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Catch the holiday spirit
The holiday season is officially upon us, and Fort Worth will be celebrating big this weekend with two back-to-back days of festive fun. On Saturday, Sundance Square in downtown is lighting up its 56-foot Christmas tree. The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., is free to attend and Santa will also be onsite for pictures. Then on Sunday, come back to Sundance Square for the GM Financial Parade of Lights. The parade includes floats, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands, carolers, giant balloons, and half-a-million lights, plus a finale appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from Weatherford Street near Houston Street and marches around downtown Fort Worth. The parade is free to attend, but spectators can also purchase seats starting at $12.95.
If you're looking to really immerse yourself in winter, head to ICE! at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. This annual installation features more than two million pounds ice that are carved and colored into a life-size winter wonderland. Attendees are given parkas to wear when they duck into the exhibit that features ice slides and sculptures. This year's theme is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, so you can expect scenes from the beloved story to be brought to life throughout the experience.
Tickets to ICE! start at $17.99, but it's just one of several attractions in the Gaylord's Lone Star Christmas spectacular. Other fun activities include a snow tubing hill, ice skating rink, a Christmas-themed carousel and more. All of those will be ticketed individually.
Thanksgiving is around the corner, but there's a pre-meal that will get you in the spirit. At Stuffed: A Friendsgiving Festival, folks are invited to indulge like they would at a traditional food fest, but this one specializes in Thanksgiving favorites. Local chefs including Justin Holt (Lucia) and Jeana Johnson (The Mockingbird Diner) will be serving bottomless bites at Granada Theater on Sunday, while the Dallas Cowboys football game plays on a projection screen inside the venue. Tickets cost $21.
Go on the road again
Lastly, Willie Nelson and Family will be hitting the stage at Billy Bob's Texas on both Friday and Saturday nights. Despite the fact Willie has put out new music in recent years, you can expect to hear predominantly classics. I've seen him a handful of times and though the set list rarely changes, I always love the feeling of being able to see a living legend, even more so in such a legendary venue. Tickets start at $24.50 for general admission, and will be more expensive if you'd like to reserve a seat.
Looking for an adrenaline rush? You'll find it at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend when the Red Bull Air Race World Championship flies through Fort Worth. This event brings the world's best pilots together to compete in an aerial obstacle course, which they must navigate as quickly and tactfully as possible. This is, no doubt, an extreme sport. In 2015, I had the opportunity to ride along with veteran competitor, Kirby Chambliss, who showed me what life is like barrel-rolling and snap rolling through the air. You won't be able to ride along, but you can watch. Races take place Saturday and Sunday, with gates opening at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets start at $10 for kids and $29 for adults.
Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday at 7:40 a.m. on KLIF-AM (570).