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Friday Freebies: Holiday Happenings

Plan ahead with this extended version of Friday Freebies: The Holiday Happenings edition. I will be on vacation next week so I've left you an extended Friday Freebies column on events through December 5. Enjoy!



Check out my blog every Friday for my recommendations of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to this blog or send your submissions at least two weeks before the date of the event to moms@mom2momdfw.com with the subject line: "Friday Freebies."



Here are my picks:



Parade around



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Parade of Lights: The 28th annual Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights, presented by Chase, will feature more than 100 entries and a special Holiday Fun Zone by XTO Energy. Following the parade, called "Unwrap the Magic," will be the lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas Tree, a little after 7:30 p.m. 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 starting at $10 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 26

Where: Parade will begin at Throckmorton and Belknap streets in downtown Fort Worth

Info:  www.fortworthparadeoflights.org

Cost: FREE!



Parade of Lights: The annual event, sponsored by Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, features more than 100 floats and local marching bands that will pass through downtown Grapevine, beginning at Main and Vine streets and going north on Main to Wall Street.

Recommended ages: All

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, December 2

Where: Downtown Grapevine

Info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas/lights/parade.html

Cost: FREE!



Hometown Holidays Parade: The sixth-annual Hometown Holidays parade, themed “A Storybook Holiday,” will begin at St. Jude Catholic Church on Dallas Street and roll down Main Street before winding up back at the church.

Recommended ages: All

When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 4

Where: St. Jude Catholic Church, 500 East Dallas St., Mansfield, TX 76063-3155

Info: www.mansfield-tx.gov

Cost: FREE!



Christmas Parade of Lights: The 17th-annual Christmas Parade of Lights, themed “An Out of This World Christmas,” will begin at Midway Drive and Bear Creek Parkway 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 4

Where: Euless Family Life Center, 300 W. Midway Dr., Euless

Info: 817-685-1666, www.euless.org

Cost: FREE!



Season it up



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Carol of Lights: Hosted by Mrs. Claus, this is the officials kick off to the holiday season in Grapevine where millions of lights will be turned on throughout downtown. The event, presented by Grapevine Towne Center, features numerous youth choirs and special performers.

Good to know: The Christmas Light Show Spectacular plays from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on the hour and half-hour through January 3 at the Town Square Gazebo.

Recommended ages: All

When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, November 29

Where: Town Square Gazebo, 300 block of Main Street, Grapevine

Info: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas/lights/carol.html

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 at the Jingle Bell Zone. Don't miss the Holly Jolly Light Parade and lighting of the Christmas tree.

Recommended ages: All

When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, December 3

Where: Keller Town Center, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller

Info: 817-743-4050, parksandrec@cityofkeller.com, http://cityofkeller.com/index.aspx?page=901

Cost: FREE!



Hometown Holidays: The city event will feature bounce houses, penguins from the Fort Worth Zoo, tree lighting, fireworks, children’s choirs and Santa Claus.

Good to know: Rides on a real snow hill will be $2, and concessions will be available. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas will air at 7 p.m. in the Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria St.

Recommended ages: All

When: 5 p.m., Friday, December 3

Where: City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St., Mansfield

Info: http://www.mansfield-tx.gov/apps/b2/media/HometownHolidays.pdf

Cost: FREE!



Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration: The community event features Christmas carols, dance performances, story reading, cookies, hot chocolate and other refreshments and visits with Santa.

Good to know: A hay ride brings guests to Old Bedford School from parking at City Hall, 2000 Forest Ridge, and the Bedford Library, 1805 L. Don Dodson.

Recommended ages: All

When: 6 p.m., Friday, December 3

Where: Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane, Bedford

Info: 817-952-2323, http://www.ci.bedford.tx.us/

Cost: FREE!



Ring in the Holidays: The annual event, featuring holiday music and performances from school children, the lighting of the tree and a visit by Santa.

Good to know: Admission to the event is one non-perishable food item that will be donated to Community Link Mission of Saginaw.

Recommended ages: All

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, December 3

Where: Saginaw Recreation Center, 633 West McLeroy Blvd., Saginaw

Info:817-230-0350, http://www.ci.saginaw.tx.us/

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, carriage rides, a petting zoo and live entertainment.

Recommended ages: All

When: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, December 4

Where: Haltom Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave., Haltom City

Info: http://www.haltomcitytx.com/

Cost: FREE!



See Santa!



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Santa's Arrival: Santa Claus makes quite an entrance with the Salvation Army Band and a full cast of characters, including 9-foot-tall toy soldiers, Dr. Seuss' "The Grinch" and "The Nutcracker's Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy.  

Good to know: Following the parade, join in the giving spirit with the kick-off of The Salvation Army Angel Tree.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10:30 a.m.. Friday, November 26

Where: NorthCourt, between Macy's and Nordstrom, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75225

Info:http://www.northparkcenter.com/events/eventscalendar.html

Cost: FREE!



Santa at Parks Mall in Arlington: Get your holiday card portrait or your child's holiday wish list done early. Children visiting Santa will receive a free coloring book, It Takes Just One, while supplies last.

Good to know: Santa visits are free. Photo packages are available to purchase (hint: Click here for a coupon). Santa will be taking breaks throughout the day to feed the reindeer and check on toy production at the North Pole.

Recommended ages: All

When: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Saturday; Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. Through Friday, December 24

Where: Sears Court, The Parks at Arlington, 3811 South Cooper Street, Arlington, Texas 76015

Info: http://www.theparksatarlington.com/

Cost: FREE!



Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop's: Explore the Winter Wonderland and get treated to free games, activities and crafts. You can even get a free 4x6 photo of Santa (packages available for purchase).

Good to know: Free Santa Bandz to the first 150 kids to visit every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thanksgiving Day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Recommended ages: All

When: Check website for hours. Through Dec. 24                                    

Where: 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051and 5001 Bass Pro Drive Garland, TX 75043  

Info: http://www.basspro.com/homepage.html

Cost: FREE!

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