Fort Worth for the Holidays, Get There

A Holiday to be Remembered

Get there by plane, train, automobile, longhorn, or stagecoach, but just get to Fort Worth, Texas during the winter holidays!  A plethora of holiday activities in the charming cowboy town abound. Unique opportunities are ubiquitous in this awesome town-turned-city.  Whether visitors want to lose themselves in a fabulous Broadway show such as White Christmas, or partake of Christmas at the Stockyards, fun is the name of the game in Fort Worth, Texas for theCowboy Santa holidays. 

Fort Worth for the Holidays, Christmas at the Stockyards

Oh yes, Fort Worth is a famed cattle town.  Trot on over to Christmas at the Stockyards, held the first Saturday in December.  There one can witness the lighting of the Christmas Tree, take in a fun-filled holiday parade, meet a Cowboy Santa, venture out on a pony ride, see the hysterical Chicken Roping, go caroling, and much, much more!  The festivities take place along East Exchange Avenue.

Fort Worth for the Holidays, Twice Daily Cattle Drive

Bundle up, as Fort Worth holds the possibility of brisk weather in the winter, but do not miss the twice a day, real life cattle drives that take place at 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM daily.  The best place to watch is in front of the visitor’s Center at 130 East Exchange Avenue.  Plentiful themed decorations make this one a holiday treat!

Fort Worth for the Holidays, The Polar Express and a Real Life Train Fort Worth Stock YardRide

Whether adult or child, everyone needs to read Chris Van Allsburg’s classic tale, The Polar Express, every winter holiday season.  Then, head to the Grapevine Vintage Railway and take a ride on the 1896 Steam locomotive, “Puffy.”  Two vintage locomotives make up the railroad.  The service travels between Fort Worth and Grapevine, Texas along the historic Cotton Belt Route.  The coaches are authentic 1920 and 1930s Victorian-style.  There is something “holiday-ish” about the ability to step back in time and experience train travel.  It gets even better though.  During the holiday season, this train ride turns into the North Pole Express!

Ok, granmted, this treat involves venturing out to Grapevine, Texas, which is about twenty-five minutes out of Fort Worth.  Grapevine Railroad hosts a “North Pole Express.”  This is a must-do activity if little ones exist in your group or even if the group is one of adult believers!   A holiday sing-along complete with Santa make the train ride a special one.  The station is complete with ornament-making crafts.  Hot chocolate helps complete the package.  This grand experience is a fine one for believers of all ages!

Fort Worth for the Holidays: A Live Show at Bass Performance HallFort Worth Seal

Talking about trains brings up another great possibility for a holiday treat. Fabulous  holiday shows, direct from Broadway, New York,  perform at the breathtaking Bass Performance Hall.  Theater patrons delight in singing and dancing extravaganzas.  What does that have to do with a train one might ask?  Hopefully everyone has experienced arguably the best holiday movie of all time, White Christmas.  As an example of the 2011 offerings at Bass Performance Hall, a cast straight from Broadway is performing an astounding stage version of White Christmas.  In case one has not experienced the sensational movie, a train plays a role there as the well known song, Snow, has the audience toe-tapping.  Take and train ride and then take in the show!  Just seeing this fabulous performance hall decked out for the holidays is in itself is worth the visit and ticket price.

Fort Worth for the Holidays:  Sundance Square

Sundance Square downtown hosts the annual Sundance Square Christmas tree, a variety of performers, and photos with Santa.  The lighting of the tree takes place the weekend following Thanksgiving along with a parade complete with Cowboy Santas and antique cars.

Fort Worth for the Holidays:  The Stagecoach Ride

Ride a real stagecoach as part of an old-time Christmas at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Take the authentic stagecoach over 100 years ago.  Imagine Christmas past in authentic form. 

Fort Worth for the Holidays:  The Ultimate Holiday Picture

Stop by and get a family photo taken in an 1800’s decked-out-for-the-holidays parlor room.  Dress up in period costume provided right there at the studio and marvel at the sepia tone photograph taken that will be a keepsake for years to come of a great time in Fort Worth.  The photo opportunity awaits  by galloping on over to the Fort Worth Stockyards and visiting the Jersey Lilly Old Time Photo Parlor on Exchange Avenue. 

Fort Worth for the Holidays:  Some Great Restaurants Recommended by The Food Network

Surely after all the merriment, hunger will set in.  After all, good food and holidays  go together.  I have to admit to being a “groupie” of the Food Network.  A favorite travel scheme is to go to a new city and visit places recommended by stars at said network.  The choices range from diners, dive-ins and dives to upscale, fancy spots. Restaurants noted in Fort Worth include;  Ranchman’s Café for chicken fried steak, beef tenderloin with hollandaise diablo at The Nutt House, mexican food at Joe T Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, a most sought after burger at Diablo Burger,  upscale greatness at Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, delicious diner favorites at Cowtown Diner, and a locals all around favorite, Fred’s Texas Café. 

Fort Worth for the Holidays: Get There!

Fun for all is waiting in Fort Worth for holiday enthusiasts of all ages.  Go there.  Relax. Enjoy the best of the best for the holidays.