things to do in dallas fort worth this weekend

Here are our top things to do on a budget in Dallas Fort Worth this weekend (December 10 – December 12): Cracked Carols and Other Buffoonery, Painting Holiday Cheer, Decorating a Gingerbread House, Holiday in the Botanical Garden, Christmas Boat Light Parade Viewing Cruise and lots more!


The Modern Museum Fort Worth: Paper and Glue

Watch Paper & Glue at the museum this weekend.

What: Attend a showing of the film Paper and Glue which will be screened as part of the series Magnolia at the Modern that features critically acclaimed films. The arresting visuals of this film present unexpected canvases from the artist JR who tries to give a global voice to the every day lives of people through public art, photography, and large-format spectacle.
When: 10 December to 12 December 2021
Where: 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
How much: $8 for members and $10 for non-members

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater: Cracked Carols and Other Buffoonery

What: This one-night-only special event is filled with storytelling, music and Christmas revelry with a funny twist! Come and enjoy a performance full of Christmas and Hannukah music reimagined, sketches and tons of entertainment that will have you rolling with laughter!
When: 10 December 2021 | 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: 1350 Manufacturing, Ste 109, Dallas, TX 75207
How much: $15

Painting With a Twist: Holiday Cheer

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What: Our popular sip and paint space has created a very special holiday cheer painting which can easily become your holiday card this year. Come and pick up your brushes, choose one side of a two-part artwork that is either the light theme or dark and dip into your colors to work a Christmas magic on the canvas.
When: 10 December 2021  | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: 5202 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209
How much: $39


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: Holiday Brunch Boards with Amor y Queso

What: Head to the arboretum with your partner for a perfectly blissful Saturday and attend this session where you can learn how to craft your own holiday-themed charcuterie board. The guided session will take you through some of the ingredients you can use to make the board and provide some smart tips and tricks as you go along.
When: 11 December 2021 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
How much: $75 for member couples and $80 for non-member couples

Decorate a Gingerbread House (Make & Take)

What: The holiday fever is upon us and Christmas is incomplete without making a quaint gingerbread house. In this class, you will learn how to make an authentic Swiss Lebkuchen house complete with loads of icing and edible decorations. And what’s more, you can take your masterpiece home and place it among your other holiday decorations!
When: 11 December 2021 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Central Market Dallas Preston Royal | 10720 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
How much: Tickets start at $32.50

Fair Park: A Drag Queen Christmas

What: Drag Queens are back bigger and better this festive season in a show that will engulf you with the holiday spirit! Hosted by Trinity The Tuck and Monet X Change, this show promises to be a thoroughly entertaining evening full of holiday classics and naughty shenanigans!
When: 11 December 2021 | 8:00 pm
Where: 3809 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210
How much: Tickets start at $51.50

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Holiday in the Garden

What: This fun, family-friendly event is all about celebrating the spirit of the holiday season. There is everything from local food and dessert trucks to coffee and hot chocolate and even pet treats! Interact with local vendors from the community, spend some time with Santa and immerse yourself in the tunes of the Fort Worth Opera at this day-long event.
When: 11 December 2021 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
How much: Free admission


Commons Club: Upside Down Cocoa

What: At this event that occurs on every second and fourth Sunday, jump down a rabbit hole and enjoy a boozy cocoa cocktail brought to you in the most unconventional ways along with a smattering of sweet and savory bites. Usher in the holiday season with this tipsy assortment of sweets and drinks and have a jolly, merry time!
When: 12 December 2021 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: 1415 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207
How much: $50

Santa Day at the Frontiers of Flight Museum

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What: Watch Santa arrive from the North Pole at this spectacular, out-of-this-world show! Here, you can witness Father Christmas descend right into the museum via helicopter and also enjoy music, treats and refreshments. There are a host of activities that you can do at the museum from taking a sneak peek inside one of the cockpits and going on a tour of the solar system. And if that’s not enough, you can click a picture with Santa on Mars!
When: 12 December 2021 | 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75209
How much: $10 for adults and $7 for kids

Christmas Boat Light Parade Viewing Cruise

What: Spend a beautiful Sunday evening cruising through the waters and enjoying a gathering of boats decorated with curtains of light to spread the holiday cheer. Make sure you dress up in warm clothes and bring something warm to sip on as you head out into the chilly harbor.
When: 12 December 2021
Where: 2074 Summer Lee Dr Rockwall, TX, US 75032
How much: $35 for adults


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