Best Winter Events for a Weekend Trip to the Metroplex
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is known for its mild winters, but that just means there is more time to get out and enjoy some winter events and festivals. These events will give you the delightful chance to celebrate the holidays, explore different cultures, shop for handcrafted wares, appreciate great music, and sample a variety of beers. All of these festivals take place in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex between November 1 and February 28, so they provide a great excuse to get out of the house during the winter. Check them out!
The Texas Gospel Music Festival is one of the largest gospel music festivals in the South, so if you're a fan of the genre, you won't want to miss out. The festival lasts three days, and features some of the best gospel musicians in the world, including the Mark Trammel Quartet, the Collingsworth Family, and the Booth Brothers. The musicians will also be joined Mark Lowry, who is known for combining his unique comedy and music together.
The Festival at the Switchyard in downtown Carrollton honors the historical boom that the railyard has been to the town. The festival has drawn over 27,000 people, and includes live music from the Barenaked Ladies, amusement rides, carnival games, and more. There will also be a variety of vendors of food, beverages, and artisanal crafts. Best of all, aside from food and drinks pretty much everything is free, so bring the whole family for a day of fun.
The Fort Worth Greek Festival is hosted annually at the St. Demetrios Orthodox Church in Fort Worth, and has been for the past 49 years. The festival features folk dancing, Greek music, and of course delicious traditional Greek food. The festival offers both lunch and dinner with favorites like spanakopita, Athenian chicken, vegetable moussaka, and legs of lamb, as well as gyros, souvlaki, dolmathes, and of course, the flaming cheese dish saganaki.
Join the Walnut Hill Methodist Church for its second annual Walnut Hill Festival. The festival is host to a variety of arts, like paintings, sculptures, drawings, mixed media, fiber, glass, and even jewelry. All of the art is from North Texas artists, including local elementary and high school students. The festival also features a silent auction, and children are able to use the playground while you take in the beautiful artwork.
The Dallas Lantern Fest is one of the more unique winter events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Join other revelers at Texas Motorplex in launching thousands of paper lanterns into the night sky for one amazing event. Before the event, there will be food, live music, face painting, a stage show, and more. Make sure you don't forget to bring blankets and chairs, a jacket, and your dancing shoes!
What better way is there to celebrate the Holidays than with the Fort Worth Parade of Lights? The Festival involves more than 100 spectacular floats and balloons that have been lit up with thousands of lights, along with clowns, performing art groups, and community organizations. The parade winds through downtown Fort Worth, starting at Belknap St. and Throckmorton St. and the theme this year is “The Melodies of Christmas.” For the best viewing, be sure to purchase tickets for Reserved Street Seats.
The Texas Christkindl Market is a North Texan take on the traditional German Christmas Market, and it is one of the largest holiday markets in the entire Southwest. The market is a great place for finding holiday gifts and decorations, and of course, the market features great German food and beverages. The market is also great for families, as there will be activities for children and live entertainment throughout the entire season.
Every year, the town of Lewisville hosts their annual Holiday Stroll festival. The festival features community performances, a holiday parade, a farmer's market, photo opportunities with Santa, the Santa Paws pet village, and the Lewisville Lights, which transforms Old Town into a holiday wonderland. The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast and the Motorcycle Toy Ride, then ends with an outdoor holiday movie at the plaza. Believe it or not, this Texas festival will even feature winter activities like ice skating and a snowball fight!
The second annual Day 1 Dallas in Fair Park is the best way to celebrate the New Year with your family. The event will features crafts, games, and activities like scavenger hunts, bowling, obstacle courses, and even activities that teach children good financial habits. New for 2017, the evening will end with the Fireworks & Fun event, where you can watch the fireworks while enjoying a beer and eclectic fares from locally owned food trucks.
Have you heard of any other events this winter in the Metroplex? Have you been to any of these events? If so, drop us a note and let us know!