7+ Things to do in Fort Worth over Winter Break

Whether you’re a Fort Worth native, or you’re just staying here over the break, there’s plenty of things to do before classes resume in January. I’ve compiled a list of 7 different venues that have multiple things to do (or at least multiple days for one activity) during the span of December 16th 2016, to January 17th, 2017. Check out the options below:

1.Billy Bob’s Texas 

Billy Bob’s will have several concerts between the end of the fall semester and the start of the spring. If you’re a fan of any of these artists, or maybe you’re wanting to find some new tunes, you should definitely check these events out:

  • Randy Rogers Band: 12/16 and 12/17
  • Kacey Musgraves: 12/21
  • Parker McCollum: 12/22
  • William Clark Green: 12/23
  • Kevin Fowler: 12/29
  • Toadies: 12/30
  • Eli Young Band with Green River Ordinance: 12/31
  • Josh Abbot Band: 01/06
  • Sammy Kershaw: 01/13
  • Wade Bowen: 01/14

For more information, or to purchase tickets to any of these events, please visit Billy Bob’s Texas’s website at: http://www.billybobstexas.com/concerts.

2. Bass Hall 

The Bass Hall is a great place to visit if you’re looking to see a play, a musical, or a Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performance. Check out some of these events that will be offered at the Bass Hall that will be hosted over winter break:

  • Michael Martin Murphy: 12/19
  • The Nutcracker (Texas Ballet Theater): 12/22-24
  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis: 12/29
  • Robert Earl Keen: 12/30
  • A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald (FW Symphony Orchestra): 12/31
  • The Legend of Zelda (FW Symphony Orchestra): 01/07
  • Dennis Miller: 01/12
  • Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique (FW Symphony Orchestra): 01/13-15
  • Annie: 01/17-01/22

To purchase tickets, or to view other upcoming events (outside of the winter break timeframe) visit the Bass Hall’s website at: https://www.basshall.com/.

3. Visit Santa in Sundance Square 

Most malls in and around the greater Fort Worth area will have a Santa available for visiting. However, Downtown Fort Worth’s Santa is probably the best one to visit. Sundance Square has it all—a HUGE Christmas tree, Santa, and giant ornaments to take photos with, plus there’s fountains, and that’s pretty cool. If you choose to visit it at nighttime you can see all of the colors changing (and coordinated lights), too! To stay up to date on events, shopping, and dining in Sundance Square, visit their website here: https://sundancesquare.com/.

4. Visit the Stockyards 

The stockyards are a great place to visit for a glimpse into Fort Worth’s past, and they have a few events going on over the break:

  • Happy Trails: a Tribute to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans (Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum): September 7th-February 20th
  • Stockyards Championship Rodeo (Cowtown Coliseum): Every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 8:00 PM
  • Fort Worth Heard Cattle Drive: Every day at 11:30 AM and 4:00 PM

5. Visit a museum 

  • Amon Carter Museum of Art exhibits:
    • American Photographs, 1845 to Now: 8/20/16-02/12/17
    • Border Cantos Richard Misrach-Guillermo Galindo: 9/24/2016-12/21/16
    • Gabriel Dawe: Plexus No. 34: 08/16/16-08/31/18
    • Sam Francis: Prints: 08/06/16-02/05/17
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History exhibits:
    • Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years: 05/21/16-12/31/16
    • Rouge One: A Star Wars Story (The Omni IMAX): 12/01/16-01/16/17
  • Kimbell Art Museum
    • A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from the Phillips Collection: 05/14/16-08/13/17
    • Scheduled public tours of the permanent collection: Wednesdays (2 PM) and Sundays (3 PM)
  • Modern Art Museum exhibits:
    • FOCUS: Lorna Simpson: 11/09/16-01/15/17
    • Highlights from the permanent collection: 08/21/16-02/05/17
    • Kaws Where the End Stars: 10/20/16-01/22/17
  • Sid Richardson exhibits:
    • Legacy (daily, end day to be determined)

6. Outdoor Ice Skating at Panther Island Pavilion 

From November 17th, 2016 to January 16th, 2017, Panther Island Pavilion will have an outdoor skating rink open 7-days a week. For more information on events held at Panther Island Pavilion or for directions on how to get there, visit their website here: http://pantherislandpavilion.com/.

  1. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
    • Bison Feeding Hayride: reoccurring daily from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM; 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
    • Evening Stroll with a Naturalist: Every Thursday until 07/26/2018

Be sure to check out the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge’s website here http://www.fwnaturecenter.org/, for any additional events and/or event cancelations or updates.

The events listed above are just a sampling of what Fort Worth has to offer. To see year-round events please visit their respective website, or http://www.fortworth.com, to keep up with everything (shopping, dining, etc.) that Fort Worth has to offer.