Friday Freebies: Holiday Happenings

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Got family in town? Or kids just waiting to see Santa? Here's a round-up of holiday happenings in DFW. Happy Holidays! I'll add more activities each week:

Fort Worth Parade of Lights: The 29th annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights, presented by Chase, will feature more than 100 entries. The lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas tree, just after 7:30 p.m., will follow the parade. This year’s parade will be telecast live on TXA-21.Don't forget to check out the "Holiday Fun Zone presented by XTO Energy before the parade located in the Chisholm Trail parking lot between 3rd and 4th streets. Entertainment, children's holiday crafts, Starbucks coffee and great food from downtown restaurants will be featured. The zone opens at 2 p.m.
Good to know: You can reserve and choose your spots along the parade route. Street Seats are available in specific sections from $7-$25 each and can be purchased on the web site. There are also "Family Fun Packs" available. These seats sell out quickly.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m., Friday, November 25
Where: Parade will begin at Belknap Street to Commerce Street, around 6th Street to Houston Street and up to Weatherford in downtown Fort Worth
Cost: FREE!

Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa's Workshop: The annual tree-lighting ceremony includes a three-lane snow tubing hill, crafts and a visit from Santa. There will be several new activities this year. Santa’s workshop will include visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and provide hands-on crafts, cookies and a toy drive drop off. The snow tubing hill will have a Kiddie Hill in addition to Rudolph’s Reindeer Games. A reindeer display and a Holiday Trolley from TCC to the Hurst Conference Center will also be new additions this year.
Good to know: Visitors may purchase holiday decor and ornaments at Santa’s Christmas Marketplace while enjoying the strolling entertainment and costumed characters.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 29
Where: Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst
Info: 817-788-7320,
Cost: FREE!

Grapevine Parade of Lights: The annual event features more than 100 floats and local marching bands that will pass through downtown Grapevine, beginning at Main and Hanover streets, then head north on Main Street to Wall Street.
Recommended ages: All
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, December 1
Where: Historic Downtown Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration: The event kicks off at the new Bedford Library at 4 p.m. with holiday cookie decorating and the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Then make your way to the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane, Bedford,where there will be Christmas carols, dance performances, stories, hot chocolate and other refreshments, and visits with Santa, who arrives at 6 p.m. Pictures will be available to purchase of $5. The tree lighting will follow Santa's arrival.
Good to know: A hay ride will be available to take you to the Old Bedford School. All parking will be at the new Bedford Library. Only handicapped parking will be available at the Old Bedford School.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, December 2
Where: New Bedford Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford
Info: 817-952-2323,
Cost: FREE!

Hometown Holidays: The city event will feature a snow hill, children's activities, penguins from the Fort Worth Zoo, a tree lighting, fireworks and Santa Claus! Rides on the snow hill will be $2, and concessions will be available. The Muppet Christmas Carol will be shown in the Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria St.
Good to know: The Hometown Holidays parade will be at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade will begin at St. Jude Catholic Church, 500 East Dallas St., Mansfield, and roll down Main Street before winding up back at the church.
Recommended ages: All
When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 2
Where: City Hall, 1200 East. Broad St., Mansfield, TX 76063
Cost: FREE!

Holly Days at Keller Town Center: Bring on that holiday spirit with two-lane tubing on hill of snow and get creatve with arts and crafts including making gingerbread houses and more.
Good to know: Don't miss the Holly Jolly Light Parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 2
Where: Keller Town Center, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller
Info: 817-743-4050,,
Cost: ALMOST FREE! Admission is a nonperishable canned good donated to the Community Storehouse.

Ring in the Holidays Tree Lighting: The annual event, featuring holiday music and performances from school children, the lighting of the tree and a visit by Santa.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 2
Where: Saginaw Recreation Center, 633 West McLeroy Blvd., Saginaw
Info: 817-230-0350,
Cost: ALMOST FREE! Admission to the event is one non-perishable food item that will be donated to Community Link Mission of Saginaw.

Christmas on Broadway Tree Lighting: The annual holiday event will feature a visit from Santa, train and carriage rides,bounce houses, a climbing wall and live entertainment.
Good to know: Those who bring non-perishable food for donation to NEED will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Recommended ages: All
When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 3
Where: Haltom Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave., Haltom City
Cost: FREE!

Euless Christmas Parade of Lights: The 18th-annual Christmas Parade of Lights, themed “The Nutcracker,” will begin at Midway Drive and Fuller- Wiser, then go west on Midway and end at Trinity High School.
Good to know: After the parade, float-award announcements will be made at Trinity High School.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, December 3
Where: Euless Family Life Center, 300 W. Midway Dr., Euless
Info: 817-685-1449,
Cost: FREE!

Check Maricar's Friday Freebies blog every week for a list of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to her blog or send your submissions at least one week before the date of the event to with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

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