole, meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, treats and gifts, 855-632-7729 or
1-29 Cleburne: ImPLAZAbles – Plaza Theatre Company, our players make up the comedy as they go and the result is non-stop laughter and foolish fun for everyone! The wit is quick and the laughs are plenty in this exciting series on Plaza’s Main Street stage, for tickets call 817-202-0600 or visit plaza-theatre.com.
1-29 WACO: Waco Downtown Farmers Market – Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market, every Saturday a variety of vendors featuring the best local agricultural producers and artisan vendors within 150-miles of Waco, wacoheartoftexas.com.
1-30 Grand Prairie: Prairie Lights – Lynn Creek Park, drive through over four million lights, which shine across the two-mile path, brand new light displays and theme lands every year, including a Snow Maze and Holiday Lights Walk-Thru Forest are included with vehicle admission. Inside Holiday Village, stop for holiday food, drinks, gifts and photos with Santa, Prairielights.org.
1-30 Lewisville: 40th VAL Anniversary Celebration Exhibit – Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater (MCL Grand), the exhibit will be on display in the North Corridor of the MCL Grand, 972-219-8446 or MCLGrand.com.
1-30 Marshall: 32nd Annual anniversary celebration of Marshall Texas’ famed Wonderland of Lights Festival – Downtown Marshall, millions of white lights illuminate the historic Harrison County Courthouse, featuring 2 trains, a vintage carousel, real outdoor ice skating, horse drawn carriages, live entertainment nightly, merchants stay open late to accommodate unique shopping and dining, visittyler.com.
1-31 Cleburne: Whistle Stop Christmas – Hulen Park, come experience a Christmas wonderland with over 3 ½ million lights, horse drawn wagon rides, train rides, more, 817-645-2455 or visitcleburne.com.
1-31 TYLER: Azalea Trail of Lights – Azalea District, take a driving or walking tour through the Azalea District and enjoy the beautiful Historic homes and businesses dressed up for the season in all their splendor, visittyler.com.
1 – 01/01/19 College Station: Over There: America in WWI – Museum of the American G.I., a centennial commemoration of America’s role in the Great War, the exhibit features over 40 original posters, uniforms, restored trucks, and the only operational FT-17 Renault tank in North America, 979-690-0501 or americangimuseum.org.
1 – 01/02/19 College Station: Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State – George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, as Texas took its current shape, the space changed from an extensive, unexplored, and sparsely settled frontier under the Spanish Crown to its iconic and easily recognizable outline today, 979-691-4000 or Bush41.org.
1-1/2/18 Denison: Denison on Ice – Downtown Denison, outdoor ice rink for all ages, for dates and times visit denisontexas.us.
1 – 01/05/19 Cleburne: Christmas Market Arts & Craft – Granbury Street, local Artists and Artisans will offer unique Christmas decor and gifts for sale, quilts, crochet, painting, woodcarvings and so much more, cleburneculturalarts.com/christmas-market.
1 – 01/06/19 College Station: Leonardo Da Vinci: Machines in Motion – George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, experience the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci through over 30 machines based on his visionary designs, explore the range of mechanical principles Leonardo employed, 979-691-4000 or Bush41.org.
1 – 01/06/19 FORT WORTH: Balenciaga in Black – Kimbell Art Museum, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) is often called “the couturier’s couturier”—the fashion designer revered by all other fashion designers fom his first runway collection, in 1937, through the closure of his Paris salon, in 1968, Balenciaga’s clients were among the most influential trendsetters of the day, kimbellart.org.
1 – 01/06/19 Fort Worth: Goyan in Black and White – Kimbell Art Museum, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes is among the best-known figures in the history of Spanish art and renowned as one of the greatest painters of all time, this exhibition will showcase more than seventy-five of his paramount works on paper from the unparalleled collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, kimbellart.org.
1 – 01/06/19 Waco: Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition – Mayborn Museum Complex, discover the compelling human stories told through authentic artifacts and recreations of the ship’s interior, wacoheartoftexas.com.
1 – 01/08/19 TYLER: This & That – Tyler Museum of Art, this exhibition includes acquisitions from Blanton Museum of Art’s disbursement of The Contemporary Austin’s collection from earlier this year, visittyler.com.
1 – 01/27/19: Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century – Irving Arts Center, everyone has fallen under the magnetic spell of the American illustrator Garth Williams at one time or another, he illustrated dozens of children’s classics in a career that spanned nearly 50 years and brought a new level of virtuosity and fun to American children’s books and their illustration, IrvingArtsCenter.com.
2 – 23 Fort Worth: Walkin’ in a Western Wonderland – Stockyards Station, celebrate the holidays all season long with us every Friday-Sunday, visit with Santa, fun activities for the whole family, 817-625-9715 or fortworthstockyards.com.
6 Denison: Annual Denison Christmas Parade – Downtown Denison, largest holiday parade in Texoma, floats, decorated vehicles, equestrians, marching groups… and Santa, 903-465-1551 or denisontexas.us.
7 Bryan: December First Friday – Hosted each month in Historic Downtown Bryan, a Texas Cultural District, First Friday is the perfect time to shop, dine, and play after hours with live music, street vendors, and more, bryantx.gov/visit.
7-9 Waco: Christmas on the Brazos – Waco’s Historic Homes, tour historic houses as they dazzle with decorations and entertainment of Christmas past from the Victorian era, Roaring 1920’s, and Rocking 1950’s, live holiday entertainment to bring nostalgia back to Waco such as musicians, Elvis, harpists, jazz music, a sock hop, and so much more, 254-750-8696 or wacoheartoftexas.com.
7-22 Fort Worth: Polar PJ Parties – Fort Worth Museum Science and History, All aboard! Your chance to enjoy wintry hands-on activities coupled with the classic holiday film, The Polar Express! Even Santa Claus will be at the PJ Parties, check for select dates, 817-255-9300 or fortworthmuseum.org.
8 Cleburne: Candlewalk Tour of Homes Celebrating 40 years – Cleburne, candlewalk is a tour of local historic homes that have been decorated for the holiday season, 817-645-0940 or visitcleburne.com.
8 DENISON: Downtown Denison Loft Tour – Downtown Denison, head downtown and see how the upper half lives in Denison, while on this self-guided walking tour, you will see spaces in varying stages of development, feel free to take your time, denisontexas.us.
8 Fort Worth: WADE BOWEN – Billy Bob’s Texas, released a “Live at Billy Bob’s Texas” album in 2010, billybobstexas.com.
8-9 Dallas: 47th Annual Candlelight, – Dallas Heritage Village, the event features traditions of 19th century families, carolers, candlelit paths, surrey and hayrides, storytelling, entertainment, blacksmithing, St. Nicholas, crafts, model trains, treats, and food trucks, historic buildings, circa 1840-1910, will be decorated for the holidays, 214-421-5141 or dallasheritagevillage.org/candlelight.
9 Bryan: Downtown Bryan Lighted Christmas Parade – Historic Downtown Bryan, kick off the holiday season with the ONLY lighted Christmas Parade in Bryan-College Station! Floats, vehicles, fire engines and more, all complete with lights, of course, will join us for this night of fun! It’s been rumored that SANTA CLAUS will also be making an appearance at the end of the parade, bryantx.gov/visit.
14 Fort Worth: JASON BOLAND & THE STRAGGLERS – Billy Bob’s Texas, since coming together in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Boland and his tight knit crew have sold more than half a million albums independently and earned a devoted following that’s swelled far beyond the band’s red dirt roots, billybobstexas.com.
15 McKinney: The Farmers Market at Chestnut Square – Hunt St., local and organic meat, dairy, honey and produce vendors offer their wares, chestnutsquare.org.
20 Fort Worth: December Sippin’ & Shoppin’ – Stockyards Station, one-stop-shop for holiday gifts this season! From spices and recipe mixes, to hand-made soaps, leather goods, specialty vinyl, and more, we have that unique gift you’re looking for and enjoy some wine while gift shopping, live music, special discounts and promotions, 817-625-9715 or fortworthstockyards.com.
22 Fort Worth: Lone Star Murder Mystery Dinner and Show – Billy Bob’s Texas, “Where Historical Meets Hysterical!”®, billybobstexas.com.
22 Lewisville: Grand Ol’ Christmas Show – Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater (MCL Grand), a live, one-of-a-kind musical variety show bringing all-time favorite Christmas classics and original slapstick antics to theaters across Texas, 972-219-8446 or MCLGrand.com.
29 Fort Worth: Lone Star Murder Mystery Dinner and Show – Billy Bob’s Texas, “Where Historical Meets Hysterical!”®, billybobstexas.com.
31 Fort Worth: Randy Rogers Band – Billy Bob’s Texas, New Years Eve Party, the perfect way to celebrate the end of 2018 and the new beginnings of 2019, billybobstexas.com.