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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!

Fort Worth Parade of Lights: The 30th 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 7:50 p.m. Don't forget to check out the "Holiday Fun Zone" in the Gateway parking lot bordered by Houston Street, 5th Street, Throckmorton Street and 4th Street.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: The parade will be broadcast on TXA-21 at 7:30 p.m. with an encore presentation at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Parking is available at Farrington Field with a free shuttle service. You can reserve and choose your spots along the parade route. Street Seats are available in specific sections 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 23
Where: Parade will begin at Belknap Street and Throckmorton Street. It will head east along Belknap Street, then south onto Commerce Street, to 9th Street. At 9th Street, the parade turns west to Houston Street and up to Weatherford in downtown Fort Worth.
Info:  www.fortworthparadeoflights.org
Cost: FREE!

Christmas Tree Lighting: The event kicks off at the new Bedford Library at 4 p.m. with holiday cookie decorating and a holiday movie. Then make your way to the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane, Bedford, where there will be crafts, letters to Santa, singing, stories, refreshments and a 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: All parking will be at the new Bedford Library, where a hay ride will be available to take you to the Old Bedford School. Only handicapped parking will be available at the Old Bedford School.
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, November 30
Where: New Bedford Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford
Info: 817-952-2323, http://www.ci.bedford.tx.us/
Cost: FREE!

Hometown Holidays: The city event will feature a snow hill, children's activities, penguins from the Dallas Zoo, a tree lighting, fireworks and Santa Claus! Rides on the snow hill will be $2, and concessions will be available. The Santa Clause will be shown in the Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria St. Bring cash. There will be no ATM on site.
Good to know: The Hometown Holidays parade will be at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. 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, November 30
Where: City Hall, 1200 East. Broad St., Mansfield, TX 76063
Info: www.mansfield-tx.gov
Cost: FREE!

Holly Days at Keller Town Center: Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the lighting of the community Christmas Tree, the Very Merry Light Parade, and the arrival of Santa, Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman.
Good to know: Your family can also sled down a two-lane snow hill and decorate gingerbread houses.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, November 30
Where: Keller Town Center, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller
Info: 817-743-4050, parksandrec@cityofkeller.com, http://cityofkeller.com
Cost: FREE!

Saginaw Christmas Tree Lighting: The annual event features holiday music and performances from school children, the lighting of the tree and a visit from Santa.
Good to know: Admission to the event is free, however, they will be accepting non-perishable food items that will be donated to Community Link Mission of Saginaw.
Recommended ages: All
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 30
Where: Saginaw Recreation Center, 633 West McLeroy Blvd., Saginaw
Info: 817-230-0350, http://www.ci.saginaw.tx.us/
Cost: FREE!

Christmas on Broadway: The annual holiday event will feature a petting zoo, train and carriage rides, bounce houses, games and crafts for kids and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will also be a Bicycle Rodeo. Kids who participate in the rodeo will be entered into a drawing for a new bike. An important part of Christmas on Broadway is an annual canned food drive benefiting the North East Emergency Distribution (NEED) program. From now through December 1, residents may drop off non-perishable food items at city hall, the library, the recreation center, the senior center and at Jen Care Pharmacy.
Good to know: For a $3 donation, you can participate in a climbing wall, sponsored by the Haltom City Firefighter Association. The wall is a fundraiser for the association which coordinates a Christmas Providers project each year.
Recommended ages: All
When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 1
Where: Haltom Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave., Haltom City
Info: http://www.haltomcitytx.com/
Cost: FREE!

Night of Holiday Magic: The 13th annual festival will be at NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, and will feature a tree lighting, photos with  from Santa, holiday music, minitrain rides, crafts, a marshmallow roast, fireworks show and holiday shopping.
Good to know: Admission is free with a new, unwrapped toy or canned food items. Parking is free at Tarrant County College Northeast Campus. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or canned food items. 
Recommended ages: All
When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 1
Where: NRH2O Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills, 76180
Info: 817-427-6620, http://www.nrhtx.com/
Cost: FREE!

Christmas Parade: The Burleson Rotary Club's annual Christmas parade will begin at the Kerr Middle School stadium parking lot, then to Gregory, Johnson Avenue, Ellison Street and Warren before returning to the school. The lighting of the city's Christmas tree, at the corner of Johnson Avenue and Ellison Street, will be at 7:15 p.m., followed by a fireworks show.
Good to know: The following streets will be closed beginning at 4 p.m. in preparation for the parade: Irene Street, Lena Street and Dian Street.
Recommended ages: All
When: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 1
Where: 517 SW Johnson Ave., Burleson, 76028
Info: 817-447-7300, http://www.burlesontx.com/
Cost: FREE!

Holiday Lights Parade: The parade will start at Main and Center Streets, travel west on Main Street, south on West Street and east on Abram Street, and ends at Abram and Mesquite Streets. Handicapped parking will be available in the city lot behind Worthington National Bank. The tree lighting will take place on the steps of City Hall at the parade's conclusion. Paradegoers can get their photo taken with Santa across the street at the Levitt Pavilion at Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St.
Good to know: Parade will continue as planned rain, snow, or shine!
Recommended ages: All
When: 6 p.m., Saturday, December 1
Where: Arlington, Texas 
Info: http://www.holidaylightsparade.com/
Cost: FREE!

Christmas Parade of Lights: The Christmas Parade of Lights, themed “A Nutcracker Christmas,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Midway Drive and Fuller- Wiser, then go west on Midway and end at Trinity High School.
Good to know: Parade award winners will be announced on www.eulesstx.gov the next day.
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, www.euless.org
Cost: FREE!

Christmas Tree Lighting: The annual tree-lighting ceremony includes a three-lane snow tubing hill, crafts and a visit from Santa. A food court featuring Hurst restaurants is new this year. The snow tubing hill will have a Kiddie Hill.
Good to know: There's limited on-site parking so your best bet is to ride the Holiday Trolley from the TCC parking lot off Harwood to the Hurst Conference Center.
Recommended ages: All
When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, December 4
Where: Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, 76054
Info: 817-788-7320, http://www.ci.hurst.tx.us/
Cost: FREE!

Christmas Tree Lighting Festival: The city's annual Christmas tree lighting will include the Wildcat high school marching band, the Texas Women's Choir, musical ensembles from Kennedale school district schools and Fellowship Academy, arts and crafts, a visit with Santa and live reindeer!
Good to know: Snacks and refreshments will be available.
Recommended ages: All
When: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 4
Where: TownCenter Park, 405 Municipal Drive, Kennedale, 76060
Info: 817-985-2105, http://www.cityofkennedale.com/
Cost: FREE!

Grapevine Parade of Lights: The annual event features more than 100 lighted floats and local marching bands that will pass through downtown Grapevine.
Good to know: Park at the Convention Center and walk to Main Street.
Recommended ages: All
When: 7 p.m., Thursday, December 6
Where: Historic Downtown Grapevine
Info:  https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/
Cost: FREE!








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